3 Awesome Tips for Privacy in Your New Orleans Virtual Office

virtual office privacyWith more and more companies moving toward open floor plans and removing dedicated work spaces for their employees, one of the biggest complaints with that change is the lack of private spaces. With an open floor plan, it’s hard to have a private conversation or to conduct a meeting somewhere without interruptions or distractions. Privacy is necessary for productive work, as those interruptions and distractions ruin our train of thought and make it difficult to spend dedicated time getting something done. Fortunately, virtual offices like a New Orleans virtual office can give you the privacy you need to do tough analytical work or to use your creative processes fully. Here are three awesome tips for privacy when using a virtual office:

Keep Your Personal Details Private

Of course, privacy is much more than having the room to yourself or keeping a conversation between two or three people. It’s also about protecting your personal information so that it doesn’t end up in the hands of fraudsters and identity thieves. One of the benefits of a virtual office is that you don’t have to give away your home phone number, your cell phone number, or your home address to any clients or potential clients. Giving that information away may not be a problem with clients you trust, but it’s certainly not information you want to provide freely to someone you’ve never met yet, or to someone who has yet to do business with you.

This would also include what you post on social media on your personal profiles. Business associates may choose to connect with you on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t necessarily want to broadcast when you’re going on vacation. If those people know where you live, and know that you aren’t home, then that could spell trouble for your most valuable possessions.

A Remove Receptionist Can Stop Unnecessary Phone Calls

Unnecessary phone calls are the worst. Phone calls are always urgent because its ringing, but not necessarily always something that’s, well, urgent in its messaging. Studies have found that it takes an average of 25 minutes to return to the original task after an interruption, meaning that even a phone call that’s kept brief can really hurt the privacy you need to stay productive. On top of that, in those 25 minutes of returning to the original task, the quality of work has been found to decrease during those minutes.

To stop unnecessary phone calls without shutting off your phone, silencing it, or simply ignoring it, a remote receptionist can help. Many virtual office companies offer a remote receptionist service for tenants, and this is a service you should take advantage of if you need uninterrupted time. The remote receptionist can answer any and all incoming calls for you, let the caller know that you are unavailable, and take any messages. This ensures that you only have to deal with the calls that are important, and not have to worry about giving people the cold shoulder because you don’t want to be interrupted.

Don’t Forget about Securing Your Technology

There’s enough on this topic to merit a completely separate post (which we’ll probably do), but essentially, secure your devices. Securing your devices means much more than knowing where your smartphone is at all time and physically locking your laptop. It also means having a strong password on your smartphone in case it gets stolen. It’s very likely that your smartphone and/or tablet has confidential company and client information on it, information that you don’t want a thief to access. With a strong password, and a lockdown feature after a few failed attempts, then it’s less likely a thief will be able to commit identity theft with your information or gather this information to give to a competitor.

Securing your technology also means watching your online behavior, especially if you’re using an unsecured network. If you’re working from a coffee shop, then that’s not the best time to be doing your online banking. Those unsecured networks mean that someone can hack into the network, watch you as your check your account balance, and then get your account number without you knowing it. It also means logging out of your various profiles and activities, not just closing the browser, as you’re only leaving the window open for someone to come in on your account to learn the password and to steal any personal information.

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How to Get Your Exercise When Working from a Salt Lake City Virtual Office

virtual office staying healthySitting kills, and it’s not just the fact that society as a whole is exercising less either. It’s the fact that many of us are sitting for eight, 10, 12 hours a day, including all the sitting we do at work as well as the commute and when we come home and watch TV. Recent research has found that prolonged sitting is just as deadly as smoking and that its linked to an increased risk of a variety of diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

Fortunately, with a Salt Lake City virtual office, or any virtual office for that matter, it’s very easy to incorporate exercise into your workday. Here’s how to sit less, move a little more, and delay the onset of early death.

“Commute” to Work

If you have a virtual office, then it’s likely that you’re working from home and only using the office from time to time. However, this doesn’t mean that your “commute” has to be straight from the kitchen to the home office. Instead, get a little morning exercise by walking around the block or walking to the coffee shop and back. Then, you’ve commuted to work and you can begin your duties for the day.

Adding this ritual not only gives you a chance to move around, but it also puts you into the mindset of work. Getting ready for work is also psychological, and this aspect of “getting ready” can be lost when you aren’t stuck in rush hour traffic and you’re not starting the day with a morning meeting or greetings from your coworkers. Including an activity to help you get ready for work psychologically can help you to be more productive throughout the day.

