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Heaps of Office Furniture in Landfills?

Where else would it go? Organizations and corporations are continually shuffling people, renovating and moving offices. This leads to large amounts of office furniture being discarded, along with equipment and supplies.

Unless an office manager, facilities manager or the like, arranges for a company like Office Furniture Outlet to acquire the furniture for refurbishing and resale, large bulky office furniture is being carted off to the dump and creating tons upon tons of trash, annually.

At Office Furniture Outlet, we reduce the carbon footprint by recycling, reusing, refurbishing and reselling thousands of pieces of furniture.

What does this do?

  • Reduces garbage in landfills
  • Provides beautiful, functional used office furniture at greatly reduced prices
  • Employs refurbishing specialists
  • Supports the economy
  • Helps the company that’s moving or renovating by taking the furniture off their hands

Moving offices or renovating and need to get rid of your old office furniture? Call Larry Iverson at Office Furniture Outlet to discuss how we can collaborate and create a win-win for everyone!

757-855-2800

7 Reasons Why Great Office Furniture Increases Productivity

Specifically referring to the work place, every piece of furniture is going to play an important part in boosting your productivity, as getty_78295349_9706459704500160_44608well as potential. With the inclusion of great furniture, you’ll have the ability to take your productivity to an entirely new level. It’s the reason why nearly all office spaces in the world are providing a makeover to their boring and old furniture by including stylish, as well as new furniture within their offices. READ FULL ARTICLE

Do you prefer personal workspace?

In the Business section of Sunday’s Virginian Pilot, there was an article entitled, “For many, personal work space a vanishing feature at work.”

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Group workspace

A current trend in the corporate world is doing away with offices and replacing them with open workspaces and movable furniture. Though cost-effective for the business, the majority of employees feel that the office is their home away from home and prefer their own personal space.

Some businesses are even going so far as to require employees to reserve desk space, while others are not allowing any personal items or non-office-branded items to be used.

If personal workspace and being allowed to display personal items is important to you, make sure your next job search includes questions about the company’s practices when it comes to offices, cubicles, desk arrangements, etc.

Tips on Buying Green Office Furniture

discounted green office furniture for saleThe Four R’s in Recycling and Office Furniture: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Restore

 

Does it really matter if businesses choose to follow the four R’s of recycling? Well, there are many green steps a business can take that will make a big difference for a company business, the community and the planet.

Reduce
The first of the four recycling R’s is to reduce. When considering office purchases ask yourself: is there an option that is more recyclable, or has less packaging? For example, when looking to buy office furniture consider used office furniture for minimizing packaging. Buying used also saves the furniture from ending up in a landfill. In fact just (40) cubicles will divert one tractor-trailer load of furniture from the landfill.

Reuse
Your business may be due for a move, often this means new furniture to fit the new building. Instead of eliminating existing furniture, consider having it refurbished with new paint and fabric. Electrostatic painting can refinish any metal furniture such as filing cabinets and cubicle frames. Cubicle fabric is easily replaced to accommodate new building design aesthetics. Use a space planner to ensure the best fit of your newly refurbished furniture in your new space. A CAD design of your office is also helpful to design optimal work-flow for office efficiency

Recycle
If you decide to abandon your old furniture consider selling it back. Often you can get money or store credit when working with an office furniture dealer. The main goal would be to keep the furniture from going to a landfill. Remember to look for used office furniture when buying for the new office. You will find that you will save 40%-80% off retail list when buying used.

Restore
Restore the forth “R” in recycling is relatively new to but very important. A good business will protect their assets. Consider repairing, refinishing, re-purposing, or refinish assets before you decide to throw them away. All surfaces like metal and wood can be refinished and refurbished to like new conditions. If you have chairs, cabinets or desks that are broken look to have the repaired. Office Furniture Outlet has an on site repair service, which saves you time and money.

Office Furniture Outlet of Virginia has been providing affordable new and used office furniture and services to business for over 20 years. Call us today to let us know how we can help you with your office furniture needs (757) 855-2800.

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Break rooms are more important to a company than we realize.  If these aren’t used correctly they can be seen as counterproductive.  In this Inc.com article you will find out what it takes for a successful break room!

1. Free coffee. Free coffee is a staple in most offices for a reason. Make sure you have some kind of coffee available in your break room, with all the extras–sugar, cream, cups, and stirrers, at least.

