Archive for October, 2012

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture Presented with a Bridging the Gap Achievement Award

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture has wonderful news to share!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture was presented with a Greater Baltimore Committee “2012 Bridging the Gap Achievement Award” for our outstanding contributions to the growth and expansion of the minority business community in the Greater Baltimore region.

The Bridging the Gap initiative designed by the Greater Baltimore Committee helps advance the business culture of Greater Baltimore by fostering an atmosphere where majority, minority and women-owned businesses can establish mutually beneficial strategic partnerships. The Bridging the Gap Initiative provides these business groups the necessary tools and support to develop sound collaborations and business networking success through training opportunities, communication, and creation of legacy wealth.

The award ceremony was held on October 23rd, 5:30 pm at the Renaissance Baltimore Haborplace Hotel, 202 East Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21202.

There were three categories of recognition for highly driven, successful minority and women entrepreneurs in Maryland:

Outstanding Minority and Women owned business achievement award

Majority Owned Businesses Demonstrating Leadership in Inclusive Business Practices

Partnerships or Strategic Alliances

Here is the list of the finalists:

• Edwards & Hill Office Furniture, Columbia, Md.

• A Bright Idea, LLC, Bel Air, Md.
• Calmi Electrical, Baltimore, Md.
• Casey Overseas Corp., Baltimore, Md.
• Choice Marketing & Design, Ellicott City, Md.
• Clapp Communications, Baltimore, Md.
• Darker Than Blue Cafe, Baltimore, Md.
• Data Solutions & Technology Incorporated, Lanham, Md.
• Fyodor Biotechnologies, Baltimore, Md.
• Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake, Inc., Baltimore, Md.
• Harkins Builders, Marriottsville, Md., Baltimore, Md.
• Intelect Corporation, Baltimore, Md.
• The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.
• Law Offices of Sarah C. von der Lippe, Washington, D.C.
• M. Luis Construction Co., Inc., Clinton, Md.
• Marcorp, Baltimore, Md.
• MyCity4Her, Baltimore, Md.
• Shea Radiance, Columbia, Md.
• Strategic Management Consulting, LLC, Baltimore, Md.
• Total Urgent Care, Edgewood, Md.
• Trye | Butler | Mayo | Griffith, Baltimore, Md.
• W. L. Blair Development, Baltimore, Md.
• Walters Relocations, Inc., Baltimore, Md.

Every finalist exemplifies the ground level, private sector achievement that drives Maryland’s economy.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

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How To Layout Effective And Productive Workplace And Workspace Environments

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Designing an office workplace that works efficiently can be an overwhelming and challenging task, especially, if you have no idea where to start or finish. Properly designed workspaces will matter in terms or comfort, as well as productivity. Employees want adequate privacy while continuing ongoing communication between co-workers when necessary.

From traditional office layouts to a modern office space, you can have comfortable, functional and affordable office workplaces and workspaces created with truly workable space in mind.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help you create an office layout that includes workspace designed for better work productivity while making the workplace as comfortable as possible.

The following are workplace and workspace designs to consider:

Create Central Hubs. With central office hubs throughout the workplace, you will encourage your employees to work as a powerful team to achieve business success. How? Internal communications and inter-departmental interaction encourages better communication between office departments. At these central office hubs, copiers, fax machines, scanners and any shared equipment should all be available. You can even have a snack central hub created in the office that includes coffee makers, snack machines and water coolers. This food hub will give employees a reason to get to know each other better and work more effectively together, as they reenergize for work.

Ideal central hubs should feature comfortable seating, cafe tables, and counters with stools. This furniture setup will encourage employees to celebrate birthdays, hold small meetings, have casual conversations and truly bond.

You can also install a bulletin board so you can list company announcements, employee awards and notices. This will encourage your staff to have ongoing interactions at the workplace and remain in the know of work updates. Your business atmosphere will also be depicted as a very welcoming and pleasant one.

Design An Open Space. The traditional office layout of a labyrinth made from high-walled cubicles is outdated. These traditional office furnishings divide an office, stifle communication between employees and make it hard for clients and potential employees to get a feel for the company’s personality and culture. Everything is hidden behind generic office panels. This is not something you want for your business because transparency is key to modern day business success.

To reinvent your office space, open it up. Let staff see one another. Allow natural light to shine into the core of your office building. With open office space, employees will naturally communicate between one another and work better together. Set up a few small meeting tables in the center of each office department to provide a welcome area where casual meetings can take place. Design private meeting rooms as well for confidential business conversations.

Create An Office Layout Design Tailored To Staff Work Tasks. So often the number of staff members influence office layout. Yes, the gradual addition of staff to an office space matters but office design and furnishing should also consider how employees naturally interact and how they should interact to be highly efficient and productive at work.

One effective and productive way to layout an office design is to locate support staff right next to a manager. This will allow the support staff to work together and quickly address and resolve any concerns in the workplace. Better communication will result in better work efficiency.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/office-workplace-workspace-designs-work-3004.html

How To Make A Great Business Impression With Your Office Design

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

If you’re redesigning the office, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to provide you some great office design tips to properly develop a professional design plan.

