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    History of plexiglass sneeze guards in the USA

    Posted on 31st May 2020 in Office Culture

    Quick service restaurants, or fast food, started popping in the United States after World War II. White Castle is typically credited as the first fast-food restaurant. It opened in Wichita, Kansas in 1921. The company struggled early on due to the 1904 publication of Upton Sinclair's novel The Jungle. The book talked about disgusting, inhumane conditions at meat packing plants in Chicago. It sold over 100,000 copies in it's first year, according to the Encyclopedia of Chicago.

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    The rise, fall and resurrection of cubicles

    Posted on 28th May 2020 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    The origins of cubicles trace back to Frank Lloyd Wright and other early 20th century architects and designers. They believed that walls made offices dreary, dungeon-like places that made workers feel trapped. Business owners tended to agree, but for different reasons. They believed walls inhibited the ability to pack as many workers into one place as possible to maximize productivity and profits. Enter cubicles.

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    Coronavirus: Memorial Day and Bay Area COVID-19 update

    Posted on 23rd May 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    The Bay Area had zero COVID-19 related deaths for two connective days (May 16 and 17), according to health officials in the nine-county area. It was the first time since March 10-12 that the Bay Area reported consecutive days with no coronavirus deaths. Bay Area COVID-19 mortality rates are four-times lower than Los Angeles and five-times lower than the national average among major U.S. metropolitan areas.

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    5 businesses that need plexiglass sneeze guards

    Posted on 20th May 2020 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    Bay Area check cashing companies have always utilized tempered glass barriers as a means of separating customers from the employees. Most banks utilize ballistic glass barriers. Both of these setups had security in mind when first developed. The idea was to deter would-be robbers and give employees a few extra seconds to take the necessary actions. But now these barriers are serving a new purpose in the aftermath of COVID-19.

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    5 Tips For Safely Reopening Your Bay Area Office

    Posted on 14th May 2020 in Cubicles, Office Culture

    Most of the Bay Area is still several weeks away from reopening. Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo and San Clara counties extended stay-at-home orders through at least May 31. The City of Berkeley issued a similar directive. But many businesses were allowed to reopen on May 4. Governor Gavin Newsom launched Stage 2 of the state's reopening plan Friday, May 8. Florist, sporting goods stores, music stores, apparel stores and more opened for curbside. The governor acknowledged that the Bay Area extended it stay-at-home order through the end of the month, adding "that is their right." San Francisco Mayor London Breed indicated the city and county would move into Phase 2 next week.

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    Coronavirus news: plexiglass safety barriers are the new norm

    Posted on 12th May 2020 in Office Culture

    The Golden State Warriors announced on March 11 that they would play their next home game against the Brooklyn Nets without fans. That same day, San Francisco Mayor London Breed banned all public gatherings of more than 1,000 people. The NBA suspended the 2019-20 season indefinitely later that evening. The NCAA announced it was cancelling the March Madness championship tournament the following day. It was a huge blow to Stanford, which was playing its way into the "big dance" from the tournament bubble. These events were reality checks for Americans, the triggers that let us all know COVID-19 was a disaster-level event.

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    Don’t call it a comeback: cubicles returning to offices

    Posted on 9th May 2020 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    We've written several articles in the past two years about the ongoing debate between open office furniture and cubicles. Managers and C-Level executives like open office to encourage collaboration and eliminate barriers between workers. Meanwhile Millennial and Gen Z workers are more content with open office layouts then Baby Boomers and Generation X, who are less than enthusiastic about it. The COVID-19 pandemic is resolving the issue for everyone.

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    3 tips to cut medical and dental costs during COVID-19 pandemic

    Posted on 5th May 2020 in Sustainability

    Life comes at you quickly, especially when unexpected medical emergencies happen. The coronavirus pandemic has everyone on edge. Unemployment claims have reached unprecedented levels, as many Bay Area residents are worried about making rent and feeding their families. The good news is that Bay Area hospitals are seeing declines in patients intakes due to COVID-19, according to reports by government health officials. The smoke will clear eventually and bills will need to be paid once again.

    A 2019 study by Dr. David U. Himmelstein of Hunter College, found that nearly 67% of bankruptcies were filed due to medical bills or time off work because of medical issues. Only 40% of Americans have enough money saved up to handle an unexpected $1,000 expense, according to personal finance website Bankrate. Many Americans received at least $1,200 from the federal government last month to help them get through the month. But longer-term solutions are necessary. Fortunately there are options for less expensive medical care for those willing to put forth the effort. 

    Here are three tips to nip potential medical disaster in the bud.

    Dental in Mexico

    A 2018 study by Delta Dental Plans Association found that 42% of Americans don't see their dentists as often as they should. Part of that is due to fear. A survey by market research firm DentaVox found that 61% of respondents said they don't like stepping foot in dental offices. The sound of dental drills, smell of chemicals and pain were cited as the most common reasons for their reluctance. The other major deterrent is high costs, even when you have dental coverage.

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    Home office furniture sales rising, manufacturers adjusting due to coronavirus

    Posted on 4th May 2020 in Office Furniture Industry

    Coronavirus has changed life for just about everyone in the country. The U.S. Department of Labor reported 30.3 million unemployment claims in the last six weeks. That smashed all previous weekly and monthly jobless claim number since the Labor Departmenr began keeping records in 1948. The restaurant, hospitality and entertainment industries have been hit the hardest.

