Don’t cheap out on essential hardware

While this isn’t the time to pay through the nose for the newest gear, it’s never good to rely on outdated equipment.

Get ready for the ‘Great Shutdown’

Thanks to Omicron, many businesses may have no choice but to close down soon. But you can be prepared.

Why not a four-day workweek?

We’re no longer a 19th-century economy, and it’s time to stop thinking of our workweek that way.

The open office floor plan: rethinking an awful idea

Those big, wide-open offices don’t work—both for employees and the companies who think they improve collaboration among colleagues. It’s time to rethink what the office is.

Don’t waste time reinventing the software wheel

For some reason, companies love to waste time and money reinventing programs that have already been perfected. Stop it already.

What you should do before your cloud goes down

When Amazon Web Services recently had a case of network hiccups, we all found out how miserable it is to have all our IT eggs in one cloud basket. We can do better. Here’s how.

Omicron: Here we go again

Despite the scary headlines about the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, business is better prepared now to deal with the ups and downs it’s likely to bring.

Ransomware is a threat, even for the smallest of businesses

The holiday season is upon us—and so are the ransomware thieves.

Stop looking over my shoulder!

Many businesses have taken to spying on their workers. Don’t do that. It’s a big mistake that will do more harm than good.

Thinking of upgrading your company’s tech gear? Now’s not the time.

Thanks to supply chain problems, getting new PCs, smartphones, routers, hubs, or what-have-you is harder and more expensive than ever. For now, stick with what you’ve got or consider used equipment.

The internet your company (and workforce) needs for success

Your workers need connectivity that’s both fast and redundant if they’re going to get their work done. For a lot of remote employees, that means relying on the local cable company or ISP. Is that really a good idea for business?

How to keep your workers (so you don’t have to replace them)

Trying to hire new employees today is a misery. People often don’t show up for interviews, and even if they do—and later accept an offer—they don’t show up later to work. It’s far better to keep the folks you already have on staff....

Don’t put all your eggs in one Facebook basket

When Facebook went down last week for several hours, did your business go down with it? If so, it’s time to rethink your priorities.

Why return to the office if you’re just Zooming all day anyway?

Companies currently renting office space are just throwing money away if all of their employees are still doing the same thing at home that they were doing at work.

Bad boss! Get your nose out of employees' business

You don't need bossware to keep your people working productively. Indeed, constantly looking over your employees' shoulders is the worst thing you can do.

My boss, the algorithm

Putting management into the hands of an algorithm is a major mistake. Does this actually have to be said?

Don’t fight the COVID-19 vaccine mandate

A healthy workforce means a healthy company. That’s one of the underlying messages of last week’s executive order from President Biden pushing companies to get their employees vaccinated.

How to keep your employees from joining the ‘Great Resignation’

Companies must work hard to keep their staffers happy because there have never been so many people ready to leave their jobs.

What’s going on with the ‘Great Resignation’?

You’d better work on hanging on to your workers, or you may end up shutting your business doors.

Don't waste time on heroic death marches

Workaholism is seldom a virtue, whether you’re programming or writing articles.

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