Get Up about Once Every Hour

Moving about doesn’t have to mean 20 minutes of cardiovascular exercise or spending an hour at the gym. Simply making a point to get up every hour to go to the bathroom, to refill your water bottle, or even to stretch or to do a few lunges is very good for your body. After all, you don’t have to do you 20 or 30 minutes of exercise all at once. Sneak in a few minutes throughout the day, and find ways to walk instead of driving or taking the elevator. Every little bit of movement adds up to keeping your energy levels at their peak throughout the day.

If you can’t get up, such as when you’re in the middle of a meeting or presentation, then desk exercises are a discreet way to move about without interrupting the meeting or presentation. Desk exercises are activities like leg extensions and calf raises, where you hold each leg for 10 seconds before switching. No one would think anything of it because it’s likely nearly everyone wants to stand up and stretch.

Start Small and Work Your Way Up

One of the reasons why incorporating exercise and including more physical activity into your life is difficult is that people start off trying to do too much. Even 30 minutes a week can seem like a lot, so most people don’t end up doing it because getting the exercise becomes overwhelming. Instead, start small. Starting with just 10 minutes a week, or doing something more physical each day. Instead of setting a goal of going to the gym three times a week, which can sound like a lot, start by setting a goal of taking the stairs three times a week, or going for a walk once a week. Once the smaller goal is too easy, then you can work your way up to those larger, more time-consuming goals. By then, those goals aren’t as overwhelming because you’ve already made exercising somewhat of a habit.

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Tips to Maintaining Your Billings Virtual Office Lifestyle

life in a virtual officeWorking from a virtual office is a lifestyle all by itself because you are working in an environment that isn’t constrained by coworkers, or the commute, or even the physical location in which you are working. A Billings virtual office is very dependent on you: how you want it to work, how you want it to be productive, what you need it to be so you can be successful. It’s your lifestyle, but there are elements that only come from the virtual office. Here are a few tips to maintaining the virtual office lifestyle without losing control of your work or your life:

“Pretend” like You’re Going to the Office

The commute to the office may waste time and gas, but that doesn’t mean everything you do prior to getting into the car needs to be thrown out as well. Even though you can work in your pajamas or throw on a pair of jeans to work in a virtual office, putting on the work clothes can affect how you feel about the workday, and make you more productive by putting you in the right mindset.

The point is to reinforce psychologically going to work, so a virtual office shouldn’t be viewed as a way to kick back. Essentially, you ought to have a non-negotiable morning routine that prepares you for work. This could mean getting your breakfast in, checking your email before doing anything else, and/or having your cup of coffee to wake up. The commute may be much shorter, with no one setting any rules, but having no rules means you’re only going to be less productive.

Find a Way to Stay Organized that Works for You

There are thousands of ways to stay organized, and we’re not going to list them all here, but you do need to find one or more ways that work for you. With a virtual office solution, there isn’t necessarily going to be a boss or manager that’s going to help you by reminding you of a deadline or asking you to clean up your desk. These things may have always been your responsibility, but more so with a virtual office because you don’t have the help of others around you to drop you reminders.

However, of all the things that you do need to organize, the most critical one is your time. The virtual office lifestyle isn’t going to work if you can’t ensure that you don’t waste all your time on social media or procrastinating with “paper-pushing” tasks such as catching up on emails or on the latest in your industry. Yes, those things still need to get done, but make sure that you’re setting aside time to do that, instead of just going those things because you need to be “productive” or you need to feel like you’re working.

If You Don’t Have the Energy, Respond Appropriately

When our energy levels start to flag, many bad habits can kick in, such as reaching for a soda/energy drink. Not only are those solutions temporary, but they aren’t good for your health of for your overall productivity. It may seem like the most productive thing to do is to push through your low-energy levels to keep working and to get things done, but it’s not. You waste time doing because it will take you longer to do those same tasks, and you may make more mistakes.

Instead, do what you really need to to bring those energy levels up. If you need to take a quick break, then do so by going for a walk or playing a quick game on your phone. If you need a nap, then take a nap. If you need to eat some food, then have a meal or a snack. It’s okay to do these things, and one of the best aspects of the virtual office lifestyle is having the freedom to spend the time how you’d like to. Spend time getting your energy level back up, instead of draining yourself even more. You’ll feel better afterward and still manage to get more done.

