Archive for November, 2013

How to design a productive office for introverts and extroverts

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Ergonomic furniture and office layout ideas

Do you have more introverts than extroverts as employees? It’s time to create an office design that truly inspires your introvert employees to open up and engage in more collaborative work while still meeting the needs of extroverts in the office.

Studies have revealed that introverts are not very kin on open office layouts, but there are ways to create collaborative office space that permit introverts to be very productive workers while having enough privacy to feel comfortable within collaborative work spaces.

Having a professional help design your office workspaces can assist introverts and extroverts in becoming more productive workers.

Introverts and extroverts are more successful and productive workers when their work environment offers them the following benefits:

•      Fast and user-friendly technology to perform their work tasks

•      The option to work in both interior and exterior spaces

•      A work environment that’s physically comfortable while being mentally stimulating

There are rights and wrongs for designing collaborative workspaces. A collaborative space is not quality workspace when the office layout is too distracting and it does not truly promote work collaboration. The right office layout for a comfortable and productive collaborative space will feature multi-levels of collaborative spaces, while still offering private offices for introverts and extroverts that want a little peace throughout the work day.

Introverts like to work in private offices but they do not prefer to knock on closed doors when they need information or assistance. To address this problem, have office designs with highly visible entry or glass walls to make it more comfortable to walk right in for help.

This is why it’s so important to purchase office workstations that you can put in diverse areas of your office. Introverts prefer a work environment that gives them some privacy.

Your office design should never be a one size fits all. You need different office layouts for different workers. Give employees a survey before a full office design to see what office layout is preferred.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help your company effectively express your brand through physical space. If you want your product team to work more efficiently with the sales team, we can design an office that can meet that specific organizational goal.

To put it simple, have your office designed and furnished in a way that makes the work environment more than a place for work. Help introverts and extroverts at your company socialize better and maintain better health with ergonomic furniture tailored to collaborative workspaces.

Here are amenities you may want to include for your workers:

•      Television screens

•      Collaborative desking and seating areas

•      Ergonomic chairs

•      White boards

•      Video Teleconference

We are here to provide audio/visual equipment and ergonomic furniture for the office to fit your style and budget needs. Come to our showroom to see what office furniture lines we carry.

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 from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source:

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304448204579185823247219090?mod=e2fb

http://www.fastcompany.com/3021206/dialed/how-to-create-an-open-office-that-is-more-awesome-for-both-introverts-and-extroverts

How to make the office more welcoming with ergonomic workstations

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Ergonomic furniture

Are you searching for ways to make your office more welcoming just in time for the holidays? Then it’s time to improve your office navigation and purchase new, comfortable furniture.

The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. When things are busy, the last thing you want clients or new employees to experience is confusion finding office supplies or equipment. You don’t want your receptionist directing traffic constantly in the office.

The best office designs are simple, spacious and easy to navigate. To improve the work efficiency at your office, you should purchase furniture that fosters an organized and welcoming work culture.

You can start establishing this type of work atmosphere by laying out intersections around the main traffic area of the office. This office design will promote more work collaboration and help employees get to know each other better.

Next give common areas like copying rooms and break rooms pops of color to help employees easily locate office supplies. You can even color code conference rooms to make those spots more visible to visitors of the office. Some great colors to use for common areas are greens and blues.

After designating these common areas, purchase comfortable workstations for your employees.

There’s nothing more beneficial to workers than knowing they have workspaces designed for them to easily find what they need at the right time. Employees also appreciate having workstations that promote good physical health while enhancing their work productivity. To provide your workers a healthy work environment, you should purchase ergonomic furniture such as ergonomic workstations.

Ergonomic workstations are the perfect solution for any office because ergonomic products are designed to reduce physical stress by giving users the opportunity to make adjustments to their workspaces at any given time.

By having adjustable furniture throughout the office, no worker will have to force his or herself to conform to any furniture in the office. A worker that’s in control of his or her work environment is a happy and productive worker.

Studies on office work environments have identified that employees are more efficient when their job satisfaction increases. We recommend buying ergonomic chairs and desks to offer your workers a fully customizable work environment. You should also invest in quality storage units and excellent lighting.

