Identifying Cyber Threats for Small Businesses

Businesses of any size are ripe for cyber attacks. In fact, many small business owners feel that they are outside of the “danger zone” due to their size. The truth is that business size is of no matter to hackers or cybercriminals. Measures must be taken to protect your business, your employees, and your data from cybercriminals.

 

Whether you have your own IT department or are planning on outsourcing, there are several simple steps you can take to minimize your risk of cyber threats.

  • Use a firewall for all internet connections.
  • Ensure available software updates are made regularly to operating systems.
  • Require individual user accounts vs. department or team accounts.
  • Require passwords to be changed on a regular basis.
  • Train employees on cybersecurity, including best practices for creating a strong password, how to protect customer or sensitive data and information, and guidelines for internet usage.
  • Limit access to data systems. Employees should only be given access to the systems they need for day-to-day work.

 

Blocking cyber threats or attacks do not have to be expensive or difficult to implement. The Small Business Association created a self-paced training for small businesses to learn about cybersecurity for their business.

 

Vensure Employer Services offers cyber protection as a supplementary benefit for businesses of any size. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

Reinventing Your Employee Onboarding Process

An employee’s first day is just as important to the employee as it is to the employer. The employee is most likely full of energy and enthusiasm for their new position and company. The employee had a great experience meeting with the recruiter or hiring manager and is eager to put names to faces of people on their team. They are anticipating a whirlwind first week filled with meeting new people, learning about the company, and the ins and outs of their new role and responsibilities.

 

Have you or any of your new employees ever had one of these experiences?

  • Your new employee walked up to the front desk to announce their arrival and the receptionist has no idea who they
    are.
  • The employee is placed in an empty conference room and told to wait for the trainer who never shows.
  • The employee is told by the recruiter to expect an invite for a first-day employee to get to know their teammates, but the invite is never extended.
  • Your new employee is shown to their new workspace that is not set-up.

 

A poor onboarding experience can leave the employee feeling disappointed about their new position. The employer may not realize that their onboarding deficiencies are causing negative vibes on the floor, or making their new hires feel less than.

 

A good onboarding experience takes time and thoughtfulness to execute with care. Successful onboarding programs have a similar framework.

 

Lessons Learned
Before getting started, evaluate what you know about your current onboarding process. You may have received direct feedback in the past that was not put into action. Now’s the time! Moving forward, what does a successful onboarding look like? Is your organization interested in creating long-term growth? What matters most, from the view of the business, to have accomplished in the first day or week?

 

Engage Early
Stressing over a new hire’s first day is not uncommon for employers. Successful onboarding programs include early engagement activities to help employees understand what they can expect during their first day, week, and month, information on the company background, and info on where to park, where their desk is, and names and photos of who is on their team.

 

Individual Attention at Any Level
Employers should not mistakenly assume that employees at a managerial or executive level are self-sufficient on their first day. When onboarding someone in a leadership position, consider their team, their employment and professional background, and their new level of responsibility at your company. Make time for the new hire to meet with their direct reports, other executives or leaders on their level, and ensure adequate face time to answer questions and build a report.

 

New Employee Buddy
Set each new hire up with a peer buddy. The buddy system ensures your new employee not only has someone to talk to, ask questions, and help with first-day jitters, but the buddy can also help your new employee stay focused and get up-to-speed faster. The buddy system is also great for transfers, contractors, and temporary employees. A strategic buddy system may not ensure that the two employees form a lifetime bond, but it will help assimilate the new employee into the organization.

 

The goal for a quality onboarding program should be to help new employees feel a sense of belonging. Ensure the company vision and goals are woven in throughout the program to keep the new employee inspired along the way. And while there are several elements that directly influence employee onboarding, morale, and job satisfaction, not all companies have the bandwidth to focus on honing these aspects of the business. Vensure Employer Services offers valuable products and services to help businesses like your stay competitive in the industry by attracting and retaining top talent. Contact Vensure to learn more.

