Posts

Amazon Building

Amazon Coping With Warehouse Coronavirus Outbreaks In Over 10 Facilities

Amazon warehouse workers are currently enduring a huge wave of coronavirus cases appearing throughout the various factory locations in the United States. According to media reports, at least 11 facilities have reported having workers who tested positive for the virus. The second that any warehouse employee has shown signs of the virus they would be sent home, however, that doesn’t discount the many other workers they could’ve come into contact with before they began exhibiting symptoms. 

So far, cases have been reported at Amazon facilities in Queens, New York, Moreno Valley, California; Jacksonville, Florida; Shepherdsville, Kentucky; Brownstown, Michigan; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Katy, Texas; and Wallingford, Connecticut. Amazon has closed some of its sites, such as the Queens warehouse, but overall the company has been trying to avoid mass closures due to the increase in demand and traffic they’ve seen now that most of its customers are in self-quarantine. 

The company told the media that it is taking “extreme measures to ensure the safety of employees at our site[s]. That includes regularly sanitizing door handles, elevator buttons, lockers and touch screens, as well as staggering shifts and spreading out chairs in break rooms.”

Embed from Getty Images

Many Amazon employees, however, are still unsatisfied with Amazon’s overall response to the coronavirus pandemic, and many claim to be very nervous about getting infected. Amazon would be nothing without the hundreds of thousands of warehouse workers throughout the US that make sure all of the millions of online orders are seen through, so the company should be doing everything in their power to protect such an integral part of the way their business is run.

The additional cases will likely disrupt shipments and delay deliveries depending on the parts of the country that are losing the most employees/factories due to closures. This shouldn’t come as a shock to consumers, however, as most products on Amazon are in high demand at the moment, and have already been delayed from shipping. Essential supplies that are in the highest demand, such as toilet paper, are delayed until April, and thermometers are being delayed until May, to give a few examples. 

“Amazon is witnessing spikes in demand that are comparable to the surge surrounding peak holiday periods such as Black Friday, so in response [we’re] ramping up hiring. We’re boosting employment by 100,000 in the way that we do for seasonal periods like the holiday, when we need extra workers,” said Jay Carney, Amazon’s senior vice president of global corporate affairs.

Embed from Getty Images

Amazon spokespeople have also told the media that they’re doing everything in their power to put employee safety and customer satisfaction at the forefront of concern, emphasizing that they’ve implemented multiple social distancing policies when in a corporate office environment. However, warehouse workers claim that those policies don’t apply when you’re in tight conditions and locker areas that “force employees to walk sideways to pass one another.”  

Amazon recently claimed that any employee who is forced into quarantine will receive two weeks pay, and Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos recently announced plans to donate millions of face masks and other sanitary products to all of its employees, warehouse workers, and contractors.  

“Masks remain in short supply globally and are at this point being directed by governments to the highest-need facilities like hospitals and clinics. When our turn for masks comes, our first priority will be getting them in the hands of our employees and partners working to get essential products to people,” Bezos said. 

We need to ensure that all employees rights, health, and safety are being properly put under consideration when their employers make new policies, especially during times of a global pandemic. These are uncertain and worrisome times, but we must stay strong and continue to fight for one another, the world could use some peace.

Amazon

Major Corporations Giving Out Bonuses To Cope With Coronavirus Impact

Walmart is one of America’s big businesses that has been making some major adjustments to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. Most recently, the corporation announced that they would be hiring 150,000 temporary workers by the end of May in order to deal with the loss of employment, and quarantine efforts that they know most of their employees are enduring. Within the announcement, they claimed that these hired associates would work in stores, clubs, and distribution/fulfillment centers all at safe distances away from one another. 

“We know millions of Americans who are usually employed at this time are temporarily out of work, and at the same time we’re currently seeing strong demand in our stores. We’re looking for people who see Walmart as a chance to earn some extra money and perform a vital service to their community,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO of Walmart. 

