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We’ve officially moved. Take a Peek at Our New Office!

December 4, 2018 Posted by Company, News, Trends and Features 0 thoughts on “We’ve officially moved. Take a Peek at Our New Office!”

We spent the previous five years just a few floors away from what is now our new office — our old office served us well, given us many milestones to remember and memories to cherish, but we could not be happier and excited about a new space to call “home.”

We knew it was the best time this year to make sure we not only had space for our growing tribe, but a space that reflects our needs and our vision. Relocating to a new office was a big step we had to take. We had to consider a lot of factors like workspace features, location, design and most importantly, our people and our clients. We want to give back to them by providing an environment that stimulates collaboration, nurtures cultural cohesion, and paves the way for ingenuity and invention. Equipped with improved facilities and enhanced technology, we hope to cater to our clients’ needs more efficiently.

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Booth & Partners teamed up with local interiors firm Heim Interiors to design one entire floor space at Citibank Center Building to accommodate our growing team. The aim was to create a smartly designed office adapted to the B&P culture and working habits.

The Reception Area

The office’s entrance is defined by a custom reclaimed wood reception desk, a pattern of white tiles and Machuca tiles, bare concrete walls, and indoor plants. Right next to the reception desk are interview pods. The company’s name is displayed on a brick wall. Pin lights and industrial style warehouse lamps are installed throughout the entire office. Upon entering the open work space, walnut wood ceramic tiles run throughout to bring continuity to a mix of gathering spaces, desks, and meeting rooms.

Open Workspace Area

The office is mostly open-plan, but rooms are partitioned with glass and dry walls to offer privacy while maintaining a visual connection. There are also small rooms suited to private calls, brainstorming, one-on-ones, or private work.

In the open workspace area, the original ceiling was left exposed to give a sense of character, while the pipes and plenums were freshened up with a coat of white paint. The design of the open space integrates daylight and views to the outside park and buildings, hence the use of turf and indoor plants. The neutral colors highlight a clean and sleek look while the turf and the green elements give off a down to earth vibe.

We intended to incorporate art into our workspace to help increase team morale by creating a positive and efficient atmosphere. The open area features a tropical jungle-themed mural which provides a refreshing look at typical work environments. The artwork is a collaboration of two Manila-based mural artists Anina Rubio and Maud Villanueva.

The best thing about our new office space is how it breaks the stereotypical corporate office setting. From sit to stand workstations, lounge areas for team huddles and casual meetings, to mural art that inspires — these unique features make up the essential bones of our office.

The Breakout Room

As much as possible, our tribe abides by the “Work hard, play hard” motto and it is evidently reflected in our breakout room. For this space, we wanted the design to be Filipino style with nature-inspired elements with a penchant for homegrown materials. The entire room is turf laden with rattan chairs, bean bags, bamboo-and-paper lamps, and glass panels with tropical palm leaf decals to create the impression of being “somewhere else, outside, under the trees.” The space features video games and board games so employees can relax, unwind and have fun.

Kitchenette / Dining Area

Booth & Partners’ communal kitchenette and dining area has an aesthetic akin to a Spanish-style café, fitted out in a pleasing 1900s Machuca-style tiles signature of traditional Spanish-Filipino homes together with industrial-inspired materials and modern mismatched furniture to lend a touch of playfulness and a laidback vibe. Employees can dine at a range of seats and tables – which mix and match the red, black and wooden palette – or help themselves to coffee in a corner nook.

An open ceiling spans the length of the room, with chrome pendant lights hanging in the bar and counter area. The kitchenette is complete with a fridge, microwave, toaster, alkaline water stations and a coffee machine. We are also serving the most ethical and environmentally sustainable cup of coffee provided by our CSR partner, Hineleban Foundation. For every 500-gram bag of Hineleban Coffee we purchase, Hineleban Foundation plants one forest tree at the foothills of Mt. Kitanglad in Bukidnon.

Meeting Rooms

Creating an inviting and comfortable work environment has been our focus. The whole office, including the meeting room, has a very casual and homely feel. All the wood, the turf carpet and the use of mural art to contribute to an overall welcoming and warm ambiance.

 

The mural art for our meeting rooms was inspired by the hometowns of the founders: Tonasket, Washington and Winnipeg, Manitoba.

While the main meeting room is called the “Manila Room”, after our company’s home.

Moving in is just the beginning of another chapter in our story. As we settle in our new home, we look forward to making more memories and exploring greater possibilities.

Our doors are open to our friends and clients, so if you’re in the area, feel free to drop by and we’d love to give you a tour around the new office space!

Booth and Partners is now located at 15F Citibank Center, 8741 Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.

 

 

How to Communicate with your Remote Team in a Hyperconnected World

November 19, 2018 Posted by Guides, Trends and Features 0 thoughts on “How to Communicate with your Remote Team in a Hyperconnected World”

Despite the ubiquity of virtual work, most of us are still learning how to communicate effectively in a world that is becoming ever more digital and hyperconnected.

In the last decade, we have seen a new wave of technologies and cloud productivity tools designed to boost efficiency, increase communication and improve workflow emerge in the digital workplace. Since the adoption of these social technologies by companies in the mid 2000’s as internal tools, some researchers say, majority have seen a growth in team collaboration and strategic insights. But other organizations have found this to be antithetical, these tools require a more effective management approach to achieve any of these objectives. “Too many” collaboration tools, apparently, seem to be creating more havoc than order for some.