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How to Declutter Your Louisville Virtual Office for 2014

virtual officesEven though it’s typically called spring cleaning, the New Year is a great time to clean off your desk and start fresh for 2014. This time of year isn’t just about having a resolution, but also having an empty slate with which to get started and to run your business without any unnecessary clutter. Here’s how to declutter your Louisville virtual office, figuratively and literally, for 2014:

Create a Paper System

Even in a virtual office, it’s tough to eliminate all the paperwork. The paperless office, as hard as you may try, may only exist 98% of the time. The other 2% may include receipts, government paperwork, applications, bank statements, your planner or to-do list. Not every business in the world has gone paperless, and until everyone does, you won’t be entirely paperless either.

So, get rid of the paper clutter with a paper system. This could be a simple folder or binder where papers can be kept, or it could be a bit more organized with hanging files or baskets that are labeled. If you already have a pile of papers that need to be organized, then go through those papers first before creating your system. This way, your system can be tailored to the papers that you already have, and you’re not wasting time and materials creating a system that doesn’t the types of paperwork you work with on a regular basis.

Set Limits

It’s one thing to have a great system that keeps your desk and your files organized. But, it’s another to ensure that you don’t have too much stuff, that your papers and other necessary work tools don’t overload the great system you created. Therefore, set limits. When you can’t fit anything else into the file cabinet, spend the time to make room by throwing away what you don’t want or need. Do the same with the folder or binder you keep with you daily, as well as your tech tools. Your smartphone and computer hard drive are finite also, so you want to set a limit on the amount of stuff you keep on  your devices. Besides, if you’re too close to capacity, then your devices may run slower than normal.

Don’t Forget Virtual Clutter

Speaking of technology such as apps and email, let’s get to virtual clutter. There is such a thing and it can slow you down unless you remove the clutter. Cleaning your virtual clutter would mean removing apps from your smartphone that you don’t use, organizing your desktop so there are fewer files and icons, and even going through your email and deleting messages you don’t need anymore. A virtual office is supposed to help you be more productive, but the space can only do so much if you’re wasting time finding the right app or searching for the right file on your computer. Your virtual work tools need to be organized too.

Yes, this would include your email too. Inbox zero is difficult to reach, but that doesn’t mean taking the time every month or every quarter to respond to forgotten email and to get rid of the old ones isn’t a bad idea. If you can find the time, then creating an organization system for your emails (so it isn’t clutter) could add to your productivity.

Why wait for the spring, especially since the snow and the polar vortex have kept many of us indoors? Stay warm and clean up now! This way, you can start fresh even before the snow melts.

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Why Freelancers Need an Executive Suite

executive office suites in AtlantaAre you a freelancer or considering freelancing? The number of freelancer workers in the US workforce is expected to outgrow full-time workers by 2020, so the question shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Although part of what it means to be a freelancer is to not be confined by a cubicle, it might not be wise to throwaway the idea of an office space all together. Executives suites are an excellent compromise that doesn’t confine like a cubicle, but maintains the professionalism and productivity necessary in a successful workspace. Here’s why freelancers need an executive suite to succeed and standout in the increasingly competitive DIY economy:

They’re Great for Getting Started

The toughest part about being a freelancer is getting started. You need to find clients that are willing to take a chance on someone new to sites like Elance, even if you have a wealth of experience. You need to find clients on your own, perhaps without the help with referrals and testimonials because you don’t have any clients yet. To make that good first impressions, an executive suite helps because it shows that your serious about your work.

With an executive suite, you have a professional business address that you can add to your email signature or on your business card. An executive suite, with the address, shows that your writing or graphic design work isn’t something that you do on the side as supplementary income. That work is your bread-and-butter, and a potential client can see that they aren’t going to have to compete with a full-time job and will be able to reach you during normal business hours.

Privacy When You Need It

Executives suites have a door, and when you’re a freelancer on the phone with a client or with a source, privacy is incredibly important. Whether or not you’ve signed an NDA agreement, you don’t want to risk jeopardizing the client/source’s trust because they think someone can overhear the conversation. You don’t want to risk misunderstanding the conversation because you couldn’t hear over the background noise.

