What Will Your Workplace Look Like in 2013?

January 17, 2013

 

We borrowed this article from our friends and partners over at Regus, who run a fantastic blog called Workplaces. This section was repurposed from the article titled 2013 Trends in the Workplace

As we head into 2013, what can businesses expect from the year ahead? With technology untethering the workforce from their desks, Gen X, Y and baby boomers work alongside one another, businesses large and small becoming increasingly global, and as we experience a surge in entrepreneurs and start-ups, business owners, managers and C-suite must be prepared.

1. Flexible work options: With options such as co-working, home-working and staggered working hours proven to reduce stressful commuting proven, improve morale and boost productivity, more businesses will offer their employees flexible work options.

2. Emphasis on disaster preparedness: The devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy was a wakeup call for HR executives and business owners.  In addition to backup technology plans, businesses will invest in workplace recovery plans in preparation for natural disasters.

3. Increase in virtual offices: Companies will begin to use virtual offices to expand into new areas with no upfront capital and minimal risk, while startup entrepreneurs, freelancers and at-home workers will use virtual offices to legitimize their businesses with a prestigious address.

4. Tech over travel: Businesses looking to cut unnecessary spending will turn to videoconferencing, Skype and online meetings to keep in touch with colleagues and clients without the hassle and expense of traveling.

5. Temporary workspace: Behind payroll, office space is the largest expenses for small businesses. Companies will increasingly enter into non-binding, flexible arrangements like drop-in lounges to reduce overhead and better suit the needs of an increasingly flexible workforce.

 


Celebrate World Tourism Day with Eco-Friendly Travel

September 27, 2012

Today (September 27th) is the 32nd annual United Nations World Tourism Day, and this year’s theme is Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.

 

We were surprised to find out that one of the biggest travel trends of the last 5 years is the rise of ecotourism, but as it turns out, if you’ve visited a national park, or followed the “leave nothing take nothing” rule on a camping trip, you’re considered an eco-tourist!

In honor of World Tourism Day, here are a few suggestions of how you can incorporate sustainability into your travels both close to home and around the globe:

  • If you’re looking for some great eco-friendly trips not too far from home, consider some U.S. retreats that are not only lovely, but also focused on staying green and preserving the local environment.
  • Looking to take your eco-inclinations abroad? Eco Tour Directory maintains a database of over 100 global eco-tour providers who can offer ideas and packages to help simplify your next adventure.
  • If you want to really get your hands dirty and learn about sustainable living, try WOOFing, where you can volunteer to work on an organic farm (in over 30 countries) in exchange for food, lodging, and an unforgettable experience.

If you’re not quite ready to take a sustainable trip, check out this year’s World Tourism Day photo competition for some amazing examples of how tourism and sustainability go hand in hand.

 

 


Today: [CLEAR Executive Conference] How Busy Executives Can Make Better Decisions

November 2, 2011

Exclusive Webinar Today

The very intelligent, the most expert, the entirely rational – every professional sometimes makes unfortunate choices. The kind that cost a bunch of money, lessen your control over your environment, or create a big, embarrassing mess to clean up.

Luckily, there are people who study this sort of thing, and they can help you to retrain your brain to make decisions that are as smart as you are. Michael J. Mauboussin is adjunct professor of finance at Columbia Business School and Chief Investment Strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management. He’s also the author of fascinating and acclaimed books titled More Than You Know: Finding Financial Wisdom in Unconventional Places and Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition.

In fact, he’s a global thought-leader in the field of behavioral finance/economics and on the factors that make financial executives and investors make the decisions that they do. In particular, he’s interested in those hapless choices and in learning how people can do better. Today at 2:00 Eastern, CLEAR is bringing him to you for an exclusive, interactive webinar.

When confronted with choices that involve high stakes and lots of moving parts, sometimes your typically formidable brainpower can wuss out a bit. In the crux of an all-important decision, thought processing can revert to default factory settings: we oversimplify patterns and obscure the very logic we usually have a firm grip on. This is the phenomenon on which Maubossin bases his theories. By learning to “think twice” in a purposely calibrated way, we can avoid the influence of social and situational factors that can cause faulty judgment.

CLEAR Executive Conference Webinar Think Twice

We think you’ll find Mauboussin really compelling, and that you’ll be able to carry the strategies he gives you usefully into your professional and even personal life. Imagine being able to recognize when you’re facing a particularly problematic or consequential choice and responding by putting your brain into mental trap-resistant mode. Pretty powerful, huh?

It’s a little like getting a new antenna that gives you savvy sense for bad decision-making – on your part and of those around you – and being able to fight back with real, sound logic. Participants will learn about taking multiple factors, influences, and options into consideration without being overwhelmed. As a CLEAR customer (or soon-to-be CLEAR customer), we want you to experience new heights of productivity and effectiveness in your life with benefits like this exclusive webinar.

Register here: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/258170942  And you can submit any questions you’d like Michael to address to questions at clearme dot com  Event is over. Here’s the recording:

How Busy Executives Can Make Better Decisions [CLEAR Executive Conference] from CLEARme on Vimeo.


