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Hot cups of tea can warm chilly hands as they work.

Getting through the holidays without any distractions is already hard but working in a chilly office makes the season even tougher. You don’t have to sacrifice high electrical bills to maintain a cozy Arizona office space. Check out these seven easy ways to be cost-efficient during wintertime.

1. Sunlight

Sunlight is a natural resource for any Arizona office space. Use this to your advantage. Open the blinds and draw back the curtains to let the sunlight heat up the office.

2. Bundle up

Encourage employees to dress warmly. Have regular causal Fridays where employees can come to work in comfortably warm clothes. Turn it into a fun, socializing event with a competition to see who comes to the holiday party in the ugliest Christmas sweater.

3. Warm drinks

Set up a drink station inside your Phoenix office space. There is nothing cozier than a cup of tea to warm up those fingers chilled from typing away on the keyboard. Remember that a cup of tea isn’t always everyone’s, well, cup of tea, so be sure to include coffee, hot cocoa (marshmallows optional), or apple cider on the menu.

4. Save During Non-Office Hours

Turn the thermostat down during the evening and night hours when no one will be inside. Invest in a programmable thermostat that can be programmed to do this, and you won’t have to remember to adjust the temperature every night.

5. Humidifier

Everyone who works in an Arizona office space has heard that summers here are a “dry heat.” Well, the dryness sticks around during our winters, too! Not only will the added moisture make the office feel warmer, it also combats the dry air that can bring on the “office flu” by soothing nasal passages irritated by the heater.

6. Seal Windows and Doors

Don’t let a common mistake cost you. Heat can slip out through cracks in windows and doors. Trap the heat inside by sealing all the areas air can escape. This trick will also help keep any Phoenix office space cool in a few months when the weather switches from chilly to sweltering.

7. Energy Star Efficient

Outside elements, continual use, and other factors can take a toll on the HVAC system in your Arizona office space. If your electrical bill is higher than normal and your office is still chilly, it’s possibly time for an upgrade. Investing in an Energy Star Efficient HVAC system or other appliance will save you money over time and may even qualify your office for a government tax break. 

Tell us your tips for keeping the office warm by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you have any questions regarding an Arizona office space, we can help. Check out our blog for more tips and advice on office culture.

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winter-blues

Winter time brings the joy of the holidays. However, for many Americans, it also signals the start of a long and difficult period. If the workload in your Phoenix office space starts to pile up, it’s possible you may have some employees who are affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is a condition that makes it difficult for people to maintain the same levels of positivity and energy that they would have in warmer months. The side effects of SAD include more used sick days, trouble interacting as a group, and a general decrease in productivity at work.

While it is up to the employees to take charge of their mental wellbeing, it never hurts to lend a helping hand. Here are seven ways to let employees know you are thinking about them:

1. Food

Carbs, like those found in candy, give the body a quick boost of feel good energy. But they also create a big crash afterwards. The best food to stock up on during winter are those high in fats and oils. Set aside an afternoon for a healthy salmon luncheon or whip up some guacamole for your office.

2. Get Moving

An object in motion tends to stay in motion. Encourage employees to hit the gym before work. Get a group together and go for a walk when the mid-afternoon slump hits.

3. Stay Toasty

Keep the office safe from the cold temperatures outside. But be careful of the dry air circulating in your Phoenix office space. Dry nasal passages can quickly lead into sick days.

4. Set Up a Lightbox

Set up a lightbox above cubicles or in the break room. A lightbox is a proven method to make up for those missing daylight hours. The light mimics the sun and boosts serotonin to keep employees alert while they work, even long after the lightbox has been turned off.

5. Aromatherapy

Citrus, peppermint, and rosemary are popular scents used to fight fatigue. An essential oil diffuser will add a pleasant scent (as well as humidity to combat dry air) to the office. Of course, check with your employees to make sure none are allergic or sensitive to scents before using any in a shared space.

6. Socialize

The cold temperatures and fewer daylight hours make it harder to create social plans. Get the party started at your Phoenix office space by planning some optional post-work social events. Create a team for trivia night at a local bar or get together to try a new restaurant.

7. Set Goals

Clear directions will set the pace for your office. Let employees know what is expected of them during the winter months. Set weekly goals for the entire team. Check in on their progress and encourage them with rewards, like a gift card.

Winter doesn’t have to be a slow period for your Phoenix office space. Your employees will feel appreciated by the attention and be motivated to work. If you’re interested in a Phoenix office space with plenty of windows to let in light, or a nice path for your employees to take a winter stroll through, contact us today. We will help you find the perfect spot for your business.

