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Faces of Shift with the Team from RealView Real Estate

(Featured Left to Right:  Jack Sanders and Alex Knight)

 

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we sat down with the team at RealView Real Estate to learn more about the real estate industry, their team, and their company.

Tell us about the work you do at RealView Real Estate and introduce the team?

At RealView Real Estate, the majority of our time is spent brokering private client multifamily buildings. In addition, we also raise equity and prospect potential acquisitions for developers and investors in the apartment and industrial sectors. Jack and Alex teamed up in 2021 to start this new venture. Jack had previously worked in different real estate roles while Alex’s background was in equity research and trading. On the brokerage side Jack focuses on Denver County properties while Alex focuses on Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson Counties.

What is your favorite part about working in real estate?

In Jack’s opinion, the best part about real estate is working with all the different types of colorful characters. And Alex loves the work/life balance relative to finance and not being chained to a desk all day.

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

Jack worked a few months alone prior to Alex joining the partnership. He feels very fortunate to be able to work with and spend the majority of his time with one of his best friends. In Jack’s own words, “Don’t tell him I said this, but when it comes to business he is also very smart, determined, and loyal. In my opinion the biggest reason why our partnership works is that our different personalities connect with different types of clients.” Alex goes on to say, “Jack’s experience and knowledge of the market were crucial in the early stages as I was transitioning to a completely different industry. A big thing for us is to celebrate the small wins but not lose sight of our long term goals.”

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We toured multiple coworking spaces prior to deciding on Shift Corona. The biggest draw for us was the great location, flexible agreements for growing companies, and the fantastic staff that always goes above and beyond. Also, the melting pot of different companies and people that make this place so special. 

What do you enjoy doing with your time when you are not working?

Jack enjoys spending time with friends and family, usually skiing, listening to live music, and watching CU Boulder and Northern California sports teams. Alex enjoys golfing as much as he can, hanging out with friends, and the occasional modeling gig. 

How To Be More Productive at Work: Summer Wellness Tips  

When we are in the heart of the warm summer weather, there are a lot of people who have a difficult time being productive at work. You might be more focused on what is going on outdoors instead of on what is happening in your workplace. Fortunately, there are a few wellness tips you can follow if you would like to be more productive at work. What are a few of the most important tips you should keep in mind?

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

First, you need to get plenty of sleep at night if you want to be more productive at work. One of the reasons why people have a hard time with productivity is that they are up late the night before. Then, they carry a significant sleep debt when they go to work in the morning, which can make it hard for them to stay focused on what they have to do during the day. Try to keep yourself on a regular sleep schedule during the summer to give your brain a chance to recharge.

2. Limit the Distractions

You should also limit the distractions at work during the summer. For example, you might be distracted by a party going on outside. Or, you might be focused on the pictures your friend has recently posted from his or her vacation. You need to take steps to limit distractions while you are at work. You may want to block personal apps or websites on your phone and computer. You might also want to close the blinds if there is something interesting happening outside. That way, you can stay focused on the work you need to do.

3. Take Breaks From Time To Time

You shouldn’t necessarily deprive yourself of all fun, but you do need to demarcate the difference between work and play. If it is nice outside, there is nothing wrong with taking a break to go for a walk. Or, you may want to invite a co-worker to go out to lunch. If you take breaks during the day, you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything, and you will have an easier time focusing on your work when you come back.

4. Place Yourself in a Productive Work Environment

Today, there are a lot of people who work remotely. This means that you might be tempted to work from your bed, your kitchen, or outside in your backyard. Unfortunately, there could be a lot of distractions, which might make it hard for you to be productive. Therefore, you need to place yourself in a productive work environment this summer. If you surround yourself with other people who are working hard, you should be more likely to work hard as well. That is where we can help you.

Be Productive This Summer With Us at Shift!

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The Top 5 Things To Remember When Setting Up Virtual Workspaces for Your Team  

If you are setting up a virtual workspace for your team, you must make sure that you put your employees in the best position possible to be successful. There are a lot of companies that have realized the benefits of allowing their employees to work remotely. Their employees are happier, they tend to be more productive, and they widen the talent pool. If you want your employees to maximize their productivity, take a look at the top things you need to know about setting up a virtual workspace.

