Staff prefer working from home

Do your staff prefer working from home? It seems that 9 out of 10 workers would like the option to work from home. Take a look at this article https://www.verdict.co.uk/working-from-home.

The spread of home working is opening up a new range of possibilities for the way businesses can work and structure themselves.

As well as opportunities and benefits, home working brings new responsibilities for the employer and employee. Employees with 26 weeks service have a statutory right to request flexible-working arrangements such as home working and you have to seriously consider such requests.

Staff prefer working from home

Your staff can be just as effective working from home. Make sure they have the correct set up, access to data and communications to contact clients and colleagues.

So, do your staff prefer working from home? We compare working from home to working in the office.

Advantages of employees working from home

With increasing numbers of employees working at home – or using home as a working base for at least part of the week – it’s clear there are a number of benefits for business, such as:

  • Improved employee retention – home working can help retain employees with an otherwise long daily commute.
  • Access to a wider pool of applicants – for example, such as those from more geographically remote areas, or people who may prefer to work from home.
  • Possible productivity gains – due to fewer interruptions, allowing more focused work.
  • Increased staff motivation – with staff having a better work/life balance.
  • Financial benefits – savings on office space and other facilities.
  • Convenience – ability to locate sales staff near clients rather than in your premises.
  • Better work/life balance – employees working from home can lead to improvements in health and well-being.

Advantages of employees working from the office

Though there are some benefits to employees working at the office:

  • Monitoring performance – it is easier to manage office workers and monitor their performance.
  • Cost of working from the office – costs will be lower for each employee to work at the office. No training and providing suitable equipment will be required. This includes adaptations to meet health and safety standards within the home office environment.
  • Staff development – easier to maintain staff development and upgrading skills.
  • Information security risk – less risk of data leakage.
  • Reduced isolation – home working can be lonely.
  • Increased staff morale – it is easier for a team to bond in the same location.
  • Some jobs can not be done at home.
  • Better work/life balance – employees working away from home can lead to improvements in health and well-being.

A shift towards home working doesn’t mean employees have to work only at home. Often splitting time between home and the workplace is the most productive solution and you may want the homeworker to attend meetings to keep them fully involved and informed.

LIS are here to assist you with the transition of home working. Our experienced IT professionals can advise on improving remote worker capabilities and keep critical systems working. We can also advise on the best way to keep ICT equipment clean and hygienic for hot desking and shared areas. Contact us for more information.

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Location Monitoring

We announced last month that Lodge Information Services (LIS) launched its latest product The Office 365 Security Package. This is final part of the package, focusing on Location Monitoring.

One of the biggest concerns within any business is IT security. The rising use of the cloud and mobile devices has bought with it cost savings. As a result, there are increased data security risks. Take a look at our latest video below for more information.

Automatic alerts are sent to the LIS Help Desk whenever a login is spotted from a suspicious location. What’s more, LIS can choose the zone you want monitoring based on country, region, city or IP address. Exclusions can also be added for example if an employee is on holiday or working away from the office. It’s in our control! If we detect any changes, we will obviously inform our clients.

Our Office 365 Security Package is a bundle of software tools

The package works continuously on Microsoft Office 365 accounts. They provide genuine protection benefits that EVERY business ought to have. We manage EVERYTHING for you. It’s all in our hands, which is exactly how it should be. Giving you peace of mind to allow you to concentrate on your business.

Download our Office 365 A Risky Business booklet to find our more.

Track login access for your employees when they are abroad. With location monitoring there is no time to waste. You can change the password straight away. This ensures your data is safe to attacks from the outside world. Location monitoring will help your business control cybercrime and your staff’s security.

LIS can help your company to protect your IT system. As a result, making sure the outside your team have the right access. Giving you peace of mind that your files are safe. We take care of your IT security to enable you to concentrate on your business!

Contact us to make sure you are protected.

Entertain The Children

How to you entertain the children whilst working from home? Guilty of giving your children your phone to watch YouTube for 5 minutes while you try to complete some work? Well now you can do that without them opening 100 other apps and calling your Grandma. Look at this cool trick to entertain the children.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/11607292/iphone-lock-touchscreen-ipad-kids-cat-pet-how

It means parents can hand an iPhone to their kids to watch a YouTube video without fear of them getting into the phone’s other apps. The setting can be found in any iOS device, so it works with iPads as well. The trick was shared on Facebook where it quickly picked up thousands of likes and shared more than 128,000 times.

Entertain The Children

Parental controls. Have peace of mind that your children are safe without them having access to all your apps.

How to use Guided Access to lock an iPhone touchscreen

If you have an iPhone (or iPad) go into the Settings menu and find the ‘General’ tab. Scroll down to Accessibility and tap it, then go to the bottom to find the option to toggle on Guided Access. Once you’ve toggled it on, all you need to do is triple-click the power switch (or Home button if you’re using an older iPhone or iPad) to enable it. Now you can hand the phone over to your partner, child or pet without worrying about them poking and prodding through your phone.

