When it comes to delivering business outcomes, every leader aspires for success. The measure of success could vary for an individual, team or organization, but everyone wants to win, whether at a personal or team level. When we think of achieving success, it is natural to consider it as a measurement of money, power, accomplishments, awards, etc. Yet, if we seek wins only at the outer level without attention to what is inside of us, I believe success is incomplete and unsustainable. There is another world we live in: Our inner world of thoughts, emotions, aspirations, attitudes, viewpoints and more.
Have you ever asked someone to do something for you, and then felt like it would have been better if you had just done it yourself?
Or have you ever found yourself holding on to too many tasks because you’re afraid of losing control?
Most business owners have felt these things as their companies grow and they begin to rely on other people to get things done. But as we all know, as your business grows, you can’t (nor should you) do everything yourself. At some point, you have to learn how to delegate. Read more…
Office trends for 2020 require dynamic, often sustainable, spaces that center around rapidly evolving technology and wellness-based design, leaving plenty of room for growth.
With that growth in mind, is the desire to attract talented new team members with the goal to improve performance and productivity, all while promoting wellness and well-being.
The concept of bringing nature inside is circling back around as an important piece of workplace design. As cities grow larger and the push for healthier environments continues, elements of nature are being brought back into our workspaces and communities.
One example of this is the living green wall. Also known as vertical gardens or ecowalls, these vertical panels of plants help restore the natural balance while also making a powerful design statement.
*from Kimball SPARK
1. Neutral Spine – Feet on the floor or footrest, hips level with knees and back supported on chair, ear in line with shoulder.
2. Elbow Height – Keyboard at or slightly below elbow height, mouse adjacent to keyboard, keyboard tray level or negative tilt.
3. Desk Height – 1-2″ above elbow height for desk work or at elbow height for keyboard use, raise chair if needed.
4. Monitor Height – Monitor aligned so first line of type is directly across or slightly below eye height.
5. Organize – Documents should be inline between monitor and keyboard, telephone and essentials within easy reach.
With increased work demands and longer commutes, the workplace is becoming a home away from home. Many companies are moving to employee-centered work atmospheres by providing new wellness initiatives and other amenities to help make employees feel comfortable and enjoy the environment they work in. But even with healthy food options and exercise classes, many employees still rush out the door at 5:00 p.m. to spend time with the beloved pets waiting for them at home. This challenge is now being recognized by today’s employers, and many are seeing mutual benefits to inviting employees to bring their four-legged friends along with them. Power of Pets Decades of research have shown that pets provide numerous health benefits, from lower blood pressure, reduced stress and anxiety, boosted immunity, and prevention of asthma and allergies. Even a quick pet can calm and reduce subconscious tensions. And when you’re less stressed, you’re generally happier, more creative, and more productive.
Today’s employees have higher expectations than ever of the environments their organizations provide. These expectations – that workplaces be inspiring, that workplaces promote wellbeing, and that workplaces provide seamless access to technology – have proven to be crucial to employee satisfaction and retention.
So, while beer on tap and ping-pong tables in the office may be passing fads, these are the considerations will shape the offices of the future. Because the workplace isn’t just the place where work gets done- it’s the place that enables us to reach our full potential.
Read on to learn how to create workplaces that will stand the test of time.
While mobile technology offers connected convenience, it makes it harder for companies to ensure their people receive the support they need from their remote working environments. For employees, working off-site long-term can create feelings of alienation and loneliness. It also separates them from the company’s community and culture.
Here are 7 types of spaces your company can use to support the new ways people are working:
1. Gig/Coworking Spaces
2. Activity-Based Spaces
3. Multi-Use Spaces
4. Social Spaces
5. Well-Being Spaces
6. Mobile/Agile Spaces
7. Virtual Spaces
If you ask an HR department what its biggest challenge is today, more often than not, the answer would be attracting and retaining top talent. As Millennials and GenZers continue to flood the workforce, they bring with them a unique set of workplace expectations that vary from their predecessors’. As a result, a workplace that offers a calming space for inspiration and that “wow” factor has made its way to the top of the list.
Furniture designed for architectural needs fosters this atmosphere by metaphorically (and perhaps literally) tearing down the walls of hierarchy and creating an atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed and like equals. For environments that strive to even the playing field, this is a cultural win. But for companies that still prefer the traditional hierarchy of staffing, there’s still value in curating spaces designed for individualized tasks, and the office atmosphere can respond to the design as it sees fit. Furniture designed for architectural needs shapes not only the environment surrounding us but also the mood we feel while we are in it.
In a day and age where business moves fast and people move faster, creating signature pieces we can take with us and flex up and down depending on our needs allows us to leverage our resources wisely. We’re seeing spaces that mimic the unique attributes of our brands and the humans that occupy each building, while simultaneously offering an intriguing element of excitement to the next generation of workers.
Excerpt from Haworth Spark
Take a minute to consider the number of hours most office workers sit at their desk each day. Now multiply that number by weeks, months, even years.
In order to accommodate different body shapes, sizes and weights, designers and engineers have to research and test a variety of functions in each chair to meet comfort and ergonomic needs.
Shapes, heights pneumatics, angles, optional functions all play a part in creating a chair that withstands daily use for hours on end; while materials, finishes, aesthetics, design all play a part in creating a chair that will appeal to a wide variety of consumers.
Taking all this into account, it’s no wonder task chairs are so expensive. Purchasing a well made used task chair is a great option that cuts down on cost and helps save perfectly good, functioning furniture from being sent to the landfill.