The never-ending quest to make our days at work more productive and less stressful is a big topic that we all face every day. Feeling healthy and happy does aid in this quest but it requires some effort and thought. Having the right tools will increase our chances for success. So, we decided to help you achieve some of those goals. We did some research and found this very informative infographic that hopefully can give you some useful tips to pump you up!
ASID’s new headquarters is the first space to receive both the WELL Platinum and LEED Platinum certifications. It’s a space that’s on the cutting edge of modern workspace design, but also a space that’s restorative to people with minimal negative impact to the environment.
Knoll Inc., a constellation of design-driven brands, will showcase a range of Immersive workplace planning solutions for commercial, healthcare, and educational space at NeoCon 2017 – the annual contract industry trade show that will take place in Chicago from June 12 – 14.
We found this very interesting new product by Designtex called Casper Cloaking Technology. It is an architectural film for glass walls. The purpose of the film is to obscure digital screens to outside view, perfectly balancing openness and privacy in the workplace. Casper can be applied to any clear, smooth glass on new projects or existing glass. It is recommended for conference rooms, meeting rooms and team studios. It is engineered to work with most LED displays, 40 inches or larger.
Jolt! A new power option charging from Kimball Office makes it so much easier to stay connected seamlessly. The Jolt includes a USB charger and a wireless power-charging surface that integrated technology vital to connection, collaboration, and productivity.
What We Like About Jolt!
Capable of charging a variety of devices including phones and tablets; IOS or Android
Blue light indicates USB connectors are powered
Charges up to 2 amps per port
Charges devices compatible with USB 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 (Type A)
Includes UL listed power adapter with 10′ cord
Charges up to three devices at the same time; IOS, Android or Windows
Eyestrain? Sore back? It is amazing how making even small tweaks to office furnishings or work habits can make you more comfortable. To reduce your risk of injury, and improve your performance, consider these ten practical ergonomic tips for your workspace — and work style.
Check out this very useful infographics created by Knoll:
As businesses shift to sustainable business practices, they are increasingly finding sustainability is not only altruistic, but leads the way in cutting wasteful spending and adopting practices that save the businesses money over time. Sustainability doesn’t just complement business, it informs it. It leads to smarter spending and working practices, as business as usual is being reinvented.
Sustainability is a word that we hear quite a bit these days, especially in the corporate world as more companies incorporate sustainability practices into their businesses. But, as businesses struggle to find the balance between sustainability and profit, more and more are finding that in a changing world, sustainability leads to wise choices that influence the bottom-line in a positive way.
By reevaluating energy uses, redefining how we work, engaging in a more collaborative work space, incorporating telecommuting, Companies can actually reduce spending. Incorporating sustainability into the work place causes management to take inventory and reassess where their money goes and start to think — is there a better way? With practices like telecommuting reducing the carbon footprint and saving on water and power consumption, as well as helping employees find a work life balance, work and spending is redefined.
Every business is different and business owners have to decide the sustainability practices that are most effective for their business and bottom line.Ultimately sustainability is about stability. When you think about it that way – sustainable stability – it’s about being smart and recognizing all the ways your company can work more efficiently through wise choices, allowing excess can be cut and people to facilitate one another’s needs more efficiently to insure the future of your business and the world at large.
Sustainability is a blend of the ethical responsibility and the bottom line. Each supports the other. So, it’s in everyone’s best interest. Though sustainability may be initiated through management, it’s through employees that it will find its success. Since they incorporate it into their daily lives and practices and can be instrumental in discussing and maintaining how these practices are implemented.
Creativity can go a long way to making sustainability work for your business. Problem solving can be fun and interactive, however challenging it may first appear. Many companies have adopted a Green Team comprised of employees who help establish and implement environmental goals, while involving their peers, creating a positive environment and practices that become integrated into the corporate culture. While at first, green practices may seem cumbersome and encounter some resistance; these employees can invigorate and motivate their peers. No one starts at the finish line; the important thing is to start the process toward long term goals. It’s up to each business to establish its own pathway.
Whether you are designing a new meeting space or updating your existing conference room, consider the following basic tips that we have prepared for you:
Think about your brand and the image you want people to see when they attend a meeting. If you are a trendy, cutting edge company you may want to consider a modern, bold look for the room. But if you are more traditional, choose rich woods and more conventional colors.
If you are starting from scratch, think about how many people you want to sit at the conference table. Use this number as a guide for how much square footage you want to allocate for your conference room. If you want to sit 12 people, your minimum room size requirement should be at least 12’ x 10’.
Choose a color palette for productivity. To improve efficiency and focus, you may want to try a restful shade of green. To trigger innovation, try a mellow shade of yellow. And if what you want is the room to feel stable and calm, try a soft shade of blue.
Make sure there is enough room for attendees to move around.
Do not cramp the table. Leave enough space between chairs so people have some elbow room.
Choose comfortable, upholstered chairs with ample seat room and back support.
Presentation tools and technology integration are a must. Aside from the basics such as a telephone, make sure you have data ports, outlets to charge laptops and other electronic devices. Audio visual equipment, flat screen displays and white boards are staples for every conference room. Make sure these are user-friendly.
Add a buffet credenza to use as a place to set up drinks and snacks to complement your meeting. That ensures that attendees do not have to leave the room to get refreshments.
Proper lighting is essential for every conference room. Indirect candescent and diffused fluorescent will offer the most lighting flexibility.Let’s look at some beautiful ideas: