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Trends in office pace size and configuration will affect office furniture design and layout. Collaborative work models, private offices, shared private enclaves, touchdown spaces, technology, and activities are all important in your office design. Find out what is happening trending now.

Office Design Trends for 2016

As we’re approaching the New Year, it’s a good time to start thinking about what you will leave behind and what needs to improve going forward – your office design included. According to the experts, the following trends will keep workers engaged and get the most out of your office space.

TREND #1: HIDING THE WIRES

Scott Lesizza, principal at Workwell Partners says one of his clients’ most requested solutions is help with eliminating wires and clutter from desktops and conference rooms. “Between wires, laptops and other electronic devices, to docking stations, paperwork and personal items, there are many things that can make a room full of open desks appear very disorganized,” says Lesizza. Even a $30,000 conference table can look terrible if wires are not well concealed within the table, he observes. “Luckily we are seeing more manufacturers develop solutions that are clean and simple,” he says.

TREND #2: BRINGING THE OUTDOORS IN

Lesizza says nature is having a serious moment in design. Reclaimed wood panel installations, exposed concrete flooring, and incorporating natural flora patterns in fabrics and artwork are all becoming more prominent, along with plant life itself in the form of living walls, he says. “Some of our favorite pieces and projects from the last year take a page from this trend, and also go hand in hand with one of the bigger trends: bringing the home into the office,” says Lesizza. “It’s the natural, cozy feeling that a lot of these finishes and details have that will continue to make this trend a popular one throughout 2016.”

TREND #3: MULTIPURPOSE WORKSPACES

Lesizza observes that in his 20 years in the design business, he’s never seen change happen so quickly. “Not only are cubicles disappearing,” says Lesizza, “but now their replacement—the bench—is being overtaken by non-assigned seating.” The executive suite is still not playing to this trend, however; multipurpose spaces can be utilized for everything from multimedia presentations to casual breakout areas. “We’ll also see more oval-shaped office desks, which allow for a more convenient place for 4-6 people to meet, as well as a shift toward height adjustable tables for standing meetings,” he says.

TREND #4: DESIGNATED LOUNGE AREAS

Jeff Miller, a veteran of Apple and Herman Miller who’s now vice president of design at Poppin sees a move toward creating spaces that are the antithesis of rigid workstations. “Lighter, powerful, wireless technology has untethered the workspace more than ever,” Miller notes, so offices can be more comfortable, which stimulates relaxed collaboration. “Offices now mandate the inclusion of dedicated lounge areas to make working more enjoyable,” Miller says.

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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 well 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. Here will include a few of the ways that great office furniture may enhance your productivity in the work place:

Boring furniture will make you lazy

Office furniture that is boring not just makes you lazy, yet it additionally will make you irritated and clumsy by the mountains of work on your desk. Being surrounded with boring furniture, individuals oftentimes lose interest in work and it’ll affect someone’s productivity to a large extent. Furthermore, if someone does not have the ability to properly work during these critical 7 to 8 hours of her day, more likely she’ll lack productivity at home, as well as additional social places.

Vibrant colors bring enthusiasm

Lots of offices are choosing furniture in bright colors. It’s due to the reason that cool and bright colors assist in lifting a person’s mood. It’s a good way to alleviate stress, as well as increase productivity.

Cleanliness also is important

Not just great furniture, rather cleanliness also is responsible for providing your life that much needed relaxation and positivism. A disorganized office is going to deprive workers of the enthusiasm and zeal to properly work. A clean and well-adjusted office, on the other hand, is going to keep workers comfortable and they’ll have the ability to be more productive in whichever task they’re performing.

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Psychological Effects of Color in the Office

Productivity is key in the workplace. But did you know the way you decorate your office may affect how well your employees are performing? In addition to space planning, you may want to reconsider pops of color when decorating your office space – after all, different colors may have different effects on your staff. 

1. Calming blue hues

Blue tones produce a calming effect on the body, and it’s not often you’ll find someone opposed to the color. In fact, most people will respond with blue when asked what their favorite color is. The soothing effects of blue shades are also often associated with trust. In fact, according to California State University, Stanislaus, many U.S. banks designed their logos with this in mind, wanting potential customers to see them as a trustworthy resource.

