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4 Office Furniture Pieces that help with Productivity

Treadmill desk imageRepetition, every day you get up, you go to work, you come home. Yes, it can get boring and boredom leads to employees whom are less engaged. If the focus is down then most likely the rate of productivity for all employees is down as well, from the top dogs to the interns. The question of the hour, how do you stop this from happening?

Perhaps it is time to create an alternative work environment. Companies are starting to move from the traditional office setup and move towards a more creative arrangement of office space. There is a reason this has become a hot trend, ready to see what works? Compiled here are 4 office pieces which can be purchased from Workplace Partners that will revolutionize the design of your office space.

Sit/Stand Desks
Employee satisfaction and maximum productivity go hand in hand when it comes to the workforces environment. One of the most popular up and coming item within the office furniture department is the sit/stand desk. This desk allows for the user to move from either sitting or standing positions while working. This style desk allows the employee to divide time between both positions thus promoting blood-flow and even burn calories while you work! A two for one!

Counter-Stool Office Chairs
Office chairs of this height provide the perfect complement to a previously talked about sit/stand desk. These chairs allow for height adjustment for those who like to move around the office for different or even temporary work areas. With this chair, the areas you can place your chair around the office are endless.

Modular Concepts – Dual Desks
Modular desks like the one featured foster the idea of community. Keep your employees from reaching that boredom level with the option to bounce ideas of the individual whom they are sharing a desk with.

Collaborative Desking Systems

Like the idea of your employees having free reign to discuss work, creative ideas, and reduce running around the office? Many companies are removing the old cubicle set-up for a more alternative, creative workstation.

Want more options?

With over 150 manufacturers of office furniture both new and refurbished, we should be able to help you out in any office furniture concerns you might have.

Come visit us today at 1212 Riverside Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80524 !

Creating the Ideal Home Office Space

Working from home has become more popular than ever! With this upward trend it would seem detrimental to ones at home work to have a designated space in the home, thus the at home office. Being that your home is just that, a home, it can be hard to find suitable space to fit all of your office essentials in one designated space. In order to help you fit everything into your home office we have come up with a few tips and trick to help you get started:

  • Priorities first. What do you need in your office? Make a list and check it twice.
  • Inventory. Check to see what supplies you already have on hand and use that to determine what items you will need to purchase. Do not forget to include the office furniture, as well.
  • Weed out the unimportant or better yet spring clean your office area. Remove unused or excess junk and file any important documents on the computer electronically. You will want to start out fresh with a newly organized work space.
  • Work with what you have. Spare bedroom, an odd corner of a room, an extra-large section of the hall space are all good examples of capitalizing on the existing space already provided.
  • Optimize the work environment. Plan ahead, even draw out a layout if possible of your new home office space.
  • Upgrade. Purchase yourself new furniture for your office if what you have is old, outdated or even unsightly. But don’t just throw away that old furniture, drop it off at your local thrift store.

Home Office necessities

Being able to take something and create something new is the exciting part of a project. Here is a list of several common home office items which can be placed in your very own office space.

  • Artwork
  • Chair
  • Desk
  • Filing Cabinet
  • Lamp

A home office is just as it say, an office within you home. Your home office should be a place with which you are comfortable being at in order to be productive in your daily at home business endeavors. Visit our Fort Collins showroom today and we can give you a hand putting that home office together!

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Our showrooms provide furniture from more than 200 manufacturers, both new and refurbished for you to incorporate into your home office!

To view our entire selection, come visit us today!

What type of chair fits your Office Conference Room?

Purchasing chairs for your conference room in the Northern Colorado area should be an easy, stress free experience.  Of course first impressions are key to what potential clients might think, so it’s understandable to want your conference room chairs to look their best. This does not have to be a difficult process, in fact very simple. Here is a small compiled list of things which should be considered when you are in the market for your conference room chairs.

Ergonomics

Keep your meeting attendees focused yet comfortable at the same time during your conference. To do this, ergonomics should be employed. If ergonomics is deployed successfully you should see an increase in the creative output as well as productivity. Attendees often think of how comfortable or uncomfortable they are. So keep the attention of those in your conference room on you instead of their seating!

Want to move the efficiency bar to the max? Bring in conference room chairs which will be suitable for you and the chair occupants by utilizing ergonomics.

Aesthetics

Appearance and comfort are two qualities which should go hand in hand with each other. A good set of conference room chairs help to improve the overall aesthetics in the entire room. No matter what type of layout or setup you might have, the perfect ergonomically suitable chair is out there and waiting for you. Distractions will be minimized and aesthetically appeasing while keeping the focus on everything but the conference chairs. Don’t know where to start? Come check out our Fort Collins Showroom, were her to help!

Materials

santa_cruz_5401_black_bonded_45_degreeJust like any type of furniture conference room chairs come in many different shapes and sizes. A conference room chair can be found made with anything from vinyl all the way to leather or fabric.

