FEBRUARY OVERSTOCK SPECIALS! Shop the Specials>>

A Guide to Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile and Using It to Your Advantage: Part 2

January 11, 2019 by admin

Never underestimate the value of your LinkedIn profile. When we first tackled this issue last month, we realized that there are a lot of experts and professionals out there who understand the importance of a solid LinkedIn profile. It’s the social media version of your resume and every detail – picture included – tells colleagues […]

Read More>>

A Guide to Building an Effective LinkedIn Profile and Using It to Your Advantage: Part 1

November 18, 2018 by admin

LinkedIn is the premier social networking site for professionals, providing the potential for thousands of connections, participation in industry-focused groups and, in general, serving as a source of information, development and new opportunities for millions of professionals. Passive use of the site won’t present much value to you, save for the occasional notifications about work […]

Read More>>

Negotiating Your Salary: Three Tips for Success

August 22, 2018 by admin

Negotiating your salary, whether during a late-stage interview for a job or in your annual performance review, is an art as much as it is a necessity. In our first post in this series, we did a case study of an entrepreneur’s experience with a company who was promoting her without a bump in pay. […]

Read More>>

How to Negotiate Your Salary Like A Pro: Part 1

July 12, 2018 by admin

Several years ago, Ally Compeau, founder of boutique sign manufacturer Woof Signs, was working a corporate job and staring at the salary her bosses offered her for a recent promotion. When she started out with the business, she was in what could be considered a junior role. As she gained more experience, worked on more […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

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>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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, […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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, […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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. […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

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 […]

Read More>>

What Are the Competing Values in Your Workplace Culture?

May 17, 2013 by admin

Have you ever wondered why it’s so difficult to create a truly effective workplace culture? Perhaps it’s because your organization is being pulled in so many different directions at once. Haworth has a great white paper that gives you a simple way to visualize how this works with the Competing Values Framework. It uses two […]

Read More>>