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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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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

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.

Faces of Shift with Hailey Hart Law

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 had the pleasure of speaking with our members for Hailey Hart Law. Continue reading to learn more about what drives them to help others:

Tell us about the work you do at Hailey Hart Law.

We’re an award-winning women-owned law firm for plaintiffs.  We handle cases involving serious personal injury and significant insurance disputes.  We represent clients injured in automobile, trucking, bicycle, construction site, and workplace accidents.  In addition, we help policyholders collect benefits owed under homeowners, commercial property, disability, auto, and health insurance policies. 

What about this business/industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping regular people have equal access to the justice system for civil wrongdoings.

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

Our core values are wellness, efficiency, and excellence. As a women-owned and operated business, our goal is to deliver excellent results consistently to our clients. We must deliver the best version of ourselves in all that we do.

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

There probably isn’t one key to success. We feel that our devotion to clients, collaborative approach, and experience has all contributed to our law firm’s success over this past year. 

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

We loved the idea of working in an open and collaborative environment. The shared spaces and amenities are managed through Shift, which frees up time for us to do what we love – practicing law and helping our clients. Also, the snacks are always delicious!

What do you and the team enjoy doing when you are away from the office?

Liz enjoys spending time in the mountains with her children, dog, and husband. She also loves trying new restaurants, snowboarding, and hiking in the backcountry.

Melissa is an animal-lover who likes to spend most of her free time outdoors in the sunshine.  She and her husband enjoy good food and wine, hiking, and camping.  She walks her pack of three dogs daily and enjoys running, yoga, and kickboxing.

When Randy is away from the office, he can typically be found traveling internationally and fly fishing. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog, Charlie, grandchildren, and attending the Bravo! Vail Symphony Festival.

Healthy Eating Boosts Your Productivity!

Feeling sluggish by mid-afternoon? If you find yourself relying on lots of coffee during the day to keep you going, you aren’t alone. In fact, like most people who work on the fly or self-chained to our desks, eating can easily take a back seat. A healthy breakfast and lunch make a big impact on how our bodies and especially brains function and respond. 

Think of your body as a high-performance engine. Engines need fuel to function, and when you supply the engine with top-tier fuel, you’ll receive better overall performance. When your body needs fuel, the healthier the food choice, the more reliable energy you’ll feel. Like a car that converts gas into movement, your body converts food to energy that feeds your muscles, organs, and especially your brain.

The Brain Connection

Experts have proven that food directly connects to cognitive function and performance. Poor food choices are known to bring on the classic mid-afternoon crash. The crash can happen earlier for those who rush out the door in the morning without something healthy and sustaining to eat. 

While we’ve all heard that taking regular breaks, stretching muscles, and getting enough sleep contribute to better health and sustained energy, healthy eating is a huge part of the picture. Our bodies require a daily dose of proteins, minerals, fiber, healthy carbohydrates, and vitamins to stay in optimum condition, feeding our brains and keeping us more alert, energetic, imaginative, and able to solve more complex problems.

How Food Works

Our body converts almost everything we eat into glucose, which our brain needs to sustain energy. Not replenishing glucose leads to feeling unfocused with a compromised attention span. That’s why it’s harder to concentrate on an empty stomach. 

Certain foods release their glucose more quickly, like bread, pasta, and cereal, which leads to the classic burst and slump. High-fat meals like hamburgers may contain protein but cause our digestive systems to work harder, reducing oxygen levels in the brain and leading to fatigue.

Tips For Eating Healthier

Balancing ore meals by mixing fresh, unprocessed foods into your daily diet can help combat the side effects of fast food, such as trading carbohydrates for more protein-rich foods. Here are some tips to keep you eating a healthier diet while working:

1.Keep a stash of natural and unprocessed snacks handy, in your desk or bag, such as nuts, granola, and especially fruits and vegetables. Studies indicate that people who consume more fruits and vegetables are happier, more creative, and engaged, as they help the body to produce dopamine and antioxidants. 

2. Decide what you are eating before you get hungry so that you don’t make flash decisions that lead to convenient but unhealthy choices.

