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Managed IT Force provides purposeful and powerful IT management and support services to small and medium organizations in the Pittsburgh Area. Our clients enjoy world-class service and reliability for a predictable low fixed fee.

Tip of the Week: Stretch Your Legs and Get Healthy at Work

Tip of the Week: Stretch Your Legs and Get Healthy at Work

The office is a place where work gets done, but it’s also known as a sedentary lifestyle. Workplace wellness programs might be an $8 billion industry, but the effectiveness of these programs has yet to be determined. Let’s take a look at what kind of office wellness programs might work for you.

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What the Modern Worker Expects at His/Her Job

What the Modern Worker Expects at His/Her Job

There aren’t many happier moments for a person than when they score their first big job. The opportunity to use the skills they have learned, and to pay off some of the debt that knowledge set them back, are two activities most people who are in this position relish. However, you can’t expect these opportunities to keep your employees around forever... you need to meet (and sometimes manage) their other expectations of the workplace.

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The Future of IT; 2019 is The Year Your Business Hires a Managed Service Provider

The Future of IT; 2019 is The Year Your Business Hires a Managed Service Provider

Chances are that if you are a business owner that has been in business for a decade you’ve seen how emerging technologies have changed the face of business. Technologies like cloud computing have opened up opportunities for many businesses to get the powerful computing infrastructures they need without massive upfront costs. As this trend continues, the IT services has begun to move past core IT management and support and onto providing real solutions for the modern business. Today, we will look at how the Managed Service Provider (MSP) is at the forefront of a data revolution that has no end in sight.

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Help! My Staff Hates My Company’s IT!

Help! My Staff Hates My Company’s IT!

Fellow business owners, do you ever feel like you need to walk around on eggshells when it comes time to implement a new process or policy with your employees? Does it seem like your staff fights back tooth and nail when there is any technology change or IT restriction? You aren’t alone.

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All Work and No Play Makes Fewer Opportunities

All Work and No Play Makes Fewer Opportunities

The office is a workplace, so it most likely isn’t a place that is often associated with fun and games. However, different aspects of games have been shown to provide significant benefits when introduced into the professional environment. Today, we’ll explore some of the ways that a little frivolity may benefit your office.

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Bias Can Impact Your Business from Within

Bias Can Impact Your Business from Within

Despite what you may have heard, a bias is not an inherently bad thing. However, if not considered rationally, a bias can easily lead you to make a business decision that does more harm than good. Researchers have uncovered why we hold the biases we do, and how we might work to overcome them.

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IoT Security is a Key Business Concern

IoT Security is a Key Business Concern

The Internet of Things is everywhere, which means that potential security risks are also everywhere. Your business needs to take the risks presented by the IoT into account and prepare accordingly.

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3 Security Lessons We Learned the Hard Way in 2017

3 Security Lessons We Learned the Hard Way in 2017

2017 was filled with security issues ranging from threats and small attacks to major security breaches. You can learn a lot from the misfortunes of other ill-prepared organizations about how to prepare for and handle cybersecurity issues. This week’s tip is dedicated to learning a bit from some of the security problems that may have flown over your radar last year.

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4 Skills Needed for IT Project Management Success

4 Skills Needed for IT Project Management Success

An IT project manager is an important part of any new technology initiative in your workplace. Therefore, you should be looking for specific requirements when finding a project manager for your latest project implementation. Here are some specific traits that your business should look for in an IT project manager.

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Why You Need to Properly Dispose of e-Waste

Why You Need to Properly Dispose of e-Waste

Technology has become more commonplace in offices and homes all around the world, and you might find yourself replacing it more often than previously thought. This leads to an awful lot of waste that can accumulate in your office, be it an extra smartphone, desktop, or something as simple as a random, non-functional hard drive. However, getting rid of your old, unnecessary tech isn’t as simple as throwing paper into a recycling bin, and it shows in the amount of e-waste that infects the world every day.

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5 Ways to Reduce Technology-Related Stress in the New Year

5 Ways to Reduce Technology-Related Stress in the New Year

Your business either has a sound plan to manage its IT maintenance, or it does not. There is no middle ground here. Either you have an internal team dedicated to maintaining your IT infrastructure, or it’s not being taken care of as well as it should be. Even if you do have an internal team, you might notice that they simply don’t have time on their hands to handle all of their responsibilities. We’re here to introduce you to one of the most notable ways of keeping your technology in proper working order: managed IT services.

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A Look Ahead: SMB Technology for 2018

A Look Ahead: SMB Technology for 2018

Vince Lombardi, one of the most successful head coaches in NFL history, once said “If you are five minutes early, you are already ten minutes late.” Although it wasn’t its intended use, this quotation can easily apply to technology. The tech industry is constantly changing, improving, and innovating. Adapting to changes is something all businesses must do to thrive, small and medium businesses included.

