About Carolyn Cirillo

Carolyn Cirillo is a writer and researcher focused on the built environment. As a trend-watching journalist, she reports on the future of work, design and the flexible workplace. As a market researcher, she helps leading A&D brands explore new markets. And as a content creator, she develops white papers and case studies to build thought leadership and client engagement. A native of Los Angeles who enjoys living car-free in New York City, she is passionate about mass transit, modern design and engaging workplaces.

Finding a Space for Your Next Deposition: Persona is All.

In the practice of law, appearances count.  

While in many industries casual dress has become the normstandard attire at law firms – from partners to support staff – leans toward the formal 

Moreover, lawyers tend to occupy Class A office spaceseeking prime buildings, often with breathtaking views, in the most prestige locations. Inside, teams of well-dressed attorneys, associates and staff bustle within spacious, richly appointed interiors. 

Why? 

Law firms historically used their office space as a branding tool, conveying status, power, success and authority to clients, according to Knoll Workplace Research on The Emerged Law Firm 

“The public face is to reinforce the brand, experience, expertise and depth of reputation,” said Gensler’s Jim Prendergast, Principal, Gensler, Chicago. “The quality of the materials, the rigor of their detailing, innovative use of finishes and timeless quality of design speaks about the level of service clients will get from the firm.”   

BALANCING PROFESSIONAL PERSONAS WITH FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY 

A delicate balance exists between portraying a successful, professional persona and managing expenses to keep a healthy bottom line, particularly for solo practitioners and small firms. 

Creating the Perfect Meeting Agenda

Creating the perfect meeting requires a bit of time and planning. However, when factoring in the cost of multiple peoples’ time, it’s an investment of time well spent. 

Meetings are often shaped by the culture of an organization. For example, a tech team might have a daily scrum, which is typically a stand-up meeting of plans for the day. 

At the other extreme, is a mandate recently put into place at Amazon by founder Jeff Bezos. His dictum: no more PowerPoints. Instead, the meeting organizer is responsible for crafting a 6-page narrative which is read in silence for 30 minutes at the beginning of the meeting by all attendees. 

Neither format is necessarily ideal. For one, the daily scrum does not always use an agenda to guide the conversation. 

And it’s not clear whether the Amazon meeting attendees received advance notice of the specific agenda, a cornerstone of successful planning. 

The Benefits of a Meeting Package

While Skype, Zoom, virtual reality and other platforms have made it possible for people to connect across wide distances, businesses still recognize the value of in-person meetings.

For example, studies have shown nonverbal cues have more than four times the impact on first impressions than any spoken communication.

Citing factors such as being able to read body language, make an impression and other nuances not easily transferred over a screen, companies of all sizes schedule meetings on a regular basis to brainstorm, build relationships and connect in person with clients, coworkers and stakeholders.

Organizations that work with distributed teams often find it highly beneficial to meet on a regular basis with team members who work remotely or are based in other locations. Meetings are often held off-site, allowing companies to take advantage of the privacy and myriad benefits of meeting in a third-party location presents. Some firms may rotate venues to different regions to ease the travel burden for participants.

8 Shared Workspace Rules for Telecommuting Employees

Telecommuters, remote workers and even digital nomads need to check into a physical office at some point, typically landing in a shared workspace with a hoteling or hot desk arrangement. 

In some cases that might be company headquarters or a field office. In others, it might be an office or meeting room sourced through DaVinci Virtual Offices 

Approaching the work environment with a respectful and considerate attitude and following established office mores and etiquette will make the hoteling experience more pleasant for everyone. Here are eight simple guidelines. 

1. Get the lay of the land. 

Honor your reservation and confirm you are at the workspace you reserved at the time requested. Besides your physical workspace, make sure you get an overview of any community areas and meeting spaces and their respective guidelines, such as whether they allow food, phone calls or require reservations. Check on kitchen policies and expectations for used dishes, trash and recyclables.  

12 Reasons Why You Should Rent Your Next Conference Room

To keep pace with an increasingly competitive business environment and continued digitial disruption, organizations have become more team-centric, networked, and agile, according to global research conducted by Deloitte. 

Businesses are reconstructing themselves from the inside out, flattening traditional hierarchies and reinventing the organization as a network of teams, from sales, operations and functional areas to c-suite. 

As work becomes more team-based, the number of meetings and need to connect the team physically and/or remotely are on the rise. To facilitate connections and knowledge transfer requires reliable, convenient and affordable meeting facilities with remote capabilities and broad services.  

With such specific requirements and little room for error, holding meetings at a professional meeting and conference center is often the best strategy. Here are 12 reasons why. 

1. comfortably accommodate your entire team.

While your firm may only need an 18-person conference room once a year, conference centers have small, medium and large available spaces available with the click of an app, allowing you to pay for only what you need when you need it.  

Little Known Ways to Personalize Your Space

One of the many benefits of a virtual office solution such as Davinci Virtual Offices is access to a portfolio of physical spaces that can be booked on demand without a long-term commitment. 

While many solopreneurs and small businesses take advantage of offices by the day and meeting rooms by the hour, in today’s agile work environment, some teams and individuals find they need to be on site for an extended period. 

In those circumstances, personalizing the space will not only help you feel more at home in what may be an unfamiliar, somewhat sterile setting, but can also improve your productivity and wellbeing.  

Creating human-centered work space can help you do your best work. When people are comfortable in their space, they’re more likely to feel good mentally and physically as they work, according to Sally Augustin, an environmental design psychologist. Color, scent and even the way you arrange your office space can impact on how you feel.