It is hard to believe that 2021 has been left in the dust, and 2022 is taking center stage. Throughout the pandemic, workplaces have had to make hard decisions, forcing them to adapt to new universal changes fast for their business to continue as usual in a time that was so uncertain. From employees working from home to businesses having to brace the change of social media platforms and different internet applications, making sure that your staff are comfortable with the technology your business is using is imperative for your company's success.
We have seen companies from big to small facing the same problem in this digital era: introduce and integrate new technologies into your business effectively, or possibly face getting left behind by your other competitors. If you run a business, there is a high chance that you have already considered streamlining your processes and moving your business to an online productivity suite.
By using Microsoft 365 for Business, you are helping create an integral and strategic direction within your business. Besides unique features such as Exchange Online, SharePoint Online or Teams Online, Microsoft Office 365 enables multiple security functions, data analyses, project work, real-time communication, social networks and much more. With automatic updates, your company always uses the latest version of Microsoft 365 without the need to implement significant migration projects or to provide substantial resources to the issue, helping you focus on what matters most; your company.
According to Microsoft, "Office 365 is designed to meet enterprise security requirements through strong governance and security-aware engineering at every step. Our industry-leading Security Development Life Cycle ensures that security best practices are followed at every stage of service development and delivery. We proactively monitor our services to protect from both known and unknown threats, and we approach security with enterprise businesses top of mind. Office 365 is hosted in Microsoft's network of highly available data centers, built and operated with a defence-in-depth approach to people, processes, and technology. Microsoft Forefront™ Online Protection for Exchange, included with Office 365, protects organizations against viruses and spam and is highly configurable to meet business needs. User connections to the service are protected with 128-bit Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) encryption."
Sometimes, the biggest challenge is taking the first step to streamline your company processes better. Suppose you and your employees utilize all of the features of Microsoft 365. In that case, you can have peace of mind knowing that you took the proper steps within our personalized and reliable community to streamline your business, create more time, and spend less money. With seamless integration into the processes that work best for you, our courses help increase overall efficiency, making life easier for you and your business.
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As the work world is transitioning into a new hybrid era, more companies recognize the industry value of a centralized experience for employees. Platforms combining the best personal business management tools and department-wide collaborative resources make work available for individuals globally. Introduced initially as Skype's replacement application, Microsoft Teams has rapidly come into its own as a hub for collaboration and productivity that easily scales alongside your business through Microsoft Business 365.
Microsoft Teams is a next-generation calling and meeting experience built on Office 365's hyper-scale, enterprise-grade cloud. The platform combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments for an intuitive work experience. These features translate to:
The Microsoft Teams interface makes it easy for businesses working both in the physical office or a hybrid model to create projects, invite team members, and share files seamlessly. Employees can keep track of deadlines, provide real-time feedback to other team members or clients, and use the "command box" for a unique smart search tool. Higher-ups in your business can use the convenient scheduling and shift management features to delegate responsibility and monitor employee progress as it happens easily. Microsoft Teams also integrates with your Outlook calendar, which gives you the option to view existing meetings with team members or clients and schedule new ones in seconds. At the same time, the practical "Activity" tab tracks unread messages, mentions, and replies.
Because Microsoft Teams is part of the Office 365 suite, it delivers the latest in advanced security for employees and clients. With two-factor authentication on both group and organization-wide levels, Microsoft Teams features single sign-on through Azure Active Directory, which provides staff access and identity management for users of cloud-based applications.
If we haven’t already convinced you to make the switch to Microsoft Teams, there are so many other benefits that this blog has not touched on yet. As a component of the Office 365 suite, Microsoft Teams has built-in applications for Word, PowerPoint, SharePoint, OneDrive, which allow your employees to collaborate through familiar and streamlined mediums instead of going from different, not compatible apps. With other exclusive app features like curated recommendations for Productivity, Sales and Support, Project Management, Analytics and Business Intelligence, Teams truly sets themselves apart from other competitors like the G-Suite.
At Creative Business Solutions, we have a team of professionals ready to help your business save more money and overall time, allowing you to spend time on what matters: giving your focus to your team. We understand that new platforms like Microsoft can be confusing on your own. Our Microsoft 365 Business For Business Owners course gives a powerhouse of resources to increase your business’ efficiency and effectiveness. Learn necessary industry skills that are not typically taught, like the best practices and practical ways to systematize processes and elevate your business using Microsoft 365 Business. Contact us today at email@example.com to learn about our course and how we can help you streamline your business or accounting practice with Microsoft 365 Business.
Are you tired of constantly relying on faulty cloud services for your business? Many businesses and online users often have a hard time understanding what Microsoft 365 for Business actually is and how it can significantly benefit your company.
Often, this service is just equated to another Microsoft office product, assuming that you would receive the classic office-based services like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other typical applications that come "from the cloud." But, Microsoft 365 for Business is different, offering users a variety of exclusive features and additional benefits. In this blog, we are talking all about what you can do with Microsoft 365 for Business.
What is the difference?
At CSB, we get asked this question all of the time. Our honest answer? Microsoft 365 for Business helps foster and create a strategic and integral direction within your business's enterprise. With exclusive Microsoft 365 for Business features like SharePoint Online and Teams for Business Online, users enjoy increased security functions, real-time communication, project work, and so much more!
