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How To Strike the Perfect Balance Between Work and Life

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

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 Sometimes it feels like technology has extended the 9-5 workday to a 24-hour workday. With a smartphone, you have the office in your pocket at all times. Because of this, it can be very tempting to answer emails at midnight or phone calls on the weekend, but these habits will drain you very quickly. The Corporate Executive Board found that employees that maintained a healthy work-life balance were 21% more productive than those who didn’t. While it may feel like you must be on-call 24/7 because everyone else is doing it, letting work take over your life can actually hurt your performance in the long run.

Establish Boundaries Early On
Nobody is going to be able to maintain your work-life balance but you. This is the most important thing to realize and accept when you set off to strike a healthy balance between your work and your personal life. Once you understand that, you will be able to establish boundaries that work for you. Talk to your boss or manager and set expectations with them early on. This should be done as soon as possible because once you start staying at the office late into the night or answering emails on the weekend, people will come to expect that from you. Setting these boundaries will help manage expectations and allow you to avoid uncomfortable conversations later on.

Take a Break When Needed
Everyone needs a break at one point or another. It’s easy to fall into the mindset that your work is too important to take a break from, but no job is more important than your own well-being. Whether it’s leaving your desk to take a short walk or planning a relaxing vacation, a break from your work can be exactly what you need to improve your performance. Employers understand that their workers are not machines and sometimes need to rest. In fact, 91% of senior business leaders believe workers return from vacations ready to work more efficiently. If you feel yourself burning out, talk to your boss about stepping away for a bit.

Make Deliberate Choices
Unfortunately, work-life balance won’t just happen. You need to make it happen, and that can be done by being deliberate in everything you do. Nobody chooses to let their work take over their life; it is usually the result of letting things slowly slide until it has become unmanageable. This can be avoided by making conscious choices and talking to the important people in your life to see what is or isn’t working. This may not be easy; it is something that you must be constantly monitoring. Come up with a plan of what is important to you, what you want to accomplish, and how you will do it. By making sure every choice you makes aligns with this plan, you will be able to strike a healthy work-life balance.

Without a doubt, it is important to work hard and be successful in your professional life. But it is also important to prioritize your personal life sometimes, and that is equally important to your happiness. A healthy work-life balance is also imperative to your professional success because you’ll find yourself overwhelmed and burned out if you focus on work 24/7. Ultimately, you’ll benefit much more by establishing a good balance.

4 Red Flags When Choosing a Place To Stay

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

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Searching for a new corporate housing partner can be an intimidating process. There are so many options, and you don’t want to choose the wrong one. When it comes time to decide who you’ll trust to handle your corporate housing, here are four red flags you’ll want to watch out for.

Difficult or Unresponsive Staff
A staff that is difficult to communicate with during the search or booking process is probably one of the most obvious red flags. If they can’t be bothered to respond to your emails or phone calls at the beginning of the process, there is very little hope that they would be responsive if an issue arose during your employee’s stay. A corporate housing company should be a partner to you and work to make your job easier, not more difficult. If you start having trouble interacting with a company representative immediately, you should probably find a new corporate housing partner. You should always expect outstanding communication, but especially at the onset; this is when a company should be trying to impress you and convince you to work with them. If someone isn’t actively trying to win your business, then why would you award it to them?

Significantly Less Expensive Than Comparable Apartments
At first, this may seem counterintuitive; who can pass up a great deal? But as the saying goes, ‘If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.’ Look beyond the attractively low price tag and consider why someone would be offering an apartment at a price much lower than comparable apartments in the area. More likely than not, there is a problem that the landlord or company is not telling you about, and they may be trying to offload the unit as quickly as possible.

Lack Of Ability To Accommodate You
If your corporate housing partner is unable to provide housing in the places that you need, you should find a company that can. You want to find someone that can grow with your company; this means a company that can provide housing options in cities across the country, not just in your area.

Unwilling or Unable to Provide References
One of the biggest indicators of how a company will perform is how they have done in the past. Before deciding on a corporate housing partner, you’ll want to read reviews or testimonials from companies that have worked with them in the past. Many companies have a section on their website dedicated to testimonials; if these are not readily available on their website, you should ask a representative. If they cannot give you any reviews, references, or documents of recommendation, this is cause for concern and you should ask yourself why they do not have any happy customers willing to share their experience.

By avoiding companies with any of these red flags, you can feel confident that your corporate housing partner will make your job easier while also ensuring your employees have a satisfactory stay.

Top 3 Dishes that Offer the Best of Traditional San Diego Food!

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Favorite San Diego Food : Fish Tacos

San Diego is a multicultural, ethnically diverse metropolis, which means that the food is as unique as the people who make it. This sunny city by the sea offers a delicious sampling of everything, but there are a few signature dishes that embody “San Diego food.” Here are the three best San Diego signature dishes and where to find them:

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Hotel vs. Temporary Housing: What You Should Know Before You Choose Your Home Away from Home

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Temporary Housing apartment package complete living room, fully-stocked kitchen, and modern dining room.

