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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

Featured image clean office desk

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

Featured image clean office laptop

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!

 

Benefits of Leasing Office Space

Sacha R - Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Exterior of Rosetti Properties

To rent or to buy office space? That is a question that every business owner will find themselves asking at one point or another. While owning property can be enticing on the surface there are plenty of benefits to leasing that you should consider.

Flexibility

When you lease office space it’s a lot easier to move to a new building should the need arise. Selling a building could take a long time depending on the location and market. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where you own two office buildings but only need one.

With a lease, you know when it will end so you can plan in advance.

Your Business Can Grow (Or Shrink)

This one goes hand in hand with flexibility. If you’re in a position where you need to hire a handful of new employees but have nowhere to put them, your business could be in trouble. It should also be noted that if you downsize your company, you’ll then be in a building that is too large. Leasing allows your business to change with ease without the added stress of a building keeping you in one place.

Seizing Opportunity

Have you had your eye on a specific office space? When that space becomes available, you’ll be ready to take advantage of the leasing opportunity!

No Maintenance Required

When you lease, you’re not responsible for the upkeep of the building. Property management services will take care of snow removal, maintenance in the building, cleaning and more. This takes a great deal of stress off your plate and allows you to focus on more important things: your business!

With properties throughout Albany County and the Capital Region; we know we’ll have office space that is the right fit for you and your company. Once you’re ready to view our available properties, contact our office to schedule your tour.

 

Choosing the Best Location for Your Business

Sacha R - Monday, January 07, 2019

Rosetti Exterior

 

Whether you’re moving offices or just starting your business, choosing the right building can be a stressful decision. The space must be the right fit for your business and your employees while also being in the right location. Focusing your attention on a few key areas can help you decide where your office should be located.
 
Budget
 
The first area you should turn your attention to is your budget. Determine what you can afford to put towards rent each month before even beginning to look for a space. You don’t want to end up in a situation where you find the perfect space and then realize it’s too expensive.
 
Size
 
After setting a budget, the next thing to consider is the size of your company. This includes your company’s current size and prospective growth. Don’t sign a lease for a space that just fits the current number of employees. Find a space that will allow your business to grow if that’s what you foresee happening.
 
Type of Company
 
Does your company work closely with a lot of other local businesses? Then finding a space close to your clients should be a top priority. If your company doesn’t visit clients face to face too often, maybe you can consider finding a space outside of town that is less expensive.
 
We have properties throughout Albany County and the Capital Region; we will most certainly have a space that will suit the needs of your business. Once you’re ready to view our available properties, contact our office to schedule your tour.

 

6 Ways to Create a Healthy Work Life

Sacha R - Thursday, November 15, 2018

Man eating a salad

 

Business owners and their employees know how busy work schedules can be, whether or not steps are actively taken to stay healthy is a different area to master aside from maintaining a busy schedule. While you or your staff may not always put yourselves first, it’s important to do so as much as possible. Without making healthy decisions, the business’ best foot isn’t being put forward and it might be difficult to accomplish as much as necessary.

6 Ways to Stay Healthy at Work

It’s much more than staying healthy at work, it’s about incorporating healthy options in your life that make a positive impact on your work life.

1. Take Time For You: It’s important to have a positive work-personal life balance. If you or your staff members are spending most of their waking hours working it’s bound to take a toll. Taking your work home with you every so often is okay, but it’s ideal to leave your work behind for the remainder of the day when you leave the office.
2. Getting Enough Sleep: Running on a combination of caffeine and determination can only take you so far, it’s best to add in a good nights’ rest to the combination. When a person gets a proper amount of sleep, especially on a consistent basis, their performance level is likely to increase.
3. Let Go: Like many areas of our lives, work can cause a certain level of stress. There are times when stressful circumstances are unavoidable, but, we need to learn to let go of the frustration and anguish. A healthy lifestyle often begins with letting go of negative feelings and nurturing your mind.
4. Exercise: This almost goes without saying, but having an active lifestyle that incorporates a level of exercise helps to maintain your overall health. Exercising helps you to destress and put things into perspective.
5. Eat Well: To stay healthy at work, it’s important to eat well. Is it okay to indulge with a calzone for lunch? Sure, as long as it isn’t every day or if it’s paired with an exercise routine. Stress-eating snacks during the day or skipping a meal because you’re “too busy” is not the ideal solution. Instead, pack a lunch and make sure enough time is set aside to take a breather and enjoy a good meal.
6. The Right Office: Having your business in an office or retail space that does not encourage a proper work environment or one that is hidden away and your consumers don’t know you’re there can create unwanted stress which diminishes your overall health. Rosetti Properties takes a personal interest in our commercial and retail properties by creating a long-term relationship with our tenants. We also pride ourselves in being able to alter and/or build our office space to suit the needs of your business!

Our professionals are invested in the overall success of those who establish their business in any of our commercial spaces. If your business is in a space that is not conducive to a healthy or productive work week, let us know! We’d love to meet with you and discuss the needs of your business and find a place that will suit your needs the best.