Don’t you love coming home with a huge load of healthy groceries just to get locked out of your garage?

Nope, no one enjoys that.

Not unless you’re lucky enough to have a great side entrance to the house. Otherwise, most people like to park and unload in the place that is most convenient – the garage.

But, when your garage door opener is lost or out of commission, you have to be creative with your unloading methods.

Or, you can just buy a universal garage door opener.

This is the best back-up you can have for your garage system. A universal remote is the answer to all your worries when the manufacturer’s remote isn’t working.

Don’t purchase the first one you see, though.

Make sure you buy the best universal remote.

Here are the top ten universal garage door openers on the market right now.

1. Chamberlain Clicker KLIK1U Universal Garage Door Opener Remote

The Chamberlain Clicker KLIK1U is one of the most popular options of all universal garage door opener remotes out there.

This two-button clicker is easily compatible with many garage systems.

Each button can be programmed to its own setting.

Such a feature is ideal if you have a two-door garage. Or, if you want to operate the garage at home and the one at your warehouse, you can do it all from one remote.

2. Chamberlain/LiftMaster/Craftsman 953EV Garage Door Opener

If you like the thought of operating two garages on one remote, what about having the power to control three?

That is possible with the help of this universal garage door opener. It is made to work on any Chamberlain, LiftMaster, or Craftsman system, which are all common among homeowners.

You can set each button to a different kind of system. Or, hook it up to various doors that are all made by the same manufacturer.

If you’re switching between garage buildings and at-home garages all the time, you need this remote.

3. LiftMaster 373LM Garage Door Openers

This LiftMaster model is another three-door option available to you.

It comes made to last for up to five years, assuming you can hold on to it long enough!

Remember, this is supposed to be the backup for your lost or stolen system remote.

Thankfully, though, if you lose this one too, it’s not hard to replace.

But it does clip to your overhead mirror, which should make it a challenge to misplace anyways.

4. LiftMaster 371LM Garage Door Opener Remote

This universal garage door opener only comes with one button.

However, there are many ways to use it.

The button can control almost any garage or gate you drive through. It can also operate the lights on the outside or inside of these areas.

You can even use it to turn small appliances on or off once you’re in the building!

How cool is that? With one remote and one easy button, there is much more power than meets the eye.

5. Linear 3089 Multicode Remote Opener

Note, this Linear model is not as easily adaptable as the other universal garage door opener remotes on the list.

It only works with US Multicode systems.

But, all of its functions and features make it worth mentioning.

The remote has 10 dip switches, a visor clip, and a strong battery life. It comes with a one-year warranty and a simple set-up procedure.

6. LiftMaster 893Max

There’s a reason this LiftMaster model is named the “Max.”

It is compatible with all 970, 370, and 80 series. This remote works to control practically any garage door, gate, or even MYQ accessories.

Such power can be used from further away than normal, too. The remote comes with a special security programming that helps keep radio waves at bay. This ensures the strongest connection possible from the system to the button you push.

Use it to control up to 3 systems with 100% confidence.

7. Chamberlain Group KLIK3U-BK Clicker Universal 2-Button Garage Door Opener Remote

This Chamberlain Group model is another two-button option on the list with multiple possibilities.

It is compatible with a wide range of garage systems to make configuration and control as easy as can be. Programming is as simple as the click of one button.

Use this control to come home in comfort and pull into work on time.

Maybe set it up to control your storage unit door, too.

8. Genie Model G3T-R 3-Button Remote

The Genie Model G3T-R is sleek, stylish, and very effective.

It is made with three buttons to control a few different systems at a time.

Each connection is maintained by a dual frequency. This allows for a stronger reception from the button to the garage door, without other things in the airwaves getting in the way.

More so, you can click and control just by reaching up and clicking this remote as it clips to your driver’s side visor.

9. LiftMaster 890 Max Garage Door Opener

This universal garage door opener packs a whole lot of power in one little remote.

It is so small you can keep it in your back pocket, a small handbag, or just hook it onto your keychain! Just be sure wherever it goes, it stays in place and you don’t lose it.

This is particularly important, considering the LiftMaster 890 Max allows access to three different garage doors.

10. Chamberlain Mini Keychain Remote MC100-6

Are you interested in hooking your garage opener on a keychain, but want other options?