Being able to shut the door is a huge help, and a perk that isn’t always available in a coworking space or home office (shutting the door doesn’t necessarily drown out the kids in the next room or the street cleaner outside). Coffee shops don’t have this option either. You may not necessarily need the space to meet clients in person, but having the door is a benefit when you want to ensure that the client/source has your utmost attention.

Get Away from Time-Sucking Distractions

Although email and social media will still be at the executive suite, there are distractions at the home office or coffee shop that won’t follow you to the business address. These distractions include snacking, television, and even unproductive people (not everyone at the coffee shop is there to work or to study) can hinder your ability to be productive. With an executive suite, you don’t have food in the refrigerator or pantry tempting you, and you don’t have a television on in the background as you’re working.

Also consider the executive suite as a way to be part of the working world, but on your terms. No more forced schedules, costly commutes, and awkward meetings. You’re still professional because you have that office, but it no longer has to come at a price of being away from the family, or of working early mornings or late nights (unless you want to), or of mandatory meetings and events. Don’t think of an executive suite as anti-freelancing. Think of it as a way to freelance without coming across as someone without direction or without responsibility.

Have you used an executive suite or another virtual office solution for your freelancing career? What would it take for you to move out of the home office or coffee shop? Let us know in the comments!

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How to Stay Productive in an Albuquerque Virtual Office

Albuquerque virtual officeGreat! You’re working in a virtual office, or have decided to work in a virtual office. One of the biggest barriers to making this office space solution work is to stay productive as if you were in a regular office or workplace. Fortunately, it’s not all that hard if you know yourself and you know what to do. Here’s how to stay productive in an Albuquerque virtual office, or any virtual office for that matter:

Delegate What You Can

The definition of productivity is the “state or quality of producing something.” Therefore, maximum productivity is always being in the state of producing something, and anything that takes away from production and progress isn’t a good use of time. To ensure that you’re using your time wisely, it’s best to delegate or to outsource what you can. No one can be good at everything, so figure out what you are best at doing (hopefully this includes whatever it is you need to produce), and delegate what doesn’t fall into that category. This is why many virtual offices come with a virtual receptionist solution, so that you have to option to delegate tasks such as scheduling appointments, phone answering, entering data, and processing orders.

Plan the Rest of the Day, or the Next Day

You can decide to do this at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day, but one thing you need to do is plan your day. When you’re in a virtual office, you don’t have anyone else there to remind you to do things, and it’s a lot easier to forget the email reminder or to miss the reminder phone call. You don’t have anyone watching or anyone making sure you do this or that by the end of the day, so it’s on you to make sure that you get things done. Planning your day, or the next day, and prioritizing what needs to be completed can help keep you on track. If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail.

Eliminate Distractions

Although the traditional workplace has distractions of its own, the virtual office is going to present a whole new set of distractions. Perhaps you can now surf social media sites because the Internet at work always blocked them. Maybe email is going to be more important than ever as a way to stay in touch with the office, so it will be more tempting to check it constantly. If you need to block the Internet to get things done, then consider paying for an app called Freedom. For just $10, you can block the Internet whenever you need to. No more trying to be productive while exercising restraint at the same time. With Freedom, you leave yourself “the freedom” to do your work because you have no other choice.

Of course, if turning these things off isn’t s a problem for you, then a good thing to do is to reward yourself once you finish the task. Spend 20 minutes after completing the work to be unproductive, updating your Facebook status and watching a YouTube video or two. Breaks, after all, are also really good for productivity.

Overall, productivity doesn’t have a silver bullet. It’s about knowing yourself and doing what you need to do so that you can do your best work. For some, that means working in the afternoon or in the evening, as everyone isn’t a morning person. For others, that means taking the time to get exercise, as getting the blood pumping and a breathe of fresh air is good for productivity as well as your health. Hopefully, you’ve found something here that can help you to be more productive, or something that you can tailor to fit your work situation.

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Avoid Losing All Your Money with a Las Vegas Virtual Office

Las Vegas virtual officeLas Vegas is the premier location for many conferences, trade shows, and other annual events. Even though you’re in the city for business, and you’re only going to be there a short time, you still need a productive place to get some work done and to prepare for these big events. The hotel room or business center isn’t always adequate, and could be too close to many of the distractions that Las Vegas offers. You can lose your money at the blackjack table, but you shouldn’t have to lose money because you didn’t get the work done. Work hard, and play hard, with a Las Vegas virtual office.

