Archive for April, 2015

Current Workplace Trends

Monday, April 20th, 2015

 

Office-Trends-2015As the year continues on, workplace trends continue to shift and change as well. As business practices change over time and new technology is introduced into the office, workplace trends tend to shift to reflect these changes.  Here are some of the latest workplace trends that are being found within the business world:

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The Benefits of the Break Room

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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When you enter an office space, there are a few rooms you are bound to see. You will have a few large offices dedicated to the superiors for the company. You will have many smaller offices for team members to work in. You will also have a conference room where meetings with team members and clients take place. However, there is one room that some businesses are considering doing away with, the break room. While the break room may seem to harm productivity, it actually brings three key benefits to your team members. Without these benefits, you may find a larger decrease in productivity and morale throughout your team.

  1. Socialization- Team members are always encouraged to have positive working relationships with their fellow members. While some supervisors may believe that a break room helps to promote gossip, it really helps to promote a healthy and enjoyable work environment as long as the room isn’t abused.
  2. Productivity- While some may think that the use of a break room harms productivity, it has actually been shown that a break room in the office helps to improve productivity. Employees who are forced to sit at their desk without a break of some type for an entire work day are more likely to become stressed and burnt out. When employees become disgruntled and agitated, their productivity tends to drop dramatically.
  3. Disengage- An office break room is the perfect space for employees to disengage from their tasks for a moment. The office break room tends to also include a microwave and refrigerator to provide a comfortable area for employees to eat their lunches.

Instead of doing away with the office break room, businesses should revisit how they treat their work day oasis. Guidelines should be set as far as break room usage while tasks are assigned to team members to ensure the room stays clean and healthy.

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Increasing your Office Health

Monday, April 20th, 2015
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It is no secret that sitting for at least eight hours a day for at least five days a week can begin to take a toll on the body. Between the eye strains from the computer, the stress of the job, and the lack of movement throughout the day, your body can suffer serious office health consequences. Headaches, muscle tension, and weight gain are the most common issues that can be found when looking at the office health in staff, and they should never be ignored. While some might just shrug off these issues, they fail to realize that these relatively “small” problems could blossom to create a much more serious issue.
Here are some tips to help increase your office health:
·	Keep snacks away from your desk. You are more likely to over eat snack items if the bag is kept next to your keyboard. Instead, bring healthy snacks that need to be refrigerated to help monitor how often you eat and what you are eating. 
·	Drink plenty of water throughout the day instead of going for that third cup of coffee. While some may think that lack of coffee is the cause of the midday slump, they are probably actually suffering from dehydration. The general rule with water is to drink about eight cups a day. Drink water throughout your work day while also incorporating fruits in your diet that have high levels of water. 
·	Take a walk while on your lunch break. A walk will help to burn calories while also giving your body and eyes a break from the constant sitting. 
·	Avoid holding the phone in between your neck and shoulder. This constant motion can cause serious tension in your neck and spine, which can lead to more serious problems down the road. 
·	Ask your supervisor if ergonomic furniture is possible to help increase office health. Ergonomic desks and chairs can help relieve stress to your body while also helping your posture. 

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture is proud to furnish corporate offices as well as providing quality furniture for hospitality businesses, educational settings, local casinos, and healthcare facilities. Tony Hill, Managing Partner, and Hans Edwards, Partner, have been working together since 1998 to provide quality multimedia and furniture products and services to a number of different businesses and industries.
To get started with Edwards & Hill, call us today at 301-317-4250. You can also fill out our online contact form to ask specific questions about one of our specific services.
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Characteristics of a Productive Office

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Productive-OfficeWhen you enter an office space, you are most likely going to find team members sitting at their desks hard at work. However, productivity levels within an office space can easily take a hit due to distractions, new projects, and natural fatigue. Many small businesses are beginning to wonder how to create a productive office without completely redesigning their space. According to Forbes, there are five characteristics within a productive office.

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