Verizon is teaming up with Best Buy's Geek Squad to help small businesses with their technology needs. Verizon's new IT Help Desk is staffed with Geek Squad Agents who work around-the-clock to assist with implementing new technologies or troubleshooting any IT problems that may arise. The new offering adds Geek Squad support to Verizon's mobility and security IT platforms to give small business owners the tools needed to enable the most up-to-date technology to help compete and grow their businesses. "Technology innovation continues to unlock value and create revenue opportunities for small and medium businesses, which are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy," said Janet Schijns, vice president of vertical solutions and channels for Verizon Enterprise Solutions. "Our new offering allows business owners to tap into today's sophisticated wireless and advanced technologies with the peace of mind that trusted tech support is readily available anytime the need arises." [The … [Read more...] about Verizon & Best Buy Launch IT Help Desk for Small Business Owners
Workplace interventions for sedentary behavior seem to have backfired. While physical inertness may lead to complications such as obesity, cardiac disease and increased chances of death, standing instead of sitting does not seem to help much when it comes to health matters. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More 20 studies were conducted with 2174 participants. Nine of them noted down physical changes in the office while four of them noted down changes in office policy. Seven of the studies evaluated information and counseling interventions. One of them was constant over all markers. Standing desks decreased seated time by half an hour to two hours per day, researchers write in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.When this approach was combined with other markers, the seated time decreased by the same amount as previously mentioned. Total sitting time was reduced by 30 minutes or more.Those who worked at treadmill stations at standing desks … [Read more...] about Standing Desks Are As Bad As Sitting All Day
Presenting a good image to your boss requires more than just producing quality work. New research shows that the state of an employee's workspace also impacts what their manager thinks of them.The study from the staffing firm OfficeTeam revealed a number of things about employees' offices and desks that leave a bad taste in their bosses' mouths. Specifically, more than half of those surveyed said a messy or disorganized desk is what irks them most.In addition, 21 percent said displaying inappropriate or offensive photos or phrases is what they find most bothersome, and 15 percent said having too many knickknacks or decorations is what they find most distracting."Your workspace is a reflection of you," Brandi Britton, a district president for OfficeTeam, said in a statement. "Keep it tidy and make sure there isn't anything on display that might cause others to question your professionalism."The good news is that while some employees might not keep their desks very tidy, the vast … [Read more...] about Keep It Clean: What Does Your Desk Say About You?
Having a successful career does not require you to sit behind a desk and plug away at a computer all day. In fact, there are a large number of nondesk jobs in a variety of industries that are growing and thriving and offering workers a direct path to the middle class, according to a new analysis of labor market data from CareerBuilder. In all, there are 170 non-desk occupations that pay $15 per hour or more on average, do not require a four-year degree for a typical entry-level position, and have seen at least 6 percent job growth over the last four years. "The U.S. workforce has gradually shifted to office-based work due to the rise of the professional services economy and productivity gains associated with information technology," Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, said in a statement. "But some of the healthiest areas of job growth year after year are in middle-skill occupations that don't require workers to sit in front of computer monitors and phones … [Read more...] about Hate Sitting Behind a Desk? 18 Best Jobs for You
From stressful meetings to sitting eight hours a day, working a desk job does not always make it easy to protect your health. But a few tweaks to your daily habits can boost both your health and your productivity.Here are five simple things you can do to improve and maintain your physical, emotional and mental health, even from behind a desk.If your job causes you stress, you're not alone. According to a report released by the American Institute of Stress, nearly 50 percent of workers feel they need help managing job stress. Since stress is directly tied to health problems like heart disease and depression, lowering the anxiety you feel from work may be one of the best things you can do for your health.Start with regular exercise, which research has found reduces stress hormones like cortisol and increases your sense of mental well-being. You can also improve stress levels by getting seven hours or more of sleep each night. Too little sleep can cause you to respond to stress in … [Read more...] about 5 Good Habits to Keep You Healthy at Your Desk Job
Got a messy desk? Don't worry. It likely just means you're creative and full of new ideas. A clean desk, by contrast, suggests generosity and conventionality. Either way, there's room for both kinds of desks in most offices, new research shows. New research finds that workers with desks in varying states of organization and cleanliness may have various skills to offer employers and fellow workers . [Having Friends at Work Leads to Longer Life] "Prior work has found that a clean setting leads people to do good things: Not engage in crime, not litter, and show more generosity," said Kathleen Vohs, a University of Minnesota psychological scientist who conducted the research with fellow researchers. "We found, however, that you can get really valuable outcomes from being in a messy setting." In the first of several experiments, participants were asked to fill out some questionnaires in an office. Some completed the task in a clean and orderly office, while others did so in an unkempt … [Read more...] about What a Messy (or Neat) Desk Reveals About You
There are a number of negatives keeping employees who work behind a desk all day from being completely content. Not getting outside much, gaining too much weight and having to be in front of a computer hour upon hour are some of the drawbacks of having a desk job, according to a new study from CareerBuilder. More than half the employees who are deskbound said in the survey that not getting enough physical activity, staring at a computer screen for most of the day and being stuck inside are the biggest disadvantages of having a desk job. Additionally, 24 percent said they don't like working at a desk because there isn't enough variety in their work, while 23 percent said the biggest downside is that there are too many distractions, including numerous disruptions from co-workers. Desk jobs also aren't good for the waistline. Nearly half of employees surveyed have gained weight in their current position compared to 30 percent of workers in non-desk jobs. Overall, 58 percent of workers in … [Read more...] about Hate Your Desk Job? You’ve Got Good Reason
While IT departments are charged with keeping the technical side of a business up and running, a new poll shows a number of employees think their IT colleagues can help with much more than fixing computers. "Can you help me fix my toilet?" and "How do I clean cat hair out of my computer fan?" were just some of the bizarre — but real — requests reportedly made to IT department help desks according to a survey by staffing firm Robert Half Technology. The chief information officers who were surveyed noted a number of unusual and strange calls for help that have come through their department, including: "How do I remove a sesame seed from the keyboard?" "I need help drilling holes in the wall." "I need you to install a video monitoring system." "Can I turn on the coffee pot with my computer?" "I dropped my phone in the toilet. What should I do?" "I want to download software to change an audio file to video." "How do I pirate software?" "We need you to fix the … [Read more...] about The 15 Strangest (and Funniest) Help Desk Questions
Are company help desks being too helpful? A recent survey of more than 900 IT professionals found that enterprise help desks — an important troubleshooting resource for employees and customers alike — are a popular target for hackers seeking access to a company's sensitive data. The 2013 Help Desk Security and Privacy Survey, conducted by the Internet security training company SANS, found that in businesses of every size, regardless of industry, help desk personnel are proving to be easy prey for social engineering attacks. Trust me, I need help Social engineering, also known as pretexting or phishing, is a targeted attack on an individual or a business by a malicious third party. In these types of attacks, the "engineer" pretends to be someone else in an attempt to fraudulently obtain private information about a person or company — anything from network passwords to Social Security numbers to corporate documents. Recently, many social engineering attackers have … [Read more...] about Is Your Company’s Help Desk Helping Hackers?
If you have USB cables, cell phone chargers and other connecters lying all around your desk, just get a couple of binder clips from your nearest stationery store and fix them to one edge of your table as shown in the picture.The wire arms (or the handles) of the binder clip can act as “holders” to not only give you quick access to your most frequently used computer cables but they’ll also prevent the wires from falling off your computer table.Binder Clips are available in many different sizes so if you are working on a thick desk, you may want to buy a larger version of the clip. … [Read more...] about Neatly Organize USB Cables and Charging Cords on your Desk