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Successfully Managing an Office Renovation

Office renovations, whether big or small, can be massively disruptive. You might have to close areas of your office, move your team around, work in smaller spaces, or do without some of your desks and equipment. You might even have to stay out of the office for a few days if you need more substantial renovations completed.

Big businesses cope. They take a few days off while the scaffolding is up, or they outsource work to other locations. It doesn’t really affect their income or reputation, and losing one office for a few days is a drop in the ocean when you have several others.

Smaller businesses, however, can struggle. Sometimes, renovations are necessary, or even unavoidable. If your office has become unsafe or insecure, you need to make upgrades as soon as you can. If the atmosphere is bad, it is cold, toxic or outdated, it can decrease productivity and put the health of your staff at risk. Renovations, in the long term, can be well worth it. But how do you keep your business going while work is taking place? You manage things well.

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Get the Right Help

The first thing that you need to do is to make sure you hire the right team. The people working on your business need to understand your needs. They need to communicate well throughout the process so that you know what is going on at all times, and they need to work quickly, and efficiently, sticking to a budget and minimizing downtime for your business.

Schedule Some Time Off

If you can, scheduling some time off can be the ideal solution. Even if you need to keep working, and stay close to supervise the renovations, you could give some of your team some time off, and reduce everyone’s workload while work is taking place.

Schedule Work

There might also be work that you can automate or schedule before you have to move out of the office. Another option is outsourcing jobs to freelancers and other companies.

Consider Remote Working Options

Nowadays, it’s easier than ever to work away from the office. Use the internet, and cloud storage to allow your team to work from home, or from alternative locations as much as possible. This can be effective as long as you take the time to get everything set up before you leave the office, and that you keep communication, and perhaps even meeting in co-working spaces and other locations while you are out of the office.

Invest in Your Online Services

So, you can’t get into your office to do your core job for a little while. Might this be a fantastic opportunity to focus on other areas of your business? Could you invest the time in your website and other online services, or to branch out in other directions? See it as a chance to grow and evolve, and not an excuse to take it easy.

Minimize Meetings

If you know that you’ve got a renovation coming up, try to schedule client meetings away from these times. If you can’t, offer to go to them, or arrange meetings in a neutral space.

5 Ways to Boost Productivity in Business

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Time is money, so productivity in business is everything. You want to be making the absolute most of the time that you have each day to be earning the highest amount of profits possible. Here are five ways you can go about it.

Use modern software

Business software allows you to be fast, efficient and as productive as possible. In some cases, it can completely automate areas of your business which can save you time and money. Manual methods such as paper filing and backing up to hard drives could be putting your business at risk, so make sure you’re moving with the times.

Keep your staff happy

You need the right staff for your business; those who are dedicated and care about the success of your company will work hard for you and ensure everything stays as efficient and productive as possible. When you own a business, you’re responsible for taking care of your employees. One way you might be making them miserable without even realising is with your office. Make sure it’s a pleasant space to work in, you could have full Victorian renovations completed to match with the building, or just give everywhere a fresh coat of paint. Offices can easily become too stuffy in summer and too chilly in winter to work comfortably- and so this is something to pay attention to as well. Natural light is a mood booster, and so the simple act of rearranging your office so that desks are close to windows can make a big difference. Boosted mood means happier workers and better productivity.

Outsource when you need to

Outsourcing isn’t just something that larger businesses can take advantage of, it’s also useful for smaller companies too. In fact, it’s even more valuable if your team is smaller, as it frees up more time from employees allowing them to work the jobs where they’re needed most. They can utilise the skills they have, instead of tackling jobs that are out of their depth. It will help with productivity in the long run.

Keep on learning

As a company owner you need to be constantly learning, ahead of the game and able to adapt your business when needed to fit the market and what consumers want. If you already have a business degree or qualification you could build on this. Whether it’s another degree, a masters or just a number of shorter courses these can all give you some really useful knowledge. Since you can study online these days, it’s something you can do around running your business, from home in your spare time.

Don’t spread yourself too thin

Trying to do everything could well mean that all tasks aren’t being done to the best standard. You have to learn to delegate, if you have employees then that means entrusting them with certain tasks. There are so many options available when it comes to managing different areas of your business these days that you don’t need to be juggling every job and department alone.

5 Ways To Transform Your Home During The Lockdown

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When it comes to renovating your home, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. After being home all the time during these circumstances, it can give you the decorating bug, ready to show it off when it’s safe to. Your home is the heart for everyday living as well as guest parties, so why wouldn’t you want to leave your guest mesmerised when they visit. If there are five things you should do, then these are the top renovations for a total transformation.