1. Virtual Workspace Does Not Always Mean Work From Home

First, there are a lot of people who assume that virtual workspaces mean that employees are working from home. That is not always the case. There are lots of reasons why employees who are not in the office may not work from home. There may be a lot of distractions at home, they might not have an office from which to work, and they might be worried about being too loud themselves. Therefore, a lot of people who work remotely will find a dedicated coworking space to do their jobs.

2. Prioritize Asynchronous Communication

Virtual workspaces need to prioritize asynchronous communication. What this means is that people have different schedules, so employees cannot simply walk down the hall to the office to ask a question. It can be much harder to coordinate meetings and phone calls, which is why employers need to invest in the right tools to make it easier for employees to streamline their communications, share documents with one another, and keep different conversations about various topics separate.

3. Create Room for Virtual Collaboration

When asynchronous communication, such as emails and text messages, doesn’t work well anymore, make sure there is a dedicated space for virtual collaboration. Video conferencing calls can be helpful because it makes it easier for employees to read emotions, body language, and tone of voice. All employees must have access to comprehensive virtual collaboration tools, which means investing in quality internet connections, microphones, and computer cameras.

4. Strive for Transparency

Companies need to think about ways to strive for transparency. Sometimes, when people aren’t in the office, they have a difficult time figuring out how their job fits in with the rest of the team. Or, they may have a difficult time getting questions answered because they don’t know who to go to for help. Companies need to be open, honest, and transparent about how employees and projects are being evaluated. Employers also need to make sure that all employees know who to contact when they need help with something.

5. Ask Employees To Set Boundaries

It can be difficult when someone is working remotely because employers may never truly know if that person is working or not. Therefore, it is critical for employees to set boundaries. When employees are at work, they need to let their colleagues know that they are working. Then, when employees go home for the evening, they need to have a reliable way to let their colleagues know that they are done for the day. When employees set boundaries, it is easier to maintain employee morale and productivity. Happier employees are more productive.

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Faces of Shift with the Team from Belay Development

(Featured Left to Right:  Brock Fleming, Marshall Hamilton, Basel Fleischli, and Matt Kretzmann)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies. This month, we sat down with the team at Belay Development to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of real estate development, their team, and their company.

What inspired you to start your own company, and what do you do?

Having worked on both the owner’s side and contractor’s side of the table in development over the past two decades, our team has had the unique opportunity to engage with and develop relationships with the full spectrum of stakeholders involved in bringing a new asset to market. Furthermore, Colorado has several metropolitan centers that consistently rank among the top destinations for both companies and individuals—driving strong demand for new development.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping our clients navigate the challenging landscape of bringing new real estate assets to market.

What is something about Belay Development that most people do not know?

Belay Development officially launched in April of 2021. As of the today, we are working on (or have completed) projects with a collective cost of development eclipsing $400 million dollars!

What are your long-term goals for Belay Development?

Long term, we aspire to establish Belay Development as a premier developer across Colorado, further develop our network of stakeholder partners, shape enriching communities for the public, all while continuing to create value for our clients.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

This industry is much too large and too complex for any single person to have all (or even most) of the answers. Surround yourself with good people and rely on them to be the expert in their field. 

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Bannock contributed to your growth and success?

Prior to Shift, Belay was operating entirely remote from our respective homes. Coming to Shift has enabled us to offer a home-base for our employees, and most importantly have a space to work collaboratively as a team. Coming out of a pandemic, it turns out that it’s incredibly difficult to design/manage construction of a building exclusively over Zoom meetings.

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift.

… ready-made coffee, the flavored water, curated snacks, what’s not to like?!

In all seriousness, Shift does an excellent job of creating a community amongst its members. We have two projects with an architect who is also a member in the building, who was actually the person that referred us to Shift. The management team does an excellent job of organizing social hours and events for members to meet one another/exchange ideas.