Preventing Eye Strain

Eye strain has become a major job-related issue for many who spend most of their day looking at a computer screen(s). Tips for helping reduce eye strain include adjusting your monitor position and height, reducing glare from overhead lighting, and giving yourself regular breaks, in addition to annual exams. The American Optometric Association recommends the 20-20-20 rule: “take a 20-second break to view something 20 feet away every 20 minutes.” Vensure can help to ensure your employees have access to a competitive benefits program. Contact us to learn more.

 

 

https://www.aoa.org/patients-and-public/caring-for-your-vision/protecting-your-vision/computer-vision-syndrome

 

 

 

Telehealth Basics

Telehealth, or telemedicine, “is the use of digital information and communication technologies, such as computers and mobile devices, to access healthcare services remotely and manage your healthcare.”

 

Telehealth offers a number of benefits for both doctors and patients including making healthcare services more readily available for people with limited mobility or transportation, easier access to medical specialists, digital communication with doctors or nurses, prescription refill requests, and more.

 

Here are the top reasons why clients are providing telehealth as a supplementary product:

 

Millennials
As the largest growing percentage of today’s workforce, Millennials are more likely to adopt new technology than other generations in the workplace. Telehealth options are great for Millennials and for employers who are looking for other ways to show employee appreciation.

 

Fewer PTO Requests
Telehealth alleviates the concern for employees who stress about having to take time off work to physically attend doctor visits. Employees will no longer feel like they have to miss appointments or cancel preventive care appointments. Rather, telehealth allows the employee to connect with a doctor from their home, on the road, on their lunch break…wherever!

 

No Training Required
Unlike some other supplementary products, telehealth doesn’t require any additional training to participate. The employee should be able to access the virtual doctor/health visit through their PC, smartphone, or tablet. For those less tech-savvy individuals, most telehealth providers offer phone visits, as well.

 

 

Telehealth has given hospitals, clinics, and other health facilities the ability to provide care to patients anywhere they require access to services via phone, mobile app, or web.  If you’re considering telehealth for your employees, contact Vensure to learn more about combining technology with employee health.

 

 

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/consumer-health/in-depth/telehealth/art-20044878

 

 

 

Improving Productivity with E-Learning

Productivity is a common issue among employees everywhere. From lack of direction and inadequate training to poor communication and inconsistent processes. Employee productivity is directly linked to the company’s environment. Managers who are aware of the productivity issue will, in many cases, attempt to rectify the issue(s) by stepping up their involvement in feedback and training. In these instances, distance learning or e-learning have become the more popular options for employee training.

 

Integrating e-learning into employee training can boost productivity in the following ways:

 

Flexibility
E-learning typically allows for flexible scheduling. This means employees are able to schedule training sessions based on their availability. Employees will no longer have to fret about when they can complete training before or after work, or missing work to complete training assignments. Training can be completed within a reasonable amount of time without adding stress to the employee.

 

Measurable Progress
E-learning makes it easier to track and report on employee participation, engagement, and this data can provide details as to the employees’ progress and performance. When it comes time for annual or regularly scheduled performance reviews, some of the information as to the employee’s progress and productivity can be pulled from this source.

 

Employers should also be able to track the return on investment (ROI) of the training when compared to employee performance. Managers should see a boost in productivity and in the area on which the employee(s) received training after the training period has ended. This data will help prove the ROI of the program.

 

Skills/Knowledge Gap
Much of what slows employees down is the skills or knowledge gap associated with their position. The gap is underlined when new technology or processes are introduced. Employees struggling to pick-up the new technology or implement the new process may show decreased productivity. Providing e-learning on the new technology or process will help employees feel confident in their new skills and allow them to refocus on their primary job duties.

 

 

Consider integrating e-learning into your business when it comes to improving employee productivity. The increased knowledge boost your employees’ confidence and reduce the amount of time and energy they spend struggling and stressing over new technologies or processes. Vensure recognizes the importance of employee well-being as a means of retaining top talent and increasing productivity. Connect with Vensure today to learn more about the valuable products and services we can offer to help your business stay productive.