Archive for November, 2012

How To Utilize Ergonomic Furniture To Increase Employee Productivity

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

It’s the holiday season and a great time to invest in ergonomic office furniture that enhances the workers’ productivity at your business. A workstation is not just a piece of furniture; it’s the companion of workers during those long hours on the job.

There are a variety of ergonomic workstations that can be used in the office. All have different features to help your company best optimize space and improve work productivity.

Ergonomic office chairs, desks, and cabinets all assist in providing a more comfortable, posture-friendly and safe workspace environment.

When a more productive office furniture design is desired for employees, you need to establish complete co-ordination between the user, equipment and the entire work environment. In other words, the workstation designs need to identify the strengths and limitations of the user’s capabilities so it may optimize the well-being of the user’s body to boost productivity.

Good quality desks, chairs, workstations filing cabinets, technology equipment and storage options can all help increase output from workers.

Without comfortable furniture, employees can suffer from musculoskeletal disorders, backache and other severe pains and injuries that hamper their work efforts.

This can all be prevented with furniture designed to enhance comfort while easing the use and functionality of workstations.

For example, ergonomic office chairs have the ability to support the back at all the proper areas. They also feature padded head support, easily adjustable posture settings, and footrests to assist with circulation while taking pressure off the lower backs of users.

Ergonomically designed office desks can provide adjustable heights to create easy transitions from seated workstations to a standing ones. This will allow users to maximize clever use of workspace for supplies. The goal is to create a workstation environment where all worker needs are at a close reach to avoid unnecessary stretching. This can be established with ergonomic desks and workstations that feature designated spaces for computer wires, cords and various attachments so that the perfect angles for these accessories are always available.

The following tips will help you buy the best ergonomic office furniture for your needs:

Don’t just follow office furniture trends. You need to look at long-term factors such as office space, the nature of work in the office, economical restraints, and your employees’ strengths and needs.

Do your research. See what ergonomic furniture is available on the market and narrow down your list of furniture purchasing to what will actually suit your office requirements.

Shop for ergonomic office furniture that will minimize fatigue of workers. It’s not just about having a worker-friendly environment. You need to always be seeking ways to improve production to increase business revenue. The features of ergonomic office furniture will provide so many creative ways to enhance worker productivity while providing the office a total makeover that’s good for not just individual workers but the company as a whole.

At Edwards and Hill, we are here to provide you with office furniture choices that will fit every segment of the office to achieve the look you want for your interior design. Click here to review the office furniture lines Edwards & Hill Office Furniture has available.

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. We design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Review what Ergonomic Office Furniture products and services our divisions, Furniture Division and Multi-Media Division, can provide to you today.

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

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Source: http://www.businessblogshub.com/2012/10/office-furniture-for-a-more-productive-you/

How To Attract More Hotel Guests With New And Upgraded Amenities

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

When it comes to the hospitality industry, more and more hotel guests are demanding new and upgraded amenities. As 2013 approaches, hotels are expected to boost spending on new and upgraded amenities to attract more hotel guests.

On average, the hotel industry is expected to spend 33% more on improvements in 2013 than in 2012.

The most in demand new amenities and upgrades include:

  • Fitness equipment
  • Flat screen TVs
  • Redesigned lobbies
  • Redesigned rooms
  • New bedding and beds
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Renovated Restaurants
  • Upgraded Exercise Rooms

The majority of spending on new amenities and upgrades will go to renovating lobbies.

When a lobby appears recently renovated, hotel owners see higher occupancy rates and daily fares in comparison to outdated hotels.

It is especially important to make hotel upgrades during a tough economy because hotel guests are more likely to complain about tired looking hotel facilities and less likely to return or recommend the hotel to potential guests.

To become an extremely attractive hotel, the hospitality industry recommends high-tech amenities be introduced to the hotel guests experience such as in-room iPads.

Guests can use tablets like the iPad for screen to order room service, call for a taxi or request a bill to check out. About 82% of hotel guests will reserve a room at a hotel that provided them access to tablets because they use tablets such as iPads an average of 11 times per hotel stay.

Out of this 82% of hotel guests, 41% will order in-room food, 21% will request a wake-up call and 7% will call for a housekeeper via hotel iPads.

If you’re worried about iPad theft, a cable to hotel furniture can be attached to iPads featured in hotel rooms.

Read Edwards & Hill Office Furniture’s article The Right Hotel Furniture: How To Make Your Hotel More Inviting and Comfortable For Hotel Guests for more information.