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    Social distancing when offices reopen

    Posted on 30th Apr 2020 in Office Culture

    Bay Area authorities said the nine-county lockdown has been extended from May 3 to May 31. That means all nonessential businesses remain closed and most workers remain furloughed or working from home through April. There will be a point when normalcy once again prevails and you're fighting rush-hour traffic to get to work. Many companies are likely to reassess their office designs and protocols when the smoke clears.

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    5 tips for home workouts during coronavirus lockdown

    Posted on 17th Apr 2020 in Workplace Wellness

    One of the most common New Year's resolutions is to lose weight. Gyms always see upticks in new members at the beginning of January. But the fresh faces don't stick around long.

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    4 tips for Bay Area residents working from home

    Posted on 9th Apr 2020 in Office Desks, Office Furniture Industry, Standing Desks

    Social distancing, lockdown and shelter-in-place were unfamiliar terms to most Americans just six weeks ago. But it appears all three will be frequent fliers on the U.S. vernacular plane for the foreseeable future.

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    Yoga is taking the corporate world by storm

    Posted on 3rd Apr 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Yoga is fast becoming the norm in office settings due to government incentives and the direct benefits of more mindful, relaxed employees.

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    Run TMC: Where are the former Golden State greats now?

    Posted on 27th Mar 2020 in Workplace Wellness

    Bay Area basketball fans have been spoiled by the Steph Curry-led Golden State Warriors of the last six years. The team represented the Western Conference in the NBA Finals every year from 2015 to 2019. They won three championships in that span (2015, 2017, 2018) and finished the 2016 regular season with an NBA-record 73 wins. The team moved into the brand new Chase Center for the 2019-2020 season. But things have been ugly for the Warriors this season.

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    Presidential preferences for White House executive desks

    Posted on 26th Mar 2020 in Office Chairs

    The White House, at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington DC, has been the official residence of the President since John Adams. That of course begs the question, "where did George Washington" live? Washington first lived at a private house at 3 Cherry Street in New York City. He moved to 39-41 Broadway in 1790. That residence was called the Alexander Macomb House and was large enough for George, Martha and their staff.

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    The pros and cons of a four-day workweek

    Posted on 12th Mar 2020 in Cubicles, Standing Desks

    The United States has come a long way from Reconstruction to 2020 as it relates to work conditions. The average workweek in the year 1900 spanned six days and 59.6 hours, according to the Economic History Association. The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 mandated that employers must pay overtime when workers exceeded 44 hours in any given week. The law was amended two years later, making the standard work week 40 hours, with overtime thereafter.

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    4 tips for introverts surviving open office layouts

    Posted on 10th Mar 2020 in Cubicles, Office Furniture Industry, Open Office Furniture

    The terms introvert and extrovert came about after World War I. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung first described extroversion as an "outward" libido, and introversion an "inward" libido. Jung's definition of libido is quite different than that of Sigmund Freud's. The latter's theories centered around sexual gratification, whereas Jung's "libido" referred to any and all factors that motivated people to do things.

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    Bay Area experiencing increase in catalytic converter thefts

    Posted on 7th Mar 2020 in Office Culture

    The San Francisco Bay Area always ranks in the top ten for commute times. Commuters spend approximately three work weeks, or about 116 hours, per year in traffic, according to a 2019 Money Crashers analysis. Some workers have the luxury of on-site parking garages or lots with security. But others use park-and-ride facilities or public, unattended parking lots. The latter are breeding grounds for an growing problem in the Bay Area.

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    Benefits of height-adjustable desks in your office

    Posted on 3rd Mar 2020 in Office Desks, Standing Desks

    The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that nearly 40% of Americans are obese, with about 32% being severely obese. Approximately 31 million Americans suffer from diabetes, according to the Diabetes Research Institute. Unhealthy lifestyles are the primary culprits for both of these conditions. But there are also a large number of Americans who sit in front of a computer for eight hours per day, five days per week.

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    San Francisco mayor declares state of emergency due to coronavirus

    Posted on 28th Feb 2020 in Office Furniture Industry

    You cannot browse social media or watch television news for more than a few minutes without reading or hearing about coronavirus. San Francisco Mayor London Breed is the latest government official across the globe to take drastic measures in response to the disease. She declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, as confirmed cases of the diseases now exceed 83,000 globally. It's starting to hit close to home as well.

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    4 office layout design trends for 2020

    Posted on 24th Feb 2020 in Cubicles, Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    We've written extensively about the ongoing open office furniture versus individual cubicles debate. The narrative for most of the last decade was that young Millennials and Generation Z prefer open office for collaboration and communication purposes. Baby Boomers prefer cubicles, while there is no consensus among Generation X. All of those positions have been dissected in survey after survey.

    There is no longer a consensus-like tone when it comes to open office layouts. Workers often complain about a lack of privacy and inability to concentrate on the task at hand. The open office layout is here to stay, however, due to some of the largest technology companies in the world (i.e. Facebook) using it. But Human Resources personnel now understand that office layout is company and culture-specific.

    The Bay Area is a trendsetter for many things technology, especially office furniture and design. Multinational tech firms and startups are always competing for talent. Your office furniture and layout are the first impressions of the company to potential employees. That's why it's imperative to present your company culture in a way that exudes success. Here are four trends taking hold in 2020.

    Wood making a comeback

    There is a growing trend of building office spaces that incorporate nature. This mostly entails a lot of plant life, large windows for natural light, and even artificial waterfalls. But nothing screams nature like wood.

