Office Design Matters for More Than Just Looks

May 22, 2018 by admin

You may not believe it at first, but your employees are aware of how well your office reflects your company’s vision and ideals. That’s according to Miami-based architecture and interior design firm Alvarez-Diaz & Villalon, whose post earlier this year about using your office space to enhance your workplace and attract talent is, in our […]

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Making the Move from a Traditional to Open Office: COE’s Options

April 12, 2018 by ebcdev

Open office discussions have been going on for a long time. Not every business is Google or Facebook; just because you’re interested in an open office concept doesn’t mean you want a common area with picnic tables and bean bag chairs. In fact, there may be situations where you want to transition away from a […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Small Office Interior Decoration Tips

July 23, 2013 by admin

Today’s guest post is from S. Arefin, a small office customer relationship management specialist who works for an online CRM company, the CleverTim. Arefin shares advice about the “big 3” factors that make your office space effective and enjoyable. Do you work solo in a small home based office? Do you have just a few […]

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Herman Miller Takes 7 at NeoCon 2013

June 23, 2013 by admin

Last week, we gave some bragging space to Steelcase. But Herman Miller did even better, bringing in its own collection of awards at NeoCon 2013. The company’s booth and showroom was recognized as the best place to visit in the entire convention. You can see HM’s “Living Office” concept page here and even download the […]

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Daily Worth Offers Workspace Design Tips

May 3, 2013 by admin

Are you looking for fast and easy ways to improve your workspace design for better functionality? The Daily Worth gives you several quick tips for how to “Make Your Office Space Work for You”. Unlike other advice columns that are all about helping your office or cubicle express your personality, these solutions are about helping […]

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Office Design to Delight the Senses

May 2, 2013 by admin

On this blog, we usually focus on workplace décor and furniture tips that are intended to make employees feel comfortable. But there’s something to be said for taking a long look at how your office design impacts clients and other visitors as well. Duncan MacPherson at Pareto Systems offers insight into this topic in his […]

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Awesome Office Design Roundup 2013

April 26, 2013 by admin

Do you enjoy gazing at beautiful office design photos? It’s a great way to end your workweek. You can go home on Friday imagining that your own office will be magically transformed over the weekend, like Cinderella’s pumpkin being turned into a coach to take her to the ball. Sure, the bubble will burst on […]

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Would You Let a Caveman Design Your Office?

April 19, 2013 by admin

According to a Haworth white paper entitled “How Our Prehistoric Past Influences Modern Office Environments”, a lot of what we intuitively sense is good office design stems from our past living on the savannas. While a lot of employer focus on the quality and design of office furniture (which is important), they may neglect other […]

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Does Your Built Office Environment Drive Success?

April 15, 2013 by admin

That’s a question explored in Sodexo’s 2012 Workplace Trends pamphlet. It reveals some startling statistics about how nebulous concepts like employee engagement really do impact the bottom line. In a survey of 50 global employers, research group Towers Watson found that firms with highly engaged employees improved their operating income by almost 20 percent over […]

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How to Make an Office Space Really Inviting

April 6, 2013 by admin

What lengths would you go to if you needed to court a really splendid job candidate for a high level position? Do you take those candidates out to dinner at a fancy restaurant? Do you invite them to go on a fishing trip to catch blue marlin? Do you recreate your office space to make […]

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Office Designs From Russia With Love

April 5, 2013 by admin

At Cubicles Office Environments, we always look forward to seeing the great office furniture designs that are debuted at NeoCon. But we don’t have to wait a full year to feast our eyes on office designs if we cast a wider net. If you want to tour fantastic, award winning spaces from Moscow to St. […]

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Tightening Up Workspace Utilization

April 4, 2013 by admin

If you’ve done much reading about workspace utilization, you probably know about seat occupancy sensors that measure how much time workers actually spend at their desks from day to day. It’s an important piece of data to use in determining whether to gravitate toward a shared desking situation. But the future is likely to offer […]

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No More Home Offices for Yahoo Workers

March 30, 2013 by admin

Of all the companies you would assume to be in favor of telecommuting, Yahoo is probably near the top of the list. But the new CEO of this mega-corporation is putting the kibosh on this practice. In the coy “We means You” language used by HR directors the world over, the head of HR at […]

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Where Will Your Office Furniture Be in 15 Years?