Leather, one of the most sought after conference room chair materials is highly coveted for the mere fact that it is soft yet can withstand most anything. Like the idea of leather, but don’t want to pay that much? Vinyl mimics the look of leather material while helping those on a budget afford a makeover on their office space. Another forward thinking choice which many companies are switching to is the idea of an ergonomic chair that has mesh backing for the fact that it designed with comfort in mind.

Two more options of materials which are available are wood and metal, which are often seen used within the chairs frame. Of course these materials will usually go along with another such as the wood would have a covering of another material such as fabric. While the metal can be let with a shiny finish or a duller finish. Choose something that will flow with the theme of the rest of the conference room for design purposes.

Wheels or Casters

Every part of your conference room chair can be considered to be important to you success in optimization, all the way down to the wheels or sometimes called casters. When someone is talking or commanding attention naturally you would want to turn your body, chair included, to face that individual. Having wheels which are durable yet easily movable will help to move to different positions throughout the room, as well.

Visit a Showroom

If you have made it this far and are still struggling to find that perfect fit for your conference room then perhaps it’s time to visit a showroom. The benefit of visiting a showroom is that you will be able to get as up close and personal with the furniture as you would like. An assistant who works with office chair furniture day in and day out will be able to give you his or her best opinion. These staff members are professionals in what they do and will be able to help you focus on that certain characteristic you are looking for to get the results you want.

Just happen to be in the Fort Collins area ? Stop in and visit the associates at Workplace Partners, located at 1212 Riverside Dr. Fort Collins, CO 80524.

Get the most out of your Office Chair!

Just like any other office item, your chair will need maintenance in order to keep it in tip top shape. Take care of your office chair and your office chair will take care of you.

Take a moment and think about the chair in your office. How many hours a day do you spend leaning on it for support? How about a week or even a month? As that chair is used dust will build up and parts will even start to loosen or wear on their own! Time can get the best of your office chair when you least expect it.

Cloth Upholstery

Dust, grime, dirt, it’s all the same when concerning your office chair. Where are you right this moment? In your office? Let’s test something out, stand up and face your chair. Now take your hand and give that trusty chair a couple firm pats. I feel like that should do all of the talking for me, but just in case you’re not in your office I will explain. What is most likely observed is a compilation of small sand like particles made up of dust, grime or dirt. Just as sand would, these particles will slowly eat away at your chair causing it to lose that comfy, fluffy feeling of a new chair.

So how do you keep this from happening? Easy, whip out the vacuum about once a week and get to cleaning. By vacuuming this frequently the amount of grit that has built up should be kept to a minimal.  There is even a special spray foam made especially for upholstery which can be used once a year, which is highly recommended. But be careful, as some chemicals can strip your office chair of color so make sure to do a test on a part of the chair which is not easily seen beforehand. Joy

Leather Upholstery

Things like dirt and grime do not only stick to regular upholstery, but leather upholstery as well. To clean leather upholstery the process is just a tad bit different. A vacuum will still be used initially but after you vacuum your leather upholstery you will want to then wipe with a slightly dampened cloth. Once dry, some type of leather cream or saddle soap even should be used to treat the office chair. However, don’t forget to do a spot check with whatever soap you use so that you do not ruin your office chair. This process should be repeated once every six months in order to keep the life of your chair at its max.

Wheel or Caster Care

When referring to an office chair pressure is not distributed evenly, instead the wheels receive most of the weight.

Little bits of string, loose hair, dust bunnies to just about any other small item found on the floor of your office can get tangled up in the wheels where it doesn’t belong. The first step is to turn your chair so that you can easily get to the wheels and then get to work. Remove any thing that is wrapped around the wheels of your office chair and then use the suction attachment on the vacuum and run it over each wheel. Another option is to use a can of compressed air, which is normally used for keyboards, to spray out any particles or items which might be stuck in small crevices of the wheel.

Lubrication is key for the wheels of your chair. WD40 or silicone spray can be applied to the spindles with just a light coat. Do not forget that as you spray the mist it can get on unintended areas of the chair, so protect what you do not want stained. This also should be repeated once every six months

Fixings and Screws

Just like most things the screws and fixings on your office chair will take abuse and become loosened or even missing. It is in your best interest to evaluate your office chair and check for those missing parts which might need to be replaced or tightened.

Take a moment and look under your office chair. Do you see empty holes where screws should be? The majority of the time loose or missing parts will be on the bottom of your chair or even at the mechanism of the chair as well. Locate all loose or missing parts and tighten and replace as needed. How your office chair is made can also make a big difference in what you are replacing. Many office chairs are made of materials which often have screw holes that lose their shape. To help prevent this from happening again use something such as Loctite to coat the screw threads with before tightening or replacing the screw. This will improve the durability of your screw.

Again, take care of your office chair and it will take care of you for many more days at the office to come. If you have office chairs in the area of Fort Myers perform your semi-annual maintenance check in order to get the most longevity out of your office chairs!

