Most Sought After Amenities When Looking for A New Office Space

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Office location amenities and suite features play a big role when deciding which office is the perfect fit for your business. The demand for bigger and better amenities is on the rise and since it is 2019, some amenities should not even be a question when you’re on the hunt for an improved office space. More importantly, as a business owner, your time is precious and should not be wasted on administrative work like mail handling.

Outdoor Access

Having the ability to step outside and take a call or relax on your break is a highly sought-after amenity–it’s also proven to increase workday satisfaction. On top of that, when you are in your office, an incredible view of the Pacific Ocean or the California Mountains makes your day that much better. An added bonus to the location of an office can include shops, restaurants, salons and gyms all within walking distance to get your fresh air while grabbing a bite to eat or visiting a nearby shop.

24 Hour Access & Private Office Availability

Stingy landlords and many coworking options limit tenants’ accessibility to their office space. Few of us are in the office for a clean nine-to-five, and having 24-hour access is perfect for night owls who feel more productive at 6:00pm after email slows down. Along with that, coworking spaces tend to have limited options for private office space on demand. Leasing with Barrister at an Executive Suite means you have access to your own private office, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After all, the office is yours. You will also enjoy access to meeting rooms and an online conference room reservation system to all 40 Barrister conference rooms.

Professional Receptionists

Professional reception services are highly sought after to keep a business running smoothly since they create a great first impression for your business. Part of this service offering should include mail sorting. As a busy, hardworking professional, your time should be spent doing your job, not worrying whether your mail gets back to you safely. In addition to this amenity, branded call answering by a live receptionist gives a business a personal touch that puts them a level above the competition.

Barrister provides tenants with these types of amenities and more so that business owners can focus on core activities crucial to their success, while also minimizing overhead costs.

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Top Lunch Spots to Check Out This Summer

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The convenience of running out to grab a bite to eat on your lunch break or scheduling a business meeting over a meal requires you to be located near great restaurants. After careful deliberation, we have compiled a list of what we like to call the “top lunch spots” that are conveniently located just a short walk or drive away from a few of our Executive Suites.

Beverly Hills Office Space

Beverly Hills

  • Panini Kabob Grill – Mediterranean Food

When grabbing a bite to eat here, you can tell Panini Kabob Grill stands by their mission of serving their guests the “best of the best”. They do so by using the freshest, healthiest and highest quality ingredients out there.

  • Wally’s – Wine & Cheese

If you are looking to unwind after a busy day or a quiet place to have a meeting, Wally’s is perfect. During the day, it’s a bit more casual, but at night you’ll find people in suits and cocktail dresses, take your pick!

Check out where our Beverly Hills office space is located

 

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Del Mar Torrey Reserve

  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Legendary Steakhouse

Look no further if you are in the mood for superior service and an unforgettable experience. Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is the place to be whether it’s for lunch, dinner or happy hour.

  • Poseidon – Seafood & Produce

Poseidon Del Mar provides a true ocean front dining experience. You can’t beat the view of the ocean and fresh, locally sourced seafood they serve. It has become a local favorite!

Check out where our San Diego Del Mar office space is located

 

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Woodland Hills

  • The Stand – American Classics

Awesome burgers, hot dogs, salads and sandwiches are in your future if you find yourself at The Stand on your next lunch break. The best part is the sunny, outdoor seating in the front or on the patio in the back. All you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your grub!

  • TGI Friday’s – Appetizers & Happy Hour

Yeah, TGI Friday’s is nothing “special” or local, but it’s the place to be for happy hour and late-night specials—trust us.

Check out where our Woodland Hills office space is located

 

Brentwood Office Space

Brentwood (New Location at 12121 Wilshire Blvd is Now Leasing!)

  • Blu Jam Café – Breakfast & Lunch

At Blu Jam, they don’t use freezers or ingredients they can’t pronounce, like artificial flavors. High quality food and exceptional service is what they do serve.

  • Literati Café – Organic Soups, Salads & Sandwiches

Open all day, this café prides itself in listening to their customers and is continuously fine tuning their menu. Order from a variety of freshly prepared pastries, entrees and beverages.

Check out where our Brentwood office space is located

 

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Encino

  • Woodley Proper – Speakeasy & Sushi

Our favorite part of Woodley Proper is the Omakase Speakeasy in the back, Sushi I Bar, that serves sushi in 17 courses. You’ll want to make a reservation in advance for this unique experience before heading there. If you’re just looking for a great cocktail, the cocktail lounge is the perfect spot.

