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A Corporate First: Ultimate Guide to Finding Your First Office Space

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Young businesses eager to carve off a piece of profit cake for themselves are often faced with a pressing dilemma when it comes to the choice of adequate office space. The commercial real estate market has changed considerably over the past decade fueled by a shift in the demand landscape, and one of the novelties recent market developments brought to the table is the growth of co-working industry. Right now, up-and-coming companies have a host of workplace options they can choose from based on their corporate needs, number of employees, and available budget.  This can make finding your first office space a daunting task.  If you’re uncertain as which of the many options provides the best backdrop for your company’s growth, you may want to take a closer look at the popular office picks and their perks and downsides.

How to Survive a Freezing Cold Office in the Summer

Staring wistfully out of your office window, you see a beautiful, sunny summer day. You can see heat radiating off the asphalt parking lot, and you silently wish you had a blanket.  It may be all buzzing cicadas and ice cream trucks outside, but inside your office it feels like early winter.  You shiver as you return to work, silently contemplating excuses to step outside so you can warm up.

This shouldn't be your summer wardrobe.

This shouldn't be your summer wardrobe.

Overly air-conditioned offices are a common complaint amongst employees who have trouble concentrating in the frigid air and are tired of needing to prepare for two different climates every morning when they get dressed. While keeping the office at 60 degrees on a 90 degree summer day looks like a misguided attempt to average out your day at a balmy 75 degrees, the real reason for your cold office is more cultural than anything.  

The “ideal office temperature” is often based on the comfort of men, particularly men in suits.  Women, who make up about half the workforce, tend to get colder than men due to slower metabolism.  Even the men are feeling the chill, though, as the typical office wardrobe becomes more casual.  Luckily, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you survive the daily cold snap during the dog days of summer.

Confront the Problem at Its Source

The best solution to the problem of a cold office is just to turn up the temperature.  Unfortunately, this is not always as easily done as it sounds.  Not every office gets to control its own temperature; some buildings have a pre-programmed thermostat that is set for the time of year rather than the temperature outside. Even if your floor or section of the building has a thermostat, arguments over the temperature can cause a lot of office strife.

Regardless of the thermostat situation in your office, you’ll need to appeal to the person in charge of the air conditioning (your landlord, if you rent the office and don’t have control of the thermostat, or your office manager, if you’re an employee).  There are plenty of studies on the cost and energy savings of raising the temperature a few degrees, which you can use to add weight to your argument.  You can also make the argument that warmer temperatures allow employees to focus and be more productive.  The important thing is to appeal to practical reasons, rather than complaining that you don’t like the cold.

You can also invest in a small space heater for your desk, if you don’t want to start office drama over the thermostat.  Just make sure to check with the office first, as many companies don’t want to take on the risk that comes with space heaters (in the immortal words of Frankenstein’s monster, “Fire bad!”).

Embrace Layers

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If for some reason it is impossible to simply turn the temperature up, you’ll need to find ways to cope with the cold.  The first thing to try is to layer your outfit so that you can adjust to both extreme temperatures.  Keep a warm, professional-looking blazer at the office so that you don’t have to worry about it in the summer sun.  Wear long pants, but of a more breathable fabric than your typical winter pants.  For the ladies, a summer scarf or shawl can add an extra layer of protection from the chill.

Get Up and Move

Getting your blood pumping is a surefire way to warm up at work.  Take more frequent walks to the water cooler, or use your break to walk around outside for a bit.  If you have a cubicle that offers some privacy, you can do some cardio exercises at your desk when you get chilly (just don’t do enough to work up a sweat, or you’ll end up chillier).  If you’re in an open office, you might not want to distract your other chilly coworkers with jumping jacks.  Instead, consider investing in an exercise ball to use in place of a chair.  This simple change will keep your muscles engaged and warm without too many weird looks.

Decorate With Warm Colors and Light

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Warm colors like red, yellow, and orange can trick your brain into feeling warmer while you’re looking at them.  Decorate your cubicle with cloth or accessories in these colors to give it a summer vibe and fight the chill of the air conditioner.  Adding more light to your cubicle will also warm it up.  It will trick the mind in the same way that the warm colors do, and the heat coming from the bulbs will add real warmth to your space.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

Even if you aren’t allowed to have a space heater in your office, you can use technology to warm up your cubicle.  There are plenty of USB-powered desk accessories that you can use to fight the air-conditioning.  USB-powered fingerless gloves can keep your fingers free for typing and your hands nice and cozy.  Heated headphones and blankets can warm your upper half.  Heated desk accessories like mouse pads and keyboard rests can give your whole office a comforting warmth.  You can even warm your seat with a microwavable seat cushion.

We hope these tips help you to beat the winter chill in your summer cubicle.  Have you ever had to fight the cold of an overly air-conditioned office?  Share your own tips and ideas with us in the comments.  We'd also love to hear from you on our Facebook page!

