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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.

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It’s no secret that the office landscape has changed dramatically in recent years. Demographics of the workforce are changing, with more women and minorities currently advancing professionally than ever before, and more generations than ever are sharing the workplace as well. Meanwhile, rapidly advancing technology has shifted cultural attitudes about work and office design, as well as the expectations and priorities of both companies and their employees.

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External events are a great way to bring potential customers into your space and gain wider name recognition in your industry and community, but a poorly executed event can easily end in disaster if you’re not careful. 

Fortunately, some thoughtful planning and a few basic guidelines can help ensure a successful gathering and prevent most major catastrophes. Whether it’s a meetup, a networking night, or a fundraiser with a 150-person guest list, we’ve got the six most important things to keep in mind when planning your next external event.