Wonder Women: How Ladies Are Changing the Corporate World

Wonder Women: How Ladies Are Changing the Corporate World

The youngest demographic of today’s workforce – the Millennials – have brought a ton of change in the world of business. From the way we do business and even our work area. This generation’s penchant for autonomy pushed several corporations to reconsider the modern innovations occurring in terms of work.

And though these modifications have helped us become even more innovative and flexible, it also brought in a certain trend that alarmed companies as well as experts. More and more members of today’s workforce are becoming disengaged with their respective work with a number close to 70 percent. Some have traced it back to despite having available resources around them to familiarize themselves with the work models, there are certain employers that continue to fail in creating a fulfilling path and culture for their employees.

To make things even more alarming, a large number of these young professionals walking away from the corporate track are women. According to a Deloitte survey conducted among 7,700 millennials coming from 29 different countries, one out of four respondents plan on quitting their respective job within a year. Moreover, women are most likely than men to have left the company.

A recent global ICEDR study orchestrated during 2015 to 2016, leaders believe that the majority of women at the age of 30 leave because of the struggle they experience creating a balance between their work and their life. Yet contrary to what the study entailed, the women themselves said that there are other factors that influenced their decision to leave their respective organizations.

Driving Force Behind Wonder Women

A few readers have argued that neither the work/life balance nor the compensation is their primary driving force for leaving, but rather the corporate environment itself have become taxing to them.

One of the most crucial factor is corporate politics – accompanied by incompatible values and toxic environment. Employees would often find themselves doing their best to dodge multiple stray bullets whenever they feel that their ethics and values is not in sync with those of the corporation. Women are frequently left burned out as they try to make a contribution to the business while making sure that their voices and opinions remain significant.

Another reason cited by the readers is impact. As most professionals would, they want to fulfill their purpose and make a difference. No matter the industry, most of us wish to give our own input into making the world a better place. We all want to leave an accomplishment of good, solid work as well as other recognizable achievements.

“Wonder Women” or ladies of the industry would often feel that their thoughts get easily drowned out by corporate noise. To them, they are helping a group of people build their dreams without being recognized for the contributions that they make in the process. Some women dream of their ideas coming to life right before their eyes. There are also certain young ladies who choose to continue their profession independently so that they have more control over their goals.

And the last most common reason is the overwhelming feeling of being undervalued or underutilized. The corporate world seldom fully recognize women’s ability to contribute, nor do they curate an environment that allows women to reach their potential and succeed at the highest levels. Whether it’s because of gender discrimination, family-unfriendly policies that take its toll on women with children or simply the overall unfair culture – when faced with these types of environment, females or workplace wonder women would make it their goal to ‘lean out’ of these corporations.

The Aftermath

As a result, the number of female entrepreneurs expanded, globally. Over the past 15 years, women-owned firms have grown at a faster rate and would have provided an estimated of more than 5 million jobs by the year 2018.

These office wonder women are crashing the glass ceiling as they continuously disrupt the traditional corporate culture by building their own companies, taking over executive leadership roles and curating workspaces that cater to both the needs and interest of women.

The fast growth of flexible workspaces brought upon the unexpected appearance of several coworking offices globally. Though as expected, majority of them are built for co-ed occupation. But as the years progressed, the presence of niche shared offices have been observed. More and more female-friendly spaces are opening up to fill in the gaps of the available resources to women.

Providers from all around the world are now coming up with more ways to invite female entrepreneurs into joining them. Specific spaces in the US have started providing on-site child care services so that mothers of their community could fulfill both of their duties.

More Than Just Amenities: The Search For The Perfect Workspace

More Than Just Amenities: The Search For The Perfect Workspace

Here’s a story of a young entrepreneur searching for the perfect home for his startup and discovering a new meaning for the word amenities.

Young Andrew and his small team of professionals have finally decided to move their brainchild – a hip and modern Ad agency – from his home office to a proper workspace. And being the considerate leader he is, he gathered his team and asked each of them what they’re hoping their new office would be.

