Why Office Parties Are an Integral Part of the Barrister Tenant Experience

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At Barrister, tenants at our Executive Suites expect responsive customer service, a clean workspace, and time-saving, convenient amenities. Aside from that, they always come into work to see a smile from one of our receptionists or suite managers.  We take pride in the fact that we create the atmosphere that enables our tenants to get their jobs done. We believe an important part of that is throwing fantastic office parties!

Are office parties really that important?

YES! We feel that celebrating events like Valentine’s Day, Winter Holidays, birthdays, and milestones help our tenants feel appreciated. Office parties lighten the mood and help break up the workday – everyone gets break time, why not spend it smiling with your coworkers once in a while?

Over the years, our tenants have told us how important being part of the Barrister community was to their days spent at work. Interactions with others in the break room, passing in the halls, and especially our holiday parties help form what we think of as the Barrister family.

The positive atmosphere at each location is fostered by organizing these celebrations for our tenants. Not only does it brighten their day, but tenants use it as an opportunity to meet their neighbors and network with others in the suite. Here are a few of our favorite office parties!

Every Valentine’s Day we show our tenants just how much we love them!

 

Our Halloween mixer in Sherman Oaks got people out of their comfort zones and into conversation-starting costumes!

 

Some of our tenants have been with us for decades, like Frank and Gary who have worked in our Executive Suites since 1975! This groovy party commemorated their milestone and expressed our gratitude for their time with us.

 

Nothing wrong with an office party that’s just for fun! This spring fling party got tenants out of their seats and mingling to learn more about each other’s businesses.

We know that pairing excellent service and amenities with a tenant community atmosphere is a recipe for creating a stellar workplace experience. Want to join us? Explore our locations and get in contact with us when you’ve found your perfect work space!

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How Millennials Launched the Shared Office Paradigm Shift

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According to property consulting agency JLL, flexible office space has grown steadily by 23% each year since 2010. With millennials making up the largest generational group in the workplace since 2016, the demand for flexible space is only accelerating. Millennials expect options when they think about their careers, and the traditional nine to five mindset is becoming a thing of the past. Since millennials have started making up a larger portion of the labor force, coworking, shared offices, and flexible space options have exploded nation-wide. Why is that? Let’s take a closer look at the data.

Flexibility

According to a 2017 survey, millennials cited workplace flexibility as one of the most important factors in job satisfaction. Many attribute creativity and innovation to the collaborative nature of shared office environments. An important piece to this was also ensuring that along with collaborative workspaces there were also private meeting rooms to break off into departmental huddles.

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Millennials grew up in an age of ongoing wars and the Great Recession. Pair that with the rising costs of education and student loans, fewer millennials are taking the leap to become entrepreneurs. In fact, millennials are at a 25-year low in terms of how many are starting new businesses. For those who do, statistically this generation has fewer savings than in generations past, making flex space the best option to headquarter a startup. The high cost of signing a traditional lease is just out of budget for many small businesses today.

Expectations for Amenities

It’s no secret that workplace trends have come a long way from rows of stale cubicles. Millennials put a high value of importance on having an inspiring workspace with amenities like fast Wi-Fi, free coffee and breakrooms to help de-stress. Not only do millennials working at these places appreciate the added services, but those in charge like them as well. Features such as conference room use, mail and package handling, pre-furnished offices, and janitorial services included in their monthly payment make the day-to-day much more efficient. Not to mention, administrative tasks like buying ink and paper are taken care of, enabling them to focus on their core business functions and revenue generation.

Finding the right space at the right price is the foundation to running a smooth business. From multinational corporations to sole proprietors, shared offices and flex space are becoming more popularly used as millennials control higher proportions of the workforce.

If you are interested in a shared office space in southern California, contact Barrister Executive Suites. With over forty years of experience, Barrister’s shared offices feature professional receptionist services, experienced on-site management, and modern workspaces equipped with comfortable furnishings and technology needed to get the job done.

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The Major Benefits of Networking

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Take a second to think about how often you hear about how important networking is versus actually networking. Chances are you spend too much time thinking about it and not enough time doing it. Let’s face it, if you’re not actively networking, you are missing out on tons of missed opportunities that could be helping to take your career to the next level. There is a lot of power behind building relationships with new people. Networking has major benefits, check them out below:

Advice

This benefit is a win-win situation for you and the other party. Through networking, not only will you have a group of professionals to turn to for career and business advice, but it is very well possible that they will look up to you for advice as well. Within your network, many of you will have the same career goals and interests, making it a great place to go to for some great advice.

