Increase Office & Staff Morale in H2

Back in January, Ellyot spoke to Rombourne about increasing staff morale in the New Year. Given we’re now well underway with the second half of the year, we thought it’s a nice refresher to re-explore what factors influence this, as well as how to achieve higher productivity levels.

A great work-life balance, flexibility and appreciation from fellow workers are all contributing to happy and motivated employees. Status show happiness increases productivity by 12%.

Check out the article to learn more.

Remote & Mobile Working: Security Procedures for Out of Office

We spoke to CNS Group last week and were asked if security is an important issue for remote workers or digital nomads.

The reality is that for people working remotely, security is indeed a hot topic since being remote requires the use of so many different WiFis; and in that sense much more uncertainty than a closed internal network in a company office

You can read the full article here.

An Interview with Emma Heuston, Author of ‘The Tracksuit Economy’

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This week we had the pleasure of chatting to Emma Heuston from New South Wales, Australia.

She is a smart-worker, entrepreneur and author of The Tracksuit Economy: How to work productively and effectively from home.

 

What excites you most about smart-working/remote-working? 

The fact I can work from wherever I want.   This means I have the can work from home, travel or use co-working spaces like Ellyot along the way.

As technology improves smart working will only become more exciting with many opportunities to network and share the collective energy of co-working spaces while maintaining autonomy over my work.

I touch on the benefits in my book, The Tracksuit Economy – how to work productively and effectively from home”.

 

What do you think will be the key trends in this new work/lifestyle?

The smart working/ remote working lifestyle is poised to explode in a big way.

The cost of living in all major cities is increasing, meaning the cost of buying or renting housing is slowly getting out of reach.  Additionally, the minimalism and slow movements have people aiming for a slower and more relaxed lifestyle.  A pressure cooker of events leading to working hubs, flexible or remote work.

I predict that in the coming 5 years, organisations will also come to see that they can save money by hot-desking and having their workers work at least some of the time remotely or from co-working spaces.  This is the subject for my next book, so if you have any thoughts on this matter, please drop me a line!

 

What difficulties have you had to overcome, especially not seeing colleagues face to face?

The big difficulty is isolation from my team and the greater potential for misunderstanding without dealing with a colleague face to face.

I have managed to turn this into a blessing by becoming more productive and worker smarter rather than harder while working on my communication skills to ensure they are clearer then if I was seeing someone face to face.

 

What tools do you use to manage smart-working?

A great internet connection and wi-fi is essential, as is up to date technology.

The other weapons in my secret arsenal of smart working are an up to date diary where I have scheduled absolutely everything and a to do list.  Without both of these things, I would be lost and far less organised!

 

What do you think of Ellyot?

I love the diversity of choice offered by Ellyot and applaud the quality of the places offered.  In particular the fact that some places offer additional features like showers is a bonus, it allows the users of the work spaces to better manage their days.

It is also great that Ellyot, a start up itself, is catering for the start up and freelance workers by providing a community space. Finally the #StandForDiversity message is powerful and a great message to be getting out there.

The only issue I see is that Ellyot hasn’t yet expanded to Australia as yet. I would like to see services like this available globally.

 

Emma Heuston is a commercial lawyer and busy parent with a writing hustle on the side. She successfully balances these three vocations while working remotely from the far-northern coast of New South Wales. Passionate about re-framing the way we work, Emma believes professionals of the future will wear tracksuits and enjoy a more flexible way of life. She is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year Awards (Commercial), a Practice Leader at LegalVision, a legal research author for LexisNexis and has been published in Child Magazine and online at Kidspot, Essential Baby, Flying Solo and Business Woman Media. ‘The Tracksuit Economy’ is her first book and is available for purchase across Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.

 

 

Top London hot spots to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018

Football. Love it or hate it. The World Cup is here. Howling and cheering crowds of people dressed in different national colors, the beer flows in streams and even football haters risk a glance or two at the screen. From June 14th to July 15th the Fifa World Cup 2018 takes place in Russia. Here’s our top pick of best pubs, bars and rooftop gardens in London to enjoy football with your colleagues, friends or family.

Pitch, Stratford

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At the Pitch you can tuck into some fantastic street food and wash it down with a wide selection of craft drinks while watching the World Cup. The best thing about the Pitch: Entry to most games will be absolutely FREE and, even the most popular games will be ticketed at just £5 a head, including a drink on arrival.  But don’t forget that the England games will sell out quick so get your bookings in now.

Boxpark, Shoreditch

Boxpark, the world’s first pop-up mall is famous for creating its mini foodie villages out of refitted shipping containers but did you know that they are also going to broadcast the World Cup? Get your tickets here.

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The Merchant Square Big Screen, West London

The Merchant Square Screen in West London will screen a number of the FIFA World Cup matches on their Pavilion Big Screen over June and July. Support your team and chill out on comfy seating whilst enjoying from the amazing retailers or street food vendors!

More information here.

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The Bud Boat, River Thames

We all know the problem. Your girlfriend wants to go on a romantic boat ride but you want to watch the World Cup. Why not watch the World Cup on a boat? Budweiser’s “Bud Boat” will set sail down the Thames for 14 games during the tournament, with DJs keeping the party going long after the end of the game. Pre-booked tickets start at £10, find them here.

