Archive for June, 2014

Things You Say in Work Emails….And What They Really Mean!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Email mistakeIn the corporate housing business, we send thousands of emails a day. Last week, one of our team members came across a post on her Facebook feed that provided new insight about business emails and how to decipher the true meaning behind what gets typed back and forth. We loved it so much that we wanted to share it!

Here are 13 things you say in work emails, and what they really mean:

1. “I’m wondering if I could pick your brain about something…” Translation: “Help me please!! I am dying over here!”

2. “Looking forward to your thoughts!” Translation: “Respond to me ASAP, I’m under a deadline!”

3. “Just wanted to follow up..” Translation: “Why the heck haven’t you responded yet?!”

4. “Let’s circle back on this.” Translation: “I can’t deal with you right now.”

5. “Great! (with 1 exclamation point). Translation: “Sure, whatever.”

6. “Great!! (with 2 exclamation points). Translation: “I agree, and I want you to like me.”

7. “Great!!!!!! (with 3+ exclamation points). Translation: Either I am desperately wanting you to like me, or I have just had my fourth cup of coffee.”

8. “Great.” (with no exclamation points). Translation: “I hate you.”

9. “Best” Translation: “We don’t know each other and probably never will.”

10. The one-initial sign-off, “-M” Translation: “I am the coolest person you know.”

11. “Regards” Translation: “I am over 40.”

12. “I know you’re busy…” Translation: “You never respond to me so I’m going to make you feel bad about it.”

13. “I’ll let you know if anything comes up.” Translation: “I already forgot what you were asking me.”

You can find the complete (unedited) list at http://thoughtcatalog.com/jordan-lee/2014/05/21-things-you-say-in-work-emails-and-what-they-really-mean/

Corporate Housing Rate Increase Offsets Slight Declines

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Supply and DemandThe Corporate Housing Providers Association (CHPA) released the annual 2014 Corporate Housing Industry Report, highlighting the industry’s key performance indicators for North America, along with market-specific information in fifty US metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and five Canadian markets. Overall, the corporate housing industry remains steady despite a challenging business climate. Despite an increase in units owned by corporate housing providers, the supply of US corporate housing units declined in 2013 compared to 2012.

“Corporate housing providers again had difficulty finding inventory in 2013,” remarks CHPA Chairman Pam Wade, CCHP, of Gables Corporate Accommodations. “For the second successive year, residential apartment demand growth exceeded the change in supply, lowering vacancy and making it difficult for corporate housing providers to get units with acceptable rental terms.”

The US corporate housing occupancy fell slightly in 2013 as average rate increased in line with rate gains for the overall hotel industry. Overall, rate growth almost offset the declines in unit numbers and occupancy. US corporate housing room revenues were $2.48 billion in 2013, less than a 0.5% decrease from 2012.

“This is a critical report for corporate housing providers and related industries. It allows companies to make informed decisions based on real data and be more successful,” says CHPA CEO, Mary Ann Passi, CAE. “The data provides a concise reference document for boards, investors, banking officials and others to validate the industry.”

For the third successive year, relocation was the largest reason for using corporate housing in the US and the second highest reason in Canada. Technology and professional services are the largest generators of corporate housing demand by industry. The biggest difference between demand generators in 2013 and 2012 was the decrease in government/military usage which has been significantly impacted by travel cutbacks.

Overall, the corporate housing industry remains stable. Highlights include:

US corporate housing revenues were $2.48 billion in 2013, down slightly from 2012’s $2.49 billion.

Per survey respondents, US corporate housing inventory is estimated at over 56,000 rental units, with the Canadian market at approximately 7,600 rental units.

Occupancy in the United States was down slightly to 88.1%, while Canadian providers saw occupancy decline to 81.7%.

Relocation continues to be the main reason for client stays in the United States, with project/training the major reason Canadian clients stay in units. Relocation is a close second in Canada.

Average Daily Rate increased approximately $5 in the US and decreased almost $8 in Canada.

Posted on May 14, 2014 to www.chpaonline.org by Amanda Cook

PCH Team Members Earn 100 Continuing Education Credits in 2014

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Education OpportunityPreferred Corporate Housing was one of only three temporary housing providers who exhibited its national furnished lodging services at last month’s Worldwide Employee Relocation Council – National Relocation Conference, and in addition to exhibiting, PCH team members participated in the highly regarded educational sessions presented by some of the relocation industry’s foremost experts. Education session topics included data protection best practices, talent management integration, flexible approaches to traditional relocation programs, women in leadership and an industry all-stars executive panel. At the close of this event, PCH reached its goal of earning 100 continuing education credits as a team during the 2014 fiscal year. “We set an education target last year as a way to quantify and measure our team’s engagement and investment in their personal success with PCH and their overall professional development,” said Jon Lanclos, CRP, CCHP – Founder of Preferred Corporate Housing. “We did not anticipate how quickly we would reach the goal.”

“Preferred Corporate Housing has always placed an emphasis on employee certifications/designations and the continuing education requirements needed to maintain them,” said Megan Margetusakis, CCHP – Director of Operations for PCH. “Any opportunities that allow our team members to grow professionally or to increase their knowledge-base of a particular industry ultimately improves the services we provide for our clients,” said Margetusakis.

PCH participates in education opportunities throughout various industries including project management, human resources/talent management, relocation and corporate housing. Several team members hold individual designations throughout these industries including Certified Relocation Professional (CRP) and Certified Corporate Housing Professional (CCHP). PCH’s participation and support of organizations like the Worldwide ERC provide its team members invaluable opportunities for connecting with existing clients, and most importantly, education opportunities that help expand expertise in the global mobility space. “We find tremendous value in learning from our clients, peers and fellow service providers,” said Samantha Elliott, CRP, CCHP – President of Preferred Corporate Housing. “Its not enough to just attend and sell our services at events like this. We invest the time and resources in attending each session to continuously increase our knowledge of what matters most to our clients,” said Elliott.