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    Bay Area strengthens position as tech capital of America

    Posted on 22nd Feb 2020 in Office Culture

    The southern Bay Area was referred to as the "Valley of Heart's Delight" in the early 20th century. The name was in reference to acres of orchards that sprouted myriad fruits throughout the years. It was after World War II when innovators and silicon chip manufacturers began moving into the area. Virtually every computerized device needed silicon chips, and that remains the reality in 2020.

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    Your company can mitigate opioid crisis with ergonomic furniture

    Posted on 21st Feb 2020 in Ergonomic

    Opioid abuse is a hot topic in Washington because of its prevalence. U.S. doctors issue about 200 million prescriptions for opioids (i.e. oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.) every year, according to data compiled by the Addiction Center. These drugs are highly addictive because they block the brain from perceiving pain sensation, and create a sense of euphoria. Misuse of the drugs is the result for many. Upwards of 30% of patients abuse their prescription opioids.

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    Age discrimination in the tech sector becoming more pervasive

    Posted on 13th Feb 2020 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    The music and entertainment industries often speak about the cultural phenomenon known as the "27 Club." It refers to numerous musicians, actors and other famous performers passing away at the age of 27. Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are among the most famous members of this dubious club. Now it appears workers in the tech industry are being read their last rites at a similar age.

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    Ping Pong: the pros and cons of office table tennis

    Posted on 12th Feb 2020 in Office Culture

    Workers do not necessarily appreciate all those little office distractions. A 2019 white paper by office design firm Hana found that only 44% of workers had time during their days to partake in air hockey, foosball and other time-killing activities provided by their employers. The survey also found that 61% of workers are skeptical of firms that prioritize fun over work.

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    3 tips for a smooth office culture reset

    Posted on 8th Feb 2020 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    Office culture is perhaps one of the most analyzed and repeated buzzwords in corporate America. A 2012 Deloitte study found that 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinct company culture is essential to overall success and employee satisfaction. The study also found that 84% and 83% employees and executives, respectively, said clearly-defined company culture keeps workers engaged and motivated.

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    Assembly Bill 5: California freelancers affected by new Uber, Lyft law

    Posted on 4th Feb 2020 in Office Culture

    Uber and Lyft employ over 525,000 drivers in California, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Office furniture to full-time Bay Area Uber and Lyft drivers consists of their driver seat, passenger seat and backseat. Most drivers do it as a side gig. But Uber reported that 8% of their drivers work 40 hours or more per week. Well-intentioned California lawmakers believed that Uber, Lyft, Doordash, Grubhub, etc. were taking advantage of workers by not compensating them fairly. Their solution, however, may have done more harm than good.

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    Living walls: the latest trend in office design

    Posted on 31st Jan 2020 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Office furniture and design in the Bay Area have continually evolved to attract and retain young Millennial and Generation Z talent. It started with open office workstations in the mid-2000s. Several Bay Area tech giants implemented the layout despite mixed reviews from workers of all ages. Standing desks grew in popularity through the first decade of the 21st century too. Most offices use them as flex-seating for workers who want variety throughout the day. They may spend half a day sitting at unassigned cubicles, and the second half standing, perhaps to fending off after-lunch fatigue.

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    5 tips for the perfect Super Bowl office party

    Posted on 30th Jan 2020 in Cubicles, Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    We did it! The San Francisco 49ers are in Miami for Super Bowl LIV. The NFC Championship against Green Bay was supposed to be quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo's biggest test of the year. He was going against future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a red-hot Packers team that had won six straight games. The last time the Packers lost was in Week 12 - a 37-8 shellacking by the 49ers at Levi's Stadium. The NFC title was essentially a rerun.

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    Millennials vs. Generation Z: Differences in the workplace

    Posted on 25th Jan 2020 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    All those articles and studies about recruiting and retaining Millennial talent still have relevance in 2020. People born from 1980 to 1996 comprised 35% of the U.S. workforce in 2018, according to Pew data. Millennials surpassed Generation X as the majority in the U.S. workforce in 2016 and will hold that distinction for the foreseeable future. Generation Z, sometimes called Post-Millennials or the iGen, are those born roughly between 1998-2015. They started entering the workforce in 2016.

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    Is an MBA worth the time and money in 2020?

    Posted on 21st Jan 2020 in Office Chairs, Office Culture

    The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree was once considered the holy grail for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to break into the business world. Demand for the prestigious credential has waned in recent years.

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    3 tips to create an awesome office for cheap

    Posted on 16th Jan 2020 in Office Chairs, Office Desks

    My high school guidance counselor once told me to fake it until I make it. That advice was immediately put to the test. The $300 bottle of perfume that had been on my radar for months was finally mine, sort of. The designer imposter version of it cost only $35 and smelled exactly the same. The scent was so distinct that everyone really thought I was wearing a fragrance that was clearly out of my price range. I ended up going back to the same shop and buying a knock off Gucci bag and some earrings to boot.

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    Underground Sleeping Pods coming to San Francisco?

    Posted on 14th Jan 2020 in Office Culture

    It's no secret that the Bay Area is one of the most expensive places to live in the world. Whether the data come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Zillow or some other real estate firm, the results are always the same.

