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Liven Up Your Next Video Call with These Fun Games

Now more than ever, it’s so important to maintain positive office morale. An easy and fun way to keep spirits up among your employees during these uncertain times is to implement quick and easy games during your next meeting, whether it’s a NetLines video call or in-person at the office. Here are just a few of our favorite games that are sure to liven up any morning meeting and encourage employees stay connected to each other, beyond the context of work.

  • Mystery Drawing

One person will have a simple drawing in front of them, and the remaining employees will have a paper and pen at the ready. The leader will then describe step by step how to draw the image in front of them, without ever saying what it is or giving hints about the drawing. Once everyone has completed their drawing, they can share what they created – which might be vastly different than the original drawing.

  • Guess Who

Each person shares a fun fact about themselves with one “fact keeper,” and that person will share the facts one by one aloud, while the office tries to guess who each fact is about.

  • Show and Tell

If employees are working from home, take this opportunity to learn more about them personally and offer a chance for them to share something that’s special to them at home – whether that’s a pet, a painting, or even a full house tour.

  • Two Truths and a Lie

Each person in the office share two truths and one lie about themselves, and the remaining office members can guess which statement was actually a lie. This is a great way to quickly learn a lot about everyone in the office!

  • Most Likely To

Form a list of different scenarios and have employees write down who they think is most likely to do that thing. For example, “who’s most likely to schmooze a new client over a game of golf?” Give everyone a minute to write down their answers, then compare and see who got the most votes!

Let us know if you try out any of these games during your next office meeting by posting on social media and tagging @NetLinesApp!

Categories: Remote Working

Small business owners: The time is now to move to a cloud-based phone system

If you’re a small business owner, you’ve likely had to pivot a lot of aspects of how your business operates in the wake of COVID-19 – whether that’s shifting to a fully remote office or adopting new systems to help run your business more efficiently. For a lot of business owners, that means switching their phone system so their staff can still communicate efficiently when they aren’t physically in the office. If you have yet to adopt a business phone app to help streamline communication across your company, here are the three things you need to know to make the switch.

  • Traditional business phones are a thing of the past

It’s time to leave the traditional business phone in the past – we’re in the 21st century now, and it’s time for businesses to catch up. With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the U.S., there has never been a more important time for businesses to make the switch to a cloud-based phone in order to set up their employees for success.

  • It’s easy to make the switch

Some business owners may be hesitant to make the switch because they’re comfortable with the traditional means of business communication. But given the current state of the world and the way technology is heading, it’s essential to adapt to the ever-evolving modern day workplace so your business doesn’t fall behind.

Luckily, switching from traditional business landlines to the NetLines business phone app is simple. All you need to do is download the NetLines app to get started – and you can even port an existing number over so there’s no hassle with changing your business line.

  • Cloud-based is here to stay

You don’t have to take it from us that making the switch to a cloud-based business phone is the smart decision for your business – there are countless customer testimonials that speak to the ease and efficiency of NetLines. Even if your business is planning to head back into the office, NetLines is the right move for every business because it offers the ability for staff members to easily work from anywhere without worrying about forwarding their business line to their phone.

Flexibility is an extremely important quality that many workers expect out of their employers, and it’s up to businesses to provide their employees with the right tools to be able to work outside of the office. NetLines is one of those essential tools, and it’s easy for any small business to adopt, so choosing to make the switch is a no-brainer – plus it’ll save you a lot of money in the long run.

So if you haven’t made the switch yet, what are you waiting for? Click here to get started.

Categories: Remote Working, Small Business

Best Practices for Transitioning Your Business Back to the Office

As stay-at-home orders begin to lift across the country, businesses are starting to allow employees to come back into the office – but before jumping into it, there are a few things that should be considered. After working at home or remotely for the past couple of months, it will be a bit of a transition for employees to adjust back to office life, and business owners should understand and acknowledge that during this transition period.

Give more flexibility than usual

Every employee is going to be different in terms of their mental state from the stress of the pandemic and their comfort level with getting back into the office. That’s why it’s important to give some flexibility for the first few weeks for how often employees come into the office versus working from home. For some it might be more difficult to make that switch again, so employees should be encouraged to take things at their own pace while adjusting back to normal life again.

Business owners can make this transition as easy as possible for their employees with the right technology. Businesses that use NetLines for their phone system can easily switch between working from home and remotely with no hassle because all calls and communication are happening on one easy to use app, regardless of location. It’s essential for businesses to streamline communication as much as possible in order to run smoothly and efficiently – especially during these times.

Encourage PTO and mental health breaks

This period has been mentally, emotionally, and in some cases physically draining for all of us. That’s why it’s important to encourage your employees to schedule some time off of work in order to refresh and rejuvenate their mind and body so they can get back to normal office life on the right foot.

It’s also important to encourage employees to take small breaks throughout the day to stretch their legs and take a walk around the block or rest their eyes from the screen and eat lunch outside. While working from home these past couple of months, some employees might have developed bad habits of working all day with little to no breaks, so it’s important to remind them just how effective little breaks throughout the day can be for their productivity and mental health.

Reinvigorate office culture

During the stay at home order, your office might have lost a bit of what makes its culture unique. With employees coming back into the office, it’s important to reintroduce the activities or practices that make your office culture great. Whether its group lunches, happy hours or office games, begin implementing those activities back into the office routine again to help employees feel comfortable with the transition and excited to get back to the pre-coronavirus routine.

Categories: Productivity, Remote Working, Small Business

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