This digital transformation has dramatically affected today’s workforce allowing them to communicate instantaneously from anywhere in the world with the ability to access gigabyte after gigabyte of mass data in the cloud. With the rise of communication platforms moving out of email, workplaces have started to embrace the telecommuting model (mobile work or remote work) allowing them to set up remote teams across the globe and get access to a much bigger talent pool.

In a report by Global Analytics Workplace and Flexjobs, it is mentioned that the number of virtual workers has risen by 115% in the last decade. While study results from the Regus Global Economic Indicator published in 2013 showed that 48% of business managers worldwide work remotely for at least half their working week. The study engaged over 26,000 business managers across 90 countries, with 55% of respondents stating that the effective management of remote workers is an attainable goal.

But as much as these technological innovations have improved a business’s overall ability to pivot, scale, and transform the way people work, it can be an overwhelming problem if organizations just keep throwing these new technological tools in the transom just for the sake of “digitizing” and keeping up with the times.

How do we determine which tools to use to communicate effectively with our remote teams? How do we consider tools that match our company culture and workflow? With a plan in place, effective remote team communication in a world brimming with technology, isn’t all that hard.

Here are a few tips we’ve learned to make communicating with remote workers and integrating digital tools seamless. 

 

1. Focus on the problem, not the technology.

It’s easy to get so taken by technology — but it’s much more important to keep in mind the problems you want to solve. Given the highly fragmented ecosystem of the collaboration software market, it often becomes a confusing affair to decide which platform to use. Before you pick one out, make sure its features address your pain points and can be seamlessly integrated into your company’s culture, processes and strategy.

For Karen Reyburn of The Profitable Firm, they have chosen Slack instead of email for team communication because their clear goal was to reduce e-mail correspondences and have deeper collaboration with her creative team. With Slack you can create open channels for projects, groups and topics that your team shares. It’s a versatile team communication system and it integrates with Twitter, Dropbox, Hootsuite, and Google Drive. Karen shares, “We love integrations at the Profitable Firm – because why reinvent the wheel if you can combine five separate pieces to make a wheel?”

2. Make your remote team feel included.

Managing a remote workforce, and making sure your virtual team feels that they are an integral part of the team and larger company is important to your company’s long-term success. The virtual nature of remote work becomes a challenge in bridging cultural and interpersonal gaps and these gaps can make it much more difficult for remote teams to meaningfully connect with employers and co-workers.

The key is using tools that make coworkers feel like they’re just next door, rather than across oceans. In an article by AllBusiness.com, Joshua Dorkin, founder of BiggerPockets, believe that communication tools are very important in creating a highly recognized company culture. Joshua mentioned, “To help our remote workers connect to our culture, we rely on a lot of Skype video calls every single day. I probably have just as much “face time” with most of my remotes as I do with the staff that works in the same building, and it helps keep everyone on the same level with regard to our culture.”

3. Avoid Communication Burnout

Communication overload is an all-too-familiar sentiment in the 21st century. It’s unthinkable that a mere 10 years ago, society wasn’t half as connected as it is today. In our technology-saturated workplaces, the communication overload problem will only worsen unless we generate creative solutions.

With so many communication platforms online to choose from, it’s so easy to just keep adding a bunch of online tools to your team’s workflow to open more channels for communication. But sometimes, it’s better to keep things essential. When communication is a free-for-all rather than strategic, tools that are supposed to be time-savers and efficiency-boosters can turn into a distraction and can take a serious bite out of team members’ workday, and put a damper on their focus and productivity.

The antidote to communication burnout is simply giving each tool or platform a specific purpose. Instead of leaving it up to team members to check in with co-workers on Slack, Skype, or Google Hangouts, maybe designate Skype for live chatting or urgent conversations, and Slack for more casual group messages that require creative collaboration. When your team has a game plan for how to best broadcast and connect with teammates for each situation, everyone can avoid wasted time and communication overload.

4. Create a virtual “Water Cooler”

The quintessential remote workers are, for the most part, a self-reliant party. They can self-manage, meet their deadlines, and be able to get the job done even if they are working across the narrow seas.

Compared to the office setup, where getting to know your co-workers is already built into the environment, the remote worker does not have the luxury of working with you side by side, eating lunch with company, or having tête-à-têtes around the proverbial water cooler with their co-workers. But they are still social individuals with interests outside of work, and providing a virtual water cooler gives them a chance to bond with their team over collective interests and ideas. Creating an online space (a Slack Channel, Facebook Group, Hipchat, etc.) for your virtual team to be able to share non-work-related and just-for-fun content helps reduce the feeling of distance between team members and gives a place for them to build rapport with each other and share more casual conversations allowing them to work together happier, which in turn, boosts productivity and engagement levels.

Final thoughts

Communication used to be the biggest challenge for remote teams, back when e-mail and conference calls were how things stack up. As the workplace has evolved over the last decade, there’s been a digital trend shaping the way people work: employees are now more mobile than ever, and technology, alongside shifting social trends, has made working remotely an increasingly effective option for both managers and employees across the globe.

Whether your team is at home or in another country, communication, team infrastructure, and the right digital tools are key to any working relationship.   

We hope that this post has given you some ideas for tools that can help your remote team communicate more effectively, be more productive, and close-knit.

We’d love to hear more about what tools you find to be most useful and how you implement them to your virtual team’s workflow.

Share your favorites in the comments!

 

 

Customer Support Services You Should Consider Outsourcing

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5 Ways that Show the Avengers Know About Outsourcing

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10 Important Outsourcing Statistics You Should Know

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