Is Remote Work Life The New Revolution?

Canada was already inching toward a remote-work environment long before the pandemic hit. In 2008, 1.7 million Canadians were working outside the office, with millions more doing the same at least one day a week. Before the pandemic hit, CEO Michael Contento was on track to make MBU a four-day-work-week company, with one day working from home, as he shared in a recent York Region News article.

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Key Ways Hackers Prey on Targets

Hackers are having a heyday. In the past three years, ransom payouts have increased 250%, from $1 billion in 2017 to $3.5 billion today. And with more than 75% of North American companies planning to shift to remote work permanently post-COVID-19, security breaches will likely increase exponentially through 2020 and beyond.

How to Optimize Your Work-from-Home Strategies

As the pandemic evolves, it makes sense to maximize your out-of-office efficiency

By Michael Contento, CEO of My Blue Umbrella

The first stage of COVID-19 was survive. Business owners like myself wondered: what does the pandemic mean for my business? How are we going to get through this? How do I ensure that my staff and clients remain physically safe? What programs and funding are available to help my business?

Once we determined it was possible for us to stay in business through COVID-19, we began asking questions designed to stabilize.

Coronavirus crisis: CEO Michael Contento’s insights on working from home, as featured in York Region News

#Stayathome: Michael Contento, founder and CEO of My Blue Umbrella, enjoys spending more time with his children
Excerpted from York Region News

Working from home was one of the “personal goals for 2021” for Michael Contento, founder and CEO of the Vaughan-based My Blue Umbrella, which employs about 40 people and generates more than $12 million in annual revenue.

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The 3 stages to your company’s long-term success

As your business navigates unchartered territory, it’s helpful to think about the progression as a series of steps.

By Michael Contento, CEO of My Blue Umbrella

Stage 1 began when COVID-19 hit. What will this pandemic mean to our business, our clients? Will we survive or will we go bankrupt? What programs and funding are available to help my business? How do I support my staff? How do we develop security measures to keep our employees physically safe? During this period we were continually communicating current developments to our leadership teams and preparing to communicate with our staff and clients.