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3 Ways to Welcome Spring into Your Office

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March 20th marked the first day of spring on the calendar, and what time is better than now to bring in the new season? Here are some quick and easy ideas for your office to welcome spring into your work day.

1. Spring Cleaning: Celebrate the end of winter by cleaning up your office. Assess how much waste is disposed of in your office and if a recycling program needs to be implemented. Have your employees clean up their desks by providing them with the proper storage systems and filing cabinets. If needed, contact a professional paper shredding service to dispose of any sensitive documents.

2. New Furniture & Lighting: Think of spring as your time to experiment with bright eye-catching colors in your décor and lighting. Freshen up your work space by adding colorful chairs, tables and cushions to the room. Simple additions such as wallpaper or a splash of paint on the wall will really make a difference in how your office looks and feels. As the day become longer and the weather becomes warmer, try to rely on natural lighting instead of overhead or fluorescent lights. Natural lighting will not only help cut down on electricity costs, but provide a soothing and relaxing environment for your employees.

3. Add Fun: Spring is a time of life and new beginnings. If you feel like your office or cubicle is still suffering from the winter blues add some playful touches like fresh blooming flowers, a new desktop wallpaper, or personal tokens like pictures and paintings.

 

 

Top 5 Air Purifying Plants for Your Office

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Plants are a wonderful way to add color and life to an office. Not only will a leafy green shrub help drown the monotony of a work space, studies have shown that some plants can naturally purify the air around you. Below, we’ve chosen our top 5 favorite plants to help you make your office a healthy and happy space.

1. Peace Lily: Peace Lilies have been shown to absorb toxins like benzene, trichloroethylene and other pollutants found in carpets and wall paint. Its beautiful white lily “flower” is really a modified leaf which will provide you with weeks of plumage. The plant does not require much care except for once a week watering.

2. Bamboo: One of the fastest growing plants in the world, bamboo plants are incredibly easy to take care of. The plants are often kept in a vase, partially submerged in water. While the plant requires ample sunlight, do not place it directly in the sun. Bamboo plants are known to filter out carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, and more.

3. Golden Pothos: The most indestructible plant on our list, the Golden Pothos is a hardy vine plant that creates a beautiful cascade of leaves when kept as a hanging plant. The plant grows in any lighting situation except for direct sunlight, making it ideal for the office. Like the other plants on our list, the Golden Pothos eliminates carbon monoxide, formaldehyde, toluene and benzene pollutants from the air.

4. English Ivy: Durable and easy to care for, the English Ivy is an evergreen climbing plant that can virtually adapt to any condition. Able to grow in low light to bright sunlight, the plant can eliminate allergens like mold and reduce fecal matter particles.

5. Gerbera Daisy: With enough sunlight this pretty plant produces colorful ornamental flowers. Unlike most plants that release oxygen during the day, Gerbera Daisies release oxygen at night. Extremely effective at purifying air and producing clean oxygen, this plant will allow you and your employees to breathe better throughout the day.

Dog-Proofing the Office

Many businesses are now allowing their employees to bring their dogs to work. Having a dog in the office can increase productivity, keep workers happy and encourage morale. However, if you are one of the lucky few who can have your pooch by your side or are an employer thinking of opening this policy, be sure to follow these tips on dog-proofing your office space:

- Make Sure Your Dog Is Well Behaved: This is a no-brainer, but before you decide to bring your dog to work, make sure he or she can handle new social environments. If your dog barks, be considerate of your co-workers on the phone, and avoid anyone who may have a dander allergy.

- Create a Safe Environment: Before your dog arrives, create a safe place for them to relax while you work. If there are multiple dogs in the office, do not allow other dogs into your dog’s area, or they may become territorial. Adding childproof gates to your cubicle walls is a great way to prevent this.

- Invest in Durable and Washable Furniture: For employers, protect your furniture by investing only in durable or washable furniture. Accidents happen and, when they do, make sure clean-up is fast and easy so your employees can quickly go back to work.

- Pre-Owned Is the Way to Go: If you choose to have dogs in the office, investing in quality pre-owned or used furniture is probably your best bet to reduce maintenance costs while reducing any anxiety about damage done to your furniture. Look for trusted used office furniture distributors who can recommend to you the best set up for your situation.

- Make Sure It’s Legal:  As an employee or an employer, make sure you check your lease or building agreement beforehand and get permission. Remember, if you’re a business owner, you may be liable if any property damage or personal injury occurs.

Trend Watch: Mobile Furniture

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In 2014, one of the hottest trends in office design is mobile furniture. The office chair with wheels has been the old standby of mobile furniture. However, in this new generation of office furniture, many designers have taken it to the next level in response to the rise of open space or collaborative offices. From chairs, to desks, to drawers, mobile office furniture provides a dynamic work space for employees on the move.

Who Is It Good For?