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    Workplace Vaping: Strategies To Address E-Cigarette Use

    Posted on 10th Jan 2020 in Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

    E-cigarettes took the United States by storm around the same time Facebook and smartphones were becoming ubiquitous. The first generation of "ECIGS" hit the European market in 2006, and came to America the following year, according to a 2016 study published in the journal Respiratory Research. The handheld, battery-operated devices were marketed as healthier alternatives to smoking that help people ween off cigarettes. But a 2016 report by the U.S. Surgeon General indicated that vaping is a gateway product to cigarettes.

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    3 Fun Facts About Office Furniture and Supplies

    Posted on 9th Jan 2020 in Cubicles, Office Chairs, Office Culture

    The average American slept 6.8 hours per day in 2019, according to StartSleeping.org. That's down from eight hours of sleep per day in 1942. Meanwhile only 1 in 5 jobs today require physical activity, according to Johns Hopkins University. That down from nearly half of jobs being physical in 1960. The morals of the story - statistics are fun, and your beds and office chairs better be comfortable.

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    Disadvantages of technology in the workplace

    Posted on 9th Jan 2020 in Cubicles, Office Culture, Standing Desks

    The Bay Area is well represented in the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2020) this week in Las Vegas. Artificial intelligence, 5G and marketing technology are some of the hottest topics related to office culture and streamlining work flows. Some advancements in the workplace, however, have been more detrimental than helpful.

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    Office Furniture and Trends 2010-2019: A Decade In Review

    Posted on 31st Dec 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    The 1920s are often referred to as "the Twenties" or the "Roaring 20s." There is no real consensus as to what this coming decade is called since the generic Twenties is already taken. There's not even consensus for the name of this past decade. Some call 2010-2019 the "Tweenies." Others call it the Twenty-Tens. Regardless of nomenclature, it was a banner decade for office furniture and trends within the workplace.

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    History of Ugly Christmas Sweaters

    Posted on 23rd Dec 2019 in Office Culture

    National Ugly Sweater Day was last Friday, December 20. It falls on the third Friday of every December since 2011. But many workers are at the office today before getting both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day off to spend with the family. Substantial productivity is not expected on this day and everyone is likely to leave a few hours early. But egg nog and ugly sweaters are everywhere in my shared office space today and likely are prevalent in yours as well.

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    3 Benefits of Employer-Sponsored Volunteer Opportunities

    Posted on 23rd Dec 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Volunteering is a bedrock principle of both healthy individuals and prosperous societies. The University of Exeter did a meta-analysis of 40 studies on volunteering over a 20-year period in 2013. Mortality rates were 22% less with volunteers versus non-volunteers. The study also concluded that volunteers had better mental health and overall life satisfaction than non-volunteers. But the volunteer work must be truly volunteer, not forced, to reap the benefits.

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    December is National Write a Business Plan Month

    Posted on 11th Dec 2019 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    One of the most rewarding parts of working at Eco Office is setting up cubicles or open office workstations for Bay Area startups. We've seen new business owners break down in tears after our approved design comes to life in their new office digs. Their dreams are finally realized - working for themselves, their employees and clients.

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    3 Tips For Staying Focused At Work During The Holiday Season

    Posted on 10th Dec 2019 in Office Culture

    There’s a lot going on in the office every December. Most companies decorate their offices with lights, reefs and colorful ornaments during the holidays because of the known positive psychological effects it has on workers.

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    Bay Area dreaming of a 49ers Super Bowl LIV appearance

    Posted on 9th Dec 2019 in Office Culture

    Most of the Eco Office team are die-hard 49ers fans. Let's just say between space planning jobs and desking and benching installs, there's a lot of football talk in the office.

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    Workplace as a Service (WaaS) won’t effect office furniture industry

    Posted on 9th Dec 2019 in Cubicles, Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    The "as a service" phenomenon has quickly become standard operating procedure in the 21st century workplace.

    The most ubiquitous Software as a Service (SaaS) apps were born right here in the Bay Area. Slack, Salesforce and G Suite allow companies to rely on cloud-based services that streamline myriad processes for a low monthly fee. Platform as a Service (PaaS) assists developers with building applications and coding. PaaS, in a figurative sense, is like a chef renting a commercial kitchen instead of buying the space. Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) allows companies to outsource IT on pay-as-you-go plans versus buying expensive on-site equipment.

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    3 Tips For Navigating Your Office Christmas Party

    Posted on 2nd Dec 2019 in Desking and Benching, Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Workers and employers have wide ranging opinions and plans related to office Christmas parties.

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    Working on Thanksgiving is not unusual

    Posted on 28th Nov 2019 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    The fourth Thursday in November (Thanksgiving) has been a federal holiday since 1863. That means many Americans get the day off from work. A 2016 Bloomberg BNA survey found that 99% of employers gave workers paid time off on Turkey Day. Another 80% said workers also get paid time off the Friday after Thanksgiving. The respondents were mostly froimn the white collar sector. This article is being written on Thanksgiving, at a Starbucks in San Jose. Thus at least myself and three baristas behind the counter are working.

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    How To Choose The Right Conference Room Furniture

    Posted on 27th Nov 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Furniture Industry, Office Whiteboards

    The 21st century is the age of meetings in the workplace. A 2014 Wall Street Journal report found that time spent in meetings increased by 10% every year from 2000 to 2014. Part of that is due to technology providing multiple platforms that facilitate meetings with personnel in multiple locations. The same WSJ report found that 73% of meetings involve fewer than four people.