March 2, 2013 by admin

Do you read the Building Operation Management magazine? If not, you missed this piece about “Factors that Impact Office Furniture Design”. The article starts with the assumption that your office furniture will be in service for 10-15 years. We’ve certainly seen plenty of furniture last a lot longer. That’s not surprising since we work in […]

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Why Can’t Your Workspace Design Be More Like a Third Space?

March 1, 2013 by admin

Steelcase’s new “Workspring” initiative has us drooling. It kind of makes us want to go work in a meeting room at the Marriott instead of in our own office. The office furniture design firm and the hotel chain have collaborated to bring the first of many Workspring suites to life in a flagship location just […]

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Where Is Your ‘Best Place’ in the Office?

February 23, 2013 by admin

It’s always interesting to hear what one executive has to say to others about upcoming office design trends. Steelcase president Jim Keane shares his thoughts in Issue #63 of 360 Research about “Why CEOS Are Paying Attention” to the “Next Office”. As you might imagine, Chief Executive Officers are always looking for ways to make […]

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How Agile Is Your Office?

January 26, 2013 by admin

Stephen Searer sees the agile or smart office as a burgeoning trend among the most forward thinking companies featured in this mouthwatering photo spread. These firms want to make the most efficient use of their space while supporting the way their employees choose to work. You’ll see naturalistic settings, highly confidential layouts, collaborative areas, lots […]

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Caliente Office Designs from Latin America

January 17, 2013 by admin

If you haven’t taken the time to browse the 2012 Contract magazine, you’re really missing out on some hot interior designs. The IIDA Latin America contest brings truly gorgeous concepts to the fore this year. While we’re used to seeing western European offices showcased, we don’t always get to see all the brilliant work that’s […]

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IFMA Distributed Work Research

January 11, 2013 by admin

Have you heard the phrase “distributed work” being tossed around in meetings in HR or Operations? This term refers to the concept of work activities that are spread out among individuals and teams working at different times and often in geographically disparate locations. You might think that this is so typical these days that there […]

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Smaller Footprint Cubicles All Around?

January 9, 2013 by admin

Last week we partly debunked the idea that the average square footage per office worker is shrinking quite as fast as employers wish or assume. But it is still true that cubicles are getting smaller. Pam Huff writes for bizjournals.com about just this trend from the perspective of a Tampa Bay office furniture dealer. Kevin […]

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The Realities of the Shrinking Office Space

January 4, 2013 by admin

Are you confused by all the numbers that get thrown around about how much space you should allocate per office worker? Do the recommendations seem to have little association with the reality you see in your own business? You aren’t alone. If you want to understand what’s really going on, set aside 20 minutes to […]

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How Does Office Space Planning Work When the Future Is Uncertain?

December 29, 2012 by admin

Don King, VP of Sales at BiNW, has written a very insightful article about how the purpose of the office space has changed dramatically over the past 50 years. The days when gathering employees in one place because it was the only way to monitor and communicate with the workforce are long gone. Today, one […]

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What If Your Office Had a Delete Button?

December 28, 2012 by admin

Have you seen this cute blog post by Turnstone about how to edit boring office furniture? The ideas range from adding panels and overlays to swapping out hardware and even putting on some “peg legs”. Imagine how much fun the office space would be if you let workers go to town personalizing everything! Of course, […]

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Does Your Workplace Design Reflect Local Culture?

