7 fun ways to celebrate Halloween at the office without breaking the bank

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So you got the go ahead to do something at the office for Halloween. But what can you do that isn’t too disruptive and won’t break the bank?

Here are seven ideas:

1.Employees can bring in their favorite Halloween candy to share.

2. Have an office/cubicle decorating contest. Facebook followers or the boss can judge.

3. Allow employees to dress in costumes for $1.00. The money will go to a designated charity.

4. Play a Halloween music playlist.

5. Have a costume contest.

6. Bring in themed breakfast donuts for the team.

7. Allow employees to leave an hour early to get home in time to get their kids ready to trick-or-treat or themselves ready to party.

5 reasons to celebrate Halloween at the office

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Halloween is just one week away! Here are some reasons why celebrating in the office is a great idea:

1. Having fun together builds morale.

2. Group costumes promote teamwork.

3. It’s an excuse to bring in seasonal treats for the team.

4. Decorating/costumes promote interdepartmental collaboration.

5. It can reveal employee’s hidden creativity, talents and skills.

Lunch & Learn Series

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Another Lunch and Learn brought to you by Office Furniture Outlet.

Do you Schmooze or do you lose at networking? How to NOT waste your networking efforts.

BizConnect Hampton Roads Business Performance Specialist, Marcia Brodie (who is also the facilitator for the BizTools Workshop: Ditch the Pitch), will be presenting a fun and interactive lecture on the importance of strategic networking. She will cover important do’s and don’ts of networking and how to be a Schmoozer and not a Loser.

This is a free event with a complimentary lunch provided by Office Furniture Outlet. REGISTER NOW!

5 things to think about when moving your office

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An office move can be a daunting task. One that involves consideration of space, dimensions, budget and aesthetics. Here are 5 things to consider:

  1. Is the office conveniently located to clients, staff and other businesses?

2. Does the size of the office comfortably accommodate staff, communal spaces, break rooms and room for future growth?

3. Does the office adequately promote your image?

4. Is the building well maintained?

5. Does security and surveillance meet your company’s needs?

Embrace Green Building Without Breaking the Bank

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Employees who work in buildings with LEED status are healthier, more productive and more likely to remain longer with their companies. In tandem, business owners have signaled a willingness to spend more on eco-friendly spaces — and building owners are taking note. It’s anticipated that commercial-building owners will spend $960 billion globally by the year 2023 upgrading building infrastructure to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous LEED standards.

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5 Minute Cubicle Spruce-up

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Your cubicle is your home-away-from-home. Make it a more enjoyable place to spend your 8+ hours a day and boost your productivity. Here are a few suggestions:

Clear the clutter – Spend 2 minutes cleaning up paper piles, keep 1 reusable cup and hide unnecessary items that you only use periodically, out of sight.

Wipe down surfaces – Take a minute to clean your computer screen, keyboard, mouse and phone keypad. Disinfecting wipes are great for this!

Organize – Use the last 2 minutes on organizing pens, papers, paper clips, highlighters, sticky notes, other supplies.

Now take a look around and add any last-minute touches like a spritz of air freshener, a motivational quote or picture of your family/pet.

There…done! Now, get to work!

Prepare Your Business Now

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Hurricane preparedness does not end at home. An often over-looked segment of hurricane safety is the workplace. Whether or not you are an employee or an employer, it is essential to take proactive steps in preparing for unpredictable storms and other disasters.

By taking the initiative to start planning early, you can create a plan that will have you fully prepared in the event of a disaster. While securing plans for your home and loved ones, take some time to focus on the future of your business or work place. Forty percent of small businesses that close due to hurricane damage do not reopen. In order to prevent your business from being another statistic, it is critical to prepare now.

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Open plan offices, do they make us more social?

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In recent years, a number of big companies – IBM, Bank of America, Aetna, Yahoo! under former chief executive officer Marissa Mayer – cut back on their telecommuting programs in the name of more interaction and cooperation between employees, supposedly fostered by being stuck together in an office. The business model of companies providing co-working spaces, such as $20 billion “unicorn” WeWork, is also based on the proposition that if people find themselves in a shared space, they’ll network and cooperate more.

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