Embed from Getty Images

The company went on in their statement to claim that anyone who applies will hear back within 24 hours on the status of their application; normally service industry workers wait up to 2 weeks before hearing back from employers. This isn’t that abnormal of a process for a company as big as Walmart. During the holidays companies often give their current employee’s extended hours as well as hire a whole slew of new workers to make up for the increased demand; the same process is what Walmart is attempting to do now.  

“These roles will be temporary at first, but many will convert to permanent roles over time. We’ve reached out to industry groups representing restaurants and hospitality to facilitate temporary roles that can be a bridge for their employees during this difficult time,” Walmart said in a press release

Walmart currently has a workforce of about 1.5 million workers in the United States alone, and while they’re making an effort to bring on new workers, they also know they need to take care of their current employees as well. Walmart also promised that each of its workers, regardless of position, will receive a cash bonus. Full-time hourly workers will be receiving an additional $300 in their paychecks, while part-time hourly workers will receive an additional $150.

Embed from Getty Images

Quarterly bonuses are also being expedited for associates. The total bonuses will equate to about $550 million in additional pay-outs to its employees. Other major companies are trying to follow suit as well through their worker protections and additional bonuses as well. 

Amazon recently announced that in response to an increase in online shopping traffic it will be hiring an additional 100,000 new full-time and part-time employees. The demand that the online shopping market is currently enduring is more intense than it’s ever been, as more and more people are opting to not leave their homes whenever they need something that can simply be ordered with the click of a button. 

Amazon is also investing nearly $350 million to raise hourly pay for all of its current employees; they’re projecting all low-level workers who are making minimum wage will receive an addition $2 per hour in their paychecks. 

Pizza chain Domino’s also announced that it will be looking to hire an additional 10,000 employees in the coming weeks, due to an increase in pressure being placed on the take-out industry for the very same reason that Amazon is seeing an increase in revenue. 

Employee protections and worker rights are of the utmost importance at a time like this. Health and safety should 100% be coming first, and your employer’s should be understanding over that and implement new programs that will not only protect the workers that are being forced into isolation, but also create a larger job market to maintain the economy as much as we possibly can. 

Woman Working Remotely

How To Transition To Working Remotely

This week, hundreds of thousands of workers were told by their employers to stay home for the time being in light of the current coronavirus pandemic the world is enduring. Working remotely can definitely have its perks, but it can also be difficult to make the transition from doing work in a work environment, to the place where you go to escape your daily occupational duties. 

The best and worst part about working remotely is the fact that you get to enjoy the comfort of being in your own space all day. In order to make the transition easier, you should try to stick to your regular daily schedule when it comes to the beginning and ending of your work day. This way, you’re still splitting your day by professional and personal time, even though you’re not in a typical professional work environment. 

Embed from Getty Images

Start by writing out a loose time schedule of what you normally do throughout a given day and when it gets done. For instance, you can block off the first hour of your day for responding to emails, the next for writing up a project report, and then break for lunch; obviously these are generalized examples. This way you can detach yourself physically and mentally at the end of the day when it’s time to “clock out” and your schedule is complete.

When giving yourself a break, separate yourself from the part of your home that you’ve set up as your work space. Don’t utilize your break time to do some household chores, really take time to just relax in your own area and mentally unwind, again, the goal is to still separate professional time from personal time. 

Speaking of work spaces, if your residence allows, try to find a dedicated and isolated area of your space that you can exclusively make your home office. If you have a spare room that you barely utilize anyway, whether it be a guest room or storage area, try to set up there. Most of us turn to the dining room table when we have to work remotely, however, having all of your work supplies, papers, folders etc. stacked up on your dinner table can make the entirety of your home feel like your office. Instead, find a space that’s isolated enough so that your obligations are out of sight and out of mind by the time you finish your day. 

Embed from Getty Images

If your job will be requiring any kind of video conference calls or meetings, as most do now when in situations like this, then make sure you’re still dressing in a professional manner. Even if you know the video call will only last 15 minutes, dressing the part for your job will not only give you extra points among your boss and co-workers, but it will likely help you get into the right mindset to work from home as well. 