He first discussed the plan of moving out with his female members. After asking their opinions on what type of workspace would be best for them, they all expressed their hopes of having a workspace that would enhance their team’s overall well-being and health. It’s a must-have for them and the business as well, to succeed. And Andrew agrees with them; he’s seen the trend amongst his colleagues and close friends; everyone’s becoming more aware of their health than they ever did before, and everyone is hoping that their respective bosses take good care of them.

Taking this into consideration, Andrew goes out on his own to look at specific spaces and see what serviced office providers are doing to ensure that their clients are happy and healthy. Strings of coworking spaces and other shared spaces now carry yoga studios and on-site gyms. Some offer meditation spaces and chill-out zones, such as lounge areas.

Next, he asked his male members who often worked remotely on what they can suggest. They shared their sentiments on having shared spaces to increase collaboration among the team and further expand its network. Most of them hope to have a workspace that can stimulate their creativity, and they’ve also suggested that it could be helpful for the startup to meet prospects, clients, and partners.

Though Andrew still hasn’t experienced what it feels like to work in a coworking space, he knows plenty of professionals who already gave it a try – and he’s heard the same thing from them. They admit that though the open-plan office has surrounded itself with both praise and criticism, they’ve earned so much more than expected. From new colleagues and new friends to brand new projects and collaborations with fellow artists and professionals, the claims several articles and studies have made regarding the complimentary impact coworking has seemed to be true.

After searching for possible serviced office providers that carry both coworking spaces for collaborative work and private offices for concentrated activities, Andrew took some time off to ask himself the question he’s been asking himself: what would his office be like?

Being someone who enjoyed the outdoors, Andrew thought it would be nice for their next headquarters to allow him and his team to connect with nature. He’s had his first-hand experience of the positive benefits brought upon by exposure to green space. With his female employees’ concern for their overall well-being, nature can be of great help in ensuring that his team stays healthy and happy.

After visiting several serviced offices and trying them out for himself by using coworking day passes, Andrew realized that the word “amenities” in office spaces now carries a vastly different meaning to both them, the workers, and the providers.

Contemplating on the sentiments his team had shared with him and the phenomenon he has observed among serviced offices, workplace amenities now serve a meaningful purpose. Providers aren’t just adding them to add an edge to their brand; they’re expanding their services to suit their partners better.

Serviced office providers like Sales Rain and professionals like Andrew and his team view office amenities as helping tools for a successful career.

Talk to us today, and we’ll help you gain access to meaningful amenities!

Overcoming Small Business Hurdles: First Year as an Entrepreneur

Overcoming Small Business Hurdles: First Year as an Entrepreneur

Making the big jump from a regular employee to a my-own-boss small business owner is gratifying. You’ve finally overpowered your biggest fear of taking risks, you’ve freed yourself of the usual 9-to-5 work hour, and you’re finally making your dreams come true, slowly but surely.

But another thing we need to remember about being an entrepreneur is that it is fulfilling as it is challenging. With the prediction that within five years, half of all businesses will fail, and only thirty percent of them will make it for ten years, many small business owners like yourself face three challenges or business hurdles common among several startups of different niches and industries: funding, knowledge, and fear of failure.

Funding and managing one’s finances is – and will always be – a newbie’s number one challenge from the day they decided to walk away from their desk job. Whether you started the business as a means of gaining financial independence, wanting to be your own boss, or realizing your dream of turning your passion into a full-time career, all startups need good funding and financing in order for it to be established and to maintain sustainable growth, regardless of its nature.

A quarter of a thousand young entrepreneurs admit that money remains one of their biggest challenges, and most of the time, these new business owners turn to their family or friends for help. Luckily, there are now other alternatives aside from asking for the hand of those close to us. Crowdfunding has become a powerful tool for startups, and certain local governments have started offering grants for  micro-entrepreneurs who qualify their requirements. If you think your startup could use a little help to stabilize your operations further and overcome small business hurdles, you can get in touch with your municipal government for any grants. Moreover, in terms of financing, there are also several ways you can ensure that your limited resource is being put into good investments. For example, instead of spending a lot on a new office, you have the option to settle for a serviced office depending on what you think your business needs. If you simply want to give your startup a proper business address, you can also try virtual offices, and should you think that it’s time to give your brainchild a space of your own, you can lease a small private office.

