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    Here are some tips to handle a pc virus attack.

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    Call a PC guru

    Don't shut off your PC which could trigger the infection.

    Disconnect your online connection.

    Back up any new data, it might be your only chance. Try to clean it later.

    Use another PC to learn about the virus.

    Employ anti-virus software to scan and clean. If not treatable, delete the file.

    Brief your anti-virus software vendor, in case it's an new virus.

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    Cybersecurity: Handling a PC Virus Attack

    Jeff Davidson
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     How many total days do you have to live? 24,000? Perhaps 32,000? Whatever the total, for many people, it's more than our counterparts of a generation ago.

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    Indeed, in 1900 the median life span in the U.S. was 49 years old. By 2000 the median life span had reason to 77. Today, it's common for people to reach their late 70s, 80s, or even 90s. 

    Each Day is Precious

    No matter how many days you have on this earth, it’s vital to appreciate each of them. Think of it, there have been eons of sunrises and sunsets since the earth first formed out of congealed gases. Your time on earth is a minute fraction of that. 

    Ever since the oceans first formed, the tides have been rising and falling. 

    What’s more, the earth is home to tens of thousands of species, many of which have still not been identified and classified. When you awake each morning, opportunities await. A day is such a long time when you ponder the possibilities: 

    In one minute or less you can throw water on your face, dry off, stretch intently, engage in a mini meditation, have a big drink of water, close your eyes, take a quick walk, visualize a pleasant scene, check for messages, look at photos, sit up or stand up straight, write a thank-you note, yawn, straighten up your desk, review notes, change your seat, have a pleasant thought, or phone someone.

    In five to 45 minutes you can check for voicemail, texts, and email messages; catch the news on TV, radio, or the Internet; lay your head down for some quick rest, take a rigorous walk, balance your checkbook, water the plants, vacuum, straighten up the interior of your car, review what's in the trunk of your car, have a brief meeting with staff members, jog, clean your bathroom, take a shower, and get dressed.

    Also, deal with today's mail, organize half of a filing cabinet drawer, take a nap, run a PC diagnostic program, download many large files, mentally rehearse a major presentation you'll be giving, proofread a report, comfortably eat lunch, listen to several of your favorite songs.

    In two to 24 hours you can watch a movie in the theater or at home, attend a local sporting event, spend quality time with someone else, read several chapters of a book, completely redo your file drawer, reorganize your closet with time to spare, clean your whole house, visit a good friend, attend religious worship, write a report from start to finish, or visit a park or other area of nature.

    Your could take a considerable car trip, catch up on your sleep, enroll in a rigorous course, renew yourself at the spa, attend several movies, read one book or more, take a plane flight, renew your relationships with a friend from across town, clean most or all of your home, or fly to China. 

    Optimize Not Maximize

    Your quest is to optimize, but not maximize your day. You’re not trying to jam pack your time with activity. What would be the point? Having optimal days means there is a balance. Some work perhaps, some leisure. Enjoyment of your meals. Time for friend. Time to reflect. The ability to get out and stretch or exercise, maybe vigorously.

    A sense of the power of nature, the appreciation of higher forces, a sense of being reverent, respectful, all of these can go into the optimal day.

    No matter how trying or exhausting, some days might be, invariably some good can be extracted from such days. If you are the type who is motivated by quotes and slogans – if they help to lift you when you're down or rise you up further than you are –  the Internet provides infinite number of such resources. Songs, as well, can spur you on. If Don't Worry be Happy works for you, play it. If What a Difference a Day Makes nourishes your soul, listen to it.    

    Movies can be uplifting as well. On any given day, you can watch inspiring movies. If Chariots of Fire or Silver Linings Playbook work for you, watch them. Poetry, light verse, stirring novels, and inspiring biographies can make a difference in your day. Access to written works has never been more available than it is today.

    Take This Day

    At some point in your day, will be time to drop back and punt. In other words, give yourself permission to relax – to simply be. Reverse the old axiom, “don't just sit there do something,” to “don't just do something, sit there.” 

    For however many hours there are left in this day, and however many days you have left on this earth, recognize that they are all gifts: Gifts to be experienced, and enjoyed. 

    So, take this day, and love it.

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    Jeff Davidson
  • 3
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    Job-hopping is on the rise. Employees are constantly bouncing from one job to another in their quest to find the ‘perfect job’. Surely, it is debatable whether job-hopping is good or bad, but let’s take a look at the numbers before we do the aftermaths.

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    • 75% of employees under 34 feel that job-hopping could benefit their career.
    • The 2018 Global Talent Trends study revealed that many employees feel their current organizations are unable to fulfill their expectations.

    Interestingly, the above statistics can help you understand how younger workforce, especially millennials think and operate. This generation of workers are ambitious and know exactly what they want and deserve. That’s why they aren’t afraid to ask exactly that.

    Millennials are clear on one thing: Give us what we want or we’ll go to someone who does. They are smart, hard-working and well-aware. They want to work with companies that acknowledge, value, and respect their contribution.

    Let’s take a look at some of their top priorities:

    Sense of Purpose

    Every day we hear and read stories of young people not taking up the high-paying jobs instead choose to go with their passion. If you think that companies can retain top-talent by alluring or doing fake promises, it’s not going to happen anymore.

    Millennials want to spend 8-10 hours at the office doing something they really enjoy. They want jobs that don’t just fill their pockets but also satisfy their souls.

    To retain them, make sure their job responsibilities are well-aligned with their interests. Keep challenging them with new roles and responsibilities because this generation isn’t going to trade fulfilling work with fancy nap pods or office game rooms. Perhaps the desire to work with a purpose is one of the most underrated but necessary desires of today’s generation of workers.

