5 Productive Ways to Spend Your Lunch Break

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A recent article, Six Steps to the Perfect Power Lunch by Ceren Cubukcu says that lunch time is not only about taking your lunch break but an hour of opportunity to do whatever you need to keep you productive and efficient all day long.

So, don’t just sit at your desk but make use of the hour ahead by taking a power lunch.  Here’s how.

1.Lunch with others
Lunch time is a great chance to chat with coworkers in coworking office space or catch up with a client. Therefore, use this opportunity to meet new people, reconnect with old faces and meet possible clients.

2.Go for a walk outside the office
Regular exercising reduces pressure and decreases tension. If you don’t have any time to go to the gym to work out, going for a walk outside your flexible office space helps a lot.

3.Do some personal errands
Lunch breaks gives you time to run your errands. Crossing off items from your personal to do list or at least organizing them clears your mind so you can focus on your work better.

4.Have a twenty-minute nap
If you feel like you didn’t get enough sleep last night, taking a 20 minute nap can help. Some day offices have nap rooms and they are actually very trendy among workers. It positively makes a difference in how you function for the rest of the day.

5.Plan the rest of your day
Lunch time enables you to assess what you have already completed during the day and what else you have to do for the rest of the day. For instance, if an unanticipated meeting comes up for the afternoon, you can use your lunch time to prepare for your meeting.

Conclusion
Taking your lunch break helps improve your overall wellbeing, productivity and personal relations. Likewise, a well designed office with complete array of technology helps your small business thrive.
YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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The Best Holiday Gift Guide For Your Home Office

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A recent article, A Home Office Holiday Gift Guide by Eric Grevstad  says that holidays are the best times for gift giving. It’s easy to get excited in the retail swirl that builds up around the holidays, surrounded by bargains.

Don’t get overwhelmed, here is a gift guide for holiday gifts to help your home office be more productive.

The most wish list in 2015

Microsoft Surface Book:

  • 3-pound laptop
  • 5-inch Windows 10 tablet
  • 6 pound second battery pack, 15-hour unplugged life
  • Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of solid-state storage at $1,699
  • Core i7 with double the memory, storage, and discrete graphics—but nearly faultless in both laptop and tablet modes at $2,699

Dream Desktop:

HP’s Envy 34 Curved All-in-One:

  • 34-inch, 3,440-by-1,440 wraparound monitor
  • Core i5 chip at $1,800
  • Core i7 model at $2,000

Dream Ergonomic Chairs:

The most important piece of home office furniture in which you spend eight or more hours a day in; here are some sites where you can purchase.

The Gift of Safety:

  1. My Passport Ultra– portable external hard drive available in four colors, from 500 GB up to 3TB capacities. You can take all of your pictures, videos and music with you wherever you go.
  2. Acronis TrueImage 2016– file and folder backup with full disk imaging that can save various system states, or even restore your system to a different machine. It’s $79.99 for three PCs or $159.99 for one year of True Image Cloud—which combines local and online backup so you can access your files on any device from anywhere.

The Gift Of Storage

  • USB 3.0 flash drives- 128GB for $119.99 at SanDisk and Best Buy.

Conclusion              

These are perfect home office gifts that will surely be appreciated. If you’re still looking for more gift suggestions, YourOffice is looking forward to offering you lots of exciting gift in workspace solutions that will fit every businesses needs. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

What’s in your wish list? Feel free to share your comments below. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

3 Turnaround Tips for Your Business

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Is your business going through tough times–struggling? A recent article, Three Essentials to Mastering the Turnaround by T. Scott King  says turning around your business isn’t as easy and direct as fixing operations, stabilizing finances and containing costs but goes well beyond basic business issues.

Here are three turnaround tips to help your business stand and thrive:

  1. Be realistic

Seeing your struggling business through rose-colored glasses can waste valuable time. When you deal in reality, you address issues directly and promptly. You cut costs and streamline your budget to fit the business trend.

Exhibit leadership and build trust by laying out business realities and the tough steps that need to be taken.

  1. Be honest

Don’t keep bad news hidden. As you enter into the turnaround phase, it is important to be direct.

Build confidence, alignment and support by presenting the recovery plan.  Ask for your team’s support and ideas. Chances are most of your team will rise to the challenge.

Honesty, openness and directness can build confidence and gain the level of support that you need to restore positive momentum.

  1. Be strategic

You need to be planning for growth while cutting costs.

Evaluate and redefine your business structure –get insights from team members to create the final idea. Also, external resources can help facilitate focused collaborative “ideation” sessions–this can be motivating when conducted correctly; it can break down obstacles and galvanize an organization that has gone through tough times.

It also can build “shared advocacy” for the way ahead and lead to creating an important and effective  strategic plan that includes realistic timelines, roles and responsibilities and of course, financial benchmarks.

