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A well-functioning team is one of the great keys to success in any business environment. The right group of people working together can inspire, improve morale, and increase output by harnessing the power of collaboration. And while a great team working in their prime can accomplish just about anything, the unfortunate opposite is also true: a team without the right balance of skills and personalities can bring a project a grinding halt.

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Your office is much more than a space for work. The interior your employees walk into every morning is the foundation for promoting efficiency and employee happiness. 

You can hire a fancy office interior design company, pore over images of today’s trendiest offices, and dismantle every cubicle in site, but unless you have real insight into the way your office’s spaces are used, your efforts to create the spaces your employees actually need is just a guess.

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As we all know too well, stress doesn’t just disappear when you leave the office for the day. Like email notifications on your phone, stress follows you home each day, affecting your personal relationships, as well as your mental and physical health. When left unacknowledged, stress can cause a bevy of health problems, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, high blood pressure, hypertension, and even increase the likelihood of heart disease. While you can’t eradicate stress from your life or change your immediate circumstances at work, there are still things you can do to help alleviate the stress for both you and your employees.

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Don’t underestimate digital transformation

Digital transformation is huge. Monumental. Pervading every corner of companies. Businesses are pouring trillions of dollars into it. But … what is it?

In many ways, it sounds like one more business buzzword we can add to the list along with phrases like “growth hacking,” “ideation,” and “corporate synergy.” That’s because digital transformation is big and amorphous, and means different things to different companies. But its significance should not be underestimated.

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By now, we all know what constitutes acceptable office behavior. We try to be courteous of the people we spend so much time with five days a week. No one wants to be known as the guy who microwaves fish every day in the office kitchen or the woman who never cleans up after herself in shared spaces. But what about being known as the guy who always camps out in pre-booked conference rooms? Or the woman who can never get the A/V to work during meetings?

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The definition of workplace security has expanded greatly in today’s digital age. Companies must not only consider employee, customer, and financial safety from external forces – fires, natural disasters, chemical spills and contamination, civil disturbances, terrorism – but also from internal forces – workplace violence, employee theft, intellectual property theft, and data theft.

There are many security risks that could happen within the walls of your office and systems. Your priority must be to provide a safe and secure work environment for your employees and visitors. By law, that means your company must provide an environment free of health and safety hazards, as well as psychological hazards.

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You’ve probably heard the statistic: about 40% of the current workforce is already made up of freelancers, solopreneurs, or so-called “contingent” workers, and that number is growing. While it’s true that advances in technology and changes in the makeup of today’s workforce have led to new ideas about where and how work gets done, the modern office is far from dead.

Social attitudes about what constitutes meaningful work have evolved significantly over the last 10-20 years, including our goals for the modern workplace. Today, the focus has shifted toward workspaces that foster human interaction and collaboration.

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The list of reasons to hire an office manager are almost as endless as the potential roles they can fill within your company. Search through job descriptions for the position and you’ll find a dizzying array of responsibilities outlined from operations and administrative duties to budgeting and billing. That’s because an office manager’s main job is to make the day-to-day operations of your business run smoothly, whatever that may mean for your company, and because of this the role is flexible enough to fulfill just about any needs you may have.

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Everywhere you go, it seems that hot desking is the hot office spatial management technique. Corporate real estate prices are through the roof, and to add insult to injury, most expensive office spaces are under-utilized. Hot desking helps optimize those spaces and dollars by allowing multiple people to share the same workstation or desk at different times. 

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Ah, the business lunch. A staple of the corporate world, this pesky professional ritual can be fraught with questions of etiquette and social anxiety. What should be a simple act- grabbing a meal with a colleague, mentor, or potential client- can quickly become a landmine of faux pas that can majorly throw you off your game and thwart your professional intentions.

So what exactly are the rules for business lunching in 2018? We’ve got a few simple tips and guidelines to help you navigate the troubled waters of this corporate institution.