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What happened to the animals that were displaced in Hurricanes Harvey & Irma?

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Many animals that were in shelters in the affected areas before the storm hit are being sent to others across the country to make room for this week’s rescues. SPCA shelters in Norfolk and Virginia Beach already have offered to take some.

The rescued pets will be kept locally as long as possible so owners can find them.

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 30: A cat tries to find dry ground around an apartment complex after it was inundated with water following Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“Eventually we may get some of the animals from that part of Texas that have been there awhile and have not been reclaimed,” said Rob Blizard, executive director of Norfolk’s SPCA. “But the areas hit hard by flooding are going to be focused on returns to owners. I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people desperately looking for their pets.”*

Office Furniture Outlet is a drop-off location for donations to help these homeless animals. Items needed include: blankets, towels, dry PURINA cat and dog food, cat litter, dog and cat treats, dog and cat toys,  bleach, liquid laundry detergent, Windex & 409, Ziplock sandwich bags, cotton balls/swabs and gauze pads. Please bring your donations to 5595 Raby Rd, Norfolk by October 15th. If you have any questions, please call Joy at 757-855-2800. Thanks in advance for supporting us in this effort!

*excerpt taken from Virginian Pilot article by Jane Harper on 9/2/17

Is Your Business Hurricane-Ready?

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In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the impending threat of Hurricane Irma, is your business prepared for potential disaster?

Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property. The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds which characterize such storms. Here is a checklist to help you prepare for a hurricane’s effect on your business, employees and community by highlighting activities you should undertake before, during, and following the event.   When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Center issues a watch or warning, use the time available to begin taking the following steps. Click here for list

What is that little white tag on my chair?

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Why does the chair I purchased from OFO have a little white tag on the fabric?

Chair with Steri Fab tag

Chair with Steri Fab tag

Are you aware that stores selling used upholstered furniture are required by law to follow specific sanitation procedures? Every piece of upholstered furniture sold at Office Furniture Outlet has undergone a sanitation process using Steri-Fab, a disinfectant that is effective against bacteria as well as insects, fungus, mold and mildew.

According to Virginia’s Legislative Information System, 12VAC5-125-100:

“Steri-Fab or Microban, or a comparable product approved by the commissioner meeting all the qualities and specifications of these chemicals, are the industry-recognized chemicals for sanitizing and disinfecting mattresses, bedding or upholstered furniture. This process is required for any business sanitizing used, secondhand or renovated mattresses, box springs, or similar articles of bedding or upholstered furniture offered for resale or rent in Virginia.”

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What is BIFMA?

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BIFMA logoThe office furniture you purchase form Office Furniture Outlet meets BIFMA standards, and, therefore, has been tested for commercial-grade use over long period of time.

“Americans can take the comfort, safety, and durability of their workplace furniture for granted in large part because of the voluntary standards adopted by the business and institutional furniture industry. Chairs that support us securely day after day, casters that roll smoothly year after year, drawers that retain their shape even when jam-packed — these are some of the foundation stones of a safe and civilized workplace. BIFMA sponsors the development and maintenance of the standards behind these quiet achievements.”

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Can Office Artwork Influence Employee Productivity?

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Art encompasses a wide variety of media, and affects everyone who sees it in one way or another. Business owners are beginning to understand that displaying artwork in the workplace does more than make the office more aesthetically pleasing or impress visitors; it can actually increase employee efficiency, productivity, and creativity. The following are some of the merits of displaying artwork in the office.

  • Art inspires and unlocks creative potential. When people are faced with an impressive painting or photograph, they often feel inspired by the work. This is why motivational posters often include photographs of magnificent sunsets, towering trees and mountains, or feats of athleticism. The inspiration that one feels upon looking at art unlocks creative potential, helping to generate innovative ideas. Innovative ideas in turn lead to new business practices and promotional campaigns, which ultimately create economic growth.
  • Art helps connect with clients. Many companies rely on specific types of people or socioeconomic groups for the majority of their business. Lawyers, for example, have specialized fields that cater to specific demographics: laborers, unhappy couples, and corporate management. By hanging photographs in the office or waiting area, they can make a client feel comfortable and even connect with them on an emotional level. A lawyer specializing in family law may have paintings or photographs of healthy families and happy children, for example. READ FULL ARTICLE IN FORBES MAGAZINE

Chair Cleaning Tips

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Whether you work from home or in a cubicle, a desk job means you’ll be How to clean office chairspending most of your day sitting in your chair. An occasional accident with food, ink or drink is bound to happen, and you’ll surely have to clean it up. Over time, the upholstery might need general cleaning as well, and if your wheels don’t roll as well as they should, they might need cleaning of their own.

Get all the tips and tricks here!

How to Create a Great Reception Space

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There are countless ways you can convey the success and professionalism of your business right in your entryway.

From offering a welcoming smile (this should be a given) to sprucing your space up with lush (real, not fake!) plants, to lighting up your logo to offering free Wi-Fi, here are 20 ways you can make a positive, lasting first impression with your office reception, all neatly tucked into an infographic by U.K. interior design firm SEC Interiors.

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7 Reasons Why Great Office Furniture Increases Productivity

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Specifically referring to the work place, every piece of furniture is going to play an important part in boosting your productivity, as well as potential. With the inclusion of great furniture, you’ll have the ability to take your productivity to an entirely new level. It’s the reason why nearly all office spaces in the world are providing a makeover to their boring and old furniture by including stylish, as well as new furniture within their offices. READ FULL ARTICLE