Top Office Amenities You’ll Want After You Find Out They Exist

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Today’s business environment is becoming more demanding now than ever on professionals, leaving less time to take a moment and re-center yourself. If you’ve ever worked in an office with endless rows of gray cubicles and an uninspiring break room, you probably weren’t excited to get to the office each day. Your environment has a profound effect on your mood, mindset and productivity. What is your office missing that could help unlock your potential?

1. On-Site Gym

Working out elevates your energy levels and releases endorphins. This is exactly what you need to get pumped for a great workday, or to release frustration before heading home. Our Torrance office has an on-site gym for tenants to enjoy, and our Mission Valley & Del Mar Office have conveniently located fitness facilities as well.

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2. Dog Park

A growing number of workplaces are allowing therapy dogs in the office. An office dog can help reduce stress and improve morale. Having a dog park at the office, just as we have at our Los Angeles Airport office suites, is a huge perk for both you and your furry friend.

3. Proximity to Top Restaurants

In today’s business climate, a good percentage of meetings and deals happen outside of the office, making it a must to have nearby restaurants where these meetings can take place. Not to mention, grabbing a delicious lunch can be just what you need if you hit that mid-day slump. Here are a few of our favorite lunch spots near our Executive Suites.

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4. Relaxing Views

One of the most sought-after features when looking for the perfect office space in Southern California is the view. The sunset and expansive views from some of our locations are spectacular, making a hard day of work all worth it in the end. Love an ocean view? Check out our Santa Monica offices.

5. Convenience

Whether you are seeking a lifelong office space to call home or just need a space for a few hours, Barrister Executive Suites has it. Our offices come furnished or unfurnished and staffed with professional reception services and telephone answering, allowing your day to run smoothly. Most locations are located conveniently next to the freeways for easy access to and from airports. The offices are also equipped with state-of-the-art technology to meet all your business needs. In the spaces, you will also find common areas as well as an updated kitchen/break room. As a Barrister tenant, you will have 24/7 access to the space and access to conference rooms.

Allowing our tenants to enjoy the flexibility and convenience of both on and off-site amenities is why Barrister has been dazzling tenants for decades. We set the bar for exceptional customer service and take pride in each of our Southern California office spaces.

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Employee in the Spotlight: Jerome Chau, Technology Manager

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Jerome Chau, Barrister’s Technology Manager

 

Meet Jerome Chau!

 

Jerome has been with Barrister Executive Suites, Inc. for 13 years, and currently serves as the Technology Manager.  Jerome oversees all aspects of the technology department including voice and data networks and IT infrastructure at all Barrister locations. Prior to managing all technology at Barrister, Jerome was a Suite Manager and Finance Manager.

Jerome has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from UCLA. He resides in Monterey Park with his wife Yvonne and two daughters Krystal and Kirsten.

Jerome has a unique skill set, holding previous positions in sales, finance and information technology during his 20 years in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Barrister, Jerome was a broker with CB Richard Ellis in the Central Los Angeles region.   Jerome and his wife Yvonne serve as Youth Leaders at First Southern Baptist Church of Monterey Park where they mentor high school kids to serve the church and the community.

Jerome is our behind the scenes super star! He jets from one property to another at a moment’s notice. Next time you see him around, be sure to say hi!

Managing The Multi-Generational Office

For the first time in modern history, workplace demographics now span four generations!   Today we see 20-year-old new hires working side-by-side with colleagues who are older than they are by 50 years or more.

This rich mix of generations in the workforce is often attributed to labor shortages experienced in many industries along with the rising average age of retirement.  Boomers are also working beyond retirement.  One study finds that eight out of ten Baby Boomers expect to work at least part time in their so-called retirement years. [1] In the meantime, the number of Millennials entering the workforce is only growing!

Figure 1: From AARP:  Leading an Intergenerational Workforce, p. 8 at http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/money/employers/leading_multigenerational_workforce.pdf
Figure 1: From AARP: Leading an Intergenerational Workforce, p. 8 at http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/money/employers/leading_multigenerational_workforce.pdf

An intergenerational workplace must support real communication and understanding across all ages, and it must understand – and build upon – the unique values and strengths of each generation. Businesses that pay attention to intergenerational issues will see an impact on their bottom line in a number of areas including the following:


Communication:
The younger generation has grown up communicating in text messages, tweets, and instant messages. Baby boomers and older Gen Xers tend to prefer phone calls and emails. To further muddle the communication, different generations may use different abbreviations, informal language, and colloquialisms.

