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In today’s digital world, many companies have made the shift to a virtual workplace or a remote workforce, which allows employees to work from home at least one day a week.  However, leaders need to ensure that they have the essential skills to lead and collaborate from a distance according….
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In today’s digital world, many companies have made the shift to a virtual workplace or a remote workforce, which allows employees to work from home at least one day a week.  However, leaders need to ensure that they have the essential skills to lead and collaborate from a distance according to  Rick Lepsinger in his article, The Top 7 Virtual Leadership Competencies.

Here are 5 indispensable virtual leadership skills to efficiently and effectively manage a remote workforce or virtual team.

  1. Communication

As a virtual leader you need to stay connected with your team members to build trust and loyalty.  Appropriate technology and a dedicated meeting space are necessary to conduct productive virtual meetings and brainstorming sessions with your virtual team.

  1. Flexibility

As a virtual leader you must understand and acknowledge the differences of every team member’s culture, location and time zone to be able to establish strong and efficient teamwork and collaboration.

  1. Supervision

As a virtual team leader you need to closely monitor the work in progress and follow up with your virtual team at key milestones. You must set reasonable deadlines and hold each member accountable to deliver work assignments and tasks in a timely manner.

  1. Decision Making

Misunderstanding or confusion between you and your virtual team may arise. So as a virtual leader you need to identify the cause of conflict or confusion and resolve it by using an approach that is most relevant for a given situation.

  1. Resourcefulness

As a virtual leader you must be resourceful and creative to bring in new ideas and concepts to your team.  Being an innovative virtual leader helps them overcome uncertainty and doubt about change, and keep your team engaged, prepared and motivated in spite of rapid or sudden change.

 These are some of the essential skills you need to develop in order to be a competent virtual leader.  Likewise, a dedicated office space is necessary for your virtual team to stay connected and engaged.  Thus, if you are looking for workspace solutions for your remote team in Denver, YourOffice Denver offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Denver, meeting room access, and coworking office space Denver. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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Being a freelancer or a solopreneur offers a lot of benefits such as: there’s no limit to the earnings, you can work where you want, you have the freedom to create your own opportunity, you can choose your own work schedule, so on and so forth. However, the sting of….
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Being a freelancer or a solopreneur offers a lot of benefits such as: there’s no limit to the earnings, you can work where you want, you have the freedom to create your own opportunity, you can choose your own work schedule, so on and so forth. However, the sting of loneliness while solopreneuring is inevitable and should not be overlooked, according to an article, Use these Tips to Avoid the Sting of Loneliness While Solopreneuring. Loneliness can take a toll to your general well being and overall success.

Here are a few ways to combat loneliness, and keep you engaged and motivated as a freelancer.

1. Keep in touch throughout the day

Keeping in touch with family and friends throughout the day via text messages, Viber, Messenger or Skype can make you feel you’re not alone in home office space, but make sure it will not impede your efficiency and productivity in favor of socializing.

2. Consider Virtual Office Plan

For a change of atmosphere so you can breathe fresh air and also expand your network, you may want to consider virtual office plan that allows you to rent office space by the hour. This plan also includes a professional receptionist to answer calls “live” in your company’s name, voicemail, call transfer, a prestigious mailing address for your company business cards and letterhead to help you build a highly professional presence.

3. Set up video calls and personal meetings with your clients

As a freelancer, instead of communicating with your clients through email, arrange a video call or a voice call. Or once in a while you can also book a meeting room to meet your clients in person. This way you build relationships with your clients and at the same time alleviate the sting of loneliness and boredom being a solopreneur.  

4. Take a midday break and do some personal errands

To alleviate loneliness and boredom that can ruin your focus and productivity, take a break in the middle of your freelancing work. You can go to a nearby coffee shop to have a good sip of coffee with a friend, or eat your lunch at your favorite restaurant. This midday break will help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated when you go back to work as freelancer.

Conclusion

To fully enjoy the benefits of freelancing, don’t forget to follow these simple tips, working as a freelancer. In addition, if you’re looking for workspace solutions in Lake Mary to combat loneliness and expand your network at the same time, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Lake Mary, meeting room access, and coworking office space Lake Mary. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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Today, with modern technology, remote work is widely accepted and preferred choice for many businesses. But if your business is new to remote work, you have to be aware of the common blunders that could bring disaster for your staff and your company, according to an article, 4 Pitfalls of….
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Today, with modern technology, remote work is widely accepted and preferred choice for many businesses. But if your business is new to remote work, you have to be aware of the common blunders that could bring disaster for your staff and your company, according to an article, 4 Pitfalls of Remote Work (and How to Overcome Them) by Syed Balkhi.

