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Email impostor trickiness lures HR staff to change ADP payroll direct deposits

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In these strange economic times, impostors have identified an overworked company department. With Human Resource (HR) departments handling a new onslaught of employee concerns and issues, staffing changes, and remote work policies, email imposters have inserted themselves stealthily into their world. And, they have struck gold!

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Home email, the new normal for millions of Americans

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Today the Labor Department released a report that showed over 20 million jobs were lost in April alone, boosting the unemployment rate to nearly 15%. These are levels perhaps never seen by any living American. Even as people start to venture out to beaches and parks that are opening up, most people are still remaining inside — spending more time in their home email (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook.com, Outlook Online, and other mobile and browser email programs).

When RPost first launched its E-Sign & E-Security (Free) “Work-from-Home” Readiness program in March, it was not apparent that many of those shifting to work-from-home might now be in an unsettling new situation. Some are trying to stay more connected to their jobs working extra-time from home or have been recently distanced from their employers and are dealing with company HR staff. Others may be now thinking about independent contractor work.

Perhaps a tiny bit of good news in a sea of despair is that the traditional work-from-home programs mentioned above will also work from your home email. Here are some tools to think about adding to your Gmail, Outlook.com, or home email now — especially if your new normal is going to be working as a contractor from home over the next few months or maybe longer. Check out this video below for more details:

Tech Essentials Tools (freely available) for newly independent contractors or those working from home or using their home email accounts more (i.e. Gmail, Hotmail, Outlook.com, Office 365 Outlook):

  • Communicating payroll, financial, tax and COBRA/health information with employers or clients: Send Registered Email™ (marked or stealthily unmarked) – Watch Video
    • Provides you with email delivery tracking and certified proof of your email content, delivery, and timestamp – essentially a perfect record of who said what to whom and when, by email.
    • Send your independent contractor invoices attached to Registered Email™ messages to ensure an irrefutable record of timely delivery.
    • Try the Register Reply™ feature to record in a permanent Registered Receipt™ record their replies to your email.
    • Make it visibly “Registered Email™ marked” or with no markings, so the recipient just sees a plain email but you still get the Registered Receipt™ for your proof record.
    • Add encryption with one click if there is particularly sensitive information contained in the message.
    • Try RMail Message Level encryption if your content is ultra-sensitive (contains health or financial details).
  • E-Sign a contractor agreement or statement of work: RMail or RSign e-sign – Watch Video
    • Easily put your e-signature on HR forms sent to you.
    • Email your independent contractor terms to a new client for their e-signoff.
    • Email statements of work for e-signoff by all parties.

How to do this free from your web or mobile browser, Gmail, Outlook Online, and Office 365 Outlook? Visit RMail for GmailRMail for Outlook.com, or other RMail apps with free installations and service.

The “New” Haves and Have Nots

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It wasn’t too long ago when the term “acclimated” did not mean you were adjusted to high altitude at your favorite rocky mountain ski resort. In the mid-1800’s, it meant you had survived a bout of yellow fever (which had a 50% kill rate) and were now immune.

Those acclimated were the lucky “haves” of the time. They were more employable; they wined and dined with socialites; and they lived without fear and anxiety of what “could” happen. (The Atlantic explains further for those historians in our readership).

Those “have nots” were not employable, as employers did not want to undergo training just to find their employees may easily have become incapacitated. They were not marriage material, as the longevity of their lifespan was entirely at risk.

We are entering a phase in this pandemic where we will likely see a resurgence of this type of worldly dichotomy — the “new” haves and have nots will not be about who has money or who doesn’t. It will be about who is “acclimated” and can roam free and without worry. The economy will grudgingly reopen. Those coffee shops, movie theaters and stadiums will fill with the “haves”, those who have been acclimated and survived the process. Baseball teams may fill their rosters by talent + “acclimation” as the “haves” are unlikely to get sidelined (or worse) due to COVID-19.

For most of us, the “new” have nots, those not yet “acclimated” (i.e. immune), we will have some tough decisions to make. What to do, who to tell that we are not yet acclimated, where to go, who we socialize with.

For “unacclimated” professionals — the “new” have nots, one decision that seems reasonable from a risk/reward perspective is the decision to continue to work from home. And there are many of us still unacclimated, which sounds more elegant than being a “have not”.

Millions of today’s work-from-home “unacclimated” professionals had better continue to gear up with the tools to make being a “have not” as comfortable and economically productive as possible.

The Florida Bar recently presented to members a webinar on the best work-from-home Tools for Lawyers (watch recording here). In addition to legal professionals, Tech Essentials recommends these tools and tips for any professional in the insurance, real estate, investment, financial, human resources, etc. fields.

One of the tools featured in the webinar is the E-Sign & E-Security (Free) Work-from-Home Readiness Program, and more and more people and organizations are opting for this award-winning all-in-one tool set that runs inside Outlook or Gmail with just a few clicks. No credit cards or telephone calls are required to get started (click here to access now or learn more).

Let’s show those “haves” that we “have nots” can be just as — or more — productive in today’s strange economic reality.