 

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holiday-decorations

Holiday season is upon us and one great way to get your staff in the holiday spirit is to decorate your Phoenix office space. If you have a limited budget, don’t fret, we have tips for the most affordable way to decorate your office for the holidays. With a little creativity and work, you can transform your Phoenix commercial office into a festive space.

 

DIY Not Required
Before we dive into the DIY ideas, we have two inexpensive materials that create a big impact with minimal effort.

Adding Christmas lights to your office is a great way to transform your office into a holiday atmosphere. The best part though is how inexpensive this decoration is; a strand of lights only costs a few dollars. If you’re looking for a simple way to decorate, Christmas lights make a large impact.

If you’re going for the winter wonderland approach, pair the lights with this “snow” ground cover. At 10 feet long and less $5, the snow is an inexpensive way to add a large statement.

 

Cardboard
Cardboard boxes are a free way to add holiday pizazz to your Phoenix office space. Starting now, hold onto to your cardboard boxes. Ask your coworkers to bring in their boxes too, so you’ll have plenty of cardboard to work with.

Some DIY holiday décor ideas to make from cardboard:

  • Make a life-size gingerbread man and woman or try your hand at these oversized ornaments that look like a gingerbread cookie.
  • Save extra-large boxes to make a super-sized gingerbread house.
  • Create a “fireplace.” Go the extra mile and add a battery-powered, warm-white LED light to the hearth to mimic the warmth of a fire or add a TV monitor playing a video of a hearth fire.
  • With an X-ACTO knife, glue, and glitter, you can create these elegant snowflakes. We suggest pairing them with Christmas lights and the “snow” ground cover for the magical winter wonderland theme.

 

Paper
Paper garlands are a classic and simple way to add holiday décor. To add a personal touch, make stockings and add a name of a coworker to each. If you choose to make the cardboard fireplace, hang them from the structure.

 

Decorating Contest
A desk decorating contest gets your employees in a holiday spirit and barely dents the budget. Employees can bring in their own decorations and compete to win a prize. Have staff vote for the winner and offer something desirable like a massage voucher for the prize.

 

Screensavers
Here’s one way to add holiday charm that you’ve probably overlooked: screensavers. If you have access to your employees’ computers, you can surprise everyone with festive screensavers. We recommend a video of a fireplace!

If you’re in charge of decorating your Phoenix office space, doing all the items on the list would be difficult. Determine a theme and pick a few of the ideas. Or, gather a group of volunteers that would be willing to help to tackle them all.

Any ideas that we’ve missed? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for a commercial office in Phoenix, contact our team.

COFFEE-SHOPS

Whether you want a break from your Phoenix commercial office or you’re still searching for the ideal office space in Tempe, a local coffee shop is the perfect place to get some work done.

 

There is no shortage of local options, but finding a spot that offers seating, internet, and is conducive to productivity can be difficult. To help you out, we’ve created a list of the four best local coffee shops in the Valley to get work done.

 

A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop — Phoenix

Wanting a unique experience? A.T Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop in Phoenix offers a local coffee shop experience with international flavors and offerings. The owner, Aisha Tedros, is often found working and is originally from Eritrea, an area just north of Ethiopia. When she opened A.T. Oasis Coffee & Tea Shop in 2013, she decided to bring the tastes of home to Phoenix.

 

A.T. Oasis serves all-natural green coffee bought directly from Ethiopian farmers and roasted by Aisha in Phoenix. On the menu you can find house-made food options like sambusas and ful medames and drink options like cold brew coffee and customer-favorite ginger coffee. Also, they are the only spot in Central Phoenix to offer a traditional Ethiopian coffee ceremony for two, which is the perfect opportunity to impress a coworker or client.

 

Guests that visit the shop say the service is friendly, the food and coffee are delicious, and the internet is fast. The best part? The coffee shop is just an 11-minute drive from the airport for those who frequently travel.

 

Fourtillfour — Old Town Scottsdale
Best for when the weather is sunny and the temperatures are in the 70s, Fourtillfour offers a laid-back atmosphere and a good cup of joe for those looking to get work done in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The coffee shop offers an outdoor patio and a grassy lawn that feel like an oasis in the hub of it all.

 

Guests recommend ordering the cold brew, cinnamon toast — free with a Yelp check-in currently —, or an espresso tonic, which is served courtesy of their aqua espresso machine oozing retro vibes.

 

 

Press Coffee Tempe
If you haven’t heard about the local chain, Press Coffee, it’s time to get out of your Tempe office space for a bit.

 

Press Coffee is touted as the first coffee shop in Phoenix to offer cold brew on tap. They roast their own coffee and they’re won Best Roaster from Phoenix Magazine and New Times.