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How to Nail an Office Move with no Digital Disruptions

We spoke to Telco Solutions last week and were posed the question on how businesses can best deal with office moves without the disruptions.

The reality is that no businesses should ever suffer from this in this new day and age, as we have access to all the latest tools to assist us to always stay connected and productive.

For us, it’s about one single easy solution: book adhoc work spaces and work anywhere, anytime.

You can read our latest Ellyot POV here

Brexit, One Year to Go & Still Clueless

March 29 marks one year to go until the UK leaves the European Union. To mark the occasion, we’re looking in-depth at how Brits – and Europeans – look for Brexit using Google Search.

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Top questions in 2018 so far, included;

  1. What is Brexit?
  2. When is Brexit?
  3. Will Brexit happen?
  4. How many people voted for Brexit?

The above questions are EXTREMELY ALARMING. The number one question goes to show that Brexit should not have been a referendum at all.

Now that it’s too late to reverse the damage, let’s hope people wake up & start asking the real questions.

How will it impact all of us and diversity in our world?

Time will tell.

#NationalPuppyDay

charles-deluvio-550068-unsplashThere is never a time when sharing cute pictures of puppies could be bad, cute images of dogs in costumes or just being dogs is something no person can resist. However, on the 23rd March, you can justify searching, sharing or taking pictures of puppies because its #NationalPuppyDay.

Started as a way to raise awareness and promote the adoption of dogs, it has now blossomed into a fully-fledged puppy appreciation day, with the hashtag trending on twitter. If you’re keen to celebrate this holiday you could choose from 50 ideas that the founder came up with (like raising money for a local shelter or volunteering to take the shelter puppies for a walk), or you could simply share a picture of your puppy with the hashtag.

Read more here.

 

Black Mirror: Can Bots Help Us Deal with Grief?

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If you ever had the chance to watch Black Mirror, you’d know that the premise of this Netflix original series is to showcase the wonders and dangers of Technology.

In the real world, people are experimenting with griefbotsMuhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, principal data scientist at KenSci, is often the center of attention when the topic of griefbots comes up.

He created a chat-style program that allows him to have conversations with a simulation of his father, who passed away a few years ago.

Muhammad’s experiences bring into stark relief the pain that loss can bring, and he has publicly taken up the cause of trying to spark conversations about the benefits and dilemmas involved with creating simulations of the deceased. Read Muhammad’s reflections in “How the Dearly Departed Could Come Back to Life — Digitally” and “After Death: Big Data and the Promise of Resurrection by Proxy.”

(Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad (Sonu) chatting with a simulation of his father, Abu Jani.)

It’s hard not to be moved by the exchange between Abu Jani (which means “dear father” in Urdu) and Sonu (one of Muhammad’s nicknames). The dadbot does what dads do best: remind their kids to take care of themselves.

The question posed here is really, how far is too far? And does a griefbot truly help us cope with loss or does it hold us back from moving on?

We’ll love to hear your thoughts.

Rick and Morty fans rejoice, with new release of Szechuan sauce

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So it turns out that the long-heralded McDonalds Szechuan sauce, the sauce which caused a million Rick and Morty fans to go into Meltdown is finally re-released. The sauce craze got saw  bidding wars, riots, and petitions to help bring back the sauce.

On Monday, McDonald locations across the USA began serving them again, however this time the fast-food chain didn’t take any risks, distributing 20 million sauce packs across the USA in order to make sure there wouldn’t be the scenes of riots with Rick and Morty fans fighting each other to get their hands on it.

It’s fair to say that the hype surrounding the sauce was astronomical and to live up to it would be tough, especially considering police had been called previously to stop the fighting along with ludicrously high prices paid at auctions for the sauce- it was reported that the DJ, deadmau5 spent around $15,000 on a jug of Szechuan sauce.  

Along came Mondays launch date and finally the verdict on the taste test was out: It’s good, but not great- think a classic Chinese restaurant-style sweet and sour sauce with some soy and sesame and you get the idea.

So, sadly for the Rick and Morty fans who spent time going crazy over the sauce, it turns out that hyped up sauce is really, “meh”.

For more on the Szechuan sauce check out this article from BI

 

Google releases new app to aid remote working

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Google recently released their new messaging platform called “Google Hangouts Chat” which allows better collaboration between organization members.
Hangout chats support team chat rooms, threaded conversations and sophisticated searches that allow companies to manage their projects from one place.

Chat can be used to speed up the small tasks that can bog down a team working from different locations, such as searching for files or even things like booking conference rooms (amongst other very routine tasks). This is integrated into the G-suites productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Hangouts, all of which are great apps that can help remote working teams or individuals (such as those who use Ellyot) to collaborate effectively and achieve their goals!

These apps, including the new Hangout Chat, are great ways to keep productivity high when working remotely as they can allow for effective communication and help a team work in sync so that everyone is on the same page and can work together effectively.

You can check out more about the new Google Hangout Chats feature here.