Author Archives: Austen Read-McFarland

Smart Working Through Distractions

Smart Working Through Distractions

Smart Working Through Distractions

5 Ways to Rethink Your Work-at-Home Situation

As countless people began working from home for the first time in their lives, time and again I’ve heard them express one especially common worry:

“How can I get any work done when I have so many distractions?”

The fact is, there’s no way to just poof away every distraction available. So to keep disruptions at bay, you need to start with how you approach them and the idea of work itself — in other words, the solution is to reassess how you think about productivity and where it can occur.

Read on to learn five points to consider if you’re worried distractions are keeping you from being the best smart home worker you can be.

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Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown

Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown

Wildix vs. Zoom: A Security Showdown
Amid the sudden surge in demand for smart working, one option that’s caught on with literally millions of consumers is Zoom. With its rise to the spotlight, the freemium videoconferencing app has drawn a lot of attention — but not always for the best reasons.

The explanation for Zoom’s popularity is most likely that it does what it says on the label: it provides a fast, approachable means of connecting people over video (albeit without providing the degree of end-to-end encryption it promises).

In a perfect world, this would be all an end-user needs out of a web conferencing app. But the problem is, we’re living in a world full of security and privacy threats. Continue reading

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“Too Small for Smart Working”? Think Again!

Business Continuity is Essential for Every Company

Despite all the ways that smart working has come to dominate the conversation in office work, for many small businesses, the practice still seems a bridge too far.

Sure, governments and private citizens alike are clamoring for quarantines and social distancing. But that doesn’t always translate to localized players deciding to start smart working themselves.

It seems a risky investment, for one thing, as the ROI on it is unclear. For another, smart working still carries a certain connotation of high-earning salespeople or companies set up with a scenic view of the downtown skyline — painting the picture of a luxury that more humbly sized teams can’t afford. Continue reading

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Craft the Perfect Work-from-Home Policy

Key Guidelines for Managers

When setting up a remote team, technology isn’t the only hurdle a manager has to overcome. To make sure you have all your ducks in a row, you’ll also need a solid work-from-home policy.

Sound hard? Getting the fine details down may be difficult, but fortunately, creating a basic outline for your agreement is actually quite straightforward. Just focus on the following principles and you’ll be able to craft a transparent and fully compliant policy. Continue reading

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The Concrete Value Found in the Cloud

Data Shows What Drives Digital Transformation

For all the changes we talk about in telecommunications, few hang as heavy as the Cloud.

A largely invisible entity, the Cloud can be easy to ignore. But its presence is nevertheless undeniable. Cavell Group analyst Dominic Black, among others, points out that by 2025 there will be over 32 million Cloud communications users in Europe alone — double the amount from 2020. Continue reading

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