Here are 3 common issues of remote work and tips to resolve them.

  1. Lack of Personal Interaction

Working remotely might be perfect for introverts who thrive on solitude, but for extroverts who get a boost from others the lack of personal interaction in remote work might take a toll. Though remote companies conduct regular video meetings, it’s still hard to create a personal interaction through a computer screen. Therefore, to combat this issue, make sure to promote online community for remote workers in different coworking spaces across the country and have a company retreat at least once a year to meet face to face and make genuine connections.

  1. Lack of Clear Communication 

Typically, all of your communication is handled via the internet and there are so many platforms to message coworkers when you’re working remotely.   Thus, information can easily slip through the cracks if there is no specific platform to use.  To avoid this issue, designate a particular communication platform to use like Skype or Slack and every remote worker should stick to it.  Having your entire remote team on the same communication channel will help improve your communication.

  1. Loss of Productivity

Working from home can increase distractions like friends and neighbors calling, children playing and yelling, dogs barking, etc. and as a consequence a loss of productivity of your remote workers. Therefore, encourage your remote team to designate an office space at home, or rent office space by the hour to ensure productivity. 

Conclusion

Being aware of the pitfalls of remote work and how to deal with them can help you create a successful remote team.  So if you’re looking for workspace solutions for your remote team in Ballantyne, YourOffice Ballantyne offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Ballantyne, meeting room access, and coworking office space Ballantyne. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

How do you manage your remote team? Feel free to share your thoughts.  You can also visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

Switching to remote work greatly benefits companies in terms of hiring top talent and keeping their staff happy according to Albizu Garcia in his recent article, How to Transition Your Team to Remote Work.  Nevertheless, eliminating the physical office and allowing employees to work remotely is not an easy undertaking! Here….
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Switching to remote work greatly benefits companies in terms of hiring top talent and keeping their staff happy according to Albizu Garcia in his recent article, How to Transition Your Team to Remote Work.  Nevertheless, eliminating the physical office and allowing employees to work remotely is not an easy undertaking!

Here are some tips for a successful transition to remote work.

  1. Have clear remote work policies.

Remote work policies will depend on the size of your team and needs of your company.  Does your team need to be online during specific office hours or will they be able to set their own schedules?  How will your team track and monitor progress on projects and measure results?  It’s essential to clearly define expectations, share them with everyone on the team, and update them regularly before switching your team to remote work.

  1. Have all the tools in place.

Which tools will your team use to communicate and collaborate effectively?  Which tools will your team use to organize and share documents and data securely? Team collaboration and communication can become muddled and disconnected quickly if you are not prepared; therefore get all the tools ready to support your remote employees before switching to remote work.

  1. Get your managers/leaders prepared.

The transition can become intimidating, so it’s important to train and prepare your team leaders. Make sure they also have the right tools to make the transition successful.

  1. Have a particular meeting space.

Switching to remote work allows your business to reduce/eliminate expenses such as rent and utilities. Nevertheless, you may still need to book a meeting room or rent office space by the hour that provides creative and comfortable space for in-person brainstorming or collaboration sessions with your team or client meeting.

  1. Maintain your company culture.

With the money you save from eliminating an office space, you and your team can travel and meet each other quarterly or annually. Also, there are many ways to maintain a company culture digitally like giving rewards for accomplishments such as cash gifts or gift cards and regular video conferencing to bring your team together.

  1. Trust your team.

Going remote will entail challenges and you can’t control everything all of the time, so it is essential to trust your employees and let them find their own solutions to challenges that transpire when necessary and suggest how to improve things moving forward.

Conclusion

With proper planning and preparation, your business can switch to remote work successfully. If you need workspace solutions for your remote team in Philadelphia, YourOffice Philadelphia offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: small office space Philadelphia, executive suites Philadelphia and meeting space Philadelphia. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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Starting a business always entails risks, and unfortunately not every business will thrive. A recent article, How to Rebuild After Your Business Fails by Mike Kappel says that according to research, roughly 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of launching. Here’s why. Lack of research on….
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Starting a business always entails risks, and unfortunately not every business will thrive. A recent article, How to Rebuild After Your Business Fails by Mike Kappel says that according to research, roughly 30% of new businesses fail during the first two years of launching. Here’s why.