December 18, 2012 by admin

Steelcase’s “Defining the Code” research paper suggests that businesses have a lot to learn about what it takes to be truly global employers. Understanding workplace cultures in different countries may lead to subtly or even radically different ways of designing the work environment. Everything from the office layout to the office furniture may need to […]

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Can Office Space Design Bring Mobile Employees Home?

December 8, 2012 by admin

The Harvard Business Review doesn’t sound like the kind of place where writers would be riffing about bringing mobile workers back to the “Mother Ship”. It just goes to show you that today’s business professionals are likely more conversant with Star Trek than The Odyssey. That’s OK – a metaphor is a metaphor. Philip Tidd […]

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Where’s the Cup Holder in Your Office Design?

December 4, 2012 by admin

That may seem like a strange question, but it’s one that Herman Miller explores in a recent research paper on “New Technologies, New Behaviors”. Once auto manufacturers realized drivers were going to slurp on a coffee or soda while on the road, they added cup holders to their vehicle designs for greater safety and efficiency […]

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The Moving Office Space

November 30, 2012 by admin

Haya El Nasser at USA Today wrote an article in October about the way office design can stymie or promote more physical activity. It’s all well and good to encourage employees to use the stairs rather than the elevator. But what if the stairs are hidden in musty stairwells behind heavy fire doors while the […]

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The Offices Go Rolling Along…

November 16, 2012 by admin

Did you see the movie “The Lincoln Lawyer” with Matthew McConaughey? If you haven’t yet, don’t bother – it wasn’t that good. The only inventive thing about it was that the lawyer didn’t have an office. Instead, he worked out of a nice big Lincoln Town Car while being driven all over the city by […]

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Designing Workspaces for Non-Desk Workers

November 15, 2012 by admin

An interview on SmartPlanet with designer Allison Arieff brings up a very interesting point: What are employers, office space designers and facility managers doing to improve workplace design for employees who don’t sit at a desk? Workers in service and hospitality industries who are on their feet most of the day seem to be ignored […]

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3 Inexpensive Ways to Brand Your Office

November 3, 2012 by admin

Are you a startup business owner? Have you hired a few employees and leased your first office space? You know that branding your office is important for making your workers feel like part of your company’s team. Here are 3 cost effective ways to brand the workspace without going overboard: Distribute useful, high quality items […]

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5 Changes That Earn LEED Points for Your Office

October 18, 2012 by admin

Are you renovating your office? Here are five ways you may be able to boost your LEED certification rating: Lighting – Install energy efficient LED lights and use infrared motion detection and timers that turn lights off when a room is unoccupied. Surfaces – Make sure every surface coating/covering from paint to carpet is low […]

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Does Your Office Space Go Unused?

October 12, 2012 by admin

Of all the research into office space usage over the past decade, Herman Miller’s studies have delivered some of the most surprising results. According to their data (collected by placing weight sensors in chairs to determine when they were occupied), a typical workstation is only in use 40% of an average workday. Even accounting for […]

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What Type of Teamwork Does Your Office Support?

October 7, 2012 by admin

The Facility Management Journal offers a very helpful diagram in its P&G case study showing a variety of office configurations. Each one features a blend of modern workstations and conference areas (as opposed to private offices), but the way they are set up shows how layout can support different types of teaming. “Consistent” teaming, where […]

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Make Your Office Edgy…

September 13, 2012 by admin

…But don’t overdo it. That’s one takeaway message from a recent article by Global Office. This advice applies to companies where potential clients are likely to get an office tour. It’s great to have an innovative, eye-catching lobby, a stunning conference room, and a great view. But there comes a point where spending more money […]

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Steelcase’s Peers into Office Design Crystal Ball

September 7, 2012 by admin

What does the future hold for office design? Steelcase believes it has some of the answers. Considering that this is the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the world, they probably have some pretty good insight. After all, they’re betting the future of the company on it! Steelcase recently talked with the Commercial Investment Real […]

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Allsteel Envisions the Future Workplace

August 25, 2012 by admin

Allsteel’s library of white papers contains a wealth of thought leadership on the topic of work. The company’s research includes information on what it is, how and where we do it, and what tools, technology, and practices ensure work gets done in the most efficient manner. For an insightful and detailed look at the newest […]

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How to Make a Rented Conference Room Your Own

August 24, 2012 by admin

Sometimes, a startup business needs to host a meeting with a client or a potential investor but the office just isn’t the right place. Perhaps you leased the cheapest office location you could find and that fact is painfully obvious. Or, maybe you still work from home and you don’t want others intruding into your […]

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Are You a Good Office Host?

