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Four Reasons to Incorporate Ergonomic Accessories into Your San Diego Office

March 28, 2018 by admin

It’s the little things that count, right? Over the past few years, much-publicized research has emerged alerting office workers across the world of the dangers of hunching over, staying seated for long hours and hammering away at keyboards without the right support. Another interesting trend: customization. Some of the most popular movements within office design […]

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Five Signs It’s Time to Ask for a Raise

March 21, 2018 by admin

Looking for a sign from the universe to push you into doing something nerve-wracking can be an exercise in futility. However, when it comes to deciding if you need to ask for a raise, there’s a good chance that the signs have been flashing before your eyes for at least a few weeks. We talked […]

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A Guide to Office Chairs: Understanding the Differences in COE’s Catalog

January 12, 2018 by admin

No matter your profession, you should be able to take a few seconds during the day to sit back and relax. Those few delicious moments can serve as a quick rejuvenation, or at least time enough to offer your mind some respite as your office chair welcomes you into temporary bliss. But, as we’ve discovered […]

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Four Ways You Can Upgrade Your Office Life in 2018

December 25, 2017 by admin

Even with the new year in full swing, it can be difficult to break free of the going-through-the-motions mentality that saps your creativity and keeps you cornered in a world where each day is the same as the last. The good news is that you can change that routine by taking a moment to see […]

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Four Tips to Make Sure You Don’t Ruin This Year’s Office Party

November 15, 2017 by admin

The holidays are upon us and that means the season of office parties will hit full stride. Candy corn. Candy canes. Brownies. Egg nog. Cake. Cookies. Casseroles. Crock-pot mysteries. All of it will descend on the office like the settlers who first came to America. Unfortunately, the tidings of good joy we’re supposed to bring […]

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Why a Wood Veneer Office Desk Could Be the Right Choice for Your Workplace

October 24, 2017 by admin

What comes to mind when you think of the word “veneer”? We’re guessing it’s not necessarily positive, and rightly so. Poorly constructed veneer has been the bane of offices, schools and universities across the country for decades. Which one of us doesn’t have memories of thin veneer being picked away to reveal the grainy particle […]

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How to Choose Workplace Furniture that Supports Creativity

October 17, 2017 by admin

Transforming a workplace into a productive, creative environment can be daunting. In order to do so effectively, there is a plethora of factors to consider including desired results, aesthetics and employee well-being. A particular organization’s definition of productivity and creativity depends on the particular industry at hand. Employees must be comfortable in a space to […]

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Four of the Coolest Reception Desks in the World

October 2, 2017 by admin

First impressions matter, right? That’s why some of the world’s most innovative companies also have some of the most innovative reception desks and reception areas. For many years – decades in fact – the reception desk of an office was a relatively uninspiring extension of the office itself. Design wasn’t always the key to a […]

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Four Tips for Keeping Your Office Tidy and Clean

September 28, 2017 by admin

Cleanliness may be next to godliness but it’s a lot easier said than done. Now, more than ever, office managers are concerned about how to keep their office tidy. Whether it’s because open-office floor plans have led to lax office trash patrols or tight budgets result in fewer professional cleanings, there are thousands of offices […]

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COE Leasing

September 15, 2017 by admin

This month we launched an important part of our business: leasing office furniture. Having a leasing arm at COE is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time, not only because it’s a need we hear about from our clients, but also because we know the first-hand benefits of leasing office furniture instead of […]

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Standing Desks: What Does the Science Say?

August 19, 2017 by admin

Standing desks are nothing new.   In fact, they go back hundreds of years to famous statesmen like Winston Churchill and Thomas Jefferson. They were also the preferred creativity platform of authors Ernest Hemingway and Charles Dickens.   Since the 19th century, standing desks have gone through cycles of popularity and obscurity. Why they came […]

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Standing Desks: What Are They and How Did They Start?

August 7, 2017 by admin

The standing desk – such a disruptor. Or so you think. Over the past ten years, standing desks have become more and more popular, partly because they’re so different than the cubicles most office workers are used to, but also because studies have shown that sitting for long hours during the day is literally hazardous […]

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The Healthy Mind: How Entrepreneurs and Employees Can Keep Their Brain Happy

July 30, 2017 by admin

Whether in the early stages of a start-up, or the frantic throws of a fully functioning business, the everyday stresses of serious entrepreneurship are exceedingly taxing on the nerves as well as your overall physical health. The litany of issues to be dealt with on a day-to-day basis requires a tremendous amount of brain power […]

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Nutritious for Business: Healthy Eating, Sleeping and Thinking Habits for Enriched Entrepreneurs

July 23, 2017 by admin

Amid the constant barrage of tips and tricks to get ahead in the entrepreneurial arena, no method is greater than caring for your body. So many businesses – and business owners –  fizzle out too soon, not because of a lack of ingenuity or motivation, but a lack of energy. The spark of inspiration can […]

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Why You Need to Consider Updating Your Breakroom

June 20, 2017 by admin

The breakroom is no longer an afterthought. As companies have moved toward a more employee-focused philosophy of operation, the breakroom has emerged as an opportunity for engagement and connection. It is no longer the domain of faded furniture, old coffee and yellowish fluorescent lights. Industry experts have encouraged companies to go all-out in the breakroom, […]

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What’s Hot in the Workplace in 2017?

