Bad eMail Habits Wasting Your Time?

eMail has become a primary means of communication for many of us.  It also can lead to more work and effort than is necessary.

Are bad email habits distracting you, wasting your time, and causing miscommunications with clients, employees and others? Making a few simple changes to the way you handle email will help you improve focus, save time, and communicate more effectively.

Here are five bad email habits that could be holding you back—and positive alternatives to get you moving forward. 

Bad habit #1: Sending emails late at night, early in the morning, and on weekends. This sends clients the message that you’re on call 24/7, so they treat you that way—which ultimately stresses you out. It also sends employees the message that you expect them to be on call 24/7—which stresses them out.
Instead, try: Limiting the hours during which you and your employees send work-related emails. Prohibiting email from, say, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., will give everyone time to unplug, rest, and recharge.


Tips for Taking a REAL Vacation

(Editor's Note:  Although our local summer ends with the return of students to Ithaca, this article regarding vacations is still useful.  It's all too easy these days to stay connected which is a blessing and a curse. But it does allow many of us to take vacations at any time of year.)

The rise in mobile tech has made it possible to work remotely—but it's also made it harder to truly disconnect during that much-needed vacations. Just in time for that summer trip, here are some tips for unplugging the right way—before, during, and after your next vacation.

  • Set expectations and delegate. Whether it's an out-of-office notification, a calendar notice, or an announcement during a meeting (or all three), tell everyone you'll be away. Work out a detailed plan of action with your manager and coworkers that covers who's to take care of what when you're gone. Remember, if you truly want to unplug it's best not to leave your cell number (in case of emergencies.)


The Modern Office: How Place & Space Affect Planning

How your offices are laid out of if you even have offices for that matter, all have an affect on how your business or organization performs.  

If you’ve worked in an office, you know there are often many obstacles to productivity. Whether it’s too many interruptions, a loud coworker, or just poor communication—there are things, specific to the work environment, that detract from your ability to work. Over the years, office spaces have evolved to suit modern working styles, but there are still inefficiencies that need to be ironed out. Here’s a look at where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how these changes will impact workplace productivity.


Success with Virtual Meetings

Dreading running a virtual meeting?  You can have good success with approprate preparation and understanding the meeting technology you are using.

It’s tough to make a meeting engaging and informative—it’s even harder to do this when the attendees aren’t in the same room. Virtual meetings are becoming increasingly important for modern businesses, especially as employees become more mobile and the idea of office hours becomes more blurred.

Organizing and executing a virtual meeting has many of the same challenges as holding an in-person meeting, but some of these may be magnified and others may be completely new to the virtual environment. Let’s look at a few pointers to make sure your virtual meetings are as effective as possible.


Making BYOD work for you

We've already been assisting clients create and manage BYOD strategies for their organizations.  Here's a take on creating a strategy that be a basis for many companies.

The reality of bring your own device (BYOD) is unavoidable. If your organization has yet to implement a BYOD strategy, you can take several steps to get started. But first, know that the question is no longer whether you will support mobile devices. Instead, it's how do we secure and manage these devices in a user-friendly way?

A Forbes Insights and Google survey of U.S. business executives found that by 2016 more than half of leaders expect to use mobile devices instead of PCs as their primary business platform. By 2020, HP estimates that each professional in the workplace will use more than six mobile devices.


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