Know-how comes as the second most common hurdle that young entrepreneurs face. Admittedly, most SMEs today are led by people following their passions, not by those with expertise in businesses. And because of this, owners – and yourself included – can’t help but feel insecure that they don’t exactly have what it takes to ensure the success of their own business.

But with the growing number of professionals carving their own career path, it’s now easier for your kind to share knowledge and stories among one another. Coworking spaces found in certain serviced offices, like Sales Rain, cultivate creative and supportive communities of freelancers and young entrepreneurs, wherein they are free to mentor and support one another as they go through the different business hurdles of independent working.

Lastly, and perhaps a challenge that each and every one of us goes through every day, is the fear of failure. With the growing high cost of living and increasing pressure amongst millennials to have a successful career, the stakes became higher, leaving small business owners more afraid of making mistakes than before. But as you go through the journey of maintaining your startup, you’ll soon realize that failure poses an opportunity for improvement. Not just for your business, but your personal skills as well. Having a community or peer group like the one we mentioned above helps you see the silver lining of challenging times.

Today’s work landscape has opened further for those who want to pave their own roads towards a fulfilling career. By continuously expanding your network and finding new solutions to the hurdles you face, you’ll earn a new tool every day in your journey.

Talk to Sales Rain today, and we’ll help you find new ways to overcome all these business hurdles!

Securing Happiness In The Smallest of Ways at Work

Securing Happiness In The Smallest of Ways at Work

SECURING HAPPINESS IN THE SMALLEST OF WAYS

Do you actually like what you do? Not in the broad sense of whether you’re sure that you’re in the right career path, but more of, on a daily basis. When you think about every single task that comes with your job, are there ones that give you genuine joy or happiness? And are there ones that you’re not so fond off?

It’s not often that we step back and analyze whether the smaller things of our career actually makes us happy – and maybe we actually should. There’s an on-going epidemic of committed professionals finding themselves disengaged around the world and their reasons varies because of the unique relationship that everyone has with their jobs.

A lot of us resort to thinking that a grand change is needed for us to feel engaged once again but on the contrary, there are small yet incremental steps that we can actually take to improve our jobs. And when all of them come together, they result to a major increase in our overall satisfaction and happiness. There’s really no need for us to turn everything around for us to actually see substantial results, sometimes a few adjustments on certain areas can be all that we need.

But we can’t really blame you for having this train of thought. Most of us have been told in several commencement speeches, coaching books, and other inspiring stories of fulfilling careers that if we find a job that we want, we’ll never work a day in our life – not entirely. If you look at people who are thriving in their respective careers, you’ll find that most of them didn’t just find them, they made them. At the beginning of their story there was the job and over time, they transformed it into something that truly fulfilled them.

Transforming your job from something that you do to make a living to something that really means something to you, will be hard but we’ve got to start somewhere right? Maybe you can try this extremely not complicated trick.

Try carrying a notepad at all times, for one whole week. Draw a line down the center of a page and label the first column with like and the other one dislike. Each time that you finish a task, reflect whether you had fun doing it or not. Did time fly by as you were doing it? Or did you end up procrastinating the whole way?

Does this sound silly? Kind of, but the thing is, it’s a beautiful yet simple way of doing a quick inventory of our emotions to the reality of our day or week at work. If you figure which tasks lights you up, brings happiness to your day,  gets you more energetic and creative, we get a simple road map of what we should be running toward to. Volunteer for more of the activities you enjoy. It’s not much but it’s a good starting point to understanding where we should focus majority of your time and energy in. And when you have spare time during the day, maybe you can ask a coworker for some help in trying to improve on the tasks you don’t like that much. If you think that the reason why you dread doing these activities is because you’re not that great at it, then reframe your mind and try improving your execution.