At Edwards and Hill, we are here to provide you with hotel furniture choices that will fit every segment of the hospitality industry – hotel rooms, lobbies, restaurants, bars and cafeterias to achieve the look you want for your interior design. Click here to review the hospitality furniture lines Edwards & Hill Office Furniture has available.

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. We design and plan office layouts. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Review what products and services our divisions, Furniture Division and Multi-Media Division, can provide to you today.

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

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Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-travel-briefcase-20121008,0,7148066.story

How To Minimize Workspace Distractions And Maintain Effective Noise Control

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Are distractions in the office causing a reduction in productivity? If yes, Edwards and Hill is here to help you make the workspace atmosphere less distracting.

When a workspace is overwhelmed with distractions, productivity from the owner and employees falls short and a negative impact on the bottom line inevitably occurs.

Here are some tips on how your business can arrange workstations and tackle noise control to make the workplace overall less distracting and more productive:

Create separation amongst workers. It’s hard for employees to work productively if they are constantly talking to each other or looking over their shoulders. To resolve this problem, construct cubicles with dividers to establish a degree of separation between workers. Personal offices can also allow them to focus more on work as well.

Establish An Organized Work Environment. If desks are not cluttered with papers, supplies and other distracting items, your employees will be able to work easier and faster because they will be able to find files and supplies as needed. Sifting through clutter can be a thing of the past when file cabinets, bookshelves and executive desks are set in place.

Create computer and network management that’s focused on work tasks rather than distractions such as computer games and time-wasting activities on the Internet. Consider blocking websites that you know do not have any direct application to accomplishing your business bottom line and customer service needs.

Implement Noise Control. Loud conversations, laughter and sound from computer applications can all significantly distract workers. Chronic noise in the workplace can cause increase in blood pressure and heart rate. Excessive noise can even make employees moodier or depressed. To resolve ambient noise issues, enforce rules that put a limit on volume levels. Create white noise in the workspace such as the humming of fans to block out unwanted sounds. Supply employees with headphones so they may choose the sounds they want to hear at work such as their favorite music rather than a ringing fax machine.

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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Source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/make-workspace-less-distracting-36242.html

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How To Create Good Office Lighting For Employees

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Good quality lighting in the workspace can make an ordinary workspace a place for an enjoyable shift instead of one that leaves employees with a headache or zapped of energy and creativity.

You can make an office space more comfortable by changing the types of light bulbs your business uses or simply by adjusting the angle of fixtures. You can also do your part to conserve the planet by using eco friendly lights and fixtures.

The goal is to improve employee comfort in the workplace to increase productivity and morale.  Angling or positioning lightning truly makes a big difference in employee comfort.

For example, indirect light positioning can reduce glare and eye strain. When employees are not suffering from glare and eye strain, they have the ability to work longer without suffering from discomfort or fatigue.

Another reason good lighting is important revolves around engagement. Employees are able to remain engaged with work materials when they don’t have to reduce light entering the workspace.

With appropriate fixture distance between 40 feet and 70 feet, you will be able to improve comfort in the work area because that fixture distance can sufficiently establish glare reduction.

Next, work on contrast of light. How well lighting illuminates its target and separates objects from the background is contrast.  With appropriate lighting contrast, you can increase comfort for an office environment.

Proper lighting will increase comfort in the office environment and help all workers focus on assignments better.

To create sufficient contrast, establish three times the brightness of areas surrounding desks.

For peripheral office areas, make contrast 10 times weaker than the task areas. This will help your employees avoid contrast ratios higher than the figures they will interact with most. It will also help them reduce eye strain and maintain employee productivity levels.

Once you set the appropriate angles or positions, choose the right colors to make a warm and welcoming office environment.

The use of soft white fluorescent bulbs will create warm tones for your office and prevent harsh glare that’s normally associated with stark white bulbs.

It is best to reproduce the qualities of natural light with full spectrum fluorescent lights. This lighting will give an airy quality to the office environment.

Last but not least, consider adding window coverings. Although glare in the office can increase or reduce based on how the sun changes position, it can help you create proper window shade positioning for the office at the right time of day.

If your office never gets hit with direct sunlight, you can use partial window coverings to maintain employee comfort.

If direct sunlight always hits your office windows, use high density film covering to block the sun’s rays.

Follow these tips for office lighting and you’ll be sure to make your business welcoming for employees and clients alike all year round.

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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Source: http://smallbusiness.chron.com/making-office-light-welcoming-38145.html