Receptionist Job Description: How to Optimize Your Front Desk Efficiency

Your reception area is the first point of contact for office visitors. As such, it plays a vital role in making a positive impression and helping office traffic run smoothly. Many offices are shifting toward automated reception (more on that later!). But plenty of businesses still have a person sitting at the front desk at least part of the time. …

7 Trends in Modern Office Management

With developments in technology and an ever-evolving workforce, office management is constantly changing. Here are seven trends currently shaping office operations. The cloud More and more businesses are adopting cloud computing, and this trend is expected to keep growing. The cloud can improve and streamline all sorts of processes—from collaboration and project management to data organization and information backup. And, …

5 Common Office Tasks You Can (and Should) Automate

A small investment in automation can save you hundreds of hours in the long run. Automating common tasks reduces mistakes and frees up workers to focus on more important assignments. It also improves your bottom line. Here are some practical strategies to automate your workplace. Data back-up Automatically backing up your data ensures that you’ll always have access to complete, up-to-date files, even if something …

5 Ways Technology is Transforming the Workplace

Successful businesses are always on the lookout for current and future trends in technology. Read on for five ways technology is transforming today’s offices. Flexible work practices Studies show that employees are more satisfied and effective when they get to decide when, where, and how they work. Telecommuters and off-site freelancers are becoming ever more common, and people increasingly want …

3 Ways Your Office Design Affects Your Bottom Line

According to a recent report, only 55% of workers say that the design of their workplace enables them to work productively. And just 49% say their office is a place they feel proud to share with visitors. Clearly, companies could be doing a better job when it comes to designing their workspace. A well-designed office can boost not only worker …

10 Secrets of Great Workspace Design

Remote workers, startup culture, and mobile technology are revolutionizing the spaces where we meet, collaborate, and work. Open plans aren’t one-size-fits-all, and an increasingly nomadic workforce renders permanently allocated spaces impractical. Here are 10 tips to help you achieve maximum employee engagement and productivity with your workspace design. 1. Stay flexible Ownership and permanence are out. The sharing economy is …

Our Top 5 Most-Read Articles of 2015

We hope you’ve found great resources on our site this year. Just in case you missed one, here are our five most popular posts of 2015. Did You Know Your iPad Could Do This? 11 iPad Features Most People Never Use Swipe between apps? Shake to undo typing? This article explains 11 iPad features you might not know about that …

5 Tech Toys Your Office Needs for 2016

What would the new year be without new toys? Luckily, in 2016, you can take your toys to the office. Simple, functional design combined with high-tech capabilities make this new year an awesome time to go to work. Here are 5 toys that put the “fun” in your office functionality. Nendo Data Clip Flash Drives Want to add a touch …

How to Solve QuickBooks Errors: 7 Resources You Need

QuickBooks is a top general accounting software for small businesses. One reason it’s so popular is because it doesn’t require users to know the ins and outs of business accounting. As a result, many receptionist and office manager jobs require QuickBooks experience. But for all of its advantages, QuickBooks is famous for its numerous, and sometimes very obscure, errors and …

7 Costly Mistakes Your Business is Making

Are budget leaks slamming your bottom line? Are you spending money on things you aren’t sure are valuable? No one likes to waste money, especially in business, where it can mean the difference between Christmas bonuses and Christmas layoffs. Here are seven costly mistakes your business is probably making. 1. Overbuilding your product You’ve heard the mantras of “minimum viable …

21 Tips to Be More Productive at Work

The ultimate productivity hack is a bit like the Holy Grail — everybody’s looking for it, no one can find it. Or, perhaps, they are ignoring it. There are actually a ton of solid, time-tested and research-backed strategies to increase your productivity at work. Here are 21 of them. 1. Get a good night’s sleep If you sleep well, you …

5 Ways Visitor Management Systems Save You Money

For startups, small offices, and even large companies that don’t have receptionists, visitor management systems simplify visitor processing while providing an enhanced level of safety and security. On top of all that, they are enormously friendly to your bottom line. Here are five ways visitor management systems save you money. 1. Eliminate the need for a receptionist According to Glassdoor, …

Virtual Receptionists, iPad Kiosks, and Other Tools for a Digital Office Transformation

Today’s digital revolution in offices is about more than just eliminating paperwork. It’s about providing employees with better tools and customers with better experiences. The digital revolution also helps small businesses benefit from the same tools and technologies that large businesses can. Here are five types of tools to jumpstart your own digital office transformation. 1. Virtual receptionists You need …

Are you suffering from PND syndrome?

Does your desk happen to be the one nearest the main door to your office?  You know, that awkward location where every visitor looks to you as the office receptionist? You’ve seen it a thousand times: the visitor hesitantly turns to you hoping that you’ll point them in the right direction. Do you sometimes pretend to be in the middle …