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When to log off: Making the most of your summer vacation

making the most of summer vacation

It’s no secret that the majority of Americans are “workaholics.” According to CNBC, nearly half of U.S. workers put in over 50 hours of work per week without extra pay.

Constantly being on the clock can make it hard for you to log off when it’s time for a vacation.

A report from the U.S. Travel Association reveals 212 million vacation days were unused in 2018, which is an equivalent to $62.2 billion in lost benefits. This year, reports show 4% of Americans will not ask for personal time off this year at all — even though their companies offer it.

Your paid time off (PTO) is part of your compensation package and taking advantage of those benefits can make you more productive in the long run. We know it can be hard for some to take time off, and can be even harder to unplug and de-stress while on vacation. Sometimes work is just unavoidable, but we’ve listed a few strategies below to make your experience seamless.

Here are some helpful ways to make the most of your OOO status and enjoy your vacation:

Before you go:

  • Don’t over-commit. A Glassdoor survey reveals that 66% of Americans admit to working while on vacation. If you know you’re heading out of town, don’t take on new projects when you know you won’t be able to finish them. Be honest with yourself before promising due dates and give yourself enough time to complete the task. If a project is left unfinished, tag in a colleague to assist well in advance.
  • Write an effective out-of-office email. You probably already know that it’s proper business protocol to set an OOO email if you’re unavailable during work hours. Perfect your OOO email by keeping it short and sweet. List the dates you’ll be out, a point of contact and when you’ll be returning. Wired.com recently shared these useful tips for crafting the perfect OOO email.
  • Be mindful of adding to your coworkers’ workloads. More than half of America’s workers say filling in for a colleague can be a “significantly stressful event.” To keep from doubling your teams’ workloads, plan for who will handle your tasks/projects while you’re out. You’ll want to provide your coworkers with all the documents/emails/information so it’s easier for them to help you. They will appreciate how seamless you made it for them to fill your shoes (and might return the favor when it’s time for their own PTO). 

While you’re gone:

  • Turn off email notifications on your phone. Turn off all notifications on your phone so you’re not distracted while trying to relax. Receiving a constant stream of notifications from your inbox will make you feel anxious and pressured to respond right away.
  • Don’t talk about work. According to a Glassdoor survey, 14% of responders said a family member or loved one complained about their workload while on vacation. Your workaholic tendencies can affect your family’s vacation time, too. Enjoy your time away and be present in the moment.
  • Limit your email check-ins. Give yourself boundaries when it comes to checking your emails. This Fast Company article recommends you allow yourself 15 minutes in the morning and evening to check emails while on vacation. Checking in periodically, but not spending too long engaging, can help manage your work-related anxiety.

When work comes up while OOO, these tools can help. We know vacations can’t always be 100% work-free. Luckily, there are plenty of tools to make those situations easier and help you get back to enjoying your time off.

  • The Pomodoro technique is a useful time management tool that uses 25 minute time-block intervals to teach you how to work with time instead of against it. Working and taking breaks in segments can help you prioritize your workload in a more efficient way (and remind you when it’s time to get back to your vacation).
  • Boomerang allows you to schedule or snooze emails ahead of time on both Gmail and Outlook. Pretty handy option to use while on vacation so you can schedule emails for a later time and return to your trip activities.
  • InsureSign (the No. 1 e-signature software for usability) makes it simple to get any document signed from wherever you are. Just realized you forgot to get a contract signed before heading to the beach? Then quickly hop online, and send it off for signing electronically in seconds with InsureSign. (The final digitally-signed document will automatically be emailed back to you, so it’ll be sitting in your box when you’re back from OOO time.)  Start your risk-free 14-day trial today by clicking here.

Although it may seem counterintuitive, taking the time you need to truly unplug can reap major dividends for your mental health, enhance your productivity and ultimately, set you up for success. So go ahead: book a flight and pack a bag. It’s good for you.

Meet Scrub Daddy’s secret for securing signatures swiftly


E-signature software and Scrub DaddyIf you watch “Shark Tank,” then you know that many brilliant entrepreneurs have found start-up success from the show.