2. Relax with green

Much like the color blue, green can inspire feelings of calm and reassurance. Of all the shades of green to choose from, many of the most popular are found in nature. Grass green is reminiscent of the outdoors, which can relax and refresh one’s mood. Dark forest green is great for allowing individuals to concentrate, which can be ideal for an office. However, layering your entire office in greens limit your decor options or muddy the effect.

Use potted plants to bring some green into your office space.Use potted plants to bring some green into your office space.

3. The energy of red

Red is often associated with authority and power. As a result, the color is commonly avoided in office interior design. Other emotions evoked from shades of red include love, aggression and warmth. While red may boost energy, it has been found to be a short-lived boost. In fact, Forbes explains that the color red can reduce analytical thinking. However, in Eastern cultures, red translates to joy when paired with white.

Furniture can offer a great opportunity to add a pop of color to your office.Furniture can offer a great opportunity to add a pop of color to your office.

4. Basic white

Giving off a hygienic and clean vibe, the color white is associated with simplicity. As a result, it can lead to boredom – meaning your employees may find distractions other than their work. While crisp white walls will likely provide patients with comfort during a doctor’s appointment, they’re not ideal for an office environment. Instead, the decor may come off to clients and employees as unfriendly and even cold.

 

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20 Ways to Create an Impressive Office Reception Area

It may be a cliché, but it’s true: You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. The old but wise adage rings particularly cutthroat in business.

Within milliseconds of entering your office, potential clients make up their minds about you and your company. In a glance, they instantly decide how trustworthy you are, if you’re broke or in the money and, oftentimes, if you’re good enough to do business with.

While you can’t control what people think, you can pad the first impression deck in your favor – and not just with a bowl of M&Ms and a comfy padded couch in your reception area. There are countless ways you can convey the success and professionalism of your business right in your entryway.

From offering a welcoming smile (this should be a given) to sprucing your space up with lush (real, not fake!) plants, to lighting up your logo to offering free Wi-Fi, here are 20 ways you can make a positive, lasting first impression with your office reception, all neatly tucked into an infographic by U.K. interior design firm SEC Interiors.

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7 Ways To Make Workspaces Productive & Inspiring

There are several different aspects to keeping your workspace  productive and inspiring. The furniture you choose plays an important part, along with these 6 others on the list from Fast Company:

1. MINIMIZE THE DISTRACTIONS

With our laptops, tablets, and phones we now carry our work (and our entertainment) with us wherever we go. With all those devices, there are already more than enough distractions to potentially lower our productivity or stifle our creativity. The workplace shouldn’t be one of them.

I like to keep things simple. I give people a view of the outside and clean walls.

I love art and visit museums whenever I travel, but a workspace isn’t a museum. Too much artwork is distracting. If it’s curated, it can work. Oh, and don’t ever do those inspirational quotes—they are so 1991.

I do have one exception to my artwork rule: I put it in meeting rooms, because you might be bored in there. Just saying.

2. ACCOUNT FOR NOISE

Do you want music? White noise? Pink noise? (Yes, there are different colors of noise.) What level of noise works for your company culture or for the people using your office?

At my coworking space, the extroverts prefer music and the introverts prefer white noise. If you’ve got a bunch of engineers wearing headphones you don’t need to do anything. But if you’ve got a mix of people then you need to figure out what works best for your space to minimize distraction and boost productivity. When I built out my coworking space, I designed different ceiling heights to give me flexibility in setting different noise levels.

I also bought a bunch of Moshi Moshi handsets. They are fun, a great conversation point, and most importantly really help tone down how loud people talk on their phones. Often people don’t realize just how loud they’re being. If they plug in a handset suddenly they’re using their inside voices.

3. FURNITURE MATTERS

Lounge furniture is great, but not necessarily for long hours of work. Provide tables and power around you in a more relaxed setting so that you can be productive if you choose to not have a traditional work surface like a desk. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the chairs. They are so important to your health. Make sure you give people the option to sit or to stand. Again, it’s a health thing—and standing to work is becoming increasingly popular. Give people options.

Although they are increasingly popular, I don’t have any treadmill desks in my space because so far I’ve found them incredibly expensive, noisy, and quick to break.

4. LOOK FOR LIGHT

Nothing beats natural light, but you don’t always have the luxury of having it in abundance. So, don’t skimp on lighting and provide additional sources of lighting besides just typical fluorescents. Lamps can be fun and functional in an office space. They’re easy to move around and experiment with. Look at residential designs for more variety.