3. Cut down on caffeine intake and drink more water to avoid dehydration, headaches, irritability, and insomnia. 

4. Take advantage of the kitchen and lounge facilities available at your workplace, such as Shift Workspaces, to store your food and take a break.

The bottom line is, don’t ignore your body when it tells you it’s hungry. Appease hunger with healthier food choices that will feed your brain and lead to better work performance and productivity.

Faces of Shift with Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI)

We love the great relationships we foster with our members at Shift Workspaces. This month, we had the opportunity to meet with Jesse Weaver and Michael Dusing to learn more about their company DLYMI. Continue reading to discover their unique story.

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

Design Like You Mean It (DLYMI) is a digital product design firm. We focus primarily on user experience design for mobile and web applications. As co-founders, we’ve been in this industry for over 30 years combined. We’ve seen the positive things that can come from digital technologies for both people and businesses, and we’ve also witnessed the pitfalls. We believe that we’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible, and DLYMI is an opportunity for us to help a lot of companies deliver truly positive outcomes for their customers and themselves. It’s also our opportunity to build a diverse, highly experienced team of designers who aren’t just consultants, but who have all worked within companies and understand the day-to-day challenges it takes to grow and succeed. Our mantra is great people, great clients, great work.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

The speed of change and the scale of impact that can be achieved in the digital industry is mind-blowing. There are so many opportunities to bring benefits to people’s lives. Witnessing that benefit in others and knowing that, when something isn’t working, we have an ability to make it better is the driving motivator for us as a company.

What is something about your business that most people do not know?

While you might only see two of us in the office we actually have a growing team of 12 designers and engineers and can scale to meet any project need. One benefit of 30+ years of combined experience is a huge network of very talented people.

What are your business’s long-term goals?

Our goal is to build a portfolio of clients that are truly long-term partners. While we can (and do) take on “one and done” projects, we know the path to success is long and winding. We have a holistic approach that works best when we can be a part of that longer journey and continually improve products alongside our partners.

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

For new designers, it’s easy to get hung up on learning the latest design software and obsessing over the latest aesthetic trends, but the real value you can bring is in paying close attention to what’s happening around you. Tools change, aesthetics shift and while important, these aren’t the underlying drivers of good design. If instead, you can take the time to understand what makes a business tick, from finances to engineering to customer service, and what makes a customer tick, from motivations and goals to life circumstances, then you can become a bridge between those worlds. That’s where the true positive outcomes are created.

Other than work, what are you passionate about?

We both have families with amazing kids. A work-life balance is a huge part of our business goals and original motivations for starting DLYMI. Building something of our own gives us more flexibility to live life outside of work.

What types of activities or hobbies do you enjoy outside of work?

In cliche Colorado fashion, we both love being outside. We do a lot of biking, hiking, and skiing. Michael is a major bike commuter, and Jesse is a terrible fly fisherman who mostly just stands in the water but for some reason still enjoys it.

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

Shift has been a huge benefit for us. Especially starting out, it would have been very hard to afford a space with so many amenities and support on our own. It’s really been an awesome experience so far. We love it because it gives us a place to meet face-to-face and work through the challenges of growing a business. While remote is great and most of our client work is remote, it can be easier to work through hard problems in person.

To learn more about DLYMI, you can check out their website or follow them on Instagram.

Best Ways to Exercise in Nature

With the winter weather starting to break, there will be more opportunities for getting outside and enjoying the warmer temperatures. The cold months spent mostly indoors can lead to weight gain, boredom, and even depression for many of us. Now is the time to begin the shift to exercising in the fresh air, a time of rejuvenation, clearing our heads, and preparing for the promise of spring.

Those working from home or within a community workspace like Shift Workspaces may have more autonomy with their schedule and excellent amenities. Yet, many neglect the needs of their bodies and mental health. Regular exercise gets the muscles moving and is good for maintaining heart and mental health, staving off chronic diseases, lowering high blood pressure, and burning calories.

What’s Your Favorite Outdoor Exercise?