Finally, make sure you’re setting boundaries for yourself. This is not only to ensure that you’re getting your work done in an efficient manner, but also so you’re able to disconnect and wind down from your obligations when it comes time to do so at the end of the day. It can become easy for your professional and personal life to blur together when you’re working remotely, but remember, you wouldn’t answer a work email at 8 p.m. if you were still in an office, so don’t do it now. 

Allow yourself to enjoy the fact that working from home is kind of amazing. You have access to all of your own food in the fridge that you don’t have to worry about any sneaky co workers taking, you’re guaranteed to be in a space that you know is clean, because you do it yourself, and so on. So while it may take you a minute to adjust, understand that for now this is the safest and best option for all of us, so throw on some sweatpants and answer that email. 

Movie Clapper

Tracee Ellis Ross Is “The Boss” Of Pattern Beauty

The goal is simple, to help women embrace and enhance their naturally curly, coiled, and tight-textured hair all while emphasizing an overall message of empowerment for the culture behind naturally curly hair.

Lady Cooking in Kitchen

Budget-Friendly Hobbies For After You Clock Out Of Work

When it comes to working a standard 9-5 job, life can quickly feel very routine and repetitive. We often find ourselves craving something more, but where do we start? So often when it comes to spicing up our lives with some new hobbies or activities, the financial burden of it all can pose as a major roadblock, however, there are plenty of budget-friendly activities that the average individual could easily invest their free time in as a means of enjoying life outside the office and home.

Cooking is one of the easiest hobbies to get into. Obviously we all need to eat, but in an age where we can access any meal we want in a matter of seconds and have it hand delivered to us all thanks to an app, has made cooking seem like a mundane activity, but it shouldn’t be! Instead of using your phone’s to order a meal and spending money that could otherwise be saved, use it to follow one of the countless cooking tutorial pages available on social media apps such as Instagram or YouTube. Cooking can also be done on a budget if you keep up with your local grocery store sales and use the internet to specifically search for recipes involving this week’s best sale items. 

Embed from Getty Images

Botany is the study of plants, and before you roll your eyes at the thought of studying the exciting world of vegetation, just hear me out. Not only do houseplants add an earthy and bohemian element to any space, they also provide a direct source of clean air and require you to utilize the areas of your home that bring in the most sunlight, promoting a sense of overall positive energy. Working as an indoor botanist for your own personal plant collection can also be extremely cheap, especially if you’re starting from the bottom and growing your new friends from seeds. 

The same logic can be applied to more “scientific” hobbies such as astronomy. If you are located in an area of the world with a particularly spectacular view of the night sky as it goes through its many celestial transitions throughout the year, why not learn more about the amazing universe that you bare witness to every night? Amateur telescope kits offer a more in depth look at the sky without breaking your bank as well. 

To shift into more general hobbies that will fill your time outside of work, consider making a list of personal goals/missions that you’d like to see yourself accomplish either within the coming weeks, or even more long term. These “self missions” can include things like quitting smoking, exercising, trying to engage with the natural world more, or maybe learning a new skill such as botany or cooking. Whatever it is, take your time and find something that you know you’d be passionate about. Go to the local library and do some good old fashion research on the subject as well. 

Embed from Getty Images

While we may be discussing finding a hobby to do when business hours are over, why not make that hobby finding something better to do career wise? If you’re in a situation where simply picking up a new weekend activity won’t cure the overall feeling of dread that comes with working five days a week, dive into that. Make your “self mission” one in which you’re no longer working for money but working for pleasure, and the money is just an added bonus. 

Obviously, that’s much easier said than done, however, if you turn advancing your career into your new hobby, then there’s no rush to just quit and start a new life, in fact, I’d encourage the opposite of that. For example, if you’re working as a data analyst at some firm in the city, but your real dream is to own your own bakery, turn that dream into a weekend reality. 