Looking for a place to stay means evaluating your needs and preferences. It can also mean sacrificing comfort and convenience, for the sake of having a reasonable place to stay that meets your needs at a specific time. You’ve worked to make sure your home is perfectly suited for you in style, layout, furnishings, comfort, and more. That’s why there’s no place like home.

Having to find a place to stay for business, relocation, or vacation purposes that meets your immediate needs doesn’t mean having to forego comfort and convenience. It is possible to get the convenience of a hotel stay with the comfort and independence of your home.

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Best in Brew: The 5 Top Coffee Houses in Seattle

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Crowded Coffee House

You’ve tasted the coffee of Seattle-born Starbucks, which can now be found on practically every street corner in the U.S. But next time you’re in Seattle, a bona fide coffee-lover’s paradise, try a taste of lesser-known caffeinated splendor — you won’t regret it. And we’ll make it easy for you; here’s a list of the best coffee houses in Seattle:

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The Seven Best Restaurants in Portland

Monday, December 7th, 2015

Pok Pok Wings | The Seven Best Restaurants in Portland | PC Housing

As the birthplace of what are known as “Hipsters” (move over Williamsburg), Portland has a hip restaurant scene to match its population. From carefully curated tasting menus to classic steakhouses to street food that will blow you away, Portland is full of fantastic restaurants to explore on your next business trip or vacation. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we do. In no particular order, here are the 7 best restaurants in Portland you should try next time you are in Stumptown.

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How to Eat Healthy on a Trip

Monday, February 16th, 2015

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As the holidays and Super Bowl Sunday have taught us all time and time again, eating healthy is hard. It’s especially difficult when you’re on the road. Working and vacationing in a different city makes it even harder to make healthy choices. You’re probably craving fries and a shake instead of the salad bar. And that McDonald’s drive-thru is calling your name at night. But let’s not give up our idea of ditching healthy eating just yet. With a few small changes and meal planning, you can enjoy lighter fare and learn how to eat healthy on a trip.

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Public Art in Portland, Oregon

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Portland Oregon

Portland, Oregon, is known for many things. Famed Voodoo Doughnuts calls this city home. As does Stumptown Coffee, Woodblock Chocolate and many fine craft beer breweries. But aside from the food and drink scene, stunning scenery and vibrant downtown, Portland is also home to some top-notch public art. You’ve just got to know where to find it. The artistic city has so much art that iPhone users can even use this handy app to find it throughout the city. Public Art PDX pinpoints your location and then shows where the nearest art is. Don’t own an iPhone? No problem. The local Regional Arts & Culture Council even has the handy map where you can track it down. Read on to discover more public art highlights of Portland. (more…)

Take a First Hand Tour of a First Class Lounge Down Under

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Darren Booth (@FrequentlyFlyin) offers travelers a first-hand tour of Virgin Australia’s Domestic Lounge at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in his latest post over at Frequently Flying. Swanky, modern and showcasing one of the most unattractive hot dogs we’ve ever seen, Booth walks you through the full experience from start to finish. Good on ya’ mate!

Credit: Frequently Flying

2012 Corporate Relocation Survey Provides a Picture of Responsible But Hopeful Budgeting

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Atlas Van Lines has held the title of longest running survey regarding corporate relocation in the industry for, well, as long as they’ve been in the industry and putting out this survey. They have recently released their 2012 edition, and the results are a mixed bag of inspiring and sobering. Despite all talk (truthful and hopeful) that the economy is on its way back up and overall spending will increase, the reports from the survey indicate that both sides are technically correct.

In general, most firms reported that overall spending and budgets related to relocation increase and  faith in the future of the housing market has grown as well.

Not Great, But Not Bad Either

“most firms, regardless of size, expect their overall financial performances to improve.While nearly half of all firms expect the U.S. economy to improve, mid-size firms are the most optimistic – over half (53%) expect the U.S. economy to improve, far more than respondents at small and large firms (40% and 37%). Expectations for the U.S. real estate market are similar across firms of all sizes: more than half expect stability compared to 2011, and about a third or more expect improvement”

Despite this positive outlook, however, most firms are reporting cautionary strategies when it comes to investing in moving employee’s around the country. Due primarily to wariness about the future, American companies have taken on “smarter spending” strategy that has seen a decrease in relocating spending across all levels of employment (new hires, middle management, senior management). Basically, people are moving, but not as many and not as lavishly as in pre-downturn years.

Mid-Upper Level Management Has Seen Increases In Budgeting For Relocation

“The continued decrease is being driven by far fewer mid-size and large firms decreasing relocations among entry level/new hires (15% vs. 28%, 21% vs. 40%) and fewer firms of every size decreasing middle management relocations compared to 2010 (20% vs. 28%, 18% vs. 26%, 12% vs. 35%), with the biggest drop occurring at large firms.”

While the report delves much deeper into other external and internal factors that play a role in corporate budgeting in the future, we here at PC Housing are equal parts excited and optimistic about a positive upswing in the corporate housing industry. Providing furnished apartments to business travelers and casual travelers alike is a pleasure for us and while wild and lavish spending budgets aren’t exactly in the cards, we’re happy to report that America is slowly getting back on track.