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As an IT professional, no one knows the potentially enormous undertaking of a new technology implementation better than you do. Whether you have steered the ship through one before or you have heard battle stories from colleagues in the IT field, you know that a tremendous amount of the company’s time, resources, and good will rides on the success of this solution.

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Chances are you already know that making a good first impression is important. Dressing up for job interviews, booking the board room for meetings with high profile clients, or carefully choosing your photo and bio for your LinkedIn page are all ways in which you might strive to make a good first impression – but when was the last time you thought about the way clients and visitors experience your office space? If visitor experience isn’t part of the discussion at your company, it’s time to bring it up. Office managers fulfill many roles, but one of the most vital is making sure the office is a professional and welcoming place for both longtime clients and first time visitors. if you’re looking to take a more active role in first impressions at your company, we’re here to help you get started.

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We talk a lot about what it means to be modern workplace here at AskCody. We’re always taking a microscope to the latest office trends so we can figure out what works, what doesn’t, and what it would take to make something that doesn’t actually work. You follow?

There are plenty of movements in recent years that have totally flipped corporate culture on its head. I don’t need to tell you about the death of the cubicle farm or the rise of the WFH wave. But as we’ve written about before, what works for one company (or even one department), does not necessarily work for all.

The key is be able to respond intelligently and thoughtfully to the flexibility that today’s workforce craves without letting the office slide into a free-for-all of open spaces, zero privacy, and a frustrating search for open resources.

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Hot desking has become a popular practice for growing companies as a way to save money, improve efficiency, and create a more agile work environment for their employees. Office space can be pricey, and in more traditional office models space is often under-utilized. Hot desking capitalizes on the growing agility in today’s workplace to help save companies money by moving away from the 1-to-1 seating model in the office. Rather than have assigned desks, employees operate out of an open workspace where they can reserve a desk for the day on-the-spot.

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Today’s law firms have a problem. The technology that was developed to help firms better serve their clients actually has many attorneys feeling like they are treading water – and barely keeping their heads up. Attorneys are faced with increasing pressure to quickly adopt and master new tools to bill, work, and collaborate better and faster.

It’s hard to do anything faster when you’re flummoxed by the skills needed to reach the high bar of technological excellence. As law firms and legal departments continue to look to technology solutions to help their offices maximize efficiency, many attorneys feel that they are being left behind.

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The nature of the modern workplace is rapidly changing. Where once static workstyles in  traditional office environments were the norm, advancing technology and changing ideas about the nature of work and productivity are shifting the focus in today’s office space. Now more than ever team-based and collaborative cultures in spaces designed to enhance creativity are critical to business’s success.

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When it first came on the market, the standing desk was supposed to revolutionize the health and productivity of office-based employee, yet many years into the trend the jury is still out on the actual extent of these health benefits. And while standing desks are already prevalent in startups, incubators, and shared workspaces, they have taken longer to trickle down into the more traditional office setting. As more and more corporate offices are updating their equipment, technology, and design to keep up employees happy and engaged, standing desks are starting to become more and more common. So what’s the verdict on the standing desk phenomenon, and are they worth the investment?

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When you hear the words “modern office”, what do you think? Many people start talking about open concepts, ample natural lighting, and contemporary furniture. That’s all true. But today’s modern office is much more than the physical environment. Intelligent technologies are changing the way employees interact with and work within their offices. The modern office is a smart office.

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Millennials catch a lot of flak these days for the way in which they are shaking up just about everything. They’ve killed diamonds, mayonnaise, golf, and department stores, just to name a few. They marry later and carry more debt than any other previous generation. But perhaps the biggest splash millennials are making is in the professional world. That’s because the changes they’re making will be felt for generations to come.

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Office holiday parties have gotten a bad reputation for being stiff, forced, and uninspired, but your holiday party doesn’t have to be a dull affair. More and more companies, concerned with boosting employee experience, have stepped up their office holiday party game with on-trend attractions, interactive food, and top-notch cocktails.

If you’re feeling intimidated, don’t be. Throwing a good party doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. A few simple guidelines and suggestions, and a little out-of-the-box thinking can produce a party your employees will actually want to attend each year. Here are our top 8 tips for throwing a great party (and keeping the budget in check).