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Have your open office cake and eat it too

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Details Few workplace design topics are as divisive as the debate between open offices and cubicles or closed offices. Data suggests that open offices are an overwhelming success, with 89% of the highest performing workplaces having an open floor plan. But at the same time, open offices are roasted in the news and LinkedIn. Understanding the source of this disconnect can help you have your open office cake and eat it too, unlocking the benefits of open plan offices while avoiding the pitfalls. They key is understanding your staff and the work they do, and designing custom solutions that fit your unique organization. Collaboration Open offices are common among high-performing workplaces the work people do is changing. Many employees are shifting from focused, individual task-based work to more collaborative project-based work, and this work requires communication and sharing ideas. Open floor plans create an engaging atmosphere where employees are colliding and talking with each other outside of planned meetings, and even outside of their departments. The result is a mixing and sharing of ideas, and efficient delivery of collaborative projects. When you’re working together, conversations and interruptions aren’t a distraction but rather a part of getting work done. This is great, but what about when you need to put your head down and focus? This is where the disconnect arises. Distraction Most news articles and online comments cite distraction as the main obstacle to getting work done in an open office, and there is some data backing this up. Researchers at the University of California found that it takes about 23 minutes on average to get your focus back after being distracted, while interruptions come about every 11 minutes. At that rate it’s hard to get ahead! But if your team retreats into private spaces, you lose the benefits of collision and engagement that come with openness. So how can you benefit from the strength of both types of workplaces while minimizing their weaknesses? The Best of Both Worlds The key is to look at your workplace as more than just a place to hold employees, but instead to design your workspace strategically around the activities that your employees will engage in. For example, many of your employees may be more productive in an open, collaborative space, but some portion of their responsibility requires focused work away from a distracting environment. You could provide them with workstation in an open plan office while also making private working areas available when needed. The key is to look beyond one-size-fits-all solutions and find one that helps your staff feel comfortable, confident, and productive. Surveying your staff to understand their day-to-day work on an individual and overall level, as well as what is and isn’t working in their current workplace, is a great starting point. last_img read more

Bertha Downgraded to Tropical Depression, as Rain Continues in South Florida

first_imgGusty winds may also produce rough marine conditions and life-threatening surf and rip currents along the coasts of eastern Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas through the remainder of Wednesday, according to the hurricane center.On Tuesday, record-setting rainfall caused a flood warning for central Broward County through northern Miami-Dade from 9 p.m. to midnight.West Palm Beach recorded 6.73 inches of rain Tuesday, while Fort Lauderdale picked up 4.86 inches. Bertha, the second named storm of 2020, has been downgraded to a tropical depression.The system formed off the coast of South Carolina at around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday. It made landfall as a tropical storm an hour later, just east of Charleston, with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph and moving north at 15 mph.It weakened quickly to a tropical depression, while prompting flash flood warnings in parts of the Carolinas and Virginia, according to the National Hurricane Center’s 2 p.m. update.Meanwhile, heavy rain continues to drench our state.A flash flood warning is in effect for the east coast of South Florida until 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the National Weather Service has issued a severe weather warning until 9 p.m. Wednesday. Courtesy: National Hurricane Centerlast_img read more

Start2Pay launches betting and gaming payout service

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon DATA.BET’s Tetyana Pshevlotska: Gearing up for ICE’s largest esports tournament February 3, 2020 The GG.BET ICE Challenge 2020 – in numbers February 14, 2020 GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 Share Submit Share Specialist global payment provider Start2Pay has strengthened its product portfolio after launching a bespoke suite of payout products for betting and gaming.The new products, which will officially be launched at ICE London next week, have been designed to simplify payout processes, accelerate payment speed and extend the range of payout options available to operators.Start2Pay’s suite enables deposits and cash-outs via local card payments and bank transfers, cash terminals, electronic wallets and alternative payment methods.Commenting on its betting and gaming launch, Ross Borg, Business Development Manager at Start2Pay said: “Our vast experience across multiple payment verticals allows us to deliver the betting industry’s most comprehensive, full-service suite of payment solutions – all designed to solve the complex challenges faced by global operators.“With fully bespoke payout limits for each payment system used, as well as API-based delivery and full control over your transactional data, we’re delighted to be bringing our expertise into betting and gaming, ensuring our partners are ready to enter any new market in line with local payment infrastructure.”Offering the ability to facilitate instant one-click payments with automatic regulatory approval, the payment provider’s suite of services are specifically designed to provide partners with the toolkit to ensure seamless payments services for over 100 localised global payment systems.Fully certified by The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), Start2Pay’s bespoke payments services are already in use by casino affiliate program V.Partners, as well as GG.Bet.Endorsing Start2Pay’s services, Phin Smith, GG.Bet CEO added: “One of the greatest challenges we faced during our rapid growth over the past few years has been the payout process across multiple markets and varying tech infrastructure.“Integrating Start2Pay’s payout service into our operations has worked absolute wonders for us across our customer and partner networks – with their support and market-leading services, we’re able to channel our resources back into building our brand, safe in the knowledge they’ve got us covered in every market we operate in.”last_img read more