But no product on “Shark Tank” has been as successful as Scrub Daddy.

Scrub Daddy’s original “smiley-faced” scrubber is now one among a full line of high-performance cleaning products. The company has reached more than $170 million in sales!

Aaron Krause, founder of “America’s Favorite Sponge,” recently took time to speak with us at InsureSign about how our e-signature software (ranked No. 1 for usability) has helped make life easier for the busy Scrub Daddy team (and for Aaron personally).

InsureSign: Before switching to InsureSign, how did you get documents signed?

Aaron: It was very complicated. It was either via fax, or we’d have to sign, scan and send back (and often the signed document wasn’t acceptable because it wasn’t readable or required a “wet” signature). I also used to save my signature as a JPEG and insert it into a PDF. Once I discovered InsureSign, it was transformative. I was doing it wrong before.

InsureSign: How is the Scrub Daddy team using InsureSign?

Aaron: The majority of our high volume signing needs are for NDAs (non-disclosure agreements) and CDAs (confidential disclosure agreements). We’ve also been using InsureSign for higher-level documents, like signatures on leases. I also use it personally, outside of the business, for lease and rental agreements.

InsureSign: What have been the biggest benefits to using our e-signature software?

Aaron: Now, with InsureSign, my employees can send documents out for signature, and I’m copied on the emails so I know when everything has been signed.  It saves me a lot of time from sending documents out for signing myself (since my employees can send them out on my behalf) and I’m copied on them. Also, having the signed documents in electronic format, and not having to file them somewhere, makes it easy to access everything electronically at any time – and also see in one place when it was signed.

Also, the customer service is really good, and Joe (InsureSign’s CEO) personally reached out to make sure we were happy. It looks like you all care about customer service, and we care about our customers the same way.

InsureSign: Thanks so much for choosing InsureSign, Aaron! We’re all running out to load up on Scrub Daddy products now.

 

If you’d like to see how you can use InsureSign to simplify your signing process too, visit https://insuresign.com/sign-up-prices to start a free 14-day trial (no credit card required).

The best e-signature software, according to real users

Not all e-signature software products are created equal. The right digital-signing software can save your business more time and money, so take time choosing the best one for you.

Websites like G2 Crowd (No. 1 in the world for business-software reviews) make the selection process easier. With thousands of real user reviews of more than 50 e-signature software, you can quickly see who’s rated the highest. We’re InsureSign, the e-signing tool with the highest overall rating on G2 Crowd and are known for being super simple to use.

Though we outrank all e-signature providers on G2 Crowd, here are three side-by-side comparisons of us vs. a few of our better-known competitors (all based on real user reviews):

What is it about InsureSign that inspires that top-of-the-charts ranking?

Our setup process is more seamless.

At InsureSign, we know your time is precious, so we’ve made sure adopting and implementing our software is quick and seamless. When it comes to ease of setup, our users gave us a 97 percent rating — much higher than our competitors DocuSign (85), RightSignature (92) and HelloSign (93).

Our interface allows you to set up and send your first document for signing in minutes — and, since there’s no download required with InsureSign, your account itself can be up and running in seconds.

Upon sign-up, we’ll connect you with dedicated customer assistance to helping you navigate the setup process. Our service team will be with you for the long haul and won’t disappear after you’re up and running (but more on that below).

We think Jeff G. summed up our ease of setup pretty well when he said:

“I like the slimmed down, ease of use interface. I feel like it is self explanatory so that it doesn’t take hardly any training for a brand new user to feel comfortable using…”

Our customer support is award-winning.

At InsureSign, customer happiness is one of our top priorities, which has helped us rank as the No. 1 e-signature software for customer relationships. Our support team is constantly attuned to customer needs; in fact, our biggest innovations often come from user suggestions.

Users gave our quality of support a 97 percent rating — 11 percent higher than DocuSign. Overall, our “ease of doing business with” score is an industry-high 99 percent.