There’s nothing wrong in asking for help or looking for a small collaboration with someone from the office. In fact, today’s work landscape is promoting this ideology so much so that most serviced offices today are all about creating workspaces that cultivate partnerships. Take for example, Sales Rain’s shared spaces. Its coworking area features an open layout that makes it easier for you to come over a coworker’s desk for help, not to mention that the overall layout of its offices also makes it convenient for spontaneous interactions that can lead to partnerships!

Admittedly, the advice we just gave you might not make you instantly happy about your job, but at the very least, it helps you discover what you’re really like when you’re enjoying your job – and no one else can tell you that but yourself. Let us help you find happiness in the workplace, reach out to us, and we’ll be glad to give you a private tour.

Understanding True Grit: Resilience and Recovery

Understanding True Grit: Resilience and Recovery

There’s a known militaristic look to what it means to be resilient. People would often associate the image of Marines going through the mud with the word grit, thinking that a football player picking himself up for another round of play is what tough means. We firmly believe that the longer we endure things, the tougher we are, and therefore, the more successful we will be.

Despite of this prevalent concept, science has proven this to be inaccurate. Humans have misunderstood what it means to be resilient, and the impact of overworking oneself.

DEBUNKING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE TOUGH

The “true grit” belief we’ve been applying our whole life is actually dramatically holding us back to be truly resilient and successful by robbing us the ample time for a proper recovery period. According to a research done during the year 1999 by Judith K. Sluiter, there’s a direct correlation between the absences of convalescence and increased incidence of health and safety problems. The lack of rest – be it in the form of disrupted sleep by thoughts of work or mental stimulation caused by our phones – is causing several companies billions a year in lost productivity.

Though just because we stop “working”, it doesn’t mean that we’re actually recovering. Admittedly, a large majority of us stop working around 5 PM, but still spend the remainder of our day coming up with solutions to work problems. We often talk about what transpired during our workday over dinner, and still end up falling asleep with our to-do list for tomorrow in our minds. Scientists have cited a definition of “workaholism” as “being overly concerned about work, driven by an uncontrollable work motivation, and investing so much time and effort to work that it impairs other important life areas.”

More often than not, the misconception on the ideology of resilience is bred from such an early age, with parents constantly instilling in their kids that ‘hard work’ meant staying up until 2 AM to finish a project – and will be carried through until they enter the workforce. The habits manifested within humanity have resulted to a complete distortion of true grit or the real essence of being resilient.

TRUE RESILIENCE

Founder of The Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington, wrote in her book The Sleep Revolution “We sacrifice sleep in the name of productivity, but ironically our loss of sleep, despite the extra hours we spend at work, adds up to 11 days of lost productivity per year per worker”

True resilience is knowing how to try really hard, then stopping, recovering, and then trying again – and this isn’t just any baseless conclusion, it’s heavily influenced by biology.

The fundamental biological concept of homeostasis describes the ability of our brains to continuously restore and sustain our well-being. Neuroscientist Brent Furl of Texas A&M University came up with the term “homeostatic value” in explaining the merit that certain actions carry for creating equilibrium, and this well-being, in the body. When our body becomes unaligned due to overworking, we misuse a large amount of time trying to return the balance we had before in order for us to move forward.

And according to New York Best-Seller The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal; if you spend a large amount of time in performance, you may need more time recovering – otherwise, you will risk burnout. The more imbalanced we become from “trying hard”, the more value we can find in activities that allow us to return that lost balance.

RECOVERING AND BUILDING RESILIENCE

One would naturally assume that our brains get its much needed rest the moment we stop working. That when we stop answering emails or writing papers, our brain will naturally recover. And come the next morning, you’ll be able to work again.

Much to our dismay, it’s not always the case. Some of us have a hard time going to sleep because we’re still thinking about our jobs and there are certain days wherein despite having completed the required eight hours of sleep, we still feel exhausted – this is because rest and recovery are two different things.

In order to truly build resilience and grit at work, it’s important to have adequate internal and external recovery periods. Internal recovery means having short periods of relaxation within the time frame spent working. External recovery, on the other hand, refers to breaks that take place outside of work. If when you come home and lie around your bed, you still end up getting riled up by political commentary, your brain still hasn’t received the break it really needs.

