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Businesses spend a collective $325 billion annually on meetings, and each year, more of that money is going toward corporate meeting spaces. Renting out a creative meeting space for offsite meetings is a great way to get employees inspired and help them to generate new and creative ideas. This has turned offsite meeting spaces into the corporate trend of the year, and managers are excited to get in on it and reap the benefits.

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Team building gets a bad rap, but it’s crucial for the success of any business. When managers have teams that work productively and cooperatively together, they can sleep easier knowing that they don’t have to constantly micromanage them. Team building helps your employees find their place on the team, as well as establish a “groove,” or an efficient system of working.

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2018 has been a whirlwind of a year for many, and the business industry is no exception. Corporations have been implementing major shifts in their plans, practices, and cultures to keep up with the rapid changes happening outside of the workplace. Innovations in marketing, technology, and even real estate have altered the corporate landscape, and there’s no sign of the improvements stopping.

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More companies are leaning into the idea of establishing a company culture, or a  set of values and behaviors that employees of a workplace build, share, and sustain. It can be difficult to do this during the workday, of course, as there’s important work to be done, so many managers have turned to corporate outings as a tool for increasing company culture. Baseball games, happy hours, and spa retreats are all great ways to get employees together and focused on something not related to work, but if your employees are spending forty or more hours a week in the workplace, they might not be very keen to spend their personal time surrounded by coworkers.

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Remember the days of the office cubicle? A tiny, beige four-by-four foot box in which employees were expected to cram themselves and all of their work for eight hours a day. Thankfully, times are changing, and more employers are recognizing the value of a creative work environment. It’s not uncommon to see companies like Google going above and beyond to help stimulate their employees’ creative process.

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Outings to sporting events, short trips, and nature retreats are all popular team building choices, but these kinds of exercises very rarely forge the bonds they set out to. Though team members may enjoy themselves during the excursions, it’s common for those feelings to dissipate as they returned to the regular workday. Besides, trust falls and sharing circles aren’t exactly surefire tools for connection.  So what are extremely successful companies like Uber, Google, and Facebook doing to orchestrate interpersonal relationships amongst their employees? READ MORE

Believe it or not, not all work distractions are created equal! While getting stuck in your phone or wandering to the bathroom may kill company time, taking a look at a creative art piece could actually help you to work better. Dr. Craig Knight of the University of Exeter has studied work environments for 12 years, and much of his research has found that workplaces benefit greatly from incorporating art and decor into their design.

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As technologies have changed and forms of media entertainment have evolved, one thing has remained constant: the television interview. Audiences love to see a subject shine on camera, and media interviews with experts, participants, and even celebrity personalities are a great way to make any story come alive. However, sometimes your subject or subject matter don’t make it easy to turn each interview into a success. As an interviewer, it’s your job to break down those barriers to ensure the discussion goes well.

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