November 30th, 2015
Similar to a Holiday Party where folks bring festive cookies or a main dish for the potluck, you can hold an appetizer-only potluck. Simply invite people to bring their favorite holiday appetizer. The office can provide soft drinks, bottled water or coffee. Of course, cookies are allowed and always welcomed! But mostly, this is an appetizer-only party simply to try something new for the holidays. Don’t forget the decorations!
Christmas Classic Movie Marathon
For this type of office party, try a Christmas Classic Movie Marathon. Mix it up with a few movies from different decades like Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story, Elf, White Christmas, Ernest Saves Christmas or Four Christmases. Provide a place with a viewing screen so folks can pop in and out while they’re working, and if possible, provide popcorn and other snacks, or have a potluck. If a work day party is not possible, try to schedule something off work hours at someone’s house. The point is to have fun.
Pet Holiday Photo Contest
Because cats, dogs, bunnies and other pets look adorable dressed as Santa, angels, elves, reindeer and the like, why not throw a party with a contest for folks who share photos of their beloved family pets dressed in holiday getups? Imagine a bunch of grown ups gathering to show off their puppies and kitties? If you’re so inclined, you could set up a screen in a viewing room so people can vote live from Facebook or Flickr. The prizes can be very simple, like cat toys or a dog bone or gift certificates. Read the rest of this entry »
August 20th, 2014
Working too much has the potential to give a person unnecessary anxiety and stress. If you never take time for yourself on the weekends, you run the risk of depression, weight gain, anxiety and even a heart attack. Many industries are beginning to recognize the importance of promoting “work-free weekends.” A recently published Slate article indicated that even the investment banking industry has instituted work-free weekends for employees due to the manner in which they promote a worker’s health and productivity.
Promoting Productivity in the Office
Those who continuously work and fail to take time off of work are likely to suffer from burn out from their jobs. A two-day weekend gives a worker the chance to get away from his or her office responsibilities and recharge the batteries. After spending a weekend away from work, an employee can feel renewed and refreshed on Monday morning. An employee is able to focus on the task at hand and has increased levels of concentration.
Getting the Exercise You Need
The weekend gives many employees the opportunity to get in a good workout. During the week, some workers may find that it is nearly impossible to get to the gym. The weekend provides an employee with an uninterrupted period of time in which he or she can work out for hours at a time. Those who have to sit for extended periods of time may find that the weekend provides a welcome break from sedentary habits. Sitting for extended periods of time has been linked to serious health issues like heart attacks, death and cancer. Read the rest of this entry »
July 19th, 2012
No one wants to just tread water for their entire career. Doing “just enough” to get by at work doesn’t just hurt your career, it hurts you personally. After all, the amount of money you make can directly influence your quality of life. If you are unwilling to put in the work it takes to get ahead, then you can more or less expect to be unsuccessful forever.
There is a lot of politicking that goes into pushing your career ahead at an office. Any job that requires you to stay in a confined space with other people for hours a day will have this trait. However, this doesn’t mean that the average person can just talk their way into a great promotion. In the few cases where this is possible, you probably wouldn’t even want the job in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »
May 30th, 2012
Whatever variety of corporate entertainment an organization desires is available in Dallas, TX’s. An elegant evening meal and dance to present awards and recognition or a fun and entertaining team building venue can be booked any time of year for visiting VIPs or local firms.
One of Dallas’s newest event centers for both corporate and social occasions is Ashton Gardens. Their event specialists assist with theme suggestions, meal planning, audio/visual needs, and set-up for the venue. The experience their people provide keeps the event moving smoothly, impressing all in attendance with the excellent food, the quality technology available and always first-class service.
Ashton Gardens’ culinary team prides itself in preparation of original recipes consisting of the highest quality, fresh ingredients. Then their service staff takes over with 5-star pampering for every guest and anticipating their every need ensuring the event’s success. They have all-inclusive pricing packages that eliminate surprises for the corporate budget. Read the rest of this entry »
August 6th, 2009
There many ways that we can save energy in the workplace, saving both the environment and the office budget. Businesses can help by purchasing energy efficient equipment, cutting down on waste and unnecessary energy usage.
Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and promotes energy efficient products and practices, offering advice and guidelines to help reduce energy wastage.
- When leaving the office be sure to turn off your computers, monitors, photocopiers and printers.
- Using a laptop computer uses ninety percent less energy than a desktop computer, the same is true for using an ink jet printer rather than a laser printer.
July 14th, 2009
What you carry with you to work says as much about you as what you wear. You want to make the right first impression on the people you meet, colleagues, clients or employees. If you are a manager of a department your worn out backpack may make you look more like an ageing student. A good quality leather briefcase will keep all your important documents safe and tidy, or a smart handbag or manbag. In this hi-tech era you may also need to take a laptop with you to work or meetings and presentations, so a professional bag with suitable shoulder support is a must. Read the rest of this entry »
April 23rd, 2009
Every office should have a recycling scheme in place, our planet is our responsibility and the waste recycling habits you keep at home should be continued in the workplace. There are many types of waste products that can be recycled in the office, from paper to computers.
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April 10th, 2009
The best way to get the most out of your working day is to plan ahead, schedule tasks and organize your time efficiently. Prioritizing your workload so you get the most important jobs finished first is essential, no matter what your position in the company.
Here are some tips to help you manage your time effectively:
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March 4th, 2009
Just because your desk is tidy doesn’t mean it isn’t a health risk, it’s the germs and microorganisms we can’t see with the naked eye that are getting us sick. A study has found that computer keyboards can contain 400 times more bacteria than your average toilet seat, just think about that while you’re typing away! Eating lunch at your desks is a no no, as it spreads particles perfect for bacteria to feast on. And women’s desks are often worse than men’s, as they apply cosmetics at their desks.
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February 10th, 2009
Moving to New Offices
Moving your company to a new office is an exciting time, but it can also be a very hectic time as well. A new office means that the company is growing and you need to find more space to accommodate the growth. However the logistics involved in moving an entire company to a new office can be intimidating.
The best way to handle an office move is to plan ahead and consider bringing in some professionals. If you are going to take the do it yourself approach, then there are several considerations you need to make as you plan this milestone moment for your organization.
Put Together a Planning Committee
You need to create a moving committee made up of one person from each part of the company, or each department. When you have one person from each department, you will have the broad range of input you need to plan a proper move. Read the rest of this entry »