Make Work Meaningful: The Future of Work through Ideas and Conversations

May 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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The future of work is not yet known; it is constantly changing and evolving. With the rise of virtual offices, ever-growing technology and globalization, it seems that the workplace is always going through shifts of change.

Make Work Meaningful is a website created to discuss the change of the workplace. It is a collaborative conversation about the future of work. There is a team of “top thinkers” that contribute to this collaborative conversation. It is aimed at getting individuals to be motivated, focused and in sync with the people they work with. The idea is that the community can help shape what the workplace becomes.

The Make Work Meaningful website was created by Rypple. Rypple is a Toronto-based startup that offers tools for employees to receive coaching and feedback about their work.

The Co-CEO of Rypple, David Stein says, “Based on these conversations, it’s clear that there is a movement afoot. Work is changing.” The three big changes he points out are:

  1. The new leadership philosophy: don’t just manage-coach
  2. The feeling of continuous growth and appropriate recognition goes further than a paycheck.
  3. The way people value ongoing development over periodic evaluation.

Stein continues, “This is what top thinkers… are writing about.”

Make Work Meaningful was created with the idea that leaders and aspiring ones can come to learn, grow and share ideas together.

Charney, a contributor for the site, wrote an article about coaching, said, “One of my hot buttons gets pushed by people who enjoy finishing my sentences. It amazes me that the older we get, the less we seem to listen. Here’s my theory: We’re taught that we need to demonstrate we’re smart, or an expert, by talking.” She suggests that we need to learn how to listen more in order to be coached.

Asmus, another contributor for the site, wrote an article about the difference between coaching and feedback in the workplace. One of the things she said was, “In the end, coaching is about “letting go” of advice-giving and assuming the person being coached is whole, smart, and understands the best direction to head in. When we give feedback, we believe that the person we are giving feedback to requires our advice to figure out the actions they need to take. There is a time and place for feedback, as there is for coaching. But they are not the same.”

Finally, another contributor for the site, Beth Steinberg, who is an HR Executive for Nike, writes about “doing what you love.” In this article she writes about the importance of working in an environment you enjoy. She gives suggested criteria for making the right decision about a job change. This suggested criterion is, “the mission of the company, the people, the company culture, the ability to learn and grow and work/life balance.”

The site is full of articles just like these three examples. It’s great for sharing ideas to figure out how to make work more meaningful and discuss the future of the workplace.

Virtual Offices: The Future of the Workplace?

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Virtual offices are quickly becoming the new go-to working environment for business professionals, law firms, accountants, and start-up entrepreneurs. The virtual office combines off-site live communication and office services so that people can work remotely, but still easily access business amenities.

Virtual offices are gaining popularity, especially with the shift toward self-employment caused by the recent economic downturn. People can now work remotely or from home, but still be able to communicate with their clients and co-workers. Small businesses no longer have to concern themselves with renting office space, and can instead pay for virtual office services which are much less costly.

Virtual offices first gained prominence by way of global businesses that required the use of a temporary or shared office space when traveling on business. The clientele for these virtual offices now seems to be changing, however, with more companies simply seeking a space that will provide them with a business address, telephone number, and temporary meeting space. Not only are virtual offices cheaper for big conglomerates, they also allow small business owners to access services like remote receptionists and remote assistants.

The benefits of virtual offices enable businesses to work remotely with all the required amenities and services within easy reach. Office services such as reception, boardrooms, telephone lines, mail services, executive suites, temporary meeting spaces and support staff are available within virtual offices. This kind of office space can be personalized and tailored for individual businesses by providing them with their own business address, telephone number, voicemail service, and administrative office staff.

Virtual offices are quickly becoming the solution for finding support services that allow companies to focus directly on their own clients and work. Clients of virtual offices are largely comprised of law firms, accountants, real estate workers, entrepreneurs, start-up companies, people working in finance, and remote workers. Virtual office facilities can be utilized by any kind of business in an economical way that allows them to access office space and communication services on an as-needed basis. Businesses can trim costs by eliminating the expense of having a personal receptionist and paying monthly rent, for example.

Rent is often the second highest expense for smaller businesses. This has led business professionals to work remotely from home, at coffee shops, or other public locations. Virtual offices are providing such individuals with access to a professional working space equipped with the technology and support services to benefit their overall efficiency. Business professionals can access virtual offices to check in on their messages, mail, and get administrative support while still working remotely.

Virtual offices pride themselves in providing exceptional customer services for business clients. They work hard to maintain the professional image of individual businesses utilizing their office services. Virtual offices offer businesses all of the comforts of a full-time office without all of the costs. Perhaps the biggest draw towards virtual offices is the reassurance of administrative support services while being able to focus on what matters most to a business: their clients, their products, and providing their services to others.

Technology is changing the workplace. Watch this video from ABC to see how companies are adapting to new workplace trends:

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