Open and collaborative office spaces are where people work in teams or do not have dedicated work stations. Mobile furniture allows team members to huddle in dedicated areas and bring additional supplies to them, like mobile white boards or filing cabinets, when they need them.

Pros:

- Lightweight: Most mobile furniture is often lighter weight than immobile ones, making them easy to store and transport to another area.

- Flexible: Employees can move their desk into different formations efficient to them, or turn their tables and chairs to one direction during large company meetings.

- Comfortable: Mobile furniture is often ergonomic, as well, allowing employees the opportunity to adjust the desk or seats to their desired height.

- Encourages Teamwork: When you’re not bogged down to one workstation, you get a greater sense of freedom and ability to interact with your co-workers.

Cons:

- Costly: New furniture will always be more costly than used or pre-owned mobile furniture.

- Weight on Wheels: When shopping for mobile furniture, make sure it meets your weight requirements.

- Quality of Furniture: Mobile furniture is often cheaply made or may break after a few months. Make sure to invest the time and effort into finding well-made mobile furniture, so you and your company can maximize its usage.

How Germ-Free Is Your Office?

When you work in an office, you’re bound to come in contact with some unwelcome visitors, otherwise known as germs. Yet, with all the sneezing and coughing an employee deals with on average, you’ve just got to wonder, just how clean is your office?

According to statistics:

- 70% of keyboards contain more bacteria than a toilet seat.

- Office desks are 400 times dirtier than a toilet seat.

- 20% of workers do not clean their desk before eating.

- There are over 25,000 microbes per square inch on the surface of a telephone.

- 26% of office refrigerator door handles need deep cleaning, while 69% need to be wiped with bleach or another disinfectant.

- 75% of office sink faucet handles display high degrees of bacterial contamination.

While the findings are startling, it doesn’t mean that your office is harboring the next bio influenza epidemic. What it does mean is that, whether you are an employee or an employer, you should be more aware of your surroundings and what you can do about them.

What We Recommend:

- Wash your hands with soap and warm water.

- Use antibacterial hand gel after using the kitchen and bathroom.

- Do not come into work when you’re ill.

- Disinfect your workstation.

- Speak with your employer about having your office deep cleaned.

- Only purchase used or pre-owned furniture from trusted vendors.

Taking these little steps can make a big difference in your well-being and sick days needed. Remember, it’s up to you to create a happier, healthier and more productive work environment.

How to Build a Community through Your Break Room

Everything starts in the break room – More than a place for employees to eat their lunch or freshen up their coffees, the break room is a microcosm of your company’s culture. How you treat your break room directly affects how your employees treat their jobs.

Beyond the Water Cooler:

When you create a break room that encourages fun, creativity and sense of community, you are in turn fostering team work and cultivating strong team players.

Make the Break Room a Safe Haven:

Studies have shown that frequent individual breaks allow employees to reenergize and refocus their thoughts. Make your break room a safe place for that to occur. An example of this could include things as simple as comfortable seating and tables, to more elaborate coffee bars and fully stocked pantries. Whatever it may be, breaks are meant to de-stress and allow employees to tackle their day’s tasks.

Encourage Suggestions:

Give your employees a voice by making the break room a place where employees know they can brainstorm new ideas freely or make suggestions to improve the company. While it may seem silly, consider adding a suggestion or project idea box to your break room. If you take it seriously, so will your employees.

Encourage Socializing: 

Continuous, meaningful interaction is crucial when building a community in your break room. These interactions either can be planned or unplanned. Planned social interactions can include 15 minute stretching sessions or office lunch days. Unplanned social interactions can include things like adding games or activities in the room, or the strategic placing of your break room in a centralized location where everyone must enter.

The Skinny on Treadmill Desks

Burning calories while checking your email? When the treadmill desk hit the scene in 2013, it was the next stage in ergonomic, health conscious office furniture. Since then the controversial workstation alternative has become the latest craze in businesses across the county.

The Theory:

The sedentary lifestyle of the typical office worker can lead to undesirable levels of blood sugar, triglycerides, cholesterol and weight gain. Regular physical exercise can mitigate that danger.

The Reported Benefits:

- Users can burn up to 130 calories per hour at a slow 2mph pace.

- In one study, subjects lost an average of 4-7.2 pounds over the course of one year.

- Through daily use, users can decrease their risk for heart disease and diabetes, and extend their life expectancy.

- Many users report increased productivity and focus, as well as reduced anxiety and stress.

Costs:

Treadmill desks vary in price depending on the manufacturer. On average a treadmill desk can cost anywhere from $800-$3,000. For those on a budget, you can make your own treadmill desk by combining an inexpensive treadmill (under $280) with either a standing desk or a desk with height adjustment features. Another great option is to invest in communal or shared treadmill desks.

