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Tracking Coronavirus using Power BI

Visual representations make trends and differences easy to spot. Trying to make sense of the news during the Coronavirus crisis provides a powerful example of how difficult it can be to extract meaning from raw data. Like everybody else I have been struggling to interpret the daily deluge of numbers so I can determine whether

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Office Impact

How To Stay Calm and Be Resilient During a Business Crisis

You can’t escape the C-word at the moment. 

And by C-word we’re not referring to “coronavirus” – nor “COVID-19” (though, you can’t escape those either).

The word of the day is crisis. Because you know what – COVID-19 is just one crisis. It’s surely not the first, and it won’t be the last.

So here’s one particularly valuable thing you can learn from this situation: how to stay calm and logical in the face of any crisis – big or small – that impacts your company.

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Office Harmony

5 (Science-Backed) Strategies for Unleashing Staff Creativity

Whether you’re the manager of a team or working on a project with a group of staff, there are times when creativity is needed.

And the more of it you can tease out from everyone, the better the results are going to be.

Now, let’s not be mistaken here… creativity is not just a thing for artistic pursuits. It’s about generating fresh ideas, thinking laterally, coming up with unique ways to solve complex problems… regardless of the field you work in.

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Office Harmony

How (and Why) to Get Everyone Excited About Your Business Mission

It’s one thing to have a business mission. It’s another for your staff to live and breathe it. 

Because getting them on board isn’t exactly a walk in the park. 

In fact, less than half of workers in any industry feel strongly connected to their company’s mission, according to Gallup research

So how do you communicate your mission in a way that makes your whole team want to jump up and fly the flag? And is it really that important anyway?

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Security

How to Spot a Fake Email, Part 2: The Anatomy of a Scam

In our post on how to spot a fake email, we covered some easy ways to identify the spams, scams and spoofs that inevitably land in your inbox.

But it’s not easy to write one post covering everything. And it’s not uncommon for us to receive a few reports a day from our clients of scamming: there’s a lot of it out there, much of it increasingly hard to identify.

That’s why we’re going to break it down further today and take you through the anatomy of a scam email.

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Office Sanctuary

How To Regain Control of Your Inbox

Remember the days when your inbox was all shiny and new and empty? When every email arrived with an excited “ping” and you enthusiastically dove in to read and reply? 

Us neither.

Let’s face it, most inboxes nowadays are more like tentacled sea-monsters. They have you in their grasp, not the other way around. They’re uncontrollable. They’re scary.

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Security

Why Use Multi-Factor Authentication?

As we move increasingly towards online services, securing your account is more important than ever.

While computer viruses still exist, they’re no longer the route of choice for hackers to get control of your data. Instead, the prevalence of online services means that the bad guys are targeting your cloud services, such as your email and file storage.

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