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Managing Your Office: Success Stems from Well-Planned Space

Real estate can be one of the biggest costs to any business and for many companies the thought of expanding can be something that is out of the question. Instead of paying out more for larger premises you may need to make the most of what you already have so a little re-organisation of your floor plan may be needed. One way that you could make use of the space available to you is by partitioning sections to make new rooms to use. Creating partitions however is more than just a case of putting up some new walls and there can be quite a lot to be taken into consideration.

Safety

Often overzealous health and safety restrictions are much maligned in business and commerce and are often at the butt of jokes. The thing is though that some health and safety regulations are genuinely needed otherwise people could genuinely be at risk of sickness of injury and this needs to be accounted for when building a new partition. Blocked passageways could present an obvious risk and the risk of fires breaking out should never be neglected. Most safety aspects are common sense although if you are unsure a list of guides and regulations will be easy to obtain if needed. With health and safety taken into account when building a new partition you can help make sure that people are not hurt and also that you don’t have any problems with litigation.

Comfort

Depending on where you have built your new partition you may need to take peoples’ comfort into account as comfort is importance for happiness and productivity. Office workers sat in a cold warehouse partition will soon begin to complain and it is unlikely that much work would get done. Other factors such as noise could also be something that could affect productivity negatively and sound proofing and acoustics may be needed to create a suitable working environment.  When trying to create a suitable environment within the partition the experts should have plenty of valuable advice that will help you to achieve what you want.

Space is also important for comfort in addition to health and safety so make sure that you are not trying to cram too much into too small a space. When planning your floor space you could use computer software such as CAD that will make it easier for you to see how your design will work. With the help of some handy software you could create a comfortable environment that anybody would be happy to work in.

Something else to be taken into consideration is light and nobody would want to work in a dark and dingy office all day long. While artificial lighting can help to brighten up any space it just is not the same as natural light so try to make sure that windows are available wherever possible. If there are no windows available but you are still near an external wall then you should consider having windows installed as they can help to make the room a much happier place and therefore much more productive.

Security

There are some areas that you would probably not want everybody to have access to so security might also be a consideration. Server rooms in particular may need to be kept behind locked doors so that sensitive information cannot be accessed or maybe you would rather just restrict access to prevent large numbers of people passing through and disturbing the people working there. From simple locks to impenetrable defences you have just what you need to create a space that suitably keeps the contents inside safe from harm and disturbance.

Industrial partitions could help you to make the most of the space that you already have and could help to avoid increasing your real estate expenses.

 

 

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7 Good Reasons Why You Should Consider Online Backups

This is the kind of benefit that using online backups provides. These services provide much better, safer and reliable storage, and here is how.
Automation
Online data backup is completely automated, making it easy for you to backup data without having to physically do it yourself. All you need is to set the software based on whether your preference is for daily or weekly backup, and your information is uploaded automatically. There is no need for you to worry about switching tapes or taking backups home.
Comprehensive report
This is what makes online backup organised, safe and progressively structured, even though it is run quietly behind the scenes. It provides you with well-presented and extensive statistics in the form of email notifications detailing changed, deleted and new file information after every single backup. This kind of information prevents your productivity from being hampered, and puts you in control of the backup system operations.
Privacy and security
Storing information online provides better security and privacy, so that only you have access to your sensitive information. This is because backups are stored with encryption codes and passwords that only you have access to. Most online storage services send their encryption data online, straight to secured servers, so that it can remain secure until rapid restoration is required.
Multiple locations
Data storage systems such as online backups store the data and information you upload in different locations around the world. This is to ensure that all your data is available for restore, even if a server in a certain location falls victim to a natural disaster. This feature also gives you the power to transfer data from your PC to any other system of your choice, wherever it is in the world.
Fast restore procedure
With online backup services, restoring your data requires only the click of a button. To restore data you can either do it through the software, or by logging into your backup service provider account, where you can easily select the exact file you want to restore. And you can do this anytime, from anywhere in the world.
Improved efficiency
We all know that the better the information technology efficiency, the better result your company will deliver. Online backup provides IT efficiency by eliminating the risk associated with traditional storage systems. You do not have to worry about tapes or disks, and all hassle is eliminated.
Cost-effective
Storing your information online provides a cheaper means of storage than most other systems. While traditional means of backup incur upfront payment in terms of hardware and backup software, online backups and storage charge you monthly, based on the amount of information you have stored.

This article was written by online author David Hamer, who is an expert on data storage and backup procedures.

 

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Do not, I repeat do not, look at the elephant in the room.

I never cease to be amazed at man’s propensity to overlook that which is staring him in the face.  Ever look for your glasses only to find them on your forehead?  How about the one where you walk around the office looking for your keys only to find them in your hand, or finding out that the girl who has been your “best friend” through your last tragic relationships is actually in love with you?

There was such an “ah ha” moment yesterday at the Bay office.

Having implemented several new accounts in the past couple of weeks, it seemed like a good idea to back up the whole system on our external drive.  Not being a huge office set up with an IT provider, I still have to do this manually.  Needless to say it had been a while.

The hard drive had accumulated a serious amount of dust, but all 500Gigs were still there waiting to be refreshed.  I booted the thing up, connected the USB cord, got all comfortable and hunkered in for my 2 hours of finding something else to do (like take a real long lunch and a walk) while it did it’s thing.  One can never trust the thing to just set it up, hit go, and leave for the day.  Oh no, there is always just one last prompt one forgets that will wait for ya until you show up the next morning.

So I dove in just before lunch.  The thing asked me for prompt after prompt, then went blank.  I repeated the processes, so did the drive.  I uninstalled the software and tried to find it on the web to re-install it.   Running diagnostics on the drive, a serial number and model number were produced.  This didn’t check out with the numbers for an external drive, and after many troubleshooting and FAQ inquiries it seemed insurmountable so tech support was finally called in.

The next half hour was spent negotiating with the nice man in Bangalore regarding the fact that the drive was no longer supported (it was, after all, over a year old and therefore obsolete) therefore this call was not free.  Next up was registering the product, which was always put off when you buy the thing because you needed it right away or you wouldn’t have bought it.  The serial numbers that came up on the computer were that of an internal drive.  The obvious:  the internal drive on the computer happened to be manufactured by the same company.  Duh.

Now the actual numbers on the external drive itself were written in some cryptic microscopic font that required literally three sets of reading glasses stacked one on top of the other so they could be read.  Having entered the now correct serial numbers, and registering the product, and updated my status (paid more) as the “free trial” for the product that I had never used was now expired, we were ready to download and install the software.  This took a half hour.  Then the “backing up” commenced.  There were no queries as to what was to be backed up, it just took off and started backing.

I checked on it dutifully for almost three hours, and was finally feeling an exhilarating triumph when it was announced “backup complete.”  This exaltation was short lived when it was discovered that the offending external drive backup program that has now cost me roughly 6 hours and $50 only backed up 26G out of the 57G on the drive.  Back to square one.

Then I heard that giant popping sound of my head leaving my backside.

I formatted the drive, wiping everything off of it, went to the “backup” utility that appears when the C-Drive Icon is right clicked, and hit ENTER.  The entire C-Drive copied itself on my external drive just as if it were a memory stick.  It took 5 mins to set up, and was there the whole time.  DUH.

How many “answers” in business can you think of that were sitting on your desk the whole time?

 

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