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Psychological Impact of Hot Desking

Hot desking is a cost-effective way for management of office space.  It also promotes employee social interaction. But, what are the psychological impacts of hot desking?  Hot desking can have a positive or negative psychological impact on employees. Employees have the opportunity t

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Hot-Desking - Deep Dive!!

Hot desking is the practice of designating office space only when needed and allowing employees to choose where they want to sit. Since its inception in the early 1990s, more and more companies are shifting from traditional fixed-desk office workspaces to support this promising alternative.&n

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28 Workplace Software Tools You Need to Know

The world is moving ahead at a very rapid pace. Traditional office space, manual filing, typewriters, and fax machines are all things of the past. Today, they have been replaced by Agile working, hot desking, activity-based work, sensors, IWMS, and other technologies. However, not everyone ha

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What is Hot Desk Anxiety? (What Employees Should Do To Have Less Hot Desk Anxiety)

Hot desking is a big hit among companies for several reasons. But when is not implemented right, it affects the wellbeing of the employees, mainly because it’s causing stress and anxiety, which at the end of the day it affects the whole productivity. So, what is hot desk anxiety. When i

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10 problems with Hot Desking

I had a brief stint with hot desking at a particular point in my life, and it basically is an organizational system used in offices that involves several workers making use of a single work station during different periods in time. The system makes use of breakout spaces that usually lead to coll

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Common Safety Mistakes in the Workplace and How to Avoid Them

Where there is a reward, there is always a risk. The unfortunate part of that is that so many workplaces across the country are taking more risk than they need to by overlooking both extreme and straightforward safety liabilities. With a growing OSHA violation list and an increase of what is

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The Five Pillars of a Fundamentally Sound Business

While every business has its own journey to take, the ones that have survived time and market changes all share some key elements, or pillars if you will. These pillars collectively stand as a foundation for when challenges arise, whether it's an economic dip that forces consumers to cash cru

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How To Effectively Manage Your Employees and Promote Positivity

If you want to effectively manage your employees, you need to commit to being a genuinely good leader. Besides this, keep employees satisfied by allowing them to be themselves in an appropriate manner. You can use this advice to improve the way you deal with your employees. 1. Live by Ethical

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A Complete Guide to Deciding Who Gets an Office in Your Company

Office allocation is nearly always a thorny procedure for businesses. When many people clamor for office spaces, managers have to ensure that the distribution maximizes productivity and satisfaction. Assigning the wrong offices to the wrong employees might lead to dissatisfaction and demotivating

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Job Satisfaction vs. Job Performance

With the increase of competition in the business world, companies feel the need to optimize their performance as much as possible. Making the smallest differences can compound into significant consequences, like the risk of a competitor outclassing another company. Hence, leaders today want to im

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Hot Desking Rules

To get the most out of what hot desking has to offer, however, companies must establish hot desking rules to guide behavior, set the right expectations, and keep employees happy. A good set of hot-desking rules must be relevant and beneficial, with proper rule understandin

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What Unassigned Seating Benchmarks Should I Use

The workplace of the present age is evolving and developing with strategies such as hot desking, open office and unassigned seating experiencing more and more adoption by companies. These trends promise to only get bigger and better mainly because of how effective and efficient they are. Their im

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How To Create An Unassigned Seating Zone? (Dos and Don'ts & Pros and Cons)

More and more people work remotely, making the idea of having a stationed desk not that efficient. Since unassigned desks offer more diversity and flexibility, they have become very popular.    How to create an unassigned seating zone? By taking into an account the preferences o

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Hot Desking and Hygiene: Why the Two Don’t Mix

You know how it goes: one employee brings an illness into work and suddenly it spreads to five or six other people in a day or two. It seems like when in a confined space like an office, germs travel faster. That makes you wonder how hygienic a hot desking arrangement is, especially this time of

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Do Managers Need An Office?