Experts suggest that we can start by strategically stopping – meaning controlling our use of technology to avoid overworking. Apps such as Offtime or Unplugged help create tech free timeframes within our day by scheduling an automatic airplane mode. In addition, they also recommend taking cognitive breaks every 90 minutes to recharge your batteries. Take lunch breaks with your colleagues or spend some quality time talking or having fun! With much importance being placed on productivity and ample breaks at work, serviced space providers have added certain leisure facilities to their offices. For example, Sales Rain’s Mandaluyong serviced office provides its tenants with a cozy in-house coffee shop accompanied by a relaxing lounge area plus a few games such as their foosball tables.

It’s important for young professionals of today’s workforce to slowly transition their mindset from the militarized view of true grit and understand what it really means to be resilient.

Maintaining and Improving Your Focus with Deep Work

Maintaining and Improving Your Focus with Deep Work

Read the following scenario below and tell us if it sounds familiar.

On a normal morning at work, your browser looks like this: work email on the left portion of your screen and a bunch of Word documents for other projects on the right side. There’s another set of browsers opened with several tabs meant for different tasks and activities – and there’s also your phone, nagging you with calls.

Hits too close to home? If what you read above is something that you see almost every single every day, then it means that your attention is divided among several things in one day. Don’t worry though, it’s totally normal, normal in a sense that it happens to almost everyone’s working today. With so much on our plate, we have the tendency to multitask, switching from one activity to another constantly in the hopes of getting more done. The only problem is that because of having so many activities right in front of us, our brains are having a hard time directing our attention into one activity.

If you’ve been struggling to achieve deep work, whether you’re doing it in a shared office like a coworking space or an enclosed room like a private office, you may be experiencing attention residue. The term sounds overwhelming but it’s a really simple phenomenon; it’s what happens when you constantly redirect your focus from one thing to another. Those quick checks can reduce your brain’s cognitive capacity and costs you a seemingly-trivial but not really trivial amount of time before it clears up.

For example, you were finishing up a new campaign for you and your team when suddenly, you hear the ping of an email notification. You drop whatever it was that you were doing, accommodate the mail and then wrestle with your brain for a minute or two to return to the campaign from earlier. This kind of habit prevents you from doing deep work sessions, the kind of work wherein you are consistently focused on a complex and pretty demanding activity.

We can tell what you’re thinking: though you really want to do this, you just don’t have the time and there’s really a long list of things to do. Harnessing this is not easy but it’s worth trying. It would take a lot of your willpower and habit formation but if done right, you’ll be able to improve the quality of the work you make in complex tasks.

So in order to do this is, you need to actually work deeply. A common fallback you’d try is to wait till you have ample free time to concentrate. Like we’ve said earlier, you need to learn to gather enough willpower to ensure that you’ll integrate deep work into your professional life despite of your hectic schedule. Create blocks wherein you can sit down and work consistently without any sort of interruption or distractions.

You also need to embrace boredom. Our habit to scroll through our phones and check emails comes from our brain’s craving for stimuli so, it’s important for you to learn how to grit your teeth through it. Bathe yourself in boredom and you’ll be able to train your brain to excelling in concentration soon enough.

Luckily, there are certain facilities out in the market ready to help you increase concentration. Sales Rain alongside other serviced office providers carry enclosed private offices that assure you acoustical work. If you’re someone who needs a place that can help you have better deep work sessions, Sales Rain can easily help you with that. Not to mention that they also offer coworking spaces in case you come across the need for a place that can cater collaborative work.

Distractions in the workplace is something that we really can’t avoid but there’s always something that we can do it about. Think of it this way, the more that you are capable of concentrating your superpower into one task, the more you are capable of producing great quality projects.

Let Sales Rain’s efficient offices assist you in creating high-quality services and products!

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

The Makings of a Creative Person: How to Harness Your Inner Creator

A creator often have this image of a person lost in their own head – kind of crazy, slightly unbalanced but in a really, really good way. To normal people, they seem to have a world of their own where they go to create the amazing things that they produce. And it often seems that the so-called mess in their heads is something that’s unique only to a number people, when really, everyone has it.