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How Your Office Space Can Lead to Better Productivity

What does an ideal office look like? Is it made up of rows and rows of identical cubicles with little worker bees tapping away on their keyboards? Or is it a creative space with room to move, comfortable chairs and lots of natural light? Option number two sure sounds better to us. The good news is that many modern workplaces are beginning to see the light as well, shifting to office designs that make you feel good to be there.

So what does this wonderful new office of the future look like? For one thing, it’s built with the employee’s needs in mind. It used to be that a copywriter, a graphic designer and the CEO all had the same basic workspace: desk, chair, computer (the CEO’s being a bit larger and nicer, of course). In the modern office, the workspace of the copywriter might look completely different than that of the graphic designer or the CEO given their widely varying needs.

These new office spaces are also built for collaboration. Tiny cubicles and stiff conference rooms don’t do much to inspire innovation, do they? Great collaboration might happen at a conference table, but it also might happen while sitting around in easy chairs or on barstools. Office designers are now creating unique workspaces with these varied environments in mind.

Modern office spaces have more of a balance between private workspaces and open, shared spaces. Expect to see a mix of informal work spaces designed for comfort and more formal collaboration areas with open seating and versatile furniture. Privacy is valuable too, though. Offices once made up of impersonal cubicles are now offering movable walls that can provide an added layer of privacy, or glass doors that can be shut while still allowing natural light to filter through the space.

Office designers now recognize the importance of being physically closer to the people we work with most often, and the modern office design reflects this. Workers will be positioned closer to the equipment and space they need to use most. It only makes sense for an employee whose job requires collaboration to have easy access to the open workspace, right?

The modern office space has a positive impact on employee health in a number of ways. First off, feeling well directly affects productivity level. When employees feel good about the space where they work, they find a greater fulfillment in the work itself, which shows through in the quality of the product that’s produced.

Ergonomic furniture and spaces lead to more comfortable employees, cutting down on the physical strain of sitting at a rigid desk and chair all day.
Implementing more modern office design practices makes good business sense. Happy workers show up more often, taking fewer sick days than those who are unhappy or unfulfilled at their jobs. This directly saves the company money and leads to increased output in the long run.
A modern office space nurtures a supportive work environment. When employees have a choice over which space they’ll use and how they will use it, they feel a sense of independence and have more of a stake in the company’s success.

We’re excited and hopeful about the push toward more employee-friendly work environments, and can’t wait to see what new trends lie ahead for the modern office space!

Improve Your Office Space with Plants

What if there were a piece of office equipment that could purify your air, improve the aesthetics and make you feel better in general? You’d probably be rushing out to buy it, right? Well this office staple does exist, but not many people take advantage of it! We’re talking about live plants, and they can do wonders to improve both your mood and the quality of your workspace. Let’s explore how to choose the best office plant for you.

First, take an inventory of your habits and workspace.

  • Is there natural light, or is it all man-made light?
  • Will you remember to water it every day, or do you need something that’s more low-maintenance?
  • Do you enjoy caring for plants, or do you want to “set it and forget it?”
  • What size is best: small or large? Potted or hanging?

Once you’ve answered these questions, you’ll have a better idea of which plant will fit in with your workflow. The next step is to decide what qualities you need from your plant. How hard do you want them to work?

Certain plants, like mother-in-law’s tongue, areca palm and money plant, will create so much oxygen you’ll be breathing fresh air all day! Who wouldn’t want that, especially in a cramped office space?

Some plants, including the money plant, also remove harmful toxins from the air. Money plant can remove formaldehyde, which comes into the air through many carpets, cleaners, furniture, insulation and office supplies. Pathos, philodendron, spider plants and Boston ferns are also good at removing toxins from the air.

Another chemical commonly found in the air of office spaces is trichloroethylene. This is produced by products like inks, adhesives, paints, varnishes and laquers. Mums and Gerbera daisies remove trichloroethylene, as well as benzene.

Ready to add a plant into your workspace? Experts recommend one plant for every 100 square feet of office space. This will maximize absorption and fresh air creation. Good luck! We know you’ll enjoy all the benefits of incorporating a plant into your 9-to-5 routine.

How to Make the Best of Mondays

Are you one of those people who goes into work on Monday morning feeling excited and refreshed, ready to take on the new week? No? Well, that’s okay. You’re not alone, and you’re the reason we wrote this article. There are a few things you can do to turn your Monday attitude around and keep others’ bad attitudes from affecting you at work.

First, let’s look at a few ideas that will help you feel happier in general.

Live in and enjoy the moment. Do you spend all weekend dreading the Monday that will inevitably come? Stop that! Worrying won’t make Monday come any slower and it takes away from the joy you do experience over the weekend.

Plan ahead on Fridays. Instead of zoning out on Friday afternoons, take that time to make a plan for how you’ll tackle your workload next week, specifically what you need to accomplish on Monday. When you know you have a clear road map waiting for you, you won’t feel so much anxiety about your to-do list over the weekend.