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    4 Tips For Managing Time-Off Requests During The Holidays

    Posted on 26th Nov 2019 in Office Culture

    The Monday preceding Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season. This period spans about five weeks, culminating in Bay Area residents rooting for Stanford, Cal-Berkeley and San Jose State in college bowl games. Unfortunately only Cal is bowl eligible as of publishing. Meanwhile Human Resources and other managers are grappling with the realities that comes with the annual festivities.

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    American Recycles Day is especially meaningful in California

    Posted on 15th Nov 2019 in Office Culture, Sustainability

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted the second annual EPA Recycling Summit today to honor America Recycles Day. The organization brought together leaders from green energy and recycling sectors, along with individuals from the highest levels of government, to continue the dialogue it commenced at the first summit last year.

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    California, Bay Area Unemployment Rates Hit Record Lows

    Posted on 15th Nov 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    The Golden State unemployment rate has reached record lows, with the Bay Area job outlook providing even more positive news. The California unemployment rate fell to 3.9% in October, according to data released today by the state’s Employment Development Division. The state added 23,600 non-farm jobs, and continued it's record expansion. California has added 3.37 million jobs since 2010, accounting for 15% of the 22.2 million jobs added across the country in that time.

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    3 Alternatives to Slack For Team Communication

    Posted on 15th Nov 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    The 21st century Bay Area office worker has a pretty consistent routine across the board. Wake up at 6 a.m., shower, have a bagel and a cup of coffee before getting on your bike and heading to the BART station. Those with cars get up at 6:30 and brave rush hour traffic for 45 minutes to travel 10-15 miles. You arrive at the office, check for any paper memos at your desk, check your email, and yes, check Slack.

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    Survey: Office Furniture, Layout Are Important Factors For Productive Workers

    Posted on 1st Nov 2019 in Desking and Benching, Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    Office furniture and design is unique to a company's brand and culture. It's never a good idea to incorporate a specific style for the sake of being trendy. These circumstances played out at one of the world's largest corporations, headquartered right here in the Bay Area.

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    #WorldSpineDay: Ergonomic Office Furniture Preserves Your Back

    Posted on 16th Oct 2019 in Ergonomic, Workplace Wellness

    The Toronto-based World Federation of Chiropractic aimed to raise awareness about spinal health and related disorders. It joined forced with over 200 organizations, including Financial District Chiropractic in San Francisco, and started World Spine Day in 2012. This year marks the eighth World Spine Day, which takes place every October 16.

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    Bay Area Well Represented in WalletHub Greenest Cities in America

    Posted on 15th Oct 2019 in Cubicles, Sustainability

    Atmospheric carbon dioxide never exceeded 300 parts per million in the 800,000 years prior to the Industrial Revolution, according to NASA. That number sits at about 390 parts per million today and is rising by the day. Meanwhile global sea levels rose by eight inches in the last 100 years, with 30% higher acidity levels in surface ocean waters. The five warmest years in Earth's history have happened since 2010.

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    5 Unique Ways to Personalize Your Cubicle

    Posted on 13th Oct 2019 in Cubicles, Office Culture

    A 2018 Expedia analysis ranked San Francisco the fifth-most stylish city in the United States. Matador Network ranked San Francisco the fifth-most fashionable city that same year. The 415 is infamous for some of it’s negative issues (that ain’t dog poop you just stepped over). But most people view San Fran as the technology hub and trendsetter of the world.

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    4 Ways To Make Meetings More Efficient

    Posted on 10th Oct 2019 in Office Breakroom Furniture, Office Furniture Industry

    You arrive downtown after your daily morning commute via BART and Muni. The 10-minute walk through crowded San Francisco sidewalks provides time to devise your morning schedule. But you walk into the office at 7:45 a.m., fire up the laptop, and immediately see an email calling for an 8 a.m. meeting. The departmental meeting is at 10:30 a.m., followed by the company-wide Monday morning meeting at 11:30 a.m.

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    Escape From Alcatraz: From Iconic Prison Break To Annual San Francisco Triathlon

    Posted on 9th Oct 2019 in Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

    Frank Lee Morris was sent to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in the San Francisco Bay on January 20, 1960. He had escaped from another prison and was recaptured. John Anglin was sent to Alcatraz on October 24, 1960. He had attempted escaping several federal prisons. His brother Clarence Anglin arrived at Alcatraz on January 10, 1961. All three men were serving 10-15 year sentences for robbery and burglary. But all of them served their last night in Alcatraz on June 12, 1962. They swam, with the help of a makeshift raft, 1.5 miles from Alcatraz to Angel Island. The story from there is anybody's guess.

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    How to adjust your office furniture for hybrid workforces

    Posted on 8th Oct 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Owl Labs debuted the Meeting Owl in the summer of 2017. The device is a standalone smart speaker with a 360-degree camera on top. It integrates with Zoom, Skype and other videoconferencing services, and places the person speaking in a meeting front-and-center on everyone's screen. Mark Schnittman, chief technology officer for Owl Labs, told Venture Beat that the first edition of Meeting Owl is light on features because the company doesn't yet know what users want. But the data is trickling in quickly.

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    3 Differentiators in Eco Office vs. Bay Area Office Furniture Competition

    Posted on 7th Oct 2019 in Desking and Benching, Open Office Furniture

    The San Francisco Bay Area was home to 18 Fortune 500 companies in 2018, according to 24/7 Wall Street. San Francisco was named the hottest startup city by Inc. magazine in 2019, boasting three-year revenue growth rate of 413%. But there’s only so much space available in the Bay Area. Companies must team with the right office designer to maximize productivity within their walls and budget.