Consider the Chamberlain MC100-6 when you check out the LiftMaster 890.

The Chamberlain is smaller and just as efficient.

Set up is as simple as the push of a button, and you have all you need to open your garage on-hand.

This the choice to go with if you don’t have a need for multiple door openers, too. It keeps things simple, yet safe and secure.

Never Get Locked Out Again with a Universal Garage Door Opener

Stop waiting for the wife to come home for access to the garage again.

Make sure your storage is safe with a control you can always carry.

Whatever your door opener issues, a universal remote has the solution.

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The Rise of Soft Skills in the Digital Age

I’m not going to waste your time talking about how ingrained technology is in all our lives. You may be reading this on your smartphone while killing time at work, where you stare at a separate screen for hours, only to drive home and turn on another screen to relax.

Or maybe you’re rewarding yourself with a little down time after seeing your Fitbit has recorded an extra 1,000 steps today.  Or your kid is using the computer, so you’re tethered to the wall by the tablet charging cable, looking for a well-written blog post.  Or maybe you’re not, but the point is that you could see yourself, or anyone, in that situation.

This obsession with technology has led to an explosion of never-conceived businesses and jobs. Social media, IT departments, software development, data security, the list goes on, and we’re only going to become more dependent as time goes on.

Organizations estimate that one-third of their human resources budgets are delegated for hiring IT talent; computer science majors experience a 76% increase in their salary in just the first three years. Clearly, the stats all say that hard tech skills are what job seekers should be focusing on. Except that’s not the whole story.

With connectivity comes complexity

As technology becomes more and more ingrained in our lives, so does its complexity.  No one outside of a calculus classroom carries a phone and a calculator. Some of us rarely turn on a PC anymore, since our smartphones are sufficient for quick browsing.  Our cars come enabled with Bluetooth.

Soon, every household appliance will be connected to a singular device, which we will also use to send messages, pay for groceries, tell our car where to take us, open our front door, monitor our daily steps, and automatically remind us of appointments- and it already does most of that.

But as the interconnectivity and complexity of technology rises, our ability to understand it decreases. We can’t keep up with the constant stream of our own inventions. While specialists might be able to fully utilize every software update, most of us can’t be bothered to learn all the nuances every time.

That’s why IT is such an emerging field, but even they won’t be able to keep up with the coming technological evolutions. As Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner, says, “Our best hope may be that computers eventually will become smart enough to maintain themselves.”

Importance of soft skills

Where does that leave business now? While you certainly can’t forego employees with the technical skills that you need, you need soft skills now more than ever. According to an Adecco Staffing survey, there are twice as many business executives concerned with the soft skill gap than those worried about hard skills.

Traits like communication and critical thinking are becoming more highly valued than straight computer skills. Some businesses that require their employees to have technical know-how, like engineering firms, have tried to ignore soft skills in favor of some desperately sought-after experience, but this is no longer possible.

In fact, it’s commercial acumen, communication skills, and adaptability that employers should be prioritizing. Adaptability is especially useful in a world where technology is constantly evolving, and, realistically, malfunctioning.  Sometimes things do not go to plan, and employees need to take that in stride.

Similarly, it won’t matter how well you understand CSS or can fix a pipe if no one can relate to you. Google provides consumers with ten options on just the first page, and they will reject your business if they can’t communicate with your employees.  Additionally, your business will also suffer if your employees can effectively communicate with each other.

Moving forward

It’s important to provide employees with both soft and hard skill training. This can be expensive and time-consuming, so you will have to strike a balance particular to you. If you work in an industry that the hard skills can be learned on the job or fairly quickly, make sure you’re searching for candidates with appropriate soft skills.

However, if your employees must have hard skills before they walk through the door, that doesn’t give you an excuse to ignore soft skills entirely. Offer soft skill training and assessments, because while soft skills are more difficult to measure, they are just as important.

That holds true even in this technological age. We may cling to our iEverythings, but only because they allow us to tap into humanity. Your business needs to utilize this underlying need.

People may pay for your product or service if you can deliver, but using the human element gives you that much more leverage.  In a world where your competitors are accessible at the click of a mouse, you’ll need all the soft skills you can get.

Author: Dayton socializes for a living and writes for fun. She will forever be a prisoner of her family’s business, doomed to inherit responsibility despite frequent existential protests. 

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