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Award Ceremony in Our New Conference Room

Our office has been complete for quite some time now, but I feel it’s important to share our latest addition, the conference room! I don’t want to bore you with the details of how it was built, so instead I’m going to tell you about a time we used it for a company event. It’s true, office space does have an impact on the employees. This includes size, color, layout, and more. Take a look at some of these links to see what I mean:

The completion of our conference room has made us realize that there is so much to celebrate. This includes our new office, the hard work we put in every day and the accomplishments we have made as a company and a team. In order to celebrate and spend real time with one another, we chose to throw an award ceremony/party in the conference room. When there aren’t meetings being held, the room is completely open for acknowledging an employee’s birthday or taking a lunch break. This time around, we used it for the award ceremony.

The ceremony was a hit! With awards from Recognition Source for every employee and the perfect amount of space, we truly enjoyed every moment. I would have to say, the size of the conference room is the best part. We were able to invite family to join our special celebration. If you’re thinking of building a conference room in your office, here are some benefits to inspire you:

  • Easy to hold large meetings
  • Large enough to hold events and have them catered
  • Can incorporate projectors and presentation screens
  • Saves money that would have been spent on an outside venue
  • The conference room will impress clients

For more on creating an office-space that increases both creativity and productivity, watch this!

A New Website for a New Office

Out With the Old, In With the New

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I’m not quite sure why, but it seems as though the new-to-us office has made us want to upgrade everything, which isn’t a bad thing. After moving into our new office, we managed our HVAC system, purchased new office furniture and even did some organizing. Now we are pausing our office tasks and starting to think about our website. We’ve been posting on our social media accounts about our recent renovations and decided we must improve our web presence. We’re pretty happy with how we run our social media and how frequently we post, but we would love to improve our website, digital marketing and SEO.

I don’t have a marketing team within my office, so I am currently looking into digital marketing experts and web design experts to improve our website. Not only do we want customers to be able to find us easily, we want our website to be up-to-date and visually pleasing when they do. We want our company to be professional all around.

What We Want in Our New Website: To display everything we have to offer, as well as everything we stand for. We are hoping they could also help us with our brand. I want our website to instantly display our brand, but I’m not sure how to tackle that. I’m hoping that speaking to digital marketing experts will help.

What Colors We Hope to Use: Our company colors have always been navy blue, baby blue and white. It would be great if they worked well together on a website page!

What Everyone Agrees We Should Have: A staff page! We would love to get a little personal and add some fun facts about each staff member.

We’re completely open to opinions and suggestions!

Being More Productive in Our New Office

I believe in employee happiness, as should all bosses and companies, but being productive is obviously also important. I want everyone in my office to be productive, but I don’t want them to feel absolutely stressed. I created a helpful list to ensure productivity without risking the feel of our workplace environment.

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1. Prioritize

Prioritizing your tasks is an easy way to ensure you get enough done during your work day. Not only are you getting enough done, you’re getting important tasks done. When you start the day, make a list of at least three things you think should be accomplished. Even if it’s only three things, it’s going to be three things that will make an impact. The smaller tasks are usually the ones that can be done with the leftover extra time or placed between the second and third bigger tasks. That’s how I tell my employees to look at it. It seems to work with them, but I am always open to their opinions if they feel a change needs to be made.

2. Create an Agenda for all Meetings

Creating an agenda will ensure that the meeting isn’t too long and it covers all necessary points. When there’s no agenda, the meeting can go off topic and waste time. The best kind of meeting is one that is quick and to the point.

3. Don’t Lose Sight of the Importance of a Pleasant Work Environment

A pleasant work environment in itself makes workers more productive. They actually want to work and enjoy working. If employees are wishing they were home the whole day, productivity is going to be low.

4. Take Short Breaks

Small breaks can make a larger impact than you think. Even if it’s just doing a lap around the office, stepping outside for a few minutes or taking some time to adjust the height of your chair. Sitting in the same exact spot in the same exact way can get uncomfortable. Taking that extra few minutes to refresh and get comfortable can make all the difference!

Was this helpful? If so, here’s some more.

New Office Furniture

It’s 2016 and everyone in the office agreed we needed something new, so I decided to dive into finding some new pieces of office furniture. We already have all the basic office furniture, so we wanted something different. I came across some pieces that are considered to be home office furniture, but my co-workers and I liked them so much that we couldn’t find a reason not to have them in our regular office, plus the chairs looked mighty comfortable.

We ended up ordering a few executive chairs for the meeting room, a modern shelving unit and an awesome oval desk for the front. Just a few new pieces helped to spice up the place. It’s nice to have new things to look at and use when you’re in the same place everyday. Not many people consider the home office pieces for the actual office, but we did and we are happy with our selections!

