Workers spend roughly 1/3 of their days at the office. That’s a lot of time to be stuck in one place, especially if it’s not a pleasant place to be. There is good news, though. There are several things that can be done, either as a worker or the boss, to improve the office environment.
The Construction/Buying Stage
Whether you’re building a new office space from blueprints, or shopping existing places to rent for your business, you want to make sure you’re finding the right place for not only your company, but also for your people. A basement office with no windows, bad lighting, and a loud furnace in the corner may be the cheapest option, but it’s unlikely to be the best choice. Windows, natural light, and a more open space all help improve employee mood. Using a dark color paint like navy on the walls is a lot less inviting than a brighter (but subtle) color like baby blue. Early considerations like these can really help liven up an office from the start and keep it from feeling stuffy or dreary.
Organization and Decoration
People like an organized office. It may not seem like it when you look at Jim’s desk in accounting, but it's true. People like being able to find things they need, rather than search for an hour. Sometimes a simple re-focus on reorganization can lead to a lot less stress. It’s also important to ensure that the new reorganization is easily understood by the workers, otherwise everyone will be frustrated by their inability to locate things and the new organizational system will never be maintained.
When thinking about decorations, it’s important to not overdo it. Subtle, thoughtful decorations will always seem more professional than having a mishmash of unrelated décor all over the place. Keep in mind that decorations reflect the person or company that display them. Are your decorations matching what you’re wanting to project to the client/your employees? For example, plants (that are kept alive) are a great way to make an office seem more lively and more inviting.
Look at your own desk and consider the layout. Put the tape dispenser you use once a week in the desk drawer, and put the stapler you use fifty times a day on top where it’s within reach. Spending a bit extra on the industrial paper shredder that doesn’t overheat after ten pages is well worth it to the office administrator shredding thousands of papers. Ask your employees what little things would help them perform their daily tasks, and they will tell you. A boss that pays attention and fulfills needs will see employees that better appreciate their company.
As long as humans spend a massive amount of time in offices, we need to think about how we use that space. It’s vital to make sure it’s as pleasant and efficient as possible, both for the sake of our companies and our people. Nobody wants to end up working at an office like the one in the film Office Space (especially at the end).
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Short-form videos for social media are becoming increasingly important to businesses. One of the best ways to get real, authentic content is to shoot with your phone. But how do you make it look like...well...not garbage? Here are ten easy tips for shooting better videos with your phone, whether it’s a cheap prepaid smartphone or the latest and greatest offering from Apple.
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Often, bosses will come in with an idea: let’s make a video! And...that’s it. That’s the end of their idea, but there’s so much more to it. Knowing precisely what kind of video you need helps tremendously to actually get it done. Not every video is equal. If you want proof of this, just look at the filmography of John Travolta (sorry Mr. Travolta).
We’ve all been there: staring at the blank sheet of paper with no idea how to start. There’s a massive project, but where do you even begin? Sure, twirling in your chair eating Goldfish crackers for an hour was a nice distraction, but that doesn’t mean you’re any closer to the project being done. I’m going to use writing as my main example, but the concepts can be applied to almost any kind of project.
Videos are made up of two main components: the visuals and the audio. But, in a time where auto-play videos are muted on social media, what’s the best way to effectively use audio in your videos so that your message isn’t lost on mute, but is improved when included? How do you know which options are right for you to use for audio in your video content?
It can be tricky sometimes to navigate the business world and stay completely ethical. Maybe you found out a piece of information no one else knows that you can use to your advantage. Maybe you don’t correct your boss’s incorrect assumption about a co-worker who’s also up for a promotion you’re trying to get. Maybe you stay on the clock after you’re done with work to answer Facebook messages. Keeping a strong sense of personal ethics is more than just not stealing from the company (which is also a no-no), it’s about being honest and doing what’s right in all aspects of business.
What makes video such a powerful medium? Why is it that even small toddlers natively understand videos? Why are “how-to” videos more popular than “how-to” books? Why are movies and television more popular than radio or novels? They’re easy for any human to comprehend, even children that can barely talk seem to just absorb Elmo videos (over and over and over and over again). Every single day, 1 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube.
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Keeping up with the latest and greatest fashion trends is exhausting (not to mention prohibitively expensive for those of us that don’t have our own line of rocket ships). Luckily, in a workplace setting, we’re not being judged on the same level as if we’re walking a runway in Milan. Still though, you don’t want to be known as the office slob, so here are some super easy, basic tips for dressing professionally and looking good at work.
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