Make a list of general steps that you would need to take to get to that goal and then within each step, break down the realities of what you’d need to do to check that box. So if one of your steps to owning a new bakery would be to learn more about what it takes to run a business, a “sub-step” to that goal could be taking some night/weekend classes on business. Don’t worry about how overwhelming your list of steps may look when they’re all written down. Visually, it’s nothing more than a bunch of words, symbolically, it represents the things you need to accomplish in order to reach a more fulfilling life. So what are you waiting for?

Gmail App

Gmail Tips And Tricks To Help You Stay Organized

Studies suggest that working individuals spend about 28% of their day on email alone. Regardless of what your job is, a majority of all work and business is done online, so it can be extremely overwhelming when you find yourself returning to the office on Monday morning only to be greeted by 200 unread emails, half of which are likely spam but you’ll still have to sift through it regardless to find the ones that actually matter. 

Gmail is one of the most popular emailing platforms out there. In 2019, Gmail had over 1.5 billion monthly users, giving it 20% of the entire world’s email market. This is likely because Google itself is one of the biggest corporations in the world and is able to connect your Gmail to a whole slew of other account services such as Facebook and YouTube. Gmail is also extremely easy to use and user friendly, however, what most people don’t realize is that the platform itself has a ton of features to make navigating your day-to-day email responsibilities much easier.  

One of the easiest ways to organize and simplify your inbox is to segment all emails using Gmail’s tab system. Gmail can automatically divide up your received emails into five categories: Social, Promotions, Primary, Forums, and Updates. You also don’t have to use all five categories if you feel that one or two don’t apply to the types of content you get sent. Once you do pick your categories, Gmail will begin sorting the emails you already have in your inbox, and continue to separate any future emails received. 

Embed from Getty Images

The “primary” tab will be for what Gmail determines to be your most important emails (you can customize this in settings as well). The “social” tab is for anything relating to social media, “promotions” is for newsletters and retail/shopping related content, “updates” hold anything that you’ve already viewed or replied to, and finally “forums” will hold any online conversations from mailing lists or online forums you may be involved in.

By sorting your emails into categories you’ll be able to easily navigate your inbox and know where everything is in case you need to access a specific email at any given time. To make it even more organized and personal, you can also utilize Gmail’s many folders and label options to mark your emails. If Gmail’s five categories just don’t cut it for you, make your own categorical folders for the different aspects of your job or whatever would make your inbox seem less overwhelming. 

Using folders and tabs will give you the ability to prioritize what needs to be responded to the quickest. Gmail makes it easy, for example, say you have a few events coming up that are both business-oriented (like a district wide conference) and personal (like a wedding), you can simply click on an email relating to these events and custom label them based on what you need to do with the event; such as “RSVP” or “Calendar Events.”

Gmail also allows its users to create template responses which is especially helpful for workers who find themselves writing the same exact thing to a multitude of people. Go into Settings and click on Advanced, once there all you need to do is click the button that says “enable” next to templates and you can save what you want your automated response to be for future reference.

Your email doesn’t have to be a scary place, in fact, it’s meant to be the opposite. Your inbox is what keeps you up to date with the hottest trends, connected to important individuals in your professional circle, and also can help aide long-distance relationships amongst loved ones. So simplify your life by simplifying your inbox.

 

Ben & Jerrys Sign

Ben & Jerry’s Testing New Ice Cream Delivery Service Using Drones

A drone startup company based in Japan is attempting to get their name out there by providing some unconventional delivery services to the world. The company is called Terra Drone and they recently made partnership with Unilever after offering their drone services to deliver some of Unilever’s brands goods. Specifically, Ben & Jerry’s, which is owned by Unilever, will be working with TerraDrone on the world’s first drone delivery ice cream service. 

Ice cream trucks have always been the traditional means of getting ice cream delivered right to you. As the world continues to modernize there are some options on apps like Uber Eats or Grubhub that provide store-to-door ice cream delivery services, however, that option depends on where you live specifically. Terra Drone decided that seasonal ice cream trucks and food ordering apps were simply not enough when it comes to getting ice cream delivered right to your front door, and Ben & Jerry’s couldn’t have agreed more. 

