On July 2, 1776, our founding fathers began writing a letter to King George to let the monarchy know that we would no longer accept tyrannical rule. Congress approved the final draft two days later and declared the American colonies free and independent states. On this 244th year of Independence, our nation is experiencing trying times, but they are times that we can get through together. There are two verses that can be looked back on during these times, as our nation is divided along many lines. We can work together to be stronger and strive to be The United States of America.
Proverbs 24:17 says “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles”. We owe it to ourselves to work together to achieve our highest calling and greatest successes. Not just as individuals, but as a nation of unity.
John 8:36 “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” Freedom comes in many forms. Spiritual freedom is the greatest of them all. The Lord will release all of those who believe from the bondages of sin when the time comes. We live in a free country that allows us to practice our love of the Savior, and that love will set us free.
This week, we encourage you to do something kind for a neighbor. Let’s celebrate the American Spirit that binds us all together as one nation under God and show everyone what makes this country so special!
Our office will be closed on July 3 to celebrate America’s Independence Day.
The COVID-19 invasion is disrupting our workflows and rhythm. It may expose cyber vulnerabilities.
For many organizations half the workforce is now working from home at any given time. Most homes lack the cyber security defenses found at the office. Skeleton crews at the office and the distractions of C-19 also create windows of vulnerability. People are more likely to fall for malicious scams and tricks during times of stress and disruption.
RDA can help. In response to C-19, we are offering our Silver level Disaster Recovery (DR) Protection Service to our clients, FREE OF CHARGE, for 90 days. DR will provide you with another level of protection during these chaotic times. DR backs up your server and data. It guarantees complete system restoration in less than 24 hours. This is crucial in the event of a cyber / ransomware attack. Disaster Recovery protection provides peace of mind.
There is nothing to do on your end to implement this service other than contacting Mimi English. Requests will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
We will turn it off after 90 days unless you tell us otherwise.
The COVID-19 invasion is changing our way of life on a daily basis. We can slow it down with quarantines and social distancing. We are grateful to those who are imposing self quarantines. Like each of you, we are working from home, minimizing interacting with others and using the Starbucks drive through.
We can help. The RDA Employee Self Serve (ESS) module enhances quarantining and social distancing. Among other features, it uses the web to share pay stubs, direct deposit transmittals and other forms. With ESS, these forms are pushed to the web for staff to download on demand. This minimizes social interaction.
Many of you are without ESS. In response to C-19, we are offering the use of a special ESS Lite module, FREE OF CHARGE, for 90 days. This will further enhance quarantining and social distancing during this crisis. (Full disclosure: Converting to Managed ID’s is required.) ESS Lite facilitates the electronic delivery of pay stubs and direct deposit transmittals. The forms are pushed to the web for staff to download on demand. Payroll staff would no longer handle these forms and envelopes. No more direct social interaction when distributing checks & direct deposits.
Time is critical to slow the virus. To expedite or learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mimi English. Requests will be processed on a first come first serve basis.
RDA will remain open for business during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
RDA is prepared for Remote Work 2020. The RDA team is successfully working from home. Our ability to serve you will continue despite COVID-19 stresses.
Business will continue as usual.
With the cloud delivery of RDA software, your RDA system and data is ready and available for your organization to work remotely. A basic computer with high speed internet is all you need for secure access. A current version of Firefox is recommended.
Is all this really necessary? Most of us will not catch COVID-19 or will experience only mild symptoms. However, the precaution of working from home is aimed at minimizing the number of infections. This so that our healthcare system will not be overwhelmed. Albert Mohler, president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a WORLD News Group board member, said the love of God and of neighbor should drive Christians’ decisions at this time. In announcing that the seminary and Boyce College would move classes online, he admonished students, “We need to see this challenge as an opportunity for us to … demonstrate in a whole new context what it means for us to love one another, what it means to serve Christ, what it means to love our neighbors, and what it means to care for one another.”
Remote Work – With unknowns surrounding global health, it is likely that more and more people will be working from home and remote locations. Remote work is not new for RDA. Below are a few things we have learned working remotely the last few years.
Some of the benefits of Remote Work:
No commute. This saves time and money.
Focus. Less interruptions from those walking by your desk.
Flexibility. One can work from anywhere with a good internet connection.
Some of the challenges of Remote Work:
We are human. Fellowship is important even at work. Be intentional about connecting and chatting with others. Make it a practice to overshare when communicating online.
Have grace. Email, chatting and texting can be easily misinterpreted. Visual and audio clues are missing.
Establish a routine. Much like at the office, one needs to establish routines and rhythm of the work day at the remote location. Start time, coffee time, stretch time, lunch time, etc..
Use visual technology. Take advantage of screen sharing, screen shots, webcams, video conferencing, etc. Of the three components of communications (visual, auditory & words), experts agree that visual is by far the dominant component.
One of the more frequent questions we get from our clients is in regards to disaster recovery and security. For the past few months, we have been developing updated Disaster Recovery Plans to combat the risks and threats to your daily operations. We now have an enhanced disaster recovery offering for your RDA software and system.
Just this morning, it was published that a small city near RDA’s office suffered a ransomware attack last year.
For this reason and beginning this week, we will be reaching out to each of our clients to discuss preparations for this type of event.
If you would like to set an appointment for this discussion that works best for you and your team, please contact Mimi English (email@example.com).