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Archive for November, 2018

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.

     

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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