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Four Ways to Matter to Millennials

Sacha R - Wednesday, June 19, 2019

By now there is no way of denying that Millennials choices and preferences have a profound impact on the way companies operate. The youngest Millennials’ are 22 years old, meaning many are now in the work force or will be entering it soon. Their influence is shifting the way people work – forcing companies to change their ways to connect with this important generation.

Make Flexibility A Priority

Millennials are blurring the lines between work and free-time. They bring their work home with them and take their social expectations to the workplace. Many Millennials say that is they’re not finding what they need at their jobs, they’re willing to pick up a side hustle or turn to full-time freelance work.

72% of Millennials say it’s important for them to work for a company that offers flexible working arrangements. As a business owner this means providing laptops and smart phones so your employees can take their work with them. It also means allowing employees to set their own hours, in addition to allowing them to take breaks when they like. Showing that your trust employees to get their work done on their own time goes a long way in building a strong team.

Make Your Values Known

Across 11 markets surveyed globally, Millennials are more likely than Baby Boomers to say it’s important for them to work for a company that shares their values. They’re also 1.5X more likely to say their workplace is a community. When Millennials are considering which company to work for, they often evaluate if they feel aligned with the company’s values.

Make sure you have a page on your website that includes your mission statement and company culture/values. This page will allow Millennials to assess if your company is one they want to apply to work for.

Communicate

One of the most important things to Millennials is transparency. They want businesses to communicate openly on social media just as much as they do. Millennials say the top three topics they want companies to be transparent about online are company values, changes to products and services and employment practices.

Post photos on Instagram of company outings to communicate to Millennials that your employees get along and enjoy being together. You should also share press releases and statements recognizing employees when they’re rewarded for their achievements. These posts attract potential employees, letting them know that they’ll be valued at your company.

Leverage Technology 

No one wants to work for a company that is stuck in the stone ages. Millennials embrace technology that makes their lives better and your company should too. Introduce online sharing platforms and leverage live video and messaging to allow co-workers to communicate. 87% Millennials say they value being able to message colleagues so if you don’t already have a chat system, now is the time.

Millennials are also 1.4X more likely than Baby Boomers to say that AI will help people lead more organized lives. So, while AI is certainly a bit more difficult to implement a chat system, it’s worth looking in to.

Millennials are bringing new expectations to the table and establishing new ways of working. From desiring flexible work arrangements to using the latest in technology, Millennials are setting the new standard for how businesses operate. Adopting their values will help your company stand out to Millennials and attract the strongest employees amongst this influential generation.

 

Which Workplace Amenities Are Worth Investing In?

Sacha R - Friday, June 07, 2019

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With the list of great employers and job mobility increasing, amenities are taking center stage as a way to lure employees in. Gone are the days of simply going to the office to sit at a desk - employees want more. Collaborative spaces, break rooms, flexible work spaces, and even game rooms are becoming some of the most sought-after amenities when people are deciding to work for a company. Which workplace amenities provide the greatest performance boost, though?

Which Amenities Perform Best? 

Gensler recently released their 2019 U.S. Workplace Survey, which represents the input of more than 6,000 office workers across a variety of industries and demographics. Gensler analyzed how each amenity corresponds with a better environment and a better experience. Since amenities are investments, amenities and alternate workspaces that provided the greatest performance boost were prioritized.

The study found that the amenities that connect directly to people’s work-related needs deliver the greatest impact. Amenities such as lounges and break rooms provided the smallest performance gains.

While this isn’t ground-breaking news, there is something to say for those non-work focused amenities. Half of all employees say that their working environment has a negative effect on their mental health and well-being. Two-third of employees that they rarely feel valued.

Many employees state that increasing workloads, followed by a lack of time to focus on well-being and exercise are the leading causes of stress. When your employees are too stressed to focus there is a noticeable decrease in performance.

So What Can Be Done?

At Rosetti Properties, we offer over 45,000 square feet of commercial and retail space in Albany County. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated and offices can be altered or built to fit the needs of your business and your employees.

With this in mind, these are a few recommendations so you can boost performance while also helping your employees manage their stress.

Fitness Center – A fitness center doesn’t have to be large to be effective. A couple treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and yoga mats will allow employees to stretch their legs on their lunch break or get some exercise in after work.

Quiet Spaces – When designing your office, make sure you designate a few rooms as quiet spaces. People will appreciate having an area to go to make phone calls or focus on their work without any outside distractions.

Collaborative Spaces - Just like people need quiet spaces, they also need areas where they can work together. Put white boards, a big table, couches, and computers in these areas so teams have everything they need to work on their project.

