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Why Phone Use at Work is vital in Today’s Office

Phone Use at Work

In the “Age of the App,” personal phone use provides productivity and ease of use simultaneously. Let your employees have their cake and Instagram it too!

 

Our smartphones. They are attached to us like a second-nature appendage. At home, in the car, or on the train these devices are always with us. 

Except at many workplaces.

 

Despite the fact that many people would rather skip a meal if meant putting their phones down, many employers still punish attempts to use a personal mobile device. It’s because phone use is still commonly seen as a personal break on professional time. But why?

 

After all, it is impossible to play Pokemon Go! while sitting still. So why do employers feel the need to look over their employees’ shoulders? They’ll still do the “iPhone shimmy” under the cubicle desk.

 

Phone use is shown to have work related benefits. Not the least of which is for use as a communication device. Using your phone to reach out to a contact may allow, and encourage, new work-related networking. Fluid use of mobile devices also allows for the development of productive ideas, on the go.

 

Smartphone use on company time also allows workers to continue mobile conversations in or outside the workspace. Lunch breaks still offer an outlet of productivity because mobile devices allow access to work documents. Most employees use their devices to handle work outside of normal office hours.
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6 Workplace Leader Actions to Advance Productivity

Productivity

Business leaders know, and research validates, that workplace conditions influence employee performance and engagement, and ultimately company productivity.

 

A safe, comfortable, and healthy working environment, in addition to social dialogue and technology, will advance productivity. This sounds pretty common sense, but the above conditions rely on six actions: Read more

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The Wall Street Journal and Office Thermostat Wars

Wall Street Journal

Illustration by: JASON SCHNEIDER

 

The office thermostat wars are very much real. These conflicts can cause stress, headaches, along with company-wide discomfort. The Wall Street Journal’s Sue Shellenberger decided to outline this problem and provide the most tech-savvy solutions.

 

Janice from accounting is freezing. Ever since she clocked in at 9 a.m her mind drifted away from her workflow. The office seemed to get colder and colder. After an hour of braving the infinite chill with nothing but a cashmere sweater, Janice knew what to do: go directly into battle. She headed for the office thermostat.  Read more

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The Six Factors that make Workplace Communication a Breeze!

boost communication six ways

Communication within the workplace can be a hassle if you don’t find ways to both streamline it and make it engaging as well.

 

With more people contracting in and out and working from home or other off-site locations, workplace efficiency may suffer from a lack of coherence and community. Fortunately, as much as mobile technology has made it easier to work with people you may never see, it also makes it easier to have some sort of human contact with them.

 

As with all communications, the keys to effective workplace interactions are elements such as clarity, directness, respect, openness, honesty, and appropriateness. While it may be tempting to hide behind screens and cubicle walls, the technological advances in workplace communication make it just as easy to be forthright and forward thinking.

 

In terms of actual practices that support workplace communication, the following are quickly rising to the top of the list: Read more

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The 13 Mobile Enterprise Apps Enhancing HR

HR mobile app

Mobile applications are easing their way into enterprise operations, and help make HR responsibilities easier to manage.

 

There was a time when applying, interviewing, and being hired for a new job involved multiple visits to the employer and a lot of real-time, face-to-face interaction. Resumes and statistics were important, but the human element played a major role as well.

 

These days, as is true in so many fields, human resources (HR) is slowly conforming to the rapid growth of digitalization and even mobile applications. Even if a firm’s HR team still prefers to meet with potential candidates in person, once the person becomes a corporate number, that number can be tracked in any algorithm the smartphone generation cares to throw its way. From scheduling and time cards to payroll and benefit claims, mobile apps are becoming highly regarded in HR. Internal communications for employees to file reports, complaints, and provide day-to-day information has become extremely efficient and streamlined due to the “Digital Age.” Read more

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The Five Best Benefits of Augmented and Virtual Reality in Real Estate

augmented reality

Augmented and Virtual Reality have gained massive interest in the eyes of the tech community and beyond, because of their broad applications. These technologies are ready to (greatly) benefit real estate.

 

You are standing in the foyer of your dream home. Above you, the cathedral ceiling offers a dazzling crystal chandelier like those in the Disney princess films. As your eye drifts over to the left side of the grand staircase, your model wife comes floating towards you in a dazzling designer gown. A beep of the horn alerts you to the arrival of your chauffeur-driven Italian sports car and you turn to see the halogen headlights seep over your Koi ponds and manicured lawn, complete with topiary depicting the pivotal battle scene in “The Empire Strikes Back.”

 

Suddenly, you hear a distant ringing and the room and all in it goes black.

It is your mother-in-law calling.

The fantasy is over.

 

This is now the norm for many on the house hunt, as advances in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) have become standard issue for those in real estate (RE). Whereas VR involves allows you to see and even navigate a space that may not exist, AR places that space into a space that does, potentially imposing what could be over what is.

 

For the consumer, the main advantage is that, instead of just flipping through Architectural Digest or scrolling through Hauzz, looking for that table or paint color that will make your home the envy of all your other social-climbing friends, you can now see yourself in the house and see everything in it, making changes in real time before you ever set foot in a real open house. Read more

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Bridging the Generational Gap in EHS

EHS generations

 

Younger employees want more than just basic safety precautions.

 

There was a time when environmental health and safety (EHS) was intended to protect people in the workplace and elsewhere from egregious hazards and to comply with an ever-growing list of laws and guidelines, many of which were developed and championed by such entities as the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). From sawdust in the supermarket to handles by the toilets, EHS-related offerings took care of every possible incident and accident before they occurred.

 

Or so we thought. Read more

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Rally the troops and gather the data with Executive Rounding

Executive Rounding

A great leader uses all of their tools and personnel to ensure success. Executive Rounding does just that: leveraging people and tech to gather powerful insights.

 

Alexander the Great.

George Patton.

John Blutarsky.

 

What did they have in common? They all knew how to rally the troops in order to get maximal benefit from their supporters. Even when challenges arose and the odds were against them, these masters of strategy could effectively and efficiently survey the field, while presenting the best possible plan — or at least one that got them out of Double-Secret Probation.

 

In today’s technology-driven world, nearly anyone can be an Alex, or George, or even a “Bluto.” Using geolocation and mapping technologies and your handy-dandy smartphone camera (which, for many, has become the primary option and purpose of purchasing/using a device), individual team members can survey the landscape, make and share comments, and spot, report, and deal with issues more effectively than ever.

 

We call this concept Executive Rounding.  Read more

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The Four Most Underrated Duties in Facility Management

facility management

The daily “unsung” job responsibilities in the facility management world are some of the most critical, so let’s shed some light on the top four.

 

Today, we’re dedicating a bit of time to some of the more “underrated” or “overlooked” aspects of a facility manager’s job—things that desperately need to be done, but often go unnoticed. Here are our top four: Read more

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“Comfort Keys” Your Company Can’t Get Wrong

Master the 4 Comfort Keys!

Comfort at the office can disrupt productivity, and cause “unworkable” conditions. Make sure you follow these for “Comfort Keys.”

 

We understand that different organizations have different needs—and we work hard to make sure our solutions always allow for flexibility and customization. But, despite industry and personal preferences, there are still four aspects of building management that run consistent across every building we visit. GET THESE RIGHT! Read more