HAPPY EMPLOYEES MAKES A BETTER WORK PLACE

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Put a Little Fun into the Office

Fun, that word is not normally associated with an office environment. We think of offices as human versions of beehives. Each person buzzing from one task to the next with proficiency. But what if I told you that in the midst of all of that work you could have fun?

Maybe not a football game, beer and burgers kind of fun, but something that promotes community and stress relief.

A good way as a manager to inject a little fun into the work place is by coming up with games. One that has proven to be a great success for Executive Suite Professionals is our annual clover hunt. The team at ESP hides a thousand clovers of all sizes around the office and at the end of the month, the person with the most clovers wins the prize.  This brings clients out of their offices and promotes chatter between the clients.

The fun does not have to be as extravagant as the large scale clover hunt. It could be as small as giving away a bouquet at the end of the week to someone in the office.

As a manager or a company owner, one of the best things to do is to remember that your employees are people and need to de-stress from time to time. A little company-wide game can get everyone talking, networking, and relaxing.

At Executive Suite Professionals, we implement a game, puzzle, buzz monthly.  It helps with networking and socializing between the clients and staff.

 

By Devin Hill

Building Bridges Between Businesses

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Here in Jacksonville, Florida we are a coastal city. Everywhere you look, to get from one end of town to the next, you are going to go over a bridge. Sometimes it will be the Matthews Bridge, or the Acosta, or my personal favorite, the Main Street Bridge.

The only way to get to the heart of Jacksonville, where the majority of big and small businesses live, is over a bridge. Bridges are architectural masterpieces that connect two pieces of land together, bridges can also be built in businesses.

We have a universal saying of “don’t burn bridges”, we are referring to relationships and connections. In the corporate world every time you shake someone’s hand or pass your card, you are putting together the foundation for your bridge.

It is best to start with the companies around your office. Those first few introductions are not only connecting you with other companies, but they are also the beginnings of your reputation. They are going to study how you hold yourself, whether or not you’re confident with yourself and your brand. They are going to respond to what you present so it is best to keep that first impression professional. Remember that there may come a day you need to cross that bridge.

You are the architect for how others view your company and your brand. It starts with that first handshake or that direct eye contact. Working within the smaller community of businesses can catapult your business into exponential growth.

Continuously working to build those connections will take you and your business from being the new office in the building to taking over an entire floor. It is all about growth and the only way to grow is to build strong connections.

Here at Executive Suite Professionals we pride ourselves on building those bridges and connections. We are all about building strong networks for our clients. When they thrive we thrive and that is what building bridges is all about.

 

By Devin Hill

Building or Business Center: What Fits Your Start Up’s Needs

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You have spent countless hours building a brand, refining your product, networking, and marketing, but now the time has come to make the final decision on where your company will call home for the first year. Do you pick a large office building with a ton of space? Or do you start a little smaller?

Leasing a building or a floor of a building is quite an endeavor. Yes, there is a ton of room, and for some clients they might feel more comfortable with your company based on the sheer size of your space, but is that really going to be the best fit for your budding company? When it comes to leasing a floor, you’re tied into a contract, some of which can last 12 months to 10 years, depending on where you’re looking. Then at the end of the month you will be writing a check for the floor, for water and electric, and any other services not included in your original lease.

On the other hand, imagine an office, one for you, one for your staff, just enough space. At the end of the month, you write one check instead of six. You don’t have to worry about phone, or internet, or the coffee. You’re not locked into a lease for years. This is what starting out in a business center is like, this is what starting out at Executive Suite Professionals is like.

Choosing an office suite at Executive Suite Professionals streamlines the process for you as a business owner, taking all of your worries and reducing them down to just one check per month. You’re only paying for the space you need rather than the whole floor. The business center handles your internet, your phones, has a full time reception staff, we cater to you and to your clients.

Leasing a floor or an office building when you’re first starting out can be a major headache, and because you are a new business, there might be things your miss in the lease. A business center that is all inclusive would alleviate that stress and worry. Simplifying your world for the first year that you’re in business is the best way to grow your company.

By Devin Hill

Communication is the Key to a Healthy Business

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Every day we interact with dozens if not hundreds of people. Every minute of every day we are communicating with the world around us either by our body language or what we are verbally saying. We even communicate when we choose not to say anything at all.