Visualize a wonderful Monday. While you’re getting ready Monday morning, think about how smooth things could go in the day ahead. Imagine accomplishing the tasks on your to-do list and getting along with your co-workers. Don’t get stuck thinking about problems you might or might not face. Positive visualization is a proven way to set yourself up for success.

When you actively work to cultivate a positive mindset, you’ll change your habits and won’t naturally revert to your usual stressed out response to problems. Stress takes away your ability to make clear decisions, and it also has a negative effect on your overall health.
Work on conditioning your mind to see problems not as these horrible things, but as opportunities to create new solutions. There is no such thing as a world without problems.

They’re a part of everyday life, so it’s crazy to think we can avoid them or run from them. The difference lies in how we tackle them.
Now, let’s look at some ways to prevent the “Negative Nancies” in the office from ruining your day.

Understand that their reactions have nothing to do with you. When people are irritable or constantly moody, 99% of the time it’s because they’re unhappy or struggling with some aspect of their lives. You can’t take their bad attitude personally.

Be compassionate. Like the proverb goes, every other person is fighting a battle we know nothing about. Your grumpy co-worker could be dealing with a serious illness, marital issues or financial woes. Give them the same empathy you’d want if you were in their shoes.

Be thankful and show gratitude for the many positive things in your life. Keep in mind that no matter how stressful your job is, there’s someone out there who would kill to have it.

When you feel stress coming on, take several deep breaths in and out. Learn to recognize the feeling of your body responding to stress. This is something you can control and learn to change.

Focus only on what you can control and zone out everything else. You can’t control your coworker or boss’ bad attitude. What you can control is how you respond to it and how successfully you reach solutions in the workplace.

If you don’t have to actively work with a difficult person, try to stay away from them. Instead, befriend a more positive co-worker or do something kind for an unsuspecting officemate. You’ll automatically feel the good karma.

Over time, others will begin to see you as a positive force in the workplace, and that positive energy is contagious. Remember, your attitude is a choice that only you can control. You don’t have to fall victim to the knee-jerk reaction to stress.

Keep Your Job From Becoming a Pain—Literally

Millions of Americans work in an office environment, many of us putting in far beyond the standard 40 hours per week. All that time at our desks is great for productivity—but not so much for our backs, muscles and joints! By analyzing your office ergonomics and doing a little work to correct them, you’ll save yourself from the unwanted pain that can come from a desk job.

The average employee spends 5-8 hours sitting, but the chairs they’re sitting on are 7 years old, on average. For how much time we spend on our behinds, we could benefit greatly from investing in a proper ergonomic chair!

The right chair should be tall enough so that your feet sit flat on the floor and your arms come to a natural bend that’s even with the surface of the desk. Ideally, your chair will also have some form of lower back support and arm rests for comfort. By sitting up straight with your back against the back rest at all times, you’ll ensure an even distribution of pressure from your upper to lower back.

Next up is the placement of your computer monitor. Your monitor should be about an arm’s length away from you, with the top of the screen at or just below eye level. The brightness should be comfortable for you to look at without squinting or straining. If your office has windows, you may need to adjust your monitor for ideal brightness as the light changes throughout the day.

While typing, your wrists should be straight and lay flat as much as possible, rather than lifted from the keyboard or bent. Some people prefer to use a wrist support or ergonomic keyboard for this purpose. The mouse should be within easy reach and also be positioned so that the wrist is straight while using it.

Experts agree that taking short work breaks to stand or move around are good for your overall physical health. It’ll also get your blood flowing, making you more awake and reenergized to return to work.

Following these few simple steps will not only help you be more productive at work, but more comfortable as well.

Practicing Workplace Fitness Could Extend Your Life

You’re sitting at your desk, looking out the window at a beautiful, sunny day. You can’t help but think to yourself, ‘man, I’m wasting my life here!’ While you may be speaking figuratively, the fact is that all that sitting you do at your desk really could be taking precious time off your life expectancy.

Multiple scientific studies have found that the brain functions differently when we’re standing versus when we’re sitting. When we’re standing up or moving around, we store calories differently, our metabolism changes, and our brain in general functions more efficiently.

According to the American Cancer Society, sitting for longer than six hours per day can have a major impact on your health, upping your risk for everything from cancer to diabetes. This is independent of your habits when it comes to exercise, diet and smoking.

Despite this research, the average American sits for 13 hours a day—13!
Sitting all day doesn’t just affect you physically. It also takes a toll on your mental health. A study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine showed that women who sat for more than seven hours each day had a much higher risk of depression symptoms, even if they were regular exercisers.
So what can we do about this sitting epidemic? There are a few small changes you can incorporate into your daily work routine that can make a major difference on your overall health.

1. Walk or bike to work. If you live close enough to do so, turning your daily commute into a form of exercise is a wonderful way to reduce the time you spend sitting. If this isn’t possible, consider parking a block or two away from the office or getting off of the subway one stop early and walking the rest of the way. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and walk to get lunch instead of having it delivered.