These days, managers DO NOT need their own offices separated from the rest of the staff.  By all means, keep any offices you do have open to anyone who needs them for focused, private work or meetings.  While older employees may feel a bit intimidated having their managers visible and w

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How Office Lighting Affects Productivity

Adequate and optimum lighting is one of the determining factors behind workplace wellness. Considered less important even a decade back, perceptions have changed since. There are established studies that show how closely related productivity is to office lighting. Optimum lighting is no less than

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Hot Desking Etiquette: What You Need to Know

You have certain unspoken etiquette rules in a regular office. Flush the toilet, don’t eat someone else’s food, wash your hands after leaving the stall, don’t eavesdrop on a personal conversation. What about when hot desking? Do you need etiquette there? If so, what kinds of rul

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How Can An Organization Realize The Full Potential Of A Team Which Is Diverse?

- Your company has drastically increased its level of diversity – now what?  - Everyone says diversity is so great for business – but when will you see results?  A few decades ago, increasing diversity in the workplace was a standalone goal.  We still have a ver

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How Can You Avoid Conflicts When Working With A Diverse Team?

Workplace conflict is inevitable. Being a manager for several years now, I learned that the last thing you’d want is having a conflict between the employees. This results in an unproductive and stressful environment. However, taking numerous preventative measures for identifying and avoidin

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Who Should Sit Where At Work? The Importance Of Getting Office Seating Right

The main purpose of designing an optimum office space is to ensure seamless workflow and increased productivity. This is something I experienced recently for real when I went to another office for some PR work. There seemed to have been a lot of thought put behind how a particular department&rsqu

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10 Evidence-Based Ways to Boost Employee Wellbeing

Corporate wellness is not a new concept. It has been around for decades at this point, although it has expanded dramatically in recent years as the impact of employee well-being on performance, productivity, employee retention, and overall business success is becoming more recognized. While there

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Doing Something Great, According to Ryan Anderson

There was one line of work that Ryan Anderson said that he would never get into: office furniture. Being from Grand Rapids, Michigan had provided him with a quarter of a lifetime of seeing the furniture industry from the outside and he truly thought nothing could be more boring. However, after hi

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What Is A Toxic Work Environment? : 10 Signs To Identify a Toxic Work Environment

Although all jobs can be stressful at a time, sometimes it’s not easy to notice that actually, your work environment is making you stressed. Don’t let a toxic work environment sneak up on you. I did and that was the worst year of my life.  What is a toxic work environment? A

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Top Sleep Tips to Boost Your Productivity at Work

Practically everyone has the occasional night when they don’t get enough sleep. Whether it’s a loud neighbor or snoring partner or a tricky problem keeping you awake, the effect is always the same: You’re going to feel tired, sluggish, and out of sorts the next day.  Th

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Valuation of Flexible Workspace - Summary of RICS Insight Report

Flexible workspace is real estate space of varying sizes provided for business or institutional purposes, often with flexibility around the duration, extent, and type of occupation. It is commonly occupied for shorter periods, sometimes only daily, or even hourly. In some cases, flexible work

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What Is the Point of Hot Desking?

At your office, you’re always willing to try out new methods that can save your company money. After all, for a growing business, a penny saved really is a penny earned. One system that got recommended to you is hot desking. You’re thinking of implementing it, but what’s the poi

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How Do I Optimize Office Space?

Whether your office is a brand new space with various workers or an older location that has yet to expand, optimizing requires some basic rules. The effectiveness of an office’s arrangement can have a massive impact on productivity and employee experience. It requires so much more than know

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How To Manage Phones When Hot-Desking (Options and Facts Included)

A typical hot desking environment usually entails multiple company employees sharing a limited number of desks, so a good question is how are incoming phone calls handled. With official business calls coming in for different employees at different times, how are the calls handled when employee de

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Hot Desking Accessories for a More Efficient Setup

Through much time and deliberation, you’ve decided that hot-desking is the option that makes the most sense for your office right now. You know that hot desking can fail pretty spectacularly, which is why you want to outfit the workstation(s) with all the accessories needed to promote produ

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Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work | Chip Heath & Dan Heath

“Being decisive is itself a choice. Decisiveness is a way of behaving, not an inherited trait. It allows us to make brave and confident choices, not because we know we’ll be right but because it’s better to try and fail than to delay and regret. Our decisions will never be perfe

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The Alter Ego Effect: The Power of Secret Identities to Transform Your Life : Todd Herman

What if the games we played as children held the greatest gift to helping us achieve more today? This key question is core to what Herman’s book is all about. We can all remember a time when we were young and felt invulnerable, when our imaginations ran wild and it seemed like nothing

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How can Employers Include Handicapped Employees in Wellness Challenges?