  • Claudine Artisan Kitchen and Bakeshop

Get this, they serve brunch all day, every day! It’s the perfect lunch spot that is focused on redefining the local culinary landscape through using fresh, seasonal ingredients to create tasty sweets and dishes.

Check out where our Encino office space is located

Mouthwatering lunch spots is just one of the perks of leasing a Barrister Executive Suite. Get in touch with us to learn about on-site amenities and how the Barrister difference could improve your business.

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The Workplace of the Future

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The workplace of the future may be here sooner than you know it, and it’s important that your business doesn’t fall behind. Artificial intelligence, architecture, and communication & productivity tools are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to what the workplace of the future will encompass. To some, these changes and innovations may seem like ideas that won’t come into fruition in your lifetime, when in reality, these changes are already here and will be commonplace within the next few years. Here are some of the biggest transformations to watch out for:

Technology

The most notable change is the technology your business relies on for almost everything. When we say technology, this encompasses artificial intelligence (AI), automation, mobile first, communication & productivity tools and much more.

AI is expected to transform the workplace in more ways than one. There is a strong focus on how humans and machines will interact in the near future because after all, humans do need human interaction. Big companies are pushing AI to cut costs and increase profitability & efficiency. AI also has the ability to help employees grow and develop through coaching, feedback and evaluation capabilities.

As communication and team collaboration becomes increasingly reliant on technology platforms to keep employees connected and on the same page, it’s important to be in a positive, well-lit and inviting environment. Having the ability to relax in an employee lounge, sit outside, or walk to nearby shops and restaurants will be important to maintain employee’s workplace attitudes and productivity levels. There may come a time when too much technology has diminishing returns on employee attitudes.

Flexibility

In today’s world, working no longer means going to one designated physical office 5 days a week for 8 hours a day. Professionals travel around the world, working from home and conducting business outside of office headquarters.

For many businesses, a full-time office is still a good fit. Virtual offices and meeting rooms by the hour are highly sought after for those on the go or who are looking for the benefits of a physical office at the fraction of the cost. The workplace of the future will almost certainly have a mixture of both, as shared offices and coworking are growing in popularity.

Location is often the deciding factor when it comes to settling on a physical workplace. Nearby amenities like restaurants, gyms, shopping plazas and hotels are all a must for many professionals today, and will be in the future. Barrister Executive Suites has dozens of locations throughout Southern California, including our brand-new Brentwood executive suites on Wilshire Boulevard. This location will have an on-site café, salon, car wash and a beautiful patio seating area. All of this, plus the stunning views of the Santa Monica Mountains, Hollywood Hills and the Pacific Ocean can make your work day a tad less stressful and a whole lot more enjoyable.

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What Your Workday is Missing: The Outdoors

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For many professionals, it is so easy to spend your day cooped up in an office without any exposure to the great outdoors. Well, after doing some research, we discovered that workplace greenery and access to a green outdoor environment can lead to a more positive workplace attitude. Lucky for our tenants, the Southern California weather and scenery is all around us and many of our locations feature spots to bring a laptop or meeting outside.

In one study, researchers considered access to an outdoor environment an asset for employees’ wellbeing and stress levels. Interestingly though, depending on whether the employee was male or female, the benefits were not the same. For example, females with physical and visual access to workplace greenery had a direct relationship with an increased workplace attitude and decreased level of stress.

Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter
Workplace greenery and perceived level of stress: Benefits of access to a green outdoor environment at the workplace by Lene Lottrup, Patrik Grahn, Ulrika K. Stigsdotter

The good news is that many of our office spaces have beautiful, breathtaking views of California’s beaches and mountains. Expansive window lines allow maximum amounts of natural light to create a bright, creative and pleasant atmosphere. Even better, we provide our tenants with access to terraces, courtyards and open outdoor spaces to relax on breaks in many of our locations. The majority of our locations are also in close proximity to shops, restaurants and parks.

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Barrister Executive Suites Valencia Location

The bottom line is that stepping outside to get a breath of fresh air and enjoying the view of bright green plants or the ocean probably can give you that extra boost of sunshine you didn’t know you needed. For those who aren’t a fan of the outdoors, you can always purchase a plant, real or fake, and keep it on your desk for similar effects.

Locations with courtyard access include:

If you’re interested in being able to get your daily dose of vitamin D while you’re at the office, contact us.

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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.

Learn more about how Barrister Executive Suites has cost-efficient office solutions for businesses of all sizes.

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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.

Looking for a fresh start? At Barrister Executive Suites, we offer full service amenities that include janitorial services. We cater to your businesses needs at the right price.

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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

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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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