2. Move during your breaks. Instead of taking it easy at your desk or a restaurant, grab a coworker and go for a 30 minute walk around the office park. If breaks are few and far between, take a lap around the office at least once an hour to get your body moving.

3. Schedule walking meetings. If possible, take your meetings from the boardroom to the sidewalk, asking your colleague to join you for a walking meeting. If this isn’t possible, make it a rule to stand up when you take phone calls. All that time on the phone adds up over the course of the day—especially if you have frequent conference calls!

4. Keep some small dumbbells or exercise bands at your desk. Do a few small, short repetitions each hour to get in more movement throughout the day and break up all that sitting.

Beyond helping yourself, you could help your colleagues too by taking a stand for less sitting in the workplace. If you work in a progressive environment, inquire about the possibility of standing desks or even treadmill desks. Or, suggest that your weekly status meeting be moved from the conference room to the park.

If you feel like your desk job is taking an overwhelming toll on your physical or mental health, seek help from a trusted medical professional.

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What the Five Generation Workforce Means for the Workplace

As technology advances, people are living longer than ever before. It’s a wonderful thing, but it also means we’re seeing a workplace phenomenon that’s unparalleled by any other point in time. It’s known as the five generation workplace (five? Yes, five!).

Here’s a breakdown of each group:

The Traditionalists: The traditionalists were born before 1943, and are the smallest group making up just over 10% of our workforce. They have a deep respect for rules and conformity, and generally tend to be financially frugal. Many didn’t grow up with basic electronics, let alone mobile devices and computers.

The Baby Boomers: The Boomers were born from 1944-1960. They are the workforce group most known for being “workaholics”. They’re optimistic and work well on teams yet prefer to be seen rather than heard.

Generation X: Born between 1961 and 1980, this workforce group grew up being “latchkey kids” while both parents were off at work. They’re realists, results-oriented, and are often entrepreneurs.

Generation Y: Gen Y members, also known as millennials, were born from 1981-1995. This generation currently makes up the largest percentage of the workforce, right around 28%. They’re tech-savvy and socially conscious, confident and competitive.

Generation Z: The youngest generation, born after 1995, is just beginning to enter the workforce with their first jobs and internships. They’ve never lived in a world without internet, and they’re the most tolerant of alternative lifestyles and socially liberal causes.

So, five distinct groups, each with its own ideologies. What does this mean for management and HR? It means that managers need to be keenly aware of each group and where employees fall within them, and be able to tailor management styles accordingly.

A Traditionalist, for example, won’t be motivated by the same values and rewards as a member of Generation Y.  Similarly, while a Boomer might feel disrespected by a Gen Z-er’s forthcoming and competitive attitude in the workplace, the Gen Z-er might feel equally disrespected by the Boomer’s refusal to accept new ways of thinking. Sharing perceptions and having an open and honest dialogue among employees is a great way to combat this.

Most importantly, remember that each generation has something to learn from and something to teach the other workplace groups. Managers will be most successful when they recognize and celebrate each group’s distinctions rather than attempting to lump them all into one homogenous workforce.

Is Too Much Sitting Slowly Killing Us?

Americans today spend more time sitting than ever before. The vast majority of us work in offices, sitting at desks, with our eyes on the computer, rarely getting up to take a break let alone to engage in rigorous physical activity. When we leave the office, many times it’s only to return to a sitting position once again on the couch or at the dinner table.

Picture of a man sitting at a desk

The average American spends 9.3 hours per day sitting down. That’s more time than we spend on any other activity, including sleep. Doctors have long known that lack of physical activity is to blame for a host of health problems, including increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and obesity. But now, some are going so far as to call sitting the epidemic of our generation—equal to what smoking cigarettes was ten or twenty years ago.

Doctors agree we should spend less time sitting and far more time moving. In recent years, new innovations like standing desks have gained in popularity, and for good reason. After just an hour sitting, our body’s production of fat-burning enzymes drops by up to 90%. Sitting for long periods of time slows down our metabolism, lowering the level of good cholesterol in our blood.

What’s more, doctors are now starting to agree that time spent sitting actually chips away at the benefits of exercise. Think of it this way: when you exercise, your body burns fat and builds muscle. Muscle burns more calories even while resting, because your body’s cells get into the habit of functioning in a way that supports your heightened level of physical activity.

When you aren’t exercising, the opposite is true. Your cells get into the habit of behaving in a way that supports your sedentary lifestyle, making it increasingly difficult to get off the couch and get moving. In short, exercise breeds more exercise. Sitting tends to breed more sitting.

So what are we Americans to do in today’s highly-connected digital world? We can’t up and leave our office jobs or simply refuse to attend when the boss calls a long conference room meeting. But doctors say we can make small changes that dramatically impact our health. It’s just like the simple law of physics: an object in motion tends to stay in motion.