Get Out of the Hotel and Convention Center

Especially this time of year, when the weather is consistently in the 70s, it’s worth it to leave the hotel and convention center and to venture into the city. Besides, the Las Vegas strip can be expensive, so working in a virtual office that’s away from everyone one will offer all the resources you need for less. You don’t have to pay extra printing fees, or pay for Internet access, or have to go without certain technologies. All you have to do is pay for the space and the transportation to and from the virtual office. If you’re worried about being too far away from all the fun, then remember that there are great casinos away from the Strip and Downtown, such as South Point, Red Rock, and M Resort.

Rent a Virtual Office for Short Period of Time

The business center or the hotel room may seem like a better option because you have those for a short period of time. After all, you’re only spending a week in Sin City and not a whole year. However, you can rent a virtual office or a meeting space for a week as well. You don’t have to pay the monthly rate, and you don’t have to pay for a space that’s too small or that doesn’t provide everything you need. With a virtual office, you don’t have to “make do” or to settle on a temporary space that isn’t all that great in the first place. You don’t have the throw money away because with a Las Vegas virtual office, you’ll have everything you’ll need to run the meeting, or to get some work done before tomorrow’s full day of seminars.

Have a Workspace Every Time You Visit

Las Vegas is constantly changing, even if your industry’s annual trade show is always in the same location. The hotel you stayed in last year may be full, or even non-existent. The business center could be closed for remodeling. Instead of scrambling every time to find someplace to work, have a guaranteed workspace with a virtual office. These buildings aren’t going to disappear, and even if the office or conference room you used last year is booked, there is always another one down the hall or two floors up. With this consistency, you’ll also know that you’ll have everything you need to get your work done. You don’t have to wonder if this other meeting space will have free Internet access, or if you’ll have to share the room with another group of professionals, or if the teleconferencing technology works. Everything is there, ready to go, in a Las Vegas virtual office.

Overall, we can’t do anything about your luck at the table. But, staying productive and finding a place to work in Las Vegas shouldn’t be about luck. You can reduce the variance with a virtual office in Las Vegas.

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Why CEOs Need to Be on Social Media, and 3 Ways to Do It

CEOs social mediaLess than 50 percent of CEOs participate on social media sites.


That one hurts, especially since 81% of employees believe that CEOs who engage in social media are better equipped to lead their companies in the digital world. This is critical since virtual offices are a big part of the digital world, and if you’re utilizing virtual offices in any way, then social media is a must have in staying connected as a CEO. It would seem like an obvious move to use social media as a business tool, but many are missing out on an opportunity to lead in the digital world and to interact with others in a very personal way. Need a little help participating, and participating in a way that markets your company and markets you as the awesome, social-savvy CEO of your company? Then try one of these three ways to engage in social media:


If you’re company already has a blog (or two, or three), then make it a point to contribute a post every week or two. It shouldn’t be about anything that you or the company is doing, but a post that offers your potential customers the information they are looking for. How great would it be for them if that information came straight from the CEO? You could also write follow ups that covers a topic from the CEO perspective, or maybe discusses what you look for in hiring people, choosing great client, or what you think about your industry as a whole. If you’re feeling really bold, you can start your own CEO blog.

If writing regular blog posts is too much for you, then offer yourself up by allowing one of your marketing people to interview you and then write a post about that interview. Or, you could allow someone from marketing to follow you around for a day and write about that. Being more transparent about who you are as a CEO can also be beneficial to you and the company blog.


Okay, of those CEOs who are on social media, half of them are on Twitter. Great! But, if you’re not on Twitter, consider this an easy and spectacular way to participate in social media. You don’t have to come up with a new 140-character saying every few hours, but use Twitter to connect with others, retweet what they are tweeting, or to share what others in your company are tweeting and retweeting. The point of getting on Twitter is to learn what others are talking about, what they are saying about certain topics, and the joining the conversation. With Twitter, you might even connect with customers and clients directly, and be able to answer their questions and learn what they think about your company first hand and in real time.

Hey, if Rupert Murdoch can do it, any CEO can.


Yammer, if you don’t know, is essentially the social network you can create for your company. So, instead of your employees using Facebook or Gmail chat to ask each other quick questions (and risk getting distracted by their personal business), they can use Yammer. As CEO, you can use Yammer to connect with your employees, build and maintain an awesome company culture (and one that you’re a part of, and learn how different projects are progressing. It’s a much easier way to keep up with what’s happening in the company, and everyone would agree that a Yammer meeting would beat a normal meeting any day of the week.

