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The Pros of Switching to a Stand-Up Desk

The Pros of Switching to a Stand-Up Desk

By: Dan Tomaszewski

You may have heard the news stories about how sitting is the new smoking, and how doctors are worried that our sedentary lifestyle is slowly killing us. While past generations of workers toiled in the fields and on the assembly lines, a majority of modern workers spend their days behind a desk.

All that desk work can take a toll on our health and well-being, leading to everything from increased obesity levels to serious problems like heart disease. You can help end users improve their health by educating them about their desk configuration, and even better, considering a switch to a stand-up desk.

Not too long ago, stand-up desks were almost unknown, but these days many workers are asking their bosses for a more active workstation. Now is the time to start discussing the benefits of stand-up desks to your clients and you can drive additional revenue along the way.

Working while standing up carries a number of benefits for the modern worker, and those benefits can have a profound impact on everything from productivity to overall employee health.

Here are some of the biggest benefits of ditching your traditional desk and office chair for a stand-up cubicle design.

Improved Metabolism – Moving throughout the day can keep your metabolism levels high at work and help you burn more calories. Even if you are standing still at your stand-up desk, you are moving more than you would be if you were sitting down.

Less Back Pain – Even the most comfortable and most ergonomically designed office chair can leave your back feeling sore at the end of the day. Stand-up desks are great for workers who suffer from back pain and similar ailments.

Better Concentration – Standing up to do your work can help you focus more effectively, increasing your productivity and making tedious tasks less boring. Many workers feel that switching to a stand-up desk has made them more productive and better at what they do.

Greater Flexibility – One of the great things about a stand-up desk is the level of flexibility it gives you. If you want to stand up for part of the day and then sit back down, it is easy to switch the desk and chair design back and forth. It is easy to sit down at a stand-up desk, but much harder to stand-up at a desk designed for sitting. Download our free 7 Ways to Prevent Office Syndrome PDF. This is a great educational piece that help end users make changes to their current desk configuration that can help improve health and productivity. This also covers stand-up desks and the benefits that come from their use. The goal is to not only provide educational value, but to drive sales and installation of stand-up desks.

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Proactive Management

4 Steps to Managed Services

Four Steps to Managed Services

By: Dan Tomaszewski

Managed service providers play a vital role in the world of IT management and back-office operations. The services they provide allow businesses of all sizes to enhance the security of their customer data, lower their overall costs of operations and reduce the complexity of their IT departments.

By moving from an in-house IT model to the more practical managed services model, those companies gain a host of benefits. As a managed service provider, you already know all that, but do you know what steps to take when onboarding a new client?

The steps you take when bringing a new client on board will set the stage for the rest of that customer relationship, so it is essential to get things right. Following a comprehensive step-by-step process is the best way to ensure success, and those four essential steps are outlined below..

Step 1 – Assess the Situation

Before you can move forward with your new client, you need to first know where they stand. What kind of IT infrastructure does the company currently have in place? What is their current backup strategy? What are they doing right? What could they be doing better?

Until you can answer these critical questions, you are not ready to move on to the rest of the onboarding process. The assessment step gives the MSP the opportunity to answer all of these questions. It also gives the MSP the chance to perform an exhaustive risk analysis, identifying potential weaknesses and points of intrusion. Identifying current weak spots in the network infrastructure allows the MSP to develop a plan for securing client resources, sharply reducing risk in the process.

Step 2 – Remediate the Flaws

Once the flaws and weak spots in the network are identified, the MSP can work to remediate the situation. The first step allowed the MSP to assess the current state of the IT infrastructure, identifying the flaws and finding the potential security risks.

Now that those weak spots have been identified, it is time for the MSP to mitigate those risks and keep the IT infrastructure secure. The MSP will also use the remediation process to thoroughly document the current IT environment, pinpointing bottlenecks and looking for ways to improve efficiency and lower costs.

Step 3 – Management Operations

Once the current flaws in the network infrastructure have been identified and remediated, it is time to move on to day-to-day management. This part of the new client onboarding process will be critical, and it is important for the MSP to take their time and get it right.

The client will want to see a marked improvement in the day-to-day operation of their business, from network speed and file access to the satisfaction of their own customers. If the client is unable to see the improvement they were expecting, the rest of the relationship could suffer.

That is why experienced MSPs have state-of-the-art equipment in place and written procedures for everything from data backups to system upgrades. Their goal is to keep their clients running at peak efficiency, constantly monitoring the health of the network and fixing small problems before they have a chance to spiral out of control and threaten access to client data.

Step 4 – Planning for the Future

The final step in the onboarding process is developing a plan for the future. The world of IT is always changing and evolving, and the experienced MSP works hard to stay ahead of the curve.

During this step, the MSP will sit down with the client and develop a comprehensive plan for the coming year. This annual review is critical for both MSP and client, as it helps establish an upgrade budget and determine where best to deploy the firm’s limited resources.

The annual review process will include a number of critical issues, including the recommended upgrade schedule for old and outdated desktops, laptops and other computer equipment. Developing a plan, and a budget, for the cycling and retirement of outdated equipment is an essential part of this step, and it is important to get the buy-in of the client before moving forward.

As an MSP, the success of your business depends on the success of your clients. When your clients do well, your company does well, and it is up to you to make that first client experience a positive one. Developing a comprehensive step-by-step strategy for onboarding new clients and keeping them happy will enhance their success, and ultimately the success of your firm as well.

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Professional Appearance

Look Good, Feel Good

Look Good, Feel Good

By: Dan Tomaszewski

Let’s face it, there is a stereotype that follows us as geeks. However, as geeks we can still have a professional appearance and it can go a long way in the eyes of others, most especially our clients. As an added bonus, when we look good, we feel good. While dress codes may vary based on an employee’s role, there are some small things that we can all do to have that professional appearance that will make us look good and feel good regardless of whether we dress in business attire or business casual.

While some employers set standards for their employees, many don’t and this is especially true in the IT industry. As the old saying goes, you only have one chance to make a first impression. This impression plays a big part in the view clients, and potential clients, have about your company as technology professionals. People do judge a book by its cover and this impression will help them formulate a decision whether or not you are capable of handling the management of their technology. Besides the impression to others, the way we look has a big impact on how we feel about ourselves. This impact can have very positive results in both the quality of work we perform and the outlook on our life at home and work.

Everyone has an employee or two that have the look and don’t need any coaching. It would be great if all our employees had this trait, but we were not all created equally. Molding our teams to have that professional appearance is entirely possible, but the standards need to be set. If we don’t set the standards, then who will? As with anything, once standards are set they need to be enforced across the board otherwise nobody will take them seriously.

When it comes to standards, there are two types of standards that need to be set. First, you need to decide on the dress code for different roles within the company. For example, for your technicians, you may choose to have everyone wearing button down dress shirts with your logo embroidered, black dress pants, black belt, black dress shoes, and black dress socks. This all depends on the look you want to portray to your clients.

Besides the dress code, there are other important factors that have an impact on looking good and feeling good. These are all small things from a personal appearance perspective that relate to how you look versus what you wear. These include areas related to hair, eye glasses, facial hair, make-up, shirts and pants, socks, and shoes. We have included a Look Good, Feel Good sheet that explains these in further detail that you can use at your company.

When you put in place standards, it’s less about rules and more about helping your team look good and feel good which will go a long way in how others view your company.

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