Why should my company and I subscribe to Microsoft 365 for Business?
We could go on for literally hours talking about all of the positive reasons why you and your company's lives would get significantly more manageable if you made the switch to Microsoft 365 for Business, but we will keep it nice and simple. You would have the benefit of one software lifecycle. Let us break it down for you. Having Microsoft 365 for Business means that all of your online apps and communication channels are streamlined into one convenient location. In addition, this gives your team members the chance to collaborate and work together on projects online. Because Microsoft 365 for Business offers a cloud-based platform, it enables employees to gain secure access to organizational data from any device, any time, anywhere. This unique feature can be a significant benefit and help for those organizations that have employees working both on-site or at home.
At CSB Creative Business Solutions, we have a team of professionals here to help you save more money and overall time, allowing you to spend time on what matters: giving your focus to your team. Our Microsoft 365 for Business course for Business Owners provides a powerhouse of resources to increase your business's efficiency and effectiveness. Learn essential industry skills that are not typically taught, like the best practices and practical ways to systematize processes and elevate your business using Microsoft 365 for Business. Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our course and how we can help you streamline your business or accounting practice with Microsoft 365 for Business.
At Creative Business Solutions, we are ready to help your business increase efficiency and improve your bottom line. But, for a quick fix, we have put together 5 steps that can help you and your business streamline your workflow that will help you increase your productivity!
Raise your hand if you feel as if the way you work online feels complicated. Let's admit it, as individuals in the business industry, we all tend to overcomplicate tasks and projects, especially when we are running them (and if you don't, seriously, we are giving you a gold star). Whether your issue is project monitoring with staff and clients, a wide array of apps that do not go together or making sure that you follow a comprehensive to-do list, teams often make their tasks overcomplicated. Let's jump right into these helpful tips to streamline your workflow.
1. Analyze your Current Business Workflow
We know that this sounds easy, but trust us, making sure you fully understand your businesses' current workflow is critical. List every process that you currently use, including all of your online applications and look deeply at what is working and what isn't. The main goal of this first step is to look at what applications and processes you want to continue to use.
2. Identify Key Areas where your Business wants to Focus
Done analyzing the ins and outs of your business? Awesome, it's time to move on to the fun stuff. To move forward, identify key factors that may have been affecting the effectiveness of your business. Make sure to fill in the gaps to help create a better version of your previous workflow process.
3. Break Down your Process & Prioritize Work
Make sure to keep your new process simple; break it down as much as possible. Take a long look at all of your improved methods and rate each process on a scale from one (the most important) to ten (the least important). By doing this, you are keeping your new workflow maintained correctly and on the right track to achieve the best possible outcome.
4. Document Everything!
Document what is working and what is not. Make sure to communicate with your team members to ensure that this new workflow method is working for them and be ready to answer any questions they may have.
5. Still Don't Know Where to Start?
Do you still have no idea how to make your workflow more streamlined? We get it; there is no easy way to start. At CSB Creative Business Solutions, we have a team of professionals here to help you save more money and overall time, giving your focus to your team. Our Microsoft 365 Business For Business Owners course gives a powerhouse of resources to increase your business's efficiency and effectiveness. Learn important industry skills, best practices, and practical ways to systematize processes and elevate your business using Microsoft 365 Business. Contact us today at email@example.com to learn about our course and how we can help you streamline your business or accounting practice with Microsoft 365 Business.
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It is no hidden fact that COVID-19 has thrown a wrench in everyone’s plans for the past 18 months. Many different industries have seen massive and rapid changes in the workplace. The work from home trend has become an increasingly popular option for both employers and employees alike. As COVID-19 is beginning to decrease, many different businesses have faced the challenge of going back to “business as usual.” Although the answer may vary for various businesses, the importance of streamlining your business post-COVID era is critical for future success.
Working From the Office or From Home: What is the Ideal Work Environment?
While some workplaces have moved to total remote work, others have adopted the hybrid work model, which focuses on giving employees the choice to work from home or in the office. Increased flexibility in the workplace boosted productivity and morale from employees.
Now that all of the mandatory Alberta mandates are close to being lifted, many businesses are deciding to continue letting employees work in a hybrid model. This change allows and empowers employees to choose what works best for them while still producing quality work. Some businesses that cannot have staff work from home are facing staffing issues because employees want to continue to work from home.
The Chosen Network And Security For Your Hybrid Work Model
With many businesses adopting the hybrid model into their overall business plan, ensuring that your business is secure should be a high priority. With Microsoft 365 Business, employers and companies can ditch all of the typical third-party applications their employees use and streamline their communication. Microsoft 365 Business offers tools and features that most people don't utilize or even know to exist that would streamline their business processes. Many businesses don’t realize that deleting the apps your business doesn't need increases the overall efficiency, and all Microsoft 365 Business applications integrate seamlessly. Ensure that your employees are on the same page, even when they are working remotely!
Are you looking to take the leap and integrate Microsoft 365 into your business? CSB Creative Business Solutions offers a unique 12-week course. The Microsoft 365 Business Course For Business Owners focuses on systematizing 12 different Microsoft 365 tools to ensure that your business is getting the most that it can out of your Microsoft 365 subscription.
Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our course and how we can help you streamline your business or accounting practice with Microsoft 365 Business.
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Cathy Badry, BComm, CPB