Four Steps To A More Dynamic Workplace At Your Startup

Working on a new venture can be an inspiring and intensely rewarding experience. However, whilst you’re starting up and trying things out, efficiency may suffer. Every little helps, so Peter Ames from Office Genie is here to help with a few tips that could boost productivity.

Start-up workers at a Herzliya accelerator (Photo credit: Times of Israel)


Go paperless

Invest in a cloud-based document storage system such as Google Drive or Microsoft’s Skydrive (both are free in their basic packages – so it shouldn’t be too much of an investment). In addition to allowing you to store all your data and documents digitally in a free online drive, with both of these you can also share documents between staff.

This is a real bonus, it means you may not have to print off reams of paper before a meeting; everyone can access notes online, something that also makes collaboration that bit easier. In addition, going paperless, with the help of one of these apps, give you the chance to make your business a little greener in its early stages, when such things are easier to implement.

Go remote

One of the further benefits of going paperless, and particularly of using a cloud-based document storage system, is that it can make working remotely much easier: You can access all your documents from anywhere with a good internet connection. It makes working on the move or out of the office much more convenient.

There are whole host of ways remote-working can benefit a startup and make staff that bit more productive:

  • You can have a smaller office space if you don’t have to house a full team. Save some money and pump it back into the business.
  • Some tasks just aren’t suited to an office. If you’ve got editorial staff let them work from home every so often where they might find relief from ‘the office buzz’.
  • Even a simple change of scenery can stop things from stagnating and keep staff inspiration flowing.

Do more with your to-do lists

Of course, one step to a more efficient business is to get staff to keep to-do lists. If increasing numbers of your employees are working from home, it makes sense to have them keep to-do lists they can access from anywhere. This is where apps such as Evernote or Wunderlist comes into their own.

They’re a note-taking apps that let you access your notes (i.e. your to-do lists) wherever, whenever and on whatever device. Both have an app for pretty much all major devices and operating systems. You can also share notes over email; making these a handy app to have open in a meeting!

And whilst we’re on the subject of to-do lists…

Look into an online tool such as Basecamp. On the face of it this is just another to-do list app, albeit a particularly useful one that allows you to create any number of lists and sub-lists and tick tasks off when they’re done. The real beauty of Basecamp is the collaborative nature of the tool. When you’ve added a task, you can assign it to a fellow member of staff and add comments as the project progresses.

It’s also worth considering alternative such as Workzone, this offers you most of the key collaborative features of Basecamp with the addition of things such as ‘Time tracking’ and ‘Workload reports’ so staff can make sure they’re not focusing all their energy into one task.

Peter Ames writes on behalf of, a site where you can find desk and office space in the United Kingdom


What Is The Definition of Corporate Culture?

Citrix CEO Mark Templeton in the video below says that “a culture is about everyone belonging to something they believe in, something of a greater and higher purpose than them.  A company culture is how a company gets things done.  People are the hardware, values are the operating system.”

The corporate culture of a company refers to the organizational components, such as attitudes, values, standards, and its belief system, which are shared amongst a diverse set of stakeholders.  This can include employees, management, investors, vendors, clients, and customer. The ultimate goal or mission statement is the basis of a corporate culture. It is strengthened by additional attributes such as structure, strategies, labor approach, investors, and the larger community of their bigger picture.

The Sergay group says: “A basic definition of organizational culture is the collective way we do things around here. It involves a learned set of behaviors that is common knowledge to all the participants. These behaviors are based on a shared system of meanings which guide our perceptions, understanding of events, and what we pay attention to.”

Understanding corporate culture is important and at MeritShare we help companies reinforce the desired behavior and culture through value-based rewards. We provide the unbreakable link that connects a company’s values, beliefs, and attitude to its employees through peer to peer recognition.

5 Questions To Ask:

Self-reflection is never easy and selective perception can distort the truth.  However, the right set of questions can help articulate a company’s culture.

The Hagberg Consulting Group  asks five straight forward questions:

·       What’s really important?

·       Who gets promoted?

·       What behaviors get rewarded?

·       Who fits in and who doesn’t?

·       What 10 words would you use to describe your company?

The basis of these penetrating questions suggests that every organization has a culture, whether constructive or destructive, they have one. The key is to have a culture that will drive the company in a goal orientated direction and not the opposite.

Here’s the video of Citrux CEO Mark Templeton referenced above.  He has received numerous leadership awards, such as the AeA Abacus Award for Outstanding High-Tech Executive, “Businessperson of the Year” (EVIE Award) and the Excalibur Award. He is also included on Glassdoor’s 2013 list of “50 Highest Rated CEOs.”