Resources

Resources can come in many different shapes and sizes. Whether your company is looking to hire some new staff, a new trusted investor, or looking for a new office space to call home, chances are that within your network there is going to be somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody that can help you!

Face it, there are absolutely no downsides to networking, only benefits. Not only does Barrister Executive Suites offer the right spaces at the right prices to your business, our business also allows for the community of tenants to network with each other. So, what are you waiting for? Opportunity awaits!

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How A Tidy Office Improves Workplace Productivity

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A tidy office is a happy office, and also improves workplace productivity. On average, a typical employee will miss nine days of work due to illness, which may be related to poor workplace cleanliness. At any point in time, up to 7,500 bacteria can be present on an office keyboard, a place where many of us spend most of our time. The infamous influenza virus (the flu) can remain present on office furniture and technology for as long as 24 hours. Now that you are probably feeling dirty sitting at your computer desk reading this, get to cleaning! It will not only keep you healthy, but improve your productivity too.

1. Increased Focus

With an office full of clutter, it is very easy to become distracted. Once you clean and declutter, it will increase your level of focus and concentration, thus allowing you to get more work done. You’ll also find yourself having more time to work since a clean and organized office saves you from digging through stacks of documents and paperwork.

2. Less Stress

We all have probably experienced working in an office that looks like a tornado blew through and we know how stressful that can be. When there is clutter surrounding you, it’s not possible to focus on that one thing that has to get done before lunch time and this can cause a lot of stress. Taking just a few minutes each day to organize your desk can lower your stress levels and allow for a smooth day of work. When people are less stressed, they tend to be happier, improving the morale of the entire team.

3. Greater Profitability

Time spent not working at work means decreased profitability. You might be noticing a common denominator here on how a dirty, cluttered workplace can decrease productivity – it’s like a chain reaction.

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Barrister Executive Suites Gives to Over 50 Charities in 2018

Barrister Executive Suites Gives to Over 50 Charities in 2018

Los Angeles, CA – Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. prides itself on being a company that gives back to the community. Many of the chosen charities lay near and dear to the hearts of clients and employees at Barrister, and each charity’s mission is centered on helping others and lifting up the surrounding community.

The organizations Barrister made donations to n 2018 were focused on charities whose aim is to help veterans, mothers and children, and the homeless. Though these categories encapsulate the majority of charities that donations were sent to, the list of charitable organizations that Barrister gives back to yearly includes cancer fighting organizations, animal rescue groups, higher education universities and much more. See the full list here.

Veterans hit close to home for Barrister as many of the clients and employees have family members who have served or are serving in the United States military. Both the CEO & COO of Barrister have fathers who have served. To honor our nation’s veterans, donations were sent to Cammies & Canines, USO, Wounded Warrior Project, and Wreaths Across America.

The employee population at Barrister is made up of 75 percent women, and of those, about 50 percent have children, some being single mothers. Barrister believes in supporting mothers and children because today’s children are the future of tomorrow. To support women and their children in the community, Barrister Executive Suites donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Prevent Child Abuse America, Single Mother’s Outreach, The National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.

The majority of Barrister’s locations are in urban Los Angeles County. Every big city has a homeless population, and communities throughout Southern California are not immune. Through supporting charities who work with those experiencing homelessness, Barrister hopes to do their part in helping bring those numbers down. Organizations Barrister chose to support in 2018 include Bridge to Home, LA Food Bank, Rise Against Hunger, Saint Joseph’s Center, Santa Clarita Shelter, Stop Hunger Now, and United Way of Greater LA.

About Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. 

The originator of the executive suite concept, Barrister was founded in 1966 as a cost-effective alternative to traditional office space by providing turnkey office space, virtual offices, meeting room facilities, and administrative support services. Independent business practitioners, small start-up companies, and national corporations benefit by having more time to focus on their core business with less financial risk. Today, with dozens of locations throughout Southern California, Barrister operates with a foundation of longevity and financial stability in providing its tenants with a business-friendly environment coupled with exceptional customer service. Additional information on Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. is available at barrister-suites.com.

