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WATER COOLER CHAT: Time To Move Into A Commercial Office Space

There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life when the only thing left to do is move out of that tiny home office and into a brand new commercial office space. As the wheelhouse grows, so will your staff and your reach. You’ll have to make room for expansion – sometimes quite literally.  So how can you tell that the time has come to relocate your line of business to commercial office space?

As your business expands, so will your technology needs.  Before you know it, your brand will have to step up its tech game to maintain productivity. If you’re at a point where you need to invest in new equipment and technologies, your home office may no longer be a viable option to conduct future business

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The Right Culture For Attracting & Keeping Top Talent

Attracting and keeping top talent is as competitive as ever with the multitude of options available to highly skilled job seekers. Flexible opportunities, remote working and the perks of an intention-driven workforce are forcing the change. Competing for talent in this environment requires businesses to understand a new generation of workers that want the benefits of the job to coincide with their values. Creating an attractive space for recruitment requires managers to think outside the traditional box and carefully consider the perks their company can offer to entice top talent into their team.

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Feeding Happiness Through Experience Driven Design

Experience driven design is leading the charge toward a happier workplace. People are the one constant in the perpetual striving for technological change, demographic shifts and raising the bottom line. Designers today are tasked with re-thinking and re-inventing how people experience every aspect of their lives and the places and spaces in which they live, work and collaborate.

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WATER COOLER CHAT: Tips for Choosing Office Furniture

A typical office work day still involves the majority of time spent in front of a computer, sitting in a chair behind a desk. In today’s mobile office environment, workers are telecommuting, working remotely and adjusting time spent in the office environment. Creating an agile workspace that allows for all types of workflows will give you more bang for your buck when selecting office furnishings.

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Rethinking Office Desks

Rethinking how your team uses office desks and seeking alternatives that enhance a more modern workflow is a vital part of today’s office design. As more employees reconfigure their work days to include telecommuting, remote-based work, and collaborative meetings, the number of dedicated office desks is diminishing. It might be worthwhile to ask your employees if their personal workspace meets their productivity and comfort levels.

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Branding Your Office Environment

Branding your office environment gives you a bold canvas upon which to tell your story. It is responsive in a way that white walls and corporate colors can never be. Communication provides a very important element in the dynamic of your marketing, but it doesn’t stop there. Environmental branding provides a very tactile solution to putting your brand and services in front of the staff and clients that enter your workspace. Unused spaces, like stairwells and hallways, can come to life with color, text, and graphics that tell your story. Creatively enforcing your brand message through your interior design can give your workstyle a personality unique to your business or service.

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WATER COOLER CHAT: The Importance Of Color In Office Design

The psychology of office color brings another level of emotion to your design. Color affects the sympathetic nervous system, bringing forth (subconsciously) feelings and emotions in every individual. It’s deeper than just your brand colors and the imaging being displayed in your office. So it is no small wonder that companies and manufacturers are spending huge amounts of money to find the right colors for their products and how they are marketed. Branding and advertising designers have known and applied this theory from the start. It’s called brand immersion.

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Bringing Your Office Into Balance with Feng Shui

Feng Shui is the art of placement. It is an ancient Chinese design discipline that focuses on balancing the elements of a space to create a harmonious environment where energy, or “chi”, flows unencumbered throughout the space. The goal of Feng Shui is to bring a sense of balance, calm and harmony into the room by placing furniture in a manner that will not impede movement. Businesses looking to switch things up in their offices should consider implementing the elements of Feng Shui to improve the overall layout and resulting energy of their workplace. It can bring subtle beneficial change to productivity and workflow.

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Improving Office Dynamics By Design

Achieving and maintaining a competitive edge with your business could be relative to the opportunities that are created through improved workplace dynamics. Designing a workplace that is productive by design is a challenge most often overlooked by business owners, but it is a service designers readily provide. Harnessing the potential of workplace design as it relates to business strategy and the bottom line is a trend that is gaining ground for the future of collaborative office design. A fashionable design that fails to serve your brand and your company mission can hinder talent acquisition, information sharing, communication, and progress.

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WATER COOLER CHAT: Maximizing The Use Of Glass In Your Office Design

The open office has embraced the use of glass enclosed spaces for privacy. Even traditional offices have opted for this option in the conference room and training spaces. Transparency in the communication of business ideals and messaging comes into the physical space as a strong design element with the use of glass walled areas. Glass is being used to reduce space but still provide a feeling of openness. The flexibility of de-mountable glass in a space is a huge contender with rental spaces and open plan spaces alike. DOWNLOAD TIPS

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