Conclusion

While cutting costs and planning for future growth form part  of your business recuperation, YourOffice offers flexible agreement terms and office plans, ensuring the right set-up for your struggling business and different options to support future growth. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Has your business gone through tough times and how did you survive and thrive? We’d be glad to hear your comments. You can also visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

6 Ways to Lose Your Customers…Guaranteed

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A recent article, 7 Effective Ways to Drive Customers Away by Melissa Thompson says that the consumer purchasing power has significantly increased in 2015. Which means, this is a great time to be in business and to widen your customer base.

However, to ensure great sales, beware of the following business practices that push away customers.

  1. Arguing with clients is the worst thing you can do to drive them away. You can either be right all the time, or you can keep your customers happy.

Listen and learn from your customers.

  1. See how much you can squeeze out of your customers is a detrimental way of doing business.

No hidden charges should be charged. The short term gain you may have will never match your long term customer loss.

  1. A sales clerk who interacts with customers with memorized phrases shows uncaring and insincere attitudes.

You and your staff need to be aware of the time, date, and context of your interactions with customers.

  1. The kind of phone system you use tells a lot about your business, and your readiness to help clients. Clients who have to jump through hoops in order to talk to a real person on an automated system are not likely to call back again.

A virtual office plan that offers a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your company’s name can help your with the issue.

  1. If you can’t be honest with basic consumer information then you should not try to run a business.

Transparency is a good thing in business.

  1. Cutting costs at the expense of customer’s health and safety.

Never settle for second-best or questionable products.

Conclusion

Customer satisfaction is the very essence of your business success. Providing your customers with a good place to transact business is beneficial, too. YourOffice features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices and permanent individual office space. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

How would you keep your customers satisfaction?  We’d love to hear your comments.  Please visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

5 Damaging Ways to Run Your Business

Serviced Office SpaceA recent article, 6 Strategies That are Sabotaging Your Team Management by Kimberly Grimms says that team management is an essential part of an organization, therefore not implementing a well-coordinated team management strategy will drive to career’s dead end.

Here are 5 damaging ways to run your business

  1. Generalizing Your Employees

Generalizing the personalities, working and learning patterns of your employees is one of the most common mistakes team managers make. Therefore, they tend to have an constant approach to managing their employees, resulting in inefficiency and failure.

  1. Weak Client Relationships

As a team leader, you may create your own vision on how your client will respond to your services– doing this usually causes your team efforts more harm than good.

  1. Lack of Commitment

You’re working as a team. If a single member is not working efficiently with the entire team it can damage the whole group.  Employees who are not working efficiently are likely just there to pursue short-term goals. They may not have the desire to fully apply themselves to the job like the rest of your team members do.

  1. Immediate Compensation

Instant raise of compensation may inspire your team members to work harder and more efficiently; but this immediate satisfaction may last within a certain period of time. After the satisfaction from the increase fades away, team members have the tendency to slack on their commitments.

  1. Believing That Perfection Equals Success

If you’re a perfectionist, you’ll find yourself constantly worrying about taking risks in making significant decisions for your team. As a result, nothing ever gets accomplished for your clients. Believing that perfectionism equals success is a flawed belief.

Conclusion

Successful team management is not happened by chance—it requires careful study and implementation of a system that will fit your business structure.  If you need workspace to meet and train your team members, YourOffice can be of great help to your training and conference needs. YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious fully serviced office space and meeting space for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready- our offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.

We hope this article has been helpful one and we invite you to write your comments and questions below.  You can also visit us on Twitter and Google Plus.

How Hobbies Can Help You Get Hired

Team Office SpaceDid you know that your hobbies can pave the way to landing a job and elevating your career path? A recent article, 8 Ways Hobbies Can Help You Get Jobs, by Sarah Landrum, says that a growing body of evidence verifies the positive impact of “non-work creative activity” on work-related performance.

Below are 3 ways that hobbies are helpful for your professional growth.

Widen your network

Connect with people that can recognize your talent and value. For instance, if you’re an athlete you can join sports league in your community or you can join a mountain bike racing club.

Whatever path you choose, these hobbies build and strengthen connection through healthy competition. Therefore, having a wide circle can increase the range of your network when job hunting.

Better Health

Generally, people who have hobbies are cheerful and fit. Hobbies like jogging, swimming, and dancing keep you physically active while gardening, cooking, and art develop your mental and emotional health.

Strong character traits and special skills

Hobbies can describe your character traits and important skills that employers are looking for. For example, gardening shows self-discipline, diligence and patience. Employees are looking to hire may come in handy at your next interview.

Conclusion

Nurture yourself by discovering hobbies that will improve your state of mind and increase your talents. A company that has a positive work environment and encourages employees to cultivate their talents, is a company you want be part of. Perhaps you are looking to start that kind of company. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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