Embed from Getty Images

Terra Drone made this monumental business deal happen by presenting their drone delivering concept at a recent Unilever investor event. At the event, members of the Terra Drone team used a multi-copter drone to deliver three 72 gram-ice cream containers (pictured above) to a predetermined location right outside where the event was taking place. The container itself is triangle shaped with a colorful outside lining that simply demands the recipient to “open me.”

“With regulations around future drone flights expected to become more flexible, the consumer goods company is preparing for a drone logistics service that will deliver products to more customers faster,” Terra Drone said in the press release.

While the collaboration is confirmed, it’s still unclear as to when Ben & Jerry’s and Unilever will officially announce their drone delivery campaign with TerraDrone. Just three years ago Unilever announced a program that they called “Ice Cream Now” which was meant to provide ice cream delivery through the app Uber Eats, as previously mentioned. 

Embed from Getty Images

“Ice Cream Now” has over 900 pickup points throughout the country, Unilever contacted local grocery stores, 7/11’s, gas stations, and anywhere else that sold Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for the project. When individuals would go on the Uber Eats app they would likely see an option that said “The Ice Cream Store” or something of that nature but instead of going to an actual physical ice cream shop, Uber Eats drivers are connected to the nearest Ben & Jerry’s supplier to make the pick up. 

“Ice cream is not just something college students want. It’s something a mom wants after she puts the kids to bed. It’s a pretty common indulgence. And enough users who have already made up their minds that they need ice cream now don’t seem turned off by the [additional delivery] price,” (Tampa Bay Times).

Beyond just ice cream, companies such as Google, Amazon, and Walgreens have all explored drone delivery methods for their online shopping services. The difficulty lies in specific drone regulations that widely vary depending on what part of the country you are in; a lot of the policies can even be county specific, which poses a major challenge for major corporations trying to make it nationwide with this type of delivery option. 

Regardless of when it all occurs, drone delivery is likely the future of all packaging transportation as it’s more eco-friendly, faster, and easier than traditional means of mail delivery. So this summer when you’re waiting to hear that classic ice cream tune outside, maybe look up to the sky instead of waiting for a truck to turn the corner.

Creative Team

How To Unlock Your Creative Side

IBM recently performed a study that concluded 60% of CEO’s (based on an extensive poll) think creativity is the most important quality for someone in a leadership position; for comparison 52% voted for integrity and 35% voted for global thinking, but creativity took the majority. 

Creativity isn’t a quality that’s reserved for those in more artistic fields of work, in fact, any job out there will require some level of creativity from its workers, it just normally takes the form of problem solving. More times than not, it can become easy to get run down by the many trials and tribulations the modern world throws at us, and regardless of what you do, we all can relate to the feeling of being creatively blocked. This internal struggle can make even the simplest of tasks seem like the most daunting, however, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways to kick start the innovative parts of our brain that feel like they aren’t working. 

One of the most common reasons that one would find themselves in a creative rut is because they feel trapped in a cycle of waking up and performing their everyday duties to live, instead of getting up and simply living. In a traditional work environment, it can become easy to feel stuck in a redundant cycle of routines, so the best way to combat that is by breaking said routine and trying something completely different. 

Embed from Getty Images

When we try new things, we’re expanding our own versions of reality and our previous perceptions of life by adding new experiences to it. For example, if you’ve never liked Chinese food to the point that you haven’t had it in years, change your own personal narrative and go try it again. Maybe you’ll have the same results, but maybe you won’t, and you’ll find that kung pao chicken is actually amazing and therefore, a new reality is born, one in which you actually kind of like Chinese food. 

While that example is more so entertaining than it is relatable in relation to career creativity, the concepts are exactly the same. First, ask yourself if your creative rut has more to do with a desire for more, or a discontent with certain aspects of your life in its current reality. If your version of kung pao chicken is a new job working at a fancy magazine that you previously could have never seen yourself at, maybe it’s time to get back into the playing field and try again. 