June 6, 2017 by admin

We’re one quarter into 2017 and, if you’ve been keeping an eye on office trends, you know what’s happening. If not, don’t worry; that’s a job we enjoy taking on. Now, we know that office furniture isn’t really seen as a “beautiful” thing, but there is a certain amount of elegance to the way that […]

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The Cubicle Is a Lot More Amazing Than You Think: A Brief History

May 22, 2017 by admin

Here’s something you probably didn’t know: The cubicle is 53 years old. That’s right. The office staple we’ve come to know and love was invented in 1964 by Robert Propst, a designer for Herman Miller, the design firm whose Aeron office chair set the standard of workplace artistry, function and comfort. A sort of renaissance […]

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How Office Organization Affects Clients, Candidates and Your Employees

May 11, 2017 by admin

Part of what makes our work so important is the undisputed link between how your office is organized and how your employees perform. An essential aspect of workplace organization is privacy – employees perform at the creative peak when they feel like they have their own space. Another key here is community. A well-designed workplace […]

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How Body Language Can Change Your Career Trajectory: The Leader

April 15, 2017 by admin

In the first part of our series on body language, we talked about how our unconscious movements can influence the way we’re perceived. There are certain postures and habits that communicate weakness, laziness or disinterest. With those rogue body movements now identified, we can focus on fine tuning our nonverbal communication skills, turning them into […]

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How Body Language Can Change Your Career Trajectory: The Employee

April 8, 2017 by admin

If communication is the key to success, then body language is how you turn that key. In fact, a recent Inc. article from leadership expert Peter Economy revealed that “60 to 90 percent of our communication with others is nonverbal.” It’s easy to believe that we have complete control over the way we present ourselves […]

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White and Pink Noise: Reducing Workplace Distractions Through Science

February 22, 2017 by admin

The “typical” office layout is changing. Partitions are disappearing. Cube-heavy offices are now cubeless. Open spaces and natural light are top priorities. But this move toward a more open, collaborative space has an interesting drawback, the Harvard Business Review noted in March 2015: noise. As the walls fell in workspaces, noise made its rise. There […]

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Tips for Sticking with Your Resolutions

February 13, 2017 by admin

We’re going to tell you something you and your New Year’s resolutions probably don’t want to hear. Nine out of 10 people who set New Year’s resolutions will not achieve what they set out to do. The statistics show that 64% of us will make it past one week, and less than half of us […]

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New Year’s Resolutions: The Numbers, The Habits and Why We Often Fail

January 27, 2017 by admin

What’s your New Year’s resolution? If somebody hasn’t asked you already, they will. According to stats website Statistics Brain, 45% of us will create some sort of goal to kick off the new year. But here’s the shocking thing: Only 8% of us will succeed. In that sense, it doesn’t really matter what our New […]

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How What You Eat at Work Can Affect How You Feel

January 16, 2017 by admin

Ever wonder why you’re ready to fall asleep on your desk by the time 2 p.m. rolls around? While America’s sleep debt might have something to do with it, we often forget that what we eat dictates how we feel when we’re trying fight through the fatigue that seems to hamper us every day. If […]

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Office Gossip: Four Ways Managers Can Prevent Gossip from Destroying Relationships

December 19, 2016 by admin

You’re the new supervisor and you walk into the break room. The banter that you could hear through the door comes to a halt as employees cut their conversation short in your presence. Over the next few weeks, you start to hear whispers and complaints about hurtful rumors being circulated by a few employees with […]

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Office Gossip: What to Do If You’re Who They’re Talking About and What to Do If You Aren’t

December 3, 2016 by admin

You’ll rarely encounter a workplace where gossip isn’t happening. Our first instinct is to assume that workplace gossip happens because employees aren’t happy and a little talk here and there eases the pain of the daily grind. However, we think the issue is bigger than that. Most of us just flat-out like to talk about […]

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Age-centric Organizations May Not Make It: Why Multigenerational Teams Succeed

November 25, 2016 by admin

The saying, “newer is better,” may be appropriate for iPhones, but a new article from Entrepreneur says that a combination of newer and older generations may be the key to your company’s success. “Companies are clamoring for advice on how to attract and retain members of this tech-savvy generation,” contributor Caren Maio writes. “But it’s […]

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Making Offices Cool Again: Our Summary of Inc.com’s 10 Coolest Offices

November 5, 2016 by admin

If you’ve made the round in office buildings in your city or around the country and world, then you know that most are high on productivity and low on aesthetic and functional beauty. Recently though, Inc.com injected some hope into an otherwise grey-tone world when they released an article about some of today’s most distinctive […]

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Working Around the Globe: How the United States Compares to Other Countries

October 18, 2016 by admin

“Working hard or hardly working?” Everyone’s heard the age-old expression at some point or another, whether it be a friendly jibe from a colleague or an in-passing barb from one of your bosses. You’ve probably used the phrase yourself once or twice around the old water cooler. More often than not, the jest requires little […]

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Break Room Ideas

October 10, 2016 by admin

Imagine yourself on a job interview and you’re getting a tour of your prospective company’s facilities. The cubicles aren’t so inspiring, but they’ll do. The reception area was Spartan, yet refined. HR’s offices were, well, HRish. But then you round and a corner and the person giving you the tour of the premises says, “Aaaaand […]

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Which Look Suits You? Knowing When to Go New, Refurbished or Used

September 28, 2016 by admin

You’ve decided it’s time for a change. Your company’s identity has taken a turn for the better over the past year, your branding has transformed and you want the inside of your office to reflect the momentum that’s taking place outside its walls. We specialize in helping you decide how to make that happen. Part […]

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The Debate Rages On: Veneer or Wood?

September 15, 2016 by admin

If you’ve stopped by our website to shop for office furniture, you’ve probably noticed we offer desks in two different types of material: laminate and wood veneer. Knowing the difference between the two isn’t common knowledge; many times people use the terms interchangeably. Just knowing the difference between laminate and veneer is only part of […]

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The Basic Principles of Space Organization

August 5, 2016 by admin

Think of your office as a work of art. It’s difficult, we know; work is often so stressful that art is probably the last thing on your mind. But there are also amazing days when you feel at home as you implement new ideas and gain credibility with your coworkers and bosses. While art and […]

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History of the Mouse

July 21, 2016 by admin

Mice have come a long way. What once used to be an afterthought in the computing experience is now an experience all its own. Manufacturers like Raven specialize in creating multi-function, highly-personalized gaming mice that can control armies, teams and other crucial elements of a video game. But the mouse hasn’t always been this complex. […]

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A Trio of Keyboards Make Their Case: Chiclet, Ergonomic and Traditional

July 5, 2016 by admin

Keyboards are the kind of thing you don’t really notice until you have to switch out your old clunker for a new one. You can feel the difference almost immediately, like putting on a new shirt that hasn’t been washed. Everything feels a little too crisp and a little too tight. Once that newness wears […]

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How to Turn Your Reception Area into a Powerful First Impression

June 4, 2016 by admin

You’re well aware of the importance of first impressions. Make a good one and you can win a sale, client or new employee within a matter of minutes. Make a bad one and you’re doomed before you even get started. While we spend most of our time thinking about the way we look, our body […]

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Is Sitting for More than Six Hours a Day As Bad As They Say It Is?

