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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day from all of us at D. J. McGauley & Associates Inc.  Have a wonderful Father’s Day!

D. J. McGauley & Associates Inc. is a dedicated team of professionals providing Design and Space Planning, Renovation, Relocation and Facilities Management services to our clients. Based in Toronto, we provide the same excellent professional and personalized service, whether office relocation is down the street or across the GTA.

WE work with both small and mid-sized companies to save time and money, as well as enjoy a stress-free corporate transition or corporate renovations experience.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

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Daylight Savings Time Begins This Weekend!!

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DJ Mcgauley and Associates Inc. is your Office Space Planning, Renovations and Relocation Project Management Company of choice. If a renovation or relocation of your office space is in your plans, please contact us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. By the end of that meeting, you will know all that would be required to make your office renovation/relocation project a successful reality.

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5 Ways to Spread a Little “Love” Around the Office

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valentine-thank-youFebruary, the month where some people think about how to best express their love and appreciation for the person or people who have invested a portion of their lives to impact one’s own life. Usually, the “person” or “people” refer to family members or significant others, but what about the people who have chosen to invest their time and talent into the success of your business? How can you show a little “Love” to those people? Here are a few thoughts:

  1. Have a Valentine-themed In-Office Luncheon Party. Whether it’s ordering pizza or gourmet sandwiches or any other delicatessen your team enjoys, ordering lunch in the office for your team shows them that you appreciate who they are and all that they do for your business. As for the Valentine theme, a quick trip to a nearby dollar store for a red/white table covering and package of foil hearts can inexpensively add an exclamation mark to your expression of appreciation for the team and its efforts.
  2. Alternatively, you can take your team out for lunch to achieve the same effect as #1 above. Just be mindful that this option can eat up some valuable time during business hours.
  3. Give a candy-gram or flower-gram card with a personal note of appreciation to each team member. Individually wrapped candy or chocolate, or a flower such as a carnation with a note of “thanks” is also a nice way to express your appreciation towards your team members. An added touch would be for you to deliver the grams personally to each team member when they come in the office so that you can verbally thank them for all that they do.
  4. Send e-cards or e-messages. For those of you who work with a team whose members primarily work at remote sites, sending an e-card expressing your appreciation for all that they do could be a good way to spread the “love”. Of course this option does not have to be limited to your team members. It could also be extended to your clientele and other stakeholders that contribute significantly to the success of your business
  5. Add a recreational item to the office that everyone coming into the office can enjoy when they need a break. I know—a little different from the previous ideas above, but the idea behind adding a recreational piece to the office space—a pool table with accessories, foosball table, table tennis with accessories, etc – especially if your office does not already have this, is two-fold. First, it says “Thanks. You are valuable members…” to your team, just in a more grandeur way. Second, the recreational piece adds a health element to your office space, giving your team members an alternative way to release stress and get their creative juices flowing while in the office. It can also “break the ice” when meeting with existing or potential clientele.

There are probably countless other ways to express your appreciation to your team members. I have only named a few. The key is to make sure you give or do something that your team can and will appreciate in the short and/or long term. They will reciprocate by continuing to ensure your business remains competitive and successful.

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DJ Mcgauley and Associates Inc. is your Office Space Planning, Renovations and Relocation Project Management Company of choice. If a renovation or relocation of your office space is in your plans, please contact us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. By the end of that meeting, you will know all that would be required to make your office renovation/relocation project a successful reality.

Ask us about our asset management services!

Call 416-239-1931, email info@djmcgauleyandassociates.com or visit our website for more information and to complete our contact form.

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Meeting Pods Look Out! Traditional Meeting Rooms Could Come Back with a Vengeance!

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NanaWallOnce a standard of the office space, traditional meeting rooms seemed to fall behind on appeal with the introduction of open office space designs and the more flexible and modernly designed office meeting pods. However, as “cool” the new meeting pods have become, traditional meeting rooms could still have their place in an office space. With some new improvements and features, traditional meeting rooms could gain some ground and come back with a vengeance!

Some new features that we could see being added to new and improved traditional meeting rooms include the following:

  1. Going Digital! – From digital door labels to digital attendee sign-ins and calendar bookings, traditional meeting rooms could take full advantage of advanced digital technologies. Applying touch screen models of digital displays could add to the aesthetic appeal of the new traditional meeting room.

  2. Built-in power supplies – Flexibility won’t only be for meeting pods. Meeting room tables are now being built to have enough built-in power supplies to allow each individual user the option to plug in their tablets or other electronic device and use the meeting table as a co-working space.

  3. Flexible Glass Wall Systems – Ceiling to floor glass walls, whether permanent or temporary, will likely be the walls of choice to frame the new traditional meeting room as their transparency allows for the emitting of natural light while still offering a level of separation from other office activities. The walls may incorporate a door, or offer more flexible options in the form of folding or sliding walls, thereby allowing a meeting room to either become a part of the office space decor or an office community meeting space while open, or a boardroom/meeting room while closed. In addition, temporary glass partitions could be added to further create break-out meeting rooms out of the original meeting room space when in use.

  4. E-Paper Display solutions – Along with white-boards and/or blackboards and the use of presentation software, traditional flip chart and presentation paper pads could be replaced with electronic or “E-paper” electronic display devices that reflect light like paper and mimic the appearance of ordinary ink on paper.

