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Ode to the Cubicle

Cubicle is a brilliant word.

It's a concise term and is well known throughout the working world. When you hear the word 'cubicle', you visualize a workstation. The workstation is surrounded by walls and filled with accolades and knick-knacks that help personalize the space. It’s where the office chair rolls from file cabinet to file cabinet. Where work legends are made through a tireless career in hopes of one day making the company Hall of Fame. And when that glorious day arrives, and you begin your office induction speech, be sure to thank your trusty cubicle.

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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?
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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.
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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.

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