Investing In Your Talent

Investing In Your Talent

Office design is all about opportunities. And one of the best things about opportunity is innovation. Investing in your talent by utilizing the natural agility of design has come into the workplace as one of the unsung heroes of office design. The very nature of corporate environments has been changing and becoming more fluid and conversational. Work is no longer confined to one space or one desk all day long. Collaboration has become the essential component to corporate success and office environments have evolved to encompass endless possibilities for people to connect.

With these trends in mind, and talent recruitment and retention still a high priority, how does your office design support more collaborative activities? Do you need more definition within the spaces that your team utilizes the most? How can you use these trends to build trust in the most effective way and drive up engagement levels?

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2018 office design trends

WATERCOOLER CHAT: 2018 Office Design Trends

2018 office design trends focus on well-being in the workplace. Creating healthier workspaces and fostering workstyles that create healthier choices will sharpen the focus on the human experience at the office. The static workstyle of being tied to a cubicle or a desk is leaving the building. Flexible spaces that focus on the ability to improve the utilization of space for everyone and building a culture that recognizes an individual’s value in the workplace will create a significant impact. This fresh approach is leading to some pretty unconventional workspaces with bolder colors and designs.

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new office chair

5 Signs You Need A New Office Chair

When was the last time you had a new office chair? Most of us take for granted that the chair we are sitting in all day behind the computer is built for comfort. It is, but that comfort is just not the same for each individual. Adults working full-time in the US work an average of 47 hours per week. In fact, 39% of those polled reported working more than 50 hours per week. Which suggests that almost 40% of US full-time workers are putting in close to 2,500 hours at work per year. Sitting in the same chair, that may be several years old, for most of the day!

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Office Ergonomics

WATER COOLER CHAT: Office 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.

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workplace wellbeing

WATER COOLER CHAT: Building Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace wellbeing has become part of the workplace ethos in a dynamic way. As companies are pursuing organizational wellbeing with an enthusiasm never seen before for talent acquisition and retention. 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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ergonomic furnishings

Can Ergonomic Chairs and Desks Raise Your Productivity?

Sedentary work can take a huge toll on your spine, compressing disks and decreasing circulation. Likewise, hours of repetitive motion with a traditional mouse and keyboard can lead to painful situations. With ergonomic office furnishings you can create a workspace that will provide a more stable environment for your back, neck, shoulders and wrists. Improving your posture through transitional seating, desks and electronics can increase your productivity and comfort level.

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ergonomic office furniture

Saving Money Through Ergonomics

Ergonomic office furniture and accessories are good for your company’s bottom line. When two designers working in the middle half of the 20th century pioneered the science of ergonomics, governments and companies quickly lined up to adopt their products. Neils Diffrient and Henry Dreyfuss had hit upon a revolutionary concept – that tools should fit the form of human motion and not the other way around.(1) Governments and major companies agreed and quickly adopted these new ergonomic products for mission critical applications like chairs for submarines, tractors and commercial airlines.(1) Maybe these large institutions were compelled to purchase ergonomic based on their access to studies about the types of injury workers sustain over long periods of time. After all, these governments and large companies are familiar with implementing pensions and accommodating workers comp claims over decades, and not just the couple of hours or so it takes to pick a chair.

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ergo monitor arms

The Ergonomics of Flat Panel Monitor Arms

There is quite a bit to learn about ergonomic monitor stands because they offer a variety of functionality. The sophisticated ones offer a lot more function than you might imagine. Meanwhile, with LCD monitors being universally prevalent, new ergonomic monitor arms and monitor stands are a lot cheaper than most people think. The two principal reasons users purchase flat panel display monitor stands are that they make any workspace more ergonomic and they maximize desk work area.

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