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Work and the nature of where and how it’s done has changed a lot in recent decades.

Where once an employee toiled in a factory or managed files in a cubicle; the rise of portable computers, high-speed internet, and creative knowledge work has allowed many jobs to be done in any number of different locations.

Accordingly, employers are beginning to offer flexible accommodations while trying to balance productivity with happiness and personal fulfillment.

It’s a fine line, which is why today we’re going to explore the pros and cons of increasingly popular flexible, collaborative workspaces as well as why traditional, dedicated workspaces still have their place—and how to strike the best balance for your business.

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Design-wise, the modern office has undergone a seismic shift over the past generation.

Instead of cubicles and coveted corner offices, the modern workplace is an expanse of foosball tables, dogs, and mid-century-inspired desks stretched as far as the eye can see across wide-open spaces.

But beyond these radical design updates, the modern workplace has also evolved in a variety of other ways. From culture to technology, today we’re going to dive into how both the nature of work and how it’s being done has changed considerably in recent decades—and what you can do to keep up. 

Inefficiency in the office causes more than just slow progress and wasted salary dollars.

Inefficiency directly impacts productivity, which is inextricably linked to the all-important element of employee morale.

When offices are inefficient and people feel they are unable to do good work for reasons that are beyond their control, it wears down their morale and, thus, their productivity. This hopelessness and inability to make an impact leads to worse and worse work—creating a dangerous, downward spiral that’s hard to break out of.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

It’s the million-dollar question for consultants and professional service firms (PSFs) alike: How can we more easily maintain and increase our profit margins?

In the real word, generating profit takes a lot of time, investment, and practice. Increasing your margins isn’t always as simple as adding more clients, doubling your rate, or simply working more hours—there are nearly countless factors that go into improving profit margins for consulting services business.

A new era of productivity is emerging. It’s safe to say that the workplace you developed your skills in is not the same workplace you show up to everyday.

In the industrial economy of the past, model employees would work at capacity for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year—give or take some time for holidays.

That model may have worked when employees were considered nothing more than cogs in the machine—a means to a company’s ends.

We live in an age where there are hundreds, if not thousands of tools that can help streamline your meeting management.

And with new tools coming available all the time, you have to wonder why anyone is still scheduling and running meetings manually.

Here’s why: With so many tools available, it can be tough to cut through the noise and find the tools that are truly worth having — the ones that are so great, you’ll wonder how you ever managed meetings without them.