The foundation of creativity plays a very important part in business, as well as art and design. Every company has its own vibe from which the business atmosphere is formed. No matter what the business, mindset is a key factor in motivating participation on any meaningful level.
Just about every business utilizes some form of brainstorming process. Since gathering minds together to toss around ideas is rooted in creativity, care should be taken to develop the best working environments for that purpose.
Location, Location, Location
The real estate business has used the above mantra for what seems like centuries – but the truth is, it works. Anyone who has been in the unfortunate position to have over-invested in properties in regions that have fallen by the wayside has learned the hard way. Just as it is critical to buy property in up and coming places or longstanding communities, office space needs to be designed in the best way possible for the greatest business success. Read more...
In the pre-teleconferencing days of attending a meeting anyplace you could hook up a computer, I knew a fellow who traveled extensively for his career. He once traveled from his home in the Caribbean for a conference in Sweden. Total stay was three days. Total travel time was two days. Talk about jet lag!
He was a junior exec then, with a young family. Years of extensive travel for his company eventually led him to focus on another career so he could devote more time to his rapidly maturing children. He personally bore no financial costs on the trips, but think of the small fortune his attendance at conferences must have cost his company.
The costs he incurred were minimal, true enough, but the sacrifices he made by being away from his family were phenomenal. You work for a better quality of life, to provide for your children but . . . you can never get back the times you missed their school plays, sporting events and overall, growth, in general. Read more...
Is your office cramped, cold, too hot, noisy, or just too familiar to concentrate effectively? Distractions can rob employees of valuable working time, decrease productivity and put work far behind schedule.
Everyone deserves a break and this is especially true for the workforce who often logs in more hours at the office than they put in at home. Workers often complain about not having enough flexible time to take care other things which are important to them. Doesn’t it make sense that their time at work should be as comfortable as possible?
Making an employee’s life more comfortable helps to increase their value to the organization. For this reason, companies need to occasionally accommodate their workers in different working environments. Read more...
Office meetings can be a real pain, particularly if you are already on a tight deadline and boom, everything has to be put on hold to attend a meeting that may or may not produce any results. Luckily we live in a new age of working and meetings as we know them now may soon be a thing of the past. We will still have them. They are inevitable but they don’t necessarily have to interrupt your work flow to a greater extent.
Think about this idea. It may prove distracting in the end, but if workers could be allowed to meet virtually some of the hate towards dropping everything to attend a face-to-face meeting during a time-crunch might be put to the side. I propose everyone stay at their workstations and attend the meeting while they are pecking away at their work. Read more...
Business is driven by meetings and how successful they ultimately turn out. The success of these meetings depends on the reliability of the attendees to get issues resolved in a timely manner. Sometimes it takes several attempts of going to the drawing board, negotiating, and often working well into the night, to get results.
Lengthy talks remind me of the numerous teacher strikes which recently took place in Illinois. Chicago teachers went on strike one week after fall classes started. It was the first strike in 25 years. Then neighboring Evergreen Park, Illinois followed within two weeks and topped the Chicago number for days off. Other Illinois suburbs began following suit in striking or attempting to avert a strike. These meetings continued for days with hours of meetings each day. Wouldn’t it have been nice if these parties could have met virtually? Read more...
Years ago my department moved to newly renovated offices in another section of the building. Everyone staked their claim for the ideal office cubicle, but those who were absent during this exercise had to choose from the leftovers.
People, quite naturally, become very territorial when it comes to their office spaces. After all these are the spaces they will occupy for at least eight hours a day. They decorate then with photos, plants, and other personal touches, which distinguishes their work environment from others and provides a sense of comfort to the workers.
This type of territorial claim is fast becoming a thing of the past now that hotdesking is catching on in many work places. The hotdesking concept was developed in Europe and is catching on fast in the United States as a newer way to work. Employees arrive at the office and settle into any workspace that is available or assigned to them that day. Companies see this as a cost-saving feature that puts loads of cash back into their pockets. Read more...
Necessity might be the mother of invention, but novelty is the source of creativity. Business meetings are a necessity for all enterprises, and having them in aesthetically pleasing, stimulating locations can significantly amp up the creative and collaborative energy. A virtual meeting space locator like Davinci simplifies finding a dynamic meeting space that will inspire creativity in your group.
Scientists who study the brain have found that the neuronal pathways of perception tend to form ruts in our gray matter. It makes sense. The brain has an enormous amount of information coming in and is in need of sorting every minute of the day.
Once a new piece of information has been analyzed by our brains, short cuts in perception start to take place. The first time you see something new and unusual your brain will mull it over for a while. The next time, your brain will be quick in sending similar information into the already established category. Read more...
Organizations are realizing that to attract top talent to their company they must create spaces that function in the modern day working world. Although many companies still retain the charm of golden years decor, others are opening their eyes and investigating what works to the company’s ultimate advantage.
Many hours are spent working and today’s talent thrives on maintaining healthy lifestyles. For companies to continue functioning, they encourage workers to stay fit by adding health clubs, snack bars offering nutritional meals, and opportunities to remain social with in-house staff, as well as meeting the needs of its remote workforce.
Organizations which cater to creative positions are more prone to take a leap of faith to reconfigure areas once splattered with private, employee confined cubicles, in favor of all inclusive open spaces. Open floor plans existed in the past and were largely replaced by cubicles prior to 1970. By the 2000’s the need arose for open floor plans with increased usage of mobile technology and the proliferation of knowledge workers in the fields of architecture, science, engineering and law. Read more...
I tend to think of everything in terms of being romantic or being sexy. My favorite grocery store revamped its interior space a few years ago and I immediately jumped at the opportunity to call it romantic. It was a strange pronouncement to my friends but for me that description validated a personal connection to the store’s products, high prices, and all. My shopping experience felt more personalized.
It’s the same with meeting rooms. I want to have an experience that feels like my organization set up the space with my needs in mind. If the lighting is just right, the smell favorable, the seating is comfortable and the equipment is all in sync, I feel relaxed enough to not think of my job as being work. This is how I know the meeting room is sexy! Read more...
A growing trend for businesses is to conduct meetings and training sessions outside their own office walls. In today’s economy, it is not surprising that company’s experience cutbacks. What they don’t want to do is shatter the morale of their workers.
For employees to feel satisfied with their outside of the office performance, it is important that organizations seek venues that appeal to their workers in ways that are different from the usual office scenario. The office spells a “keep-your-nose-to-the-grindstone” mentality. Workers are a company’s talent and talent has to be nurtured to keep the business going. Therefore, meeting rooms need to have a comfortable and interactive atmosphere.
When organizations seek the services of Davinci Meeting Rooms they are always pleasantly surprised at the ambiance. They take note of the pleasing colors, lighting, and the many amenities it offers. What makes meeting rooms even more attractive is their customization factor. Rooms vary in sizes and can be set up to convey any theme the organization wishes to employ for its meetings. Another popular feature at Davinici is its teleconferencing equipment. Read more...