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How to Preserve a Positive Company Culture as You Scale Your Business

Having a strong and appropriate company culture can give you a big competitive advantage. It helps improve efficiency, and it makes it easier to recruit the right people to make your company grow. 

But culture is tricky. It develops on its own, yet with guidance, it can be steered in one direction or another. 
As your company expands, the culture you have will change. But this change does not have to be negative. If you can harness the transformation, you can not only preserve your company culture, but you can nurture it to become a real competitive edge.

Here are some things to consider to help you maintain a positive company culture as you scale up:

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The 5 Best Cities For Employee Retreats

Employee retreats can be really useful in building rapport and strengthening workplace relationships. The best locations should have a combination of excellent business facilities, working spaces, and a good choice of activities and sights to see. We’ve taken a look at the five best cities where you can take your employees on a rewarding corporate retreat:

Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a city where business and pleasure go hand in hand. Not only is it known as the entertainment capital of the world, but it is also home to three of the largest convention centres in America, including the massive Las Vegas Convention Center, which has a staggering 3.2 million square feet of space. Another great place to convene is at MEET Las Vegas, a unique high-tech three-storey complex that offers businesses the chance to hold meetings, training events or to socialise and network. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, then you can arrange your meetings at a venue like the T-Mobile Arena, which offers luxury suites and private rooms overlooking major sporting events and musical acts on the arena bowl. Once you and your team have concluded all serious matters, you can take them down to the famous strip, or you can get tickets to one of the famous casino residency acts that are regularly hosted in Sin City venues.

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3 Ways to Promote an Engaging Company Culture With a Virtual Workforce

One quarter of today's workforce is now virtual, recent Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows. In 2015, 24 percent of employed Americans did some or all of their work from home. The numbers are even higher in some professions, with 38 percent of workers in business, management and financial operations doing some of their work from home and 35 percent of workers in professional and related occupations working from home. 

This trend presents companies with the challenge of keeping virtual workers engaged. Only 30 percent of fully remote employees are engaged with their jobs, compared to 33 percent of all employees, placing them among the least engaged of all workers, a Gallup poll reports. Here are three strategies business leaders and HR departments can use to help build a strong company culture that keeps virtual workers engaged.

 

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The Rise of Workspace on Demand

In the past 12 months, the global hybrid and co-working office space market has grown an astonishing 18%. That means the market is now twice the size it was back in 2013 and accounts for a third of all flexible space across the world.

But what is driving this growth? John Williams, Head of Marketing at the Instant Group, believes it could be the growing need for workspace on demand.

Workspace on Demand
The idea of ‘Workspace on Demand’ revolves around businesses wanting more control, more flexibility and scalable business strategies that work for them, wherever and whenever they need them. Businesses have been expecting this from their HR, payroll and IT for ages, and are now looking to their properties to deliver the same flexibility.

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4 Ways to Create Amazing Company Culture

If you own a company or work in the HR department, then you know that employee satisfaction and engagement are key components for creating a positive work environment. Happier employees are more likely to work harder and produce higher quality work. But how do you create a company culture that promotes the perfect work-life balance? Here are four tips to create a positive work atmosphere for your employees: 

Be Flexible

 

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White Elephant vs Secret Santa

With the arrival of fall, everyone is getting excited for the upcoming holidays. This can be a tricky topic in the workplace because you have to be cognizant and respectful of everyone's traditions and beliefs. If everyone in your office wants to participate in a fun winter gift exchange, you now have the difficult choice between two traditions. Should you do white elephant or Secret Santa? 

White Elephant Pros 

White elephant is fun, silly and light-hearted. It is the perfect option for small offices that don't take the holidays or gift giving too seriously. If everyone has a good sense of humor, you can find some really funny products that can be used around the office for some team bonding even after the holidays are done. You also get to know your co-workers sense of humor and taste with these fun gifts.

 

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What Will Your Office Look Like in 2030?

Only in your wildest dreams would you have thought that offices would be full of bean bag chairs, ping pong tables and nap pods. Work spaces have been changing drastically in the last several years to catch up with the millennial lifestyle and technology. While some of these changes may be just the current trends, others look like they're here to stay. Let's take a closer look at what your office may look like in the next decade:

 

Flexible Work Spaces 

Flexibility, agility and collaboration are some of the most important skills businesses have in the current marketplace. This means you need your work space to be just as accommodating. There is a lot of debate about open office spaces and if they promote or hinder employee efficiency. Open spaces are great for collaboration and team building, but they also can be distracting and noisy. The office of the future will have both open and closed working spaces where employees can work where they're most comfortable. Offices will have different types of rooms that adapt to the work being done instead of being rigid. You will not see boxy meeting rooms with one white board and some chairs, but rather spaces with a variety of materials, room to move around and even secluded spaces where people can get away to focus.

 

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What Employees Expect from Work in 2017

Reports show that by 2020 millennials will make up a third of the global workforce.
Instant Offices take a look in to what members of this digital generation really look for in a career.

The ManpowerGroup, whose job is to find work for 3.4 million people, about half of whom are millennials, surveyed the careers and working environments of 19,000 millennials to find out. The report aimed to find out how different they are from the rest of the workforce, which development opportunities they are motivated by, and why they choose to stay with employers.
The nature of millennials: They exist in a fast-paced world, and their work expectations aren’t much different – they want a career that offers variety and quick progression.

Millennials are positive about their careers.

 

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3 Ways To Improve Cross-Department Harmony

Despite the role technology has played in disrupting business, corporate structure as we know it today isn't going anywhere. Now, it's no secret businesses that are able to scale operations and develop teams whose employees work more efficiently are better able to focus on tasks, and thereby create better synergy and output. 

Too much structure, however, and these efficient teams become silos, a term for departments that, like a mischievous kindergartner, don't like to share. Ultimately, this lack of collaboration leads to a lack of transparency. What's the point of sharing information company-wide if workplace teams are only concerned with their own department's goals? It's hard to quantify how much damage this situation causes. 

But Buffer, a social media management platform, demonstrated an actual business benefit of transparency. Specifically, Buffer posted the salaries of its entire staff, including the CEO, on its company blog — and the decision paid off handsomely: In the days following the announcement, Buffer received close to 3,000 job applications, a 229 percent increase from the 30 days before publishing the blog post. 

Is your company looking for ways to create better efficiency and harmony? Here are three tips that will help your leaders and decision-makers improve cross-departmental relationships.

 

 

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A Guide To Virtual Workplace Culture

 According to a ConnectSolutions Survey, 77 percent of workers reported greater productivity working off-site in a 2015 study. And it's not just workers who report feeling more productive while working outside of the office. A study from Stanford Business found working remotely actually increased productivity by 16 percent

The days of grappling over whether or not employees would just lounge in their pajamas and do nothing while working from home are gone, and we’re ushering in an era of high productivity and efficiency with remote work. But that doesn’t mean all companies have created a cohesive virtual workplace culture to meet the growing demand. Fortunately, the marketplace is full of robust tools that can transform your workplace culture from office bound to a team of highly productive virtual workers. Here’s how to get started:

 

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