10 Tips for How to Get Back to Work After the Holidays

By | Office Best Practices

2018 is here, and the time to get back to work is nigh. Often, we take time to reflect on the previous year and figure out what we want to do to make the new year greater than before. Even more often, we’re returning from vacation wishing, honestly, that it would never end! But, we at Saraval Industries think that what is key to making your 2018 a great one is creating a new perspective for yourself. Here are ten suggestions for how you can make 2018 a year of making yourself anew, from jazzing up the office space to…

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Standing Desks: What are the Benefits and Does this Craze Have Legs?

By | Office Best Practices, Office Space Design

You’ve heard it before. Standing desks are quickly becoming an integral part of the office. Modern offices are sometimes only using standing desks, while traditional offices are quickly catching on to the craze. But, it’s more than a craze. Doctors around the country are increasingly recommending using standing desks because their health benefits help combat the new-age notion that “sitting is the new smoking.” While it’s important to factor in your own circumstance while considering a lifestyle change, the word is in that standing desks could have major health benefits, both wide-ranging and long-lasting. The ergonomic benefits and long-lasting health…

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Cryptocurrency’s Effect on Investing Trends

By | Trading

Investors were skeptical when cryptocurrency first appeared on the market, as an open-source software in 2009. Many are still skeptical. However, the impact of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin can’t be overlooked. The original cryptocurrency and perhaps biggest success story, Bitcoin has seen a meteoric rise in value over the last few years — and anyone who invested early and held onto their Bitcoins is surely pleased with their decision today. But are Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies smart investment moves, or is this a bubble that’s about to burst? It depends who you ask. What is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is a form…

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Comparing Careers in Investment Banking vs Corporate Finance

By | Trading

Understanding Differences in Job Responsibilities, Hours and More Investment banking and corporate finance both present attractive career options — they can both be lucrative, challenging and exciting jobs that present plenty of opportunities for growth. Finance students will find either option very promising, as success is all but guaranteed as long as you’re willing to work hard. The background and skills required are similar, and oftentimes professionals in finance will move from one field to the other at some point in their careers. Differences in job responsibilities One big difference between corporate finance and investment banking is that the corporate…

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What You Need to Know About Buying Used Office Furniture

By | Office Space Design

Need to refresh your office — or are you in the process of putting together a new office space for your startup? Either way, office furniture is a major investment that requires careful planning and budgeting. One excellent way to save money on your office decorating is by buying used office furniture. Read on for more information about the benefits of buying second hand, as well as what you need to know in order to get the best results. Why buy used office furniture? The bottom line is… your bottom line. Buying used office furniture saves you money. Office furnishings…

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How to Brand Your Office Space

By | Office Space Design

In business these days, brand is everything. Companies will pass up no opportunity to express their brand through advertising, copywriting, co-branded blogs, guerilla marketing events and more. The more solidified and consistent your brand expression is, the more your customers will think of your company. Yet many companies neglect the opportunity to express their branding in their own headquarters, even as they’re pulling out all the stops on all other channels. In this article, we’ll make the case for why it’s important not to neglect branding in your office space, and offer a few tips on creative ways to brand…

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Career Paths in Investment Banking

By | Trading

After wrapping up an undergraduate degree, most students are eager to get out into the real working world and start making money and putting their hard-earned skills to use. But that entry level position is just the beginning of a long career likely full of twists and turns. As with many career fields, the investment banking career ladder is long — and how many rungs you climb depends on your talent, your ambition, and a dose of luck. The grunt work Financial analysts are largely considered the grunt workers of the banking world. Analysts spend a great deal of time…

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Redecorating Your Office or Control Room on a Tight Budget

By | Control Room Design, Office Space Design, Trading

Has your office design gone stale? If the majority of your furniture hasn’t been replaced in years (or decades) and the aesthetics haven’t changed since day one, it’s likely that your work space is in need of a refresh. Though it can be hard to view this as a priority when there’s always plenty of other ways to spend the money in the budget, employers need to recognize the benefits of having an aesthetically pleasing office workspace — and then study up on these tips to revamp your workspace design on a budget. New office furniture doesn’t have to break…

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Making Open Office Plans Work

By | Office Space Design

Overcoming Challenges of Open Office Plans Much has been made of the open office layout trend: both for it and against it. Though the science has always been out on the definitive benefits of the open office design, its popularity has never faltered: an estimated 70 percent of office spaces had adopted the popular cubicle-free floor plan by 2014. The plan is far from perfect, but since it shows no signs of going away, it’s time to focus on ways that it can be improved upon. Where did the open office layout come from? The concept of an open office space…

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How to Design a Dog Friendly Office — And Why

By | Office Best Practices, Office Space Design

Having pets at work is becoming all the rage. Though the policy is generally associated with hip startups or animal-centric businesses, the workplace perk of allowing pets is beginning to spread into the mainstream. Welcoming four-legged office mates undoubtedly brings unique challenges into the work environment, but evidence suggests it may be worth the hurdles. Benefits of a Dog Friendly Office People love their dogs — according to a recent survey, over 54 million American households have a dog, and 65 percent of those regard their pet as a member of the family. People are happier when they can be…

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