August 15, 2012 by admin

In the most recent edition of Steelcase’s 360 online magazine, you’ll find an article that talks about how to create space for the individual in a work world that stresses, “There’s no I in TEAM.” With such a sharp focus on collaboration, some employers seem to forget that workers also need space for themselves. There […]

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Teknion Has Your Back

July 10, 2012 by admin

Open plan office environments are all the rage right now. That’s supposed to be a good thing for space efficiency and collaboration. But doing away with cubicle panels can create an atmosphere where people feel that they have no privacy at all. Teknion has decided to remedy this situation with a screen that employees can […]

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Avoid Office Furniture Buying Mistakes

July 5, 2012 by admin

Trend Office Interiors has a great resource available right now listing 8 mistakes office furniture buyers make – and how you can avoid these pitfalls yourself. The article covers a lot of ground from initial space planning to furniture selection and more. For example, it’s important to select furniture with future growth and restructuring in […]

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Office Furniture Relocation Tips

May 4, 2012 by admin

There’s a good post up right now at the CORT Office Furniture Rental blog about how to make an office move go smoothly. A business only moves when relocation is preferable to the alternative. Some reasons you might move include the following: Long term cost savings with a better commercial lease agreement Access to a […]

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When You Need an On-Site Office

April 28, 2012 by admin

Are you a new business owner? You won’t want to miss this guest post by Shane Mac over at Venture Beat. Shane bucks the trend of “experts” telling everyone that the days of the physical office space are coming to a close. He argues that, while a remote workforce may be OK for well-established companies, […]

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Crunching Office Furniture Numbers

April 26, 2012 by admin

Darren Fleming has written a fascinating piece for the Ottawa Business Journal about the connection between outdated office furniture and high office lease expenses. Darren points out that a company with 10 year old furniture may be paying far too much for office space. That’s because older workstations are designed for use with older technology. […]

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The Office Beneath Your Feet

April 22, 2012 by admin

Carpet may be the last thing on your mind when you’re setting up a new office. But it’s really a foundational aspect of workplace design and office space planning. Floor Daily has an excellent trend prediction piece online for 2012. It provides an overview of what business owners and office designers are looking for right […]

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Tips for Keeping a Tidy Office Environment

April 20, 2012 by admin

Does riding herd on a bunch of messy employees make you feel like you’re the parent of teenagers who never want to clean their rooms? Wallace Imen at The Globe and Mail sums it up perfectly with his 4 categories of employees and how they tend to keep their desks. He makes a good point […]

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The Roll-to-Stand Office

March 31, 2012 by admin

Here’s another follow up on my guest post at Ergotron about designing the sit-to-stand office. It has to do with the sitting part as much as the standing part. Workers still do need well made, ergonomic office chairs for those times during the day when they need to rest their weary legs and feet. All […]

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Sit-To-Stand Office Design Tips

March 24, 2012 by admin

Last week, I had the privilege of guest posting at Ergotron – a company at the leading edge or office ergonomics. The topic of that post was “Designing the Sit to Stand Office”. As height adjustable workstations become the norm rather than an oddity, this is likely to change the way facility managers, architects, office […]

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Should Your Office Be Noisy?

