The workplace is changing rapidly. No longer are workers measured based on the amount of time spent sitting at their desks or in their offices. The concept of a defined 9 AM to 5 PM workday also is becoming a relic of the past. Instead, workers are measured based on their performance, and whether their work contributes to bottom-line results.
Workplace and Workstyles Changing Rapidly
One factor is demographic changes in the workforce. Millennials comprise over half of the workforce, and more than one-quarter hold managerial roles. Much has been written about millennials and their desire to use technologies from the consumer world at work; they look for solutions that are easy to use and enable them and their colleagues to be more productive and to engage with customers in new and better ways. Read more...
Virtual video conferencing is quickly becoming the norm and a substitute for face-to-face meetings in many instances. However, there are some things that you don’t leave to chance. Face-to-face meetings with your customers and partners are one of them. These meetings give you a chance to establish a rapport and bring a certain sense of integrity to the relationship that is only possible when meeting in person.
Not convinced? Let’s take a look at some of psychological factors that occur in face-to-face meetings that cannot always be achieved via other forms of communications. Read more...
Non-verbal Cues.95 percent of the effectiveness of communications is determined by non-verbal cues (e.g., hand gestures, voice quality and volume, facial expressions), many of which can be construed only in face-to-face meetings.
Human-to-Human Contact. Human contact is a basic need of human beings. Individuals need personal contact with others to satisfy primitive psychological needs, something that digital interactions cannot address.
Industry royalty from both sides of the Atlantic turned out in droves to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Serviced Workspace Industry at the recent BC@50 milestone event. This event coincided with, and was held as the theme of the 11th Annual WANY – Workspace Association of New York — Educational Conference in New York, magnificently hosted by Silver Suites at the World Trade Center.
Among the many deserved industry luminaries that were honored for their lifetime achievements in the industry at BC@50 were Pinnacle Award winners Martin Senn, CEO of Davinci Virtual Office Solutions; Jennifer Brooke, Executive Director of the UK’s BCA (Business Center Association); and Frank, Gail and Troy Fabish as the First Family of the U.S. Serviced Workspace Industry for its first half-century. Read more...
Making money and profits … saving money …. and working lean – 3 of the key, guiding objectives of today’s businesses; from Fortune 50, multi-national conglomerates, to the solopreneur dreamer. It’s also the driving force behind why Virtual Officing and Remote Working are such a popular, booming work-way alternative these days.
You simply may not need to have a CCO (Centrally Commuted Office) or Headquarters space anymore, as an absolute ‘must’ to legitimize a business and impress clients, and/or to keep an eye on the workers the way a commanding officer traditionally keeps an eye on his troops (traditionally from 9:00 to 5:00 at most companies) to make sure they’re toeing the line, following rules and procedures, and producing results. In fact, CCO-ing and hierarchal vigilance are fast becoming a fading artifact leftover from the standard, disciplined, militaristic model of running a business and supervising employees that businesses routinely mirrored for centuries. Read more...
Picking a conference room name might seem like just another task, but it can be a great team building exercise that fosters comradery and let’s your employees feel like they have a personal investment in the company. This in turn becomes another step to get them more involved & embedded with the company overall.
The goal with a conference room name is to further improve and grow the culture of your business. An often quoted researcher in this space, J.M. George, wrote in an article titled Human Relations, where he noted that negative mood can move people to think and act negatively. Negativity can in turn have your employees cynical of others and their ideas, which spreads like a disease and impacts others, which in turn slows creativity in problem solving or idea generation. Read more...
Customer meetings are probably the most important business-to-customer interaction that takes place during the relationship life-cycle. Customers have limited time for meetings, and thus businesses must capitalize on the opportunity to convey the right amount and type of information, foster strategic relationship building, and set the stage for the next set of desired actions.
Prepping for a Face-to-Face Customer Meeting
How businesses prep for and then manage these meetings is crucial. Much has been written on the subject. Tips and strategies include everything from doing your homework before the meeting, to dressing and acting the part, to setting an agenda and using it to guide the conversation. And with the influx of millennials in the workforce (expected to comprise half of the workforce within the next year), the dynamics of managing customer relationships changes, including in-person meetings.Read more...
It used to be that when a company or manager planned a meeting, their employees participated with apparent interest, be it real or feigned, by demonstrating visual attentiveness. Regardless of whether they were into it or not, most employees would listen intently, and did so out of manners and courtesy, at which time they provided their undivided attention.
In many corners these days, all bets are off when it comes to the old standards of having facial and body language be the primary indicator of how attentive the meeting attendees are. Many Gen-Y/Millennial digital natives don’t provide such continual eye-contact during meetings — and unless it’s an old school ‘digital immigrant’ conducting the meeting and upholding the traditional cultural standard of visual attentiveness, the meeting leader doesn’t expect it, either.
Organizing a meeting, especially with prospective clients, takes a lot of planning, consideration, and effort. For many small businesses owners, mobile entrepreneurs, and independent consultants, the meeting planning process is often a bit stressful. Davinci Meeting Rooms understands that the process can feel a bit overwhelming at times and has created a product that removes the stress and the hassle while providing a meeting space that is sure to impress.
In today’s environment, even small meetings can be pretty demanding from a technological standpoint. Internet access, audio-visual presentation tools, and video conferencing are just a few of the things we use to conduct meetings. Throw in catering and room preparation, and it’s easy to see how someone can simply feel overwhelmed by the meeting planning process. For as cheap as a few cups of coffee, Davinci Meeting Rooms can actually handle the entire meeting planning process, including room setup, room booking, and providing the necessary technology and tools for you and your clients. Read more...
If you are like many other entrepreneurs, you are probably used to working remotely. Sometimes you must be creative when brainstorming places to conduct your work, and whatever location you choose, it must meet a certain set of criteria:
It must encourage productivity.
It must be reasonably quiet.
It must have WiFi.
Chances are that, as a mobile professional, you regularly rely on one or more of the most popular locations to work remotely because they meet your criteria and offer a more relaxing workspace than your office:
Coffee shops, by nature, are known for being a hub of creativity. It’s no surprise that mobile entrepreneurs consider them to be such great work environments. Not only is it easier to focus when you are removed from office interruptions, the atmosphere of coffee shops is conducive to productivity. Coffeehouse music, generally, is soft and not distracting, and access to endless coffee is enough to keep you focused for hours. Read more...
Business meetings can be held for a wide variety of reasons, but the impression you make on others is often the most memorable part of the event. As business partnerships are usually built on trust, making positive impressions in every meeting can help your business grow. Below are a few small tips for maintaining proper etiquette during meetings where you have been invited to attend.
Be on Time!
Perhaps the most important thing you can do to prepare for a good meeting is to be on time for the event. People often operate on tight schedules, and if you cause delays, everybody is going to feel put out if the meeting ends with unresolved items. Always plan to be early to every meeting so potential delays won’t be much of an issue. If an emergency or an unavoidable problem arises that causes you to be late, try and notify each attendee that you’re running behind and let them know that they’re free to start the meeting in your absence. Read more...