4 Advantages of Microsoft Teams with Office 365

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 29, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams on Office 365 is a collaborative workspace that facilitates a modern way of working. It is especially helpful for remote teams, although it offers great benefits to in-house employees as well. Microsoft Teams can help boost team productivity, increase collaboration across departments, and help your company complete tasks in a quick, efficient manner. When you connect third-party solutions to Microsoft Teams, you can drastically increase business efficiency, surpassing prior levels. Here are a few of the top advantages of Microsoft Office 365 Teams:

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ProKnowledge Sexual Harassment Training for NY State Employees

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  April 25, 2019  /  Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

New York State is taking an aggressive stance against sexual harassment in the workplace. New state laws require all employers to establish sexual harassment policies that meet the state-mandated minimum standards. These standards include providing sexual harassment prevention training to employees on an annual basis. If your company does not comply with these requirements, you could face consequences and liability.

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Tags: Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training

Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Today

Posted by Dave Dec  /  April 22, 2019  /  Microsoft Windows, Software Rollout, Windows 10   —   No Comments ↓

If your business is still using a past version of Windows without issue, you may be wondering why you should upgrade. Why change a good thing? After all, company-wide operating system rollouts can be intimidating, even with the best implementation plans. However, Windows 10 offers more than enough benefits to make even the staunchest resisters consider an upgrade – it’s called an upgrade for a reason.

Consider the following 10 reasons to upgrade to Windows 10:

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Why Employers Should Care About Workplace Sexual Harassment Training

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  April 18, 2019  /  Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

Sexual harassment is a serious problem in the workplace throughout the United States. Because of the gravity of this issue, many states require workplaces to implement some sort of sexual harassment training. If you run a New York state-based company, you could face consequences if you do not comply with sexual harassment training requirements. All employers should care about sexual harassment training in the workplace – to comply with regulations and for the safety of all employees.

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Tags: Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training

Office 365 Customized Posters

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 15, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

I often talk and write about the importance of user communication when businesses deploy Office 365, it’s an element that so many organizations forget to consider during their deployment. The communication cycle with users should start before the deployment and continue during and after deployment as well. 

I’ve provided suggested topics below for each stage of deployment. You can also consider multiple communication methods. We suggest adding some good, old-fashioned posters to the mix. Many users (who might ignore email) will often stop in the hallways to read this engaging eye-candy.

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Microsoft Teams: Compliance

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 11, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Microsoft Teams: The Future of Workplace Collaboration

I’m proud to say that I was an early adopter of Microsoft Teams. Now it seems every day I am engaging with people using the tool, both internal staff and external clients. Even as a guest on Teams I have been able to collaborate around projects that clients have created in their tenant. My clients are experiencing firsthand how Microsoft Teams can replace email and become the primary hub for where we work together. Teams has also become an effective tool at jump-starting client awareness into how workflows can be optimized so they are more efficient in all aspects of business. Microsoft Teams offers all businesses an incredible opportunity to increase teamwork through a collaborative, modern, streamlined application.

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Microsoft Teams: Takeaways from the Enterprise Connect Conference

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  April 8, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

I recently had the opportunity to watch a broadcast from the Enterprise Connect Conference that took place in Orlando, Florida. Wow, I was excited about Microsoft Teams before, but now with some of the features showcased, I’m really pumped. The new Microsoft Teams capabilities will continue to drive teamwork and build on the vision of an intelligent workplace for ALL employees.

I thought a recap of highlights would be helpful, and if you’re interested in watching the recording, we’ve embedded a video at the bottom of this post. There’s nothing like seeing these highlights in action for yourself.

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Windows 10 vs. Windows 7: Differences You Need to Know

Posted by David Thibault  /  April 1, 2019  /  Microsoft Windows, Software Rollout, Windows 10   —   No Comments ↓

Windows 7 has long been the preferred operating system for many businesses, even after the release of Windows 8 and Windows 10. Many business owners and IT decision-makers heard of Windows 8’s detractors and adopted an “if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” mentality regarding upgrades. As a result, a number of businesses continue to hold onto Windows 7, despite the fact that Microsoft’s support for the operating system has dwindled since 2015. So why should Windows 7 users make the switch to Windows 10?

