Cydney Donnell, director of real estate programs at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, participated in a video interview at Nareit’s REITwise: 2019 Law, Accounting & Finance Conference in San Antonio.
Donnell discussed the changes in diversity of thought among corporate boards over the years.
Sunil “Sunny” Misser, CEO of global consulting firm AccountAbility, recently joined Nareit for a video interview to discuss the trends that will shape the landscape of sustainable business in 2019.
Misser highlighted collaboration on climate action as one of the key trends to watch. “Industries are going to have multiple types of collaborative linkages and they’re going to see a big spurt toward climate action,” he said.
Other trends Misser noted include:
We currently live in a society that somewhat glorifies busyness and values productivity and work results above everything else. In this hustle to make ends meet on a daily basis, we sometimes skip important daily rituals just to save a little bit of time, get out of the house sooner or focus on other tasks we deem to be more important than our health.
Breakfast tends to be one of these things that often gets passed up. Some people avoid eating “the most important meal of the day” because they believe it helps them lose weight. Others simply do not have the time to sit down for a proper meal, so they too end up skipping it.
Whatever your reasons are, we’re here to tell you that it’s not too beneficial in the long run to pass up on the first meal of the day. Your health might suffer and you might not be able to harness the many advantages a good, appetizing breakfast can provide you with. Take a look at 6 reasons why you should always have something to eat first thing in the morning:
Boost your energy levels
There’s nothing quite as energizing as kickstarting your day with a healthy, sumptuous breakfast. In order to “break the fast” you should definitely opt for a well-balanced and nutritious meal that can provide you with the energy you need to get moving. People who take advantage of a nice breakfast early in the morning are generally more active throughout the day than those who skip it. Furthermore, they are usually also more willing to do physical activities than their breakfast-skipping counterparts are.
Helps maintain a healthy diet
By starting off on the right foot and eating a hearty meal first thing in the morning, you encourage yourself to have a healthy diet. Once you enjoy a good breakfast, it will definitely help keep your cravings under control. A good breakfast also balances out the rest of your day and reduces the dangers of overeating later on.
Keeps your weight regulated
If you decide to skip breakfast in the hope of losing weight, you might be surprised to find that not eating first thing in the morning only increases your chance of unhealthy snacking and opting for larger meals later in the day. Breakfast-eaters have been proven to be much more active and energized, which means that they burn more calories. After all, you can’t really lift weights at the gym or go for a morning run when you’re feeling tired and you’re low on energy.
It’s an important source of vitamins and nutrients
A good breakfast can be an important source for your daily vitamin and nutrient intake. But you might want to consider skipping the chocolate cereal with sugar sprinkles on top of it! Instead, opt for a much healthier breakfast. Enjoy the vegetables you bought at your local farmer’s market, add some protein to it (meat, eggs or cheeses), throw some “good” fats into the mix and reap the health benefits throughout the entire day.
Can help you be more productive and focused
To further advocate for a healthy breakfast, keep in mind that it can actually help you be more creative, productive and even more focused in your work. Yet again, this depends on what you eat and how much of it. Some experts proclaim that in order to harness the maximum brain power of your morning breakfast, you should limit your calorie intake to between 350 and 500 calories. You should also eat within an hour or two after waking up, instead of delving into something immediately once you’re on your feet.
Skipping breakfast can have negative health effects
You might not even be aware of the wide range of negative health effects passing up on breakfast can have in reality. Despite the fact that many people skip it in order to get thinner, this unhealthy habit can actually cause obesity or can prevent you from losing weight. People who don’t have breakfast in the morning are at a higher risk of establishing diabetic issues and heart diseases. Your energy levels can also get quite low, making you feel tired, woozy and unproductive throughout the day.
Whether you’re an avid breakfast advocate or someone who’s always skipped the most important meal of the day, remember that in the end it’s all about how it makes you feel. Maybe you don’t need a full-blown dish to alleviate your hunger and you’re more than happy with a simple apple in the morning. Whatever you choose to do, consider the risks and the health benefits, and listen to your own body in order to establish your personal relationship with the daily breakfast.
You always thought that it would never happen to you, but it just did. Your coworking hub received its first negative online review. At first, you don’t believe that anyone could be so mean. Then you try to ignore it, but it doesn’t go away. The truth is that deleting it is not the answer either.
So how can you, the owner of the coworking space, handle the situation in the best way possible? You should know that formulating the perfect response has its own etiquette and there are many ways you can go wrong even with the simplest, shortest of answers. That’s why we’ve compiled a comprehensive list to help you manage the bad online reviews of your coworking space with the best outcome in mind.
Here are 7 steps you can take to manage the situation wisely:
Acknowledge the issue
The first thing you should do is to acknowledge the issue and recognize whether it’s a legitimate argument or just an internet troll aiming for his 2 minutes of online fame. Check if the reviewer ever really attended your coworking hub (you should have some record of this), then try your best to understand the problem from their perspective. Really delve into the reasons why anyone would say such negative things about your coworking hub, and then proceed to the next step. If the commentator seems fake, then the comment should be removed and the user should be blocked from your page.
Own up to your mistake(s)
Once you realize that the person behind the bad online review is one of your old members, do some introspection about the issue they’re raising. Maybe you’ve had some problems at the coworking hub on the day they were present. And even though it seemed like you solved the issue without causing too many problems for your clients, it’s only natural that some people might have been annoyed by it. At this stage, you should definitely take responsibility for the bump in the road and don’t pretend like it never happened, because that can cause even more of a backlash.
Once you’ve owned up to your mistakes, start your response by apologizing. Let them know that they’ve raised a legitimate concern regarding the functionality of the coworking hub and make sure they feel that they’re being heard. Formulate your answer in a way that starts with you expressing some remorse about their concerns and make sure your answer is understood by your entire audience.
Formulate an authentic response
When interacting with people who’ve left a bad review on the page of your coworking hub, don’t just copy a generic response from somewhere else and call it a day. That’s really one of the worst things you can do at this point in the online conversation. Try, instead, to really make some effort to formulate a straightforward answer that truly deals with the issue that’s being raised.
Add some personal touches to your answer
To make your response even more credible, add some personal touches and be empathic when crafting your answer. If you don’t have the time or the writing skills to formulate a proper answer, you should definitely ask your PR specialist to do it. Try to include some type of guarantee about how you’ve remedied the issue (or are in the process of doing so) and how you will do anything in your power to make sure such an unpleasant thing never happens again. Finally, sign it with your name and state your position within the company as well, because it makes the readers know that somebody with responsibility at the shared office space is actually aware of the negative comments and is tackling the issue personally.
Reach out privately as well
If you really want to go out of your way to make sure your reviewer is not left with a bitter taste in their mouth, reach out privately to them as well. Offer them some sort of discount for the next time they decide to come to your coworking hub and reiterate your apology. End on a friendly note, stating that you hope they feel satisfied with the outcome of their actions and let them know they’re still welcome at your shared office space.
Use it as a learning experience
Lastly, but most importantly, look back at this occurrence in a fond way and consider it a major learning experience. Don’t ever take bad online reviews personally, but pick up the subtle hints when something is not working perfectly and do your best to remedy the situation. Remember that flustered, abrupt and angry responses never help anybody, so take time in crafting your answers whenever you receive negative feedback and go through the steps we presented above for a wholesome reply.