For creative firms—including advertising and branding companies—looks are everything. Your space to some degree defines your brand for both clients and potential employees. Having a cool office is de rigueur for any firm that wants to win top talent and big-time clients. And in response to the legendary office spaces of tech giants Google, Facebook, and Apple, as well as the homey, funky office movement of tech startups, creative firms are in a heated battle to out-hip each other. Click here to see OPEN Forum’s new photo essay.
Your desk is supposed to be the place where you are at your productive zenith. But is your reality that you get more done at the kitchen table, living room couch sitting up in bed with your laptop? Take a look at your desk; it could be destroying your productivity with clutter, junk and non-essential items competing for space and your attention. Here is a look at the most common productivity stealers that lurk on many desks and how to banish them. Read More
Even though Facebook is a social platform populated with seemingly random posts, there is a tested method to getting your fans to engage with your brand and your content. Here we distill the methodology to getting people to visit your Facebook page, keep them reading as well as get them to return. Read More
Becoming an effective leader is a never-ending process of self-study, education, training and experience. Learning leadership skills can impact your organization’s success in many areas, including workforce retention, employee engagement and organizational performance. Read More
Many people dream of running their own businesses. Creating their own schedules. Doing what they love. Being free of answering to a boss. But many people also keep those dreams as just that: dreams. They don’t think they have what it takes to make them a reality. But I’m here to tell you if you’re one of those people: you absolutely can become an entrepreneur. It’s all in your mindset. Read More
There’s a huge change taking place in the work force. No, it’s not the influx of Millennials, the refusal of aging Boomers to retire or the BYOD trend. It’s the rise of women in the workforce, both in terms of number of workers and positions of authority. Sarah Sladek of XYZ University crunched the numbers from a few different media sources. Here are the findings.