  1. Lack of research on market trends/demands.

Businesses fail because of lack of market demand for their product/service. It’s critical to carefully investigate and thoroughly research the market you are trying to enter when you launch your business.   Think outside the box by researching unsaturated markets and develop something new that will attract customers rather than trying to go into a crowded market.

  1. No concrete business plan.

One common mistake entrepreneurs make while launching their ventures in a commercial office space is not having a solid business plan. Starting a business isn’t just about your passion, but you should have a realistic and attainable business plan. It must be clear and concise and must contain sections of your mission statement, market analysis, details about your product or service, and business goals. It should also include possible problems and solutions for issues you may encounter.

  1. Insufficient Fund.

Many businesses launch with insufficient capital, so it might mean that your business can’t pay bills or loans on time. Plan your finances when you start your business, consider expenses such as office space rentals, insurance, supplies, salary and wages, etc.  to help raise enough capital and to keep you financially stable as you grow your business.

  1. Poor location and lack of internet presence.

Your location lends trust and prestige to your business reputation.  You must focus on your internet presence just as much as your physical business location. Create an inviting website that’s easy to navigate for potential customers. Your strong internet presence about your business’s product/service is necessary for customers researching and shopping online.

  1. Ignoring customer feedback.

Businesses that lose touch with their customers by ignoring customer feedback are most likely to fail.  Watch and observe customer trends and find out what people like about your product or service. Listen to customers feedback whether positive or negative and respond to them courteously and accordingly.

Conclusion

These are the most common causes why a business doesn’t prosper. So if your first venture failed, take time to recover and give yourself a financial and mental break to relax before you dive into another venture. When you’re ready to take another venture in Lake Mary, YourOffice Lake Mary features a network of world-class business addresses. Each location offers both beautifully appointed short term offices Lake Mary and permanent individual office space Lake Mary. Our offices are move-in ready and equipped with top furnishings and technology that are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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A recent article, What to do with Negative Social Media Feedback by Kara Perez says that social media is a great tool for your clients and customers to communicate with you. However, the risk that comes with social media is that you can’t control what people say as well as….
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A recent article, What to do with Negative Social Media Feedback by Kara Perez says that social media is a great tool for your clients and customers to communicate with you. However, the risk that comes with social media is that you can’t control what people say as well as who can see their feedback.  But what happens when their feedback is negative?  How will you face such criticism? Will you delete or block negative users?

Here’s what to do with negative social media feedback.

  1. Listen to them.

First of all, you can’t run from negative feedback, you have to face the issue.  Deleting or blocking negative feedback will only aggravate the situation. Instead, try to know what people are mad about:  Are they not satisfied with your products/services, or they feel you misled them about your experience?  Take time to listen to what they are saying and see how you can resolve it. Feedback even it is negative can be a great tool for improvement, but you have to listen first.

  1. Respond carefully and calmly.

One of the biggest blunders you can do is to respond when you feel heated yourself. So, read and digest the comments first, pause for a moment to formulate your response and when you’re composed and can stand behind what you’ve written, click the “send” button. Saying something in the heat of the moment is bad business, particularly on the internet– even if you delete your comment later, screenshots can easily be taken. So be careful!

  1. Be Ready to Apologize or Defend yourself.

Be ready to admit your mistake if you said or did something that was really offensive. Step outside of your experience, recognize that you hurt people, and apologize. However, if the negative social media feedback is totally unreasonable, you can defend yourself! But remember that you don’t want to rile them further.

Conclusion

We can’t control negative social media feedback, but handling it gracefully can help your business run smoothly and your customers happy. So if you are looking for office space in Ballantyne to help your employees work efficiently and thus make your customers satisfied, YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from Ballantyne staffed flexible offices to Ballantyne agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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As you’ve always heard, working from home is awesome.  Nevertheless, in a recent article, How Working From Home Can Kill Your Productivity (+ How to Fix It) by Choncé Maddox says that working from home can bring a slew of distractions and actually destroy your productivity. Thus, you need to….
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As you’ve always heard, working from home is awesome.  Nevertheless, in a recent article, How Working From Home Can Kill Your Productivity (+ How to Fix It) by Choncé Maddox says that working from home can bring a slew of distractions and actually destroy your productivity. Thus, you need to understand the barriers that can impede your productivity so you can beat them immediately.