However, it’s important to note that more entertaining changes in life, such as trying new foods, is just as important in terms of overall creativity because it shows you that trying new things, and branching out your experiences, isn’t as scary as you might think. 

Not sure where to start still? Look no further than where your mind wanders when you daydream. Throughout life, we’re often taught that daydreaming is the exact opposite of productivity, however, why can’t one help benefit the other? In a study performed by the Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers found that when subjects were given a specific task to work out, and a solid break just to daydream about possible solutions, the daydreaming period allowed for them to figure out the task at hand much more creatively and easily. 

Embed from Getty Images

If you’re daydreaming though, you need to learn how to take your innovative ideas from the inside, to the outside. The easiest way to do this is to start simply, and write it all down. No matter how simple, fantastical, ridiculous, or “stupid” you may think an idea is, write it down; at first they may not help with your current situation, and maybe they won’t ever, but you never know when that idea will come in handy. 

Being able to visualize your ideas written out in front of you will boost your creative thinking skills and ability to perform stream-of-conscious thinking. This type of thinking trains your brain to keep coming up with new ideas, but also helps you figure out what methods of problem solving work best for you. 

“When you give yourself frequent permission to explore the ‘adjacent possible’ with no restrictions on where it leads, you increase the likelihood of a creative breakthrough in all areas of your life and work. So, what are you waiting for? Get out that notepad and start training your brain to be more creative,” says  Todd Henry, who helped write the book, Manage Your Day-to-Day.

Finally, surround yourself with other creative individuals to help pull you out of these ruts. Having open-minds and new ideas – that come from outside parties who you trust – around you allows for the more inventive parts of your brain to be working more frequently. 

Remember, you are in control of your own life, and your own creativity. Whatever ideas you have, are worth something, so never let them disappear because someone else told you they aren’t good enough or because you’re standing in the way of your own potential. Embrace it, and make a change, you never know what could come of it. 

Podcast

Spotify’s Big Investment In Podcasts

Streaming has become a staple in the world of entertainment. Not only are there now a ton of platforms to watch all sorts of original television shows and movies, but streaming has taken over the music industry as well. Between Apple, Google, Amazon, and Spotify there are plenty of ways for anyone to have unlimited access to some of their favorite artists/albums/songs. However, if we’re talking numbers, Spotify is the most popular service, with over 113 million paid monthly subscribers. 

In 2020 Spotify’s content chief, Dawn Ostroff, wants to focus on a newer form of entertainment that’s entering into the streaming world: podcasts. In fact, Spotify invested about half a billion dollars into purchasing podcast-related companies in 2019, and they’re just getting started. While podcasts are certainly on the rise in terms of popularity, making such a large investment in a newer market is risky in terms of profits, however, Spotify has acknowledged in their own financial statements that they understand there’s no guarantee they’ll be able to “generate sufficient revenue to offset the costs of acquiring” the podcast content itself, but they’re still confident in their investment. 

“I’ve always tried to go where people will eventually follow. It’s always more exciting to build something than to be sitting on top of a mountain after something is built, just trying to defend your place. Moving Spotify into the world of words means getting a jump start into a market that will pay off in ad revenue eventually,” Ostroff stated in an interview. 

Embed from Getty Images

Spotify began implementing podcasts onto their platform back in October of 2018, with the launch of a program they called Spotify For Podcasters, giving users access to podcast episodes and all the stats behind it. Four months later the company bought both Gimlet and Anchor in what would become the half a billion dollar deal. Gimlet and Anchor were two of the largest podcast content producers in America before being absorbed into Spotify. 

“Gimlet will focus on creating new podcasts exclusively for Spotify subscribers, and Anchor’s tools will enable creation for the next generation of podcasters worldwide. Gimlet and Anchor will position us to become the leading platform for podcast creators around the world and the leading producer of podcasts,” the company wrote in a blog post after the deal was finalized.