Starting an employee wellness challenge is a great way to improve the overall health of workers, encourage team bonding, and boost productivity. However, what happens to the employees that have a handicap? A wheelchair-bound, deaf, or blind worker should not have to miss out on improving their we

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How to Create your Own Workplace Wellness Challenge

Challenges are a great way to get people involved in making a change. While change is not always something people look forward to, making an effort to beat a challenge brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of individuals. By making a competition out of your workplace wellness challenge, you

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WeWork or Regus? Defining Your Options When Considering Coworking Spaces

The quest for a perfect workspace can be a tiring exercise. Investing in real estate might not work for every office. Rented workspaces come with their limitations too. WeWork and Regus are companies catering specifically to this conundrum. So, which works better - WeWork or Regus? &middo

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Corporate Wellness and Burnout

As part of the Human Resource team in the company, I witness a lot of employees experience burnout. In this cutthroat digital era, more and more workers experience the constant pressure. These individuals tend to check their work emails regularly and continuously come up with plans to move up the

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Hot Desking and COVID-19: 10 Ways to Make Hot Desking Work After the Pandemic

As more parts of the country are gearing towards a reopening, more people are preparing to return to work. If your company is among them, how will you make hot desking work in a post-COVID-19 world? The following 10 suggestions will allow you to reinstate hot desking after the coronavirus:

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Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It : Chris Voss with Tahl Raz

Ever wished to become a better, stronger negotiator? If your answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place. Negotiating is tough, and while we all have to do it, some of us are better at it than others. In this book, you can learn the art of negotiation from the very best – in fac

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WeWork Brooklyn, NYC Summary

In the 21st century, coworking spaces are increasingly becoming popular among businesses, contractors, and freelancers all across the globe. In fact, a considerable amount of people have become accustomed to working in a shared office space rather than working in their own private offices. Wh

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Workplace Wellness That Works: 10 Steps to Infuse Well-Being and Vitality into Any Organisation - Laura Putnam

“Workplace wellness programmes have been around for years,” Laura Putnam says. “But there’s abundant evidence suggesting that the traditional model simply isn’t working. For starters, the rates of obesity, stress, and lifestyle-related disease continue to rise. Nearl

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10 Hot-Desking Questions to Answer Before Initiating

Now seems as great a time as ever to try hot-desking at your workplace. But, before you get too ahead of yourself, know that hot desking involves wholesale changes to the entire operation of your business. Thus, it takes time and some careful thinking before you make up your mind on what to do. W

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Hot-Desking Personal Storage Ideas for a More Organized Workplace

Although cubicles are widely despised, at least they do a good job keeping everyone’s personal effects and work items organized. What kind of hot-desking personal storage options do you have? For personal storage in a hot-desking arrangement, organize the office with the following items

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Hot Desking vs. Activity-Based Working

Activity-based working is an office setup that allows employees to choose their work settings per job or activity. Each employee still has their own desk though, which makes it different compared to hot desking. Curious to learn more about activity-based working? Want to contrast it to hot de

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Aspects of Desk Sharing

In today’s workforce, companies are faced with serious underutilization and high maintenance costs due to the higher number of employees working remotely. In the offices that still have the traditional system of assigned desks, the occupancy hardly goes past 50%. So, the concept of desk-sha

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Michael Ippolito on the Future of Work and Real Estate

For 28 years, Michael Ippolito has been a constant in Newmark Knight Frank, a commercial real estate advisory firm. Currently, Michael is responsible for building The Activation Group, which is a consulting division within the company. Prior to Michael’s experience with Newmark Knight F

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How To Keep Fair Labor Practices In The Workplace and Stay Productive​​​​​​​

Fair labor practices are designed to protect employees from unfair working conditions even though business owners can find them to be burdensome at times. Labor law can and does limit how much work can be done by an individual employee on any given day, something that can slow down prog

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Do Employee Engagement Survey Results Mean Anything?

