There’s no denying that furniture can transform a workplace. When a chair or couch feels good, you feel good. Furniture can change the expression of an office and instantly convey a brand’s identity. But office furniture is much more than a decorative item. It’s an investment. With proper planning, you can easily extend the life of your furniture without having to purchase new pieces. And with the proper care, it can withstand the wear and tear of an active workspace and maintain it’s beauty and function for years to come. Below are 4 insider tips to get the most out of your workplace furniture.
It’s been an exciting year for the workplace industry. Companies are getting more expressive and designing their workplaces to better align with their company values, mission and culture. They understand that their employees are their greatest assets and as a result, are designing their offices to enhance the workplace experience.
Research shows that having an organized, decluttered space can have a positive impact on our lives. However, living a pared-down life is challenging for many. And not only for individuals, but also for companies. Just as people acquire material things over the years, so do organizations. As we’re nearing the end of 2018, it’s time to figure out what can stay and what can go.
Assembling the right team will be the first—and possibly the most important—step for achieving success with your workspace design project. Just as an A-team can make a project, an ill-fitting team can cause a lot of project headaches; potentially harming your reputation. As a result, most successful construction projects take an integrated approach to the design, build, and post-occupancy process, cementing the AEC (architecture, engineering, and construction) team and subcontractors early on.
While many of us are logging longer hours and having our phones at arm’s reach 24/7, we’re becoming disconnected from nature and disengaged with our surroundings. But trading outdoor activities with marathon desk sessions doesn’t mean we have to work in an enclosed shell.
Ergonomics is the art of designing a workplace that prioritizes humans and their needs. This human-centric approach is rooted in a scientific discipline and is an important part of workplace optimization best practices.
Well-designed open plan offices can be extremely effective for improving employee satisfaction when combined with closed spaces; especially, when tailored to a business’ unique culture. However, open office plans have their distractors with studies citing lower employee performance, among other push backs and issues. We believe open offices have an important place as part of a more balanced approach — a concept that leverages the best benefits of both open and closed workplace design elements.
Financial tech services firm Capital One recently released their 2018 Work Environment Survey. Polling 3,500 full-time employees across 5 major markets, with a subset nationwide, the company delved into the impact of workplace design on their productivity, creativity, and satisfaction. Conducted by Wakefield Research, they uncovered three key insights that architects, designers and furniture makers and providers, ought to consider when coming up with workplace solutions.
Electro Rent, the world’s largest test equipment services company, moved their American Headquarters to the Corporate Pointe at West Hills, a 10-building campus-style setting on 80 acres. They were seeking a dynamic workspace to facilitate collaboration and also provide an ergonomic and healthy environment for their employees.