how can i reopen my business safely?

how should i reopen my business?

Everything is different. How do I safely and intelligently bring my employees back to work during this new normal?

There are so many spinning plates, what am I not thinking of?

Here are four comprehensive checklists detailing plans concerning your people, office space, technology, and clients.

While some of the guidelines seem like no-brainers, several points highlight easy, actionable items to improve employee satisfaction, client retention, and overall success of your business.

People

Preparing properly can alleviate employee concerns, allowing them to focus on the work not the global health crisis.

Office Space

Practicing social distancing will maintain employee safety and allow for some employees to return to in-office work, returning your employees in waves, or allowing for part-time remote work.

Technology

Your technology goal is to ensure employees have what they need to do their jobs effectively.

Clients

If you are a business serving other businesses, you play an important role in helping your clients get back to the office as well.

 

Click here to view the full checklists created by one of our valued vendors.

How do I set my business up for remote work?

How do I set my business up for remote work?

Install secure VPN connections

Installing a business VPN will secure connections with encryption, reducing the risk of a security breech into your company data. PremierePC offers fully managed network services and has introduced an enterprise HaaS service model allowing to lease first-class equipment.

Prepare to use video conferencing intensively

Video conferencing is the best alternative to in-person meetings, keeping employees connected to each other and clients. Reliable conferencing platforms are a must to ensure secure and consistent communication. We offer several managed solutions to help accomplish this including our GoTo Connect and GoTo Meeting bundle as well as Microsoft Teams.

Business Phone Systems

Ensure cloud application connections are securely in place

If your business uses cloud applications, ensure they are ready for remote logins and your team has the correct devices needed to connect. Ensure that you are using 2FA / MFA/ SSO to secure and integrate access. If your business does not use cloud applications, it is time to do so.

Devise a remote communications plan

Make use of communications solutions such as Microsoft Teams to boost employee communication. Keep everyone on the same page and working together.

What is Office 365 for Business?

Explore remote IT support options

Having a dedicated IT firm to turn to in these times can provide a ton of value to your team. Give your team an edge and improve your cybersecurity posture by letting us advise, consult, and implement your solutions. Using encrypted remote connections and appropriate authentication, our technicians can access your devices and resolve issues remotely while you keep an eye on all the work performed.

Business Computer and Network Support

Starting April 2nd, G Suite Basic and G Suite Business will see a rate increase.

You can learn more about the price change here.

PremierePC client will see the rate increase effective with their April invoice. 

If you are a current G Suite client and would like to discuss migrating to another platform like Microsoft 365 let us know.

We have assisted a large portion of our client base migrate to avoid the rate increase while also getting a more secure and productive set of tools.

Office 365 combines email, productivity, and desktop software into a single license to help  keep you and your team focused on what you do. With the introduction of Teams last year, the platform as taken a step forward for modern integrated organizations. 

We can offer remote demos, setup, integration, and training.

PremierePC will continue to service and sell both G Suite and Microsoft Office 365 as we always have.

SnapRecordings has been a wonderful partner for many of our clients who utilize our hosted phone platform. Get professional recordings at great prices. 

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  • 12 ready-to-use professional, pre-recorded holiday voicemail greetings and hold messages
  • Holiday Messaging Guid
  • Discount courtesy of Snap Recordings!

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Did you know that with a Greenville County Library card you can gain access to hours of professional training material?

Getting started is super easy. 

1. If you do not already have a library card, go get one already.
https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/get-a-card

2. Ensure you know your library card number and PIN

3. Go to this link:
https://www.greenvillelibrary.org/learn-a-skill

Our library system offers some great resources to help you learn computers and other skills. Here are some highlights:

Computer Workshops
Computer workshops are free, open to the public and do not require a Library card. Designed to enhance your personal or job-related skills, there are computer workshops for every learning level.

Lynda.com Highly Recommended
 GCLS card holders now have access to thousands of free online training videos and courses. Want to learn to code? Need help with Photoshop, Excel, financial literacy, writing or overcoming procrastination? There is a topic for everyone! Courses can be taken on any desktop, laptop or tablet. You create your own account, track your progress and even earn certificates to show others you are keeping your skills razor-sharp.

Support your local library and learn something in the process, win win!

Happy learning!

 

Take advantage of free document shredding at three locations in the Upstate.    
   

Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate & AARP® South Carolina are partnering together to host Secure Your ID “Shred Day,” a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection. This fraud prevention and education initiative program features on-site document destruction and distribution of identity theft tips and resources for consumers.