May 21, 2016 by admin

If you’ve been keeping tabs on workplace trends, you’ve probably run across the slew of recent stories sounding the alarm. Why the outcry? The experts are saying that being sedentary for more than six hours a day is just as bad for your body as smoking. Now, before you run out and order a fleet […]

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The History Behind the Ever-Popular Office Chair

May 10, 2016 by admin

The office chair is the undisputed king of the workspace. And why wouldn’t it be? Most office workers spend at least six hours in their chairs. Knowing this, big box stores have entire sections dedicated to them in the same way a car dealership fills their showroom with their best and brightest. While most professionals […]

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Five Benefits Of Using Systems Furniture In Your Office

April 27, 2016 by admin

Deciding on the type of furniture that best suits your office space in terms of size and shape is only part of the equation. It must also provide your employees with a productive and comfortable place to work. In the past, that meant a private office with a solitary desk, chair and extra storage furniture. […]

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8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Office Space

April 19, 2016 by admin

In today’s modern world, careers of every kind are making offices their home base. An office is where you will spend the majority of your working hours, making it an area which should be personal, functional, and efficient. Whether your office is an entire room or a small cubical, having it operate at its full […]

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10 Tips for Improving Your Office Environment and Boosting Productivity

April 5, 2016 by admin

If you are determined to get the best out of your staff and create an office environment that is both happy and productive, it might be time to look at how you organize your space. Whether you have an open plan office or a smaller business, choice of furniture, including how it is positioned and […]

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7 Things Every Office Needs

March 3, 2016 by admin

Creating a space where your staff and visitors can feel comfortable, confident and engaged is one of the most important things a business needs to consider. It’s great having plenty of room but if you are not using it effectively and maximizing potential you could be losing out on a number of levels. Are your […]

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4 Ergonomic Principles All Office Chairs Must Have

January 27, 2016 by admin

Anyone who has spent long hours in an office chair can relate to the back pain that can go along with it. Putting too much stress on your spine can also lead to potential medical problems. For these reasons, the office furniture industry has embraced the use of ergonomic design in today’s modern office chairs, […]

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3 Reasons Why Standing Desks Are Gaining Popularity

January 13, 2016 by admin

With an overwhelming percentage of the working force operating in offices, many businesses are looking for the healthiest, most comfortable, and most productive work spaces to offer their employees. This applies to more than quality lighting and regular breaks – office workers will spend the majority of their careers sitting down at their desks, and […]

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4 Reasons Why Working from Home Can be Distracting

December 16, 2015 by admin

More people than ever are making the shift from their office to their home, allowing them to complete their workload from the comfort of their own environment without noisy coworkers, stressful commutes, and strict schedules to hold them down. However, working from home isn’t all sunshine and daisies; in fact, there can be many distractions […]

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5 Tips to Help Your Posture at Work

December 2, 2015 by admin

For those of us who spend the majority of their working hours at a keyboard, we all understand the value of good posture. Not only does it project the ideal professional look, but it improves your long-term health, your mood, and your ability to work longer and harder than before. Yet, while we all start […]

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Looking to Buy Refurbished Office Furniture? Keep These 3 Things in Mind

November 18, 2015 by admin

Refurbished office furniture is a perfectly acceptable choice when remodeling, upgrading, or furnishing a new office. Refurbished furniture looks like new furniture for a fraction of the price. The old standard office model is changing. Companies are toning down the expensive frills as modern management is encouraged to get more integrated and involved with their […]

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4 Reasons Why You Should Buy Ergonomic Chairs for Your Office

November 4, 2015 by admin

Sitting in one position for hours on end adds harmful stress to the spine. In order to help minimize the risk of developing or complicating potential back problems, the science of ergonomics has been incorporated into office chairs for decades. Ergonomic chairs are designed to support the lower back and improve posture. They are also […]

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Just Starting a Business? 4 Tips on How to Save Money on Office Furniture

October 21, 2015 by admin

When someone is just starting out in a new business venture, their running funds and allowable expenses are meticulously allotted out in every detail. When it comes to one of the most expensive start-up expenses such as purchasing office furniture, saving money is always going to be a top priority. The more money one can […]

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Standing Desks vs. Regular Desks: Which is Better for Productivity?

October 7, 2015 by admin

Purchasing office furniture can be a daunting task. Luckily, there is a wealth of choices in the market today, along with new and innovating achievements in design within the industry. Standing desks have continued to be a popular office furniture item, which purports to enhance worker productivity. But do they? With all the new innovations […]

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New vs. Used Office Furniture: Which is best for your New Business?

September 30, 2015 by admin

There are many options available in today’s market when it comes to choosing office furniture for your new business. But what are the differences between new, used, refurbished or remanufactured office furniture? And which choice is best for promoting a happy, productive working environment. This article will touch upon these subjects, and shed some useful […]

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3 Tips When Selecting Office Furniture

September 2, 2015 by admin

Planning the style, functionality, and characteristics of your new office furniture are important financial decisions that need to be done right the first time, in order to avoid a case of disheartening buyer’s remorse later.  Listed in this article are three major tips that cover some essential aspects of choosing the right office furniture that […]

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Robert De Niro, the S Curve & Choosing the Right Chairs for Your Office

August 26, 2015 by admin

As Robert De Niro once said, “If it’s the right chair, it doesn’t take too long to get comfortable in it.”  However, many of us are forced into using uncomfortable chairs at work.  Instead of the chair molding itself to our body, we are forced to mold our bodies to our chairs.  As a result, […]

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What Is Systems Furniture and Why Should Your Office Be Using It?

