Category: Business

Returning Safely to the Office after Covid

The Government have announced our plan for coming out of lockdown finally, and as businesses, we can start to plan for our teams to come back into the office. This must be done though with thought and consideration with clear plans in place so that not only as business leaders, you minimise the spread of the virus, but that your teams feel safe and secure in coming back into the office. So, what are the things we should all be thinking about now? Engage your teams in the plans! With every policy you implement in terms of safety for your teams, ensure that you engage with them with guidance and support, so that they are clear on the plan, what read more...

How to implement digital transformation for the future of your business now

Digital transformation has had to happen in all areas of business because we were catapulted into a world of mobile working last year. However, whilst businesses were quick to adapt, the digital transformation your business goes through needs to remain at the forefront of your mind, so that you are prepared for the future of how businesses will function. According to Xerox’s global research, businesses in the UK were the most prepared when the pandemic hit, as digital technologies had already begun filling the gaps left by face-to-face interactions. Now, a year on, digitalisation will continue to be vital as businesses aim to evolve their initial work from home policies, to ensure there is a longer-term plan that facilitates the read more...

Mode’s pets are the real stars!

Well, we have been working from home for some time now and it kind of does feel the norm. However, not being in the office has affected many as they have become isolated-particularly if you live alone and do not have a support bubble. It is widely accepted that pets have always been our best friends and Science Daily recently reported that pets were linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness. Science Daily shared details on a recent survey conducted by University of York and the university of Lincoln, with over 6,000 participants — found that having a pet was linked to maintaining better mental health and reducing loneliness. So, it got us wondering? What are the pets read more...

Mode Supports the Start Project and Luton Learning link with Donation of Unused Laptops

If COVID-19 has taught us anything it is that life is unpredictable and as humans, we are capable of great compassion and kindness. The last year has been so difficult for so many people, in so many ways and our young people have been home-schooled, isolated, and often left without the right technology to at least help them try and keep up with their schoolwork. One poll of teachers revealed that 88% had students they believed were falling behind due to lack of access to online learning ** COVID-19 has certainly highlighted the digital divide-those that have- and those that do not. So, when team members of Mode heard about people and companies donating unused but perfectly good laptops to read more...

How will Technology Shape the Office of the Future?

Business transformation projections are often years in the making. From ascertaining the “Pain-points”, designing what your business functions needs to implementation. The many micro-actions can bring the project to a near halt, even though the business may want and desire these changes. However, the pandemic changed this. Businesses realised that they could be agile in their approach when whole teams were sent to work from home, and they realised that in order to be relevant and continue to thrive, innovation could occur at speed in order to implement the changes needed. Its given businesses the opportunity to be bold and make changes where fear of failure was holding them back. We have had to learn to be agile, fast and read more...

Working from Home – Keeping Your Data Secure

We have all got used to working from home over the past year and at the moment it appears that we will continue to operate our businesses at home. Therefore, keeping your businesses data secure is not only the responsibility of business leaders but also of the employees working from home. Working from home does continue to pose risks of business security and there is a great need to ensure that you maintain compliance with relevant data security and security measures should be maintained and implemented. So here are Mode’s top tips to ensure that we are all playing our part in keeping data secure: Servers that are secure Secure servers are imperative when working from home meaning that data read more...

How has the digital transformation increased business productivity?

Innovation in technology has transformed businesses at an incredible rate. It provides opportunities as well as challenges for business. However, where previously this digital transformation was limited to larger organisations, smaller businesses are now also able to grasp the opportunities presented by the digital phenomenon. The transformation in the digital arena has ensured excellent advantages across business operations. In a recent Forbes Study, 55% of start-ups have adapted a digital strategy which has ensured a 35% increase in revenue, particularly if adopting a digital-first strategy. It is widely accepted that the digital transformation has improved cost efficiency and generated revenue as well as enhancing productivity, but: What does the Digital Transformation mean for businesses? The term refers to the implementation read more...

Cyber Security and the risks of working from home

Flexibility in the workplace has certainly seen an increase over recent years, but nothing could have prepared us for the challenges of this year with the pandemic. Many businesses may have had certain security policies in place regarding home working, but even those with policies will not have been prepared for whole workforce becoming remote. This has challenged even the most prepared companies. As a result of COVID-19, there have certainly been spikes in cyber-attacks and whilst we have all survived two lockdowns, we may not be allowing our teams to return to the office immediately or may be continuing with a hybrid solution of some remote and some office based. So how do you protect your remote working teams read more...

6 Reasons Why Your Business Should Consider Cloud Printing

This year has made us address many things. The way we work has had to change and many businesses have had to address how they make all their business told accessible to their remote workers. On-premises print servers can be tricky to manage as several servers can often be needed to manage print queue, accounting, authentication, and device management. Also, if you do not have a print management company to support you, driver installation, device configuration, firmware updates and app deployment can create a significant IT burden on already stretched IT resources. Cloud Print platforms are emerging as a way of relieving the burden of this operations and can improve the efficiency of your print environment. However, many businesses are read more...

How to choose the right Managed Print Solutions partner

Choosing the right partner makes all the difference MPS (Managed print solutions) are a fantastic solution in consolidating many of your business processes, but also reduces the impact print issues have on your IT team, as well as the cost benefits presented by having this solution. So ensuring you are receiving the full value of your investment means you need to find a provider of MPS that identifies your needs as a business and can clearly provide you the support you needs. Analyse your business MPS is not a one-faceted solution so you need to ask your potential print partners how they are going to scale your needs. Can this solution grow with your business? DO they have the software read more...