Microsoft recently released the results on the research they did on the ways we work, and published 7 Trends and confirmed a major shift happening at modern workplaces, What are they, and what can we do to anticipate them?
When hiring a new employee, you search carefully for the right candidate who checks all the boxes from a skills, personality, and experience perspective. It’s important to find someone with the right tools for the job, who would fit in with the current team, and who will continue to help promote company culture. When you find the right person, it’s obvious.
When it comes to fulfilling the company mission however, it’s just as important to create the right environment as it is to find the right employees. Don’t waste an ounce of the talent you’ve cultivated at your organization.
The concept of activity based working is not new, but in light of recent events got renewed focus. Lets refresh, what is activity based working, what does it require, and why should you consider it for your workplace right now?
When you envision a modern workplace what springs to mind? Game rooms? Nap pods? A fully-stocked kitchen with beer on tap? Or do you envision a co-working space with many different types of people and businesses working in a common area? Perhaps you thought of cubicles? Or did you instead envision an open-concept space with walled off meeting rooms?
When you hear the words “modern office”, what do you think? Many people start talking about open concepts, ample natural lighting, and contemporary furniture. That’s all true. But today’s modern office is much more than the physical environment. Intelligent technologies are changing the way employees interact with and work within their offices. The modern office is a smart office.
The list of reasons to hire an office manager are almost as endless as the potential roles they can fill within your company. Search through job descriptions for the position and you’ll find a dizzying array of responsibilities outlined from operations and administrative duties to budgeting and billing. That’s because an office manager’s main job is to make the day-to-day operations of your business run smoothly, whatever that may mean for your company, and because of this the role is flexible enough to fulfill just about any needs you may have.
Everywhere you go, it seems that hot desking is the hot office spatial management technique. Corporate real estate prices are through the roof, and to add insult to injury, most expensive office spaces are under-utilized. Hot desking helps optimize those spaces and dollars by allowing multiple people to share the same workstation or desk at different times.
As George Bernard Shaw once famously said, “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Nowhere does this seem more applicable than when it comes to office jargon in the modern workplace.
Move over, Baby Boomers, the next generation of the workforce is here. And they’re demanding change.
As of 2017, Millennials—those born between 1981 and 1996—make up the largest generation in the workforce. They’re bringing with them new talents, capabilities, and work ethics. They’re also bringing a number of expectations about the type of companies they want to work for, the offices they want to spend their time, and the style of working they want to execute.
Consider a slow but consistent faucet leak. You may barely notice the individual drips, but before you realize, you’re up to your ankles in water. Bad meeting culture proliferates a company much in the same way. Examined in individual pieces, bad habits around company meetings may not seem like that big of a deal. However, often, those bad habits create a snowball of more bad habits that, when added together, result in an entirely toxic meeting culture.
Is your company a breeding ground for bad meeting culture? Often, you might not even know it or know what to do about it. The result within the office is a lack of productivity, frustrated employees, and wasted resources.
Know the signs of a bad meeting culture and the steps you can take to eliminate them.