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Month: January 2016

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!

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