What to Keep in Mind When Using a Treadmill Desk:

Give yourself breaks every 30 or 40 minutes — Dr. James Levine, one of the earliest developers of the treadmill desk, recommends “at the absolute maximum, do half-hour on, half an hour off, for two to three hours a day.”

5 Features of Productive Startup Spaces

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In the last decade, start-up offices have risen to the forefront of smart designs and quirky, innovative spaces. We’ve compiled our top 5 list of features productive start up spaces share.

1. Location: Businesses on a budget often tend to look for spaces in office buildings and business centers. However, savvy startups know that the key to an employee’s productivity and satisfaction is giving them an impression of life right outside their office window. Look for locations near bars, restaurants, cafes and gyms, where employees can gather during lunch or after work without having to drive.

2. Indulge in Trends: Standing desks, stability ball chairs and open space offices seem like wallet-busting office trends. The truth of the matter is that often the latest trends in designs are money-saving features in disguise. For start-ups with limited spaced, shared standing desks (like at a bar) cut down the need for square footage. Open space or collaborative floor plans eliminate the cost of cubicles or private offices. Encouraging your employees to bring in their own stability ball chairs or ergonomic chairs reduces the need to purchase new furniture, while providing them a setting comfortable to their needs.

3. Keep it Homey: More and more employees these days are choosing to work from home instead of going to the office. However, for many businesses, this is not a viable option. The solution is creating a space for your employees that have all the comforts of home, without them actually having to be there. Opt for cozier meeting spaces that reinforce a team atmosphere.

4. Morale Boosting Perks: Sometimes the best ideas come when your employees aren’t at their desk. Give your employees a break and more opportunities to interact with other departments with fun perks like arcade games systems, reading rooms, foosball tables or video games. While it may seem like this is giving employees an excuse not to work, what you’re really doing is fostering creativity in a comfortable and casual atmosphere.

5. Happy and Fed: A startup is like an infant and, as with all babies, in order for them to grow up happy and healthy, you need to keep them fed. The latest trend in startup office spaces is offering once or twice a week breakfast and lunches, as well as stocked break rooms with nourishing goodies. Not only does this foster a productive atmosphere, you’ll find an increase in your employees’ overall satisfaction with their job and duties.

Colors for Your Office and How They’ll Affect Your Mood

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There are dozens of aspects at play that a business owner must consider when setting up offices for their employees. Chief among these is the color that you choose for the office. Although the default color for most offices seems to be “white,” or the always-exciting “slightly off white,” these may not be the best colors to inspire productivity and creativity in your employees. Below, we’ve listed a few common office colors, along with the effect that you’ll find they have on most employees.

Blue: Potentially the most used color for offices other than “eggshell white,” blue has been known to be one of the more “productive” hues on the color wheel. If you want your employees to plow through their work with determination, then blue (with an added complement of bright orange) could both heighten their productivity and pique their creativity.

Yellow: If you want your employees to be more focused on the creative aspect of their work, rather than just “getting through” a set amount of assignments a day, then using a bright lively color like yellow, or the aforementioned bright orange, could help arouse their spiritual side and get their creative energy flowing.

Green: If you want to achieve a balance of creativity and productivity, green could be the color you need. Reminiscent of nature, green is a naturally soothing color and could help increase office fellowship and keep tempers under control.

Red: If you work in a more physical environment, like a warehouse or a factory, red could inspire your workers to be more physically productive. It stimulates the part of your brain that taps into your primal instincts, so activating the body’s natural fight-or-flight response could help your employees master their energy.

3 Ways to Design a Creative Office

Your duty as a business owner includes ensuring that you’ve taken every possible step toward maximum productivity. Part of this concept is the overall design of your office. It’s possible for a workplace environment to feel overly sterile and uninviting if no attention has been paid to the layout of the furniture or the room itself. Once you’ve struck a good balance that promotes innovation and creativity, your employees are more likely to feel more comfortable, decreasing their overall stress and boosting their productivity.

First off, consider the configuration of the workspace. Do you find that your employees have to squeeze by each other to get to their desks? Cramping of an employee’s personal space could potentially bring down their productivity level, or even negatively impact their morale. Experiment with different configurations, and consider allowing the employees to come up with a solution as well. Some business advisors don’t advise “letting the prisoners run the asylum,” but it’s important to remember that employees respect employers that give them the freedom to choose their most functional work environment.

Also, zoning different areas of the workplace could help your employees subconsciously spend more time doing “true work” and taking “true breaks.” Bring a couch into the office and set up a break area for employees that need to take a break from staring at glowing screens all day. That way, when they get back to their working station, they’ll feel refreshed and ready to get back to their work.

Whatever you do, it’s important that you experiment with different methodologies, and also take your employee’s suggestions to heart. If your employees haven’t made any suggestions about how to improve the workplace layout, remember that it may be out of fear that they’ll be seen as a whiner. Organize and revitalize the workplace for them so that they don’t need to feel uncomfortable when they should be the most productive.