Some lights can be programmed in a variety of ways. How about having the lights change color if the team meets their sales target?

Also, keep the wall color low so the walls are light and bright but also grounded. Don’t splash bright color everywhere. Remember what we said about distracting artwork?

5. INCLUDE A VIEW

I love to let the outdoors be the art. This is why I have a courtyard at my coworking space. If you can’t provide a view to green space, create one with a living wall or skylights. And remember, staring off into the distance is good for our eyes.

6. HAVE FUN

Move the lights, move the plants. I have lots of things like etch-a-sketches and silly putty around. They’re the kind of tactile things that people can be working on with their hands when they need a break. Old-fashioned puzzles are another way to get your brain thinking in a different direction and to take a break from your screen.

In my coworking space we even have a cape hanging up in a retro phone booth. (We put it in there in case you need to change into Superman. Or Superwoman.)

7. KEEP IT FRESH

If you don’t have a throw-it-out-every-Friday policy for your refrigerator, you are doing something wrong. I tell people I don’t care what it is or what it is in, it is going in the trash. It’s about keeping people healthy. What’s a bunch of sick people going to do to your productivity? It might sound like a no-brainer, but you also need to have a cleaning crew come in every weekend.

To avoid any hint of stale, brain-clogging air we run air purifiers in both of our spaces.

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Ergonomics Explained

The below article details ergonomics in the workplace.


 

How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair | Dwell

written by:
Diana Budds
Associate Editor at Dwell

We sat down with ergonomics expert Sacha Burn to ask how we can avoid cubicle-based back aches.

Can you explain a little bit about your work and what you do?

Ergonomics is really the science of fitting the task to the user, rather than the user trying to fit themselves to their tools or their task. Part of my specific role is to be able to provide ergonomic design recommendations for the designed product. It’s about working with our clients and studying at the employee level to improve the fit between the environment and the user. But largely what we spend our time doing is reactively addressing ergonomics, perhaps after someone has developed discomfort or even an injury. We work to improve the fit between environment and that user to make sure that we’re reducing their risk of developing [further] discomfort and injury, improving their comfort but also in turn improving things like their productivity, their efficiency, their satisfaction, and their overall health.

If you invest this much into creating an ergonomically correct workspace, are you really saving money down the line in these other costs?

One of my favorite studies was one that was actually published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. What the researches did was survey about 30,000 employees across many different industries and found that over half of them, almost 53% of them, reported some sort of discomfort. This specific study found that of those people who reported discomfort, they were losing about five productive hours a week to their discomfort. Taking longer to get started in the morning, having to leave early, maybe having to change their job tasks, sometimes even having to take breaks to complain to their co-workers about their discomfort. So we’re losing about five hours a week, but really this adds up to 30 or 40 working days every year, and if you take out weekends that’s almost two working months that we could be paying employees who are there but are not actually working.

What are the most common problems in a workspace from an ergonomic perspective?

The number one challenge of most office space work environments is that standard desk height in the U.S. is set at about 29 and a half inches from the ground. The reason this is a problem is that we want the work environment to be set to fit the employee, and not the employee to fit their body to the work environment.

Another challenge that we had is that growing up we had mothers and fathers and teachers who told us that we have to sit up straight for our posture, but really, what we know from ergonomic research these days is that sitting up straight and leaning forward puts an immense amount of pressure and stress on your body. It increases compression on your spinal disc, and it means that the muscles of the core and your lower back have to work all day long to hold you up. Even for someone who has abs of steel, those muscles aren’t going to be able to work that whole time without taking a break. The best thing to do in your office environment is to allow your back and your body to relax into the back of your chair—it reduces the pressure on your spine, and it reduces muscle activity in your back.

[There’s also] the fact that there’s nothing to govern the word ergonomic—anyone can label any product ergonomic. Even a few years ago Taco Bell came out with quesadillas and they advertised as having an ergonomic grip. I don’t know how that works.

So there is no formal oversight over companies labeling their products as ergonomic.

Absolutely not. What we teach is that instead of reaching for the product labeled “ergonomic” but looking for the criteria that will fit the tools to the body.

What are some important desk accessories to have?