August 19, 2015 by admin

Whether you’re setting up a new office, remodeling your old space, or moving to a new location, you’re going to need some office furniture. There are a plethora of choices available to you, there’s no doubt about that. There are high-end, mid-range, budget, used and refurbished options in most areas. One type that you may […]

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Modular Office Furniture: Making the Best Use of Small Spaces

August 12, 2015 by admin

When you begin your business, moving into your first bricks and mortar space is a huge step.  Sometimes in order to achieve that step, you must make sacrifices, such as much less overall square footage in office space in order to keep down the monthly overhead. Running a business out of a smaller than expected […]

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You Have Options When It Comes to Desks

August 5, 2015 by admin

In an office space desks are probably one of the most important pieces of furniture used on a daily basis. There are so many options when it comes to getting a desk for your space. The important things to keep in mind are the size of your office or cubicle space and the fact that […]

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Cubicles Versus an Open Workspace Environment

July 29, 2015 by admin

An ongoing debate continues between the use of cubicles versus the open work space in an office environment. While the open office plan has become all the rage among many businesses, it may not foster the best work environment. It seems that 70 percent of U.S. offices have no or low partitions. These open floor plans are causing more […]

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3 Signs That You Need New Desks

July 22, 2015 by admin

When budgets are tight (and they normally are,) it can be easy to prioritize other things over the desks that you and your colleagues work at. If they are still standing and haven’t actually pinned anyone with a splinter, people are inclined to ignore them. This is really unfortunate. Desks are important tools in our box. Having […]

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Five Benefits Of Using Systems Furniture In Your Office

July 16, 2015 by admin

Deciding on the type of furniture that best suits your office space in terms of size and shape is only part of the equation. It must also provide your employees with a productive and comfortable place to work. In the past, that meant a private office with a solitary desk, chair and extra storage furniture. […]

Read More>>

8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Office Space

July 2, 2015 by admin

In today’s modern world, careers of every kind are making offices their home base. An office is where you will spend the majority of your working hours, making it an area which should be personal, functional, and efficient. Whether your office is an entire room or a small cubical, having it operate at its full […]

Read More>>

10 Tips for Improving Your Office Environment & Boosting Productivity

June 24, 2015 by admin

If you are determined to get the best out of your staff and create an office environment that is both happy and productive, it might be time to look at how you organize your space. Whether you have an open plan office or a smaller business, choice of furniture, including how it is positioned and […]

Read More>>

7 Things Every Office Needs

June 17, 2015 by admin

Creating a space where your staff and visitors can feel comfortable, confident and engaged is one of the most important things a business needs to consider. It’s great having plenty of room but if you are not using it effectively and maximizing potential you could be losing out on a number of levels. Are your […]

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Go Green With Used Office Furniture Buyers

June 10, 2015 by admin

Whether you are relocating your business or renovating your office, there often comes a time when you have to face the fact that you have more furniture than you need. Used office furniture allows you to sustainably dispose of unwanted office furniture without having to put unwanted cubicles or file cabinets in the trash. If you […]

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The Benefits of Local Office Furniture Repair

June 3, 2015 by admin

As a business owner, it is important to have a plan for everything, right down to what happens the day someone sits down too hard on a chair or when a leg is kicked out from under the conference room table. The other side of that, of course, is that you can’t spend too much […]

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Getting the Most out of Your Conference Tables

May 27, 2015 by admin

Conference tables give an office a professional look. They also make it easier for workers to cooperate with each other by providing a working space to share. Conference tables are an investment which pays dividends every day. With all that they do for you, it makes sense to preserve and maintain them as best you can. […]

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Rethinking Cubicles for Today’s Offices

May 20, 2015 by admin

Cubicles or offices with doors? This debate has been going on since cubicles were introduced in the 1960s. Cubicles were originally designed to be moveable and flexible, with everyone sharing windows and sunlight. But what happened was that they became standardized and bolted into place. “Cube Farm” became a negative term. Then came the “open […]

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3 Ways to Prolong the Life of an Office Chair

May 13, 2015 by admin

You care about your employees’ comfort, which is why you make sure they have ergonomic office chairs on which to work. Not to mention, employees who are comfortable throughout the work day also tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction, resulting in increased productivity for your company. Simply buying quality office chairs isn’t enough, however. To […]

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3 Important Things to Consider When Choosing Desks

May 6, 2015 by admin

Having the wrong desk for a job can cause frustration, inefficiency, and can even cause long-term physical problems. To avoid this, you need to keep a few things in mind when selecting desks for your office or workplace. Here are the top three factors that make a difference in whether a desk will be a […]

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4 Questions to Ask When Buying Used Office Furniture

April 29, 2015 by admin

While buying used office furniture can allow you to save money and stretch a limited budget, it’s critical to ensure that a piece meets your needs before you buy it. Otherwise, you risk spending more money in the long run by replacing poor purchases with other used items. Ask these 4 questions before you buy. Why are you […]

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Picking Your Conference Table

April 22, 2015 by admin

Conference room tables set the tone in offices. They dominate the room and become the focus of many tasks. This is why picking the right one for your company is a tricky business and takes some planning. The first thing a purchaser must consider is how many people will need to sit at the table. There […]

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The Right Modular Furniture Fit for Your Office

April 6, 2015 by admin

When you are outfitting your new office, there are a lot of things to consider. What color scheme do you want? What sort of design plan do you want? Modular furniture, which is furniture that comes in parts that you can put together in different ways, give you the chance to change your mind easily about […]

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3 Office Decoration Tips: Color, Cubicles and Decorative Elements

March 1, 2015 by admin

A lot of people get very excited about doing up the interiors of their homes, yet leave their office space untouched. However, if you come to think about it, people actually spend more time at work than they do at home.  Let’s say you work a 9-5 job, that’s already 8 hours in an office. […]

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Top Five Benefits Of Using Cubicles In The Workplace

February 25, 2015 by admin

The office cubicle has become a symbol of the modern, uniformed and sometimes dull workplace in pop culture. However, there are many benefits to choosing cubicles for a workplace. The first cubicle was invented in 1967 by designer Robert Propst and has since then become one of the most popular options for work environments by […]

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Purchasing New Desks for your Crew? Ask yourself these Questions First.