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    Office Furniture Manufacturers Taking Notice of Toxic Flame Retardants

    Posted on 26th Sep 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

    California is the nationwide trendsetter in the ongoing saga of flame retardants in office furniture. It began in the early 1970s when state regulators pressured tobacco companies to manufacturer self-extinguishing cigarettes. The goal was to reduce the risk of fires in homes, offices and elsewhere caused by negligent smokers. Tobacco companies did not want to change their products, so they changed the narrative instead.

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    How to creatively blend the outdoors into your office design

    Posted on 26th Sep 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    Humans are animals at the core. That’s why nature is so fascinating to us all. A hot spring in Wyoming, the seasonal migration of bison in Tanzania, a beautiful sunset, the smell of rain…all these things invoke some combination of awe, relaxation and joy in everyone.

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    6 Tips To Turn Your Internship Into A Job

    Posted on 25th Sep 2019 in Office Culture, Standing Desks

    The name Chris Gardner is familiar to people because of the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” (yes, that's how it's spelled). Gardner drudged through an unpaid internship at Dean Witter Reynolds while he and his son survived homelessness in San Francisco. The internship resulted in a full-time job and a new life for his family. The movie is based on a true story that is actually quite common (minus the drama for cinematic effect).

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    Open Office Workstations: The Flip Side of the Fad

    Posted on 24th Sep 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture, Workplace Wellness

    The scientific theory known as social proof posits that people in general follow the lead of others. Researchers have repeatedly demonstrated this phenomenon.

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    5 Fun Weekend Getaways From San Francisco Bay Area

    Posted on 23rd Sep 2019 in Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

    The Eco Office team works hard refurbishing office furniture, devising office layouts and meeting with Bay Area clients throughout the week. But everyone needs time off to rest, relax and replenish. Living in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area means you are within three hours of virtually every ecosystem and climate the planet has to offer.

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    Used Office Furniture Saves Money and the Environment in San Francisco Bay Area

    Posted on 11th Sep 2019 in Cubicles, Office Furniture Industry, Sustainability

    It’s no secret that the Bay Area is one of the most pricey cities to live and work in the United States. San Francisco is second only to Manhattan on Kiplinger’s 2019 list of most expensive cities to live in the United States. The median home value in the city is $927,400, and average rent for apartments is a cool $3,821. Oakland is seventh on the list, with a cost of living nearly 55% higher than the U.S. average.

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    5 Companies With Creative Office Layouts in the Bay Area

    Posted on 10th Sep 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    The Bay Area is known for its disruptive technology and trend-setting inventions. Tech startups set up shop in Silicon Valley and beyond due to the networking opportunities, favorable intellectual property laws, and the large pools of investors eager to bet on opportunistic ideas. San Francisco was ground zero for electric scooter rentals, and even produced the Twitter hashtag #Scootergate after city officials seized dozens of them last year for blocking sidewalks. Smart glasses, subscription car services and virtual reality were all born, or at least nurtured, here in the Bay Area.

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    Standing Desks and What Science Tells Us About Them

    Posted on 9th Sep 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness

    Statistics can say anything the author wants them too say, and that definitely holds true with a 2016 study by the Bureau Of Labor Statistics. Data compiled by the agency that year found that the average U.S. worker spent 39% of their days sitting and 61% standing. But when you take a closer look at the numbers, you'll find that in most occupations, workers either sit or stand a vast majority of their days. Waiters and welders, for instance, are on their feet more than 90% of the time. Accountants and software developers sit 80% or more of the time.

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    The Evolution of Office White Boards

    Posted on 5th Sep 2019 in Office Culture, Office Whiteboards

    I was babysitting my friend's son Jake for a week while she attended Burning Man in 2013. He got in trouble at school for pouring laxatives in his teacher’s coffee cup. Long story short, I told him stories of some of my junior high exploits and tried to mold them into life lessons so he didn’t do any of those thing again.

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    4 Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Office

    Posted on 4th Sep 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks, Sustainability

    There is a clear age gap when it comes to concerns about environmental issues, and it could have detrimental effects on your recruiting efforts. A 2018 Gallup poll found that 75% of young Millennials and Generation Z (people age 18-34) believe that global warming is caused by human activity. That number dropped to 56% when the 55 and older age group was asked the same question.

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    The Origin and Impact of Weekends

    Posted on 23rd Aug 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    The saying is oft-repeated: time is a human construct. And depending which surveys you choose to believe, most U.S. workers are counting the minutes until 5 0'clock on Friday.

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    3 Signs It’s Time To Upgrade Your Office Furniture

    Posted on 22nd Aug 2019 in Cubicles, Ergonomic, Office Culture

    Silicon Valley and San Francisco are still the technology meccas of the United States. But data released by commercial real estate firm Cushman and Wakefield earlier this year indicates that Salt Lake City and Boston are vying for that title. Salt Lake City has a combination of a large Millennial population and cheap rent, while Boston has easy access to venture capital and of course Harvard and MIT. But the Bay Area is not in imminent danger of losing its status, at least not as of today.

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    6 Discreet Exercises You Can Do At Your Desk

    Posted on 21st Aug 2019 in Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness

    Research continues pointing to the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time, increased risk of including diabetes, heart disease and muscle atrophy. Many companies are addressing this issue by offering standing desks to their employees. Others have wellness programs that offer discounts at gyms and incentives for employees who ride their bikes to the office.