Yes, you’ve heard me right. We all have it. It’s present amongst kids and adults alike, individuals like me and you – the only difference is that a creator carries a strong spirit for invention. Oftentimes, the creative streak common among mundane individuals usually lies dormant, waiting to be awakened.

So if you dream of becoming a writer, composer, painter – in any medium, lyricist, filmmaker, or entrepreneur, you should go do it. Now your initial reaction might be to tell me that you’re not that good at it, but this piece is here to tell you that “greatness will come along”. The first thing that you should do to find your inner creator is to give yourself the permission to do so.

Just say yes. Those thoughts that you have or imagines that pop in your head when you’re trying to go to bed – idea of a personal art project or a concept of an app that can help lessen texting and driving – entertain them. Open your doors to them and give in. If you think those are just fantasies, you’re wrong. Those ideas could be the seeds of books, songs, and paintings. And as you allow yourself to see the seeds for what they are and what they could be, you’re letting your inner creator come out. If you’re waiting for the permission to go out and be creative, this is it.

Once you’ve given yourself the permission to create something, it’s time for you to be audacious – believe in yourself that whatever you make can be amazing. It’s not that we’re telling you to be boastful, we’re simply telling you to encourage yourself and rely on your skills. It may sound delusional, but it’s totally fine. Besides, who else would encourage you – aside from this blog post – but yourself? Go on and know that those hands can shape something beautiful that deserves to be seen and heard.

You would, of course, say that there’s a catch: the confidence that this article wants you to have may be disproportionate to your abilities. So you’ve allowed yourself to create, believed with all your heart that is great, but turns out, it’s really not. What now? Keep going. You can never improve or perfect something if you don’t let it exist in its imperfect form.

Don’t kill your darlings, yet. The idea should be that your ideas need not to be perfect, it just needs to be something that can be developed and can take different shapes or forms. Allow it to grow into what feels right to you as you go along.

Don’t let perfectionism get in your way, instead, make it help you enhance your skills further. Once you’ve done that, try to get that honey. You don’t always have to stick to extremely creative pursuits like the ones mentioned above to bring out your  creativity, you can also apply it in different fields of work.

Just take a look at how the coworking industry went. Someone decided that we need a different and unique kind of workspace that would energize us and our creative juices. And there, the shared office was born. Created with an open layout design that can cultivate communication and collaboration, the industry rapidly grew as people got introduced to a new and more optimized way of working. Providers like us, Sales Rain, opened the doors of professionals to autonomy and flexibility. The perks members of serviced offices now have, came to be because of the uniqueness of the idea.

If you remain to be unsure of pursuing that ridiculous fantasy, just take a look at how this industry went to become and the lives it affected.

This could be your calling to entertain that silly ideas of yours.

Create Engaging Offices and Design Appealing Workplaces

Create Engaging Offices and Design Appealing Workplaces

At this day and age, we have learned to acknowledge the fact that good design has enough power to influence the way we think and behave. And as today’s businesses finally see the value of employees truly engaged in their work – a good example of encouraging certain patterns of thought and behavior – they finally realized that maybe they should be paying more attention to office design.

Environmental psychologists are mavens of design for the scientific world. They are the ones who concentrate their attention to sensory experiences, psychosocial factors, psychological drives and how it influences the effects of being in one space or another. A large number of environmental psychologists are moving what early scientist have learned about how humans experience space into design practice where it can help make people’s lives better.

Among the factors that they focus on is how design affects one’s mood. Through a series of psychological chain reactions, mood influences worker engagement – meaning, a positive state of mind results in enhanced levels of engagement. So in order to create engaging environments, organizations need to design a workplace that emits positive mood.

Employees who work in offices as such convey to their colleagues that their employers value their presence in the team and the contribution that they make to their company – and the good feeling they get from being respected enhances their engagement. Admittedly, it’s easy to come up with mission and vision statements that go on such great lengths to discuss how much professionals are prized by those handing them their paychecks; so instead of paying attention into these proclamations, they focus on interpreting the messages sent by the environment they are put in. Organizations spend tons of their budget on their respective workspaces. Hence, it’s no surprise that what they are communicating to the members of the workforce carry more weight than easily generated passages.