Almost all organizations carry out employee engagement surveys.  Several studies conducted indicated that just 22% of enterprises obtain significant results from the surveys conducted. So what makes an incredible result? It's either they were low scores but with significant result overti

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What is Decision Fatigue?

Have you ever noticed how the quality of your decisions worsens as you reach the end of a long and tiring day? Perhaps in the past, you already made choices that left you baffled as to why you even considered them to begin with, and they were choices that you usually would not make at all. Wh

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Why Are Workplace Performance Goals Valuable?

Whatever industry one might be working in, from an office setting or from home, performance goals are extremely important. Workplace performance goals are like those proverbial carrots that are achievable and rewarding, without any scope for disappointments. Everyone in a corporate environment wa

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Hot Desking vs. Agile Working: What’s the Difference?

Throughout our hot-desking articles, we’ve framed an office’s options as either embracing hot-desking or sticking with more traditional office setup, no in-betweens. What if we told you there was another office model, and it could be one you’re interested in trying? It’s k

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What is a Digital Workplace Experience?

20 years ago, digital workplace experience was something for the movies. It was a dream - an experience that we never thought that we might find ourselves in. However, there is an entire annual conference now dedicated to the digital workplace experience. Understanding it is crucial to finding su

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Corporate Real Estate Technology - Who Owns It? Katy Redmond

As National Director at JLL Technologies, Katy Redmond has had her fair share of experiences. Those experiences, from starting at a small start-up to moving into a larger company via an acquisition, and eventually landing at JLL in the same way, have led Katy to years worth of experienc

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10 Best Workplace Wellness Programs You Can Implement

The Best Workplace Wellness Programs... Workplace wellness programs are the current employer’s approach to improving the health and wellness of employees. Not only does it serve the company’s profitability but it helps them resolve any health-related issues in the workforce. Wellness

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How Do You Conduct A Security Assessment?

Adequate and assuring security is needed in every organization. There is the obvious security presence that we can visually perceive in the form of guards, frisking and scanning. However, there are other more subtle and often more effective security methods employed in most workplaces. So, ho

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Humanizing Ai: How Artificial Intelligence Can Enhance The Employee Experience

For years now, artificial intelligence (AI) has been a buzzword for companies looking to boost revenue and improve performance. But, while a future in which robots operate near autonomously, producing our material goods and running our services, might be the goal for some, many still see the dang

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Chris Wallace: Minimizing the Gap Between Marketing and Sales

Syracuse University graduate Chris Wallace is a passionate individual that loves his work. After working for a large company that had merged with another business, Chris felt the need to leave the new expectations behind. With a sales and marketing background, he found himself becoming an entrepr

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7 Reasons to Implement E-Learning in Your Organization

Employee onboarding and retention often require some kind of training. In the beginning, new employees need guidance to settle in properly. In addition, your current employees want to keep progressing and grow professionally. So, as long as they're a part of your organization, you'll need

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How To Market A Wellness Program

When a company desires to encourage wellness in its employees, it can be difficult to know exactly how to get involvement. Too many wellness programs fail because they are not properly marketed. Employees don’t see the value of the program or how he or she might benefit from it. They might

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Hot Desking and Mental Health: Does It Help or Hinder?

Mental health is arguably as important as physical health, as the two can directly impact one another. According to the Center for Workplace Mental Health, an office with mentally healthy employees will have better productivity, boosted employee morale, and less absenteeism. If you’re think

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10 Office Security Systems (Physical Security & Digital Security Recommendations)

Crime is everywhere. Inadequate prevention against it is equivalent to allowing it to happen to your business. Even the safest places can become venues of crime, and you'll never know what will happen to your business in the future. Here at Open Sourced Workplace, we reach out to many bus

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Will Coworking Providers Have to Offer Long-Term Leases to Survive?