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Pokémon Go: Behind Closed Poké Balls

As you may know, Pokémon GO has turned the Pokémon World upside down.  It’s more popular and more fashionable than ever to hunt Pokémon of all varieties.  Everyday, innocent Pokémons are being tracked using GPS, then caught and trapped inside the confined constraints of a Poké Ball.

Arnold’s Office Furniture is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  It was back on August 30th, 2013 when Arnold’s had its first encounter with a Pokemon.  In a blog post entitled “What is a Power Whip?”, Arnold’s met Bulbasaur - a popular Pokemon who specializes in a Poké move known as the power whip.

 

Bulbasaur - Power Whip Inspector

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After an extensive hiring process, it was determined that Bulbasaur was the most qualified applicant.  His duties would be to supervise and perfect all power whip applications for Arnold’s cubicle workstations.  News spread quickly through ポケモンの世界 (Pokémon World).  The opportunity to trade Poké Balls for cubicles was made known throughout ポケモンの世界.

Bulbasaur, a proud employee of Arnold’s since 2013, is concerned for his fellow Pokémon brethren.  In a recent interview with resident blogger, JFreshly, Bulbasaur shared some insight into the life of a converted Poké:

“You know, as of 2013, I had lived in a Poké Ball almost my entire life.  Arnold’s gave me a chance to prove myself in a corporate setting, and since then, I’ve been working in the Herman Miller Red Refurbished Ethospace Cubicle.  I just love the open space of my personal workstation.  Sometimes I think of all the time I had to spend cramped in that Poké Ball...”

As Bulbasaur said the words ‘Poké Ball’, his eyes began to moisten with emotion, “I’m sorry, this is really difficult ... can we do this another time?”

Bulbasaur was nearly in tears at this point.  He just shook his head, swiveled his ergonomic office chair, and went back to his daily working duties.

 

Jigglypuff - Secretary / Lounge Singer

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In a cubicle enclave adjacent to Bulbasaur, we found the Pokémon named Jigglypuff.  When Jigglypuff is not performing as a lounge singer or working as a balloon at a toddler’s party, he is a secretary for Arnold’s Office Furniture. When we tracked him down, he was sitting in the Napoline L-Shaped Reception Station serenading an important client.

“I just love Arnold’s Office Furniture!  The acoustics of this reception station are incredible.  It was so hard to practice my octaves being trapped in that Poké Ball for 23 hours a day.  Now I get to work in an open office setting and sing to my heart's content.  I just wish my relatives Wigglytuff and Igglypuff had the same opportunities that I have now working at Arnold's!”

 

Pikachu - Customer Service Representative

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With the the rise in popularity of Pokémon Go, the rate of Pokémon to Poké Ball is quite alarming (too many Poke Balls!), but all is not lost in the world of Pokémon.  There is one brave Pokémon leading the Poké resistance and his name is Pikachu.  He refuses to go into a Poké Ball and wants other Pokémon to follow his lead.

We asked Pikachu what he thought about the Pokémon Go craze and he yelled, “You expect me to fit in that??”

His smushed yellow face had the look of disgust as I put a Poké Ball on his stylish Steelcase Context Open Plan Station.  “I wish there were more companies like Arnold’s.  They know how to treat their Poké employees.”

Pikachu currently works in the customer service department.  He won employee of the month back in May and strives for a repeat in August.

 

Pokémon Rights Rally

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We at Arnold’s Blog News Correspondence Team traversed back into ポケモンの世界 to track down none other than Professor Westwood of Celadon University.  Professor Westwood is responsible for what we know today as the modern Poké Ball.  What we found might surprise you.

 

Outside of the professor's house was a sea of Pokémon all wearing shirts with a Poké Ball graphic on the front that had a red slash across it with a slogan reading, “Say no to Pokémon Go!”  Apparently, Pokémon are not very happy about being pulled into another dimension through a cell phone and trapped into a cramped Poké Ball.

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to bypass the mob outside of Professor Westwood’s house.  We did, however, get a glimpse of Pikachu with a bullhorn charging the crowd with fury, leading all Pokemon in the chant, “HECK NO WE WON'T POKEMON GO!”  Poké Balls were thrown at the Professor's house with much malice.

pokemon go pink pokeball  In the commotion, I became a bit disoriented - wrong place, wrong time sort of deal.  A Squirtle had squirted a dream ball near my head.  Days later I woke up.  The Pokémon had nursed me back to health and made sure I had safe travels back to Philadelphia.  It was nice being back at Arnold’s Office Furniture to see humans and Pokémon working together to ensure that the everyday tasks of the growing new and used office furniture company were handled efficiently.

 

Poké Conclusion

Pokémon Go is a huge threat to Pokémon all across the world.  Since the craze, Arnold’s Office Furniture has become a safe haven for these lovable Pokémon.  A portion of every sale made will go toward helping a Pokémon in need.  Pokémon hate to work in Poké Balls, but love to work in cubicles!

They also love great deals!  Which is why Arnold’s Office Furniture is the preferred cubicle provider for Pokémon across the world!  Contact a sales representative at Arnold’s today (you might even hook up with a rare Snorlax!)