Workspaces indicate respect for its users when it supports them as they do their jobs – employees want to do their work well and this creates a big influence in one’s self-identity.

Generally speaking, designers speak to the employees who will work in that space regarding their jobs and how it can be designed in such a way that would optimize their performance. Unfortunately, those offices built out of the said conversations often don’t align. More often than not, it gets designed to look good – to resemble that one workspace seen by the CEO from some magazine spread.

Instead of copying some other aesthetically pleasing space, the main aim of its design should be to be able to help workers do well in contributing to their respective companies. Most workers need acoustical focus in accomplishing certain tasks – a feature that’s hard to achieve in a field of cubicles or amongst a sea of faces sitting at long tables.

One good idea is harnessing the power of color. Whenever people are doing tasks that require a lot of mental work, their environment should be relaxing, and when work is relatively easy, energizing spaces are needed. Individuals feel relaxed around colors that aren’t very saturated but are relatively bright. A moderate visual complexity works best – meaning that space should only have few colors and patterns.

Another suggestion is for organizations to leave enough room for their employees to control both their environment and work day. Workers should have a say on the lighting and temperature of their workplace. In addition to this, professionals value companies that allows them to utilize a variety of workspaces depending on their needs.

The design has enough power to enhance an employee’s engagement. Moreover, sincere spaces that reflect their needs and concerns is something that today’s workforce values. One good example of this is the growing population of communal offices such as coworking spaces. Though the movement admittedly has gained a lot of critics, there’s no denying that modern professionals lean towards work conditions that help them reach their goals. In addition to this, it gives ample room for recreational activities so that they can take good care of their personal lives too. These are the types of environments that keep them engaged.

And in case you’re in search of a new home that would be beneficial to your team, talk to us today, and we’ll show you a few engaging serviced offices.

Got a Lot on Your Plate? Learn The Magic of Just Getting Started

Got a Lot on Your Plate? Learn The Magic of Just Getting Startedser

So you’ve got a lot of things to do on your plate, not to mention that each one carry their respective deadline that you need to meet. And though you’re well aware of the time constraint that you have, you can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed. Unsure of what you should do, you tend to take your sweet time figuring out which task should you do first – though this is not entirely bad, it’s not ubiquitously good either. For the reality is, you don’t really have much time on your hand.

And maybe you’ve tried several tricks or so-called life hacks from countless articles and books on productivity but have you tried this one simple yet undeniably complex action? Getting started.

If you haven’t, then maybe it’s time you get familiar with micro-progress.

Sounds gimmicky? It’s not some hocus-pocus phenomena like it sounds, the idea’s really just this: for any project or assignment that you need to complete, break each one of them down into the smallest possible units of progress and tackle them one at a time. Starting something sounds easy but it’s one of the many things we actually struggle with every day.

For example, you’re a hand-lettering artist with several invitations for different events to do. Instead of approaching the task as creating a certain invite for a certain event, break down the very first few steps you take and keep slicing them up into tiny, easily achievable micro-goals, then celebrate each achievement. First, look for inspiration on what you’ll be doing. Second, prepare the materials you’ll be doing. Third, start your initial draft. So on and so forth.

The whole trick of getting started has been called by several names – the 5-minute rule, the 2-minute rule, and the 1-minute rule, to name a few – but its purpose remains consistent: kick starting you on an activity. Others have used Newton’s Laws of Motion as an analogy for it.

“Objects in motion tend to stay in motion,” applying this law into productivity helps you shift your frame of thinking – I started to be productive, so I should continue being productive. With this, you can easily achieve those micro-goals at what feels like an exponentially fast pace without you realizing it. Before you know it, you’ve completed your first batch of collaterals.

Another law from Newton is “force equals mass times acceleration”. In layman’s terms, if you want your project to accelerate in a particular direction – say, that of a successful direction – then the size of the force you apply and the direction of the force you’re giving,  both creates a difference.