Have a conversation with furniture consultants at Edwards & Hill Office Furniture to identify what type of workstations are best for the work tasks performed at your office.

For example, you should purchase receptionist desks that give easy accessibility to your business telephone lines. If you have an accounting department, buy ergonomic desks that position calculators and computer gadgets closer to users than the telephone lines. There are a wide variety of ergonomic workstations available to meet specific job tasks.

To get started on your office redesign, make a list of all the work activities performed at your office. This will help you select workstations that truly accommodate your workers. You should also make a list of office equipment you will need for each task. Edwards & Hill Office Furniture also provides installation for office audio/visual equipment.

We are here to provide ergonomic furniture for the office to fit your style and budget needs. Come to our showroom to see what office furniture lines we carry.

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 from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

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Source:

http://myturnstone.com/blog/how-to-use-design-to-navigate-your-way-in-the-office/

http://voices.yahoo.com/how-create-more-welcoming-office-environment-6714434.html?cat=3

How to shop smart for office furniture

Sunday, November 3rd, 2013

ergonomic furniture

Are you redesigning your office space or furnishing a new office? No matter your situation, you will likely need to purchase new office furniture. While shopping for furniture, you will see a wide range of options. You may find yourself getting lost in all the different choices while trying to stay within your budget. We are here to teach you how to shop smart for your office furniture.

To create a stylish and functional office space, you will want to purchase furniture that fits your office space and your employee’s needs. What kind of furniture should you buy first?

The answer is ergonomic furniture. Establishing ergonomics within the work environment will lower work injuries and enhance physical comfort. Ergonomic products were designed to maximize productivity by minimizing fatigue and discomfort. This type of office furniture helps improve efficiency and safety in the workplace. Without ergonomic furniture, workers are more likely to experience poor circulation, lower back and neck pain, muscle cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, and overall mental/physical fatigue.

Our ergonomic specialists at Edwards & Hill Office furniture can show you a wide range of ergonomic products that include exceptional features.

Here are great features of ergonomic furniture:

-Adjustable height tables and desks

-Adjustable keyboards

-Ergonomic lighting

-Ergonomic seating

Of all the ergonomic products you can choose from, ergonomic chairs are essential for the office. These office chairs provide comfort to the spine and excellent lumbar support. Some great accessories to add to your ergonomic chairs are neck pillows, gel seat cushions and footrests.

Ergonomic desks are also becoming increasingly popular. They offer height adjustability to provide plenty of legroom as users sit, as well as the option to stand if they become tired or restless. By having plenty of ways to position the body, users can reduce the physical strain experienced from prolonged sitting.

Beyond a good workspace, you cannot forget ergonomic lighting. With quality ergonomic task lighting, workers will not have to strain their eyes, which will assist them in maximizing their work productivity.

Consider purchasing furniture that conveys who you are as a company. There is no one way to work anymore, so it’s important that your furniture meets your company’s specific needs.

To keep you on the right track, here are some mistakes you should avoid while shopping smart for office furniture:

  • Impulsively purchasing office furniture. It’s important to never rush a purchase. Instead, assess your office needs and request design consulting and/or space planning from a professional.

  • Purchasing only trendy furniture. It is best to buy timeless furniture pieces that can be used throughout the entire office, adding trendy pieces here and there to complement your space and give it that “wow” factor.

  • Buying furniture with the wrong fabrics. Some areas of the office will need fabrics that are easy to clean. These items are perfect for break rooms and high traffic areas that may face spills or food stains. You might want to consider mesh fabrics for humid areas of the office. Mesh furniture will provide employees good airflow to their bodies as they sit for extended periods of time.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is here to help you yield more sales, enhance work productivity and improve overall employee satisfaction with outstanding ergonomic products. Have a look at our ergonomic furniture to see how we can help you create a comfortable and flexible workspace today.

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 from start to finish. We even help you relocate and handle planning, marketing, public relations, and film and video production.

Contact Edwards & Hill by clicking here or call us at 301-317-4250 today! We are here to serve you!

Check us out on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn as well!

Source:

http://www.myredbicycle.com/2012/09/11/how-to-shop-smart-for-office-furniture/

http://www.ofusa.com/images/booklets/mistakesoffice.pdf