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21st Century Office Design: Workplace Fit for Millennial Workforce

Gone are the times when employers could overhaul the workplace and call it a day for the next few years. Baby boomers are retiring in flocks, and young hopefuls are stepping up to fill vacant seats, hankering for a slice of the corporate cake.

According to certain projections, millennials will account for a total of 75% of global workforce by 2025. With young business sharks behind the wheel, office design is racing forward at full speed, and the demand for workplaces that fit the worker is now more vocal than ever. Generation Yers are definitely here to make big waves in business waters – and here are some of the main aspects in which design preferences of millennial employees are re-shaping the modern office.

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Memoirs of an Office Cubicle – Part I: The Golden Office Chair of Ergonomics

Cubicle aficionados link the late great Robert Propst with the invention of the cubicle.  The story goes something like this…

While working at the office furniture company, Herman Miller, Mr. Propst designed the first “cubicle workstation” for Mr. Herman Miller.  In a secret file titled, “Operation Golden Chair of Ergonomics” the two great minds hashed out the blueprint for dimensional cubical relay.

This series will not be so much about the creation of the cubicle, but rather regarding great moments in cubicle history that includes a series of personal interviews with some of the most influential cubiclists and cubicles in history.  Yes, I'm interviewing actual cubicles.

5 Ways to Bring Summer Vacation to Your Cubicle

The traditional public school system set many of us up for disappointment when we entered the working world.  After spending eighteen years or more of our lives knowing that two months of idle summer days would be the reward for ten months of hard work, sitting out our summer in a cubicle can feel like a trap.

It's hard not to feel a pang of nostalgia for those luxurious summer vacations every sunny morning you drive into work.  If you're spending your work days dreaming of poolside lounging and exciting beach trips, it might be time to bring Summer vacation to your cubicle.

While your boss would probably frown upon you bringing in sand to pour on the floor, here are five other ideas to bring the feeling of a summer vacation to your work space.

Business Growth: 5 Signs It’s Time to Move to a New Office

Business is doing well.  Clients are pouring in and new faces are regularly joining your company to handle the extra work.  As you climb higher on the ladder of success, you find yourself looking at your familiar surroundings and wondering if it’s time for a change.  But how do you really know your company is ready to move to a new office?

Moving is a stressful and expensive experience, so choosing to move to a new office is not a decision to take lightly.  The move will only be worth the cost if your current office space has reached the point where it is holding your company back from further growth and success.  Here are five signs that it’s time to leave your current space and find a new office.

You Simply Need More Space

Cramped Office

If your current office space is feeling cramped, the thought of moving has probably entered your head.  Running out of space is one of the most common reasons businesses move, especially if they anticipate continued growth.

5 Decorating Trends to Use in Your Office Design in 2016

When your employees spend the best part of their week in your office, making them feel at home is a great way to keep morale high and thank them for their hard work.  You don’t have to go full-Google with slides and lap pools to be on the modern edge of office design, though.  Using some of the modern home design trends into your office will keep your business feeling current and comfortable.  Here are five different 2016 decorating trends to use in your office design and make your employees feel at home.

Add a Delicate Pastel Touch

Pastels

Every year, Pantone announces its colors of the year, which has a major influence on interior design for the entire year.  In 2016, the chosen Pantone colors are Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pastel pink and blue.  These colors have encouraged the design world to embrace pastels of all shades this year.

Designing an Office That Works for Introverts

Offices have long emphasized quiet and isolated work spaces, but lately we’ve been moving more toward an open and social work environment.  On the surface, this seems like an improvement for everyone.  Work is more fun for employees in a casual space where you can chat freely with your coworkers.  The company benefits from a more efficient use of space and the new ideas that come from easier collaboration between employees.

The open office trend seems like a win-win situation, particularly if you are an extrovert, the sort of person who gets energized by talking to other people.  However, while extroverts might thrive in this collaborative and busy environment, your introverted employees are more likely to struggle to maintain their productivity and workplace satisfaction.  If you’re noticing several of your employees fighting to meet deadlines and quotas or looking constantly exhausted in the office, you may need to take a second look at your layout to make sure you have an office design that works for introverts as well as it does for extroverts.

Office Designs for 3 Popular Leadership Styles

Strong leadership is vital to any successful office, but not one style of leadership works for every company, or even every department within a company.  One of the biggest challenges managers face is finding and developing the best leadership style to motivate their employees to complete work on time and to company standards.

Just as leadership style needs to be adjusted for the unique needs of a department, office design should be adjusted to accommodate these leadership styles.  Here are just a few ways you can adjust your department’s office design to match your leadership style.

Laissez-Faire Leadership Style

 Laissez-Faire Leadership Style

The laissez-faire leadership style is one of the most laid-back styles a manager can implement.  This style delegates most of the responsibility for completing quality work to individual employees, with little supervision and interference from the manager.  It is one of the most difficult management styles to perform successfully, and requires the greatest amount of trust of any leadership style. In the right environment, however, the laissez-faire leadership style can be very effective.

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