As event planners, you will rarely catch us in the office sitting at our desks.
We are constantly on the go, running from one meeting to the next, site visits, client meetings and setting up for events.
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Do we even need a traditional office these days?
We sometimes find that we work from wherever we can.
All most event planners really need is a cell phone, laptop and internet connection.
Every day is different.
We work on the go, in between meetings, from a venue whilst setting up for an event, coffee shops and the like.
This job also enables us to work remotely without the usual everyday office distractions.
There are a number of alternative workplaces to mention.
Satellite offices are a good example.
They break up large offices into a grid of smaller workplaces.
Telecommuting is also a form of an alternative workplace.
The alternative workplace also gives companies an edge when it comes to keeping talented and valued employees – they find the flexibility to work from home especially attractive.
This in turn creates a great work-life balance which so many of us are longing for these days.
If you have children, working from home gives you more flexibility with child care and in some ways more time to spend with your family as you don’t have to commute to and from work every day.
Not to mention, you have unrestricted access to a fully stocked fridge at home.
It is important to have a designated home office space, preferably a room where you can work in isolation, away from distractions.
The space needs to promote productivity in a non-traditional work setting.
Employees with flexible work options are often more determined and enjoy their job responsibilities more than those in a traditional office environment.
Increased morale often has a positive impact on quality of work and productivity to plan those multi-sensory events.
Working from home might sound ideal, but there is also a downside to this.
The lines are often blurred between home and office, meaning that one never feels off the clock, even after hours.
Many people also suffer from feelings of isolation and being out of the loop – especially for people who are used to spending most of their career in a highly collaborative office area and suddenly have no one to talk to…
Here are a few helpful tips for working remotely.
But there are ways around it.
Try and schedule weekly team meetings via Skype, Zoom or even conference call – remembering that colleagues are just a phone call away.
And if that means that you have to wear fuzzy bunny slippers whilst doing it, then so be it.
In the end, all that matters is that the work gets done.
Did you know that we actually have two, fully staffed office locations in South Africa?
The Aleit Group – Johannesburg
10th Floor, Fredman Towers
13 Fredman Drive
The Aleit Group – Cape Town
Lourensford Wine Estate