Outdoor Workspaces – Many people say that they ability to get outside during the day lifts their mood and increases productivity. If space allows, create an area outdoors with tables and umbrellas so people can get some fresh air,

Ready to get started on creating an amenity filled office? Contact us today!

You’re Killing Your Productivity by Doing These 6 Things

Sacha R - Friday, May 24, 2019

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To some degree, productivity is an art. We scour the Internet for journal articles, videos, and eBooks on how to be the most productive version of ourselves possible. Many of these articles and videos mention the same common tips and tricks. What if they’re wrong, though? What if many of the things you’re doing to be more productive are actually causing more harm than good?

 

Below are six common beliefs and practices that are ultimately making you less productive.

 

Stop Doing the Easy Things First

 

Doing the easier and more fun tasks on your to-do list first is causing you to procrastinate the more necessary tasks. Knocking off a few items quickly will make you feel a sense of accomplishment, but are they really items that no one else can do? “Just because you’re checking something off the list doesn’t mean it was worthwhile doing,” says Jeff Skipper, Calgary-based leadership and change management consultant.

 

Before you write anything down on your to-do list, make sure it’s a task you should be doing to begin with. If not, delegate it to someone else.

 

Stop Forcing Yourself to Get Up Early

 

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t force yourself to be a morning person. Each individual has their own circadian rhythm that is difficult to mold and re-shape. If you find that you work better when you sleep in, try shifting your morning workouts to after work hours. You could also see if your boss will allow you to come in to the office later and leave later or work from home. Taking advantage of your natural energy peaks throughout the day will allow you to optimize your productivity.

 

Stop Letting Irritations Slide

 

If we let the “little things” go we’re not allowing ourselves to lose focus or become less productive. At least, that’s the idea.

If the “little things” aren’t dealt with in a timely manner, they can become big problems. Resentment can also drain our energy levels and focus, causing us to mull over the situation over and over again in our heads. Confront the situation before it becomes a larger issue and you’ll be more productive in the long run.

 

Stop Planning Your Breaks

 

We’re creatures of habit and many of us work best when we plan out our days. A common practice is to take a 5-minute break for every 30 minutes of work you do. While this can reduce eye strain and is good for our circulation, it can be detrimental at times. If you’re on a roll, keep going even if 30 minutes have gone by. You’re better off listening to your body and taking note of your energy levels to know when it’s time for a break.

Stop Working Under Pressure

 

Many people claim that they work better under pressure. A looming deadline is certainly motivation to complete a project, but it is not conducive to producing quality work. Pressure leads to a decrease in cognitive functioning and creativity. Working under pressure also adds unnecessary work stress. Unless you’re given two day’s notice to complete a project, allow yourself time to do your best work.

 

Stop Thinking Procrastination is Just a Bad Habit

 

Procrastination is usually a sign of a deeper issue. Maybe you’re afraid that you’ll do the project wrong, look bad, aren’t good enough, or you have impostor syndrome. Procrastination has even been linked to higher rates of depression, substance abuse, phobias, and more. By recognizing and dealing with the root cause of your procrastination, you’ll be able to be more productive.

 

Bonus Tip: Stop Working In A Bad Office Space

 

The wrong office space can also be harmful to our productivity. Rosetti Properties has numerous office spaces throughout the Capital Region for you to choose from. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated and office can be altered and/or built to promote a productive space. Contact us today to schedule a tour.


 

 

Working from Home the Right Decision for Your Small Business?

Sacha R - Wednesday, May 08, 2019

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Over the last decade, working from home has become a desired perk by many. Many claim that they’re more productive, they’re happier with their jobs, and that they have a better work/life balance. While these may all be true, allowing employees, and yourself, to work from home may not be the right choice for your small business.

Where are Employees the Most Productive?

Avast Business conducted a study of small business employees and employers to find out how working from home affects productivity, satisfaction, and morale.

  • 38% of employees say they are most productive when working at home
  • 35% say they are most productive when working at an office
  • 21% say they are most productive when working in a public space, like a coffee shop or library
  • 6% prefer a “hot desking” situation. Hot desking refers to coming into the office and working at a shared work space or whatever desk is available.

Pros & Cons of Working Remotely

Pros

The biggest benefit that mobile working offers employees is happiness – ‘I am happier’ was chosen by 34% of respondents. But it’s not just employees that benefit from mobile working, it’s you too. The survey shows that when working outside the office, people also take pride in what they do and deliver higher quality work. Great news for your business!