January 29, 2015 by admin

When it is time to consider desks for your work area, it is important to understand what your employees need in order to be productive. Your goal should be to create the healthiest working environment possible. Desks that have the right amount of work and storage space are much more likely to produce the results you […]

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3 Different Office Chairs Situations

January 8, 2015 by admin

A lot of thought goes into the layout of your business. The offices, reception area, lobby and conference room are set up to increase production and satisfaction of your employees. However, office chairs aren’t always high on the layout list. In today’s market, there are hundreds of options when it comes to chairs. Here are three distinctive […]

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3 Reasons Why Standing Desks Are Gaining Popularity

January 6, 2015 by admin

With an overwhelming percentage of the working force operating in offices, many businesses are looking for the healthiest, most comfortable, and most productive work spaces to offer their employees. This applies to more than quality lighting and regular breaks – office workers will spend the majority of their careers sitting down at their desks, and […]

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3 Different Meeting Setups Using Conference Tables

December 19, 2014 by admin

Organizing your business notes, charts and discussion questions, is very important in order to have a successful corporate meeting or training session. Most people do not realize that the room layout is just as important. By using conference tables, you can create different environments that suit your meeting type. Here are three different possible setups. 1) […]

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Why Your Office Should Be Ergonomic

December 4, 2014 by admin

It’s been a long day. The clock finally ticks down and it’s time for you to drag yourself home. You stand up and stretch, hoping the neck and back pain aren’t as bad as yesterday, or the day before, or the day before. But alas, it is. This discomfort distracted you all day, preventing you […]

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Feng Shui in the Office

November 26, 2014 by admin

From selling wholesale supplies to working in retail, your office is an important part of your business’s productivity and success. Today, the use of Feng Shui has become a popular option in design and decor. While this ancient Chinese practice creates a stylish design, it also helps balance energy to enhance creativity and productivity. If […]

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Flexibility Is Key for Getting Workplace Redesign Right

October 29, 2014 by admin

If your company is ripe for a workplace redesign, it’s a perfect time to get some expert advice. Rearranging the office causes a certain amount of unavoidable disruption. You want to make sure the results are worth the hassle—and that employees will end up more satisfied than they were before. Create a Buffet of Choices […]

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Technology and Workplace Wellness

October 22, 2014 by admin

Workplace wellness programs have now been around for a couple of decades in one form or another. Having a fitness center on-site is viewed as a desirable perk—and even getting a discount on a gym membership off-site provides some value to employees. But working out a few times a week isn’t enough to offset all […]

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How the Traditional Office Desk Has Changed over Time

October 16, 2014 by admin

The traditional office desk has seen many changes in its history. Back in the days of papyrus scrolls and parchment, desks were built much like drafting tables. The beautifully illuminated, handwritten manuscripts produced in times of antiquity called for an artistic approach to the furniture that supported these endeavors. According to Mitchell at Cubicles.com, the […]

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Is the Modern Office Really Obsolete?

October 9, 2014 by admin

First cubicles reportedly died, but it appears that now office desks and even the workplace itself are in danger. A couple of recent articles that appeared on Haworth’s Trends Wall have rung yet another death knell for the modern office as we know it. While rumors of the death of the cubicle are still proving […]

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Daylighting the Modern Office

October 1, 2014 by admin

Is daylighting on your list of LEED improvements during your next office remodel? San Diego is definitely one area of the country where business owners can expect to see substantial energy savings by inviting more natural light into the workspace. According to Gregg D. Ander, FAIA, “daylighting helps create a visually stimulating and productive environment […]

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The Herman Miller Locale Seems Like a Good IDEA

September 24, 2014 by admin

This summer, the Industrial Designers Society of America announced that the Herman Miller Locale concept won the International Design Excellence Award (IDEA) in the Office & Productivity category. While more than two dozen awards were handed out, this one has high relevance for businesses that are interested in improving the bottom line. How Locale Came […]

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Protecting Your Employees from Workplace Theft

September 18, 2014 by admin

Having items go missing at work is not an uncommon occurrence. Usually, it’s just aggravating—like someone stealing a sandwich from the refrigerator. But other incidents can be more damaging, and they may occur in unexpected ways. Earlier today, Seattle police arrested a man who had been visiting office buildings and lifting employees’ personal property. According […]

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Check Out These Interactive Office Walls

September 10, 2014 by admin

The lines between technology and architecture are beginning to blur. “Smart” and interactive office walls are now being added to the wish list of forward-thinking businesses around the world. Vertical space has long been dedicated to artwork, wallpaper, and simple white boards. But it’s time to put this real estate to real use. Here are […]

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Quiet Office Design for the Introvert Employee

September 3, 2014 by admin

For a solution called “Quiet Spaces”, the new architectural offering from Steelcase is certainly making a lot of noise in the office furniture industry. This manufacturer has created many notable designs for the “cubicle era” and continued its success with the transition to workstations for the open office after the walls started coming down. Now, […]

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Case Studies in Reducing Office Space

August 27, 2014 by admin

In its quest to reduce unused office space, the GSA recently put together quite an interesting workspace utilization report. The agency has since taken its own advice, reducing office space by 50% and getting rid of six leases totaling $24 million dollars. Below are highlights from a couple of the case studies covered in the […]

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Best Under-Desk Gadgets for Work

August 20, 2014 by admin

What’s tucked away under the desks at your office? Is that space going to waste? Here are several cool under-desk gadgets that take up little room but that can make a big difference in the average workday. Webble Footrest The Webble is like a balance board—but not as dangerous. You don’t have to stand on […]

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Coworking Space for Small Businesses Part 2

August 13, 2014 by admin

If your small business is looking for a coworking space to supplement your existing office footprint, it’s time to examine some pros and cons. Although this isn’t as serious a decision as leasing or building your own office, it will still have repercussions for your employees. Love and Hate for Coworking Spaces Across the web, […]

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Coworking Spaces for Small Businesses Part 1

August 6, 2014 by admin

Mobile, remote working has become increasingly popular in the last two decades as more businesses realize that employees can be widely distributed and still accomplish a full day’s work. However, there are still few substitutes for a properly equipped office. Companies that want to fully engage their staff always ensure that ergonomic needs are met […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice

July 31, 2014 by admin

The NeoCon 2014 Editors Choice selections are featured here for our final blog post in this series. This is certainly office furniture for the discerning eye. The pieces range from thoughtful to dramatic to whimsical. The only underlying theme this year seems to be the people-centric nature of the furnishings. It’s about more than how […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 4