As a freelancer always looking for ways to be more productive, I’ve found myself researching coworking spaces and how they cater to the needs of entrepreneurs today. A fresh change from your traditional office set-up, they tend to offer short-term agreements instead of long-term leases. Som

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Workplace Paradox | Employee Experience | Workplace Productivity with Mike Petrusky

As host of the Workplace Innovator podcast by iOffice, Mike Petrusky is most comfortable with asking questions. This time, however, he finds himself in the opposite role. He answers a variety of questions to provide some insider information and factoids about the digital workplace and workplace i

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Andrew Mawson: The Idea of a Community Based Workplace

As the Managing Director of Advanced Workplace Experience, Andrew Mawson is a wealth of knowledge on all things workplace. With a beginning in IT and intelligent buildings, Andrew found himself in the world of workplace. He then found himself benchmarking on the topic of workplace agility and mob

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Frank Cottle on Owning the Customer, Flexibility, and Data-Based Decisions

Although Frank Cottle began his career in commercial diving and eventually moved into yacht brokerage, he came to the epiphany that as long as he was a broker he would never be a yacht owner. It was that epiphany that led Frank to start the Alliance Group.  The Alliance Group started as

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Workplace Safety: 5 Important Measures To Be Taken In 2020

Last year, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA reported over 2,000 work-related fatalities. In addition, there are about 2.8 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries reported. With such high numbers, it is no wonder that more and more companies are in need of w

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Shut Up and Listen by Tilman Fertitta

If you haven't heard of Tilman Fertitta before...well, it was always only a matter of time. If you work in the business sphere, you probably know him as the owner of Landry's Inc. If you're a popular culture buff, you might have seen him on CNBC on Billion Dollar Buyer. If you prefer

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How To Introduce Hot-Desking In Your Company

For months, you’ve put off the idea of implementing hot desking in your office. You have your concerns that your employees might have a hard time with the adjustment. Still, you’d rather do it now than never. How should you roll out your hot desking plan to the workplace? To intro

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5 Ways to Make Employees More Effective

Businesses are only as strong as the people they employ. To succeed, you must set up your employees to succeed. One compliments the other. In cultivating productive and effective employees, you might create the perfect situation for capitalizing on their accomplishments. You can use several techn

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How to Structure your Day to be More Productive

It might come as a surprise that the structure of your day can make an impact on the level of productivity that you see. Learning how to structure your day to be your most productive is a skill that will take you far in business. Is the structure of the day something that should be the same for a

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What Should Employers do to Help Employees Deal with the Psychological Effects of Workplace Bullying?

Too many people believe that bullying is something that ends with high school. Of course, the stereotypical actions of shoving another individual in a locker is not likely something that you’ll see in a professional environment. Still, there are various ways of bullying in the workplace. Wh

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Outsourcing Strategies for Your Recruitment Drive

Recruitment is perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of business and management, especially for companies looking to scale up. Fully developing a marketable concept, moving it into reality, and building up your customer base all offer their own challenges — none of which can be surpas

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How to Survive Hot Desking

You come into work one day and get unsettling news. After much behind-the-scenes deliberation, your boss has decided the best move for your company is hot desking. You and your fellow colleagues don’t get much say in the matter; you’re just thrust right into things. How will you deal

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Hot Desking Risk Assessment: Is Now a Good Time for Hot Desking?

All across the country, businesses are figuring out ways to open back up without putting people at risk. Your company is in the same situation. You’ve been closed for months, and you’re eager to let your employees know it’s safe to go back to work. To get there, changes need to

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Hot Desking in Social Work: What You Need to Know

Throughout this hot desking series, when we’ve discussed the concept of hot desking, it’s mostly applied to commercial business offices. Some specific industries have utilized hot desking as well though, such as social work. How does hot desking in social work play out, positively or

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Hot Desking Health and Safety: What You Need to Know

In many parts of the country, employees are just starting to go back to their offices. They work in small groups kept significant distances apart from one another, perhaps on an every-other-day schedule. This is necessary due to the still-ongoing prevalence of COVID-19. Yet even before the pandem

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10 Ways Hot Desking Reduces Productivity

Productivity, here you come! You’ve just made the switch to hot desking for your company, and you’re looking forward to seeing your employees do their best, most efficient work yet. What many companies tend to experience though is just the opposite, that staff productivity begins to p

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David Rostie

-Smart Search Media- Managing Partner Apr 2015 – Present -The Rostie Group of Companies- Partner Aug 1994 – Present The Rostie Group executive shared workspace is conveniently located in downtown Toronto, Canada's Southcore financial district on Bay Street. Offering an array of customize

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