In order to have a cohesive workplace where things run efficiently then communication is key. Think of a time when you were the new person in the office, you might have known how to do the job, but you didn’t know the procedures for that company. So you had a choice. You could either speak up and ask for help, or jump in and hope no one notices that you’re struggling. For some people, jumping in is the way to go, for others asking for help is the best course of action.

The best suggestion when it comes to starting at a new company is to communicate with those around you. Ask for help and if something is not making sense, ask again or ask in a different way until the procedure moves smoothly for you.

It is the same with any business interaction. Communicate clearly. When you are interacting with someone then make sure that they understand what is you need and you understand what it is they need. Communication can make or break a company. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help.

By Devin Hill

5 Signs of a Good Leader

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In every office across the country, in every work environment, there are leaders that rise up and help companies achieve their goals. There are several signs that differentiate between a good leader and one that might need a little help.

Listening: A good leader listens to his or her team. They encourage their team members to exchange ideas and to think outside of the box. A good leader will take in all of the information given and will work their team to come up with a solution.

Acknowledge Their Team: A good leader will acknowledge of the efforts of their team. It is never just a one person rodeo. We are all in this together and when a leader acknowledges the efforts by their team members, the team members are more willing to go above and beyond.

Never Expect What You Not Inspect: A good leader is someone who is going to get into the thick of things. It is never a one person show, everyone has to work together. A good leader will do the smallest task to the largest task alongside their team members. By helping one another, the team build a sense of community.

Encourage and Reprimand: We all want encouragement from the people we look up to, and we all hate to disappoint them. We are all, however, human and a good leader is going to step up and reprimand when it is the appropriate time. A good leader is not going to tear someone down for making a mistake. A good leader will acknowledge the mistake and work with the individual(s) who made the mistake in finding a solution. Mistakes are a part of being human and sometimes we need to be reminded of policies or procedures. A good leader will remind their team of the procedures as they determine if a change needs to be made.

Be Flexible: A team is made up of multiple personalities, multiple backgrounds. A good leader will interact with each of their team members differently. Each person will need to be encouraged in a different way, or reprimanded in a different way. Each person will learn differently and it is up to a good leader to be flexible enough to handle those difference.

A leader is someone we look up to in the office. If you are that leader sit down and see if you fit these characteristics. If your team is not performing the way you’d like, it might be time to look at the game plan and make some changes.

 

By Devin Hill

Organization: A Few Tips to Keep the Office in Check

 

 

cropped-window-suite-at-esp1.jpgOffices are homes away from home. We leave our homes in the morning to settle in behind our desks and follow our passions in life. We build up our companies and reputations as professionals. The one thing we sometimes forget to focus on is the organization of our office.

Papers scattered the desk, the phones ring, and clients keep coming. Here are some tips and trick to keep the chaos under control.

  1. Folder and Binder: When it comes to papers, folders and binders are the best thing to keep the desk clear. It depends on the type of work you do whether or not you want to organize papers alphabetically by client name, or numerically by invoice number.
  2. Keep Your Desk Clear: When it comes to keeping the chaos down, in order to keep focused, only handle one client at a time. When we have a clear desk then we feel less pressured and calmer when we interact with our clients.
  3. Keep a Calendar: It doesn’t matter if the calendar is digital or pen and paper, but at the end of the day keeping a calendar will help you stay organized and efficient.

These are just a few tips to keep the office organized and running smoothly so your stress level doesn’t have to ride. Here at Executive Suite Professionals, if you find yourself with a cluttered office or need help in getting your office the way you’d like it, just ask. The ladies at ESP are here to help you in your journey to grow your business. Your success is our goal.

By Devin Hill

Welcoming a New Company

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When a new company sets up an office in an executive business center, there is a learning curve as well as introductions to be made. A new company, whether the company is a start-up or has been established for thirty years, still has some growing pains when entering a new environment.

The new company should be made to feel welcome. An executive business center like Executive Suite Professionals introduces a new company to existing companies. Connections are made in a warm and open environment. The team at ESP sets up the phones, internet, and office for the new company before they even arrive so that the move is nearly seamless.

On occasion when welcoming a new company, the best way is either post the new company’s information on a bulletin board in common areas, or give them the spotlight in a monthly newsletter to let the floor know that someone has been added to the center.

As the new company, if you are looking at a business center and the companies are not aware of their neighbors or there is no way of announcing your arrival that might not be the best fit for you. At ESP, our goal is to create an environment that encourages networking and professional friendships. The best way to start in a new office is with a warm welcome.