Blog

Search Results

There are 14 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Tips".

Displaying: 1 - 10 of 14

1. Don't Let Email Overload Sabotage Your Productivity

Our inboxes inundate us, and the volume of email we are required to manage is negatively impacting our productivity. Follow these simple tips to prevent your emails from overloading you.

Our inboxes inundate us, and the volume of email we are required to manage is negatively impacting our productivity. Follow these simple tips to prevent your emails from overloading you.

Recognize what’s important. Most of the email you receive is bulk or junk mail; only about 38 percent is actually relevant to your work. Acknowledging this truth will help you put your inbox in perspective and free you to spend your time on high-value issues.

Decrease your incoming email volume. If more than 60 percent of your email is unnecessary, stop receiving it. Unsubscribe from lists and promotions you don’t need. Most of the email you receive is bulk or junk mail; only about 38 percent is actually relevant to your work. Acknowledging this truth will help you put your inbox in perspective and free you to spend your time on high-value issues.

Tags: Tips, inboxes, Email
2. Which Printer Is Best for You?

Today’s printer technology is remarkable, but the number of options available, increasingly affordable prices, and industry terminology can make choosing the right printer for your office a challenge. However, understanding exactly how you intend to use your printer will make your decision much easier. If you’ll soon be adding a printer to your fleet, the following can help you decide which is best for your business.

Tags: Printer, Tips, Inkjet, Laser, MFP, footprint
3. Quick Fixes for Everyday Print Problems

Printing Too Slow
Double-check the size of the file that you are attempting to print. If you’re asking too much of your printer’s memory, reduce the file size or collapse memory-hogging layers. If the file size is reasonable, try printing in draft (or fast) mode. Save paper andspeed by switching from double-sided printing to multiple pages-per-sheet. If it’s not the print settings, you may need to check your network connection or upgrade to a printer with better memory and processor speed.

Nothing Printing
Go to printer settings and make sure the correct device is set as the default. If you’re printing to the correct machine, check that the paper tray is stocked and the cable or network connection is secure. If all else fails, restart your computer or printer and attempt the process again.

Poor Print Quality
Make sure that the images on the file you’re printing matches your print setting specs—usually, 300 dpi. If not, poor print quality may mean that you need to resize the image or find a better one. Poor quality can also result if your paper type is incorrect. For smudges and lines, print a few empty pages to clear the toner head.

Tags: Tips, Color Printing
4. Trade Micromanagement for Trust

Try these tips to help you let go of the details and focus on the bigger picture, with the added bonus of building trust with your team. 

Ask Your Staff - The only way you can get a sense of the scope of the effects of micromanagement is to ask your staff. Taking the time to ask the opinions of your team is trust-building, as it shows that you value their input. Anonymity is key when asking for honest opinions of the people whose paychecks you sign, so it may be a good idea to hire a third party to survey your staff. 

Tags: tips, Culture
5. How to Give Tough Feedback Gracefully

In the span of every career, there will likely come a time when you must give difficult feedback to an employee or team member. Consider these tips when giving negative feedback.
 

• Set a positive intention. Although corrective action is sometimes necessary, don’t go into the conversation with the intention to reprimand. Go in with the intention to help the employee grow, rather than to show them they were wrong. Before you start the conversation, reflect on what you want your employee or team member to take away from 

Tags: Employees, tips, Habits, Work Environment
6. Ending Your Meetings Right

Your meetings should produce results, not just small talk. If your meetings seem unproductive, utilize these tips to ensure your meetings have follow-through. 

Ask for alignment: Ask, “Is everyone OK with where we ended up?” This is a simple step and will bring any questions or concerns to the forefront. The idea isn’t to confirm agreement from all individuals, but to make sure everyone understands what was discussed and the direction the team will be taking. 

Confirm next steps: Too often meetings end without clear direction regarding what each person will do going forward. Verbally state—and also include in meeting minutes—what needs to be accomplished before the next meeting. This includes specific projects, commitments, deadlines, and follow-up items. 

Tags: Business, Meetings, tips
7. Tips to Increase Your Odds of Success

By using the brain’s natural tendencies to your advantage, you can actually influence other people's responses and decisions. Here are several tips to increase your odds of success in both business and social settings.  

Remember that silence is golden. Silence often gets a bad rap for being “awkward,” but remaining silent can be used to your advantage. Don’t feel pressured to fill the void when you ask someone a question and they are slow to respond. Silence implores people to speak, so keep your lips sealed and wait for a response. You will usually get a more favorable outcome. This is a great tool in negotiations.

Tags: tips, Business, Habits
8. Tips to Win the Name Game

Consistently remembering names can be a beneficial way for you to distinguish yourself from other business connections. Next time you need to remember a name, give these tips a try. 

• Ask again. Just be honest. If you can’t remember someone’s name after being introduced, ask for it again. If it’s a unique name or one you don’t recognize, ask its origin or how it’s spelled so you can write it down later.  

Tags: tips, Business, Habits, Meetings
9. How to Overcome Productivity Pains

Between smartphones, the Internet, and office gossip, there are no shortage of distractions in the office. Here are some tips to keep you focused and productive throughout the work day. 

• Schedule breaks. It’s important to take a few breaks during the day to stretch your legs and recharge your mental batteries. Just make sure breaks have defined times to begin and end. 

• Decorate right. Research shows that white walls are a productivity killer. Paint your office in an appealing color, like a shade of blue or green, to spark creativity and innovation, or add in a few plants or art pieces. 

Tags: tips, Culture, Productivity
10. Getting the Most Out of Managed IT

There aren’t many things quite as important to your business as the health of your IT network. After all, most businesses are dependent on a highly functioning IT network to support daily business operations and store client data. You want to make sure you’re partnering with a managed services provider that prioritizes your IT needs as much as you do. 

Peter Drucker, the famed management consultant and self-described social ecologist, once said, “Quality in a service or product is not what you put into it. It is what the client or customer gets out of it.” 

Tags: Managed Services, Managed IT, Network Support, tips

Displaying: 1 - 10 of 14