Even with a strong come-back of traditional meeting rooms, we can’t say that meeting pods are fading out. Meeting pods will still have a place with businesses that value flexibility in an open-space office environment for team collaboration meetings, informal staff get-togethers or simply to give individuals a place where each can take some time to recharge. They may just have to co-exist to give added flexibility to how an office space could be designed in the near future.

The Power of “Thank You”

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dreamstime_xl_20255371Thank you–It’s a phrase that can easily be taken for granted, especially in business, but when it is said or expressed in a timely and relative fashion to colleagues, employees or even clientele, it creates a wave of positive results for a business:

Thank you” encourages your best employees to continue being the best…or get even better. Whether they come up with a really innovative idea, or follow through on a project or close a sale, saying or expressing a “thank you” will encourage the recipients to do even better next time, and maybe surrounding employees to achieve the same thus ensuing a positive effect on employee performance.

Thank you” helps companies keep the best employees. A business that cultivates “thank you” as part of its culture or environment will encourage its best employees to stick with them and not veer towards the competition.

Thank you” improves business performance. With your employees feeling appreciated, business productivity could easily increase or improve. Deadlines and business opportunities would likely be achieved more often instead of missed.

Thank you” encourages repeat business, especially if a client’s needs were met or exceeded the first or previous times.

Heck, I’ll even go as far to say that based on all the above, “Thank you” can have a direct positive effect on your bottom line!

Saying or expressing a “thank you” does not need to be expensive, but it does needs to be

  1. Timely – said at or as close to the time the event or action being thanked for has taken place,
  2. Specific – expressed in direct relation to the exact event, action or result being thanked for, and
  3. Relative to the recipient(s) receiving the “Thank you”. There are many ways to say “thank you” — cards, public recognition, gift certificates, awards, luncheons, social media recognition, etc—but not every way works effectively for everyone. Get to know your employees, and you will know how to best say “thanks” to them when they do something that helps achieve your business goals.

Most importantly, saying “Thank you” needs to be a carefully crafted business strategy that when done well, can give a business a competitive edge in the marketplace.

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DJ Mcgauley and Associates Inc. is your Office Space Planning, Renovations and Relocation Project Management Company of choice. If a renovation or relocation of your office space is in your plans, please contact us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. By the end of that meeting, you will know all that would be required to make your office renovation/relocation project a successful reality.

Call 416-239-1931, email info@djmcgauleyandassociates.com or visit our website for more information and to complete our contact form.

References:

Leibow, C., Huffington Post, Feb 15, 2014, “The Power of Thank You”, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cathy-leibow/the-power-of-thank-you_b_4441454.html

Peters R., Standard of Trust, Dec 30, 2015, “5 Key Employee Recognition Trends in 2016”, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/5-key-employee-recognition-trends-2016-rob-peters

Heathfield, S.M., The Balance, Aug 11, 2016, “The Power of Positive Employee Recognition”, https://www.thebalance.com/the-power-of-positive-employee-recognition-1919054

Key words: Thank you

Tags: thank you, employee recognition, office culture, office environment

5 Elements That Help Bring Nature Into Your Office Space

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Mississauga Credit Valley Hospital's indoor Nature Valley Walkway--A great example of the use of plants and wooden architecture to bring nature into this lobby space.
Mississauga Credit Valley Hospital’s indoor Nature Valley Walkway–A great example of the use of plants and wooden architecture to bring nature into this lobby space.

April 22nd was Earth Day, a day in which people were reminded to protect, value and maintain the environment. For some, it meant planting a tree or two. For others, it was a reminder to go green by consuming less energy, utilizing renewable energy or choosing less pollution-inducing ways to travel from one location to another. For the office space design world, however, it is an ever developing trend to find different ways to bring nature into the immediate work environment.

Here are just five elements of nature that have inspired office space design specialists to incorporate the outdoors into an office space design:

  1. Living plants – From potted plants to entire gardens, living plants have been the most common used elements in bringing the outdoors into an office space design.
  2. Moving Water – The movement or flow of water is said to have tranquil calming effect on people who need to take time to clear their minds and prepare for new tasks. Hence, water in the form of small pools, fountains and/or waterfalls has been another element commonly used to bring both the sights and sounds of nature into an office space design.
  3. Wood and/or stone materials – Whether it is in the panelling, the floor, the furniture, the accessories, or a major part of the architecture, natural wood or stone finishes are becoming more and more popular in office space designs.
  4. Patterns and textures of nature even in the non-nature items – Sometimes fabrics or artwork with pictures or patterns from nature, or the use of “golf green” in certain areas of an office space has been used as an effective way to incorporate nature into an office space design.
  5. Life itself – Though not for every office, creating an enclosed area where small birds can fly and sing freely or fish can swim has been used to effectively create an outdoor nature experience within an office space design.

Companies and design specialists recognize the invaluable relationship between nature and people. Humans are more productive, creative and innovative when exposed to a natural environment, maybe because of the increased oxygen levels or the calmness and tranquility it imposes on the mind. Nature comes alive when humans recognize and take care of it. Hence, bringing this “eco-system” into an office space design makes sense, especially for companies wanting to have the cutting edge within their industries.

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DJ Mcgauley and Associates Inc. is your Office Space Planning, Renovations and Relocation Project Management Company of choice. If a renovation or relocation of your office space is in your plans, please contact us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. By the end of that meeting, you will know all that would be required to make your office renovation/relocation project a successful reality.

Call 416-239-1931, email info@djmcgauleyandassociates.com or visit our website for more information and to complete our contact form.