Author Archives: Mike Wanta

Working at Home: Do it right

Working at Home: Do it right

Some people work better with ambient noise or chatter, while others work best with less distractions. If you happen to fall in the latter camp, then you might enjoy taking advantage of flexible work options. Working at home doesn’t just require an employer who gives you the opportunity to do so, it also requires a strong will, confidence in your worth, and integrity. Working at home is still a newer trend in most work places. This means there are still plenty of skeptics out there who simply won’t be on board with the change in work style. Overcoming this particular cultural hurdle can be done, but taking ownership is essential.

Here are six easy ways to do it right:

  1. Be transparent
    Keep your Outlook/Google calendar updated. This helps keep team members, bosses, and other colleagues in the know about where you are at all times. The last thing you want is people feeling like you’re hard to track down.
  1. Remind, remind, remind
    It’s easy to be “out of sight, out of mind” when it comes to working at home. As flex work options continue to be offered, it’s on everyone to be considerate and accepting when it comes to how people work. However, you can help yourself immensely by communicating in person when you plan to work at home. It’s important to reinforce that you’re just as available as would be in the office as you are at home or setup a regular schedule.
  1. Work with integrity
    Having self-discipline and setting parameters for yourself is essential when you work remotely. It’s really the only way to maximize the benefits of working at home—which can be a more focused and efficient environment if you approach it that way.
  1. Sit up straight
    If you find yourself getting too comfortable, brew a pot of coffee and setup shop at your kitchen table. This works the best for me when I need an extra push to cross off the final few things on the day’s to-do list.
  1. Keep distractions to a minimum
    Don’t dilute the benefit of a quieter environment by introducing or allowing distractions. This includes keeping the morning news on too long, distracting music, or even too much pet time. You wouldn’t allow those things at work so they shouldn’t be allowed at home.

Working at home is not for everyone. If it’s not your cup of tea, stick to the traditional workplace, but avoid chastising others for it. Some people thrive in an environment with less distractions. What it comes down to is whether or not the work is getting done. If you know you’ll be just as efficient working at home (if not more), advocate for yourself. At the end of the day you’ll be a better asset to your company.

 

4 business podcasts you should be listening to

4 business podcasts you should be listening to

Bored with the local radio station banter? Podcasts might be the answer. Unlike “talk radio,” podcasts aren’t bound by the clock and they’re not designed to please everyone at once. Instead, chart-topping podcasts are often put on by experts in their respective fields, making them an excellent replacement for the endless barrage of pop culture… Continue Reading

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

The Different Types of High Speed Internet for Business

When people talk about high speed internet, what are they really talking about? When you’re researching for a business high-speed internet  connection, undoubtedly the price is a huge deciding factor. Fiber will cost more than most types of internet connections. But let’s take a step back from thinking just about the price and see what… Continue Reading

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Does your business need a digital upgrade?

Over the past few decades as technology has advanced at a rapid rate, businesses have learned to adapt digitally, out of necessity to remain relevant and provide the best service possible. This undertaking by businesses to stay up-to-speed with technological advancements is the basis of digital business transformation. But before you can adapt to the… Continue Reading

7 LinkedIn Tips

7 LinkedIn Tips

They say, “It’s all about who you know,” when it comes to landing a job. With LinkedIn, the network of “who you know” only gets larger. That’s why it’s increasingly important to make sure you’re representing yourself accurately and professionally online. Working with a TDS Talent Acquisition Specialist in Human Resources, we came up with… Continue Reading

Best Business Podcasts for 2019

Best Business Podcasts for 2019

It’s almost a new year, which means it’s time to evaluate how you’re spending your time. When you’re on your way to work, do you listen to sports talk radio? Or maybe you listen to the same classic rock station that never changes their playlist? Don’t get me wrong, I like ESPN radio and belting… Continue Reading

New cyber security resources for small businesses

New cyber security resources for small businesses

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) just launched a new resource page for cybersecurity and small businesses. Small businesses are often the most vulnerable, because the scale and level of planning that hackers use for attacks is hard to defend against. This new resource page has everything from downloadable materials to quizzes for IT managers and business owners.… Continue Reading

Four Ways to Step Up your Out of Office Game

Four Ways to Step Up your Out of Office Game

In the words of House Claus of the North Pole: Holidays are Coming. While you’re no doubt busy with shopping, baking, and decorating (not to mention getting through all of those last minute end-of-the-year projects at work), don’t neglect another important office task – crafting your out of office message. Oh sure, you could play it… Continue Reading

7 things every Sales Summit needs

7 things every Sales Summit needs

It’s important to keep the employees happy who directly affect your company’s bottom line. While every department is vital to keeping your well-oiled company machine running, your Sales force deserves some careful attention. That’s why at TDS we throw a pretty mean Sales Summit for our Commercial Salesmen and women. Spectacular might be an understatement.… Continue Reading