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The Top Sustainable Practices in Business To Keep in Mind  

Today, social responsibility and stewardship are more important than they have ever been. Everyone must do their part to take care of the planet, including the commercial world. Sustainable business practices come in many shapes and forms, but what are a few examples that you can put into action? Learn more about business sustainability below, and apply them to your work routine.

1. Turn Off the Lights

It seems simple, but without a doubt, turning off the lights is one of the best ways to encourage sustainability. When someone leaves the room, encourage them to turn off the lights if they are the last ones out the door. You might even want to replace your traditional light bulbs with LED bulbs. LED bulbs last much longer and do not use as much energy. If you can reduce the electricity you use, you can create a more sustainable business environment.

2. Focus on Water Conservation

You should also focus on water conservation. There are a few ways you can do so. They include:

-Install faucets that automatically turn off after a few seconds.

-Encourage people to use tap water or water from the fountain instead of bottled water.

-Check the toilets regularly to ensure they are operating as efficiently as possible.

-Invest in routine plumbing maintenance to reduce the chances of leaks.

These simple steps can go a long way toward conserving water. This is a pillar of sustainable business practices.

3. Have Recycling Bins Available

Recycling is critical for sustainability. You should have recycling bins available at work. Check with your local area arrangements for recycling and create a commitment in your workspace to comply with the local procedures. If you need to have a separate bin for different items, be sure to make them available. You might even want to incentivize your employees to recycle more by giving them bonuses or gift cards when they recycle certain amounts of goods.

4. Partner With a Nonprofit

You can also encourage sustainability by partnering with a local nonprofit organization. Partnering with a non-profit organization can also help you improve your marketing strategy. Customers want to buy products and services from companies that care about the environment. Talented employees also want to work with companies that positively impact the community. Consider donating some of your resources to a local nonprofit organization. You might also want to give your employees a couple of extra days off per year if they use them to volunteer with the nonprofit. This is a great way to learn more about sustainable business practices.

Focus on Sustainable Business Practices With Shift Workspaces

If you want your company and employees to focus on sustainability, you must partner with the right organization. If you are looking for a work environment that focuses on sustainability, take a closer look at Shift Workspaces. Shift focuses on social stewardship, the environment, and sustainability. You can surround yourself with individuals who share your same goals, and you can learn more about how you can make a positive impact on the environment. Learn more about the workspace options at Shift and join our community that encourages collaboration, foster relationships, and support you on your journey to work better.

Volunteer opportunities in the Denver Metro Area

If you are looking for a way to give back to the local community, volunteer opportunities are a great place to start. In the Denver metro area, there are lots of fantastic organizations that are looking for passionate volunteers to help them with their operations. Take a look at some of the top choices below, and consider reaching out to these organizations to see if they need help!

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is one of the largest charitable organizations in the country. They rely on their volunteers to help them keep their prices low, which helps them assist people in the area who are underserved and looking for assistance. The Salvation Army can help people find housing, get a job, and provide them with discounted clothing, appliances, and furniture. The Salvation Army in Denver, Colorado is actively looking for volunteers who can help them with their daily operations. Some volunteer operations include working the stores, raising money, and recruiting others to help with charitable efforts.

Soldiers’ Angels of Denver

Soldiers’ Angels is a charitable organization in Denver that provides comfort, resources, and aid to active-duty military soldiers, veterans, and their family members. It can be incredibly challenging for someone to civilian life after serving a tour overseas. Many soldiers have a difficult time finding the medical care they need, and some soldiers have a hard time getting a job. Soldiers’ Angels helps military soldiers by providing them with food, shelter, and resources they can use to adjust to life in a civilian setting. This is an organization that relies extensively on volunteers for donations, networking, and marketing.

Denver Public Schools

The Denver Public School system is also looking for a wide variety of volunteers. For example, the school system is looking for volunteers who can assist with club activities. There are opportunities for everything from Chess Club to Robotics. The school system is also looking for volunteers who can help in academic settings. This includes help with Spanish-speaking students, classroom assistance, and even mentoring. There are even volunteers needed in an administrative capacity, such as with grant writing. This is a great way to give back to the local community.

Civic Center Conservancy

The Civic Center Conservancy has been open for decades, and it relies on volunteers to help them take care of some of the most beautiful locations in the state. Colorado has a wide variety of natural attractions, including parks and botanical gardens, and volunteers with the Civic Center Conservancy are responsible for helping to maintain these beautiful areas in the state. Volunteers might be responsible for helping to work a wide variety of events that take place in natural locations throughout the year, or they could be responsible for cleaning up the park itself. Volunteers could also partner alongside board members to help with daily operations that raise resources to support the efforts of the Civic Center Conservancy.

Shift Workspaces: Consider Volunteering in the Denver Metro Area

These are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities that are available in the Denver metro area. It can be incredibly fulfilling to give back to the local community, so consider reaching out to a few of these organizations to see what types of opportunities they have available. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Shift today!

