team loyalty

5 Tricks to Increase Your Team’s Loyalty

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We’ve all done it before: One day, we lose faith in our team or company, so we find an exit and take it.

That’s generally what happens when a team member loses loyalty towards their company. And who can blame them? Why stick around and suffer through a job that makes you unhappy?

I know it’s happened to me in the past. I woke up dreading to go to work, and started eyeing opportunities at other companies. When this feeling comes along, at some point, I eventually leave for a job I can dedicate myself to.

Being able to change up jobs is great for an employee (after all, they’ve left an unhappy job!), but it can be a nightmare for employers. No employer wants to lose valuable team members. High turnover rates can be really costly.

So what’s a business to do to avoid losing team members, aside from chaining them to their desks? Kidding! But increasing team loyalty can be a huge step in the right direction.

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energy level

How to Kill the Lazy Slump and Keep Energy High All Day Long

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Most workdays I feel myself slow down and my mind start wandering in the early afternoon. I often give in to the sleepy feeling and take a nap, but when I have lots to do I might go for a coffee instead, so I can keep working.

You’ve probably been in a similar situation yourself: lacking in energy and with plenty of work to do, we tend to guess at the most effective remedy to perk us up and keep up going.

I wanted to see if research could help me make more informed decisions when trying to keep my energy levels high and I found some really useful information.

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Influencing Virtual Teams

Book Review: Influencing Virtual Teams

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Managing a virtual team isn’t an easy task. The biggest challenge is pretty obvious: how do you manage individuals who you’re not with on a day-to-day basis? It’s tough, and there is no clear, single answer to that. Often times, managers use various strategies and tactics to be able to successfully manage a remote team.

There’s lots of advice out there that gives broad ideas on how you can manage your remote team, but often times, they leave you wanting more specific information on exactly how to do it. For instance, many managers know that trust is a huge factor when managing a virtual team, but how do you increase trust?

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coworking space

12 Rules of Etiquette for Coworking Newbies

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Thinking of getting a coworking membership to get some work done? Awesome!

Coworking space novices may be unfamiliar with the coworking culture. And yes, it’s slightly different from working at a regular office. As with all places, there’s certain etiquette that comes with coworking spaces. Doing whatever you please is a great way to create some unhappy neighbors and coworkers very fast.

To help you get acquainted with coworking rules and etiquette, we’ve created a list to make sure you’re in-line:

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future of work

Future of Work Friday: Rotating buildings, smart desks, & multiple cup Keurigs

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If you can’t already tell, new technology is being developed at a rapid rate. It’s amazing to watch how technology has changed and is continuing to make advancements in our lives.

As new technology emerges, it’ll be amazing to see how it will change not only our daily lives, but also our work lives. In this week of the future of work, have been developments with a new Google Glass app that you don’t even have to touch—you control it with your thoughts! Also, there are developments in rotating office buildings, tables that immediately adjust to your sitting or standing position, Amtrak introduces high speed internet, and finally a Keurig that will brew more than one cup at a time.

Here’s what happened this week in technology that could impact the future of work:

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coworking meetups

Awesome Coworking Meetups You Should Check Out

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You don’t have to work out of your home just because you tell people that you “work from home.” Work flexibility is liberation from the traditional office desk!

You can work from a coffee shop, a library, or even a park bench if you wanted to. One type of location that’s increasing in popularity these days is the coworking space. Coworking spaces are popping up in metropolitan cities around the world. (There’s even one located on the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria island! No joke.)

Coworking spaces are a great places to meet other people to share ideas for business or simply making new friends. In cities around the world, there are coworking communities that include entrepreneurs, freelancers, remote workers, and startups. One of the great perks of working at a coworking space is that you can participate in one of their many events.

There are also lots of coworking Meetups that support the coworking community. Coworking Meetups include a wide variety of events ranging from product show and tells to guerrilla coworking. We’ve compiled a list of Meetups in several metropolitan cities around the US. If you know of any cool Coworking Meetups in your city, share it in the comment section below!

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startups

The Sqwiggle Sessions, Episode 4 – “MCU”

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On this episode of The Sqwiggle Sessions, Co-founders Matt, Eric and Tom discuss an upcoming feature on Sqwiggle which is an MCU allowing for 10+ person video discussions. We’ll also discuss the challenges that come along with building this technology!