If you’re feeling ambitious and work in an environment where it would be considered appropriate, you might try switching to a standing desk or swapping an exercise ball out for a chair. To learn more about standing desks, visit our ergonomic  solutions http://workplace-partner.com/ergonomics. Too big of a change? Try getting on your feet every time the phone rings, and taking each call standing up. Set your phone alarm to go off on the hour, and get up for a three-to-five minute walk to the water cooler and back.

Have an hour lunch break? Spend the first 30 minutes taking a walk around your office park or walking up and down a few flights of stairs. Then, eat a light sandwich you brown-bagged instead of using up your full hour to run out and pick something up.

Doctors say the only thing that will save us from this epidemic is changing what’s considered “normal”. Today’s teens are smoking cigarettes in lower numbers than ever before. Maybe, if we work together toward shifting the “sitting paradigm”, ten years from now they’ll be sitting less than ever before as well!

Perfomance Reception Desk

Workplace Partners offers a variety of Reception Desk furniture. Here, we showcase the one from our Performance line.

For more information, feel free to give us a call at (970) 449-9486 or visit or website at http://workplace-partner.com

Mayline Flip Top Table and Chairs

A new table design to solve all your training and meeting room needs. Flip the top, nest the base – storage made simple.

Tables available in either Low Pressure Laminate with standard T-Mold or High Pressure Laminate with your choice of (3) edge treatments.

HPL Edge Treatments: T-Mold(T), Knife-Edge(K), or Fluted (R) available in corporate edge colors.
Base is wider than top on 18″W Tables. Reference dimensional drawings.
Dual-sided levers for a quick-flip of the top. A fast and simple transition from work surface to storage.
Integrated modesty panel with built-in cable trough.

All table frames available in black.
Tables nest for compact storage.

For more information on Mayline’s Flip Top Tables, visit http://www.mayline.com/tables-flip-n-… or visit Workplace Partners at http://workplace-partner.com

Refurbished Office Chairs

Workplace Partners offers a wide variety of new, used and refurbished office chairs. Feel free to visit our website for more information at http://workplace-partner.com

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Performance Conference Room Table and Chairs

Workplace Partners offers a wise array of budget friendly office furnishings. Here we discuss our Performance line with one of our most popular conference room table and chairs.

Performance Conference Room Table: http://www.performancefurnishings.com…

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20 Tips for a More Organized Office

If you added up all the time you spend shuffling through papers on your disorganized desk, you’d be amazed how much time is wasted because of the clutter in your office. Taking a few simple steps to organize your office will lead to clearer thoughts and as a result, higher productivity. Here are 20 tips to help you get started:

 

  1. Declutter your entire office. Get rid of anything you haven’t used or touched in a month that isn’t important for record-keeping purposes. This applies to papers, knick-knacks, books, decorations and even furniture. If it’s something of value, donate it or gift it to another coworker.
  2. Put things in their proper place. Take anything that’s not in its proper place and put it where it belongs.
  3. Create mini “work areas”. You likely have your main work space, like your desk, and other ancillary areas like a filing cabinet and a place for supplies. As much as possible, keep office materials in their proper work area.
  4. Label things. Use a label maker or neatly handwritten labels to identify various drawers, shelves, bins, etc. It will help remind you to put things away and help out co-workers who may need to find something in your space.
  5. Place supplies within reach. The items you use the most should be closest to your desk.
  6. Store things digitally. It can be hard to let go of your “paper trail”, but the digital age makes it less and less necessary to keep physical files. Store documents and files digitally as much as possible, and back up your system regularly.
  7. Create a folder for meetings and urgent items. In this folder, place things you need to address in the near future and other tasks that need to be delegated.
  8. Create a folder for things that are “waiting on a response”. These are things that require someone else to act before you can move forward. Review this folder every few days to see what you can address.
  9. Clean your entire desk surface of dust and grime, and put back only the items you need to use daily.
  10. Organize your desk with trays for papers and containers to corral small items and odds & ends.
  11. Organize drawers. Using your labelling system and drawer organizers if necessary, put away paper clips, staples, pens, sticky notes, etc.
  12. If it’s conducive to your line of work, create separate folders within your inbox for different clients or colleagues.
  13. Get rid of piles. They do nothing but create more clutters. Every time a pile starts to accumulate, go through it and file the papers where they belong or toss them.
  14. Sort mail as soon as it comes in. Too often we let envelopes pile up for a week until the pile is too daunting to handle all at once.
  15. Mark documents with an ‘expiration date’. Not everything needs to be kept indefinitely. Give yourself a time frame when every document can reasonably be thrown away.
  16. Archive physical files. For the files that you do need to keep physical copies of, file them neatly away in storage boxes.
  17. Store magazines—only ones that you really need. Use binders to corral magazines and catalogues you’d like to keep so they don’t take up real estate on your desk. Create a ‘reading folder’ for items you want to read that don’t need your urgent attention.
  18. Archive completed projects. Move all completed items out of your working folders and into an archive section.
  19. Straighten up your desk and office at the end of every day, clearing piles and putting away stray supplies.
  20. Do a weekly sweep to file documents and read anything that’s been awaiting your attention.

