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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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How to Make your Workers Love Their Cubicles Again

February 6, 2014 by admin

 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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Personalize Your Cubicle With Accent Furniture!

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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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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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