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.

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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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11 Healthy Snacks to Eat at Work

That bag of chips always seems like a good idea at the time. We habitually reach for that fast easy snack without a thought because it’s what just we’ve always done and the number one reason– it’s easy. However it is exactly what you should not be doing, especially when sitting at a desk all day long. We should be filling our body with healthy nutrients and energy fueling ingredients, everything that bag of chips lacks.

 

Many people associate healthy eating with over-priced products and a lot of extra prep time just to enjoy a meal. People lack the motivation to eat healthy because they feel they just don’t have the time. Though, little do they know- it’s not that hard, it’s not that expensive, and can be pretty delicious if you do it right. So instead of grabbing that diet coke and bag of chips to fill that mid-day snack time, you should think about some other options. Consider the following:

1.Apple or Banana with Peanut Butter

2. Rice Crackers with Avocado or Nutella Spread

3. Popcorn

4. Veggies with Hummus

5. Dry Roasted Almonds

6. Dry Roasted Edamame

7. Trail Mix

8. Greek Yogurt with Granola

9. Trader Joe’s Steamed Lentils with Bruschetta Sauce

10. Dried Mango Slices

11. Spinach Parmesan Quinoa

We offer many of these options as a complimentary perk for our members. It’s important to us that our members eat healthy and focus on wellness. That’s why we provide access to our fitness center and offer free classes in addition to healthy refreshments. But if you’re crabby from eating only rabbit food, we have plenty of Cheez-its to go around.

Faces of Shift with Madison Carroll

Getting to know your colleagues can take time. But it’s so important to open up and share meaningful conversation, develop inside jokes and gather insight on those who surround you on a daily basis. It keeps us quick-witted, happy and sane. We want to provide that sense of comradery for our members, even if they don’t work for the same company. Our members have expressed interest in getting to know one another, so we’ve developed a platform to better share company backgrounds and personal interests via Shift Member Shout-Outs.

 

Shift Member Shout-Outs represent a way for our members to share their story. We’re excited to share our first, with member Madison Carroll—event planner and yogi extraordinaire! Check it out below:

 

Madison! Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. We’d love to get to know you and your company better. Could you describe your business in your own words?   

I have the pleasure of working for Bespoke Event Group. I met our President, Justin Ball, while working in co-working at Shift. We networked, and the next thing I knew I was working with Justin at Bespoke. Our company coordinates meetings and events ranging in size from small executive meetings to large conferences. We have local and national clients in many different industries. I appreciate that there is no typical day for us, and I couldn’t get by each day without sharing a laugh or two with Justin and my colleague, Chanthy Na.

 

Very cool. Now tell us about you. Where are you from? Why’d you move to CO? Any hobbies or interests you’d like to tell us about?

I was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona where I attended the University of Arizona for college. Growing up I spent enough time in Telluride, CO to know that I had to move as soon as I could because Colorado was calling my name. After graduating from college I picked up and moved to Denver. It’s hard to believe I have been here for about 3 years. I haven’t looked back once!

 

When asked why I moved, I say, “Life” but really it’s the Colorado lifestyle. I love the outdoors and the adventures that await each weekend. Frequently you’ll find me skiing, biking, hiking, swimming and running. I enjoy challenging myself physically and regularly participate in triathlons and endurance races. On the flip side, my passion for yoga keeps me grounded day to day. In 2013, I completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training program and began teaching immediately after. Everyday I grow more passionate about yoga and the philosophies that surround it.

 

Join me at Shift Tuesday’s at noon for yoga! My goal is to create a safe space for everyone to explore their mind, body, spirit and breath. Beginners are always welcome. In addition to teaching at Shift, I teach at Karma Yoga Center on South Pearl every Tuesday at 6:15am (for the early risers out there. ;))

 

Heck yeah we will join you at yoga! It seems like something you’re really proud of. What’s something else you’re really proud of, from a business standpoint?

In the fall of 2015 we organized a beautiful evening outdoor fundraising event for a local non-profit client. It was really one of the most amazing moments in my career. It’s magic when everything falls into sync at the right time.

 

That’s awesome. Glad to hear it. Switching gears a little bit: do you have a favorite TV show?

I have been really into The Voice (a guilty pleasure)! Other than that, usually I am asleep by 9pm- it’s ok, call me Grandma.

 

 Yeah, sleep is nature’s beauty regimen! Any big trips planned?

Yes, I am getting my summer gear ready for a trip to Cape Cod this summer! It’ll be my first time there, so I look forward to some beach and relaxation time.

5 Ways to Stay Healthy at Work

 

Ah, the new year. “New you.” We’re finally weeding through the abundance of health, fitness and mental strength articles on our social feeds. We’re bookmarking at-home workouts, pinning healthy recipes and sharing them amongst friends. Getting back into the swing of things, they say. The new year marks an opportunity for a clean slate, blank pages waiting to be filled with the idea that we can begin again. So why not begin caring about your health again?

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