You don’t have to do it all at once, but taking small steps to better organize your office will lead to increased productivity and less clutter—both physically and mentally.

How to Make the Most of Working in a Cubicle

For many offices and large companies, the theory is that putting employees into cubicles makes the most efficient use of space and money. While it may save space, the majority of cubicle workers report feeling easily distracted, which leads to lower productivity and lower quality of work. Workers who don’t feel engaged in their job tend to miss work more frequently, and are more likely to leave the company resulting in a lower retention rate.

Nevertheless, cubicle life is the norm for millions of Americans. Here are some ways to make the most of it:Cluttered Desk Image

-Get rid of junk. Nothing makes a small cubicle feel more cramped like having “stuff” everywhere. Throw away unnecessary papers and dedicate 30 minutes each week to organizing your work space. Leave knick-knacks, paperweights and other space-fillers at home.

-Optimize your space. Your computer screen should be about a foot and a half in front of you, level with your eyes. Your mouse should be within a few inches of your keyboard for comfortable typing and clicking. To learn more about optimizing your workplace visit us at http://workplace-partner.com/new-office-furniture/

-Practice proper positioning. Your back should rest comfortably against your chair and your feet should be flat on the floor. If you have an arm rest, try to position it so that your arm is parallel to the floor. While typing, your hands should fall comfortably over the keyboard with no crooked wrists. This is optimal positioning to work comfortably and avoid injury.

-Use a noise machine. If you find that you’re easily distracted by your noisy co-workers, use a free online white noise app to drown them out.

-Give yourself a break. Try to get up and stretch or walk around at least once an hour. If possible, step outside for some fresh air and sunlight, if only for a few minutes.

-Look away from the screen. You should give your eyes a break from the computer monitor several times an hour. Look across the room at something far away, focus for a few seconds, and look back. It’s also a good idea to space out tasks that must be done on the computer with other offline tasks like paperwork and filing.

-Invest in quality reading glasses. Consider getting a pair that is strictly for work. Many office workers report that proper eyewear helps them focus better on their work throughout the day.

Office Ergonomics and the Workplace

Ergonomics is the science of getting the workplace in the most optimal condition for employees to be comfortable, safe, and productive. There are some workplace environments that are not very suitable for employees and due to such can cause illness, stress, accidents, and poor productivity. Should you have a workplace and wonder if it is suitable, an ergonomics assessment can be completed and suggestions can be given on how you can optimize the environment. Image of a non Eronomic workstation

Employee satisfaction and safety is important in the workplace. The happier the employees are when it comes to the working atmosphere, the more productive they will be. The safer the environment, the less likely to have to contend with accidents and injuries. This is important for small and large businesses, factories, and any venue of employment. If you’re curious as to ergonomics in the workplace, here a few principles to consider:

1. For those who are prone to jobs that have them sit or stand in the same position much of the time, it is important to get up and move around at various times throughout the day and use different postures for the work if plausible. If you keep muscles in the same position for extended periods of time, they get stiff and the chances of you injuring it are greater.

2. Use proper technique for lifting heavy items. Employees should be taught how to correctly lift up heavy items so that the least amount of strain is put on the back as possible.

3. To avoid stress injuries, be easy on your joints. Do not strain your joints too far, but rather keep them in a neutral position so that your range of motion is good. If you stress them too much and often, you’re in danger of a stress injury.

4. For those that work at a desk, be sure that the desk is the right height for you. You should be able to easily reach the items on your desk without strain.

5. Do your best not to slouch when you’re working. As best as you can, keep your back straight and your neck relaxed.

6. Be sure that your feet touch the floor.

7. Keep your monitor at a distance where you can easily see it and not have to lean forward or strain your eyes to see. You can usually adjust the monitor’s height to meet your needs.

8. Use a headset when talking on the phone, as this does not put a stress on your arm or neck. If you crunch the phone in between your neck and shoulder, you’re more prone to tension and injury.

9. Every half hour, stand up and stretch out your muscles. If you can take a short walk around the office or down the hall, do so.

10. If you have to type a lot, keep your wrists relaxed and straight. If you use a mouse, purchase one that is comfortable for your hand and wrist. There are many to choose from these days and the cheap ones are not the way to go for those who are on the computer all day.

11. Take a full lunch break doing something other than work. It is important to get up and get out of your immediate workplace surrounding on your lunch break. Go to the break room, take a walk, or go out to shop or eat. You can stretch your muscles and get a nice little break from the grind.

