meeting etiquette

WATER COOLER CHAT: Meetings Without Resistance

Meetings without resistance require planning and meeting etiquette guidelines to keep them successful and productive. Conference rooms and huddle spaces provide shared areas that are meant to be used as collaboration hubs between coworkers, clients and sometimes as private spaces for employees and employers. They perform some important functions in offices, especially with open plan spaces. As with any shared space, there are certain unwritten rules that apply to keep everyone happy. Download our whitepaper on these seven tips to meetings without resistance. DOWNLOAD TIPS

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inspired conversations

Inspired Conversations Begin With Innovative Design

Re-imagining the internal conversations that go on in a company is an on-going dialog within the furniture design industry. This exchange of ideas is used to create more productive and dynamic environmental design. The challenge to create innovative furnishings that can accommodate the way we meet and exchange ideas is the same for every office footprint. Large or small, there are considerations that have to be made to allow form and function to coexist with productivity.

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workplace barriers

Breaking Down Barriers In The Workplace

Even with the best of intentions in an open plan office design, workplaces can be challenged by communication barriers that can impede their success story. What is commonly referred to in business circles as the Silo Mentality is defined by the Business Dictionary as the mindset present when certain departments or sectors do not wish to share information with others in the same company. This type of mentality will reduce efficiency in the overall operation, reduce morale, and may contribute to the demise of a productive company culture. It all comes down to accountability and communication.

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home office style

WATER COOLER CHAT: Personal Style Creates A Productive Home Office

Working from home is the new normal. A home office is a great opportunity to create an environment that fits your unique workstyle and inspires more productivity. Architectural Digest has assembled a collection of truly inspired home offices that will give you a starting point to transform your in-home workspace into something extraordinary. The mobile lifestyle of today makes it easier to work from anywhere. Even if you commute daily to an office in the city, work still may find its way home. Retreating to a secluded space within your home to finish up a project or just acquire more focus on the details of a proposal is just the way we work today.

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rent office furniture

Top 5 Reasons To Rent Office Furniture

The many advantages of renting office furniture reside in the vital impact furniture can play on every aspect of your office space. It is the first impression you give to a potential employee or client. Not only is it utilitarian, it plays a significant role in the look and feel of your overall office design and the business acumen you project. Whether you’re just starting up or rapidly growing, the flexibility of renting can free up your cash flow and simultaneously allow you to create an impressive contemporary office design on a budget. Office furniture is often the biggest initial investment in your business. It plays a key role in your image branding and the way your work culture is formulated.

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workbench technology

WATER COOLER CHAT: Benching Technology Is An Idea Whose Time Has Come…Again.

Workbench technology is an enduring workplace tradition, for many good reasons. Benching technology is simple, efficient, straightforward and adaptable. From the crude wood tables used for centuries by artisans and craftspeople to today’s sleek and technology-infused versions for knowledge workers, benching is a concept that’s continuing to evolve to meet a wide variety of workplace needs. In North America, the trend toward benching has been catching on fast because it’s a hard-working solution that addresses converging business realities.

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Mobilize Your Office For Success

Transitional desks, conference tables, training tables, chairs & screens mobilize your office for success by providing room for growth and change. Ever since laptops liberated the modern workforce from assigned seating and enclosed cubicles, the mobile generation has been changing the way office furniture adapts. Employees have embraced workspaces that allow them to sit, stand, roam and interact with co-workers. To mobilize your office for success, start by paying attention to these changing needs and seeking improvements that promote collaboration wherever possible.

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Is The Open Plan Office Destroying Workplace Culture?

What if your office suddenly went from private to out in the open? What would be the biggest change you could imagine from the open office experience? How would you prepare and adapt your tasks? This begs the question: is the open plan office destroying workplace culture? A hundred questions and scenarios could begin coursing through your brain about coping in such an exposed situation where productivity is still paramount. In its effort for progress, it is becoming quite clear that the collaborative culture may have derailed itself with distraction.

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workplace wellbeing

WATER COOLER CHAT: Building Wellbeing Into The Workplace

Companies are pursuing organizational wellbeing with an enthusiasm never seen before. Building workplace wellbeing seems to be the right thing to do for employees, plus there’s the potential for lower absenteeism and fewer medical claims. Substantial cost savings are at stake, too. For example, thanks in part to the company’s wellbeing Efforts, Steelcase health insurance premiums in 2013 will increase about 3%, less than half the 7.5% increase estimated for the year by Price Waterhouse Coopers.

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Office Ergonomics

WATER COOLER CHAT: Ergonomics Not Emerging Fast Enough

The goal of today’s office ergonomics is focused on fitting the workspace and technology to the individual, thus reducing the risk of injuries and helping people work effectively. However, the very nature of work is changing. Technology has freed people to work anywhere, and a growing proportion of that work is collaborative and social. In response, organizations are supplementing the private office and cubicle with a wide variety of interactive group and social spaces. READ MORE