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Six Tips for Etiquette + Protocols in the Hybrid Workplace

January 31, 2023 / by Steelcase posted in Furniture & Workspace Solutions, K-12 Education, Higher Education

As more organizations return employees to the office, many are also allowing more flexibility for employees to choose where and how they need to work. When everyone is in the office, many cultural values and social norms can go unspoken. A hybrid workplace requires more clearly communicated shared etiquette and protocols. More explicit norms will increase equity and engagement, and create a sense of inclusion and belonging. Remember to stay agile and revisit these as needs change.

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Part 2: Simplifying ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Transformation

January 6, 2023 / by Konica Minolta posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Human beings are social creatures by nature. We work in teams. We collaborate with peers. We rely on others to help us when working together towards a common goal. So, it should be no surprise that organizations are now focusing on the social aspects of their internal environment as new ESG policies and programs are being created.

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Simplifying ESG Strategies for a Sustainable Transformation

December 8, 2022 / by Konica Minolta posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Operational efficiencies are always at the forefront for agencies to improve their profitability and to take advantage of new technologies to make their business process accelerate.

But, more and more, investors, customers and regulators have their eye on how businesses are addressing their internal processes under the lens of Environmental/Social/Governance concerns. No action, no performance reporting – sends a poor signal to the community and sets an agency up for financial risk as they are evaluated by their ESG scores.

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Extinguish Risks of Ransomware Attacks from Spreading Like Wildfire

November 30, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Ransomware and an office fire are a lot alike. And protecting against a ransomware attack is a lot like fire-proofing your office. In this blog, you will learn about potential gaps in your system's ransomware safeguards, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security through RansomCare services.

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Tap into Strategic Minds of Procurement Leaders Reshaping Purchasing

October 6, 2022 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Identifying cost saving opportunities and enhancing business productivity is more important than ever.Government agency, public school system and university procurement teams are working toward those goals while faced with the challenge of doing more with less. On top of that, you probably have several team members or colleaguessubmitting purchase orders that keep piling up on your desk. Strategic sourcing does not have to be this stressful. 

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Everything You Should Know When Negotiating Energy Supply Agreements

September 29, 2022 / by Tradition Energy posted in Energy Management, K-12 Education, Local & State Government, Higher Education

Several aspects of energy agreements can easily trip up even the most seasoned procurement professionals. Unless you are aware of some key terms and slight verbiage adjustments that can drastically affect the price you pay on your bill, you could walk away thinking you secured a good deal – when the agreement tilts in the supplier's favor.

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Creating Spaces that Combat Rise in Mental Health Concerns

August 10, 2022 / by Kimball International posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Furniture & Installation

Whether it be the pandemic, coursework, social schedules, or simply a lifestyle change, students need space to decompress. Because of this, universities and schools are beginning to revamp spaces in order to provide students with areas that will help reduce anxiety and allow for stress-relieving activities like yoga, scripture studies, or personal reflection.

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The Priceless Return on Prioritizing Outdoor Fitness: Students Discover the Physical & Psychological Benefits

July 25, 2022 / by GameTime posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, Higher Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Continued threats of mental health concerns burden young adults at a more rapid pace than ever, with 60% of American college students reporting feelings of "overwhelming anxiety" and 40% reporting severe depression regularly, according to an American Health Care Association study. In this blog, discover how OMNIA Partners participants utilize GameTime's engaging outdoor fitness equipment to provide relief from these and other issues facing college students on a day-to-day basis.

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Streamline Back-to-School Purchasing with a Cooperative

June 16, 2022 / by OMNIA Partners posted in Procurement, K-12 Education, Higher Education, Cooperative Purchasing

Having innovative education products for your learning spaces is key to the day-to-day success of students and teachers.Whether you’re a procurement leader in K-12 schools or higher education institutions, it’s imperative to have a purchasing plan that provides your schools with immediate access to top of the line supplies for each of your classroom or campus’ unique needs.

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How to Uncover Technology Gaps to Enhance Your Security

June 16, 2022 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Sudden, dramatic business changes can create – or expose – gaps in your IT systems and infrastructure. But before you can address them, you need to know they exist. Your IT infrastructure determines how productive your people can be. It keeps your data and information safe. Ultimately, your IT practices directly affect your revenue and profit. In this blog, you will learn about various potential gaps in your IT infrastructure, and how Ricoh can help participants of OMNIA Partners fill these gaps and enhance their network security.

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