When your workspace shapes how you work, it is little wonder that workplace design is on everyone’s minds. Organizations have always strived to create workplace environments that foster productivity and employee happiness. This is why we’ve seen the shift from cubicle farms to vast open-plan spaces – and now something in between. We call this flexible, something-for-everyone solution the “agile office neighborhood.”
In a time where working in coffee shops is no longer feasible and working side by side with colleagues is potentially dangerous… private offices make more and more sense. With so many of us now working from home, it’s becoming increasingly harder to create clear divisions between our jobs and our lives. But this sort of separation is important, not just for your own mental health, but for your relationships. While it is important to stay safe during this pandemic, it is also important not to allow your work life to spill over into your personal life.
Remote meetings have allowed businesses to continue operating throughout the pandemic. Technology has allowed conferences to pivot into webinars and events to be held virtually. But no matter the platform you use – it’s still not the same as meeting in person.
Virtual meetings have their limits. It’s easier to be less engaged (i.e. turn on mute and turn off your camera), long meetings tend to exhaust employees, and it’s hard to build strong relationships. Every so often, an in-person meeting is necessary.
As restrictions ease and a new normal rolls in, companies are allowing their employees to return to the office. But it’s not like the day we had all hoped for where the pandemic magically disappears; it comes with social distancing protocol, enhanced cleaning, and mask-wearing. Whether returning to work is mandatory, optional, or a hybrid of going in a few days of the week– it comes with a lot of anxiety and things to consider. Not to mention dealing with homeschooling and childcare on top of that. So how does one prepare?
When the Coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S. earlier this year, many of us retreated into our homes to work remotely. While working from home has its perks, it’s not ideal for everyone — and it can be especially challenging for small businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups.
Luckily, there are some great options that can help to improve and augment the work-from-home experience. Let’s explore some remote work styles and how each one can benefit you and your business needs.
Efficient working isn’t about working harder: it’s about working smarter. One critical yet often overlooked element of productivity is not how we work, but where we work. Though our workspaces play a vital role in how effectively, creatively, and collaboratively we work, studies indicate that only 57% of workers feel that their workspace is set up accordingly. And with many of us now working from home in less-than-ideal circumstances, that number is likely to be even lower again. With productivity closely linked to employee satisfaction, it’s vital that employers take steps to create workspaces for optimal working.
Collaboration between employees plays a critical role in the success of a business. But now that so many people are working remotely and office capacity is limited (and socially distanced), how do we continue practicing good teamwork?
Your personal brand is a way of promoting yourself through a combination of skills, personality, and experience. It’s the impression you make that gives off and how you carry yourself at work, the work you accomplish, and it includes your online presence. It’s a way of marketing yourself and your career as a brand to communicate your value and identity to employers or clients. In today’s world, personal brands are essential in beating your competition. It is a way to stand out in a pile of resumes and show a business what an asset you are, potentially before you even meet.
As workplaces begin to reopen or provide options to come back into the office, employees are faced with a difficult decision. Is it safe? Although it’s mostly the employer’s responsibility to keep employees safe, employees also need to assess their situations, understand the risks, and take preventative measures. Below we’ve outlined tips for creating a safe environment when you head back to work.