March 23, 2012 by admin

According to one study described in the Wall Street Journal blog, a little bit of talking in the background prompts the brain to think more creatively. While such a claim (like one about beauty) can only be tested subjectively, there does appear to be some evidence that a bit of a hubbub can shake up […]

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Space Redistribution in the Office

February 4, 2012 by admin

Are you intrigued by the idea of making do with less office space but unsure what radical space re-allocation looks like in practice? Allsteel walks readers through the process with the example of real-life customer Deloitte & Touche. This firm had many private offices that averaged 300 square feet (half the size of an efficiency […]

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On-Site Office Design Matters to Remote Employees

December 16, 2011 by admin

This week, Herman Miller retweeted an interesting article published on fastcoexist.com about how one company is making it easier for employees to telecommute. Technology firm Plantronics has designed and constructed its new headquarters to encourage workers to stay away from the office – in a good way. The company is practicing “hot desking” (not providing […]

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Steelcase’s Futuristic Workspace Design

November 18, 2011 by admin

An article has been making the rounds recently about Steelcase “designing for the future of work”. The company is using the coworking concept to bring the feel of entrepreneurial enterprise into corporate spaces. According to Greiner and Grazziano at Steelcase, all signs point to a future where work areas are less closed off and more […]

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What IT Workers Want in a Workspace

November 3, 2011 by admin

Last year, we looked at one programmer’s opinion about whether IT workers prefer offices or cubicles. But now there’s more extensive data available from a survey conducted by Computerworld. Author Cara Garretson reveals that not all tech employees have the same desires when it comes to their office setup, but there are some definite trends. […]

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Steelcase Says Office Design Should Reflect the Work Culture

October 29, 2011 by admin

With the holidays coming up, it’s always interesting to see how many different celebrations are recognized at this time of year. In November, there’s Dia de los Muertos (the Latin American Day of the Dead), All Saints Day, Al Hijra (the Muslim new year), and Diwali (the Festival of Lights). Then, December holds Bodhi day […]

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What Does It Take To Achieve LEED Gold?

October 6, 2011 by admin

LEED certification can be achieved by retrofitting an existing office space. However, getting a fresh start in a new office environment makes certain LEED points easier to accumulate. Huitt-Zollars, Inc. in Dallas recently took advantage of their relocation to grab for the gold. They actually ended up just 3 points shy of reaching platinum rating. […]

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Collaborative Office Space & New Age Design Brings Companies Together

September 29, 2011 by admin

Today’s guest post is by Erik Braunitzer of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, leading agents for Bronx Rentals. Enjoy! With many technology companies finding rapid growth in the online world, their infrastructure and resources must also expand. Many Chief Executives are looking towards highly contemporary and collaborative design. Apart from choosing a paint & carpet color, […]

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DMI Shaves More Time Off Office Furniture Shipping

September 20, 2011 by admin

DMI just celebrated its 100th year in business at NeoCon 2011. That means the company began back in the days when Wells Fargo was still hiring stagecoach drivers to make deliveries. These days, the company is taking advantage of automotive transportation, modern logistics, and lean supply chain management to ship product faster than ever. General […]

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Best of NeoCon Software Tech

September 8, 2011 by admin

Some of the most interesting “Best of NeoCon” entries aren’t physical furnishings at all. Instead, they are software technologies that are designed to enhance the workplace. Here are a couple that might improve how businesses go about office space planning and furniture selection: 20-20 Visual Impression This 3D office layout and furniture design software tool […]

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Furnishing A Tiny Office (Or Cubicle)

September 7, 2011 by admin

Blogger sjennings at Arnolds Office Furniture always has great photo roundups showing offices that meet specific criteria. Recently, this included a set of truly tiny offices. Some were cluttered and cramped, while others were pretty cute. The post included some helpful tips for using a smaller office space wisely. Be sure to check those out […]

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Office Furniture and Office Space TCO Tips from Steelcase

August 23, 2011 by admin

As we continue exploring the free office environment resources provided by Steelcase, you won’t want to miss their white paper about the true value of space and the value of what you put in it. The cubicle manufacturer advocates installing workstations on the ceiling of your office space so that employees can hang upside down […]

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Buying Office Furniture For A Satellite Office

August 17, 2011 by admin

Sometimes, it makes sense for a business to lease satellite office space rather than having all employees report to a central location to work. This might be true when a significant percentage of workers (or the customer base they will be serving) lives in an area that is a long drive from corporate headquarters. For […]

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How Do You Organize Your Workstation?