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3 Reasons Why it Makes Sense to Outsource Your Email Management

3 Reasons Why it Makes Sense to Outsource Your Email Management

How many emails does your organization receive every day? Chances are that you can’t find time in your day-to-day operations to maintain and manage your email solution as well as you’d like, and in a world where threats to your organization’s network lurk around every corner, you can never be too careful. How can you make sure that you’re taking proper care of your business’s email infrastructure, without sacrificing the time and manpower required to do so?

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How to Turn Intrapreneurs Into a Goldmine of Good Ideas

How to Turn Intrapreneurs Into a Goldmine of Good Ideas

Entrepreneurs enjoy an almost mythical standing in the business world as visionary leaders risking everything on an idea that, if successful, pays off in a big way. Yet, few understand the role of the intrapreneur; those who have equally big ideas, but operate in the context of established companies. Your business likely has dynamic intrapreneurs in your midst, but how do you make sure their voices are heard?

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Tip of the Week: 4 Ways Pittsburgh Companies can Attract Top Talent in 2017

Tip of the Week: 4 Ways Pittsburgh Companies can Attract Top Talent in 2017

Almost every organization is hoping to grow in revenue next year. Growth usually means new clients, or new markets. Perhaps you have been successful in attracting new clients, but if you wish to continue to experience such growth, then you’ll need to also attract quality employees.


Attracting top talent can prove challenging, especially when your budget is limited and your industry is competitive. However, onboarding a talented employee versus a mediocre worker makes for a world of difference. Therefore, it’s worth it to take extra measures in order to attract top talent. Here are four tips to help your business onboard the talented workers you need to succeed.

Offer Compelling and Unique Benefits
With the instability and changing markets surrounding healthcare, having it taken care of as a company benefit is a huge plus.  Expect candidates to value this as much or more than any other perk you can offer. Your benefits don’t necessarily have to be strictly financial, either. An offer of flexible work hours or plenty of opportunities for a good work-life balance can also be very effective motivators for a prospective employee to accept a position.

I suggest going beyond traditional healthcare and financial beneifts.  Make sure you plan on emphasizing all the benefits you can offer.  Do you have discounts on the products you sell? Is your location a perk?  Can you add a simple employee recognition program or incentive to open positions? Do your benefits relect how your organization is unique and special? Candidates will notice!

Challenge Them
Hard workers tend to relish a challenge that tests their abilities. Try including a difficult problem to solve that’s challenging enough to attract the caliber of worker you’re seeking, into the application process itself. This approach has the double-benefit of drawing in the caliber of talent you want, as well as setting a minimum standard that applicants must reach to be considered.  This can help you identify applicants that are viable candidates.

Clarify your big, hairy, audacious goals in the selection process.  Make sure your candidates know they'll be coming to work on a challenge that matters.  Candidates that are drawn to those goals will relate.  Would-be hires that don't align with your goals will lose interest and help you sort out candidates.

Highlight the Workplace and Culture 
Let’s face it, you could onboard all the talent you want, but if highly-demanded talent isn’t given a positively-charged workplace, there is nothing to stop them from going out and finding one elsewhere. Emphasize the strengths of your business as you work to onboard new employees, and offer prospects the chance to acquaint themselves with your business as they begin the interview process. For prospects looking to leave their current position, hold these orientations after regular business hours and to speak with your current employees, if possible. If a current employee is happy with their position, they will very likely have a lot of good to share with a prospect about the office working experience.  Imagine what it would mean to a candidate if they got to hear your happiest clients and employees raving about the mission you're on!

Provide the Latest Technology
I suggested challenging your candidates and employees, but their first challenge should not be working on antiquated systems!  In a recent study of Millennial workers (who will make up the majority of the workforce by 2020), it was discovered that 42 percent will seriously consider leaving a job if the latest technologies are not provided. In order for your business to attract and retain young talent, you’ll need to show potential workers that you’re serious about technology. For example, an office where workers can use their own mobile devices is a big draw for potential employees who are attached to their personal devices. Managed IT Force can assist you with implementing an attractive and secure Bring Your Own Device policy, as well as recommending the latest technologies that talented workers crave.  Think about it; picture starting your new postion and being all fired up.  Then you sit down on your first day at a 5-year old computer that pops an error message after logging in!  Contrast that with an employee equipped with adequate tools to take on the challenges you've identified.

By raising the bar for the quality of employees you onboard, you will see the overall quality of everything your business does improve as well. Better yet, if a talented worker lands at your company, then they’re not working for the competition!

Is there anything special your business does to attract the cream of the crop? Share with us your tips in the comments below.

Bonus Tip: Outsource as Much as Possible
Onboarding new employees can become a costly endeavor due to the salaries required. Furthermore, you may not be able to find qualified local candidates, which can make things more difficult for SMBs. In instances like these, it’s best to consider outsourcing to find the talent that you need. Furthermore, this isn’t necessarily a capital expense, as it’s part of your organization’s operational infrastructure. You can then invest the capital saved into other parts of your business.

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