I finally have my new website up and running!! Decided to give Weebly a try and I have to say their templates were so easy to use. I love the new design and they have a great database of stock photos to select from. A few of them I was able to snag for free, and I paid for a few.
Now that my new site is up and running, I will be working on my editorial calendar for blog postings. I have a lot of great ideas for blog postings and can't wait to share my experience and research with you!
Julie, Office Maven
Office Maven is up and running and ready to provide administrative business consulting and support to your business or organization!
Look for a brand new website and blog postings coming in July 2015!! Lots of great content rolling out in the coming months.
Contact me for more information on how I can free up your valuable time, julie [at] office-maven.com.
Abby was able to participate in the Thursday evening TechCrawl event that sounds like an urban triathlon of driving, walking, and crowd surfing Portland’s tech community. We met up the following morning at OMSI for continental breakfast and chatted about our shared excitement of technology and planned out a strategy for her to partake in the talent fair that was taking place in conjunction with the two-days of presentations.
All of the first morning’s presenters were outstanding! Mara Zepeda, Co-Founder and CEO of Switchboard, Kara Swisher, Co-CEO of Revere Digital, who is also Co-Executive Editor at RE/CODE and Co-Executive Producer for The Code Conference, Scott Bedbury, CEO of Brandstream, and Alan Wizemann, VP of Product at Target. I was pleasantly surprised by Oregon Senator Ron Wyden’s talk on privacy in the digital age. He truly appears to be an advocate for protecting citizen’s rights when it comes to technology and is doing his part to make sure laws are revised or new laws are passed to protect our personal information.
Lunch was hosted by TechFestNW in an outdoor tent catered by OMSI. The afternoon sessions were even better with Steve Emerson, Co-vfx Supervisor, Georgina Hayns, Supervisor, Puppet Fabrication, and Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype all from LAIKA who gave us some great insights into the creation and a sneak peak of their new movie coming out, The Boxtrolls.
Friday’s kick-off party was held at Theory, which is OMSI’s restaurant and one of their event spaces that has recently been renovated, was one of the better cocktail receptions I had been to in some time. Very impressive from the food to the staff to the beverage selection.
After a relaxing stop in the Pearl district for another quick snack and drinks, we headed over to Pure Space for the official after party that started at 9pm. Unfortunately, the VIP seating area was being reserved for these two very important bags of balls, that were later hurled into the crowd. See if you can pick up on who was sponsoring the event.
Bright and early on Saturday morning, the conference picked up at 9am with Stumptown Coffee and a very nice breakfast spread from Kind Snacks, who also sponsored the delicious snack breaks. Again, another fantastic line up of presenters: Sce Pike, Managing Partner of Citizen, Justin Ferrell, Fellowships Director for d.school at Stanford, Nat Parker, Co-Founder of GlobeSherpa, Tad McGeer, Founder and President of Aerovel Corporation, Steve Adler, Director of Mobile Technology with the NFL, Sam Hulick, Founder of User OnBoarding, and Brenden Mulligan, Co-Founder and Designer at Cluster.
The stand out for me was Mike Dubin, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of Dollar Shave Club who shared his start up story and the creative marketing techniques he has used to launch his very successful internet venture. Also, if you every get a chance to meet this incredible women, Director of User Experience Research at Intel, Genevieve Bell’s presentation on The Prehistory of Robots and Why it Still Matters was incredible and proved that you don’t have to have a background in tech to be relevant and make a difference in the future of technology.
Loved the take away bag of goodies that include a t-shirt emblazoned with this year’s TechFestNW logo which I have to say was outstanding. It worked well in print, on the website, and on signage throughout the event. Abby did make it to the talent fair a couple of times and made some really great connections. We both commented that the presentations were not necessarily technical in nature, but were very visionary in the technology and internet worlds, which are increasing become one in the same.
I can’t tell you how many times I have been approached during the summer months about how hot the office is getting. Sometimes it’s difficult to keep a straight face when a co-worker is telling me this while they are wearing a sweatshirt and it’s 90 degrees outside. But I have to keep my cool, sort of speak, and approach the issue in a straightforward and educational fashion. You really can’t come out and tell people you work with how they should dress because it’s somewhat inappropriate and you never know what issues lie behind their wardrobe selection (financial, emotion, etc.). I think office workers everywhere, during the seasons of extreme temperature changes, should wear layers in order to combat the changes in indoor temperatures. On Monday morning if the building doesn’t run the air conditioning during the weekend, it might take a few hours for the office space to cool down. Then when it cools down, some might be comfortable, some might be too cold. That’s why wearing layers is subtle, and somewhat safe advice to give employees. You will never make everyone happy, you just need to find a formula that works in your situation so people will stop constantly complaining about it.
If there truly is something wrong with the cooling system, make sure to call in a repair technician. It is also a good idea to work with facilities or property owners to have yearly maintenance performed on both the cooling and heating systems. I find that most wait until its too late and major repairs need to be done… a belt broke on a 95 degree day, the a/c unit starts leaking and its coming down through the ceiling, a heating unit catches on fire and the building needs to be evacuate. I imagine most if not all of these scenarios could be avoided with regular inspections and maintenance.
Another tip along the lines of maintenance is making sure all of ducts are free of debris, vents are open (some people close them during the winter and forget to open them in summer month, then can’t figure out why they are so hot), and that you know which offices are connected to what temperature gauges. This will help you pin point problems when they arise.
The most important tip I can share with you is make sure that everyone keeps their windows closed and blinds drawn if the weather is 82 degrees or higher. The extra heat coming in through the windows not only heat up rooms, but makes the cooling system work overtime in order to keep the rest of the areas at a comfortable temperature. I do get complaints about this request, but I just ask, “would you rather have your normal view out the window today, or work in an office with a comfortable temperature?” Please note, you will have to patrol people because they will forget and the next day, you will find their window wide open while Sandy in accounting is complaining on the other side of the floor because they are not getting enough cool air. Remember to keep your cool and stay on window and blind patrol!