July 24, 2014 by admin

This week, we’re featuring a mashup of some of the light and lovely designs on display at NeoCon 2014. While some gold winners were plush and luxurious, these items are streamlined and modernistic. Nucraft: Kai Kai is named in honor of a Hawaiian word for “ocean”. In fact, it does look a bit like a […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 3

July 16, 2014 by admin

This week’s NeoCon 2014 gold winners demonstrate a firm grasp on the concept of shared spaces. It’s all about the lounge and the conference room. Whether employees are gathering for a mandatory meeting or voluntary collaboration, they should be served with the best furniture. Lounge Furniture It’s a bench. No, it’s a worktable. Or is […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 2

July 9, 2014 by admin

It’s week #2 in our tour of NeoCon 2014 Gold winners. This time, we’ll browse a selection of supporting office furniture—those items that fill the spaces between desks. While these don’t get as much attention as cubicles or traditional workstations, they serve an important role. First up are the new storage systems. File & Mobile […]

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Talk to Your Employees Before Your Next Office Remodel

July 2, 2014 by admin

Is it about time your company had a thorough office remodel? This is a great opportunity to bring your work environment and furnishings up to date technologically and ergonomically. You can even do a complete rebrand for a trendier image. But even well-intended changes don’t always go over well with workers—unless they have some input […]

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Best of NeoCon 2014 Gold Winners Part 1

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Who took home the gold for Best of NeoCon 2014? Are these items the perfect choices to refurbish or renovate your office space? We’ll explore some of the best of the best in July. Architectural Products by molo This space-sculpting partition system brings new scope to the term ‘flexible’. Each Tyvek honeycomb accordion wall features […]

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Get Fit with Office Chair Exercise Accessories

June 25, 2014 by admin

The sit-to-stand trend is only one way for people to get in a workout at work. Office chair exercise accessories allow employees to enjoy movement while they stay seated. Here are three pieces of equipment that can transform a traditional workstation into a miniature fitness center. What’s Under Your Desk? The “Cubii” from Fitness Cubed […]

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The NeoCon 2014 Office Lounge Chair Collection

June 18, 2014 by admin

Is it time to revamp your employee break room or collaborative lounge area? Consider some of the new designs that debuted at NeoCon 2014 this week. They’ll shift how you think about the traditional office lounge chair. There’s definitely something for every taste, from sporty to modern to zany. A Catchall Design The Mitt chair […]

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Should Office Employees Lie Down on the Job?

June 12, 2014 by admin

The last thing employees want to see on their annual performance review is an accusation of being lazy. But spending some time in a horizontal position at work isn’t necessarily a problem. It might actually help people be more productive. Let’s see how more work could get done when employees lie down on the job. […]

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How Facility Management Is Changing

June 5, 2014 by admin

The physical office building is one of a company’s greatest assets and investments as well as a substantial source of liability. If the facility is well designed, properly maintained, and used to its fullest potential, all is well. But when it is in disrepair, the workplace can become unpleasant or even hazardous. If space is […]

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Office Furniture for Digital Natives Part 2

May 29, 2014 by admin

Last week, we took a look at what the “Digital Natives” in Generation Y expect from a user-friendly workspace. This week, we’ll put together a sample collection for the modern office environment—the all-important lounge area. Don’t let the name fool you. Serious work can be performed here if the furnishings support the way younger employees […]

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Office Furniture for Digital Natives Part 1

May 21, 2014 by admin

Gen Y workers, with their high-tech smartphones, internet savvy minds, lightning fast texting skills, and “always connected” attitude are now being referred to as Digital Natives. These office employees have a different set of needs and expectations for their work environment compared to older peers. As offices are redesigned and refurnished over the next ten […]

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Meet Today’s High Tech Office Furniture

May 14, 2014 by admin

Recently, we explored some pretty cool DIY hacks for office desks and chair. But today, it’s time to see how the pros do it. There’s more and more high tech office furniture on the market each year, making life (and work) easier. Stir Kinetic Desk Breathes for You Not really. But the Stir does pretty […]

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Mobile Office Chairs for Mobility-Challenged Workers

May 7, 2014 by admin

Do you have one or more employees who use a wheelchair or scooter to get around? Don’t assume that simply modifying a workstation for wheelchair access is all that’s required. You might not realize that a chair that is used for transportation and general mobility around the house and on the go isn’t necessarily a […]

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Best Practices for Lighting the Office

April 24, 2014 by admin

I often cringe when I walk into my office and turn on the lights. The fluorescent bulbs make work in a small space seem that much more like work. My alternative has earned my workspace the title “the bat cave,” because I firmly and proudly hold onto as much natural light as I can. I […]

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The Old Office Chair Graveyard

April 23, 2014 by admin

What does your business do with dilapidated, unloved, and unusable old office chairs? Hopefully, you don’t have a graveyard like the one posted over at slog.thestranger.com. Here are just a few examples of what can make employees shy away from sitting on the seats featured in this horror show: A broken or missing arm Busted […]

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Would You Try These Office Furniture Hacks?

April 16, 2014 by admin

While carving up and modifying office furniture at work is frowned upon, there’s nothing stopping you from experimenting with some home office furniture hacks. Here’s a roundup of some of the ways hackers are adding electronic relevance to everyday desks and task chairs. USB Hub – Office Makeover Edition From John Edgar Park comes this […]

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Maximize Workplace Comfort with Correct Ergonomics

April 11, 2014 by admin

  Maximize Workplace Comfort with Correct Ergonomics The goal of ergonomics is to design a workplace environment that allows you to do your job in the most natural position.  Advantages include maximizing work efficiency, preventing repetitive injuries, and reducing sick leave.  Simple changes in your work environment can allow you to support your body in a more […]

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3 Alternatives to Using a Fitness Ball Office Chair

April 10, 2014 by admin

Remember when using a fitness ball office chair was all the rage? Office furniture manufacturers were probably panicking over the idea that a $12 ball could replace a $1200 chair. As it turns out, using a ball all day long isn’t necessarily a good idea. There are no arms on the ball to help keep […]

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3 Great Plants to Keep On Your Desk

April 4, 2014 by admin

If you spend eight hours a day in the office, adding a plant to your workspace can help add a festive splash of color to your desk. Now that’s it’s officially spring, you’ll have access to plenty of plants. But what plants are good for the office? Obviously, you don’t want anything too messy — […]