 

The Press Coffee location at Skywater Complex at Town Lake in Tempe is especially suited to get work done. The space is often filled with students studying and others reading or working on their laptops.

 

We recommend ordering their acclaimed cold brew, but they also offer other beverages, like kombucha on tap. For food, they serve avocado toast, pastries, breakfast burritos, and sandwiches.

 

 

Echo Coffee – Scottsdale
Echo Coffee is one of those places that goes the extra mile to deliver the perfect end product. They care about the ingredients they use and the impact their business has on the environment.

 

Take for example their milk. They tested many dairy options — including non-dairy milk alternatives — before selecting their milk offerings. Additionally, they roast their own beans, they use organic ingredients, and they even reward you with a small, 100% organic shortbread cookie if you order a drink and dine in. They offer the cookie as an incentive to slow down and savor your coffee and as a thank you for not using a paper cup and plastic lid that can end up in the landfill.

 

Guests love the parking lot, the availability of outlets, free wi-fi, and the delicious coffee drinks and pastries.

 

 

Whether you’re searching for a spot that offers a delicious dairy-free latte, international flavors, the opportunity to work on a grassy lawn, or an acclaimed cold brew, the Valley offers no shortage of coffee shops to get some work done outside of your Tempe office space.

 

Is your favorite coffee shop missing from our list? Let us know by commenting on our LinkedIn page. If you’re searching for the perfect Phoenix commercial office, contact us. We’d love to help.

 

 

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20-desk-essentials

You’re running to a meeting at your AZ office space with a fresh cup of coffee in your hand. Whoops, your power walk had a little too much power and some coffee splashed up on your shirt. And, come to think of it, coffee breath isn’t the best way to greet your client. Wait … did you remember to put on deodorant today?

Sound familiar?

On top of keeping up with your workload, it can be difficult knowing what items you should have at your “desk arsenal.” Don’t worry, we’re here to help. We have a list of the essentials you should keep at your desk at your Arizona commercial office.

Fresh Breath
Nothing can dampen a one-on-one client meeting like onion-, garlic-, or coffee-breath. Since there is no nice way to say “your breath stinks,” you have to take matters into your own hands. Keep floss, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and mints or gum at your desk to ward off bad breath.

Cold and Flu Season
When those bugs start to make their way around your Arizona commercial office, you’re going to thank yourself when you have hand sanitizer at your desk. When you’re sick or dealing with pesky allergies, it’s important to have a box of tissues handy so you can kindly sneeze into a tissue — your coworkers will be thankful.

Electronic Musts
Keep an extra phone charger at your desk. You should also have a pair of earbuds, especially if you’re in an open-plan office.

Toiletry Items
In addition to items to keep your breath minty, you should keep some additional toiletry items. Deodorant will come in handy on those crazy mornings you forget to put some on or need to freshen up. A bottle of lotion is a must in an Arizona commercial office to fight dry skin.

Keep Your Outfit Pristine
A stain removal pen can save you in a pinch. If you have a pet, make sure you have a lint roller at your desk.

Save Your Bland Lunch
When the office kitchen is all out of forks, again, it’s important to have some extra set of utensils handy at your desk. Plus, keep your favorite condiment, like hot sauce, mustard, or salad dressing to liven up your lunch.

Help I Have Blisters
When those new shoes aren’t as comfortable to wear all day as you thought they would be, you’ll be thankful to have a box of blister bandages at your desk. Plus, you should have a pair of comfortable shoes to slip on after a client meeting or for walking a few blocks to get lunch.

Odds and Ends
Keep a sweater, sweatshirt, or a blanket when the office gets too cold for your liking.

A pain reducer, like Tylenol, can help when you feel a headache creeping in.

Save some energy-inducing snacks in your desk to help you get over a mid-day slump.

A compact umbrella can save you on your walk to your car during the Phoenix monsoon season.

It’s easy to get dehydrated at your Arizona commercial office space, so it’s important to have a refillable water bottle to drink from throughout the day.

There you have it, the 20+ essentials you need to have at your office desk. Let us know if we missed anything by commenting on our LinkedIn page. Are you searching for office space in AZ? Contact us — we can help!

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As dedicated commercial real estate professionals, all of us at Camroad Properties pride ourselves on operating office buildings to the highest industry standards. This translates into consistently high occupancy rates, and tenant retention rates averaging over 80% in all of our Arizona commercial real estate properties. As local owner-operators, you can rely on Camroad Properties to provide the best leasing opportunities for quality office space in Phoenix, Mesa, and Tempe. Our knowledge of Arizona commercial real estate and our ability to react promptly to our clients' office space requirements is our specialty. We can customize office suites to fit any of your commercial real estate needs.
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