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10 Simple Ways to Build a Collaborative, Successful Work Environment

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Collaboration is a key factor in building a small business because it works. People thrive in environments which free them to communicate and work together. When the company environment is focused on collaboration, team members naturally feel a part of something bigger than themselves. The best way to transition from an individual to a collaborative mindset is to equip each team member for active participation in the group dynamic. Full article

Collaborative Spaces Foster Cohesion

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Cohesive teams are more successful. They are successful because each person on the team is included in as many large decisions as possible.

When team members feel this type of inclusion, they feel the perceived significance of their role, causing them to naturally perform better. To be the most effective, teams should to participate in dailyhuddles where each member discusses their goals and objectives for day.

This helps to avoid duplication of effort and competition between team members. These huddles keep everyone on the same playbook and enables team members to re-direct their efforts as needed.

by Sherrie Campbell for Entrepreneur

Cybersecurity Lunch-n-Learn

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Cybersecurity Lunch n Learn

Cybersecurity Lunch n Learn

On March 13th, approximately 25 members of the business community met at Office Furniture Outlet to learn ways to protect their business from cyberattacks.

Attendees enjoyed lunch from TASTE and took away practical ways to prepare for and recover from potential cybersecurity breaches. The presentation by Andrew Daiber of Sera-Brynn was informative and allowed attendees to openly ask questions and discuss concerns.

Please join us for our next Lunch-n-Learn on May 15th when Cheryl Tan will present ways to get media exposure for your small business.

OFO Gives Back!

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Nominate your favorite local Not-For-Profit now through noon on Friday, January 26th! Office Furniture Outlet wants to recognize Not-For-Profits serving our community! OFO will say THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO to the office staff of 1 local N-F-P each quarter by providing the team with lunch from TASTE, and a fabulous gift basket like the one pictured here! NOMINATE NOW

12 Office Desk Hacks to Increase Productivity

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Sitting at a desk all day long can get tiring. However, if you set up your space just right, it doesn’t have to be. In fact, a few small changes can make major differences in maximizing performance and productivity.

To start, add a nice plant to your area — research shows that exposure to the color green makes you more productive. You should also try to ramp up the lighting — when you have more light around you, you’ll be more alert. So purchase a lamp or small light that you can place on your desk, and turn it on when you first start your day. Chew gum, wear headphones and more…

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6 Tips For Using Sit-to-Stand Desks

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Standing desks have become very popular. Early studies show they can be highly beneficial for health and productivity. This is especially true with versions that adjust between standing and sitting. However, there are no clear guidelines about the best ways to use a standing desk.

This article gives you 6 tips for using a standing desk correctly. These will help you maximize the benefits and minimize the negative effects. SEE 6 TIPS

 

40 Fun Secret Santa Gifts Under $25

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Office party this weekend? Employee gift exchange coming up? Just want to surprise your coworker with a gift this holiday season?

Secret Santa gift exchanges are tricky: You have to find something thoughtful for a potentially random person, and don’t want to spend a lot. We found some of the funniest, most thoughtful gifts under $25 that will work no matter whose name you pull out of the bag.

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Choosing The Best Work Desk

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The right desk can aide immeasurably  in accomplishing work tasks in a comfortable, ergonomic and productive manner. It can make your work day go much smoother, while the wrong desk can make you miserable. When the time comes to replace your office desk, consider these important points in choosing the best work desk for your needs.

Will it suit your workstyle and meet your job needs? Will its size fit well within the parameters and constraints of your office or work space? Can the desk surface withstand the daily-use demands of your particular job and work environment?

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10 Tips To Clean Your Office

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From Forbes Magazine:

  1. Divide your workspace into zones.
  2. Keep only what you need at arm’s length.
  3. Create a daily paper system.
  4. Establish limits.
  5. Sort your catch-all drawer.
  6. Don’t use email as a to-do list.
  7. Streamline your desktop icons.
  8. Hang hooks for outerwear.
  9. Keep a basket or drawer for short-term storage.
  10. Disinfect regularly.

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Why Buy Local?

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Top Reasons to Buy Local, Eat Local, Go Local (with documentation to back them!) By choosing local and independent businesses for your services, shopping, dining and other needs, you not only enjoy a more distinctive and personal experience, you’re helping:

BUILD COMMUNITY! The casual encounters you enjoy at neighborhood–scale businesses and the public spaces around them build relationships and community cohesiveness. (source 1, source 5) They’re the ultimate social networking sites! Click to see all four poster designs

STRENGTHEN YOUR LOCAL ECONOMY! Each dollar you spend at independent businesses returns 3 times more money (source 2) to your local economy than one spent at a chain (almost 50 times more than buying from an online mega-retailer) — a benefit we all can bank on.

SHAPE OUR CHARACTER! Independent businesses help give your community its distinct personality.

YOU CAN BUY IT WHERE YOU TRY IT! Local stores enable you to try on and try out items before you buy — and get real expertise — saving your time and money.
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