How to Foster Meaningful Connections in Your Work Community 

If you are in a remote working environment, you might be wondering how you can develop meaningful connections with your team members. You may have never met your team members face-to-face, but you probably interact with them every day. How well do you really know them? If you are looking for a way to foster meaningful connections even while working remotely, there are a few important tips you should follow. Read more

Faces of Shift with the Team from Nerd Street Gamers

(Featured Left to Right:  Joel Velarde, Sarah Williams, Derek McAdams, Brian Barr)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies.  This month, we sat down with the team at Nerd Street Gamers to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of esports,  their team, and their company.

What inspired you to work at Nerd Street Gamers and what do you do?

Nerd Street’s mission is to lower the barrier of entry into esports. At our Localhost centers across the nation, we offer high-end gaming equipment, the best internet, and a safe place for players of all skill levels to compete or play, at affordable rates. We also host top-quality amateur online and in-person tournaments creating a pathway for players striving to go professional. 

What about your job do you enjoy the most?

Being a part of building local gaming communities and bringing people together.  Such as facilitating our Summer Camp programs and seeing the friendships students make with others.

How does your job/line of work motivate you?

Creating memorable experiences for our guests. Most players have never competed in person, and the energy is wild! Seeing teams meet in person for the first time after years of playing online together also always hits us right in the feels.

What is something about Nerd Street Gamers that most people do not know?

Our company is named after the street of our original center in Philadelphia at 908 N 3rd St! The original spelling was N3rd Street Gamers. 

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

The esports industry is still young and very much still the wild west! Be ready to get creative!

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?

It allows us to feel professional again since working from home! 

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift

It’s a perfect size. Not only can our satellite team work in the same room, but the phone booths are so convenient for private calls. We’re also very motivated by food – the daily snacks are always a surprise and delicious!

How Your Business Can Benefit Your Community

Being connected to your local community landscape is essential to continued success when you own a business. The benefits work both ways and staying in touch with other local area businesses and organizations will keep your brand exposed and lead more consumers to your door.

Five Ways Your Company Can Support Your Local Community

There are countless ways to get involved. Below are some examples of how your business can reap big rewards by contributing to the community.

1.      Network with Other Businesses

Forging partnerships or simply meeting to share anecdotes and information with other local business owners keeps you and your business at the forefront of people’s minds. Consider joining the local Chamber of Commerce. Networking opportunities will increase as you get involved in gatherings where professionals from various companies gather to enjoy a meal while swapping cards and discussing current local issues.

2.      Become a Board Member

There are always not-for-profit and community organizations that require board members. Finding and joining one that fits your business profile is another great way to contribute your expertise, expand your connections, and build up your local image.

3.      Sponsorships

A great way to increase your exposure in your community is through sponsorship. Perhaps you would enjoy becoming a sponsor of a local sports team or a particular up-and-coming athlete.

There are usually different sponsorship levels and may include supplying equipment to cover transportation costs or media coverage. Whichever route you choose, the teams are always grateful.

Another type of sponsorship is to become involved with special events or fundraising initiatives, for example, a hospital addition or vital equipment purchase. In this way, you are helping a completely different aspect of your community. You are not limited to any one event. Many companies will have an annual budget set aside for these occasions. Depending on sponsorship packages available, your business will receive exposure through event advertising, tickets, media campaigns, and beyond.

4.      Host Workshops or Special Events

Getting a community together to celebrate a special event or have fun can introduce your business to a completely untapped market. Throw a summer barbecue with entertainment or host a street dance. There are numerous ideas to brainstorm. Try to connect an event with something the community needs and demonstrate how your business can participate.

Workshops can also introduce people to your product and be a valuable resource for sharing information and expertise.

5.      Volunteer Your Time

Find ways to volunteer some of your time to help at a local event, charity, or service organization. Let people see you as the face of your business and be approachable. Not only will you be offering your knowledge, but you’ll also be showing your desire and willingness to support where you work and live.

There are so many ways in which you, as a business owner, can benefit your local community. At the same time, your company will reap the rewards of brand exposure, new and potential customers, and a broader networking base.

Shift Workspaces provides your business with exceptional administrative and technical services at your fingertips to aid you in reaching out to other like-minded and dynamic professionals. 

