Standards for meeting rooms are changing in a big way. Small rooms with conference tables and uncomfortable chairs are on their way out, and managers are looking for ways to keep their offices looking beautiful, professional, and up-to-date. But, being aesthetically pleasing isn’t the only requirement! Having functional features that improve employees’ lives is also emerging as an important factor in office design.
The bullpen and cubicle offices of the 80s and 90s are quickly being phased out of many office buildings, and for good reason. Nothing halts productivity like being stuck in a drab, dull office for eight hours every day, and your employees may actually begin to resent coming into work if they hate the environment. Office lifestyle and design is getting increasingly more important to employees, both current and potential.
Breaking from traditional meeting formats by incorporating activity can foster creativity and inspire new ideas. It can encourage a sense of bonding among employees and bring some necessary out-of-the-chair activity.
Entrepreneurship is constantly on the rise, with over half a million Americans starting a company each month. However, as the industry grows, it’s also rapidly changing. Brick-and-mortar storefronts and offices are on the decline as internet commerce continues to rise, and in expensive locales, prices for renting out an office space can reach as high as $20,000 per month. Obviously for most small businesses, paying that much just for rent is completely unrealistic, so unique solutions have emerged to help remedy the issue.
As managers have realized the importance of continued learning, training and development programs have become an integral part of many companies’ work environments. Each time a business puts on a training session for their employees, they face a single, simple question: on-site or off-site? On-site training are trainings that take place within the company’s office facilities, while off-site training occurs at a separate location.
Is your team experiencing low levels of morale? If you’re finding that employees are disengaged or unmotivated, the answer is probably yes. Maybe your team has had a poor sales quarter, or you recently let a member of your staff go, but no matter the reason, it’s important to acknowledge when your employees aren’t performing at their best so that you can remedy the situation.
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.
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.