When Bad Decisions Happen to Great Professionals

October 24, 2011

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6 Tips for Better Decision Making

You know that feeling at the end of a long day when you and the person you’re with can’t figure out where they want to go for dinner? Nothing sounds bad, but nothing sounds great either, and so you wait for the other person to decide. You’ll be happy as long as you don’t have to commit to the decision (and then, you may or may not reserve the right to complain about said decision).

A little while back, a New York Times article “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?” resonated with thousand of readers. It treats willpower, as synonymous with decision-making, as a limited internal resource to be preserved. Picture the student at the end of a long, standardized test, filling in the small bubbles practically at random. After making too many choices, with outcomes from inconsequential to profound, the mind at some point declares that thinking hours are over.

That’s when you can end up with something you don’t want: regret for the giant cheeseburger and fries for lunch, realizing you hired an un-ideal assistant after interviewing dozens, or new shoes in the closet that you’ll never wear.

Reactions to the article sprang up across the internet suggesting ways to counter decision fatigue. Time online says eat a snack (glucose feeds the decision-making center of your brain); Fast Company advises making your big-money decisions in the morning; and Lifehacker seconds both ideas and counsels readers to know their own daily flow of willpower.

The decision-making powers of business travelers are doubly taxed. Not only might you be traveling to attend meetings for the very purpose of making decisions, you’re outside of your familiar routine. Gone are the autopilot breakfast and lunch regimens and the work commute you often manage in your sleep. And jetlag really doesn’t help matters, either. How to combat decision fatigue on the road, when more elements are out of your control? Here are some CLEAR-approved tips:

  1. Keep as many at-home routines intact as you can.
  2. Whenever possible, schedule decisions for the morning. Sleep on it.
  3. Utilize breaks. Avoid the temptation to move things along by working through scheduled breaks – you and everyone else will make better decisions refreshed.
  4. Don’t decide hungry.
  5. When good decisions are being made in the room, keep the momentum going. Good choices beget more good choices.
  6. When all else fails, at least recognize that you’re making decisions under circumstances that aren’t ideal. If possible, label them as “preliminary” and revisit as soon your willpower resources are replenished.

How do you manage decision-making on the road, and at home?

Sneak preview: Next week you’ll have an opportunity to dig deeper into this topic. CLEAR scheduled a webinar for November 2nd with Michael Mauboussin, expert in behavioral finance and Chief Investment Strategist at Legg-Mason Capital Management. Author of the book Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Mr. Mauboussin will discuss retraining your default thought process when making crucial decisions.

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/258170942

 


Save Time, Sleep More

October 17, 2011

get clear and get extra sleep

Five reasons why an extra hour of sleep is a great idea. 

If there were 25 hours in a day, what would you do with the extra one? Would you sleep in? When you’re super busy, it can feel downright decadent to shut off the alarm and stay in bed a little longer, but getting some extra shut-eye is probably more beneficial than you think for your health, your productivity and your general happiness.

Every day is like a 25 hour day for our members— and many choose to use their time for extra Z’s. Here are some reasons why that’s a good decision:

1. Think More Clearly

Important brain functions happen when we sleep, ones that can’t go on when we’re awake. Sleep deprivation reduces the metabolism of glucose, which fuels your prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain where all of your crucial decisions are made. Innovation and precision are more elusive to a tired noodle. So get more rest. And intensify your brilliance.

2. Live Longer

Talk about a time saver! Getting enough sleep actually adds years to your life. You may think you’re getting ahead by logging extra waking hours, but sleep deprivation increases your risk of all kinds of terrible, life-threatening diseases, possibly cheating you out of time over the long run. Sleep is restorative. It gives your tissues time to repair themselves from the inside out, so your systems are less likely to break down unnecessarily.

3. Work Smarter

It’s hard to unearth your next great idea when you’re preoccupied with keeping your eyes open. When you’re tired, even run-of-the-mill work duties seem to take superhuman effort. Sure, it feels like you’re getting more done if you sacrifice sleep for office time, but there’s the law of diminishing returns to consider. You’re simply more productive when you’re fresher.

4. Look Better

Do you avoid looking at yourself in the mirror when you’re running on too little sleep? So do I! It’s because we don’t want to see those red, puffy eyes looking back at us, nor the dulled skin and bewildered expression. And that’s just in the short term… Over time, not getting enough Z’s can really drag you down in the looks department. Sleep deprivation can make you appear older than you are as your overworked cells beg for more me-time.

5. Feel Better

Frayed nerves are no fun. Neither are aches and pains, mood swings and energy dips. Many of these everyday annoyances can be eliminated with a little extra sleep. And that’s not to mention how much more effective you are at work and at home when you’re well rested. Everyone knows that sleep deficits make you grumpy, which can lead to worse: jumpy, snippy or just plain rude behavior. So make sure you spend enough time in bed. You and everyone around you will be happier!