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    Pets in the workplace becoming a trend

    Posted on 21st Aug 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Salaries and benefits go a long way in determining employee satisfaction. But companies that allow pets in the office are two steps ahead of the competition.

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    Why you should respect the custodians in your office

    Posted on 13th Aug 2019 in Cubicles

    “Janitor? Uh janitor?” Those who have seen the 1998 cult-classic “Half Baked” belly-laughed at that microcosm. Though Dave Chappelle's character in the movie name was Thurgood, he was simply known as "janitor" to the scientist that needed a favor.

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    What the Experts Say About Sitting Posture and Overall Health

    Posted on 12th Aug 2019 in Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness

    A 2018 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Thirty-six percent (36%) of American adults reported sitting for eight or more hours per day. Nearly half of those individuals said they did little to no exercise on a weekly basis either.

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    Industry 4.0, the Amazon Effect, and the Office Furniture Industry in 2019

    Posted on 30th Jul 2019 in Ergonomic, Workplace Wellness

    The global market office furniture market was valued at $117.1 billion in 2017, according to the latest figures by the Business Research Company. China is the country with the largest market share, accounting for 26.3% of the entire industry. The Asia-Pacific region accounted for 44.5% of the global market.

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    Mad Men and Mid-Century Modern Office Design in 2019

    Posted on 30th Jul 2019 in Office Culture, Office Desks

    The Emmy Award-winning AMC period drama Mad Men spanned seven seasons and 92 episodes. The show is set in the 1960s at the fictional Manhattan-based advertising agency Sterling Cooper. Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, was the main character and the company’s creative director and junior partner. He was a stereotypical drunk and chain-smoker who frequently cheated on his wife. Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss, was the woman trying to break through the glass ceiling, as she was promoted from secretary to copywriter during the show’s run.

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    Top 50 Best Company Culture Survey Includes 11 Bay Area Companies

    Posted on 29th Jul 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    Money doesn’t necessarily buy happiness and that cliche played itself out in the annual Best Company Culture survey by Comparably.

    Costco earned the top spot on the list of large companies (over 500 employees) despite workers reporting that pay is “not spectacular,” but still above average. The company received 86% positive reviews, with employees citing several perks, including paid company picnics, stock options and free memberships for themselves and all immediate family. Work-life balance is also a contributing factor, with 70% of workers saying they are not overwhelmed and/or overworked.

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    Making The Most Of Small Office Spaces

    Posted on 26th Jul 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    Bay Area office space has always been pricey. But premiums today have reached levels not seen since the dot-com boom at the turn of the millennium. Renting office space in San Francisco’s central business district will set you back $81.25 per square foot as of Q3 2018, according to data compiled by brokerage house Cushman & Wakefield. That number surpassed the previous record high of $80.16 per square foot in Q4 2000.

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    Glassdoor, anonymity and using it to decide your next career opportunity

    Posted on 21st Jul 2019 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Glassdoor has ridden a wave of success since its founding in 2007. The company, headquartered in the Bay Area, operates a website that allows users to post reviews about their current and former employers.

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    Study: Vast Majority of Remote Workers Want Some Office Time

    Posted on 19th Jul 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Two decades ago, working from home was considered a privilege that only a few high-ranking company officers and those who owned their own businesses experienced. Telecommuting in the ages of the internet and gig economy has become the norm for many companies and their employees. But remote workers still want their fill of office life.

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    Reddit r/OfficeChairs An Interesting Spot For Discussion

    Posted on 12th Jul 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Furniture Industry

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    What Fans Can Expect When Golden State Warriors Move Their Offices From Oakland to San Francisco

    Posted on 12th Jul 2019 in Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

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    4 Common Traits of Great Workplaces

    Posted on 7th Jul 2019 in Ergonomic, Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    People who love their work tend to be happier overall in life. Unfortunately most Americans do not fit this mold.

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    Workplace flexibility key to employee productivity, cost savings

    Posted on 5th Jul 2019 in Cubicles, Office Culture, Standing Desks

    Cisco Systems conducted a study in 2017 that observed and analyzed the movements of its workers in various facilities. The company concluded that employees worked much differently than they did just a few years prior. The traditional 9-5 shifts were no longer the norm due to the company’s global and telecommuting workforce. Individual cubicles were empty 65% of the time observed, while meeting rooms and other common areas were the preferred choices for workers to complete their duties.

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    Coffee or Tea: Pros and Cons of the Two Most Popular Morning Drinks

    Posted on 29th May 2019 in Office Breakroom Furniture, Workplace Wellness

    A cup of joe in the morning is about as American as apple pie and the statistics back that up. A 2018 study by the National Coffee Association found that 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee everyday. Most, however, do not indulge in those expensive cafes that seem to be on every street corner in 2019. Most of the 3,000 people surveyed (79%) said they brewed their coffee at home before work.

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    HR Technology 2019: Advancement continue empowering companies, employees

    Posted on 29th May 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Sustainability

    Education technology company Avado released a white paper in 2018 that said 32% of workers will need to completely retrain at their current positions within 12 years. Savvy companies wishing to stay ahead of the curve are constantly training their employees on new technology and trends that maximize efficiency and accuracy. Other companies view additional training as a catch-22. Untrained employees, their mistakes and inefficiencies will likely cost companies more in the long run. But learning and development (L&D) can be expensive, particularly when investment in training leads to employees leaving the company for higher paying positions with better benefits.

