The corporate world loves meetings. Getting a team together in one room is a great way to brainstorm, problem solve, and connect, especially at large and international corporations. However, it seems that in recent decades, businesses have gone meeting-mad. Thirty-seven billion dollars a year are spent on meetings in the U.S. alone, and recent research found that middle managers and executives can spend anywhere from 35 to 50 percent of their workday in meetings. When you consider the fact that two-thirds of executives feel their meetings aren’t actually productive, that makes for a lot of wasted time and money.

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A team’s culture can be thought of as a company’s personality, if the company were a person. It can’t be formed by putting ping-pong tables in the lobby or organizing weekly happy hours, because it’s much deeper than objects or outings. It’s the set of shared beliefs, values, and rules that all employees ascribe to, and these ideas are so ingrained into the group that they are unwritten—and often, unspoken.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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