Why your reception area is the most important part of your office
The first thing a new client, guest or prospective employee sees when they enter your office is your reception area. It's where they get their first, lasting impression of your business. Make it work for you by creating a space that's inviting and also reflects your company's business style and culture - whether it's contemporary or traditional, relaxed or more formal.
Make it relaxing. Choose chairs that provide comfortable seating. Make sure lighting feels warm and natural. Plants and soft music can be calming and enjoyable, as well. If guests will likely be waiting for a few minutes, offer them coffee, bottled water or a soft drink while they wait. If a restroom isn't visible from the waiting area post a sign with directional arrows, so guests don't have to ask.
Tell your story. Provide reading materials for visitors that are related to your company and it's business. Display our corporate newsletters, annual report, brochures and catalogs in magazine racks or on tables, so that your guests can learn a little about what you do while they wait. You can also run corporate videos or photo collages on a monitor set on "endless loop", but provide headphones or mute the sound , so it doesn't compete wit conversations or background music.
Make the space functional for people who prefer to work while they're waiting. Provide tables they can use for a laptop. Make sure power outlets are in sight and easy to access, so visitors can charge a phone or plug in a laptop without having to move furniture or look under chairs. If your company offers WiFi for guests, either post the password in the waiting area or make sure your receptionist offers it to those who may need it.
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Tips for cleaning up your public profile
Now more than ever, employers use the internet to research candidates for hiring or admission. Do what you can to make the most of your public image.
1. Search Yourself!
See what others see about you online by running your own search. Before running your search, log out of your browser and clear you cache and search history, so search engines pick up the same information a new searcher will see. Search fo your name on major web browser and social networks. View your social media profile as "public" to see what people who are not friends or followers would see.
2. Clean up what you can.
If you find photos, posts and personal information in your social media accounts that you'd prefer not to share with the world, delete them or check your privacy settings to ensure they're not visible to anyone outside your social network. If you find photos or other content on websites where you don't have any control, contact the website's administrator and ask them to remove the content.
3. Make the most of your online presence with new content.
New content ranks higher on search engines, plus it gives you the opportunity to update your social media with things you want prospective employers to see. Update your profile on career sites, build a personal resume site or start a new blog to show off your professional smarts!
4. Ditch the data brokers!
There are companies who scan the internet for personal information and offer the data they find to the public for free or for a fee. If there "people search" sites come up when you search for your name, visit their sites and opt out to keep your information private.
We've all done it! Halfway through vacation, we start to worry about our overflowing inbox, the meetings we're missing and what will be waiting for us when when we get back to the offic. Here are a few tips to ease the transition from a walk on the beach back to the daily grind.
1. Make your vacations a REAL vacation.
Your out-of-office reply is there for a reason! Don't check you email every day or call in to see what is going on. Take a break... it'll make you stronger in the long run!
2. Give yourself a transition day or two.
Rather than coming home the night before you go back to work, give yourself time to run errands, pick up groceries, do laundry and gear up a bit.
3. Make a plan for your return.
Don't overbook yourself your first couple of days back at work. Carve out time to go through emails, dig through anything that accumulated on your desk and get back in the groove! Block out this time on your schedule so you don't get booked for meetings!
To accommodate students’ comfort and varied learning styles, schools may provide alternative types of seating.