Respond to Crises

You know what else hurts? A damaging article or social media post. However, more than 10 percent of organizations will not take any action when a damaging article or social media post is released about them. On top of that, 1/3 of CEOs don’t take social media reputation into account when making business decisions. As a CEO, it isn’t necessarily your responsibility or biggest need to generate leads or to network or to answer customer questions. But, it is your responsibility to be transparent in where reputation control is badly needed, and that’s where these previously mentioned social media tools and presences can help. You and your company can really take control of an online crisis if a blog post can be written in response to the crisis, and that blog post can be shared across Facebook, Twitter etc.

Overall, social media is just another tool in the CEO arsenal, something instrumental in leading a company as well as building the company’s brand and reputation, and building your own brand and reputation as a CEO.

4 Ways CEOs Can Improve Efficiency in Their Jacksonville Virtual Office

Jacksonville virtual officeEfficiency is defined as, “accomplishment of or ability to accomplish a job with a minimum expenditure of time and effort.” Part of running a company well is thinking about what could be done better, and where you can improve. So, efficiency is very much a part of that, and an efficient company is one that is most capable of profit and success. Therefore, CEOs regularly ought to take the time to assess the efficiency of their organization. Of course, if you don’t want to do this yourself, you can always hire an efficiency consultant. But, if you want to take on the task yourself, here are four ways you can improve the efficiency of your company in your Jacksonville virtual office.

Ask Your Employees What Would Improve Their Efficiency

Sure, you can think about things like ensuring compliance, eliminating barriers, improving access to information etc. Not that you shouldn’t think about those things and consider them as possible solutions, but that you should put a priority on what your employees need to be efficient if you are really committed to improving the efficiency of your company. Ensuring compliance may be great, but if your employees want faster Internet speeds and a software upgrade, then do the latter. If a few employees need extra help, get them the help they need or look at individual job responsibilities to see if you could move a few people around. If you’re making changes without the input of your employees, then you could risk making changes that don’t actually improve your efficiency.

Emphasize Efficiency over Billable Hours

If your company currently earns its revenue from billable hours, then you might be emphasizing inefficiency without intending to do so. With billable hours, efficiency can work against you and employees, and even encourage employees to take more time than necessary to finish projects just so they can earn more money. Making the switch from billable hours to retainer fees or one-time prices is a big overhaul, and would take time to implement, but the move would reward efficiency and would make it clearer to clients what they are paying for. This is perhaps the toughest way a CEO could improve efficiency, but it could be one that sets your company apart from the competition.

Take an Honest Look at Operations

There could be things that you’ve been doing for years that have worked, and that have helped to take your company to the next level, but really aren’t that efficient. For example, in the early stages of your business, it might not have been a problem to work with a new client in a way that the client sees fit, or to figure out how to move along as you move along. But, as a more successful company that’s bringing on many more new clients at a much faster rate, the “figure it out as you go approach” might not be as efficient as a standard onboarding process. Especially if you’ve grown substantially over recent months, an honest look at operations could improve your efficiency and better position you company to sustain that growth or to grow.

Another honest approach to operations is to outsource the tasks your company is weakest as completing, or to outsource tasks that your employees don’t necessarily need to do. If you’re one marketing person can’t do everything that needs to be done, or is maybe really good at certain types of marketing, consider outsourcing what that person can’t do. If your employees need help with data entry, filing, or doing research, then outsource those tasks so your employees can focus on more important duties and deadlines.

Look at the Results, Not the Hours

Working long hours and coming in on the weekends has become a badge of honor, productivity and commitment, but is it really efficient? This is a crucial question since many more positions in the workplace are skills-based, instead of based on meeting a certain quota or making a certain number or products. In this type of workplace, you need people who can do job well and quickly, judging job performance on progress and results.

So, how do increase efficiency without wasting time and ensuring your employees get everything done between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.? An excellent way to start is to limit meetings. Stop having them, especially if matters can be settled over email or over the phone. Avoid attending them, and if you absolutely must be there, make it a point to stay for a certain amount of time and then attend to other things. If you do need to have a meeting, keep it to 60 minutes at the most, and make an effort to plan for it in advanced, such as creating an agenda and passing it out at least one day before the meeting. Usually meetings beyond 60 minutes in length are unproductive and decrease efficiency.