New front doors.

Your front door is the first thing guests see when they visit your home. Ensuring your new front door is elegant, secure and low maintenance can be hard to find, but this big decision is vital to leave your guest stunned as they walkthrough. With so many options on the market such as french doors to a hinged door, you’ll be able to transform your home exterior. If you are looking for one way to make the most significant impact on your home, changing your front doors is the way to go.

Minimal gardening technique.

On the subject of changing up your exteriors, is changing up your garden. If you find it challenging to keep up with what your garden demands, then using the minimal technique may help. Switching up any wider areas with artificial grass to limit maintenance as well as transferring plants to a raised flower bed. This ensures they stay in their designated place to avoid it looking messy and tacking over your garden. Shaping your hedges to a basic shape will also help to give your garden more structure.

Panelling the walls.

Adding panelling on walls has been a technique for years. Still, it is becoming more popular for its elegant feeling while adding texture to your walls. When it comes to applying panelling, it can be a job that can be done yourself. If you are not experienced in using any tools, then seeking a professional can be a better option.

Investing in new Chairs.

Chairs can be a central feature of a room, whether it’s your main sofa, dining room chairs, or in the corner of an office. If you want to make a statement in a room, then opting for a smaller, low-curved armchair can make a room look bigger and add colour to a dull room. When it comes to dining room chairs, it is becoming more popular to use more exotic options. Such as a larger bright coloured suede chair with metal features can draw attention to the eyes while being very comfortable.

Artwork can make a world of difference.

Picking out detail from a room and featuring it in a piece of artwork or pictures can make that colour pop. For example, if you have gold accessories in a place, then using a gold frame can complement the area.

It can be a beautiful addition to a panelled wall if you have artwork that fits in the gaps to give the idea of luxury at an affordable price.

5 Improvements to Make To Your Business Office

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If you own your own business with office space, you will know how difficult it can be to stay on top of all of the renovations and redesigns. As your business grows, both your team and your office will grow with you and because of that, you’re going to constantly need to be renovating the space you own. Whilst it may seem tiring and pointless, constant renovations means that things are going well and are definitely something you should be proud of. With that in mind, here are 5 improvements to make to your office as your business grows:

  • Redecorate The Office To Encourage Creativity

One of the best things you can do for your office is to redecorate in a way that encourages creativity. Well-designed offices are important for a business that is focussed one inspiring its employees to create, so ensuring you have a space that people can feel comfortable and energised in is important. The best way to ensure you’re inspiring people is to ask them what they want from their office, giving them as much input as you possibly can.

For inspiration when it comes to inspiring and creative offices, you can visit this site here.

  • Create A Space For People To Relax And Have Downtime

As well as creating an office space that allows people to create, you also need to create a space where people can relax and have the downtime they need. Whilst you should already be encouraging regular breaks throughout the workday, having a space that is dedicated to relaxation will definitely help. Not only that, but it will give your employees a sense of importance and belonging.

  • Redo The Flooring, Walls Or Windows

If you’re struggling to keep up with all of the repairs that come with maintaining a business office, you may want to start with the basics – the flooring, walls or windows. Whilst these may be the most expensive to fix, ensuring they are always in a safe condition for your employees is vital. For more information when it comes to repairing your flooring, you can visit Epoxy Flooring here.

  • Ensure The Exterior Is Just As Well Kept As The Interior

Although not all businesses will own the exterior of their office, it’s important you’re doing everything you can to ensure it is as well-kept as the interior. If you’re renting from an office hire company and you notice an issue with your office’s exterior, you may want to contact your landlord or landlady directly. Not only will they be able to answer any concerns you have, but they’ll also be able to fix the issue.

  • Update All Of The Office Furniture

Finally, if you’re on a budget but you want to have your office feeling brand new again, you may want to consider updating all of the office furniture. Whilst this may take some time to order in, it will definitely be worth the wait.

Are you looking for ways to improve your business office? What can you do to give it a new and updated look? Let me know in the comments section below.

You get what you focus on

Recently, a client was being bagged by an ex employee and asked me what to do about it. I told her that the Law Of Attraction is more powerful than gravity and will reward her for focusing on the positive side of things rather than the negative. Whenever I come across people who complain and whinge about their situation in life or business it’s often the complainers, the people who move to litigation and confrontation rather than reconciliation who are dealt the worst cards in the deck.

I have seen too many instances of people cutting off their noses despite their faces.

Anthony Robbins said it best when he proclaimed “You get what you deserve.”

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