Shift Workspaces believes in community, and their office spaces are themselves a community of entrepreneurs and small business owners working to build up their businesses, just like you.

Introducing the Team at Cyberhawk

We value our members here at Shift Workspaces, and love getting to know them better. This month we sat down with Chris Fleming. His company, Cyberhawk is a leader in drone survey and inspection for the energy industry, helping clients assess the condition of their assets which allows them to make evidence-based decisions. Continue reading to learn about his unique experiences with the company.

 

What inspired you to start your own company and do what you do?

It was not my idea. In fact, two of my friends convinced me to join Cyberhawk and invest. At the time, I knew relatively little about drones and software, but it sounded exciting, so I jumped in headfirst. I quit my job, sold a property, and invested over $100,000 of my own money. To say I was naive is an understatement. However, once I had committed, I gave it 110 percent. Thankfully, I knew a bit about inspection, so my skills were useful, and I soon learned a lot about drones.

 

What about your business and/ or industry motivates you?

We are truly disrupting normally conservative industries. We are doing things that have never been done before, and that keeps us motivated and fresh. By using remote technologies like drones to inspect assets, we are undoubtedly keeping people safer, which is a great thing. I’m also motivated by the stories and memories that we create as we go on this journey. We have worked in over 35 countries, and we all have great stories to tell about the places we have been.

 

What is your business’s long-term goals?

We strive to continue growing, and we aim to become a global brand that helps energy companies digitize their assets.

 

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

I’m motivated by adventure and new experiences. I enjoy traveling, riding motorcycles, and doing things that give me a thrill. Two of my most memorable trips include riding motorcycles through South Africa and Morocco. I have tried dog sledding once and would love to do that again. I also learned how to fly a plane, skydive, and scuba dive!

 

What does your ideal weekend look like?

I would go to see U2 at Red Rocks on Friday night. Saturday morning, we would take a private jet up to the mountains, avoiding the traffic, go heliskiing with friends and family in fresh powder all day. As the sun starts to set, we would take the dogsleds to a remote deluxe cabin with magnificent views across the mountain tops and enjoy a fine meal with some karaoke. On Sunday, we would grab the snowmobiles, head out across a frozen lake to meet with the ice rally team, and drive like lunatics around the frozen lake. A fixed-wing plane would bring us back to town in the afternoon, and we skydive out the back. We land in a field where Fat Boy Slim is just starting his first set, and the crowd is starting to go wild.

 

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?

It is new for us to have a space that allows us to get together in Denver. Most people were working remotely, so having a beautiful, collaborative space has helped the team gel and be inspired by such a remarkable space. We have an office in Edinburgh that is awe-inspiring, so I thought it was going to be tough to find something comparable in Denver. Despite my doubts, I think we have. The surroundings and aesthetics of the working space are important to me, and Shift delivers in every way. I love the delectable food, the welcoming staff, and the ambiance in general.

 

If you want to learn more about Chris Fleming and Cyberhawk, you can check out his website

Applying Compassion in Everyday Life

Compassion. What exactly is it? We get confused between compassion and empathy, which is an awareness and attempt to understand others’ emotions. Compassion is an emotional reaction to help someone based on empathy and sympathy and is an integral aspect of any healthy relationship.

With Valentine’s Day approaching, we are encouraged to be more aware of the value of love, but it needn’t be restricted to one person. This Valentine’s Day, use it as an opportunity to be compassionate to everyone around you—not just our nearest and dearest.

We have the power to hurt, yet we have a much greater capacity to heal. Cynicism born of disappointment may conflict with our ability to treat others without judgment. However, displaying kindness and support from the empathy of shared experience takes us to a happier place.

Compassion develops meaningful connections, creates ease in group problem-solving, and improves mental well-being. Through understanding, we recognize and stand up against cruelty towards others, inequality, and racism, and develop a tolerance for those with opposing viewpoints. This is particularly true when it comes to our working lives. Treating colleagues in shared office spaces with respect and compassion is a reflection of how we ourselves wish to be treated, and providing support to those that face similar stresses in their business lives can only help foster a nurturing and supportive culture of professionalism, diversity, and courtesy.

