At ActiveCo, one of our Core Values is Continuous Improvement, and we take it to heart. We’ve compiled some ideas to help motivate others with creating their own goals and, at the time of this article, their New Year’s Resolutions.
After speaking with 80,000 business managers for their book, “First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently“, Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman discovered these three key questions helped define happiness in the workplace:
1. Do I know what is expected of me at work?
2. Do I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right?
3. At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?
The following list don’t just apply to business owners or managers, they can be applied to anyone, no matter your role.
1) Do something you love to do (and that you do best) every single day.
2) Do something just for you every single day. Even if that’s just enjoying your morning coffee.
3) Give yourself credit and a pat on the back when you deserve it.
4) Strive to learn something new every single day.
Make professional contacts and network. You’d be surprised how many people are waiting for you to make the first move.
5) Practice “professional courage” by stepping out of your comfort zone.
6) Listen more than you talk.
7) Develop a method to track your life goals, your daily engagements, and your to-do list. There are many apps to help you accomplish your goals.
8) Take up a new hobby or activity this year. Reading books, hiking, eating better, any goal with positive end results will do.
9) Take yourself a little less seriously. Seriously.
These resolutions can be mix-and-matched or selected individually. Make it easy; pick just one to stick to and truly enjoy your year, knowing you made a commitment to your own, personal happiness.
Effective Ways to Motivate Employees
Many of the things we allow to stress us out are universal, and the way we each react can either be equally universal, or completely unpredictable. Some of the biggest sources of stress can be found in the workplace. Business owners regularly hire individuals who’s sole role is to ensure their culture cultivates happy, content and (therefore) productive staff. Here, we’ll review some of the biggest sources of stress to be found in an office environment, and what some of the effects of this stress can be.
With legislation coming in November, 2018, it’s important to note the most important aspect to your staff: a culture of compliance.
A culture of compliance is about accountability awareness as a core mindset for all your team members. Holding themselves, and one another accountable, helps maintain a consistency that protects your network, data and company reputation.
As the Privacy Commissioner of Canada’s office has described to us at ActiveCo, a scenario as simple as someone from one department seeing private paperwork on a desk of another individual….that would be considered a potential security breach. Another would be writing down your password on a sticky note. Another is taking home a hard drive for a company backup, the potential for it to be lost or stolen is too great to be considered within compliance.
These changes may seem slight to some business owners but highly impactful to others. There is no organization too small or too big to avoid compliance requirements.
How to Establish the Culture:
Once your organization has an assigned Compliance & Security Officer (a requirement of the new regulations), it will be a large part of their duties to work with your HR department in ensuring the staff are educated from their first day on the job what your culture of compliance looks like and how they are expected to behave and maintain that strategy for their fellow team members.
How to Celebrate the Culture:
It’s great when your team members are able to hold one another accountable, helping to publicly maintain the proper procedures on a day-to-day basis. It is important that individuals are not made examples of or shamed. A culture of compliance means that everyone has the ability to “call eachother out” but the company sets the tone of the dialogue. Clearly , most would agree a positive tone will work best.
The Role of the Compliance Officer:
Your compliance officer would be key in engaging the company with ongoing training, awareness of risks and reminders of “best practices”. At ActiveCo, we have helped our clients create an atmosphere of compliance.
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Why Canadian Businesses Cannot Ignore Compliance Legislation
ActiveCo includes KnowBe4’s phishing education defence planning as a standard best practice for managed services partners.
Integrating this educational awareness program with their standard, multi-layer intrusion safeguards, ActiveCo’s enhanced security protection is a unique best practice in an ever-growing threat landscape for businesses in Canada. Why is user awareness training so important?
“The last line of defence for any intrusion system is the end user, and scammers know it,” says Sam Goh, CEO of ActiveCo Technology Management.
A recent study by MimeCast tested over 95 million emails and found that 15% of malicious emails, to this day, still make it through multiple spam filtering protocols.
“Those results show there are 10 million chances for users to click on something they shouldn’t”, asserts Goh.
Standard with their monthly consulting services, ActiveCo will use KnowBe4’s testing strategies to ensure a consistency of ongoing threat awareness for their clients.
Ever wondered how aware your staff are when it comes to sniffing out phishing emails that threaten your environment? ActiveCo works with business owners like you to bolster their security, confidence and staff knowledge base around cybersecurity.
A full article on this phishing report can be seen in it’s entirety here:
We thought it was bad when we saw Cyren’s recent analysis that 10.5% of bad emails made it through the filters.
It could even be worse than that.
“Mimecast’s latest ESRA (email security risk assessment) report found more than 14,277,163 pieces of spam, 9,992 emails containing dangerous file types, and 849 unknown emails with malware attachments — all missed by the incumbent providers and delivered to users’ inboxes.
Overall, the Mimecast security service determined that more than 14 million of the more than 95 million emails, or 15%, were in fact “bad” or “likely bad.”
In other words, the overall false negative rate in aggregate for the incumbent security systems that were tested was 15% of all emails inspected by Mimecast.
The Mimecast security inspections occurred passively after the incumbent email security system executed all of its security filters. Most notably, 11,653 known emails with malicious attachments passed through these systems, an increase of 532 percent in comparison to last quarter’s assessment.
“Mimecast’s ESRA (PDF) is aiming to establish a standard of transparency that raises the bar for all security vendors helping organisations pinpoint weaknesses in their defenses,” said Matthew Gardiner, cyber-security strategist at Mimecast.
Gardiner continued: “Emails ranging from opportunistic spam, targeted impersonation attacks and unknown malware are getting through incumbent email security systems. The security system of one primary cloud email platform missed 76.6 percent of the aggregate impersonation attacks while another global security vendor missed the 83.4 percent of the “known” malware attachments.”
Do you know what’s getting through your mail filters?
KnowBe4 is excited to announce that now you can use our brand new, innovative Mailserver Security Assessment (MSA), to help you assess your organization’s mailserver configuration settings and check the effectiveness of your email filtering rules.
With email still the #1 attack vector used by the bad guys, MSA helps you to see what types of messages may make it through your filters from the outside.
MSA gives you a quick insight at how your mailserver handles test messages that contain a variety of different message types including email with attachments that contain password-protected, macro zipped, and .exe files or have spoofed domains.
For further details on how cybersecurity threatens your business, call ActiveCo Technology Management at 604.931.3633 for a conversation.
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