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7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity Using Technology

“How to improve workplace productivity,” is a highly searched term these days. While results may reveal answers ranging from Encourage More Breaks to Limit Meetings…the reality is, every work place is different. In fact, every employee is different. What behavioral strategy or method may work on one team member, may not on the next. So, how do we come to a universal solution on the impending dilemma of elevating workplace productivity? In truth, there may not be just one answer. We suggest, however, a wise place to start is by equipping staff with the most useful and adaptable performance tools and systems available on the market. Below we have outlined 7 Ways to Improve Workplace Productivity Using Technology.

1. Ensure Your Workplace Has a RELIABLE, HIGH-SPEED, and DEDICATED Internet Connection

In today’s competitive marketplace, having high-speed, reliable Internet is paramount to a company’s internal productivity. Fact: In a world reliant on Internet, digital downtime can cost a company upwards of $100,000 per minute.

So, what causes downtime, and how can we avoid it?

Work in a developing area? Construction may disrupt your connection. Does your community ever experience high winds, rain or snowfall? Weather can disconnect your service for hours or days on end. Operate in a shared office space or building? Your Internet speed may be inconsistent and unpredictable simply because everyone is sharing the same fiber optic line.

Enter: Fixed Wireless.

Simply put, fixed wireless provides high speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers, and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point signals, fixed wireless technology eliminates the need for costly terrestrial fiber, satellite feeds or cable lines. Unaffected by weather, fixed wireless provides businesses with a dedicated connection that boasts faster uptime, ultra-low latency, and higher bandwidth.

2. Utilize Group Chats (We Suggest Google Hangouts)

In short, Google Hangouts is today’s modern instant messaging platform. Allowing up to 15 people in a single chat, Google Hangouts eliminates timely back and forth email chains or those “long walks across the office”. Questions can be asked and answered instantaneously and “losing” or “not seeing” an email is no longer an excuse. Accessible via desktop or mobile, group chats can even be named by department to further encourage organized and efficient communication streams.

3. Use Smartsheets to Track To-Do Lists and Monitor Deadlines

Smartsheets is a software as a service (SaaS) application designed for collaboration and work management. It allows users to assign tasks, track project progress, set priority deadlines, manage calendars, and share documents. With a spreadsheet-like user interface, managers are able to easily remind employees of approaching deadlines, ultimately driving employees to stay on-task and complete projects in a timely manner.

4. Switch to Hosted Voice—Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP)

By utilizing your broadband Internet connection to power your phone services, Hosted Voice, or Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), offers businesses a simple solution to significantly cut down overall communication costs, improve and expand interaction between employees and customers, and ensure a more reliable quality of service.

Popular features include:

Fax-to-email
Follow Me
Voice-to-email
Conference Bridge
Toll-Free Numbers
Unified Communications
…and more!
Ultimately, Hosted Voice equips employees with advanced communication tools that allow work to follow them inside and outside of the office.

5. Host Sharable Company Files in Dropbox

Employees need trustworthy and timely access to up-to-date company files in order to remain informed and successful. Instead of connecting to VPNs or searching through emails, employees using Dropbox can quickly access team data from almost anywhere. These reliable file transfers allow field employees to manage entire projects from the field.

6. Take Evernotes

Per its slogan, “Capture, organize, and share notes from anywhere. Your best ideas are always with you and always in sync,” Evernote allows users to easily create an endless number of notebooks from the palm of their hand. But this isn’t just any regular *hold on let me flip through a million pages to find what I’m looking for* notebook. With Evernote, users can quickly jot down ideas and notes via text, voice memos, real time photos or web clips. With added tag and category features, users can catalog notes for quick and easy access via search. It’s productive note taking re-invented!

7. Systemize Workflow Integration through HubSpot

Successful marketing automation relies on triggering relevant and timely actions based on a customer’s response. HubSpot has developed a “Workflow” system that allows businesses to effectively and efficiently scale both sales and marketing efforts.

So, what’s a workflow? A workflow is an automated set of marketing actions that are executed based on pre-specified conditions. For example, a workflow action could be sending out a follow-up email with your promised offer when a contact fills out certain forms. These programmable and automated “outlines” of what to do and when to do it, keep employees on task and producing results as efficiently as possible.

 

“I’m most grounded on the role of technology. Ultimately to me it’s about the human capital and the human potential and technology empowers humans to do great things. You have to be optimistic about what technology can do in the hands of humans.” — Satya Nadella, Chief Executive Officer, Microsoft Corporation, USA

Meet GeoLinks’ Chief Strategy Officer, Phillip Deneef

Phillip Deneef

Exclusive Q + A with GeoLinks’ Newly Appointed CSO Phillip Deneef

GeoLinks: Let’s start with the basics, what is your role at GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: As a chief strategy officer (CSO), I oversee the four different sales channels—direct, indirect, wholesale/carrier relationships, and government education— public relations, marketing, and customer success. This role is a new title that has been created as more technology and monthly recurring revenue companies have come about. Essentially, a CSO is responsible for generating the company’s revenue and making sure processes are in place to support your customers and prevent churn.

