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This is the new work. Tips and information on how to work better, wherever you are.

Working While Traveling? 5 Must-Haves for Your Next Flight

Working on a flight can be tough. The noise, the people, the cramped seats… It's no wonder many people struggle to get anything done while up in the air. If you're one of those people, don't worry – you're not alone. But just because it can be difficult doesn't mean it's impossible. With a few essential items, you can turn your next flight into a productive work session!

Kathryn Rose
Aug 10 4 min read

How to Work Remotely Anywhere: Tips for Traveling & Working

With the rise of remote work, more people are getting into the idea of bleisure (business & leisure). It's the perfect way to get away from the mundane routine of work and life while still being productive. It may seem like a challenge, but with planning and preparation, it can be stress-free!

Kathryn Rose
Aug 10 4 min read

The 4 Types of Remote Work Personality: Which One Are You?

In this era of work-from-home and hybrid work schedules, you may notice these different styles of work on your team. Can you recognize yourself in one of these categories?

Jennifer Doyle Vancil, M.Ed.
Aug 9 5 min read

8 Items That Will Improve Your Remote Working Experience

Working remotely has become increasingly popular in recent years, and it’s not hard to see why. With no need to commute and more flexible hours, it’s a great way to boost productivity and reduce stress. However, you can do a few things to make your remote working experience even better. Check out these times you can use at home or on the go, plus a few product recommendations:

Staples Spotlight
Aug 9 4 min read

A Guide for Every Way You Work: Hybrid & Remote

How we work is constantly evolving, so how we plan and manage it must evolve too. Depending on your job, industry, and personality type, you may be more productive working in an office environment or working remotely home. But if you plan on doing both, there are best practices you can follow to stay organized and productive.

Staples Spotlight
Aug 9 5 min read

The 4 Benefits of Hybrid Work

There are many benefits to hybrid work, both for employees and employers. Employees can enjoy a better work-life balance, while employers can reap the benefits of increased productivity and creativity.

Staples Spotlight
Aug 8 4 min read

Home Office Policies for Work From Home Success

Now that work from home is settling in to 2-3 days a week for most employers, the need for a permanent productive home office is here to stay.  We found that having a home office policy that includes the basic tips is a great way to set yourself and your team up for success.

Amy Babinchak
Aug 4 4 min read

Working From Home vs Working Remotely

Which is best? Working from home or working remotely? We've asked top experts in the industry to weigh in on the pros and cons of each to help you decide which is best for you.

Staples Spotlight
Aug 2 6 min read

Mastering Digital Distractions

When you focus, you can get more done in less time. Many of us have the ability to get our jobs done, but we don’t have the ability to focus on the RIGHT activities.  So, how do we focus?  

Alexis Kahlow
Aug 2 3 min read

7 Travel Mishaps and How You Can Avoid Them

As a keynote speaker, I travel quite a bit both domestically and internationally.  In fact, I just returned from a trip to Paris where I spoke at the Women In Tech Global Summit.  Practically everything that could go wrong went wrong on this trip and I wanted to make sure I relayed my mishaps with all of you plus others that have happened in the past in the hopes that you can avoid them.

Kathryn Rose
Jul 29 5 min read

5 Ways to Make the Hybrid Work Model Work for You

When it comes to creating a hybrid work culture, leaders need to be considerate of their team's input and ask questions. There isn't a one-size-fits-all answer, but being thoughtful about these questions will help you create a work culture that is best for your team.

Staples Spotlight
Jul 28 5 min read

How to Take a True Vacation and Unplug from Work

Give this vacation the attention and detail you would a work project. Fill this time away from the office with fun activities and adventure, or simply relax and do not think much of anything at all. Create the refresh and balance you need, and do it with intention. Plan to spend your time being present and genuinely unplugging from work demands.

Kristen Johnson
Jul 27 3 min read

What is Your Home Office Style?

Is your home office really reflecting your style? With all of the time we spend working, shouldn’t we be creating spaces that are functional, productive and joyful? Take a look below and see what office style resonates with you.

Dawn Gepfert
Jul 19 4 min read

How to do Light Right

Lighting is branding. That may sound a bit odd, but your lighting sets the tone for your videos, and your tone, look and feel are a big part of your brand. Whether you’re creating a YouTube video, or just showing up for a Zoom meeting with your team, your lighting matters - because the way you look on camera matters! Your lighting plays a huge role in whether you’re going to look like a pro, or look like a “hostage” video! Here are a few quick tips to get your lights right!

Lou Bortone
Jul 11 3 min read

Maintaining Mental Health When Returning to the Office

“1 in 4 workers that are currently working from home due to the pandemic would prefer to stay fully remote.” There are, of course, many positives to working remotely. For example, employees have more flexibility in their day-to-day schedule, more autonomy and no commute which can save them a lot of time (and money!). But not all jobs can be done remotely and not all companies have fully embraced work from home. For those who have to go back to the office, it can mean anxiety – they may have to be concerned about workplace politics, burnout and microaggressions. If you do have to return to the office, how can you be more mentally prepared?

Ucheonye Maple
Jun 15 4 min read

How to Use Lighting to Brighten Your Space

When looking at a room most people’s first impression are the large elements, windows, views, furniture etc... but a crucial player in the way that we perceive a space is lighting. Sometimes it can be elusive such as a space with beautiful natural daylight or subtle lighting that creates a more intimate ambiance. More than just environmental, good lighting is functional in the way it can improve your productivity, helping you work and focus better in your space. Good lighting is art and science–and a complicated topic. But let’s break it down into three areas and give some action steps so that you can apply basic lighting principles to your home office environment.

Dawn Gepfert
Jun 15 4 min read

How One Piece of Furniture Can Upgrade Your WFH Space

The two most important pieces of furniture for your home office are a desk that supports the type of work you do and how you like to work and an ergonomic chair that is comfortable for you. Beyond that, what would be another piece of furniture that would give the most impact? In my experience, there are three with infinite variations that are contenders. Each is a great choice depending on your personal needs and style. Also, keep in mind that you can also be creating a Zoom background that is ready whenever a video call pops onto your calendar. The three choices for upgrading your home office are: the bookcase, the credenza, and the table.

Dawn Gepfert
Jun 3 4 min read

Funny Work From Home Moments and the Lessons We've Learned Along the Way

The digital age is a godsend for many of us who need to work from home due to the pandemic. After two years, home offices are now the standard, and many employers have decided to make it a permanent set-up. Although, it definitely has its pros and cons. On the plus side, you can take breaks whenever you want, and you don't have to leave your cozy bed right away in the morning to get ready for a long commute. Time spent traveling can be put into other things. But there are some downsides. It's very easy to get distracted by all of the things going on around you or let work consume your entire day. Although it brought many challenges, it also gave us funny and highly memorable learning moments. We compiled relatable stories of professionals and business owners on their funniest work-from-home moments and what they have learned in the past two years.

Staples Spotlight
May 25 5 min read
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