Remote work checklist

Remote working, virtual learning, online living—the COVID-19 situation has required a shift from all of us. For many, this includes working from home. While a few space and routine necessities might seem obvious to some people, chances are we haven’t thought of everything. Chances are we need reminders. Check out this infographic for nine factors to help you stay healthy while working remotely. Whether you’ve done it for years, or this is your first time occasionally working in pajamas, we’re convinced there is something on this list you haven’t thought of. Have a look.

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Promoting Workplace Mental Health in the Age of COVID-19

There’s plenty of information—everywhere—on how to safeguard our physical health during this COVID-19 situation. But what about mental and emotional health; how do we make sure we’re addressing those needs? Elizabeth Bille and Erin McClintock, in their blog for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), share solid strategies both for organizations and for ourselves.

One important element in alleviating stress with your employees is maintaining flexibility in the workplace. “One of the biggest stressors for many employees is the well-being of those they may care for. Those with children are likely concerned about how to handle school or daycare closures; employees who care for older adults may have increased responsibilities given the CDC’s advice that those populations stay home,” writes Bille and McClintock. Help employees navigate these concerns by providing flexible work arrangements, such as virtual check-ins, telecommuting, flex-scheduling and other plans that may help relieve them of some of their worry. These are extenuating times—look to offer extenuating flexibility and support to your employees.

As with any global health scare, it’s natural that people may experience an increase in fear and anxiety. We know from previous epidemics that quarantine has impacted people’s mental health, and thus we have a responsibility to address this topic—to make it just as vital and attention-garnering as the physical health component. Read the rest of this article to learn about more ways you can support mental health in the workplace during especially stressful times.

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A Day in the Life – Compliance

Meet Diego, a Compliance Officer who works closely with his company’s IT team to ensure employees abide by internal policies and regulations set by regulatory bodies. Check out this infographic to see how Diego uses productivity and collaboration tools in Teams across his devices throughout the day to review, define, enforce and report on compliance policies to prevent unethical, illegal, improper and under-use of resources.

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A new generation of communication tools for a new generation of Alcoa workers

At the Alcoa plant in the distant coastal town of Fjardaal, Iceland, employees relied on a magnetic board to assign and trade shifts, while standard email was used to communicate critical information from one shift to the next–both of which required people to be physically present to retrieve messages or confirm changes in shift assignments. The adoption of Microsoft Teams transformed these otherwise manual tasks into a workflow better suited to a new generation of digitally savvy Alcoa employees who all carry smartphones. With Teams, company-wide announcements are now made with the confidence that everyone will see them via their devices, regardless of location, while operational information is quickly disseminated and passed along from one shift to the next to improve processes, safety, and efficiency. Watch the video to see how Teams is delivering the future of communication to a new generation of Alcoa plant personnel.

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Business data is multiplying exponentially. To put this data to work for your business and gain a competitive advantage, you need an end-to-end analytics solution that’s not only fast, secure, and easy to use, but more important, also places this data at the fingertips of everyone in your organization, enabling anyone to transform business data into actionable insights.

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Activating your organization’s Azure credits

Your eligible nonprofit customers can leverage $3,500 per year of Azure credits. This gives them access to the complete portfolio of Azure cloud solutions and services. This 4-minute video, “Activating your organization’s Azure credits,” walks your nonprofit customers through redeeming Azure credits and getting started with the cloud computing service.

To ensure that your customers can take advantage of this special offer, be sure to review the eligibility criteria and help your customers through the registration process so they can start using their Azure credits today!

Microsoft Azure for your cloud platform – what it is and how it works

Nonprofit organizations often operate in a world of highly constrained resources. Doing more with less requires changing how you work. This webcast, “Microsoft Azure for your cloud platform – what it is and how it works,” shows how your nonprofit customers can free themselves from constantly managing infrastructure so they can focus on delivering higher-impact applications with Azure.

Free yourself from constantly managing the IT infrastructure of your #nonprofit. Watch “Microsoft Azure for your cloud platform – what it is and how it works,” from @MSFTNonprofits, to learn how you can focus on delivering higher-impact applications.

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Get Help Putting Technology in Your School

When it comes to determining the right technology for your school, there is a lot to consider. This flyer helps prospects understand the whole picture including the costs, benefits and the additional free, learning tools Microsoft offers.

At the bottom of the flyer there is space to include your company logo, a brief description of how you can support onboarding new technology, and a link to your website.

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