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Why Barrister is Better than Coworking

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Whether you are a new business looking for the perfect office location or an established company just looking for a cost-efficient upgrade, consider why a shared office model is the way to go. Barrister didn’t hop on the coworking bandwagon when the shared economy started trending – we pioneered the shared office model in Southern California over 40 years ago! Even though it may seem like coworking is the hottest, latest trend in the business world, our shared office model has been sizzling in Southern California for decades.

Coworking vs Shared Offices

Coworking typically entails one large space filled with desks and people typing away on laptops while conducting conference calls on their cell phones. Wi-Fi is usually provided, and sometimes light refreshments are included with a membership fee. Unfortunately, if you find yourself becoming unproductive in an open environment amongst other professionals, private offices may not be available. This can be especially challenging when you need to meet with a client or take a confidential call.

In comparison, companies who lease with us at one of our shared office locations have access to all of the perks of coworking plus additional benefits of amenities including fully furnished offices, professional reception services, telephone answering, breakroom/tenant lounge use, janitorial services and much more. Tenants are able to reserve conference rooms that are equipped with the technology needed for a smooth and disruption-free meeting. Best of all, the shared office approach limits the number of people you share a room with, which decreases distractions and improves efficiency while still preserving the networking benefit of a commercial environment.

Services & Amenities

Shared office leases are a fraction of the cost of a traditional lease, with less of the headaches. At Barrister, our tenants experience turnkey Executive Suites, advanced infrastructure like enterprise grade internet and other privileges that don’t exist in coworking spaces, all while minimizing our tenants’ overhead.

So, next time you come across a “trendy” coworking space and think that it may work for your business, consider everything you would have to sacrifice. Privacy and access to on-site management can impact how efficiently you’ll be able to get the job done.

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Tips & Tricks to Take Control of Your Email in 2019

Tips & Tricks to Take Control of Your Email in 2019

Email is a great tool to get things done quickly, but it can become overwhelming and suck hours out of your day. Emails can easily pile up and take over your inbox, making you feel like email controls whether or not you get things done. With a new year beginning, it’s the perfect time to start fresh and clear out your inbox. Have an inbox that you can control, not one that controls you! Here are some tips and tricks to help you take control of your inbox in 2019.

Create Labels

Labels can help you organize your email and keep everything in order. To do this in Microsoft Outlook, select a message and press the little luggage tag that appears above your inbox. From there, you can name your new label and create as many as you need. You can also divide your emails into folders, this way they are easier to access. Nobody can see the labels or folders besides you and they help to keep your inbox highly organized.

Turn off Email Notifications

Constantly checking your email is unhealthy and time-consuming. It also affects your productivity levels at work. Most emails do not require an immediate response, so checking your emails less could lead to better productivity. Turning off notifications can be done in your settings or preferences tab.

Unsubscribe

Signing up for emails from multiple companies can lead to a lot of time deleting them. Unsubscribe from emails that you barely read or interact with. This will end up saving you a lot of time sorting through your inbox messages and will make everything easier to find. If you like receiving coupons through your email from these companies, consider signing up for those newsletters with another email address that’s not tied to your professional or personal contacts.

Sort Emails Immediately

When you check your emails, make sure to go through each one and sort them correctly. Delete spam and reply to emails that need a reply. Letting emails sit in your inbox unopened will create more junk in your email that can be overwhelming and more difficult to navigate through.

We hope these tips will help you work more efficiently in the new year! There’s no perfect way to handle email overflow, but implementing some ground rules for yourself may be a huge help.

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5 Places to Work to Avoid Los Angeles’s City Gross Receipts Tax

5 Places to Work to Avoid Los Angeles’s City Gross Receipts Tax

Los Angeles is known for its strong business community and is unlike any other city in the United States. Many businesses want to work near downtown Los Angeles, but don’t want to incur the costs associated with having headquarters in a big city. We collected a list of the best cities to run your business near the Los Angeles area!

Burbank

Burbank is a hub for local studios and has become a growing area for small and mid-sized businesses. The City of Burbank offers special incentives for businesses who move out of Los Angeles and into Burbank. The most worthwhile incentive is that businesses pay no city income tax, in addition to being exempt from the gross sales receipt tax. Other incentives include rebates, recruitment & hiring assistance, and a streamlined permitting process.

Calabasas

The city of Calabasas puts great emphasis on the health of the businesses located within this beautiful city. Calabasas does not levy city business taxes and there is no gross receipts tax. To further support businesses in the area, there is no parking tax or business registration fees.