GeoLinks: What got you to the position you are in today…what came before GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: I got my start about 17 years ago in telecommunication space working in the mobility sector. From there, I developed a passion for technology and business development, I learned old school sales tactics, and then started venturing out to learn additional skills such as operations, marketing, and customer success. Right before I began working at GeoLinks, I was at an advertising firm called Giant Partners out of Westlake, California. There I worked in an operations role delivering data and marketing campaigns to Fortune 500 companies.

GeoLinks: What is your favorite part about working for GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite part about working for GeoLinks is the culture. I get to have a work-life balance where I can spend time with family and still feel fulfilled whether I work an 8-hour day or a 12-hour day. I also always feel like I’m having an impact on moving the needle in a positive direction.

GeoLinks: What’s something that most GeoLinks’ clients might not know about the company?

Phillip Deneef: We’re awesome! Just kidding, I hope they know that. We are heavily vested in a variety of different avenues that aren’t just about making money. We care about our people, and about people in general. We want to see more individuals, including our team members, feel fulfilled in their day-to-day life. We also care a lot about our environmental impact, which is why we strive to power our sites with solar power and wind turbines. We want to have an impact on this world by closing the digital divide and providing Internet access to everyone.

GeoLinks: GeoLinks new headquarters is making headlines…what is your favorite part?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite part is the basketball court. I’m a die-hard basketball fan. I love shooting hoops, and I love the fact that many of my team members like to as well.

GeoLinks: Outside of work…what is your favorite past time or hobby?

Phillip Deneef: My favorite past time is spending time with wife and daughter. Second to that, is basketball.

GeoLinks: What’s something that most of your coworkers don’t know about you?

Phillip Deneef: Perhaps that when I retire, I want to live on a farm.

GeoLinks: You are allowed to do anything you want, anywhere in the world, for one whole day…what do you do and where do you go?

Phillip Deneef: I would want to experience the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls with my family. One of the greatest joys of traveling with my daughter is seeing her face light up.

GeoLinks: Alright pressures on….give us your best or favorite motivational quote?

Phillip Deneef: Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.

GeoLinks: What’s next…what are you most excited for when you think of your future with GeoLinks?

Phillip Deneef: I am most excited for being able to continue to invest in our local economy and grow the company so that we can rebuild the middle class.

 

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Internet Service Provider GeoLinks Announces Acquisition of One Stop VoIP

California’s fasting growing B2B Internet Service Provider (ISP), GeoLinks, announces acquisition of Los Angeles telecommunications company One Stop VoIP.

VENTURA, CA (PRWEB) JULY 12, 2017

California Internet L.P., DBA GeoLinks is thrilled to officially announce its first ever acquisition of up-and-coming cloud-based Telecommunication Service Provider, One Stop VoIP. The acquisition includes an all-inclusive migration of key staff, existing customers, Unified Communications (UC) capabilities, and IT infrastructure, enabling GeoLinks to offer Hosted Voice for the first time.

With contract negotiations finalized, GeoLinks forecasts to launch a full scope of Hosted Voice services by the end of third quarter 2017. To assist in future voice operations, GeoLinks is proud to welcome aboard Founder and CEO of One Stop VoIP, Dexter Allen, as Senior Director of VoIP Business Development. Additionally, GeoLinks welcomes Paul Kasavets, COO and Co-Owner of One Stop VoIP, as Senior Director of VoIP Operations.

“This has been a historic year for GeoLinks so far,” said GeoLinks’ CEO Skyler Ditchfield. “Recently announcing our company rebrand and launch into the national market, One Stop VoIP represents our first official acquisition. This search has been exhaustive, not just to find the right company but to find an executive team that moves at our pace and fits our culture. It’s not a small feat that GeoLinks has achieved 100% growth six-years-running. Throughout the onboarding process it was evident that both Dexter Allen and Paul Kasavets shared the same capabilities and passion for innovation that GeoLinks values so highly. We have been looking to add Hosted Voice to our service offerings for some time now. One Stop VoIP’s products and services co-align perfectly with GeoLinks as a whole, and with our flagship fixed wireless product, ClearFiber™. Overall, everything about the acquisition is a natural fit.”

Since company inception in 2011, GeoLinks—a licensed, bonded, and insured general contractor—has been entirely self-sufficient, bringing everything in-house to ensure proper service deployment from end-to-end. Coupled with superior US-based customer support, GeoLinks’ acquisition promises continued consistency and superior, reliable Hosted Voice services.

