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.

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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.

6 Innovation Killers for Your Business to Avoid

Virtual OfficeA recent article, Ten ways businesses can kill innovation, by Nick Heath, talks about how many large businesses are often centered around practices that stifle innovation.

Below are 6 red flags to look out for in your business.

1.Fear to explore new ideas
Some businesses object to any changes or pursuits that might upset their established setup. If a business is unable to adapt to the changes of their environment or unwilling to seek new solutions, the company will stop growing.

2. Being tightfisted
Withholding funds for development can hamper innovation. While it is important to be efficient with company spending, departments need funding to put innovation into action.

3.Tunnelvision
Focusing too strongly on short-term results can reduce the organization’s chance to innovate. When the majority of resources are put into just keeping the business running, it leaves little room for change or improvement.

4.Dismissing past attempts
An idea that didn’t fit a past circumstance, may be the solution for future circumstances. Don’t be afraid to try old approaches a second time. Innovation can turn old failures into new successes.

5.Placating rejections
If a manager has no intention of considering or using an employee’s idea, they should be upfront about it. Innovation involves a continuous stream of suggestions and experimentation. To encourage innovation among employees, a culture of trust must be established.

6.Unwilling to take risks
Enterprises often lack the grit to take a chance on potentially disruptive innovations. Impulsive actions and carelessness should be avoided, but taking risks doesn’t have to be a dangerous game. Taking risks for the sake of innovation is usually less about the actual risk and more about the fear of change.

Conclusion
Successful businesses value innovation. If you are looking to innovate your business’ workspace, YourOffice can help. YourOffice offers a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space, meeting room access, and coworking office space. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

5 Reasons Sales is a Promising Career Field

Individual Office spaceA recent article, 5 Reasons A Career In Sales Is A GREAT CHOICE by Joe B. Gonzalez Jr., observes that while the average person doesn’t dream of a career in sales, it’s actually a very promising and rewarding job.

  1. Expertise

If you love learning, sales may be for you. The key for successful selling is expertise and confidence in the product you are offering.

  1. Many job opportunities

Failure to sell a particular product doesn’t mean you are not a talented salesperson. You may just need to move on to a different company or product. Turnover in sales is high, so there are many great opportunities in sales–find your perfect fit.

  1. Financial reward

Although working on commission may seem intimidating, it allows you to have complete control.

  1. Refining

In sales, having a negative attitude or disposition can hinder building a relationship with customers. As a salesperson, you are constantly refining yourself and the way you interact with different people.

  1. Opportunity to help others

Many customers think salespeople just want their money. But if you don’t care about your customers, it will catch up with you. Building sincere trust with customers will give you better results and be a much more promising and rewarding endeavor.

Conclusion
A career in sales can also lead to starting up your own business. 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.

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4 Steps to Improve Customer Service

A recent article, 4 Steps for Enhancing Customer Service Solutions by Lauren Thomson, observes that customer satisfaction is the fundamental aspect of business growth. Customers are the source of income in every business and their satisfaction can determine a business’ growth and profitability.

Below are four simple solutions to improve customer service for your customers and your business.

Assign a customer service team

As your business grows, the direct contact method with your growing clients may become difficult. In this case, one solution involves narrowing customer interactions through a direct support team. A customer support staff can provide assistance for the majority of your customers, allowing your employees to focus on the customers that need additional or specific support.

Keep up-to-date on technology

Connect with your customers through various platforms like social media, email, chat or text. Also, a customer-accessible knowledge base (KB) is essential to any customer service foundation. By recognizing common customer queries, you can create resolution templates that your representatives can use as a quick reference.

Provide a self-service option

You can create an online support system that enables customers to find answers to simple questions. This is just one effective and simple solution to fill in the gap when representatives are not available.

Keep customer needs in mind

When designing or revamping your customer service method, address the needs of your customers first. There are many options for customer service, it’s important to choose the one that provides the best service for your customers and is possible for your company to implement with success.

Conclusion

Taking good care of your customers through efficient and innovative customer service will increase your company’s success. If you are in need of an office location to receive customers or seeking a virtual receptionist, YourOffice can help. YourOffice offers 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.

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You can stay on top of your customers’ needs by continually adapting your processes, priorities, technology and policies. The quality and speed of solutions is the distinction between a responsive helpdesk and an emotionless, unpleasant customer response team.

 

Top5 Coworking NetworkingTips

22222Joining a coworking office space has many benefits. One of the best perks is building positive business relationships with the other companies and organizations within your space. Even though you might feel like blending in to your coworking space like a wallflower at a school dance, you need to break out of that cycle and start networking like the pros! Here are our top five coworking networking tips:

  1. Get to know your receptionist. Most coworking spaces share one office receptionist. He or she is a goldmine of business development information. They will know who’s been there the longest, who knows who, and even a little office gossip. Tell your receptionist about your business and what kind of clients you’re looking for. Obviously you should wait until the right time to tell her these things. You need to build an authentic relationship first.
  2. Don’t be afraid to peek over your office divider and strike up a conversation. Even though everyone has work to do, almost everyone loves to grab a cup of coffee and/or tea. Ask your neighbor if he or she wants to join you at the local coffee shop. Ask them about their business and find out exactly what they do. Tell them about your business in a casual way.
  3. Be a connector. After you get to know everyone in your coworking office, think about your business contacts and you coworking neighbors. Would anyone in your network benefit from knowing each other? Can you connect the dots for them and increase their business development opportunities? If so, make introductions and get people talking. They will thank you and remember your services should the opportunity come up.
  4. Keep your coworking neighbours up to date on the latest office trends. Did you find a neat app that tracks hours and billing? Maybe you found a cool transit app that calculates your miles travelled. Is Facebook offering a new marketing service for small businesses? Keep your finger on the news pulse and share regularly. Sharing your knowledge will make you look intelligent and in the know.
  5. Trade services. Would your coworking neighbour benefit from your business services? Could you use theirs? When you encounter someone who offers a service you need, figure out if they need your service too. The benefits of this coworking networking tip is that other people in the office might hear about your services too!

Moving into a coworking office space is fun and exciting. You get to meet new people, hang out in cool space and even get to do a little networking. Getting to know your receptionist, sparking conversations, being a connector, staying up to date on the news and possibly trading services are all great ways to do a little business development while on the job.