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Does March Madness Affect Collaboration?

Money and March Madness go hand in hand. From money gained (up to $1 billion from Warren Buffett for the perfect bracket) to money lost ($1.2 billion for every unproductive work hour during the first week of the tournament), it’s all about the green. But, it’s no longer fun and games when companies become concerned about millions of dollars potentially lost in productivity and collaboration during the tournament. There’s a lot of competing statistics on how March Madness affects productivity at work. In its annual survey, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
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Is 2015 the Year of Online Collaboration? Software in the cloud has added a number of new dimensions to the way we work. It opens up an environment of instant updates, increased sharing, and collaboration between what might have been disparate groups. This increased sharing and collaboration is a boon to all organizations. Productivity increases, silos are torn down, and teams are kept connected like never before. Of course, this online collaboration has led to the development of a number of new applications, products and services, as well as methods for continuing to improve this collaboration. So what will we see in online collaboration over the next year?
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What happens when a licensed Smartsheet user leaves the company? How do you transfer owned sheets to another person or remove the user altogether? How do you add non-licensed users to your Team account? These issues all fall under the realm of the SysAdmin. The SysAdmin is a role specific to Team and Enterprise plans. They are in charge of managing the account by adding, editing, and removing users, and transferring ownership or removing access to shared sheets. In other words, the SysAdmin is responsible for managing users. And a lot can change when managing dozens, or even hundreds, of users.
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If Not Email, Then What?

Phil Simon is a recognized technology authority and award-winning author of seven management books. In this month's guest post, he discusses the downfalls of relying on email for business communication. It’s not hard to find communication failures. On February 18, 2015, Carnegie Mellon University (my alma mater) mistakenly admitted 800 students via (you guessed it) e-mail. On an individual level, we’ve all hit “reply all” by mistake. At a minimum, the result is embarrassment. Worst case scenario: You’re looking for a new job. I truly believe that many employees have reached a tipping point regarding email.
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Whether you’re simply looking to gain visibility into your spending habits, put a more aggressive plan in place to pay down that pesky debt, or get rid of credit cards entirely, having a budget sheet to help you stay on track is invaluable. Setting a budget – and then sticking to it – is a process that looks different for everyone based on your lifestyle and goals. All it takes is a quick Google search to see that resources out there are endless, so how do you go about picking the right budget sheet? To help you get started, here are a few tips to consider when looking for the right budget sheet and different ideas for customizing your budget so that you’ll regularly use it.
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