Other adjustments Spotify has already implemented include an app redesign for premium users which gave podcasts a more prominent spot on the home screen. The company also finalized a deal that would allow them to exclusively produce podcasts for Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground.

Embed from Getty Images

Spotify already began feeling the positive effects of their investment during their third quarter in 2019, in which users who listened to podcasts jumped by 40%. Now, more than 15% of Spotify premium users also actively listen to podcasts. This is significant because 90% of the revenue Spotify brings in is from its premium users monthly paid subscription. Spotify Premium typically costs $9.99 a month, however, there are specialty priced packages that combine your premium costs with a Hulu subscription as well. As a student at university, you can get the bundle for $5 a month, the company also offers a family plan for $14.99 a month. 

One of Spotify’s biggest claims to fame is their ability to recommend new music to its users and create a slew of playlists and radio stations filled with musical content that their algorithm thinks premium users will enjoy based on their daily listening habits. When it comes to their podcasts, Spotify has shifted their focus to ensure the same attention is being paid to that section of the app. 

Spotify currently has over half a million podcasts to choose from, and that number is only going to continue to rapidly grow as podcasts grow in popularity in general. However, it’s difficult for users to have access, or even know about, a majority of these podcasts because there’s no “radio stations” for different podcasts to be featured, at least not yet. Spotify wants to unify the data they have encoded for their music recommendations, and bring it over to the podcast side of things. One of the main ideas the company has is to implement advertisements on the podcast pages, and within the episodes themselves, that recommends content based on listening history. 

For now, Spotify doesn’t have to worry too much, as podcasts are only going to become more and more popular, to the point that the app will likely be known for both them and music in the coming months.

Business Men with Tablet

How To Successfully Upgrade Your Companies Technology

In 2020, technology and running a business go hand in hand. Now that the world has fully adapted into a digital age, where pretty much anything and everything can be accomplished via the internet, in order to run a successful company, you need to be successfully using online resources as well. Different businesses are obviously going to have much different needs/wants in terms of what they will be using these resources for, however, there are a few universal tools that all companies, and company owners, can use to their advantage when it comes to adopting new tech into their business plans.

The first thing you’ll need to do is actually get specific with your business and the areas in which new upgraded technology could help advance your company as a whole. Take the time to do the research and ask others about their businesses and what tools have led them down the path of success. 

Embed from Getty Images

Obviously, cost is also a major factor, so when looking at the specifications of your business, highlight the areas where an investment in technology would be the most beneficial. Then, budget out which areas get the most funding and what that funding should specifically be going towards. Tech products can really break the bank, so the more specific and direct your plan is, the better. 

Part of your tech budget plan should also highlight your overall business plans for where you’d like to see your company in two or so years. Technology and AI is constantly advancing and upgrading itself, so make a plan about where you’d like to see your company in the future and how a current investment in tech will get you there without needing any additional upgrades down the line. 

For the busy business owner/worker, knowing all the ins and outs of how all this new technology works is close to impossible. When making new investments in the tools for your company, talk to a real professional and give them the business/investment plan mentioned above. You need an external party who’s separated from your business who can give you the most expert advice and service for your specific industry needs. 

Embed from Getty Images

Outside parties can also help if you feel overwhelmed or lost in terms of what upgrades you even need. Companies such as the Geek Squad, who work close with Best Buy, are meant to provide professional advice and help anytime a question arises. Geek Squad is also great because you can hire them as an “on-call” type of tech support service in case something breaks or malfunctions. 

Finally, the biggest concern anyone, regardless of if they own a business or not, should have when it comes to upgrading the technology in their lives is cyber security. The internet is a vast and complex place, and now it’s easier than ever for individuals to hack our devices and get access to all of our personal information. 

For businesses especially, this should always be at the forefront of concern. Looking into a solid online security system for your companies servers/online applications is important and necessary if you want to protect all the specifics that go into running it. This would, again, be a great place to get expert advice, as there’s plenty of “computer security” programs online that end up just being viruses themselves. So be cautious and thorough, this is your work and livelihood, and making new investments should never be taken lightly.