If you want to examine how you can make the most of your existing workspace, don’t let it fool you- it’s not always easy. But as your organization grows and your needs change, your space will probably have to adapt as well. The U.S. EPA estimates that Americans spend a majority of their time indoors, in fact almost 90% of it, partly in thanks to the shift of job demands and reliance on technology. Because of this shift in work style, your workplace will more than likely have to undergo a reconfiguration at some point. So, what exactly does a reconfiguration mean? Well, quite simply, it’s a better understanding of how your physical space aligns with the associates who use it, and then applying those findings to help shape your space to maximize collaboration and productivity. Before you attempt to start the reconfiguration process, here are some things you should think about: – Figure out how you currently use space. This is fairly simple. How are you using space today? What does foot traffic look like? How many work stations do your employees occupy? Do your employees use a kitchen? By understanding how your employees currently use the space, it will give you a baseline to work from to improve. – Ask your employees. In an ideal world, how would their new work space take shape? Would it be open and collaborative, or do they want some privacy? Would they like a new cafe or more conference space? Do they want to write on the walls or project information from their iPad to anywhere in the facility? Ask your employees what they would like to see and consider those ideas when it’s time to reconfigure. Your staff can be one of your best assets for changing your work place. – Ask questions. If you’re working with professionals, have a list of questions to ask in advance. Your vendor-partner who is helping you should be able to provide their expert advice on the best strategies for handling a transition. These are just a few things to consider when reconfiguring your space.
If you have an office job where you sit much of the day hunched over a desk, clicking away on your keyboard – read below for some tips and ideas about how to keep moving at work. Research suggests that people who sit excessively have increased risk for injury, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The human body is made to move, but a significant number of working adults around the world say they are sitting 3 to 8 hours a day on average. It’s easy to talk about it and recognize we need to move more while at work, but what can we realistically do about it? Below are 5 ideas to help get you moving and healthier throughout your day. 1. Give choices. Provide a variety of furniture options so people have the option to sit, stand and move throughout the workday. There are a lot of affordable choices to help your employees. 2. Take “mini” breaks to get energized. Doctors recommend standing about every 20 minutes, so take mini breaks about three times an hour to help the blood flow. Stand, stretch and walk around to get your blood pumping and circulating. This helps build more energy than just standing alone.3. Get personal with face-to-face conversations. Instead of sending an email, text, or instant message- do something novel and walk to your coworkers’ desk! Technology today makes it easy to send a message rather than get up and stretch our legs. Not only is it good for you, it’s good for your working relationships, too. 4. Take the stairs! I bet you haven’t heard that before. But think about it this way: walking just two flights of stairs daily burns enough calories to melt away 6 pounds in a year, according to experts. The elevator is convenient, but taking the stairs will payoff in the long term. 5. Move around to different workspaces. Make a conscious effort to move around to and work in different areas. Maybe you take your work to the break room one day and to a conference room another. By rotating where you work, you break up your day and give yourself an option to work in spaces that support you.
To some, office furniture is just another business necessity; for others, it sets the tone and culture of the workplace environment. Chances are, you’ll probably have to spend some money to buy more as you grow and as change in the workplace requires. Whatever your circumstances, we know it can be a big investment for your business.You’ve probably heard, “If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” But, when it comes to something as expensive as office furniture, it’s better to prevent issues caused by poor maintenance than trying to just fix them. In order to protect your investment, there are some things you can do- and most are of little to no cost to you: 1. Figure out the furniture finish. Before you do any maintenance on any piece, know what finish it is. By knowing the material in advance, you’ll eliminate the possibility of ruining a delicate finish. For example, wood and laminate are different, so they require their special treatments. In the event you don’t know, it’s best to contact your furniture dealer or the manufacturer directly. 2. Review what the manufacturer recommends. Chances are that your office furniture came with an owner’s manual. If you can locate it, it should tell you how you can go about maintaining your furniture, and if it’s under warranty and in need of repair, the manufacturer can help you get the item repaired by an authorized service center. 3. Clean pieces regularly. Office furniture may vary in material, price and build, but all office furniture can benefit from regular routine cleaning. Whether it’s wiping up a spill or deeply cleaning upholstery, routine cleaning can help increase the longevity of your pieces as well as protect your investment and your employees’ health. Upholstery, desk tops and conference tables are notorious for harboring germs, which can spread germs. By regularly cleaning your furniture, you’ll create a healthy, happy workplace for all. Tell us, what do you do to maintain your office furniture?