The end of the year means filing your tax returns is just around the corner.
We are excited to share the great news that office furniture purchases, financing/leasing is tax deductible under Section 179.
It is a use-it or lose-it write-off so you need to act now!
Acceptable Equipment List:
Equipment (machines, etc.) purchased for business use
Tangible personal property used in business
Business Vehicles with a gross vehicle weight in excess of 6,000 lbs (see Section 179 Vehicle Deductions)
Computer “Off-the-Shelf” Software
Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building (i.e.: a printing press, large manufacturing tools and equipment)
Partial Business Use (equipment that is purchased for business use and personal use: generally, your deduction will be based on the percentage of time you use the equipment for business purposes)
Certain improvements to existing non-residential buildings: fire suppression, alarms and security systems, HVAC, and roofing
Make sure you do your homework to verify that your company is leveraging the Section 179 Deduction this year. More info
A leader worth following realizes their ability to influence others, desires to treat others fairly and brings out the best in others. Great leaders strive to:
1. Be accessible
2. Be flexible
3. Be patient
4. Be understanding
5. Be creative
6. Be fair
7. Be trusting/trustworthy
8. Be positive
9. Be an active listener
So you got the go ahead to do something at the office for Halloween. But what can you do that isn’t too disruptive and won’t break the bank?
Here are seven ideas:
1.Employees can bring in their favorite Halloween candy to share.
2. Have an office/cubicle decorating contest. Facebook followers or the boss can judge.
3. Allow employees to dress in costumes for $1.00. The money will go to a designated charity.
4. Play a Halloween music playlist.
5. Have a costume contest.
6. Bring in themed breakfast donuts for the team.
7. Allow employees to leave an hour early to get home in time to get their kids ready to trick-or-treat or themselves ready to party.
Halloween is just one week away! Here are some reasons why celebrating in the office is a great idea:
1. Having fun together builds morale.
2. Group costumes promote teamwork.
3. It’s an excuse to bring in seasonal treats for the team.
4. Decorating/costumes promote interdepartmental collaboration.
5. It can reveal employee’s hidden creativity, talents and skills.
Office Furniture Outlet is always bringing you the latest in office furniture trends!
Resimercial is a blend of commercial quality and residential-inspired features.
People crave flexible workspaces that inspire them and encourage them to connect; resimercial is the answer.
We had a great turnout for Tuesday’s Lunch & Learn on Networking!
Marcia Brodie & Laura Henderson gave a fun, interactive presentation.
Lunch was great and lots of business connections were made.
Another Lunch and Learn brought to you by Office Furniture Outlet.
Do you Schmooze or do you lose at networking? How to NOT waste your networking efforts.
BizConnect Hampton Roads Business Performance Specialist, Marcia Brodie (who is also the facilitator for the BizTools Workshop: Ditch the Pitch), will be presenting a fun and interactive lecture on the importance of strategic networking. She will cover important do’s and don’ts of networking and how to be a Schmoozer and not a Loser.
This is a free event with a complimentary lunch provided by Office Furniture Outlet. REGISTER NOW!
- Tuesday, October 2 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
An office move can be a daunting task. One that involves consideration of space, dimensions, budget and aesthetics. Here are 5 things to consider:
- Is the office conveniently located to clients, staff and other businesses?
2. Does the size of the office comfortably accommodate staff, communal spaces, break rooms and room for future growth?
3. Does the office adequately promote your image?
4. Is the building well maintained?
5. Does security and surveillance meet your company’s needs?
Employees who work in buildings with LEED status are healthier, more productive and more likely to remain longer with their companies. In tandem, business owners have signaled a willingness to spend more on eco-friendly spaces — and building owners are taking note. It’s anticipated that commercial-building owners will spend $960 billion globally by the year 2023 upgrading building infrastructure to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s rigorous LEED standards.
Your cubicle is your home-away-from-home. Make it a more enjoyable place to spend your 8+ hours a day and boost your productivity. Here are a few suggestions:
Clear the clutter – Spend 2 minutes cleaning up paper piles, keep 1 reusable cup and hide unnecessary items that you only use periodically, out of sight.
Wipe down surfaces – Take a minute to clean your computer screen, keyboard, mouse and phone keypad. Disinfecting wipes are great for this!
Organize – Use the last 2 minutes on organizing pens, papers, paper clips, highlighters, sticky notes, other supplies.
Now take a look around and add any last-minute touches like a spritz of air freshener, a motivational quote or picture of your family/pet.
There…done! Now, get to work!