August 15, 2011 by admin

Steelcase always has thought provoking insights in its well-researched white papers. Have you read the one about how employees organize their workspaces? It’s worth a look. The writers postulate that people typically display one of six basic “patterns” of work. Some appear messy while others are strict about structure. However, it may be a mistake […]

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First-Time Office Decorating Tips

July 31, 2011 by admin

Today, we have a guest post by Susan Black from SofasAndSectionals.com. Here, she shares some food for thought for first time office owners: Decorating any office or workplace can seem a rather foreboding task on the surface, particularly if inspiration is somewhat lacking from the onset. That being said, the positive effects that a well […]

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What If You Lived In Your Office?

July 28, 2011 by admin

That’s not an idle question for certain congressional representatives. Arnold’s Office Furniture blogger “sjennings” reveals that many politicos on the hill use their offices as a crash pad most nights. Many own houses or apartments elsewhere (such as in their home state) and don’t want to take on an additional lease in D.C. Others are […]

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What Should a Truly Modern Private Office Look Like?

July 26, 2011 by admin

Steelcase believes that many private offices are far behind the times when it comes to accommodating today’s high-level workers. Too often, productivity is stymied by a workspace that is designed to isolate rather than integrate. Perhaps you’ve seen some of the following layout and furniture flaws in private offices at your company: Guests are seated […]

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Modern Workstations: Are Benches Back?

July 21, 2011 by admin

Steelcase makes a compelling case for benching in the workplace as an alternative to both cubicle and desk style workstations. The most obvious difference between benches and cubicles is the fact that there are no panels involved. If you want to create a very social working environment and assigned tasks don’t tend to require a […]

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What’s On Trend For Office Space Planning?

July 19, 2011 by admin

According to a recent press release from Ethosource, Fall of 2011 is going to be all about conservation – of space, that is. This means the most critical factor of office space planning is about designing with the right furniture and the right placement for maximum functionality. This may include: Dedicated workstations for full time […]

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Steelcase SOTO II Captures NeoCon Gold

July 15, 2011 by admin

Steelcase has gone home from Chicago this year with more than just memories. The cubicle manufacturer was awarded the gold in the Office Accessories category – beating out 3 competitors. The other entries in this section were all variations on the whiteboard. There were mobile whiteboards, giant whiteboards, and even green (eco-friendly) whiteboards. That was […]

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Try Out HON’s Voi Visualization Tool

June 13, 2011 by admin

HON recently put together a new software tool that lets you look at different Voi desking designs instantly based on 6 different user-selected criteria. You can pick the footprint, storage capacity, and location (private office, open plan, etc.) to fit each area of your office environment. HON’s main selling point for this laminated worksurface solution […]

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Lazy Office Furniture Layout?

May 18, 2011 by admin

An office layout should be about making efficient use of space and keeping employees happy, focused, and productive. That’s the approach the office space planning consultants at Cubicles Office Environments take to help you save money. But what would happen if you let employees be in charge of your office furniture layout? You can find […]

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Home Office Furniture is Shrinking

April 25, 2011 by admin

According to analysis published by Furniture Today, home office furniture is getting more compact. Even executive style desks – long noted for their imposing size – are being scaled back to a modest 54 inches. Retailers are dedicating less space to this category of furnishings on their floors, and so are end users. Suppliers are […]

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Have You Ever Used Cubicle Walls Without Worksurfaces?

March 23, 2011 by admin

If you’ve never used cubicle walls to build a “cabin”, check out this post. You might be able to create a brand new type of work pod.