I’d say that first of all I would encourage not calling it an accessory, because it implies we don’t actually need it—but it’s really one of the most important parts of the work station. The whole goal of fitting the tools to the user are to accommodate two things, our hands and our eyes. So really whatever you’re typing on should lie in the hands in lap position. And whatever you’re looking at—your documents, your monitor, or your laptop screen—we call that the height of your eye. If you can do this and move all the tools close to your body, you’re not going to be overusing specific muscles and you can actually sit back and recline in your chair. One of the big messages is to relax, be comfortable at work.

We advocate keyboard trays is because it allows your hands to work in your lap. It can change your posture so much more than a task chair can. You can give someone a kitchen stool, or you can give someone the most ergonomic chair in the world, but if they’re working at a desk that’s too high for them, they’re going to be working in the same [bad] posture. But if you give someone a keyboard tray they can change the height, the depth, the angle of where their hands are they can move the tools according to their body and completely change their posture for the better.

The other is to get your screen up to the level of your eye. The basic guideline is if you’re using a standard monitor, to set the top line of text at or just below the height of your eye. The reason is that as humans we naturally look down at about a negative 15 degree angle below the height of our eyes. And the reason this is important is you want your gaze to fall in the middle of the screen so your neck can stay neutral and relaxed and you don’t strain your neck. We recommend lowering the screen to match your neck line.

via How to Shop for an Ergonomic Task Chair | Dwell.

 

5 Things Anyone Can Learn from the Coolest Offices in the World

This article is from our friends at DailyWorth, a premier site on all things related to money, career, and entrepreneurship. Cutting-edge companies like Google and Pixar have been celebrated for their unconventional office spaces, which focus on fostering collaboration by bringing workers together in unplanned encounters—on strategically placed stairways, for instance, or over lunch or snacks in on-site cafeterias or snack bars. “Physical space is the biggest lever to encourage collaboration,” Ben Waber, PhD, author of People Analytics, told The New York Times when asked about Google’s office space. “And the data are clear that the biggest driver of performance is serendipitous interaction. For this to happen, you also need to shape a community. It’s the antithesis of the old factory model, where people were just cogs in a machine.” The benefits don’t have to lie with Googlers alone. Seventy percent of office workers and managers say that today’s employees are more productive than they were five years ago, according to a recent survey by Staples Advantage. Those gains are partly due to conveniences like mobile technology and telecommuting opportunities, but while in the office, workers’ productivity often depends on their environment. Companies of all sizes are now finding ways to boost worker efficiency through their office design and décor. Here are five trends for successful workspaces and how you can incorporate their principles into your own workday.

1. Let the Sun In

Frontiers’ office has plenty of natural light—even in interior rooms!

The Concept: Recent research shows that when employees are exposed to more natural light, they work better and produce more successful results. In Action: At Shutterstock, which recently opened new offices in New York’s Empire State Building, huge windows line the entire perimeter of the company’s space, and constant natural light has been an inspiration to employees. “Getting outdoors during the workday can recharge our batteries, but so can taking a moment to stand by the window, look out, and appreciate the beauty of the landscape,” says Danny Groner, manager of blogger partnerships and outreach at Shutterstock. “It’s a constant reminder of life beyond these walls. A desk inside a row of cubicles simply can’t rival that view.” What You Can Do: Try to sit near a window that allows natural light to shine in as you work. If your office (or cubicle) doesn’t provide access to natural light, spend some time near windows in common areas so you can get exposure to natural light. Take breaks and go outside. When the weather is nice, consider working outside (if you’re a freelancer or telecommuting).

2. Incorporate Play

Employees at Yelp love to take a midday break to play some ping pong, foosball, pool, or even corn hole.

The Concept: For children, play is a primary method of learning and developing. For adults, taking time to be playful can inspire creativity and new ideas. In Action: At Klick Health, a digital healthcare communications agency, workers can be active even during meetings, as boardroom chairs are equipped with stationary bicycle wheels and pedals. The space is also “filled with gadgets and gizmos that our team can go play with to find inspiration and help produce more creative solutions for our clients,” says Jay Goldman, managing director of Klick Health. “That injection of the unforeseen can help people step outside of their normal thought patterns and find entirely new ways of looking at a problem.” What You Can Do: Incorporate the value of play into your work environment by finding new and interesting elements into your space, even if it just means filling a cabinet in your office with squishy toys or silly putty, Goldman says.

3. Add Variety

HomeAway’s office has different spaces inspired by the company’s vacation rentals around the world.

