What does your desk say about you? Keeping a clean and tidy desk isn’t just one of those things that’s “nice” to do. It can set the stage for a less stressful and more productive day, every day. It also sets a good example for your employees! (more…)
As you small business grows, it’s hard to pin down the best time to hire new people. Managers are especially difficult to time correctly. In many cases, they are seen as a luxury for small business and should only be brought into your management team if absolutely necessary. But as your company grows and your job as owner changes, managers are the key to a successful, growing small business.
When you first started you may have ended your day at 6pm, then it became 7pm, and now you leave later than you ever intended. If you find that your days are getting longer because you have to fix every little problem in you company, it’s probably time to hire a manager. As Reza Chowdhury, of AlleyWatch said in an interview with Bplans, ”You’ll likely find yourself trapped in a perpetual hamster wheel, focused on tasks that are not a good use of neither your time nor skill set. At this point, it’s time to bring in the help to allow you to focus on the big picture.” (more…)
Moving to a new office space is an exhilarating and important step in any growing business. Whether undertaking a remodel of an existing office space or constructing an office building from the ground up, the process can often prove more expensive than anticipated. Savvy business owners will stack the odds in their favor by selecting an experienced general contractor for the project who can help keep construction costs under control. Here are five unexpected costs you to be on the lookout for when remodeling or building a new office space.
Appearance may not be everything, but it counts for a great deal, and presenting a professional image is important for any business. If your office needs some sprucing up, some effective remodeling basics can be done without spending a bundle. Whether it’s flooring, painting or reorganizing, a do-it-yourself approach can allow you to do exactly what you want and within your budget.
Some simple remodeling projects can be done without professional help. Following are some of the ways you can improve your office environment without spending a fortune.
Has business development started to feel a little dull? All those mixers, networking meetings, and lunches spent getting to know “business acquaintances” you don’t really care about. Be honest – if you knew for a fact that your referral sources would never refer you another new piece of business, would you ever talk to them again? Most of us wouldn’t, and that’s why it’s so difficult to sustain any enthusiasm around our networking activities. We market ourselves aggressively for a few months, then burn out and hibernate, then panic when our pipelines get lean, and force ourselves back into the fray.
If any of this sounds familiar, here are three ways you can put that “spark” back into your work life:
Nobody likes going to work in a bare office with white walls, formal cubicles, and no hint of refreshing or energizing colors in sight. Some people decorate their desks, but desk decorations can’t convey an overall atmosphere of productivity or positivity throughout the entire office. When you’re renovating or buying an office, you need to be able to consider the importance of interior design.
There are many advantages to focusing on interior design when you design an office. You will create a productive, efficient atmosphere and help keep employee morale up. You want your office to be the kind of place people look forward to going on Monday morning, after all.
You shouldn’t have to live in fear of facing your utility bills each month at the workplace! One of the most effective ways to conserve energy is to cut down on the amount of electricity, natural gas and other fuels we use while trying to bring the temperatures in our office buildings to comfortable levels. According to Energy Star, an Environmental Protection Agency program that advises businesses and individuals on eco-friendly energy savings, up to 30 percent of the energy generated to heat, cool and light the average commercial building is wasted.
Weatherproofing your doors, windows and skylights is the best way to make sure unconditioned air is not seeping in to or out of your office. And while weatherproofing can help you save on your utility bill, it can also put a dent in your annual taxes by applying your improvements toward tax deductions offered by Uncle Sam.
Guidant Financial’s 8th annual Office Olympics were celebrated this past week. It’s an event that consistently brings our teams together by promoting intra-company friendships through healthy competition and some ridiculousness.
This year’s theme, “Time After Time” covered some of the most famous eras of our past, present and future. Each day, a new challenge was brought to the table for a chance to win points. The top three teams with the most points at the end of the week were awarded with gold, silver, and bronze medals (as well as Amazon.com gift cards).
Day 1: Tango of Time
On day one, after the opening ceremonies, the competition kicked off with Tango of Time, also known as musical chairs. Choosing one valiant member from each team, nine individuals went head-to-head as the sound system belted out tunes themed to “time.” Teams also had a chance to earn spirit and style points, which lead to some creative dancing and intense cheering.
Office supply stores are eager to solve all your office needs . . . for a price. With a little creativity, you can find your own solutions, reduce company waste and save the company credit card for another day. Use these eight cheats to help save time, money and space around the office!
Corral your cords and cables
Computers come with copious cords and cables — power cords, monitor cables, printer cables, Ethernet, and more. Keeping all those cords organized and out of the way doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive:
Who wants to go on vacation and be worrying about their business back home? Doesn’t it spoil the point of the relaxing time away from the office, if you’re sitting on the beach calling to the office or answering emails? How can you manage the business while on vacation without feeling like you’re still tied to work?