Some other pros of working from home include:

  • Better work/life balance – 34%
  • Increased productivity – 30%
  • Employee takes pride in what they do – 22%
  • Employee delivers higher quality work – 21%
  • Employee takes fewer sick days – 16%
  • Employee feels empowered – 14%

Cons

While working from home or remotely may seem like all fun and games, there are cons that go along with it. The biggest downside of mobile working is getting distracted (45.5%). People are also more interested in having a good work/life balance and being able to take breaks when they like than respecting their employer or staying with the company longer.

Other cons of working from home include:

  • Procrastination – 40.5%
  • Employee misses something important that happens at the office – 40.5%
  • Employee works longer than they’re supposed to – 40%
  • Weaker relationships with some colleagues – 37%
  • Employee may be overlooked for promotion – 29%
  • Cybersecurity – employees who use an unsecure Wi-Fi network put the company’s email, banking, projects, and documents at risk for an attack

One concern, or con, that many employers express is not being able to see and communicate with employees well. This concern can be remedied by establishing weekly or daily video calls to discuss current projects and the employee’s performance.

Pros & Cons of Working at the Office

While working remotely is the ‘shiny new toy’ that many employees just have to have, there are still many positives to showing up at the office every day. The biggest positive is collaboration. If you run a business that is highly dependent on collaboration and group work, having employees spread out across town (or the state, or even the country!), probably will not work. Offering space within the office for employees to get together and work is a better use of everyone’s time.

Other pros of working at an office include:

  • Less emails in your inbox – working in an office encourages face to face communication
  • Sense of belonging
  • Easier to connect and communicate with managers
  • Increase in creativity – collaborating with coworkers will help you think in new ways
  • Ability to provide technological support and expertise

Let’s review some cons of working from an office:

  • Lack of trust from employees
  • Employees have identified stress and anxiety as the main factor affecting their productivity when working in an office
  • Sedentary lifestyle – office jobs are one of the leading causes in obesity . Working in an office setting does not encourage regular breaks for standing and short walks
  • Lack of daylight – sunlight increases happiness and productivity and is an essential part of life
  • Potentially spending a large portion of the day commuting

Which Option is Right for Your Business?

Ultimately this is up to you. As mentioned previously, if your company relies on collaboration, a work-from-home culture may not be the best decision. However, if your employees do more independent work, maybe it is best to let them choose where they work from.

One solution is to survey your employees to gain a better understanding of their work habits and preferences. From the survey results you’ll be able to make a more informed decision. Maybe you allow one work-from-home day a week, or you get rid of your office completely! Only you can make that call.

If you are looking for a new office space for your budding business, we have numerous options that will fit your needs. Contact us today to schedule a tour!

Is Noise Pollution Causing Your Employees to Quit?

Sacha R - Tuesday, April 23, 2019

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At some point in the last decade, open plan offices became desirable by business owners and employees alike. They promised increased collaboration, productivity, and symbolized a youthful company culture. However, for many employees this has not been the case.

63% of employees say they lack quiet space for focused work, which has a negative effect on their productivity, satisfaction, and well-being. Many go for walks outside, while others use headphones to focus and block out distractions.

Many employees who work in incredibly loud offices say they are likely to leave their job in the next six months.

Ultimately, noise pollution has a negative effect on productivity, which impacts financial performance. Executives see employee productivity as critical to their financial performance, yet very few understand the link between noise, distraction, and productivity. Even worse, fewer have equipped their office with noise mitigating features.

So What Can You Do?

Even if you’re committed to maintaining an open office, there are steps you can take to ensure your employees don’t quit because of noise pollution.

Provide dedicated quiet spaces – If you have a room or two to spare, turn them into quiet spaces. Make these rooms off limits to meetings and group work to ensure that they’re always available to individuals who want some peace and quiet.

Provide loud spaces - Like the quiet spaces, loud spaces are ideal for collaboration and meetings. They encourage discussion and interaction with white boards, TVs and a computer and can also be used for making phone calls. Designated loud spaces signal to employees that time spent working at their desk is meant to be quiet.

Install Sound Absorbing Materials – If your office space is particularly noisy, it would be a good idea to look in to installing sound absorbing materials. Basic carpeting, acoustical ceiling tiles, and cubicle partitions will help with some of the noise. If your budget is a bit larger, consider drop ceilings the soak up sound, wall decorations that double as soundproofing, and live greenery and plants.

If you’re looking to move your business to a new building, Rosetti Properties owns and manages 50,000 square feet of commercial and retail space. Our buildings are “A” rated and can be altered or built to meet the needs of your business and employees. You can say good bye to noise complaints!

When you’re ready to tour our available spaces, let us know!

