While hotels and convention centers have long been used by businesses for large seminars and meetings, business centers are rapidly becoming the first choice of venue for a wide variety of professional events. Why? Cost, support staff, and customizable packages are the most often cited reasons for heading to a business center; particularly among small businesses.
Your office is meant to facilitate your business- to make it easier, more efficient and comfortable for you and your employees. This means that the biggest downfall for your business could actually be the space you are in! Inflexible workspaces can stifle creativity, make expansion difficult and impede employees from doing their best work. But most importantly, wasting space means you are wasting money. These four solutions will help you make the most of your space and create an office that people look forward to working in.
In an ideal world, staff meetings would be an exciting event that your colleagues attend eagerly, every time. They would jump at the opportunity to share their ideas. They would be open and receptive to changes that the company wants to facilitate. They wouldn’t play Candy Crush on their phones while pretending to pay attention during presentations. But do you ever wonder why this may not be the case for your team?
Not all meeting spaces are created equal. When renting a space, it is important to have a full-service experience at the right price.
Here are 10 essentials to consider before planning your next meeting:
Considering how much time you spend in the office each week, you deserve an aesthetically appealing space that inspires productivity, efficiency, and even peace of mind. And while personal touches are vital, the space should also do its best to reflect a company culture as well as your own taste. More than ever before, how your office looks carries increased importance for clients and coworkers alike, but thankfully there are a growing number of resources to help you hone the perfect workspace image.
Planning meetings can be tough; oftentimes a slew of questions emerge that must be addressed and sorting out logistics can take time away from other tasks. What space will be most accommodating for your guests? What might your guests need throughout an event? Where should you order catering? What if you experience technical difficulties? Avoid dilemmas like these by planning your next big event with a shared workspace! At AdvantEdge Business Centers, we help you with all of the logistics and provide support to make sure your meeting or event goes smoothly. Our staff is experienced in helping to set up and manage events of all kinds, so you can rest easy and continue to focus on your business as we take the complications out of your hands.
A live videoconference is much more than a phone call; it’s a versatile telecommunications tool that your business can use to grow your relationships and expand your network anywhere, anytime. They can be used to demonstrate a new product in multiple locations, hold a face-to-face interview without spending money on unnecessary travel, and connect your colleagues with staff at any location around the world.
As a business owner, you have a set of both short and long term goals for your company’s success. You have probably considered new ways of expanding the reach of your product or services as well as the resources that your company will need to grow. The fact of the matter is, in spite of your best preparations, it is sometimes impossible to foresee the obstacles and opportunities that will emerge in your business’ path, be it next year, next month, or even next week. Choosing a full-service workspace provides your company flexibility and peace of mind to change your office solutions and services at any time.
Meetings are one of the largest and most debilitating components of organizational clutter. Research shows that managers spend 15% of their time in meetings and many of these meetings actually have no clear purpose. Senior executives spend two full days a week in meetings. In 22% of these meetings, participants send three or more e-mails for every half an hour they spent sitting in a meeting room. This clearly contradicts the goals of a meeting to facilitate and disseminate productivity throughout the company from top down.
Here are some basic tips to consider when conducting a meeting in order to maximize productivity, inspire your staff, and get ahead:
First and foremost, designate the meeting to be held in an appropriate location. The location itself can affect the productivity of the participants. If the location is too bland or completely unengaging, participants may become bored and lethargic. On the other hand, if the location is too busy with too many distractions, the participants may lose focus.
Second, eliminate the use of technology for the duration of the meeting. While having laptops and cell phones may be useful, outside correspondence can usually wait. Also, studies show that we remember information better when we write it down by hand and doodling can lead to greater creative capacity among individuals.
Third, define the purpose of the meeting. By having a specified goal or objective for the meeting, it will be more difficult to be led astray by other factors. Set an agenda and stick to it. This helps to start and end meetings on time, which not only increases participant morale, but also increases the effort put in by participants to actually attend the meetings. Furthermore, by defining a meeting’s purpose you can better organize who should attend and develop engagement strategies to fit a specific audience.
Here at AdvantEdge, our meeting and conference rooms provide the perfect space for executing successful meetings. All our meeting spaces have state of the art technology that can facilitate your meeting without the need of any extra equipment, hassle, or distraction. Moreover, if you need anything throughout your meeting, our on-site staff is here for you. Click the button below to learn more about our workspaces and book an appointment at one of our three business centers in Washington, DC.
Looking for a professional space for your next seminar, gala, fundraiser or party? Look no further than AdvantEdge Business Centers! With three prime DC locations featuring venues from professional state of the art training rooms and conference centers to casual open spaces including a rooftop terrace and party ready lounges we can help ensure that your next event is a success! Call us for pricing and availability information or click the button at the end of the article to schedule a tour at one of our centers!