How to Keep Employees Productive When Working From Home

The current COVID-19 pandemic has sent shockwaves throughout the entire economy, affecting Australian small businesses unlike anything ever before. If you’re one of the lucky businesses that are able to work from home, it may be difficult to keep staff engaged and accountable with the constant distractions of home life.

One of the key issues that arises from remote working situations is the sudden lack of communication between staff and within the organisation, increasing confusion and reducing efficiency. One of the key tools that you can implement is on online tasks & projects planner – these tools can help staff stay on track with their responsibilities and effortlessly update team members when tasks or projects are completed.

Another key issue that businesses are having is how to keep staff engaged while working from home. Outside of an office environment it is difficult to staff get the credit, or acknowledgement for the great work they do. That’s why all businesses should continue to have a structured, regular performance review system. This reassures team members that their work and efforts while working from home are acknowledged.

These times can cause stress on the existing systems and processes that businesses currently have in place. That’s why it’s important to stay agile and fluid to ensure that businesses can survive and prosper in the future.

How You Can Improve Your Strategic Direction During COVID-19

The world is a much different place compared to a few months ago; global markets have crashed, professional sports have been suspended, and the Tokyo Olympics have been moved to 2021. First and foremost we must look at the health impact of this pandemic however it’s still important to look at the economic consequences.

Undoubtly the financial effects of COVID-19 will take longer to recover, long after the pubs and parks re-open. That’s why it’s crucial to stop and take a look at business models and evaluate and formulate new strategies or opportunities.

The first area to consider would be to look at the new markets emerging. This crisis may lead to a new business model entirely. Business owners and managers need to take a step back and evaluate any opportunities or gaps in the market. A key starting point would be to build or re-write your business plan. This would help not only build a new strategy, but also allocate and assign tasks on how the strategy is to be executed. It also helps communicate this strategy to banks or investors.

If you are looking at learning more about how the MAUS tools can help, you can call us on 02 9907 1669 or email us at sales@maus.com.au

How to Locate your Database file (stock.db)

1. Navigate to where the program is installed using File Explorer. (Found in the start menu, database file location should be “C:\stockmarketplus” should you prefer to copy+paste this file location into your address bar)

2. Locate filed called “stock.db”

 

(if you require database upgrade/conversion since updating to a new version of Stockmarket Plus, proceed to step 3)

3. Attach and send the stock.db file to support@maus.com.au and express in the contents that you require a database upgrade/conversion (if it is too large to attach, as stock.db file seizes do vary, please let us know so that I can facilitate a transfer via Dropbox). We would also recommend saving a personal backup of this file into a separate location should we require it in the future.

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

How to Replace (Restore) Database file (stock.db)

If StockMarket Plus is functioning as expected:

  1. Save attached stock.db file into a secure location (to ensure that you have a backup moving forward)
  2. Open Stockmarket Plus
  3. Go to file -> restore database
  4. Navigate via the file browser to the relevant location where you saved your stock.db file in step 1
  5. Stockmarket Plus may prompt you to restart the pogrom in order to apply the database (in some instances it is able to apply without restarting).

If StockMarket Plus is not functioning as expected (i.e. after performing a database repair):

1. Save Stock.db to secure location and copy
2. Open File explorer

 

3. Locate and enter (C:) drive

 

4. Locate “Stockmarketplus” on (C:) (this will be the default installation folder, should you have elected to install Stockmarket Plus into another folder, you will have to navigate there instead)

 

5. Paste attached stock.db into “stockmarketplus” folder

6. When prompted, select “Replace the file in the destination”

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

How to Locate an alternate/moved stock.db file

1. Locate “Seach Windows” prompt in the taskbar

2. Type in “Stock.db” to show current files with the same title

3. You can then “right click” on any “Stock.db” files which may appear, and press “open file location” to view the stock.db file and where it is located.

4. You should be directed to a window similar to the below image, with the stock.db file highlighted

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

How to Activate your Data Downloader service

1. Open StockMarket Plus

2. Locate the “Options” prompt within the “Tools” tab:

3. Selecting the “Options” Prompt will open the below set of options. You will want to input your User name into the “User name” box within the “Data Service” section, highlighted below:

4. Press “Ok” to save your changes, and after pressing “Ok” you should now have a fully active data downloader within Stockmarket Plus (pending your subscription to the service). You can utilize the data downloader via the “Refresh” prompt on the top left of most of the pages in Stockmarket Plus, or via “Maintenance” -> “Data Downloader” (this will present you with a few additional options, when compared to the refresh prompt).

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

How to Enable Multi-database feature

In order to 2 databases to Stockmarket Plus, you will first need to apply one to Stockmarket plus via the file explorer:

  1. Save Stock.db to secure location and copy
  2. Open File explorer
  3. Locate and enter (C:) drive
  4. Locate “Stockmarketplus” on (C:)
  5. Paste attached stock.db into “stockmarketplus” folder
  6. When prompted, select “Move and replace”.

Once you have done so, you should be able to access Stockmarket Plus as normal with this database. I would then recommend following this process to enable the feature:

1. Access the Tools
2. Chose Options from within the Tools menu.

3. Once options is open, you will have to move from the “User info” tab to the “System” tab, and ensure the “Multi-databases” option is ticked.

This will supply you with a new page when opening Stockmarket Plus, which will allow you to create “Profiles” for your two databases, and allow you to select them from an easy to use menu as opposed to having to manually restore the database when wishing to swap from one to another.

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

How to amend Stock Code

Should a merger have occurred, or a company amend its stock listing, you may need to change it within Stockmarket Plus. You can do this via Maintenance -> Security (which will open the page allowing you to manager your saved stock codes). You will find an “Add” prompt on the top left of the screen, which will allow you to add and save a new stock code:

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

“Do you wish to allow?” Prompt

This message relates to User Account Control and is a message that users will receive when opening our software. It is a notification system that asks if the user wishes to access or not access the application they are trying to run. It is possible to be turned off, but you must clearly explain to the client what this means. It is quite okay to leave this turned on, and simply click Yes when running our software.

If this does not solve the issue, you can contact us using the details below:

Phone: 02 9907 1669

Email: support@maus.com.au

Why has my stock price not updated after utilizing the data downloader?

Should you notice your stock’s price not update after utilizing the data downloader, via either the “Refresh” Prompt or accessing the downloader via “Maintanince” -> “Data downloader” you must navigate out of the folder you are currently in for stock price to update. Stockmarket Plus does not automatically refresh current page after the data downloader is utilized. Eg, if you are in “Current Transactions” and utilize the data downloader, you will be required to enter another folder such as “Disposed Transactions” and then re-enter “Current Transactions” for the share price in “Current Transactions” to update correctly.