                                                                          2017 Stats

Five shred day events in Anderson, Greenville and Simpsonville
Served 1061 cars
Shredded 35 tons

On Saturday, October 13, the Greenville shred event will be held at the BBB office, 408 N. Church St., Greenville SC 29601 and the Anderson shred event will be held at Anderson Mall (Back Entrance) Civic Center Blvd Entrance into Mall off Martin Luther King Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621.

On Friday, October 19, the Simpsonville shred event will be held at Heritage Park, 861 SE Main Street, Simpsonville SC 29680.

AARP® and Better Business Bureau® Education Foundation (BBBEF) will be providing educational handouts to prevent consumers and businesses from becoming victims of identity theft.

Individuals and businesses can take advantage of FREE on-site document shredding, electronic recycling, and take home practical tips to prevent identity theft online and off.
Goodwill on-site accepting old desktop computers, laptops, monitors and printers.  Before reselling, hard drives are wiped clean to the standards of the US Department of Defense.

Maximum number of boxes and plastic bags per consumer, business and vehicle is 3. Cardboard boxes will be emptied and returned to consumers. Due to safety concerns and to ensure that we are able to serve as many vehicles as possible, we are unable to accept people on foot this year or allow people to get out of their vehicle to watch their paper shredded.  The complimentary shred event is first come, first serve or until the shred trucks fill up, so coming early is advised. 

For more information about Shred Day, contact the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate at (864) 242-5052.     

PremierePC will be fully operational during the storm and has taken steps to be available should there be any local disruptions.

Should you or your team need support, please contact us at the office at 864.335.9223.

In addition, please use the links below to plan as well as track the storm:

Checklists:

http://hurricanesafety.org/prepare/hurricane-safety-checklists/

https://www.redcross.org/content/dam/redcross/atg/PDF_s/Preparedness___Disaster_Recovery/Disaster_Preparedness/Hurricane/Hurricane.pdf

Trackers:

https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

https://www.wsj.com/graphics/hurricane-tracker/

https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/tracker

Views from Space:
Incredible perspective from above.
 

https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/staring-down-hurricane-florence

Google is making it easier to see the search, browsing and YouTube viewing history it keeps on you, to delete any items you don’t want included, and to stop the company from logging your activity in future …


It’s doing this to comply with new European privacy regulations, known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

To see the data Google stores on your web searches, browsing and YouTube viewing, visit the My Activity page.

You can delete individual items from this timeline by clicking on the three-dot menu top-right. You can also click the Details link in this menu to see additional information, such as other YouTube videos you watched in the same session.
You can now choose to switch off data-logging for the following categories:

  • Web & app activity
  • Location history
  • Device information
  • Voice & audio activity
  • YouTube search history
  • YouTube watch history

Google has also rewritten its privacy policy in plain English, another legal requirement for GDPR compliance.
Additionally, Google said that it is making it easier to port your Google data to other services, for example to transfer photos from Google Photos to other online photo repositories.
You can find out more at the company’s blog post.

Source:
https://9to5mac.com/2018/05/11/how-to-delete-google-logs/

 

Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate & AARP® South Carolina are partnering together to host Shred Day, a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection.
On Friday, April 20, the Simpsonville shred event will be held at Simpsonville City Park, 100 Park Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681. On Saturday, April 21, the Greenville shred event will be held at the BBB office, 408 N. Church St., Greenville SC 29601 and Anderson Mall, 3131 North Main Street, Anderson SC 29621. All three events will take place from 9 am to noon.
Individuals and small businesses can take advantage of FREE on-site document shredding, electronic recycling, and take home practical tips to prevent identity theft online and off.
Goodwill® Industries will be on site at each location to recycle computer equipment such as monitors, printers and hard drives; all of which will be wiped by Goodwill® according to Department of Defense Standards.

The maximum number of boxes per consumer or business is five.  The size limit is a banker box or smaller and 13-gallon bags or smaller. The complimentary shred event is first come, first serve. There is a possibility the trucks may fill up before noon, so coming early is advised. Due to safety concerns and to ensure that we are able to serve as many vehicles as possible, we are unable to accept people on foot this year or allow people to get out of their vehicle to watch their paper shredded.   

For more information about Shred Day, contact the Better Business Bureau of the Upstate at (864) 242-5052.         

Take advantage of recycling documentation and your electronics on the following dates:

 
Friday, April 20Saturday, April 21Saturday, April 21
100 Park Drive408 N. Church Street3131 North Main Street
Simpsonville City ParkBetter Business Bureau of the UpstateAnderson Mall
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.