When you find a physical activity that you enjoy and combine it with nature, it can be a win-win situation, encouraging you to be more consistent and motivated. Explore the nature trails in your area to find the best surfaces and surroundings for your chosen activity, and first, make sure that you have the proper shoes and gear as necessary.

Diehard enthusiasts take advantage of the winter months and get their exercise with outside sports like skiing and skating, while for others, a brisk walk on safe surfaces is gentler to the joints while still providing health benefits. Early spring offers more opportunities for enjoying the great outdoors while giving your body a workout.

1.     Walking

Current guidelines recommend thirty minutes for a brisk daily walk, with the target of five days per week. Walking is easiest on the joints and helps to build up bone health and cardiovascular endurance. Keep in mind that the longer you walk, you burn more calories. All that’s required is a good pair of athletic shoes.  

2.     Hiking

Hiking uses a lot more leg muscle due to more varied terrain and provides a wonderful outlet for relaxing in nature while enjoying cardiovascular benefits. Research to find the best hiking trails suited to your level of ability. More preparation is needed, from equipping yourself with the correct footwear to a supply of water, bug repellant, and layered clothing.

3.     Jogging or Running

Either jogging or running is excellent for improving stamina, burning calories, and strengthening your heart and lungs. Although a great way to lose weight and strengthen your core, there can be a downside. Muscles take longer to adapt to the demands of running, and jogging can be jarring on the joints, so start off slowly and build up your resistance. Good quality running shoes and a sports bra for women are highly recommended.

4.     Cycling

With a comfortable, adequately sized bicycle, cycling can be exhilarating. Great for the quadriceps, cycling combines the added health benefits with more expansive scenery. Some even ride their bikes to work. There is a more significant initial investment, and basic bike repair knowledge is strongly recommended. It is advisable to seek out a reputable bicycle store to fit your machine, helmet, and gloves properly.

5.     Water Sports

The warmer weather invites water activities, from the pleasure of lake or ocean swimming to more costly water sports like kayaking, canoeing, and water skiing.

Whatever your choice, being out in nature is a great way place to get some exercise, even if you are performing annual spring chores or taking a short break from work. Not only are there excellent physical health benefits, but we also can explore our local landscapes while experiencing the uplifting effects of sunshine, warmer breezes, and the sounds and scents of nature reawakening.

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.

Resources for SMEs and Entrepreneurs to Weather the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect entrepreneurs and small businesses in Denver, we at Shift Workspaces have started compiling a list of local and federal aid available to our Members to help them weather this crisis successfully. 

City and County of Denver Small Business Emergency Relief

This city-wide program is aimed at solving the immediate needs of the business community, giving priority to those industries that are most affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Up to $7,500 in cash grants will be made available in monthly phases. Applications for the first phase are due March 31, 2020.

Imagine 2020 Artist Assistance Fund

This fund was created by Denver Arts & Venues to support local artists affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Denver Arts & Venues has allocated $130,000 towards grants of up to $1,000 for each individual artist whose incomes are being adversely affected due to cancellation of events, classes, performances, and other creative work.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

This bill, which became public law on March 18, 2020, aims to help health care workers by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. 

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act or the CARES Act

Signed into law on March 27th, 2020, this bill addresses the economic impacts of, and otherwise responds to, the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak.  The bill authorizes emergency loans to distressed businesses.  The bill also provides funding for $1,200 tax rebates to individuals, with an additional $500 payments per qualifying child. The rebate begins phasing out when incomes exceed $75,000 (or $150,000 for joint filers).  The bill establishes limits on requirements for employers to provide paid leave

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

This government agency provides support to entrepreneurs and small businesses. They summarize their activities as the “3 C’s” – Capital, Contracts and Counseling. 

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you might want to look into their Disaster Loan Programs, which have been updated to reflect the latest developments with regards to the Coronavirus Pandemic and the impact it already has had on the economy.  

Through their Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program, due to COVID-19, every small business owner is eligible to apply for a low-interest loan of up to $2 million in working capital.

The SBA also has several loan resources available, including express loans, microloans, exporting loans, and many more.

Head to the SBA’s website for more information.