Category Archives: Tips from Employees

Our employees know our technology and our customers better than anyone else. Each month we will feature a new tip and a little bio about one of our office personalities.

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.

 

Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT: Cyber Security Awareness Month

Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT: Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – the perfect time to give your accounts and devices the protection they deserve, and learn about the current threats you face online. While there is no sure-fire way to completely defend your different accounts and devices, there are some general guidelines that everyone can use to fight… Continue Reading

Kids spend how much time online?

How much time do you think your kids spend using media everyday—Three hours? Five hours? Try NINE. According to some recent research, no joke, kids ages 8-18 spend about nine hours using media on any given day (more than they might sleep!). That includes watching TV, videos, movies, playing video games, listening to music and… Continue Reading

13 Mother’s Day gift ideas

13 Mother’s Day gift ideas

There’s just a few shopping days left until Mother’s Day, but no worries. We’ve got you covered. Missy Kellor – a blogger with BendBroadband’s parent company, TDS Telecom – gathered some moms and brainstormed gift ideas and some pro tips to help you maximize the impact of your present. Prices range from zero dollars all… Continue Reading

Time to reboot your modem

Our new Internet packages are now effective. In order to enjoy higher upstream speeds, Gold Internet customers should reboot their modems. The instructions are simple. Simply switch the power off to your modem or Alpha gateway for several seconds and power it back up. According to our tech guys, 40% of Internet problems can be… Continue Reading

Phone scams leave you hanging

Phone scams leave you hanging

Phone scams are getting more persistent, even in Central Oregon. Scam artists are taking to the phone, and people are getting hooked. Crooks are selling dream vacations, bogus stock tips, or promising a stake in huge lottery winnings. The offer sounds really good: “You are the winner of an all-expenses paid vacation to Europe. All… Continue Reading