Nelson Mandela once said that as humans, we are bound together by our compassion. We have the choice to demonstrate compassion to others every day. It is a natural and spontaneous reaction for some. For others, it is more difficult.

Expressing Compassion and Empathy Every Day

Compassion is expressed in a look, physical or verbal gesture, or combination of support and action. It is felt and understood through the offer of hope, support, and understanding.

Physical Communication

We live in a digital world. Cell phone calls, texting, emails, and social media posts may provide a quick and temporary expression; however, they are a distant bandage. The power of a warm smile, affectionate hug, squeeze of a hand, or pat on the back can help ease someone’s burden and demonstrate understanding. While it is difficult to convey these physical feelings during the current pandemic, virtual technology may help as a second-best option.

Express Interest and Kindness

Show consideration of someone else’s viewpoint and respect that theirs may differ from yours. Demonstrate interest in another person’s feelings and why they feel as they do. Show kindness through support. Volunteer within an aspect of their life that is difficult or be there just to listen.

Acting out of compassion is not meant to be a false action. We may need to develop skills and attributes that lead to a compassionate response, depending upon our own life experiences.

Awareness of how we feel is the beginning—acting upon these positive emotions to do a service, whether by being kind, being a listener, giving a hug, or going the extra mile to help someone out of their current predicament, is all a mark of the truly compassionate person. It is rewarding for both those who give and receive, and Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to extend our compassion, support to those in need, and give back.

Five Tips for Starting Strong in 2022

The year 2021 ushered in many changes in how we think about running our business and how businesses themselves had to adjust to market fluctuations and instability brought on by the pandemic, climate changes, and shifting politics.

As we steadily move into 2022, it will be essential to recognize new trends and create a strategic plan that incorporates realistic and flexible objectives to surf through potentially unpredictable waves of change.

Change Starts Here: Business Tips for a Strong 2022

By adopting a few of these tips into your year’s schedule, your business will not only cope with any market changes but also have the added fuel to thrive.

1.     Break the Old Mold

Too often in business, we rely on a consistent model that doesn’t work well with the current times and doggedly attempt to make it work. This approach can be financially wasteful and tie up resources better used elsewhere.

If your business has been flailing over the past couple of years, perhaps it is time to break the mold. Many owners, entrepreneurs, and sole proprietors are now choosing to work from home or in shared office spaces, which makes sense if you face a costly lease renewal when a brick-and-mortar space no longer makes sense.

2.     Review and Renew

Take the time to step back and go over the critical decisions made for 2022 before the new year and see if they still seem to work or if you need to adjust based on current times, even though we are only in the early first quarter. Adjust your strategy as needed and break down larger into smaller tasks to make them more achievable, keeping your eyes on the main objective and not getting lost in the small stuff.

3.     Be Aware of the Bigger Picture

With the ongoing challenges facing businesses due to the pandemic, it is wise to stay alert and abreast of disruptions in supply chains and work with distributors and suppliers to leverage product rollouts and delivery with as much consistency as possible. Create a flexible timetable and communicate with other companies in your industry to coordinate and work together. Being supportive of each other during these times is a significant factor in keeping everyone in the business.

4.     Communicate and Educate

If you are planning big changes in running your business, be sure to keep your business partners, clients, and customers in the loop. Management styles, office landscapes, and employee perspectives have shifted over the past couple of years. Providing updates on your adjustments and how they will benefit your network will instill trust and loyalty.

5.     Grow Your Online Presence

While this point may seem obvious, it is still worth mentioning. Make sure that your online presence and SEO are strong. Update your social media and website, refresh outdated information, and, if necessary, hire an outside consultant to work with you on refining your profiles to match your current business model. Review where you are in the present and make the necessary adjustments to ensure your online brand aligns with the times. 

Temporary office solutions, coworking spaces, virtual offices, and office service solutions such as those offered by Shift Workspaces are rapidly becoming one of the ways for businesses to remain strong and viable throughout these turbulent times. Speak to us today about how we can support your business growth.