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.

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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How to Regain Momentum at Work after a Vacation

Virtual OfficeA recent article, What To Do When Vacations Are Over, by Ceren Cubukcu, observes that returning to work after a relaxing vacation can be depressing. However, there are a few simple things you can do to help yourself ease back into the work week.

Below are 4 tips to help you resume your routine and boost your productivity.

  1. Give yourself an extra day to recuperate

Try to avoid returning to work the day after you get home from vacation. Giving yourself an extra day will help you rest from your trip and get some household chores accomplished, so you can be ready for the week. If you plan to return on a Sunday, request Monday off ahead of time, so you only work 4 days during your first week back. Returning to a shorter work week can be a much easier transition.

  1. Check email prior to going back to work

Returning to work with a full inbox of emails can be overwhelming. Give your inbox a quick scan to delete spam and mark the ones that need your attention before you go back to your office.

  1. Be watchful with your eating habits

Weight gain is common during a vacation, so you can use your return to work as motivation to get back into a healthy eating routine. Also, avoiding junk food and sugary drinks will help you not feel sluggish at work.

  1. Start planning your next trip

Back to work means the opportunity to save money for another vacation! Instead of lamenting the end of your vacation, start planning a new one to look forward to.

Conclusion

It’s not easy to get back into the swing of working, after a wonderful vacation. But a good vacation can also help rejuvenate you for a more productive time at work. It’s also an easier transition if you have a good workplace to come back to. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from plug and play offices to full service virtual offices. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

What other tips can you suggest to regain momentum at work? We’d be glad to hear your thoughts and comments below. You can also reach us on Google Plus and Twitter.

4 Reasons Small Businesses Don’t Succeed

Full Service Virtual OfficesA recent article, 4 Reasons Small Businesses Fail, by Yura Bryant, observes that the business owner’s ability to develop strategic plans and procedures leads to success. On the contrary, the inability of business owners to identify and correct their mistakes within business operations, will eventually lead to business failure.

The following are four mistakes that can cause a small business to fail.

  1. Lack of Strategy

Many entrepreneurs break into the business world without mapping out a plan of action. There are crucial steps to growing and maintaining a business. Without proper planning, a business will take root on a shaky foundation and not be able to withstand the turbulence of a competitive landscape.
Make sure that a working strategy is established and being carried out within the company. This enables your business to be more efficient and effective with time and money.

  1. No target market

Many businesses fail to attract a loyal base of customers because their marketing campaigns are too broad.
Save time and money, by identifying your target audience and direct your marketing endeavors toward that specific customer profile. If you try to reach everyone, you will end up reaching no one. Establish a core group of supporters and then expand from there.

  1. Failure to Prioritize Quality Service

Customer service should be a priority. A small business’ success is often a reflection of the service it provides to customers. If a customer is dissatisfied, chances are they will take their business elsewhere, and news travels fast.
Providing high quality service should be a daily commitment and expectation of your company.

  1. No Knowledge of Sales

Many new business owners are unknowledgable or timid when it comes to generating sales. The product and service may be excellent, but if revenue doesn’t grow, the business will crumble.
It’s crucial to generate awareness and interest about your business and track your sales. If generating money is not your strong point, seek out someone to put in charge of tracking and increasing your business’ revenue.

Conclusion
Understanding the reasons why some small business doesn’t thrive, will help you avoid the same mistakes. As the business owner, it’s up to you to decide what is best for your company, but don’t be ashamed to ask for help. There are countless resources available to help you build your business. YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of businesses looking for everything from plug and play offices to full serviced virtual office spaces. YourOffice offers professional and flexible workspace solutions with access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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