Larilyn’s Tip of the Week

Well.  Life is upside down.  I feel like we’re all playing a huge game of Don’t Touch the Lava.  You know, the game kids play on a playground?  Don’t move, don’t fall, don’t touch anything….stay at your home base and survive!!

Just me? Hmmmm…..okay.

Anyway!

Since so many of us are now working from home, doing distance learning, and social distancing – we have seen the rise of the use of any and all apps that allow us to see people we can’t actually see in person.
One of the biggest platforms that people have been using is Zoom.  They’ve offered their services for free in a lost of cases, so a lot of schools and businesses have jumped on the Zoom bandwagon.

Now….I don’t want to completely bash Zoom.  However, what we have been seeing is that the more people use it – the more vulnerabilities are being exposed.  There are some legitimate security and privacy concerns with more and more people using it.

We would recommend that you take a look at your options when working remote.  A lot of businesses already have resources they are paying for that they aren’t fully utilizing. 

For example, do you have Office 365?  Then you have Microsoft Teams, which has a lot of video conferencing capabilities and messaging capabilities.  

Do you pay for Google Business apps?  Check out the Hangout, Meeting and Chat features.

Even if you don’t currently have these options, the companies are also offering their services – such as Google offering some of its features for free, and Microsoft offering Teams for free for six months.  It’s worth talking to us and figuring out what resources your business has available to it.

And if you DO need to use Zoom, please pay attention to the news and make sure you are doing all you can to stay safe as you use it!  Make sure you set your own password for the group (don’t use the default) and don’t send links in the chat!

What is Working Well with Work From Home?

As many of us have adjusted to working from home for a month or more now, what are you finding that is working well?

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I’m hearing from some clients about things that are working better than before. For example, some have found that having daily huddles via Google Meet (or similar) is actually better than standing together for the huddle. They’re planning to continue meeting that way even when we get back to whatever the new normal looks like. 

Is there anything you’ve been doing the past month that has been working really well?

As some areas are starting to talk about loosening restrictions, it’s natural to start thinking about what the end of this looks like. Are you going to flip a switch and go back to business just like it was in early March?

Take a moment and think about the things that you’d like to continue to incorporate into your new normal. Maybe thats some video conferencing tools, maybe it is some more flexible work from home arrangements or maybe it is something all-together different that you’ve seen success with.

If there is something that your business is struggling with, please reach out and let’s see if we can find a solution for you.