If you follow these ergonomic tips, you’ll be more apt to suffer less strain, stress, and injury at your workplace. Just a little bit of precaution can go a long way. If you follow these ergonomic tips, you’ll be more apt to suffer less strain, stress, and injury at your workplace. Just a little bit of precaution can go a long way. For more information on office furniture visit our new office furniture page: Click Here

Say Goodbye to Cubicles and Hello To Open Work Space

Back in the 60’s when cubicles hit the workplace, many companies were thrilled at the way they made the office work space more efficient. Employees didn’t seem to mind and enjoyed their little “office” and a little bit of privacy.

It seems those who take time to study work productivity and employee satisfaction tend to agree that cubicles stifle creativity, which can reduce productivity. Now, of course, not everyone feels smothered and non-creative, but they are saying that a good many do and because of this, there are organizations getting out there playing with other work environments to see what is more feasible.

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Open spaces are not really new

Open work place environments are not really new, but they are becoming more popular. With Google and Facebook embracing the open space environment, others tend to agree that if it can work for them, it can work for others as well. Of course, companies like Google and Facebook tend to rely on quite a bit of collaboration, so open work spaces can be optimal, but for other companies open spaces may not be as suitable.

The main complaint

Why would someone complain about open work spaces? Lack of privacy. For those who enjoy the privacy of four walls, having zero walls will most likely not be a pleasant feeling. Others may feel that it will be too loud if coworkers tend to chat too much or that everyone will hear them if they have a conversation on the telephone. Companies are addressing such issues and some are including private project rooms for those who require more privacy.

Older generations will struggle more with the change than the younger generation. After all, those that have spent decades in cubicles have grown accustomed to their little, private work sanctuaries. For the young crowd, openness will not pose such an issue.

Those who have to collaborate

Those who tend to collaborate quite a bit will benefit the most from open work spaces, as they won’t have to walk the narrow halls like a rat in a maze in order to ask another coworker a question. Companies that have various teams will benefit as well. The work spaces can be arranged around the company’s needs and desires. In fact, many architects and designers are busy working on various plans and layouts for open spaces and hybrid spaces.

Many companies will use both types of work environments as fitting for specific tasks. For example, there may be a team of 20 working on projects continually, so their work area will be open, but there may be various sales reps that require a cubicle to do their business. It really will be individualized for each business.

Will the open work space win over the general work population? There are varying opinions, but many think that employees like the privacy of the cubicle and will have a tough time adjusting to the open work spaces. For those who don’t want to have to look at others all day or hear their every little remark, phone call, etc. the thought of open work spaces could cause them to look for employment elsewhere.

Regardless of the views of employees, companies are making the switch and time will tell whether they stick with the changes or not. Many agree that the hybrid option may be the best choice and even offering the employees the choice of a cubicle or an open space is a good idea. Companies want to do what is best for employee satisfaction, which will increase productivity.

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Bertolini Hospitality & Design Launches The Harmony Series

The Harmony Series features high-pressure laminate shells that offer a variety of shapes, frames, cut-outs and finishes as well as endless customization opportunities.

Chino, CA (PRWEB) March 27, 2014

Bertolini Hospitality & Design manufactures world-class quality banquet chairs in several lines of stackable hospitality seating designs. Engineered with today’s banquet and conference facilities in mind, these hospitality seating products feature a host of innovative improvements with real world benefits such as durability, comfort and sustainability.

Bertolini Hospitality & Design is proud to present The Harmony Series. The Harmony Series is the perfect canvas to mix and match frame and shell configurations highly customizable to produce a stunning look. The series features high-pressure laminate shells that offer a variety of shapes, frames, cut-outs and finishes as well as endless customization opportunities. It can achieve a truly unique look with customized proprietary shape design, shell, cutout, veneer, and frame. Standard natural veneers come in a great selection that includes Beech, Birch, and Maple with the choice of a clear or stained finish. Special veneers such as Cherry, Walnut, and Oak are available as well. Additionally Bertolini offers laminates from the leading suppliers in the industry. They also provide sustainable, reconstituted and engineered exotic wood veneers in varieties like Zebrawood, Wenge, and Birds Eye Maple from both Apli® and Tabu®. For more info, you can contact us here http://workplace-partner.com/contact-us/

Each model component is digitized using a Microscribe digitizing arm to create a full 3-D model in SolidWorks and transferred to CNC machines using MasterCAM technology. A specialized simulation software is also used to guarantee the accuracy of the press tools and the machining of the parts before being released for production. Its high-resistance commercial grade finish is included on all the exposed grade products. Additionally, they offer expert color-matching for special wood stain finishes. All finished products are exclusively water-based. The shells are also designed for heavy duty commercial use. The core veneers are all high-density hardwoods, mostly beech, maple or birch. The overall thickness is just under ½” with a minimum of 9 layers of veneer.

Bertolini Hospitality & Design is a design leader in producing ergonomically correct chair design with their Flex fit seat design technology for facilities. Their expertise in the manufacture of quality stackable seating and commitment to superior customer service wins the appreciation of clients worldwide. To find out more, visit http://www.bertolinihd.com. To learn more about our services visit http://workplace-partner.com/services/