It is important to pay attention to detail in your office design because your office is a direct representation of your business and its level of professionalism. Your top priority in your office design is to make a good impression when clients come to your office.

The following design tips will help you make a great business impression:

Use Neutral Colors And Earth Tones. Colors matter, from wall colors to curtain fabrics, to establish an overall comfortable office environment. Soft, neutral colors often give the impression that your office environment is comfortable and welcoming. Try using earth tones such as blues, greens and grays to create an inviting atmosphere when guests visit your office. Avoid using bright colors such as reds or yellows in your color scheme. Bright colors often over-stimulate office visitors and cause anxiety or vision problems. If you do want to use a few bright colors, evaluate the extreme or uniqueness of long-term ownership of the furniture and the office space. Will you ever move offices or lease a different space? If yes, avoid extremes in colors, it’s harder to incorporate bright color furniture to existing office design schemes and will make the property harder to re-lease.  If you must have bright colors, We do offer some furnishings with interchangeable components that will allow you to inexpensively change the color scheme in the future.

Purchase Subtle Artwork and Accessories. When we say subtle, avoid displaying artwork that depicts people because you don’t want to give the impression your office favors specific groups of people. When you do display artwork depicting people, always go for art that shows a diverse group of people pleasantly interacting with one another.

You should also have no more than one large piece of art on each wall of your office. All artwork used should be relatively neutral and tie into the overall color scheme of the office. An office should be designed to feel homey rather than cluttered with art, furniture or home features such as vases and plants. If you do want plants in the office, go for potted trees and avoid flowering plants to reduce the risk of irritating allergies of clients and minimize the maintenance of office plants.

Purchase Office Furniture That’s Durable, Flexible and Comfortable. Shopping for office furniture can be very expensive if you are not sure about what you need, want and how it will best serve office needs.

The ideal Office furniture should last for years and withstand general wear and tear over time. It is also important to note that staffing and organizational needs can change in the office so your office furniture options should have varying features. For example, wrist supports should be available for employees who type on a regular basis and lumbar supports should be available for employees who sit for extended periods of time during the day.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

How To Create A Work Effective Office Design

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Are you redesigning an office or designing one for the first time? If yes to one or the other, Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help you get familiar with office design options and provide you some valuable tips on purchasing office furniture that enhances comfort and office functionality.

The right office furniture can make the work experience 50 times better than expected, including enhancing office productivity. The wrong office furniture can drastically reduce productivity and make employees suffer from severe physical and mental discomfort during work.

Office productivity isn’t just about having the latest technology. It’s about having properly designed office furniture and creating an appropriate office layout for the furniture. Your furniture should fit the look and décor of your office, no matter if old or new.

For example, a sleek, modern office should not have overstuffed chairs as furniture. Nor should a glass desk be incorporated in an office full of mahogany furniture. It will look out of place.

Once your décor is fitting, you can focus on ensuring the office furniture provides comfortable and spacious work conditions.

The most comfortable office furniture is ergonomic furniture. Ergonomic designs do not only look great but the furniture helps prevent common workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and severe back pains.

When employees don’t have to worry about serious health consequences from working, they have an easier time staying on the job and make more profit for the business.

Here are tips on improving office productivity and functionality with furniture:

  • Have computer workstations for all administrative assistants. This will ensure your office administrative assistants have all the storage space they need for computer equipment while still providing them plenty of workspace.

  • If your office needs a more collaborative environment, go for an open office design. This design eliminates cubicles and makes all employees work in a shared area.

  • If your office needs more privacy, consider adding privacy panels and high cubicle walls to the design. These features will help with noise control and make the office environment less distracting.

  • Purchase return desks (L shaped desks) to provide plenty of work area and filing space in the office. Never again will employees have to leave the desk for files frequently needed.

  • Install wall space storage such as hang shelves or cabinets to make more floor space and keep the office looking neat.

  • Purchase multi-purpose technology. In a fast-paced office environment, it’s best to create one central place where employees can scan, copy, fax and print.

  • Last but not least, invest in rolling chairs and plastic chair mats. The rolling chairs will improve mobility during work and chair mats help protect wood flooring and carpeting alike.

No matter what you envision, Edwards & Hill is here to provide you quality furniture, great pricing and exceptional customer service. We can assemble your furniture; assist you with furniture project management and coordination services. We can also help you with interior design, space planning and more!

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is a leading office planner and supplier for commercial companies, government agencies and individual consumers nationwide. We sell and install office furniture, as well as design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Since 1998, when Managing Partner Tony Hill and Partner Hans Edwards founded Edwards & Hill Communications, we have provided clients with creative solutions to complex problems and know how to tailor our products and services to your specific needs.

To give one shining example of what you can expect when you retain the services of Edwards & Hill, we developed the office floor plan and supplied all custom office furniture, computers, audio/visual equipment, customer cueing system and electric lateral filing systems for the new Visitor Control Center (VCC) at Ft. George G. Meade Army Base in Maryland. These needs were specific and complex, and we met them to the great satisfaction of our customer. We also installed 74 rooms every 24 hours and completed the installation of 2000 guest rooms and suites at the Gaylord National Hotel on time.We brought it all together from start to finish and we can do the same for you.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 410.884.8450 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/design-options-office-furniture-13743.html

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