 

Three Ways to Spark Inspiration at Work

Sacha R - Monday, April 08, 2019

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Feeling bored and depressed at work? While these can be signs that you should start looking for new job, they may also be signs that you’ve fallen into a rut. It’s easy to succumb to habits and daily rituals that ultimately lead to boredom and a lack of inspiration. The next time you find yourself asking, “do I even like this job?” try doing these things to spark excitement.

Become Curious

A simple way to tackle boredom is to find something that makes you curious. Find a documentary that covers a topic you know little about, or a biography about a famous person within your field. Your sense of curiosity will likely cross-over into what you’re doing at work. Try asking yourself how your decisions will affect your co-workers or customers and work from there. It may simply take putting yourself in someone else’s shoes to make you feel inspired.

Change Up Your Routine

Ever heard the saying “change doesn’t come from comfort”? While we all love our habits and morning routines, they may be damaging our productivity and career growth. Pick a new location for your weekly team meeting, try writing in a different style, or go for a walk during your break instead of spending it on your phone. A simple change may lead to big ideas.

Face Your Fears

In addition to switching up your routine, try doing one thing a month that scares you. Maybe it’s speaking up in a sales meeting or pitching an idea that you’ve been sitting on for a while. In addition to sparking inspiration, facing your fears also builds confidence and courage. You may even discover a new skill that you’re really good at in the process!

Bonus Tip! While changing your office space is certainly a big move, we guarantee it will make you feel inspired and breath new life into your job and business. Learn more about our “A” rated commercial buildings and offices and how we can help you find the perfect space for your business.

 

Is Your Open Plan Office Reducing Productivity?

Sacha R - Friday, March 22, 2019

Open Office and Productivity

Just like open floor plans at home, open plan offices have been increasing in popularity over the past few years. They often give off the vibe that a business is relevant, relaxed, and has a lot of employee perks – Buzzfeed or Google come to mind?

However, while open plan offices are great for collaboration, they can also lead to stress and a decrease in productivity. 60% of the working day is devoted to individual task-focused work while only 25% is devoted to collaboration. This means that 60% of the time employees in an open plan office are not in the right environment.

In a survey conducted by Unispace, 15% of people reported that noise was the main reason for inefficiency at work. 13% reported that it was lack of quiet areas, while 9% said a lack of privacy was the reason for their lack of productivity.

While collaboration is an important and necessary element of any business, so are individual tasks. Many of the tasks performed at work require the ability to focus, and with no way to shut the door to get some peace and quiet, focusing is becoming increasingly difficult. In open environments increased noise, a lack of privacy and quiet areas consistently show up as top complaints among employees.

What Can Be Done?

Rather than designing an office space that is completely open, take the opposite approach. Have cubicles or private offices for each employee with designated rooms for meetings, collaboration and taking breaks. Put white boards, easels, TVs and large tables in the collaborative spaces so employees will feel inclined to meet there.

If your space allows for it, build a kitchen and break room away from employee’s desks or offices. The smell of food, sounds of people preparing lunch and conversations won’t distract others who aren’t on their break.

In the market for a new office building? All of our commercial building are “A” rated and offices can be altered and/or built to meet the needs of your business. Explore the spaces we have available and contact us today to set up a tour!

 

Four Ways to Save Money on Business Expenses

Sacha R - Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Saving on Expenses

As a small business owner, it can be easy to focus on increasing sales and making money rather than reducing costs. However, keeping business costs low will help your company grow and allow you to have a greater net income. Cutting costs may seem difficult, but there are ways to do so without making too many sacrifices.

 

Go Paperless 
 
If going 100% paperless isn’t an option, look for ways to reduce paper use. If your business is just starting out, purchase laptops instead of desktop computers and encourage employees to type their meeting notes. Print any necessary documents two-sided and send company updates via email. If you send coupons or announcements to customers, start sending emails instead of snail mail.

 

Reducing the amount of paper your business uses will also reduce the money you spend on reams of paper, ink cartridges and repairs to your printer.
 
Utilize Social Media

 

Advertising is only expensive if you want it to be. Hop on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and spend some time organically interacting with your followers and potential customers. Think of it as online networking if that makes you feel better about spending so much time on social media!

 

You can also run ads on social media for a fraction of the cost as traditional media. Digital ads are also hyper-targeted, which means you can rest easy knowing your ads (and money) are reaching the right demographic.

 

Be More Energy Efficient

 

Between lights, multiple computers, phones and possibly kitchen appliances, an office space can use a lot of energy. Reduce your energy bill each month by making a conscious effort to be more energy efficient. Lower the thermostat at night, use power strips, and turn computers off at the end of the day. The environment will thank you too!