Great customer service can go a long way; just ask the anonymous user who had this to say about InsureSign:

“The communication from the top down with the company has been wonderful. They are always helpful. They encourage us to give them feedback and actually listen to what we have to say. If there has ever been an issue they have always been on top of it…”

Our e-signature software is the easiest to use.

Setup isn’t the only thing that’s effortless with InsureSign. Users have named us an industry leader in usability time and time again, and we outrank all three major competitors in document creation, ease of use and ease of administration.

Our interface is incredibly straightforward, so your employees and customers can navigate the three-step process (setup, send, sign) with ease.

Here’s what Larry O., a real InsureSign user, had to say about his experience using InsureSign:

“InsureSign was selected because of its ease to use and price. My customers have absolutely no problems esigning our documents…. So far, none of my customers have called to say they couldn’t log in and complete the esigning steps… Great product that I would highly recommend!”

We offer time-saving innovations that are the simplest to use on the market.

Our suite of innovative features ensures that you won’t just get your documents signed; you’ll also save time and make your customers’ lives easier.

Whether it’s access to signing on mobile devices, mass signature collection or helpful add-on features like reminders and expirations, InsureSign outperforms DocuSign, HelloSign and RightSignature in it all.

We also offer our users a Premium Plan with a suite of features designed to save you even more time:

  • Text-message signing: Enhance the customer experience by reaching your customers via whichever medium is most convenient for them — including SMS messaging.
  • Redirect your customers: Secure more social media likes or service reviews by choosing which site your customers are directed to after finishing the signing process.
  • Gmail and Outlook integration: Connect your Gmail and Outlook contacts to InsureSign for quick document sending.
  • Reusable forms: Secure signatures in your sleep by creating a reusable form that can be filled out and signed over and over again by an unlimited number of signers.

In the end, it really all boils down to overall performance and reliability, an area in which our customers gave us a near-perfect 97 percent rating (compared to our competitors’ scores in the low 90s).

Carlynne F., a current InsureSign customer, put it this way:

“There is nothing that I dislike with this product. It is very easy to use and has become a profitable investment for the company. The customers love it.”

 

Interested in learning more about how we stack up against DocuSign, HelloSign and Right Signature? A full comparison report of all three can be viewed here. If you’d like to see how we compare to software not mentioned, we’re happy to provide an in-depth comparison report for you — just email us.

How to use InsureSign’s new integration with Applied Epic

Good news for Applied Epic users: the signing process just got easier. InsureSign, the simple eSigning software trusted by thousands of insurance professionals, is now fully integrated with the Applied Epic agency management system.

Applied Systems agencies can now enjoy a more seamless and automated signing process… plus, they can easily take advantage of the many added conveniences offered by the eSignature tool ranked No. 1 for usability.

eSignature Software - Applied Epic

Ready to give it a try? Securing signatures using this new integration is easy:

1.) From Applied Epic, visit the customer profile and upload the document you’d like signed to the “Attachments” screen.
Any file type will work.

2.) Right-click the document and select “Send to signature.”
This will open the InsureSign platform – directly from Applied Epic!

3.) “Drag and drop” your signature and information fields on top of your document.
It just takes a second. Note: No need to place fields every time, you can create one-click templates for commonly used forms.

4.) Send off to the customer for signing.
Since your customer’s information is already in the Epic system, his/her email address will auto-populate. No need to hunt down contact info or make sure it’s typed incorrectly. You can also schedule auto-reminders at this time, completely eliminating the need to prod your signer by email or phone. Once you’ve sent the form off, your signer won’t be able to submit it until every field is filled in. No more incomplete forms!

5.) Once your document is signed and returned, simply drag it back to Applied Epic to attach to the customer’s file.
And you’re done. Nothing to print, nothing to upload, nothing to file.

Plus, InsureSign has tons of “bells and whistles” designed to save you time, eliminate steps and reinforce your agency’s brand.

Curious? InsureSign offers a risk-free trial for 14 days so you can experience the difference for yourself. Get started today.

