As you may know, there are some Microsoft products that will no longer be supported after the new year, most notably Windows 7 and its associated programs. If you haven’t made the switch to Windows 10, there’s no reason to despair, Windows 7 won’t disappear from your computer on January 14, 2020. It will no longer be supported by Microsoft, however, which will cause some problems for you, your teams, and customers.
Attracting and retaining top talent is becoming a bigger challenge. 27% of employees voluntarily left their jobs in 2018, looking for better opportunities elsewhere. If this trend continues, by 2023 this percentage will reach 35% putting US companies at a huge risk that will only continue to rise. The cost of unfilled jobs varies, but on average a vacant seat at a company costs around $14,652 to fill, but there are also the unseen costs—like decreased productivity, increased workload for other employees, and suffering morale.
It’s coming up on cold and flu season, and many of us are lining up to get preventive maintenance: a flu shot. Preventive maintenance is how most things are maintained and serviced—from human bodies to household appliances. In anticipation of mechanical parts breaking or needing repairs, we schedule service. Oil changes, annual HVAC assessments, and annual wellness exams are all examples of preventative maintenance. We hope that periodically checking the status of a piece of equipment will alert us to upcoming failure, reducing the amount of equipment downtime and the cost of repairs.
Company-wide phishing emails, thousands of files lost in ransomware attacks, and scraped customer information are all examples of workplace nightmares. Unlike the movies, these horrors are all too real. October is spooky season, and cybersecurity is one of the top fears for modern businesses. Luckily, relief for businesses is here. October is also National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM).
Doctors and lawyers are two of the most universally respected careers. Having great earning potential gives people the perception that these jobs should be worth the inherent stress associated therein. The risks connected with these occupations, however, go far beyond the pressure of a typical job, arguably even others with high salaries. Intense workload, unrealistic demands, and lack of recognition make these careers some of the most stressful. Most workers also don’t fear a lawsuit if they make a mistake or are perceived to make a mistake at work. Piling on the anxiety for physicians and lawyers, the fear of litigation is a real threat for them, with over 1/3 of physicians having a malpractice claim against them at some point their careers, and 4 out of 5 lawyers experiencing at least one malpractice claim during their careers.
Longer days and warmer temperatures mean that summertime has finally arrived! As schools are wrapping up the school year and kids are looking forward to summer break, parents are more than likely trying to figure out how to keep their kids busy for the next couple of months. SumnerOne’s Technology Expert, Rion Kolosieke joined Guy Phillips and the KTRS crew to talk about STEM camps for kids.
We kicked off Memorial Day weekend last Friday with our Tech Talk segment on The Big 550 KTRS on The Guy Phillips Show. Even though Guy was unavailable, his co-hosts Heidi Glaus and Josh Gilbert kept the show rolling with our IT expert, Randy Moore. The group talked about a little bit of everything from charging your cell phone on the go to ransomware and a little bit of everything in between. Tech Talk presented by SumnerOne is your go-to resource for the latest in technology news and a good laugh each week!