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Preparing For Office Furniture Installation

March 5, 2011 by admin

Office furniture installation is fairly quick and painless if you buy your cubicles from a professional dealership. But there are some ways you can make it even easier.

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Shrink Your Business: Office Furniture Planning Reduces Space Requirements

March 3, 2011 by admin

Are you looking for a smaller office building to house your business? Office furniture doesn’t have to take up as much space when you do effective planning.

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Corner Office Furniture: San Diego Small Business Solutions

January 31, 2011 by admin

Are you using your available space efficiently by installing corner office furniture? San Diego companies that need to fit more workers into a small area should consider this.

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The View From The Cubicle: Workstations Get A Makeover

January 8, 2011 by admin

Has it been a while since you redecorated your cubicle? Workstations deserve the same interior design flair as any other room in the office environment.

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Tips For Cubicles: Workstation Improvement Ideas

December 14, 2010 by admin

Do your employees complain about their cubicles? Workstation perks aren’t that difficult to provide for employees who deserve a little something extra.

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Office Cubicle Systems That Promote Organization Could Save Big $$

November 18, 2010 by admin

Do your office cubicle systems make it easy for employees to find what they need, when they need it? If not, your company could be wasting untold labor hours.

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Top 3 Perks of Really Small Cubicles

October 29, 2010 by admin

Small cubicles are a source of many complaints from workers; but that might be because they haven’t thought about the advantages of tiny workstations.

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See A Cubicle System That’s “On The Go”

October 27, 2010 by admin

Now, packing up your cubicle system can take less time than packing a suitcase. Find out about the innovative Japanese design for The Folding Office here.

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Owning Your Workspace

October 25, 2010 by admin

Does employee morale increase when individuals are allowed to customize their workstations? Guest writer Susan Koole Huls from Herman Miller offers insights.

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Is Your Corporate Office Furniture Outdated?

October 20, 2010 by admin

Corporate office furniture such as conference tables may need to be re-invented to keep up with workplaces that no longer see the benefit in lengthy sit-down meetings.

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Knoll Cubicles For Upstart Companies

October 4, 2010 by admin

Is your company just getting off the ground? Knoll cubicles with desk mounted screens like the highly mobile Upstart collection are one option to consider.

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Office Furniture Resources – Free Space Planning Software

September 22, 2010 by admin

Looking for free office furniture resources? Here are 4 companies that offer free trial versions of their space planning software. Read reviews of each product.

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Age Of The Computer: Cubicles Tracked Electronically

September 15, 2010 by admin

Here’s a new use for the technology developed since the advent of the computer. Cubicles can be monitored for usage throughout to day to improve space planning.

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Negotiating Cubicle Wall Placement & Height

September 7, 2010 by admin

Is a cubicle wall blocking sunlight from reaching your workspace? Here’s one possible solution that doesn’t involve buying new furniture.

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Do You Need A Professional Office Furniture Consultant?

August 27, 2010 by admin

Find out how a professional office furniture consultant can cut your costs and save you time when you need new (or used) office furnishings.

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Keeping Office Cubicle Walls Stable

August 18, 2010 by admin

Office cubicle walls need to be kept from shifting or tipping over. How do you accomplish this? Find several strategies here.

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Cool Cubicles To Spark Your Imagination

August 13, 2010 by admin

Check out the cool cubicles and workspaces at the link in this blog to get ideas for ways to spice up your office environment.

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HON Office Furniture: San Diego Employers Get Real Answers

July 15, 2010 by admin

Here’s an overview of tips you can learn from HON Office Furniture. San Diego employers can combine this info with a free consultation.

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Are 6×6 Cubicles Too Small for Comfort?

July 9, 2010 by admin

6×6 cubicles would have seemed unthinkably small at one time. Can they really be comfortable for workers? Find out here.

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Popular Cubicle Configurations

June 24, 2010 by admin

Are you planning a new office environment? Check out these popular cubicle configurations for some good ideas.

