Top Ways to Grow Your Network at Endeavor

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By now you know that conducting your business in a coworking office like Endeavor Innovative Workspaces has many clear benefits. However, one valuable resource of a coworking office is often overlooked. The networking potential in a coworking space is tremendous, and these are five ways to effectively grow your network in a coworking office.

Initiate Authentic Conversations

The coworking space is often full of non-traditional, innovative, passionate people. Make the most of these creative minds by initiating authentic conversations with them. Let your conversations go beyond business; be genuine in your interactions and really get to know the people in your coworking office. By getting to know the people in the office beyond their job title, you can make a lasting impression that will cross over into the professional world.

Swap Services and Share Knowledge

Odds are, not everyone in your coworking office has the same skill set. Take advantage of this diversity and offer to share your expertise with people in other fields of your coworking office. By establishing openness to sharing your knowledge, others within your coworking space are likely to do the same. Another approach to the idea of sharing knowledge extends to swapping services. If you work in graphic design and someone in your coworking office is in marketing, you can set up a swap of services to not only support your local business, but also get your work and name out there.

Office-Sponsored Networking Events

Often overlooked, ask your office space if they host any kind of office-wide networking events. Many modern coworking office spaces will host networking events such as monthly catered lunches, office-wide opportunities for collaboration, or think tank sessions with local leaders. Inquire about these opportunities when choosing a coworking office and, if available, take advantage of these opportunities whenever they arise.

Ask and Offer Help

One of the amazing perks of a coworking office is the mixture of people and businesses within the space. Someone with a completely different skill set from you can be next door to your office, and it would be in your best interest to get to know them. Offer any help, business related or not, and they will likely reciprocate.  A first impression when new business come to the space can last for the remainder of your professional relationship, and a positive one can result in a valuable new contact in your networking circle.

By utilizing any of these tips, you are sure to add valuable people and businesses your network within Endeavor Workspaces, as well as get your name out there in a simple and effective way. A coworking office may be in your future.

How Successful People Start Their Day

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It comes as no surprise that highly successful people have their morning routines down to a tee. From Donald Trump’s 4 hour sleep habit to Steve Jobs giving himself a motivational speech every morning, successful people know what works for them and stick to it. If you’re in a morning rut, here’s a few ideas to help boost your productivity and help the rest of your day run smoothly.

  1. Prep the night before

If you know that you wake up groggy or tend to be tight on time in the mornings, get a head start by prepping before you go to bed. You can choose your clothing and have it laid out to eliminate one choice in the busy morning. You can also plan and prep your meals the night before, as well as setting up a general game plan for the next day. To make sure that you’re not up into the wee hours of the morning, set an alarm to go to bed as well as an alarm to wake up. Once your alarm is set, put down the phone. The blue light emitted from electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle making it harder to fall and stay asleep. Also make sure to disable notifications at night if you sleep with your phone nearby to ensure that you get the best quality sleep to prepare you for the next day.

  1. Get an early start

If you strive to be among some of the most successful people in the world, a piece of the puzzle may be getting up earlier in the mornings. While there’s no need for a sudden 4:30 a.m. alarm clock, gradually waking up earlier can improve your productivity and make it feel like you have more time to get everything accomplished with less stress.

  1. Get moving

A tried and true habit of many successful people incorporates physical activity of some kind in the mornings. Whether its getting up and walking the dog, or hitting the treadmill for an hour like Bill Gates does, exercising in the mornings has a proven positive impact on the rest of your day. If you dread exercising, it’s already out the way before your day really starts, and if you crave exercise time, the mornings is a sure-fire way to fit it in and become part of your routine.

  1. Eat a balanced breakfast

For many professionals, breakfast consists of whatever is easiest to grab on the way out the door, or nothing at all. You’ve heard time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s because it’s true. Carving out time to eat breakfast not only improves your health, but will also increase your productivity and focus at work. So next time you pour your morning cup of coffee, scramble up some eggs or toast a bagel to go along with it.

