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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…

Performance Nova Series Guest Seating: http://www.performancefurnishings.com…

To learn more, visit our website at: http://workplace-partner.com/

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.

To learn more about open workspace furniture, visit us at http://workplace-partner.com

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/