Everyone needs to make a concerted effort to communicate in the way each person prefers, especially leaders and employers. Face to face team building exercises and ice breakers may help to break down some of the barriers that can occur with digital communications. [3]

Corporate Culture: Educating employees on generational issues can boost understanding, respect and productivity. One example: younger generations may speak to their employers more casually, which may be interpreted by older generations as lacking respect.

Younger managers and workers may feel that time spent in the office is not as vital as your results and are more open to teleworking. Generation Y may value and expect a more healthy work-life balance, including the time to have a life outside of working. For leaders, it is best to approach the issue by allowing individuals to work in the style that’s best for them and acknowledge the efforts of each team member. [3]

Millennials are the fastest growing cohort, comprising 15 percent of the U.S. workforce.
By 2011, their participation will swell to 25 percent.[2] 

To recruit and retain them, organizations will need to understand and appeal to their perspectives, communication styles, and work ethic.

Recruitment: Recruitment messages geared to each generation will attract talent across the age spectrum.  Targeted recruitment of mature workers gives employers a competitive advantage in acquiring the right talent.  At the same time, knowing how to attract younger workers is crucial to ensuring future business success and leadership.

Also be aware of negative stereotypes. “Lazy”, “entitled”, and “tech obsessed”, are just a few of the terms that may come to mind when older workers think about millennials. Baby boomers may be perceived by their younger peers as stubborn, set in their ways, and difficult to train. Leaders can help the situation by looking for and intervening when there is misunderstanding and generational judgment.

Employee Engagement:  Managers who know what motivates employees of different generations are more effective in keeping them engaged.  Employee satisfaction is higher when they believe that career development opportunities are equal for all, regardless of age.

How Millennial Are You? Take this quiz to find out! 

Also be aware of negative stereotypes. “Lazy”, “entitled”, and “tech obsessed”, are just a few of the terms that may come to mind when older workers think about millennials. Baby boomers may be perceived by their younger peers as stubborn, set in their ways, and difficult to train. Leaders can help the situation by looking for and intervening when there is misunderstanding and generational judgment.

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Retention:  All generations want their contributions to be recognized. Rewards and recognition should reflect each group preferences and priorities. Employee benefits which are geared to the needs of different generations can build loyalty and retention.

Customer Service:  Each generation has unique service preferences. Businesses that understand and adapt to those preferences will attract and retain customers across the age spectrum.

While creating an inter-generational workspace may take more time, customization, and intentionality; there are several benefits to be gained by the whole organization when a multigenerational team works well together.

The team can attract and retain talented people of all ages.

  1. The team is more flexible.
  2. The team can gain and maintain greater market share because its members reflect a multi-generation market.
  3. Decisions are stronger because they’re broad-based with multiple perspectives.
  4. The team is more innovative and creative.
  5. The team can meet the needs of a diverse public and can relate more effectively

As employers strive to recruit and retain the best and the brightest, they should look to attract mature workers and young minds with fresh ideas.  Both are part of a crucial mix. Combined with recruitment practices, the right combination of policies and practices is also key to a productive, engaged, and “age-neutral” workforce.

If you’re looking for an office space that appeals to multiple generations be sure to explore our many Barrister Executive Suites Office Spaces available throughout Southern California. We offer traditional offices as well as virtual offices to meet your team’s diverse needs. Many of our offices are also located around cultural centers with restaurants, fitness centers, theaters and more to assist you with maintaining a work-life balance that’s right for you.

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Learn more about the multi-generational office at http://assets.aarp.org/www.aarp.org_/articles/money/employers/leading_multigenerational_workforce.pdf

 

[1]  AARP, Baby Boomers Envision Retirement II: Survey of Baby Boomers’ Expectations for Retirement (Washington, DC, September 2004), 24.

[2] Bureau of Labor Statistics (see chart)

[3] Fallon, N. (2014, June 16). Tackling the Challenges of the Multigenerational Workforce. Retrieved from Business News Daily: http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/6609-multigenerational-workforce-challenges.html

The Power of the Receptionist!

If you ask someone to name the most important person in their business they’d likely name the CEO, a manager or the top sales representative.  But the most crucial person may actually be the person you wouldn’t expect:  your receptionist!

When clients or visitors enter your business for the first time, the person to greet them is typically not the CEO or sales manager. It is the receptionist.  This is the person who creates the first impression that a client or visitor has of your business and it’s essential to choose the right receptionist for your company’s image.

While many people view the role of the receptionist as minor, this couldn’t be farther from the truth! The role of the receptionist is vital to the smooth operation of any office. Duties often include: acting as an ambassador by welcoming people to your business, screening phone calls, and directing client traffic throughout the work day. Organizational skills are an intrinsic part of the receptionist’s job, as is diplomacy, proper etiquette, and good judgment. Good receptionists will create a welcoming atmosphere for your clients and visitors; they help to keep the staff organized; and they serve as an information center for clients, visitors, and employees.

