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Office managers are the glue that keeps businesses and corporations together, and their behavior can make or break your company’s success. There’s a lot of pressure on office managers to keep things together at all times, even when they have a million things going at once. Maybe you’re brand new to management and don’t know where to start. Or, you might be a seasoned administrator looking for ways to improve your office environment. Either way, keep reading for tips on how to be the best office manager you can be:

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The world of entrepreneurship is very attractive to many, for a number of reasons. Some people want to be their own boss, some don’t fit the corporate mold, and others just want to change the world. Whatever their reasoning, all entrepreneurs must face the same struggles of getting a business up off the ground and turning it into a profitable entity. There are many moving parts when it comes to starting a small business, and it can be difficult to predict exactly how any venture will fare. But, there are a few things that an entrepreneur can do to keep their business afloat.

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The most important part of establishing a business’ longevity is high customer retention, but the first step to achieving that success is acquisition. Finding and convincing new clients to work with your business is extremely difficult; in fact, the cost for client acquisition has grown 50% in just five years. When getting clients becomes a numbers game, it make it harder for small companies to stand out, so you’ve got to go above and beyond to make a lasting impression on the public. 

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Do you know how much money is spent every year on unproductive meetings? According to a TED report, companies in the United States waste a collective 37 billion dollars on meetings that don’t actually address viable solutions and often just lead to more meetings. Over time, this can severely lower your company’s profitability and, in some cases, lead to bankruptcy. Think about it: if your employees make $50 an hour and you have eight of them attend a one hour meeting, that meeting costs your company $400. Now apply that principle to all of your meetings –has the time spent been worth it?

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Creativity is the most precious resource any individual or company can have, because as process-driven jobs dwindle, the ability to solve problems with original ideas is becoming more lucrative. Because of our growing dependency on creativity, however, it can be extremely frustrating when employees find themselves in a rut, unable to come up with any viable ideas. When focusing on being creative can’t guarantee good innovations, what will?

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Did you know that only 15 years ago, researchers predicted that the meetings industry would collapse with the introduction of more technological advancements? Clearly, that couldn’t have been farther from the truth. Rather than distracting and confusing us like some pessimistic futurists described, technology has allowed for meeting organizers and attendees to focus on what matters most in any meeting—communication.

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Do looks matter? Well, when it comes to your office space, the answer is yes. Your physical space is a huge influencer on your mental space, so it’s crucial that you be attentive when choosing designs for your office. Certain looks can improve productivity, foster creativity, and reduce stress, while other choices can lead to increased fatigue and slower processing. READ MORE

Think of the last time you were excited to go to work. Was it because you were happy in the work environment? Or, if you’ve never felt that way, the general atmosphere of the office may have been a contributing factor. Employees are spending more and more time at their jobs, with some sources citing that a person could spend more than 90,000 hours of their life at work. Because of this, it’s important that an office environment be enjoyable and conducive to productive work. A pleasing environment will attract good employees and customers, which will result in long-term success. Therefore, it’s worth the time and investment to focus on it.

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