The Concept: The current trend is to create offices that are designed for easy collaboration and flexibility, while still providing workspaces that allow employees to quietly focus on individual work, says Sherry Gaumond, director of interior design at Larson & Darby Group, an architecture and engineering firm based in Rockford, IL. “One of the key factors in worker productivity is for companies to provide different types of workspaces to accommodate the varying needs of its employees,” she says. In Action: Larson & Darby designed offices for Field Fastener, a distribution company in Machesney Park, IL, that accomplishes the goal of variety through its fireplace nook, “a warm and inviting area where planned and impromptu meetings can take place,” Gaumond says. “This area is used by employees who need to step away from their desks for quick, informal meetings and is also utilized as a lounge space where employees come together for free flowing interaction and brainstorming sessions.” As a separate meeting area, the setup allows “heads down” employees to continue their work without distraction and offers a less formal conference area where creativity can thrive, Gaumond says. Field Fastener also offers one centralized eating space, which includes a pool table and a grill, and encourages the gathering of workers from various departments. Such common areas “are essential to productivity as they offer an opportunity to take a break, convene with others, recharge, and have a little fun,” Gaumond says. What You Can Do: Examine your space and think about ways to provide variety. If you’re in management, maybe you could include both office chairs and bean bags in meeting rooms to provide different perspectives, as Klick Health does. Try to mix up your environments, rotating between your office or cubicle (e.g., a quiet workspace) and larger, shared spaces if they’re available.

4. Use White Space

Method likes to keep its workspaces as clean as its products.

The Concept: While certain paint colors have been shown to boost productivity for some workers, don’t underestimate the power of white space.  Some office designers incorporate whiteboards on the walls and clear, uncluttered white surfaces such as tables and desks to ensure success. “A less cluttered environment helps employees manage stress,” says Megan Kent, director of marketing and communications at Washington, DC-based architecture and design firm Marshall Moya Design. “Having notes on the walls allows employees to stand up and interact with their work environment and transfer tasks and notes to their walls, then wipe them clean at the end of the day.” In Action: Marshall Moya incorporated plenty of white space in the offices of inNuevo, a product design firm in Washington, DC. Workers use dry-erase board wall spaces to plan, brainstorm, and organize projects, Kent says. inNuevo’s quiet room offers employees a calming space with natural light and tranquil, blue walls to complete quiet work or make calls while relaxing on the couch. A clear, uncluttered white desk allows employees to spread out in their workspace with tasks when needed, but having filing cabinets and storage helps them organize and eliminate clutter. What You Can Do: Focus on de-cluttering your workspace to boost productivity. Use filing cabinets, drawers, and other storage solutions to stay organized. Consider incorporating whiteboards on the walls to get you and your co-workers out of your seats and interacting with your environment and your ideas.

5. Open Up

Atlassian’s office is one big open space—meaning employees always have the chance to connect.

The Concept: Growing numbers of employers are eliminating private offices and high-walled cubicles in favor of open offices that encourage collaboration. “Today’s workforce is more team-based, collaborative, and dependent on more social skills and technology,” says Nick Ybarra, architect at Shlemmer Algaze Associates in Culver City, CA. “Workers are no longer dependent on a stationary desk location but are more mobile. Office hierarchy has also changed as CEOs are embracing the open workspace for themselves.” Ybarra says space is utilized wisely when creating the right context for concentration, learning, communication, and collaboration becomes the basis of productivity. “It simply means designing for flexibility to enable space to change as work groups, activities, and projects evolve,” he says. In Action: Front Porch, a California nonprofit senior living and affordable housing provider, recently moved to an open-office environment with the help of Shlemmer Algaze. Gone are the doors that once kept executives isolated in private offices, and gone are the high cubicle walls that discouraged conversation and collaboration among workers. The organization’s goal is to meet and anticipate emerging needs, and “the open, imaginative, and collaborative workspace will help us achieve the kind of disruptive innovation needed in our field of human serving,” says Mike Martinez, director of communication for Front Porch. “An open-office environment is part of that commitment, as it provides more ‘we’ space and more opportunities for collaboration.” What You Can Do: Martinez recommends getting out of your own space as much as possible and engaging with co-workers and partners. “The results could be amazing,” he says. 5 Things Anyone Can Learn from the Coolest Offices in the World | The Muse.