2. Lunch tables. No break room is complete without an area for your employees to actually take a break. Lunch tables are important for the obvious reasons: they give people space to sit down and eat a meal during their lunch breaks. But they also serve a more important purpose–they create a natural opportunity for your workers to engage with one another.

3. Differentiation. Don’t make your break room a simple extension of the rest of your office. Do something to make it stand out. The change in environment will give them a chance to relax and embrace the change in scenery. When they return to work, they’ll start fresh, and productivity will substantially increase.

4. Games. Games are important in the break room for two reasons. First, they give people a chance to unwind and engage in an activity that doesn’t stress them out. It helps relieve stress and promotes greater productivity when the employees go back to work. Second, if you offer a multiplayer game like foosball or billiards, it promotes bonding amongst your workers and leads to a stronger team mentality.

5. Decoration. The break room should be a lively, stimulating place. Don’t keep white walls with a single poster describing workers’ legal rights. Instead, paint the break room a unique color or feature an idiosyncratic pattern.

6. Healthy food options. If you want to go the extra mile, include some healthy food options for your workers. Like with the free coffee, your workers will consider it an extra perk of the job, but there are other benefits to offering healthy food in the break room. A healthy snack can curb workers’ hunger without a sharp spike in insulin, which can lead to a crash later.

7. Comfortable seating. Stiff wooden chairs won’t cut it for a successful break room. Comfortable furniture might cost a bit more, but it will also help your workers feel more relaxed and respected.

8. Televisions.  A steady stream of relevant information, such as national news, helps your workers feel more involved and get more informed about the happenings of the world outside your office. If you can’t have televisions, newspapers may be a suitable alternative.

9. Celebrations. Break rooms should be host to regular celebrations throughout your company, depending on how and when you choose to honor your employees.  It will add to the relaxing, separated atmosphere of the room and improve the break time your employees have on a regular basis.

10. Requested features. Finally, truly great break rooms have features that have been requested by your employees themselves. There’s no better way to find out what they value than to simply ask them.

For the full article please click here.  This is a great article put out by inc.com

 

Our New Showroom is Open for Business!

Our old showroom is officially closed, and our new address is:

5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3 Norfolk, VA 23502

 

Our new showroom is located only about a mile away from our old showroom. Click here for directions!

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We now have 90,000 sq. ft. worth of space, filled with desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and more. Come visit us!

www.OFOVA.com
(757) 855-2800
5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3
Norfolk, VA 23502

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Happy Cubicle Day!

Happy Cubicle Day!

Here at Office Furniture Outlet, we not only buy and sell cubicles, but we install and reconfigure them as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose us to handle your next office cubicle move and installation:

  1. Our staff is well-trained, boasting over 20 years of experience with all types of office furniture brands and systems.
  2. We help our customers find the right product, generate layouts, manage project scheduling, and coordinate deliveries.
  3. We provide flexible scheduling and complete furniture setup and installation.
  4. Our goal is to move you as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible (We aim to be the best value in Hampton Roads).
  5. Our large fleet of quality equipment is able to accommodate deliveries and installations of any size.

Click here to learn about more of the services we offer!

Adjust Your Task Chair with These 4 Simple Steps

Ergonomic desk chairs are more than just additions to a workspace: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends the use of ergonomic chairs that foster a neutral, comfortable working posture. Ergonomics not only promote good posture and, in turn, physical health, but can create a more pleasant work environment that promotes productivity.

1. Adjust the chair to your height

One of the most important aspects of ergonomic seating is the height of the chair. Sitting in a chair that is too low can force one to raise the arms to reach the keyboard, causing strain in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also encourages rounding of the spine and places added tension on the tailbone and buttocks. Adversely, seating that is too high places pressure on the thighs and back of the knees, cutting off circulation in the lower extremities.

A good chair height supports the thighs evenly and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines suggestions for adjusting the chair to your height:

  • Stand up in front of the chair and raise or lower it so that the top of the seat cushion when parallel to the floor is at a height just below the knee cap.
  • Sit down on the chair with feet flat on the floor. Ensure there is about 2 inches of clearance between the front edge of the seat and the calves. Achieving this may require you to adjust the tilt.
Herman Miller Aeron chairThe Herman Miller Aeron chair has a tilt function that echoes the natural body mechanics.

2. Tilt according to your task and comfort

In general, a slightly forward tilting chair is the most comfortable for basic computer usage. However, variation is key to avoid placing continuous pressure and strain on certain parts of the body. A backward tilt allows the user to recline slightly, and a horizontal seat is ideal for sitting erect and upright.