The following factors can destroy your productivity with corresponding tips to fix them.

  1. No Fixed Schedule

While working from home can be very liberating, yet too much liberty can cause mismanagement of time that you feel you can work anytime whenever you want—you don’t have a strict schedule to follow which can ruin productivity.

Determine what is the best time for you to work and stick to it. Pretend that you’re working in an office space in United States and you need to clock in on time so that you can get all your work done and stay productive.

  1. Countless Distractions

The distractions when you work from home can be countless from social media, text messages, down to household and personal chores.  The distractions are constant on any given day while working from home.

Dedicate an office space in your home and let everyone in the house assume that you’re not around until the end of your working hours Also create a set of rules to follow to promote work discipline.

  1. Lack of Clear Priorities

In the traditional workplace, your boss or leader often structures the work day and decided what you will do and when.  But when you are working from home, sometimes you feel you’re just spinning your wheels and had no idea which tasks to work on during the day. Having no clear priorities on what to do can ruin your productivity and cause you to fail at meeting certain goals.

Set specific goals at the beginning of each day and determine the action steps you need to take to reach these goals, then rank them in order of importance. You are solely responsible for doing work and getting certain results, so you need to narrow down priorities and organize your workflow.

Conclusion

Working from home offers autonomy, but it requires strict schedule, dedicated home office and clear priorities to stay productive.  Nevertheless, working from home can be lonesome, so if you need space to work outside of your home in Orlando once in a while, YourOffice Orlando offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Orlando, meeting room access, and coworking office space Orlando. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Are you working from home?   What factors affect your productivity and how you cope with them? Feel free to share your story. You can also visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

A recent article, How to Prep Your Online Business for Holiday Success  by Chonce Maddox says that for small business owners, holidays can either a hectic schedule or a lull season, but most of them wish to find a nice balance somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, for many online business….
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A recent article, How to Prep Your Online Business for Holiday Success  by Chonce Maddox says that for small business owners, holidays can either a hectic schedule or a lull season, but most of them wish to find a nice balance somewhere in the middle. Nevertheless, for many online business owners, it can be almost impossible to find the time and motivation to unplug from their business and take time off.

Here are some tips to get your business ready for holiday success while enjoying this time of year.

  1. Start working in advance.

Make sure to start working in advance if you have consistent workflows and projects so you can take time off during the holidays.  Nevertheless, if you don’t plan to take a lot of vacation, working in advance is still a smart decision.  Why? Because some people you need to finish an important project before the year ends may wish to take a vacation this time of year and their absence could slow you down.

  1. Arrange networking activities ahead.

If you need to connect with potential partners or entrepreneurs, now is the time to book a meeting room and meet them before they get busy too. Or you can attend some networking events or online workshops to boost your business over the holiday season and the year to come.

  1. Send out teasers and marketing emails in advance.

Make sure to send out teasers or marketing emails in advance if you have a new product to launch or holiday sale or promotion so your audience will know ahead of time. Remember, November and December are ideal months for customers to shop online for holiday gifts and your early promotion could attract them to buy while they are already in the mindset of shopping.

  1. Automate Your Sales Funnels

Holiday season isn’t only a great time to sell, but it’s also a great time to gather leads and build connection and relationship. Forget not to automate your sales funnel for your online business as the holidays roll around. You can create or update your social media ad campaign to create a new holiday offer to attract more followers.

Conclusion

Use these practical tips to help keep your business running smoothly and your income flowing steadily while still enjoying the holidays. If you don’t need a permanent office space, but you need a prestigious address and impressive facilities in Lake Mary to meet your clients this holiday season, YourOffice Lake Mary offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: virtual office space Lake Mary, meeting room access, and coworking office space Lake Mary. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

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A recent article, 5 Things to Do When an Employee’s Performance Deteriorates by Liz Kislik says that seeing you brilliant employee’s performance takes a nosedive can be confusing and frustrating. And as a business owner, you need to intervene early to get them back on track; otherwise they can take….
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A recent article, 5 Things to Do When an Employee’s Performance Deteriorates by Liz Kislik says that seeing you brilliant employee’s performance takes a nosedive can be confusing and frustrating. And as a business owner, you need to intervene early to get them back on track; otherwise they can take a toll on your business profitability.