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Why Your Company Needs a Windows 10 Upgrade Strategy

Posted by David Thibault  /  March 25, 2019  /  Microsoft Windows, Software Rollout, Windows 10   —   No Comments ↓

If your business is still using a previous version of Windows, you may be considering an upgrade. You should – Windows 10 is now the default operating system, and future software releases are not likely to include previous versions of Windows. However, diving into a critical upgrade without a strategy could prove disastrous. Consider these seven tips while outlining your business’s upgrade strategy:

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Inspire Employees to Help Stop Sexual Harassment

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  March 21, 2019  /  Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

In light of the #MeToo movement, it is more evident than ever that addressing sexual harassment is a necessity in the modern workplace. However, learning about harassment may feel like another hurdle to jump through. How can you engage employees in learning about sexual harassment in a way that inspires them to fight against workplace misconduct?

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5 Office 365 Features that can Increase Productivity

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 18, 2019  /  Office 365, SharePoint, OneDrive, Microsoft Office Teams, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Office 365 is a toolkit from Microsoft that is designed to allow you to access Office applications on any device at any time. Office 365 provides the opportunity to drive team work. The Web-based toolkit receives regular updates and allows you to share documents and connect easily with colleagues, enabling multiple users to view and edit work in real time. Every minute counts when it comes to getting work done on a deadline, so it is important to make the most of these online features in the Office 365 interface.

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How to Spot the Two Types of Workplace Sexual Harassment

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  March 14, 2019  /  Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

Recent New York state law requires employers to adopt sexual harassment prevention and training policies, effectively ending any employee's ability to hide behind the excuse that they were not aware a certain behavior is considered harassment. 

Unfortunately, sexual harassment has long been a part of the work environment. Social media movements and recent news stories have helped bring national attention to this very serious and concerning issue. Specifically, the "#MeToo" movement has opened the eyes of many to the issue of sexual harassment that has been brewing in every workplace for decades. As a manager, it is incredibly important to have the ability to identify harassing behaviors so they can quickly be stopped.

Would you be able to recognize some of the most common types of harassment in the workplace? More importantly, are you providing the proper workplace sexual harassment training to your employees so that they can do the same?

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Office 365 OneDrive for Business: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 11, 2019  /  Office 365, OneDrive, Microsoft 365   —   1 Comments ↓

Office 365 One Drive for Business is a cloud service that stores all files in a secure, shared space accessible across all devices. It gives businesses the power to create and share work-related documents, avoid data breaches, and clean up outdated processes. Migrating to OneDrive could be the chance your organization needs to stay on top of changing tech trends and optimize productivity. Here’s what you need to know... 

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Importance of Sexual Harassment Training and How it Benefits Workers

Posted by Eric Sokolowski  /  March 7, 2019  /  Culture Change, Workplace Culture, ProKnowledge, Harassment Training   —   No Comments ↓

As of October 9, 2018, every employer in the state of New York must provide sexual harassment prevention training to employeesProactive sexual harassment training protects both employees and the workplace. While sexual harassment prevention training is now a state requirement, it has always been a smart way to ensure the safety and comfort of all employees in the workplace. When done correctly, these trainings safeguard against abuse and offer legal protection to organizationsProKnowledge, in partnership with KnowledgeWave, offers online workplace sexual harassment training that is fully compliant and extremely convenient.

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Most Common Mistakes with Office 365 Deployment (and How to Avoid Them)

Posted by Dan St. Hilaire  /  March 4, 2019  /  Microsoft Office, Office 365, Microsoft Office 365 Training, Deployment, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

It isn’t enough to decide that Microsoft Office 365 is the correct choice for your company. Your must plan and tackle deployment head on, with as much knowledge as possible about what to expect during implementation and adoption. The more preparation you do prior to migrating to Office 365, the easier your transition will be for you and your users. One of the best ways to prepare your employees for the switch is to recognize and avoid these four common deployment mistakes:

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