A workplace’s atmosphere and surroundings can inspire employees to be more efficient and passionate in their work. If your office is barebones, offering only desks and computers, you may not be getting the most out of your employees.
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
Whether you work from home or in a cubicle, a desk job means you’ll be spending 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.
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.
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
In the Business section of Sunday’s Virginian Pilot, there was an article entitled, “For many, personal work space a vanishing feature at work.”
A current trend in the corporate world is doing away with offices and replacing them with open workspaces and movable furniture. Though cost-effective for the business, the majority of employees feel that the office is their home away from home and prefer their own personal space.
Some businesses are even going so far as to require employees to reserve desk space, while others are not allowing any personal items or non-office-branded items to be used.
If personal workspace and being allowed to display personal items is important to you, make sure your next job search includes questions about the company’s practices when it comes to offices, cubicles, desk arrangements, etc.
Here at Office Furniture Outlet, we not only buy and sell cubicles, but we install and reconfigure them as well. Here are 5 reasons why you should choose us to handle your next office cubicle move and installation:
Our staff is well-trained, boasting over 20 years of experience with all types of office furniture brands and systems.
We help our customers find the right product, generate layouts, manage project scheduling, and coordinate deliveries.
We provide flexible scheduling and complete furniture setup and installation.
Our goal is to move you as quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively as possible (We aim to be the best value in Hampton Roads).
Our large fleet of quality equipment is able to accommodate deliveries and installations of any size.
Ergonomic desk chairs are more than just additions to a workspace: The Occupational Safety & Health Administration recommends the use of ergonomic chairs that foster a neutral, comfortable working posture. Ergonomics not only promote good posture and, in turn, physical health, but can create a more pleasant work environment that promotes productivity.
1. Adjust the chair to your height
One of the most important aspects of ergonomic seating is the height of the chair. Sitting in a chair that is too low can force one to raise the arms to reach the keyboard, causing strain in the neck, shoulders and upper back. It also encourages rounding of the spine and places added tension on the tailbone and buttocks. Adversely, seating that is too high places pressure on the thighs and back of the knees, cutting off circulation in the lower extremities.
A good chair height supports the thighs evenly and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety outlines suggestions for adjusting the chair to your height:
Stand up in front of the chair and raise or lower it so that the top of the seat cushion when parallel to the floor is at a height just below the knee cap.
Sit down on the chair with feet flat on the floor. Ensure there is about 2 inches of clearance between the front edge of the seat and the calves. Achieving this may require you to adjust the tilt.
2. Tilt according to your task and comfort
In general, a slightly forward tilting chair is the most comfortable for basic computer usage. However, variation is key to avoid placing continuous pressure and strain on certain parts of the body. A backward tilt allows the user to recline slightly, and a horizontal seat is ideal for sitting erect and upright.
“The key is selecting a highly flexible ergonomic office chair.”
Since tilt should be adjusted regularly to mix up position, the key is to select an ergonomic office chair that is highly flexible and easy to adjust quickly while still providing a frame that disperses pressure and allows the feet to sit flat on the floor. For example, the Herman Miller Aeron chair is designed with a tilt action that echoes the body’s mechanics and provides support that stabilizes the pelvis for a natural curvature.
3. Alter the armrests
Adjustable armrests are an important feature to ergonomic office chairs, as improper arm positioning can lead to strain in the neck and shoulders. When armrests are too low, the user might be more inclined to slouch forward to rest his or her limbs. If too high, the user may be forced to hunch the shoulders when placing the forearms on the rests.
The proper armrest height for good ergonomics should be at around the same height as the point of one’s elbow when bent at a 90-degree angle, according to OSHA. This positioning allows one to place his or her forearms on the rests with the arms slightly lifted at the shoulders, taking weight off the shoulders and shifting it to the elbow.
4. Adjust the backrest for optimal lumbar support
Perhaps the most essential feature of an ergonomic office chair is lumbar support, which minimizes tension on the back and prevents slouching. The aim is to match the backrest to the contour of the spine when seated in a neutral position. You may need to adjust the backrest by raising or lowering it so that it fits snugly in the natural curvature of the spine and pushes the back forward. However, high-end chairs such as the Herman Miller Celle provide a lumbar adjustment function. The lumbar support should feel firm, and you should not feel any pressure points in the back.
Joy Burton, Director of Marketing at Office Furniture Outlet, is celebrating her two year anniversary. Joy handles all things marketing-related.
From Facebook advertising, PR and promotions, to creative design work, event planning, website management and email campaigns, Joy is behind it all.
Since her first day at Office Furniture Outlet, she has taken the company’s marketing to the next level by spearheading a complete makeover of their website, refreshed the weekly newsletter, executed several successful events, created fun and exciting signage for the showroom and created opportunities for the company to be featured in Inside Business, on the HR Business Weekly show as well as radio interviews.
Happy Work Anniversary, Joy, and keep up the good work!