“Our strategic partnership with GeoLinks will allow us to deliver a complete telecommunication solution to businesses, catapulting us to a leading position in the industry,” stated Allen. “One Stop VoIP delivers outstanding value, continuous innovation, and an exceptional client experience. We are passionately committed to helping GeoLinks’ current and future clients grow by equipping them with the strategic communication tools they need to succeed. Both companies’ core services are essential for any business. Prior to the acquisition, we both were missing a piece of the puzzle. I am thrilled that we can now deliver the whole picture to businesses in one convenient package.”

Allen and Kasavets officially joined the GeoLinks team in their office headquarters on July 11th, 2017. All former One Stop VoIP customers will continue to receive dependable service coverage during the transfer, while GeoLinks’ clients can expect new Hosted Voice deployment by the beginning of September 2017.

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About One Stop VoIP
Founded in the heart of Los Angeles’ Silicon Beach, One Stop VoIP is a cloud based phone service provider passionately committed to providing outstanding value, continuous innovation and exceptional client experience. Offering a wide range of features and communication solutions, One Stop VoIP products provide flexibility, exceptional configurability, ease of use, and scalability tailored to meet businesses’ highest demands.

About GeoLinks
Founded in 2011 by CEO, Skyler Ditchfield, and CTO, Ryan Hauf, GeoLinks is the fastest growing B2B fixed wireless Internet Service Provider (ISP) in California. Proud to service the largest coverage area of any single provider in the state, GeoLinks expanded its territory in 2017 delivering Enterprise-Grade Internet, Layer 2 Transport, and turnkey construction expertly tailored for all business and Anchor Institutions nationwide.

With industry leading installation times, GeoLinks’ flagship service, ClearFiber™, offers customers fixed wireless on the most resilient and scalable network ever built. Boasting ultra-low latency, 99.999% uptime, sub 10ms jitter, and a 4-hour max response time, GeoLinks prides itself on consistently delivering the industry’s best Service Level agreement.

Amongst its many accolades, GeoLinks was the largest construction grant winner for California K-12 schools and libraries in both 2016 and 2017. Servicing thousands of businesses across the country, GeoLinks officially became a CLEC and public utility in 2017.

The Ins and Outs Of Fixed Wireless Technology

(And Why Your Business Should Be Using Fixed Wireless)

what is fixed wireless - geolinks.com

In the digital age, most businesses’ success and productivity rely on having fast, secure and reliable Internet connections. In fact, 70% of Americans reported that they used the Internet on a daily basis in 2016. And while the market is clearly saturated with various high speed Internet options to choose from, one innovative technology proves to be far superior and more reliable than the rest: Fixed Wireless Internet.

So, What Is Fixed Wireless Internet?

Simply put, fixed wireless provides high speed broadband Internet access to a single location via radio waves. By utilizing antennas, towers and an express line of sight (LoS) to transmit point-to-point signals, fixed wireless technology eliminates the need for costly terrestrial cable, satellite feeds or local phone lines.

Why Doesn’t Everyone Use Fixed Wireless?

There is a large misconception in the market about fixed wireless—people think it’s not a reliable technology. It is an ongoing challenge for Internet Service Providers to re-educate the market that the problem doesn’t lie in the technology itself but rather improper installation. In fact, the technology has been around since the 60’s and is actively utilized by large companies in the New York Stock Exchange, law enforcement and Militaries around the world. When deployed correctly, fixed wireless is the most effective and superior solution available on the market.

How Is Fixed Wireless Different Than Other Internet Options?

For starters, fixed wireless infrastructure can be assembled in a fraction of the time, drastically improving Internet Service Provider’s (ISP) speed to delivery and installation time. With an accelerated turnaround, select ISP’s are able to penetrate new markets faster than those deploying more traditional networks. Specifically, fixed wireless networks can access and service rural communities that other technologies simply can’t reach. For companies requiring services in populated urban areas, fixed wireless provides a dedicated and reliable connection.

How Will My Business Benefit From Fixed Wireless Technology?

Fact: In a world reliant on dependable, high-speed Internet, digital downtime can cost a company anywhere from $22,000 to $100,000 per minute.

Live in an area that’s quickly expanding? Construction may cause your fiber optic connection to consistently drop. Work in a communal office space or building? Your Internet could slow down considerably simply because everyone is sharing the same fiber optic line. Can you predict the weather? High winds, snow or a rainy day could disrupt your satellite Internet service for hours or days on end.

Enter: Fixed Wireless Internet.The Ins and Outs Of Fixed Wireless Technology - GeoLinks

When deployed and engineered properly, fixed wireless is unaffected by weather, eliminates shared connections, and avoids potential downtime caused by construction. Proven to be just as fast, if not faster, as fiber optic networks, GeoLinks’ Fixed Wireless network provides businesses with a dedicated connection that boasts 99.999% uptime, ultra-low latency and virtually no jitter. Secure your company’s competitive advantage today by making the switch to fixed wireless.

Want to learn more about how fixed wireless technology can help your business thrive? Be sure to ask your GeoLinks about making the switch to a fixed network today.