Every year, people report fraud, identity theft and bad business practices to law enforcement partners and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). According to FTC data, more than 2.8 million people reported fraud in 2021 – and 1 in 4 said they also lost money. The median loss in scams that start with a phone call is $1,2oo, higher than any other contact method.
When working from home, you’re likely using your computer and phone often, creating opportunities for potential scammers. Technology has made this even easier as scammers leverage robocalls or spoofing tools to change phone numbers.
Trust your gut if something seems off or too good to be true. Here are some general red flags that the party on the other end of a call or text is a scammer:
Follow these seven tips from the FTC to avoid phone scams:
If you spot a scam or have given money to a scammer, report it to the FTC by filing a consumer complaint online or calling 1-877-FTC-HELP (382-4357).
With more employees working remotely following the pandemic, teams are more dispersed than ever. All workplace models come with their own set of advantages and challenges. One such hurdle for remote work revolves around time zones.
Most remote teams span multiple time zones. According to Buffer, nearly 60% of remote workers said their company operates in two to five time zones. Furthermore, 19% work in teams that span six to 10 time zones and only 2% responded that their entire company works in a single time zone.
If you’re on a remote team scattered across the country or globe, it may sometimes feel challenging to collaborate and work efficiently with teammates. Consider the following best practices for remote work collaboration across different time zones:
Working well with colleagues from different parts of the world comes down to being mindful and respectful of time zones and schedules. Remote workers can benefit from collaborating more effectively and efficiently while fostering strong relationships with dispersed peers. Talk with you supervisor if you have collaboration concerns or suggestions.
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