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The Future Office Is Almost Here

April 3, 2014 by admin

Will it meet or exceed our expectations? According to a LinkedIn survey that was turned into a charming infographic by Needa Shredder (yes, they sell shredders), workers have certain expectations for what things will look like in 2017. Among the items they think will be obsolete are Rolodexes, fax machines, and cassette tapes. That’s probably […]

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How to Keep an Office Free From Pests

March 28, 2014 by admin

Keeping your office free from pests should be a top priority for any business owner. If you are concerned about the reputation of your company, you need to keep your office building clean and presentable. If the office becomes infested with termites, it could ruin the building and anything inside of it. What are some […]

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The New Color of the Haworth Workspace Is Blue

March 14, 2014 by admin

Does going to the office make your employees feel blue? They might feel differently if they had a Haworth workspace equipped with Bluescape. This product is the result of a joint effort by Obscura Digital and Haworth. It’s a good example of the kind of “intelligent office design” that’s been sweeping the office furniture industry […]

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4 Innovative Office Design Trends

March 7, 2014 by admin

Office designs change and evolve every few years and incorporate the newest in organization and design thinking to the workplace. The top companies will employ industrial-organization psychologists to try to implement the perfect layout for an office to optimize their employees’ productivity and happiness. The newest trends and changes are not without their pros and […]

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Startup Office Furniture Tips

March 4, 2014 by admin

Selecting startup office furniture is something of a balancing act. Brand new businesses need to attract excited, energized innovators who don’t mind putting in long hours at work. This means the office furniture really needs to be good quality. At the same time, funds may be a little tight. It doesn’t make financial sense to […]

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The World’s Most Unusual Office Designs

February 28, 2014 by admin

The design and layout of an office isn’t just for functionality. It helps to improve efficiency and mood, boosting creativity and productivity within a company. Looking around you to see wilting indoor plants, boring white walls and basic office furniture, all illuminated by harsh white fluorescent lighting is likely to encourage a stress headache, but […]

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Cubicles Reimagined – the New Workstation of the Modern Worker

February 26, 2014 by admin

How small is too small? Businesses used to assume that each worker needed 500 to 700 square feet of work space to be productive – but those days are long gone. Today, office managers assume that they need less than 200 feet per worker – and many make employees get by on much less than […]

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How to Arrange Your Cubicle for Maximum Productivity

February 21, 2014 by admin

Sometimes, a cluttered workspace can clutter your mind. Whether you work in a tiny cube or an executive office suite, it’s important to keep things tidy so that you can reach your maximum level of productivity. One way to check and see whether or not your setup is efficient is to take the three-minute test. […]

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Affordable Cubicles vs Cheap Cubicles

February 19, 2014 by admin

Is it worth cost cutting when it comes to cubicles? There are many differences between cubicle manufacturers, and of course, you get what you pay for. As with any other type of office furniture, there’s a tremendous difference between an affordable cubicle and a cheap cubicle. By looking for affordable cubicles instead of just “cheap”, […]

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Tips for Keeping an Office Tidy

February 14, 2014 by admin

Keeping a cubicle space neat and orderly can sometimes seem like a waste of time, especially when you have other more important tasks to attend to. Ignoring the mess on your desk could mean that you will have trouble finding important paperwork or folders in the future. An cubicle or office work space doesn’t have […]

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Improving Morale in your Call Center Cubicle Environment

February 13, 2014 by admin

As many workers have noticed and bemoaned the fact, the typical call center center cubicle is on the smaller side compared to other individual office workstations.  Since employees don’t generally have files or paperwork and really only “need” room for a phone headset and computer, companies tend to pack them in like sardines. There’s a […]

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Five Ways To A Gamer’s Cubicle

February 10, 2014 by admin

Game systems have come a long way and have changed for the better in graphics, concepts, and relation to the world. When you have games that you enjoy and want to show others about, you find a way to express them through posters, mobile applications, websites, action figures and more. If you’re an employee who […]

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Personalize Your Cubicle With Accent Furniture!

February 6, 2014 by admin

Personalize Your Cubicle With Accent Furniture! When you’re at work for 8 to 10 hours a day, things can start to get a little dull– but what if your cubicle was decorated to better reflect your personality? Taking the time to add a touch of personality to your work area can make a great difference […]

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How to Make your Workers Love Their Cubicles Again

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 According to recent research in Sydney, AU, roughly half of workers in open floor plan offices and nearly as many in small cubicles say noise is a problem, and makes their workday harder. Specifically, it’s “lack of sound privacy”, meaning employees constantly have to hear their neighbors’ chatter and don’t feel that they can have […]

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Funny Cubicle Signs & Pictures to Decorate Your Office With

January 31, 2014 by admin

Most of the time when people hear the word “cubicle,” they think of stereotypes of boring company offices popularized in comedy movies like Office Space. But office furniture and cubicles don’t have to be drab, ugly, plain or depressing. Here are some funny cubicle signs and pictures you can hang up on around the office […]

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The Psychology Behind Healthy Cubicle Workspaces

January 25, 2014 by admin

Environmental psychologists study how people live in the physical world. They investigate the psychological implications of sensory experiences from how color influences mood to how furniture should be placed. What they tell us can help create a workspaces that make employees feel secure, calm, and capable —  so they can accomplish their best work. Here […]

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Cubicles on a Budget – How Far Will You Go?

January 18, 2014 by admin

If your budget is practically non-existent, even a set of deeply discounted used cubicles might be out of your grasp. In that situation, you need to get inventive and figure out a way to build your own really, really cheap office cubicles. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Cardboard This time honored […]

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Refurbished Office Furniture – Yea or Nay?

January 11, 2014 by admin

When your business is ready to invest in name brand office furnishings, you generally get directed to a local authorized dealer or showroom. This means there’s a middle man between you and the manufacturer. There are advantages to having a dealer nearby to help you with things like material and item selection and space planning. […]

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Get Caught Cubicle Sleeping? What to Say:

January 5, 2014 by admin

If you’ve ever taken the chance to catch some shut-eye while sitting in your cubicle, you now you are taking a risk. You could easily get caught by co-workers, a boss, or (heaven forbid) the CEO swinging through on a random visit. Then it’s a visit to the naughty corner – unless you can come […]

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Does Your Office Have a Cubicle Graveyard? Time to Reimagine Your Space!