Pasadena

Part of the tri-cities, Pasadena is known for its resort-like feel and charm you can’t find anywhere else. This city continues to be a destination for tenants in a variety of industries. Between the central location, great transit options, and economic development, Pasadena can’t be beat.

Thousand Oaks

Located in Ventura County, 35 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks is known for a thriving economy for businesses. The median household income and owner-occupied housing percentage are one of the highest and best in the area.

Torrance

Nestled near the beach just south of Los Angeles, Torrance is a great city for businesses to jumpstart their company without the LA taxes. Small businesses especially can thrive in this city because of economic strength and affordability. Torrance was rated third for average business revenue and second for percentage of firms with well-paid employees by Fundera.

Location is incredibly important to consider, with your commute, costs, and potential for visiting clients to think about. Barrister Executive Suites has been offering businesses of all sizes options that provide real value in one of the most expensive places to live and work in the U.S.

To see a list of all of Barrister’s locations, including the ones mentioned above, please visit
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How to Make A More Zen Office Environment

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A Zen office environment can have a profound effect on the rest of your work day. Let’s face it, work can be stressful at times, and it is very easy to forget to breathe and stay calm. By adding or doing small things throughout your busy day, you’ll start to notice a positive difference.

1. Plants

Nobody likes to be stuck in a dull, boring looking office all day. A great way to make your office space more Zen is by adding a bonsai tree, bamboo plant or even some small succulents to your space. The bonsai tree is said to promote patience, peace, contemplation and effort.

2. Art

Adding some motivational pieces to your wall is another nice way to help you power through your busy day all while remaining calm. Sometimes a positive, inspirational quote or picture is all you need to get back on track and finish strong.

3. Meditation

Meditation is a simple way to re-center and reboot. Simply take a five-minute break to focus on your breathing and posture and you’ll feel like a totally new person. Once you’ve perfected the breathing and posture exercise, maybe challenge yourself to learn one new yoga pose each week.

4. Oil Diffuser

Oil diffusers are the new candles and are much safer. A diffusor consists of water and an essential oil of your choice. The diffuser will make your space smell great, and it is believed that lavender essential oil helps to reduce stress.

5. Organizers

No office space is ever complete without at least one organizer. Organizers are essential to having a successful day at work because they allow everything to run smoothly. Clutter not only looks bad, but it can affect your productivity too.

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8 Reasons Our Clients Love Their Virtual Office

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Virtual offices help create an exceptional first impression for your business. Barrister Executive Suites has virtual office and business address packages in 26 prestigious locations around Southern California. Choose from one of the five virtual office packages that we offer, and if you can’t find just one that is perfect for your business needs, don’t worry, you can mix and match too! Now, let’s get down to why our clients really love their virtual office.

1. Prestigious Business Address

Location, location, location. A prestigious business address leaves a lasting first impression. Certain neighborhoods have their own unique appeal and belonging to an upscale zip code elevates your business with a more professional, trustworthy and established image.

2. Mail and Package Handling

Mail and package handling should be the least of your worries throughout out your busy day and with a virtual office, our staff will make sure important deliveries are kept safe until you can retrieve them.

3. Live Receptionist

The first interaction between your business and a prospective client is important. All of Barrister’s virtual office packages include a professional receptionist to greet clients and visitors.

4. Internet Access

Barrister Executive Suites is equipped with enterprise grade internet. We know how critical and time-sensitive work assignments can be, and with enterprise grade internet, you’ll never have to worry about slow, unreliable internet again.

5. Conference Room Use & Online Meeting Room Reservations

The silver, gold and platinum virtual office packages include 16 hours of conference room use. This is great for those who may not need space like this every day, but just on special occasions! Online meeting room reservations are also available. When you need to meet with a client, you’ll want to avoid a loud, unprofessional setting like a crowded coffee shop. With the convenience of reserving your meeting space in a Barrister Executive Suite online, you’ll be able to plan out meetings with ease.

6. Access to Fully Furnished Private Office

Not only can furnishing a private office become expensive, but for those just in town for a meeting here and there, it’s just not necessary. Having access to a fully furnished private office for just a few hours is just what you may need.

7. Personalized Call Answering

Personalized call answering saves time for you and will point your client in the right direction, keeping them happy.

8. Local or Toll-Free Phone Number

A local phone number is a great way to have your business look more official and credible. This feature really allows your business to appear as part of the local community.

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