We’re now almost a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, something that has required us to stay at home and rethink how we spend our days. By now, most of us are thinking longingly of our carefree days in the office and even of the commute to work.
But after a year of being out of the game, you might not be quite ready to make the leap back to in-person working. We understand. Just like getting back into a workout routine after some time off, getting back to the office can seem a bit daunting. Will those “work” muscles still function the same way? How much of a transition is going to be involved?
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?
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.
The management and functions of modern workplaces are currently up for debate, leading to lots of change and rethinking. Some workplaces are coming out of lockdown with new safety and sanitization protocol, while others will still be empty for months to come. As we know, coronavirus is not ending anytime soon, and so it’s time to think about longer-term changes and what workspaces should look like moving forward. As we look at the future, let’s acknowledge how we can enhance the workspace. Below we’ve outlined what to take into account to make your workspace better considering the current world.
Entrepreneurship, freelancing, and remote work has been on the rise for years now. And with it, the trend of coworking has grown and become an entrepreneurial beast all its own, with various coworking locations opening up all over the world, catering to people who want the camaraderie of an office, without the commitment of an office.
With the increase in popularity, there are now multiple options of what kind of coworking space or office you want to rent. It’s no longer only about sharing a desk with people you don’t know. Coworking has gone mainstream and gotten an upgrade.
Keep reading for a brief breakdown of the differences between a private office and a dedicated desk. They are two of the most popular coworking options currently available and while they have some similarities, they are targeted at different folks, with different strokes.
Hold the phone, that’s money calling!
We all know that first impressions matter for every business. Simply put, if you make a poor first impression, you don’t get a do-over. That impression is for life and may drive new customers right into the arms of your competition.
What makes an impression better than excellent customer service? Part of excellent customer service is ensuring that when customers and potential clients call, someone answers the phone. If no one answers, people assume you’re just “not that into them” and the business they are looking to provide. So, they move on to another business.