December 27, 2013 by admin

Does your office feature a graveyard section? More and more offices, hit with the recession, have become home to empty stretches of commercial square footage – barren corridors abandoned as employees clump together in different parts of the floor. There’s a silver lining to the phenomenon of the cubicle graveyard,however; as need to maximize floor […]

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Reclaim the Cubicle

December 21, 2013 by admin

Cubicles were once a futuristic and positive idea, taking the chaos of open offices and turning it into an orderly universe with space for each worker to call their own, including expanded desk space, storage space, wall space and so on. Sadly, this utopia turned into a dystopia, as costs of office space rose and […]

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Does Your Cubicle Fit You?

December 14, 2013 by admin

The original cubicle came into being in the late 1960s, and at first office workers rebelled. For high level execs used to spacious offices they didn’t at first see the value of an enclosed workstation.  However, mid-level employees accepted the idea of their own space as a step up in many cases as cubicles improved.  […]

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Cubicles for Telemarketing Firms – Acoustics are Important!

December 7, 2013 by admin

More and more companies are outsourcing their customer service to larger telecommunications firms and VoIP companies, and these in turn are searching for better ways to maintain employee morale and efficiency in an increasingly challenging field. When employees are exposed to excessive noise, they can’t concentrate, and when they are on the phone, excessive noise […]

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Choosing the Right Office Chairs

November 16, 2013 by admin

If you are furnishing an office, you’ve probably already decided on a layout – whether it is an open design or full of tidy cubicles. But how do you know what office chairs will fit your – and your employees’ – needs? For workers who spend a huge amount of time in their cubicle or […]

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What to Look for in Refurbished Cubicles

November 2, 2013 by admin

Are you looking into purchasing refurbished cubicles for your office? Sometimes these can have a huge advantage over new or used cubicles. In most cases, cubicles that have been refurbished are much less costly than entirely new setups.  They are also typically not in as bad of shape as used ones. It’s the nice middle […]

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Best Plants and Fish for Cubicle Life

October 26, 2013 by admin

Does your cubicle need a little brightening up? Most offices are not against a plant being brought in or even a small fish tank if properly maintained and cared for. Find out, then check out these ideas for refurbishing your cubicle space to be a little more interesting. Each item should be suited to cubicle […]

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Cubicle Installation – Sequenced or Blended?

October 19, 2013 by admin

When choosing to go with cubicles as your office fallback, it’s important to think about the kind of working environment you are trying to engender with your new cubicle installation. Is your office full of creative types who work together as a team to complete tasks and brainstorm ideas? A low cubicle height of around […]

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New Cubicles, New Rules

October 12, 2013 by admin

When going from a open office layout or blended layout to a new cubicle style office, there are certain things that will have to change in regard to office etiquette. The feel of an office that is filled with cubicles is much different than one that holds traditional offices or is an open plan, and […]

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Is Your Office Lighting the Brightest and the Best?

October 5, 2013 by admin

If your office is improperly lit, chances are you’re not working as productively as you could be. Office lighting and temperature can affect our brains, and even if you work in a large office beyond your control, there are things you can do to help make your cubicle more comfortable. First, understand that natural light […]

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San Diego Cubicle Living – Tips for Staying Sane and Fit

September 27, 2013 by admin

Working in a San Diego cubicle installation can do wonders for productivity – but could be rather hazardous to your employees’ health. Be a good office manager or CEO, and make sure your worker bees stay fit as well as focused with these tips! Make sure they move it, move it. Surprise – sitting in […]

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Are Used Cubicles the Right Choice for a New Office?

September 21, 2013 by admin

The cubicle has a history – invented in 1967 as an alternative to open office floor plans that afforded little or no privacy, the cubicle was a godsend to companies that didn’t have funding or space to build individual offices in their allowed square footage. As times have changed, the workers who depend on cubicles […]

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Executive desks, a critical working and relational business tool

September 19, 2013 by admin

Executive desks are an investment that has a decisive influence on the success of your business. Indeed, they’re both a working and relational tool. How to choose the executive desk that best fits your business and your role in your company is an essential part of your efficiency. Sometimes it takes a design desk, other […]

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Cubicle Sharing – Making it Work

September 14, 2013 by admin

There’s often a disconnect between space planners and actual users, and this is even more apparent when it comes to cubicles. While cubicle sharing seems like a no-brainer to planners and facility managers in cases with limited workstations, the workers who have to physically exist in the shared space can sometimes find it difficult. How […]

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Office Space Management Tips for Start-ups

September 7, 2013 by admin

A small business expanding from an entrepreneurship into a slightly larger setting often requires an expansion in office space – the home office or a single room in local building stops being sufficient. However, with square footage at a premium, affording as big a space as would be preferred isn’t always an option. Being able […]

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Cubicle Humor Roundup

August 31, 2013 by admin

Do you need a little pick-me-up for this Friday? We’ve gathered a brand new set of cubicle humor websites to give you the giggles. These sites might be the funniest thing to happen in a cubicle in a long time. Be sure to add your favorite go-to sites in the comments. Cubicle 20 It’s not […]

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3 Innovative Ideas for Ways to Fit Out Your Office Space

August 20, 2013 by admin

This week, we have another guest post from a UK writer – Helen Wallis. This article targets those pesky problems that crop up when you are deciding how to make your office space liveable. When you picture an office in your head, do you imagine a dull room full of untidy desks that are crammed too […]

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Steelcase Makes Office Design Trends Predictions

August 6, 2013 by admin

The Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute has published an article in which Steelcase answers the question, “What will the future of the office look like?” As usual, the office furniture leader has no problem being the industry oracle. They’ve been right on the money with many of their previous predictions (probably because they have a […]

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Are Optimized Office Cubicles Curvy?

July 30, 2013 by admin

It’s interesting to note the ways that architecture and office cubicles mimic each other. In April, dezeen.com published an article about the construction underway in the central business district in Shanghai near the Hong Qiao Airport. The new edifices are described as having “optimized forms”. This means the designers have found the sweet spot between […]

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