Ending the Tyranny of the Open-Plan Office

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It’s official: Open-plan offices are wildly distracting places to work. About 70 percent of U.S. employees now work in open offices, according to the International Management Facility Association. But the collaboration-friendly environment with minimal cubicle separations “proved ineffective if the ability to focus was not also considered,” according to a new study by the design firm Gensler. “When focus is compromised in pursuit of collaboration, neither works well.”

The key to making workers happy and productive is having a mix of spaces for different activities. Gensler found that workers spend more than half their time at work in deep focus and about one-fourth in collaboration, with the rest split between learning, socializing, and other tasks. Of course, office workers still spend most of the day at their desks, but when it’s time to do some hard-core collaborating or learning, moving to a different environment can help them shift gears.

Read the rest of the article here: Ending the Tyranny of the Open-Plan Office – Businessweek.

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5 Simple Steps to Creating a Zero-Waste Office

1. Schedule a waste audit or assessment.
“Entrepreneurs don’t have time to dig through the garbage and determine what’s in there,” Coalson says. “They probably don’t realize, however, that nonprofits and government agencies will come to your workplace and assess your waste stream for you.”

An audit will provide a detailed analysis of what’s being thrown away during a given time period, measuring types of discards as well as recycling efforts. Coalson suggests contacting city offices, local environmental nonprofits or area colleges that have environmental studies programs. He also says some waste haulers offer audit services.

2. Understand your waste stream.
Once you have assessed your waste, evaluate the results. “This goes beyond just saying we recycle this much and we throw away this much,” says Coalson. “Instead, figure out where and why waste is generated in the first place.”

Coalson says anything that ends up in your waste stream is a signal of inefficiency. “You might discover your office is collectively throwing away five copies of same newspaper every day,” he says. “Even if you are recycling the newspapers, it’s a financial drain and it’s going out the backdoor without any real benefit.”

3. Determine what you can eliminate.
Coalson says once you measure and understand your waste stream, you have the whole picture. “Talk to your team about what is going into garbage cans that can be recycled or composted,” he says.

“Also talk about what is going into the recycling bin that can be eliminated altogether.” He urges people to think of the bigger picture behind waste saying, “If you’re wasting paper, you’re also wasting the time and money that goes into the creation of those materials. Waste begets waste.”

4. Take action.
Coalson says the next step is to set targets for eliminating waste. For example, a small office might try to cut its weekly trash in half while increasing its recycling efforts by a third.

He also suggests setting up systems that redefine processes. Share files electronically instead of printing to distribute. Set printers to the duplex setting, automatically printing on both sides of the paper. And use a free service such as Catalog Choice to remove your business from lists to avoid unwanted mail.

5. Share your success.
Coalson says offering tangible statements about your business’s green practices can foster better relationships with clients. “It demonstrates a culture of efficiency and that can attract business,” he says. “There are no downsides to working toward zero waste. When’s the last time you heard someone say they were pro-waste?”

Read the article: 5 Simple Steps to Creating a Zero-Waste Office | Entrepreneur.com.

The Link Between Plants & Productivity

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According to the article by Caroline Webber, studies have shown that the environment we work in has a huge impact on how we think, act, and feel. Sure, painting the office green will boost moods, but we could take it a step further than that.  A study was done in which bees (whose brains have very similar molecular structures to humans) were exposed to the smell of recently cut grass. Within a few minutes, the behavior of the bees changed from agressive to calm.  So what does this mean for you? 

Plants not only improve air quality, they improve your well-being.  According to an article posted by Leading Company, when you increase the amount of greenery, the complaints about things such as being too cold or having headaches decrease.  Productivity is said to increase by at least 12% when people have plants in the room that they are working in.  Is this enough to make you want to buy more plants?

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We Offer Open Plan Workstations

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Office Furniture Outlet offers workstations by Open Plan Systems.  They are a leading distributor of seating, case goods, and filing systems, and are also the largest remanufacturer of Herman Miller AO2 cubicles, with dealers carrying their product lines across the country.  Remanufactured Herman Miller cubicles are a high-quality, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly option for modular furniture.  Cubicles receive new fabric, top caps, and plastic bases on panels, connectors and components are sanded, pre washed, painted and cured, work surfaces and pedestals are new, and flipper doors are covered with new fabric.  You can choose from our 5 standard paint finishes, 2 base colors, 185 fabrics, and 7 work surface finishes.

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