The funny thing is that, it’s the same thing that we’ve been doing in order to get things done in our life. Productivity isn’t just about the magnitude of your work, it’s also about working on things that really matter. You only have a limited amount of force in you and where it goes is important.

It’s not just another life hack; science has shown that we can trick our brains into getting started and increasing dopamine levels by setting and achieving micro-goals. Moreover, we all know the saying success begets success, the progress you make – no matter how ordinary they may be – can help increase your engagement and happiness at work.

And if you’re looking for inspiration on how you should be getting started on that dream start-up of yours, this is it! Success has to begin somewhere, so go take the risk and partner up with us! Sales Rain believes in the greatness that small goals can bring. It’s the reason why our team of professionals strive hard in providing today’s work force with sustainable work environments that can help them on their journey towards success. With a wide variety of spaces customizable depending on your needs, you can kick start your career as a freelancer or as a young entrepreneur by acquiring a serviced office.

Beat that big challenge by compartmentalizing them piece by piece. What else are you waiting for? Go on! Start that project and let your small goals lead you to something entirely bigger!

Some Helpful Tips on Working From Home with a Kid

Some Helpful Tips on Working From Home with a Kid

Remember that cute kid in yellow and her younger sibling in a stroller barging in on their dad during a video conference with the UK broadcasting company, BBC? That video wherein their mom would later rush into the room to grab the two kids and the broadcasters – and their dad, too – were left baffled and in fits of laughter.

Yeah, that video.

It went viral not just because of how adorable and funny the whole scenario is, but because a large majority of the world can totally relate to the confused dad and the panicking mom. Working parents have been there before – some, too many times – and they all know the anxiety and the fear of your kid wreaking havoc as you participate in a conference call with at least five members of your management.

Parenting while maintaining a professional career is indeed stressful, but that’s the reality for almost sixty-one percent of married-couple families with a kid or kids under 18 in which both partners work. And because of the advent of remote working and virtual offices, more and more companies are encouraging parents to work from their homes.

Whether you’re a mom, a dad, or maybe both, here are a few inspiring stories and tips on how you can avoid your kid from going completely viral:

“Secrets of the Remote Workforce” co-author Teresa Douglas is a proud mom who has been working from home since 2010. And because of this, she learned how to set boundaries for her kids, even with a babysitter or a caregiver around. In order to establish this with her children, she puts a “STOP, in a meeting” sign on her door. In addition, she also implemented a house rule that if her door is closed, you can knock once, but if nobody answers, it automatically means she’s in a meeting.

The physical barrier that you would establish can help remind you and your kid of the difference between work time and play time. Digital lifestyle brand, Fatherly’s work-at-home dad, Patrick Coleman works on a separate room behind closed doors in his home to create a clear line between his work and his family. If your workspace is located in a shared space, baby gates can help keep curious hands away from important documents and equipment.

But if your kids are not old enough to be by themselves or if there’s a pressing need for you to have more uninterrupted concentration time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There’s an invisible responsibility placed upon the shoulders of parents that they should be great mothers and fathers as well as great employee,s and though balancing both seems to be impossible, the greatness of a parent isn’t only measured by how frequent they take care of their kids. If you can access in-house child care, that would be great. If not, try asking a relative or a fellow work-at-home parent to trade tasks.

Other great alternatives would be setting up a virtual office. Certain shared office providers like Sales Rain offer virtual office packages that come with access to certain workspaces such as their coworking areas as well as meeting and conference rooms, so if ever you need to really sit down and work, you can just drop by their offices and go do your thing. The beauty of virtual offices  such as the one offered by Sales Rain is that it allows you to have a professional space to conduct meeting with clients, take conference calls, and do concentrated work while having enough freedom to take your kids out. Not to mention that this also means giving your business a modern and professional looking front, it’s a win-win right?

The viral video sure is funny but more than anything else, it’s heartwarming. It showcases the great lengths parents would go to in providing their kids with the best future that they can give – attesting to the theory that working parents are superheroes.

Talk to Sales Rain today! And we’ll help you be the best superhero for your kids!