InsureSign’s latest eSign innovations that’ll make your life easier

At InsureSign, our awesome development team is constantly working on new features and eSign innovations to help make the signing process even easier for our users. eSign innovations- man in office chair

We recently ranked as the No. 1 eSignature software for usability, and we take pride in coming up with new complex innovations and fancy “bells and whistles” that are still super simple for our customers to use – and eliminate some hassles from their lives.

Here are just a few of our latest rollouts in the last few months, available to our regular and premium plan (“Pro”) users:

Reusable Forms (available to “Pro” users): Do you have one standard form that you’re constantly sending out for signing? With our “Reusable Forms” feature, you can create one document for signing, and then share its URL with as many people as you’d like over and over to have them fill it in and submit. You can easily add a link to the reusable form on your website or in general communications so you can literally secure signatures in your sleep.

Multi-Language Support (available to all users):  Do you have customers whose primarily language is Spanish or Canadian French? Now, you can easily change InsureSign’s instructional language with a click of a button.

Recall and Redo a Document (available to all users): Sent a document out for e-signature, but realized afterward you’d like to change something? You can now easily recall the document with a click of a button, and change participant info and fields – and even add new pages.

Multiple Participant Workflow: Are multiple people signing your document? Easily order who signs first, second, etc., by clicking a few buttons. This sequencing isn’t necessarily new to InsureSign users, but our “Pro” users (who can additionally secure signatures via text message and also electronically during in-person meetings) can now also mix and match each signer’s preferred signing method. Need one document signed by three people, and the first up is signing in person, the second is signing via text message and the third is signing via email? Not a problem, managing multiple participants and their preferred signing methods is super simple.

With any of our newest features, we must give credit where credit’s due: to our amazing customers. We regularly talk with our users to understand their evolving needs, and how best to make their lives easier by rolling out new features. All of the innovations we have in the works are sourced from their feedback.


If you’d like to try out InsureSign for yourself, we invite you to start a free, 14-day risk free trial
by clicking here.

 

Super-easy signing: Meet the eSignature software ranked No. 1 for usability on G2 Crowd

super easy signing Familiar with G2 Crowd? If you use any kind of business software, you probably are. G2 Crowd is the world’s leading business solutions review website — and InsureSign has nabbed the No. 1 ranking for eSignature software for usability and customer service in its Summer 2018 Report.

We also currently have the highest rated eSignature software tool for overall satisfaction on G2 Crowd, with 4.9 out of 5 possible stars (a 97 percent satisfaction score).

It’s all thanks to our awesome users who took the time to review us on G2Crowd.

If you’re new to InsureSign, we can offer you the simplest, fastest and most secure way to get documents signed electronically. Your customers can easily sign your documents from their laptops, tablets and mobile devices – and even via text message.

What makes InsureSign so simple to use — and the easiest way to get your documents signed?

    • We’re not about “red tape” or limitations. Take us for a spin for free (no credit card required) for 14 days. Enjoy our service without pesky contracts. And all users can take advantage of unlimited signatures, documents and templates each month. The sky’s the limit.
    • We make setting up and sending off documents for signing as easy as 1, 2, 3.
      1) Upload any document (or multiple documents at once) of any file type.
      2) Drag and drop signature fields where you want them.
      3) Send off for signing. The whole process only takes a minute.
      Note: Easily avoid step 2 by creating one-click templates for your commonly used forms.
    • We offer a slew of automated time-saving features. With one click, schedule auto-reminder daily or weekly emails about unsigned documents. Look at document statues at a glance. Enjoy automatic archiving and more.
  • We make life simple for your customers too. Even your least tech-savvy customers will say, “Wow, that’s easy!” after signing your documents.

We also offer a premium plan you won’t find anywhere else that includes a unique suite of innovative features, including text-message signing, in-person signing, reusable forms, a tool for securing company reviews and more.

We’re grateful to our tens of thousands of users across industries who trust us to make their lives easier.

If you’d like to take InsureSign for a spin, start your free risk-free 14 day trial now.