 

A company’s CEO may set the tone for corporate culture and brand, but it’s the staff that reinforces it with the clients.  Effective company owners know that their customers’ experiences start with the person who answers the phone and greets people at the door.  The receptionist!

Some have suggested there is a trend towards the removal of the receptionist position altogether.  This trend – often seen within start-ups or technology companies –is often a result of financial restraints.  These companies believe a receptionist area is a poor use of real estate and/or they believe a receptionist salary can be better applied to a position they consider more important.  Some of these companies are using various technologies to greet their visitors and while these endeavors can be successful in certain industries, most companies eventually realize the need for a live receptionist.

At Barrister Executive Suites, we offer highly trained and professional receptionists and they are included as a part of our Full Time Office and Virtual Office programs.  Our hiring process for receptionists is very selective; the average length of time that a receptionist has been with us is 5 years!

Learn more about these Barrister Office Programs and discover the right space for you….at the right price…and with the right receptionist!

Tips to Improve Your Focus!

It’s an understatement to say that focusing on one thing at a time in the office can be difficult. But if you want to succeed at work – or in life – learning how to focus is essential!  It’s hard to do anything, let alone do anything well, if you can’t concentrate on it.

According to one Time Magazine article, nearly 50% of American employees say they work for only 15 minutes in the office before becoming distracted and 53% report wasting an hour or more a day because of disruptions. From constant noise to overflowing inboxes to feeling stressed or fatigued, almost anything can cause people to lose focus.

The good thing about focus is that it’s a skill you can learn and improve. It takes practice and experimenting with different methods, but you can improve your ability to focus!  Check out these 6 tips for keeping yourself on focus.

 

  1. Start Off the Day Right! – Your Mom was right!  You should start off each day with a good breakfast. That bowl of cereal or oatmeal may do more than jump start metabolism – studies have found that eating breakfast can actually improve attention and concentration.  Eating protein-rich food at breakfast can often reduce the distracting need for snacking later in the day.

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  1. One Thing At a Time – Technology can be a blessing or a curse.  Every time something dings, beeps, or flashes, you’re no longer 100% focused on what you were doing. The next time you sit down to focus, turn off your notifications for Facebook, Twitter, email, Instagram, Dropbox, etc. —that’s right, turn off every last one.  Keep in mind that your likes, comments, and email messages will all still be there when you’re ready to look.

 

  1. Clean Up Your Workspace – Post-Its notes, snacks, and even family photos can become a distraction. Clear off the workspace and only have what’s really needed (computer, notebook, water-bottle, etc.).  Reducing unnecessary clutter can help you to stay focused and in “in the zone!”

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  1. Group Your Tasks Together – It has become the norm to have to wear multiple hats at the workplace.  Unfortunately it can take your brain 15 minutes or more to regain the same intense focus or flow as before the interruption. Every time you switch tasks, your brain needs at least that amount of time to get back into the work. If you switch tasks just four times in a morning, that’s an hour of total focus you’ve lost!  Stay focused by “batching” your tasks.  Batching builds off the idea of only working on one type of task at a given time. Instead of jumping from one project to another, do all your related tasks in one block of time.  By “batching” the work you have to accomplish, you reduce the need to constantly shift gears.

 

  1. Take a Break – This may seem counterproductive at first, but taking a break can help to increase focus.  As humans, our attention spans need variety, and we can’t always control our thoughts or motivations. No matter how motivated or focused you are, you can’t stay that way forever.  Studies have shown that you’re much more likely to get work done quickly and efficiently if you take some breaks away from your desk.  Do some stretches, daydream, or go for a walk.  Remember that some of our Barrister Executive Suite locations are close to the beach.  Take off your shoes, breath in the ocean air, and enjoy a break on the beach.

 

  1. Create Your Own Space – Some people can maintain focus around many people and considerable noises.  Other people – and certain types of tasks – require a space that is all your own.  Take advantage of the individual private offices offered by Barrister Suites and keep your focus on your work. 
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  1. Reward Yourself!  – Motivation is essential when attempting to maintain focus, and rewarding yourself for maintaining focus helps to build positive patterns.  Promise yourself a break if you spend 1 hour doing a task you find especially difficult.  Reward yourself for finishing your PowerPoint presentation by visiting the employee lounge or break room for your favorite snack.  Be creative with your rewards and watch your ability to focus grow!

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