The Truth About Open Office Floor Plans

You might think the perfect way to entice your team to be more collaborative is to remove cubicles and provide a trendy open floor plan environment. Creating a more accessible and communicative platform to spark innovation through connectivity would theoretically lead the business to success.

Traditionally, office spaces have consisted of little neighborhoods of personal cubicles since their invention in the 1960s. One of the more recent reinventions of the workplace has been the open office floor plan. These are wide open spaces filled with long community tables, typically with a standing desk section, where everyone can see and hear each other.

With approximately 70% of organizations currently incorporating the open office floor plan into their workplaces with 40% dedicated to communal use, you will want to pause before you jump in line. We urge you to consider the increasing amount of statistics that point out the truly toxic downsides of this widely-incorporated trend.

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What You Can Do If You’re Not A Good Culture Fit

Changing jobs is exciting and stressful. After accepting an offer and settling into a new routine, you may be one of the many people who struggle to adapt to a new company culture. You are familiar with your coworkers, understand the dynamics of the company and everyone’s responsibilities, and you can even navigate the supply room without getting lost! You seem to be getting the hang of things, however, something seems to be leaving you anxious. This is normal. After all, you will certainly face new challenges, learn new methods of doing things, and figure out how to best work with your coworkers in any new position. If, after a month or two, you’re worried that you may not be blending well with the company’s culture, you’re not alone!

Perhaps the reality of the culture is not aligned with what you had expected it to be. You may be feeling disappointed if you thrive in a collaborative environment but most of your colleagues want to work heads down with headphones in. Maybe you’re the introvert finding yourself overwhelmed in a bustling open floor plan office. Sometimes when faced with change we can feel defeated, but with a few tips and a little practice you can find your stride and adjust successfully. So, what can you do if you feel like you’re not fitting into the office culture at your new job?

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New Year, New Laws: Are You In The Know?

As each New Year dawns upon us, industry professionals and HR departments gear up for the year ahead with new updates on California labor laws and regulations. As we enter 2019, it is imperative that management and employees are well informed and educated on new updates that have already taken effect as of Jan 1st and those that will be enacted throughout the year ahead. Familiarize yourself with these updates by using resources such as the Department of Labor website or the CalChamber’s free downloadable guide. You will want to update your workplace posters and employees handbooks to reflect up-to-date information. Are you fully prepared?

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Survive The Office After Vacation

You just spent the last week or so away from the office; enjoying the holidays, celebrating with family and friends, or flying across time zones. But now you’re back in the office and expected to fall back into your normal work routine. Taking time away from work is a great refresher for your mind and body. However, it can also leave you with the post vacation blues. Some of us can feel drained after a vacation and can struggle to get back into the groove of things. How can you survive your first days back at work after an amazing vacation?

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Leadership Success Starts with You: 6 Habits of Successful Leaders

Carol Sandberg, COO of Facebook, states, “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” Being a leader comes with a special line of responsibilities; the actions and attitude you portray directly impacts your employees and their success. What can you do to improve your skills and stand out as an effective leader?

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How to Find Happiness at Work

We spend the majority of our day at work, so it is important to love what we’re doing and enjoy our time in the office. When you’re happy at work, you are more productive and engaged. Finding happiness at work is an easy choice to make that begins with you! Your attitude and how you choose to experience your time at the office directly impacts your day. What can you do to find happiness at work?

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Keep the Holidays & the New Year Flexible

Now, more than ever, employees seek flexible work schedules as well as remote-work options. These enticing benefits can help employees stay more engaged and productive, especially during the holiday season. According to a survey from Accountemps, high stress factors during the holiday season were “holiday events and work obligations (32%), taking time off and coming back to heavy workloads (23%), and having fewer people on the job to help (18%).” While money may be one of the biggest motivators employees seek, flexible schedules and benefits are making their way to the top of the list. As we move through the busy holiday season and into the New Year, keep an eye out on what your employees are really asking for and what new employees require to say yes to your job offer.

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Tips for Retaining New Employees

Hiring a new employee is a delicate process which takes time, money, and effort! Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has found that hiring a new employee can cost an average of $4,129, or up to 20% of their annualized salary. SHRM also found the hiring process typically takes 42 days. Finding that perfect placement is crucial, however, once you have found them the work is far from over. According to Tinypulse’s research, 22% of employees leave within the first 45 days of starting a new job. Your company needs a strong and effective onboarding process that goes beyond the new-hire paperwork, otherwise you’re setting up your organization and your new employee for failure. How can you effectively retain your newest talent?

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Planning an Inclusive Holiday Party

December is a time where many religious and secular holidays occur, flooding our inboxes with end of year party invites and warm holiday wishes. Holiday party planning can be tricky as the work force is diverse with various cultures and religions. Trying to plan a Holiday party that recognizes all cultures and religions could be a recipe for disaster. If any employees feel left out, even a small percentage, experts say that it can have a negative impact on overall employee productivity and engagement. The usual goal of end-of-year parties are to show appreciation to everyone. The inclusive approach would be to remember that all employees come from various faiths and traditions. How can you make all employees feel included during this festive time of year? 

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Managing The Thanksgiving Dinner Table

The office is full of unique individuals with distinctive traits and special skills that they bring to the table to create a cohesive team that drives company success. With all these personalities, it’s inevitable that some employees will have varying opinions and butt heads with one another, while others will prefer to keep quiet and buckle down with work. Much like the office environment – your Thanksgiving dinner table may bring a similar mix of personalities and conflicting opinions. Some dinner tables reflect a picture perfect “team meeting” others leave the host fretting over who can sit next to who, and who needs to be on opposite ends of the table. While it’s recommended to leave your work at the office, who says you can’t take a few of your management tricks to the dinner table this holiday season?

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