 

Choose the Right Office Space

 

Leasing an office space that’s too big for the current size of your company is a sure-fire way to drain your bank account. There’s no need to pay for space that you don’t foresee using within the next 6 months. Assess your businesses needs before researching a property that will work for you!

 

Rosetti Properties has numerous locations within the Capital Region ranging from 250 ft² to 44530 ft². We’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for; contact us today!

 

Redesign Your Work Space to be More Productive

Sacha R - Thursday, February 21, 2019

Improving Your Workplace

Everyone is constantly looking for the next big thing that will make them more productive. Whether it be food, a book, meditating or listening to the same song on repeat, people will stop at nothing to know the secret to productivity. While we don’t have all of the answers, we do know that you can redesign your office space to make it (and your employees) more productive.

Have Designated Areas for Different Tasks

Does your workspace make certain tasks more difficult? Crowding around a desk to hold a meeting doesn’t make sense, and quite frankly, makes people uncomfortable. It also wouldn’t make sense to have a conversation with someone sitting at the opposite end of a long conference table.

While open floor plans can be challenging to work with, it is doable. Maybe you take a page from your local library’s book (pun intended) and make the open work space a quiet environment. Encourage people to have conversations and team meetings in designated spaces away from other employees.

To encourage collaboration and productivity further, equip conference rooms with the right tools. Having TVs, Smart Boards, White Boards, and easels encourage an open dialog and productive brainstorm sessions.

Make the Office Comfortable

While sleeping pods, hammocks, and giant bean bags aren’t necessary, it is important that your employees are comfortable. Is your office too hot or too cold? If the temperature is too extreme in one direction or another it can distract employees from their work.

Maybe you consider instating a casual dress code if you currently require employees to wear suits. If a person is comfortable in what they’re wearing they’re more likely to be able to focus on the task at hand.

It’s also important to ensure that everyone has a comfortable chair. Sitting for 8 hours a day is already hard on the body, an uncomfortable chair makes it even worse. If available, let employees swap chairs with others in the office until they find one they like. You can also ask your team once a year if anyone would like a new chair. A pain-free back and neck is possibly one of the best ways to ensure your employees remain productive!

Lastly, encourage employees to decorate their desks! Adding plants, personal photos and small trinkets increases comfort and helps people to feel like the space is theirs. You can also decorate the common areas of the office by adding potted plants, hanging photos and adding pops of color into your décor.

If you’re out of ways to reorganize your office, perhaps it’s time to move to a new building. Rosetti Properties has numerous buildings and office spaces available to fit your business’ needs. Our commercial buildings are “A” rated, meaning they can be altered to look and function how you want it to.

 

How to Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly

Sacha R - Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Your Happy Office

Now more than ever, people are turning their attention to environmentally friendly alternatives to their favorite products. They’re also changing their lifestyle and daily routines to be more environmentally conscious. This mind set doesn’t just apply to our personal lives, and homes though. Many people are looking towards their work place to make changes to be more environmentally friendly.

Five Ways To Make Your Office More Environmentally Friendly

Use Less Energy – Becoming more energy efficient is not only good for the environment but for your wallet too! Powering down at night, using power strips, and using laptops are just a few of the ways your office can become more efficient. Your electric bill will thank you!

Get A Recycling Bin – Offices are one of the biggest offenders for using too much paper. Even as times are changing and people are using tablets and computers more, there is still a great deal of paper being used. Depending on the size of your office, place a few recycling bins throughout so people can properly dispose of their papers when they’re done with them.

Invest in Silverware and Plates – Does your office have a kitchen or breakroom? If so, consider purchasing silverware, plates and bowls for people to use at lunchtime. You can find cheap sets at Walmart or on Amazon and in the long wrong the initial cost will outweigh the cost of repurchasing plastic.

Use Energy Star Appliances – If your office kitchen has a refrigerator, microwave or dishwasher make the switch to Energy Star appliances. In the past these appliances used to cost more than non-certified appliances, but not anymore! Now that can actually be cheaper, so you have no excuse not to make the switch!

Use Environmentally Friendly Office Products – These products will only cost around 5% more than traditional products, and the pros far outweigh the cons. Start with 100% recycled paper, refillable ink cartridges, and non-toxic highlighters. Then do some research and see what other environmentally friendly products you can find!

All of our offices can be altered and/or built to meet the needs of your business! We also use energy efficient lighting in all of our buildings which helps you remain environmentally friendly! Discover all of the great office spaces we have available to lease today!