    Competitive Salaries

    It’s a no-brainer that we all work for money because, at the end of the day, we’ve all got to pay our bills. Unlike old times, employees know their worth and refuse to work for peanuts.

    According to a Bank of America report, almost half the number of millennials have asked for a raise in the last two years as compared to Gen Xers and Baby Boomers. It’s noteworthy that more than 80 percent of the workers who asked for a raise, got one.

    You might stereotype them as self-absorbed or money-minded but it turns out that they are more growth-oriented and making more money than other generations.

    Flexibility

    Over the last decade, workplace flexibility has become a top priority for employees. They are no more attracted to the outdated nine-to-five concept of working instead millennials feel that the option to work flexibly makes the job offer more attractive than with a higher pay-cheque.

    For young couples and new parents, the need to work flexibly is growing continuously. That’s why more and more employees are putting workplace flexibility ahead of salary. A Forbes article stated, "Fifteen percent of male employees and 21 percent of female employees would give up some of their pay and slow the pace of promotion in their careers in exchange for working fewer hours."

    It is also observed that organizations providing flexible schedules have experienced reduced workplace stress, fewer leaves by employees, and a boost in an overall productivity.

    Work-Life Balance

    Work-life balance might be an unattainable goal for many but is definitely a top priority for the younger workforce. These folks are not driven by the idea to work hard for the next 40-50 years and retire. Rather, they want to be a part of a thriving workplace, make a contribution, and get back home and spend time with their loved ones.

    They don’t want to work mindlessly for continuous longer hours but prefer to be more focused, productive and output driven. They look forward to a healthy mix of achieving professional goals along with enough time to pursue personal interests.  

    Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group said, “Don’t be doing all the time — put time aside to just be. All work and no play is a sure-fire path to fatigue”.

    What do you want?

    I have been working with ProofHub for more than 5 years, it’s amazing to see how it continues to work and retain the best talent. It isn’t just an incredible project management software but also a great company to work with.  

    Manage, track, and, deliver projects easier and faster. Try ProofHub.

    As an employer, give enough opportunities to employees to help them grow because when it comes to attracting and retaining top talent, employees stick with companies who provide growth, not just lip-service.

    About the Author:

    Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2017. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. For more interesting posts follow her on Medium.

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    Employees Want Growth, Not Lip-service

    Vartika Kashyap
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    Much of the discussion about music at work focuses on who likes to listen to music when they work vs who doesn’t. But what if music could play a much richer role at work beyond just acting as a means to block out your colleagues? And what if music could provide a more enjoyable way to improve productivity beyond spreadsheets and processes. Here are a few thoughts to put and song in your step and more music in your work life. 

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    1) Use Music to Make an Entrance

    Global summits are not the most exciting gigs in the world often run in windowless conference rooms near large airports. You also have the challenge of not only covering a large amount of content but also introducing a variety of different speakers and creating some excitement to fend off the jet lag.

    So rather than get people to share an ‘amusing’ fact to introduce themselves at a global conference people were asked to choose their intro music. This allowed people to express their personality and have a bit of fun.  I still remember Piotr Gleinert our Global media client – a 6 foot+ Pole with a buzz cut who is built like a nuclear shelter – walking onstage to the Imperial March, Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars…. He then burst into a broad smile and reassured people that he wasn’t really that scary. (But it did help getting markets to reply to his emails)

    2) Welcoming People and Starting Large Meetings on Time

    If you have ever run a meeting or workshop that involves more than 10 people you will have experienced the issue of how to signal the start of a session. Not only do you have to get everyone in the room, but you have to get them sitting down… and stop talking. If you rely on shouting you will end up losing your voice over the course of the day and ringing a bell makes it feel too much like school. 

    A simpler solution is to play music and to turn it off when you want to signal to begin. Music not only helps welcome people to your session but turning it off gives people a clear signal that things are about to begin. You can also match the type of music to the session you are running. (It's amazing how carols can get you thinking about Christmas even in August)

    3) Change Your Focus and Your Mood

    Different types of work use different parts of your brain. And overworking parts of your mind can tire it out. That’s why it’s important to give your brain a break and exercise different parts of it – it’s why TED use short videos to break up their presentations and help reset people's brains.

    You can use music in a similar way to not just to help you focus on your work but to lift your mood. So if you have had a morning immersed in spreadsheets and data and you want to shift your focus put on some music to give your brain a break. I find there is nothing like soul music to transport me to another place. Take me to the river…

    4) Music as a Source of Inspiration and Insights

    Even if you’re not listening to music, music can provide a rich seam of insights, inspiration, and stories to help you create ideas. And, as music is universal, it ensures that people will more likely connect with and retain your stories. 

    I remember this remarkable statistic from Adam Foley - Robbie William’s song ‘Angels’ is the most played song at weddings in the UK…. And also funerals. In a world where everyone is talking about hyper-targeting and personalisation, it is interesting that one song can have such broad appeal. It certainly makes you think.

    5) Get to Know Colleagues Better - and Create Share Memories

    Music is both very universal yet very personal. As a result, it can help people connect and it creates shared memories. It is no coincidence that writing this piece has reminded me of specific people and places.

    As a young planner I remember being slightly intimidated when I started working with Nigel Jones - a planning super-brain and junior chess grand master. But I soon found out about his passion for music, I'm forever grateful for him introducing me to this track - A steel band cover of Gary Numan's Cars - I challenge you to listen to it without smiling!

    So don't just think of music as a way to block out the world of work rather than a way to enhance it. It needn’t be like this. Music is a powerful way to connect with people, a rich source of creativity and inspiration and it adds to the enjoyment of everyday life. Don’t just leave it trapped in your headphones and as hold music.

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