  1. Make a list, check it twice

The epitome of getting things done is the to-do list. However, there is an updated version of the classic to-do list that you should be incorporating into your mornings. At night, write down the top things that you need to accomplish the following day. This will not only help with remembering small tasks from the day before, but also with clearing your mind before bed. In the morning when you start work, tackle the biggest thing first. By checking off the biggest or least desirable task first thing in the morning, the rest of your day will be free from the looming to-do list task that you are avoiding. This will also ensure that if something comes up during your workday that you do not have to push something else back or have to unexpectedly to work late.

By incorporating a few or all of these tips into your morning routine will ensure that you are being the most productive professional that you can be, and that your business will grow as you do. Here at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we want to help you achieve your goals. From coffee pots in the kitchen to available 24/7 access, we strive to help you be the best you can be. Give us a call or shoot us an email for more information on how Endeavor Innovative Workspaces can work for you.

 

Retain Top Talent: How to Keep Your Remote Workforce Happy

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More and more, remote workforces are gaining in popularity. The benefits of remote working are numerous and clear, but getting your business to a place of maximum remote efficiency can take a bit of time, research, and work. There are many ways to ensure that both you and your workforce are feeling positive about the work they are doing.

  1. Set Communications Objectives

When collaborating with a remote workforce, you lose the aspect of daily face-to-face interactions. This can make communicating clearly more difficult, as an email often cannot convey tone and can lose timeliness. However, if clear communication objectives are set from day one, your virtual office staff will all be on the same page.

These communication objectives can include scheduling one-on-one phone calls with each employee. By having individual virtual meetings with employees, they feel as though their voice is being heard. This specialized, scheduled attention to each team member can keep fears of lacking productivity away, as well as giving each employee a time to share any concerns they may have directly with you.

Another way to keep the communication waves open between you and your employees is setting up office hours of sorts, or a designated time period each day or week that you will be completely available to speak with them about whatever needs they have. Again, this keeps communication open and avoids any future kinks in your business.

  1. Utilize Technology

By keeping your remote workforce organized, you will keep them happy and productive. A sure-fire way to keep your entire business organized is to fully utilize technology. There are numerous business-centric technology developments available to keep your workforce in touch and productive. Communication technology such as Go To Meeting, FaceTime, Google Hangout, and Skype make it possible to meet with your workforce, and clients, “face-to-face”. Using these programs will make it easier for everyone to attend meetings without an office space and can be scheduled in advance to ensure availability. Additionally, providing each employee with a laptop, cell phone, and software ensures that there will be no technological issues on either end and that your company can work from anywhere.

  1. Set Clear Expectations

Start off every employee relationship with clear expectations. Defining your expectations of availability and productivity from the beginning will save you and your workforce from headaches down the road.

Since productivity from a remote workforce is measured differently than in a traditional office space, it is imperative to define what your expectations are. Setting project completion goals and deadlines may be a more effective measurement of productivity than simply clocking in 40 hours a week. By clearly defining what you expect from your employees will keep them on track and their stress levels low.

Additionally, clearly define what you expect from their availability. Decide on a timeline of availability (cell and email availability from 9-5, a daily check-in email, etc.) and implement it across the board. Having these details laid out in advance will avoid confusion and allow your employees to work in the most effective way for their life.

  1. Trust

Finally, the most important aspect of keeping your remote workforce happy is trust. You must trust that the people that you hired to be a part of your business are working just as hard as you are. Even if you do no see them face-to-face on a regular basis, you must trust, and ensure, that they are completing their work quickly and well. When your employees do not feel micromanaged, they have the flexibility to work to their fullest potential, and still know that you are there for any assistance they may need to complete their job successfully.

Here at Endeavor Innovative Workspaces, we can provide your business with the resources needed to keep your remote workforce happy. From flexible office spaces to accommodate any group meeting to providing conference call technology, Endeavor is here to help your business thrive. All of these elements combined, along with experience and time, will ensure that your remote workforce is happily working from the their desired workspace, at Endeavor.