“The key is selecting a highly flexible ergonomic office chair.”

Since tilt should be adjusted regularly to mix up position, the key is to select an ergonomic office chair that is highly flexible and easy to adjust quickly while still providing a frame that disperses pressure and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. For example, the Herman Miller Aeron chair is designed with a tilt action that echoes the body’s mechanics and provides support that stabilizes the pelvis for a natural curvature.

3. Alter the armrests

Adjustable armrests are an important feature to ergonomic office chairs, as improper arm positioning can lead to strain in the neck and shoulders. When armrests are too low, the user might be more inclined to slouch forward to rest his or her limbs. If too high, the user may be forced to hunch the shoulders when placing the forearms on the rests.

The proper armrest height for good ergonomics should be at around the same height as the point of one’s elbow when bent at a 90-degree angle, according to OSHA. This positioning allows one to place his or her forearms on the rests with the arms slightly lifted at the shoulders, taking weight off the shoulders and shifting it to the elbow.

Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine's natural curvature.Adjustable lumbar support allows you to easily alter the chair back to conform to your spine’s natural curvature.

4. Adjust the backrest for optimal lumbar support

Perhaps the most essential feature of an ergonomic office chair is lumbar support, which minimizes tension on the back and prevents slouching. The aim is to match the backrest to the contour of the spine when seated in a neutral position. You may need to adjust the backrest by raising or lowering it so that it fits snugly in the natural curvature of the spine and pushes the back forward. However, high-end chairs such as the Herman Miller Celle provide a lumbar adjustment function. The lumbar support should feel firm, and you should not feel any pressure points in the back.

– See more at: http://blog.officedesigns.com/health-well-being/4-simple-steps-to-adjusting-your-task-chair/#sthash.k1GyB3Dn.dpuf

If you need help picking out the perfect office chair, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (757) 855-2800.

www.OFOVA.com

Thinking Green

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!

While we’re all thinking green, let’s discuss greening your office.  Keep reading to learn the benefits of buying used furniture:

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When you buy used office furniture:

  • Furniture is being diverted out of the solid waste stream and back into the market so it can be used again
  • There are fewer raw materials used; Remanufacturing conserves energy and natural resources
  • You are recycling, which extends the lives of resources already in circulation such as wood, aluminum, steel, plastics, and fiber
  • You are keeping metals out of the remelting process, which conserves labor and manufacturing energy
  • You are saving up to 60 percent off the cost of new furniture, which means conservation and waste reduction is an important corporate goal

If your office isn’t already green, we hope you plan on making it happen soon! Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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The Importance of Your Office Chair

Oftentimes, people don’t think quality office chairs fit into their budget, but if you sit in a chair 8+ hours a day, it needs to be the best chair. It makes sense to spend more on quality items that are used for such a large percentage of your life. Plus, investing in a quality chair means that it’ll last longer and you’ll be rewarded with many years of comfort! It’s important to choose a chair that will give you the support you need. Keep reading to learn the benefits of ergonomic chairs:

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1. Pain Relief:

Ergonomic Chairs are used mainly to help prevent and relieve pain. Without the proper support provided by an ergonomic chair, extended sitting may result in lower back pain or muscle fatigue and exhaustion. In addition to pain, sitting in the wrong type of chair for an extended period of time can actually cause a variety of health problems or worsen existing conditions.

2. Proper Circulation:

Allowing blood to flow properly through your body is crucial, and the wrong chair can inhibit it. Most ergonomic chairs allow the seat position and height of the chair to adjust to the length of your legs. It’s important that your legs stay at a 90 degree angle to ensure proper circulation, so pick an ergonomic chair that lets you adjust the height and angle of your seat.

3. Support:

Your body has its own unique curves and areas in need of support and cushioning. Many ergonomic chairs are made from mesh, which will automatically mold to the contours of your body.

Read all of the Top 5 Reasons to Own an Ergonomic Chair here.

By sitting in an ergonomic office chair, you will be doing your body a huge favor. Luckily, office chairs don’t have to break the bank. At Office Furniture Outlet, we sell chairs for up to 60% off the retail price. A Herman Miller Aeron Chair, one of the most popular chairs, costs up to $1,200.00 new – We sell them for $499.99 each. Visit our showroom in Norfolk, Virginia to browse, sit in, and purchase a quality ergonomic office chair for less!

What chair do you think is the most comfortable? Let us know!