Other iPhone Hacks You Never Knew About

There are dozens of cool iPhone features hidden beneath the surface that you probably weren’t even aware of and not just the knowledge that cat litter can bring your phone back from a watery death. Readers Digest have recently published some other iPhone Hacks might not know about. Check out full article click here.

If you would like to discuss the latest technology, phone systems, laptops or computers for your business contact us. The LIS Help Desk are more than happy to help you with your requirements and troubleshooting.

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How to choose the best laptop?

With hundreds of models to choose from, you’ll want to a laptop that suits your business needs. How to choose the best laptop? Amongst the decisions you need to make are… the biggest decisions will be how much you want to spend – what many don’t realise is that if you’re after a good all-rounder for day-to-day tasks, it doesn’t have to be a lot.

Looking for new laptops for your team working from home? This business laptop doesn’t quite top a MacBook Pro, but it comes highly recommended and is half the price. Read the latest review at Techrader.

How to buy the best laptop?

Exceeds Expectation. The all-new 10th generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor and ultra-fast SSD are designed for on-the-go creations with faster rendering capability and boot up time.

Why buy from LIS?

We are not a retail shop. We are an established IT and Networking Support business. Our team have many years of IT experience and will advise you on the best solution for your business needs. We won’t just supply you a laptop. Before we deliver it to you, we will install Office 365, set up all the accounts, install anti-spam and anti-virus software. We can also supply all your IT aftersales and IT support with remote access. All you need to do once you receive your new laptop is plug and play. You are then ready to go, run your business and make money.

 

Top five questions to ask when buying a laptop

Before you start shopping for a laptop, it will help to know the answers to the following five key questions.

How much should I spend on a laptop?

The lower end of the market starts from £200. Ideal for home use. To the higher end for e.g. Apple MacBooks, more than £1,000.

Operating system – what type of laptop do I need?

There are three major players when it comes to the software (operating system) your computer runs on.

  Buy a Windows 10 laptop if…
You prefer the familiarity of Windows.
Have specialist software you can’t live without.
Want a big variety of laptops to choose from.
  Buy a MacBook if…
You have a budget of at least £950.
Value longevity and build quality.
Use other Apple products, or are happy to learn a new operating system.
  Buy a Chromebook if…
You’re on a budget.
Value simplicity.
Don’t mind working in web-based application.

 

How powerful does my laptop need to be?

If you need a laptop for light use and note taking, look for Intel Pentium or Intel Core i3 and at least 4GB of Ram for a great experience. Go for Intel Core i5 and i7 and AMD Ryzen 5 and 7 and at least 8GB of Ram if you’re a heavy user. Look for dedicated graphics from Nvidia and AMD if you want to game.

Screen – what size and resolution of laptop display do I need?

A laptop’s screen is one case where bigger isn’t always better. If you want a longer-lasting battery and a more portable device, you may want to go for an 11, 12 or 13-inch display; most of these will weigh between 1kg and 1.5kg. The largest you’re likely to see is 15 or 17 inches, with weight increasing to around 2kg to 3kg.

How much laptop storage do I really need?

Go for an SSD unless you really, really need more storage at all times. Storage capacity, measured in the size of the hard disk drive (HDD) in gigabytes (GB) or terabytes (TB, equal to 1,000GB), determines how many things your PC can hold. Documents, photos, music, movies, programs – they all take up space.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss the most suitable hardware, software, security and business requirements. Our friendly, experienced and knowledgeable team will be glad to assist you.

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Apple set to launch glasses?

Apple set to launch glasses? Google Glass didn’t work out so well… how will the launch of Apple Glasses do?

It’s been an open secret for years that Apple is developing augmented reality (AR) glasses, particularly since the announcement of ARKit at WWDC. No wonder: with Google and Microsoft actively developing devices, it seems like a party Apple can’t afford to miss.

But what exactly does Apple have in its sights, and when are we going to see the new glasses?

A couple of patents granted in January 2020 gave some insight into Apple’s plans for a headset. A trusted source in May 2020 suggests, an announcement about price, specs by the end of the year. The source of that leak has also claimed that Apple is working on a separate, round-framed Steve Jobs Heritage Edition of the product, and we’re not sure whether to take him seriously.

In this feature, we look at all the latest Apple AR glasses rumours, patents and possible release date details, including iOS 13 support for AR glasses.

Apple set to launch glasses?

Apple Glass could redefine wearable computing. Here’s everything we know so far.

What is augmented reality?

First, a quick refresher on terms, as many get AR and VR confused. VR headsets are mounted on the head in a similar way to ski goggles, and completely block your view of the outside world. They track your head movement, and the 3D image displayed inside the headset moves accordingly. This makes it appear as if you’re wholly inside a 3D ‘virtual’ world.

AR glasses are see-through. An image is displayed in front of your eyes to see the world around you. AR hit the headlines in recent years, first thanks to Google Glass (which displays 2D images) and more recently with a headset developed by Microsoft called HoloLens that embeds 3D images in the world around you.

For more information about this exciting new product take a look at the article written by Daniel Piper for Creative Bloq.

If you would like to discuss you IT requirements or talk about the latest technology contact the LIS Help desk. We are a friendly bunch and will always do our best to help you.

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