Working from home can feel completely foreign for some and like a dream come true for others. When managing a team remotely, however, the pressure can feel even greater. There is more pressure because you cannot see the person working, and have to trust that they are being as productive as they are when in the office. It’s natural to worry and wonder if team performance will decline, especially if working from home ends up being something you choose to adopt over the long-term.
Virtual Offices Are the Game Changer Your Business Needs
Businesses develop when someone somewhere realizes there’s a need or a problem that needs to be solved, and they have a way to provide the solution. The core of any business is seeing how you can do something for someone and then making it happen. When the workforce wanted the option to work from home, industries responded with opportunities to work remotely, growing the need for more remote services like co-working and virtual offices.
Now with Covid-19 changing the face of our everyday lives, we are seeing how virtual offices have proved to be beneficial under unpredictable climates, as well as regular climates.
How to Succeed Working at Home with Your Whole Family
In an unprecedented turn of events, you’re working from home. Your coworkers range from furry felines, to rambunctious kids, and equally unsure-how-to-make-this-work adults. Your normal routine is out the window, you’ have deadlines to meet, and the kids need to complete their schoolwork. It’s a lot.
The good news is while this might be new for you, remote workers are offering their experiences on how to make it work.
Engaging Remote Employees and Extending Your Company Culture
As we all seek to flatten the COVID-19 curve, businesses around the world have adapted by mandating remote working. But while working from home can boost productivity gains, it does lag in certain areas, namely engagement and culture. Here’s how your company can keep your employees engaged and feeling part of a team when there’s no water cooler to gather around.
How Your Business Can Benefit From Partnering With a Non-Profit
Consumers have never been as concerned about corporate social responsibility as they are today. Social enterprises are on the rise, and more and more startups are following this business model. But what if your mission isn’t tackling a social or environmental issue head-on? How can you demonstrate that you are socially responsible? Or maybe you’re just starting out as a social enterprise and need to amp up your network and reach? There is no business strategy more effective in making a positive difference, both economically and socially, than building a strategic partnership between a for-profit business and a non-profit organization. Fortunately, there are more than 1.5 million non-profits registered in the U.S. that are looking to partner with businesses and make a difference. Below we’ll go through the top reasons (besides changing the world) that you can benefit from partnering with a non-profit.
6 Virtual Meeting Etiquette Rules to Follow
Whether you’re an occasional remote worker, a full-time freelancer, or amid a pandemic, chances are you’re participating in a fair number of virtual meetings. In fact, 14 percent of remote workers engage in more than ten meetings per week (during regular business circumstances).
While virtual meetings provide critical face time and build stronger professional relationships, they also present a unique set of etiquette challenges. We’ve compiled a list of virtual meeting rules that everyone should agree to follow.
The Secrets to Hosting Successful and Productive Business Meetings
Business meetings are part of the job in any industry. When designed effectively, they can leave you feeling inspired, accomplished, and connected. However, when designed poorly, they can leave you feeling like you wasted your time. According to Doodle’sDoodle’s 2019 State of Meetings report, the cost of poorly organized meetings in 2019 reached $399 billion in the United States.
To help you avoid contributing to this waste of time and money, District Offices’ has gathered our meeting planning intel and shortlisted the secrets to hosting productive meetings— so you can hit 2020 ready to go.
What’s a Virtual Office? Take a Page Out of the Entrepreneur Handbook
In 1975, Bill Gates started Microsoft as a college drop out with a friend in his garage.
Jeff Bezos launched Amazon in 1994, starting out as an online bookstore. The company was first running out of his garage.
Sarah Blakely, owner of Spanx and now worth 1.1 billion, first ran her company out of her apartment.
Ever heard of Google? The search and ranking software initially started as a project in a dorm room. It’s first big expansion went from dorm room to a friend’s garage.
Apple? Steve Job’s parents’ garage.
Disney? Walt Disney’s Uncle’s garage.
The list goes on and on and on.
How to Set Up Your Meetings for Success
Is there anything worse than wasting your time (and everyone else’s) at a meeting that ends up being colossally unproductive? The meeting started late; there was no clear objective or agenda; no one knew who was in charge, and ultimately… nothing was accomplished that couldn’t have been done in an email.
Meetings like this leave everyone with a slightly sour feeling and instill dread in your team around the next meeting that rolls around. Luckily, it is possible to run a meeting that accomplishes your goals, provided you go into it with a little forethought.Read More
Team Building Activities to do in D.C.
Every successful business is backed by a strong team. A business can’t survive without one. However, strong teams don’t just happen. They are cultivated, using intentionality and purpose. One of the best ways to help a team bond and become stronger is to plan team-building activities that are outside the normative environment of “work.” While team-building events take some extra time away from work and require planning, the payoff in your business can be huge.
Not only do team building activities help break down barriers between the people that work for you, but they also help foster better communication, provide a boost of motivation, and help with employee retention.