Once we got some of our new pieces, I noticed that people were inspired to continue. Some were cleaning up their clutter and starting to organize, while others were bringing in personal items, such as picture frames and decorations, for their desks. I’m thinking the addition of the modern furniture made them want to improve the office experience even more. I’ve read a few articles that say office style is important for productivity. I’ve also learned it’s good to personalize your work area, it brings happiness.

Here are a few things I learned through my research:

1.Office plants have been shown to reduce stress, help keep you focus and even help keep you healthy.
2.The way you decorate your space actually sends a message about you to your co-workers.
3.If you’re not near a window or door, a sunlight lamp can help to brighten the space, which is beneficial for productivity.
4.Color coding your materials is a fun and creative way to give your work space structure.

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Look at what I learned just by investing in new office furniture! I am looking forward to personalizing my space. You should try it too!
Here’s a video I came across during my research with good tips for work and home!

Archways Additions to Our Office Space

If Not Archways, Then Check Out Some Spiffy Ceilings!

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Hey there everyone. I haven’t posted in a little while, but thankfully things have finally calmed down on my end a bit, so here I am. Thankfully, everything I need in the office is finally up to snuff. Even my HVAC issues are being taken care of!

Despite all that, my work is hardly done. Now that the office is functioning and my business is technically up and running, the space we’re in frankly just feels…flat, I suppose. It’s fine, really, but it’s pretty barren right now. It’s all plain walls and ceilings, you know? I’m exploring different avenues to make our space more interesting, but I’m leaning towards dressing up the place a little. One idea I initially had to make our entryway more appealing was to add some kind of archway facade. I looked into a lot of different places, but one of the companies I came across in a quick google search is simply called “Archways & Ceilings”. Can you guess what they do?

That bit of snark aside, they have a really thorough site and it seems there’s plenty of options, in addition to their custom archways. After looking through their various products, I’m also looking into their ceiling kits. I think the designs they have available can certainly make our space feel more welcoming and impressive to anyone that steps inside.

As it stands, our small foyer, such that it is, is basically an empty room outside our office-proper. It’s well enough furnished, but the walls are pretty barren. With a bit of paint and especially those extra flourishes from Archways products, it’ll be like a whole new space. This is just one example of what I could do here; my office space has plenty of spots where things can simply look better.

Honestly, with all of the options that are listed, and how significant a decision like this could be, I was pretty intimidated at first. Thankfully, there are plenty of instructions to install any custom archway or ceiling kit you may buy. I’m looking into both their archways and ceiling kits, experimenting with what might be right for my needs. And if you’re not sure what exactly you want, they have a page of videos showing off some of your products. Here’s their Video Center–it’s also pretty fascinating just to see how they’re put together. (Without the fear of screwing it up if you’re putting these together yourself)

I guess the last thing I have for you this time is simply one of those aforementioned videos: The Groin Vault is one type of ceiling kit that I’m looking into:

How I’m Solving My HVAC System Woes

Or, Dealing With My First Major HVAC Hurdle

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Alright, so here we are. We have everything moved in, but not everything entirely figured out. You see, the office has a central air conditioning/heating system. Or at least it’s supposed to. The equipment is there, but I can’t tell how or why the system in place is barely functioning. I mean, it does what I need it to, but it seems to take an awfully long time to notice any difference in the temperature or air quality after starting it up. As the weather gets colder, I’m concerned that the heating system is going to fail when we need it most. So right now, before I make any new additions to the office, I have to make sure that the system is as efficient as it can be. I was recommended the BP Group by a friend, so I think I’m ultimately going to have to give them a call. I was skeptical of bringing in outside help at first, but the information on their site combined with my own increasingly apparent need to get my own HVAC system checked is making my decision for me. First thing in the morning I’m going to call in and see what they can do to help me out.

For the moment, I suppose I’m left to peruse their site. I guess the first thing I’ll ask about is this Preventative Maintenance service that they provide. That link basically explains its importance: why wait to fix something that’s REALLY broken if you can prevent it from happening in the first place? Of course, there’s plenty more to check out by this BP Group. Anyway, I’m sure they’ll be able to diagnose the problem. I hope it’s not too serious of course, but this is the best way to find out. At this point, if it is something serious, I’ll already be in touch with the BP Group to fix whatever arises. I’m obviously no expert at these HVAC Maintenance systems, but with everything going on right now, I’m content with not letting myself really worry about HVAC problems. With what I’ve heard and seen of BP Group, I’m pretty sure that my building’s HVAC system is in good hands.

Thankfully, beyond this whole HVAC Maintenance snafu, I think that things are really coming into shape around the office. It feels a bit barren right now, but that’ll change as we’re settled in more. I was certainly stressing at first when I couldn’t figure out what issues our HVAC system might have, but now that I figured out a plan of action going forward, I might be able to sleep a little easier tonight.

One last thing, If you’re like me and didn’t know what to do about your building’s HVAC system, check out this video I found that helps explain the process a little better than I can. Here it is; I hope you find and fix whatever problem you run across!
PS: The video is actually part one of a series, if you’re so inclined:

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