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Office Furniture Storage: Cubicles

June 23, 2010 by admin

Do you need to put some workstations in storage? Cubicles are easier to assemble again later when you follow this advice.

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Modular Office Cubicles – Going Off Module

June 22, 2010 by admin

Have you ever wondered if cubes with “off-module” capabilities are the best option? Learn about modular office cubicles here.

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Typical Cubicle Layout Criticized By Programmer

June 9, 2010 by admin

Do you dislike the typical cubicle layout because it makes it hard for employees to concentrate? Architectural walls offer an alternative.

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Office Cubicles Design – Attack of the Clones

May 7, 2010 by admin

While human cloning is still the stuff of science fiction, office furniture cloning has been taking place for quite some time. Cloning companies mimic an OEM office cubicle’s design to create knock-offs of the original product for business owners who want to save some cash. It’s kind of like buying a faux Coach bag – […]

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Who’s The Designer? Cubicles Start As Ideas

May 6, 2010 by admin

Modern cubicles are a far cry from the original Action Office created by Bob Propst in 1968. Now, workstations are available in an enormous range of configurations and styles to suit any office design layout. Who comes up with these high-end office furniture concepts? Most designer cubicles are marketed as part of a collection that […]

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Shrinking Cubicles – Design Efficiency and Space Management

May 5, 2010 by admin

When it comes to office space planning, business owners look to maximize the utility of their office real estate in lots of different ways. A recent article from the Wall Street Journal reveals that one approach employers are taking is install smaller cubicles. Design features and careful implementation can actually make this less of a […]

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Acoustics In Work Environments & Office Cubicle Design

April 29, 2010 by admin

In a busy call center with lots of people sharing workstations in close proximity, creating a quiet atmosphere is out of the question. However, there are a number of ways to effectively address noise and make the volume level tolerable. Office design layout is one part of the puzzle. For example, large open spaces with […]

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Fun Facts: Space Saving Cubicle Design

April 27, 2010 by admin

Have you ever started work at a new company and found yourself the butt of a practical joke? The comments raged fast and furious over on Flickr when a user posted a photo of a tiny cubicle design created for an intern’s first day of work. This miniature workspace is wedged between a column and […]

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Fun Facts: Feng Shui For Call Center Cubicles?

April 12, 2010 by admin

Did you know that a Google search for cubicle Feng Shui delivers over 69,000 results? There’s even a “for Dummies” article on the topic. That’s a testament to all the office employees who are looking for alternative ways to make their workspace more inspiring. So, if you want tips for ways to improve the flow […]

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Teknion Cubicle Space Planning Tool

February 5, 2010 by admin

The next time you are in the market for a Teknion cubicle cluster, check out the free space planning tool on the manufacturer’s website. This lets you see various configurations and sort cubicles by size or product. Besides diagrams, there are also plenty of photos with clearly labeled components. The drop-down sort fields allow you […]

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Space Saving Ideas for Office Furniture In San Diego

January 7, 2010 by admin

As the author of this article about office furniture in San Diego points out, business real estate in California is expensive. The less space employers have to pay a monthly lease for, the better. However, there is a fine line between being efficient and packing workers in like sardines. When employees feel crowded and undervalued, […]

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Knoll Systems Furniture – Equity Call Center Workstations

December 24, 2009 by admin

Knoll currently has an interesting white paper on call centers available in its “sector focus” library. According to the data in this paper, there are approximately 78,000 call centers in the U.S. Some 2 million employees work in these environments. The nature of the work (which could reasonably be described as uninspiring and stressful) often […]

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Allsteel Cubicles: Align Yourself Now

December 21, 2009 by admin

The Align series of Allsteel cubicles offer you the opportunity to “align” the look of your workspaces with the rest of your office environment. That’s because this collection has the kind of aesthetic appeal you would be happy to display everywhere from your reception area to your executive offices. Align furnishings are available for each […]

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