Here are four ways that can help you turn the situation around—regain the employee’s good performance.

  1. Ask clearly what’s going wrong with the employee.

Instead of assuming you understand the employee’s current situations and reactions, ask them explicitly if there’s anything that you should know. Maybe the employee is facing a new and challenging situation that’s distracting them. You can book a meeting room so you can talk one-on-one.  Knowing that you care about can help them refocus on their job.

  1. Look for symptoms of stress and burnout.

According to researches, burnout costs US businesses as much as 300 billion dollars every year, whether it’s because the employee is facing too many changes to absorb, or the fact that they have just been working dutifully for too long.

  1. Probe for changes in the employee’s performance.

Find out the reason why their performance deteriorates. Maybe there are new problems with the equipment, they are not comfortable with the office space design anymore, or perhaps a new manager is acting differently in some ways.

  1. Provide meaningful recognition.

One of the most indispensable factors of excellent performance is recognition.  Recognition doesn’t need to be expensive or time consuming. You can have a daily stand up meeting not just to review the progress of the work, but to acknowledge remarkable contributions and excellent performances.

Conclusion

Don’t wait until you are fed up with the person concern, but intervening early will cost you less than to hire and train a new employee.  A well designed office has great impact on your employee engagement. So if you are looking for ideal workspace solutions in South Park, YourOffice Southpark offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: South Park flexible office space, South Park team office space and South Park virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.

Do you have other tips to motivate a disengaged employee?  Feel free to share your comments. You can also visit us on Twitter and Facebook.

A recent article, 5 Best Office Plants to Increase Team Productivity by Nicole Small says that the physical environment of your company has a great impact on your team’s overall output, and incorporating office plants is one great holistic approach to increase their productivity. Office plants help eliminate pollutants and….
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A recent article, 5 Best Office Plants to Increase Team Productivity by Nicole Small says that the physical environment of your company has a great impact on your team’s overall output, and incorporating office plants is one great holistic approach to increase their productivity. Office plants help eliminate pollutants and other toxins from the environment and serve as a mood enhancer to help your team stay engaged even during winter season or exasperating projects.

Here are 5 indoor plants perfect in designing office space to add some style and color to your workspace and at the same time help boost your team productivity.

1. Rubber Tree

It is one of the most common office plants and it is a great starter plant for your office space. The rubber tree is a richly leafy plant, and there are varieties of rubber tree with red undertone to bring extra color into the office. The rubber tree is incredibly durable and it thrives with little attention.  Water the plant once a week or whenever the soil begins to dry out. It can easily survive in low-light conditions.

2. Corn Plant

The corn plant or dracaena has a trunk-like stem with a crown of green leaves on top of it.  It is perfect to decorate your hallways, lobby, meeting space, etc. The corn plant helps remove a substantial amount of toxins from the environment which is great for office settings.  The corn plant is quite easy to grow although it will start looking unattractive when neglected.  It only requires a little sunshine and water only if the soil gets dry.

3. English Ivy     

It is a climbing vine, a sturdy, evergreen plant with spiky leaves and stretching tendrils. It is a low-maintenance plant with a little need of sunshine which makes it perfect for an office setting. English Ivy is great for purifying the air, especially in low-ventilated spaces where air pollutants can fester.

4. Peace Lily

The peace lily is an awesome office plant which produces beautiful white flowers.  It is a great way to brighten up common areas like reception area, waiting area or lobby.

5. Jade

The jade plant is a very attractive and popular succulent. With proper care it can thrive and continue to grow for decades. Jades need minimal sunlight and water only when the soil begins to dry.

Conclusion

These indoor plants can brighten up your workspace and help promote employee motivation as well.  So if you are looking for a workspace solution in Lake Mary to best suit your business needs, YourOffice is a leader in providing the most prestigious executive office space Lake Mary and shared office space Lake Mary for any size business. Convenient, hassle free, and move in ready- our offices, meeting rooms, and conference rooms are designed to meet your business’ every need.

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