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    New study reveals preferences, complaints about open office layouts

    Posted on 18th May 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    The 2019 workplace is a potpourri of humanity with everything from 18-year-old entry-level employees to 60-year-olds putting in those final years to maximize Social Security payouts. But when it comes to the open office layout, the differences in generations begins to show themselves.

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    How To Improve Air Quality in the Office Today

    Posted on 15th May 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Desks

    There are concerted efforts at both the local and national levels not only to combat climate change, but also to protect the planet’s most precious resource: air. Many states and municipalities, particularly the San Francisco Bay Area, have enacted legislation to encourage the use of low-emission vehicles, carpooling and solar energy. But its air quality indoors, particularly in office settings, that requires immediate attention.

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    Office Olympics: 5 Ideas to Enhance Your Workplace Wellness Program

    Posted on 13th May 2019 in Office Chairs, Workplace Wellness

    Government incentives and lower insurance payments are the primary reasons workplace wellness programs are the norm in 2019. Company culture is also separating the haves from the have-nots when it comes to recruiting and retaining the best talent.

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    Cubicle Design 101: Let Us Guide The Process

    Posted on 2nd May 2019 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    The United States was once a hub for manufacturing, which meant many workers made a living in that sector. Federal Reserve data show that 30% of American non-farm jobs were in the manufacturing sector in 1949. When you combined those workers with retail, mining, construction and hospitality, that meant more than 60% of American workers were on their feet, moving around for most of their workdays. Manufacturing jobs account for only about 8% of all jobs today, the lowest ever. More than 86% of Americans sit all day for their jobs in 2019.

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    Evolution of the Office: 1950-1999

    Posted on 30th Apr 2019 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    Data compiled by MIT at the turn of the 21st century found that the typical tasks in a 1950s 40-hour work week could be completed in 11 hours or less in 2000. Most of this, of course, is due to advances in technology. But its also due to increased worker morale and perks.

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    4 Office Layouts For Companies On A Budget

    Posted on 29th Apr 2019 in Office Culture, Office Furniture Industry

    It’s likely you’re one of those office managers or business owners who have clicked through hundreds of Pinterest photos showing some really cool office spaces. Granted most of these photos are doing to exceed the budgets of most companies. But there are numerous used office furniture options that can greatly mitigate costs, while helping you create the office perfect for your brand and culture.

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    Sitting Is The New Smoking: Adjusting Your Office Furniture For Better Health

    Posted on 26th Apr 2019 in Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness

    The average full-time adult worker sits for about 10.5 hours per day, including the drives to and from work, according to a study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Construction workers, movers and others who work on their feet all day may feel envious of their sedentary counterparts. But once the science is considered, the physical laborers will appreciate their jobs more.

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    Sleeping At Work: How Companies Are Accommodating this Phenomenon

    Posted on 19th Apr 2019 in Office Breakroom Furniture, Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Sleeping on the job has long been consider a taboo, fireable offense. But as workforce demographics and technology have changed in the 21st century, so have attitudes about napping at the office.

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    6 Tips For Choosing The Right Office Furniture

    Posted on 19th Apr 2019 in Office Whiteboards, Standing Desks

    Office furniture not only provides workplace aesthetics, but also must be functional from both comfort and productivity standpoints. Employees require high-quality furniture to ensure efficient use of their hours, while storage cabinets must be adequate for proper organization of supplies and documents.

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    Writers Room: How To Create The Perfect Space For Company Scribes

    Posted on 14th Apr 2019 in Office Chairs, Office Culture, Office Desks

    The digital age has made content marketing a necessity for companies in virtually all sectors. The 2018 Clutch Small Business Survey found that 64% of companies have a website and/or blog. That 36% still living in the Stone Age not only look illegitimate (would you do business with a company without a website?), but are essentially at the mercy of social media to give themselves some kind of online presence.

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    Computer Desks: Choosing The Right One For Your Job

    Posted on 10th Apr 2019 in Office Desks, Standing Desks

    A 2017 study by the Brookings Institute found that the use of digital tools, particularly laptop computers, has increased dramatically in 517 of 545 surveyed occupations since 2002. Construction laborers, personal aides, security guards and even cooks now need adequate, if not substantial, digital knowledge to do their everyday jobs.

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    3 Workplace Perks Being Implemented By Successful Companies

    Posted on 6th Apr 2019 in Ergonomic, Workplace Wellness

    Many credit Steve Jobs, the late founder of Apple, for being the pioneer of workplace meditation rooms. His wedding was a Zen ceremony and he also befriended several monks. The company used to make employees take 30-minute meditation breaks in the early years. The results were so positive that Jobs ordered meditation rooms to be built in the company's offices across the globe.

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    When and How to Buy New Versus Used Office Furniture

    Posted on 4th Apr 2019 in Office Furniture Industry, Open Office Furniture

    The concept of spring cleaning is said to originate from a tradition related to the Iranian New Year, which is the first day of spring. Everything in the home is thoroughly cleaned, from the curtains to the carpet. Spring has also traditionally been the season for businesses to renovate, redecorate, and move to completely different spaces as the weather warms up and the days get longer.

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    Gig Economy: How To Thrive As An Independent Contractor

    Posted on 29th Mar 2019 in Office Whiteboards, Open Office Furniture

    Whether you are an Uber or Lyft driver, have an Etsy or Freelancer.com profile, or just browse relevant Craigslist sections daily, you are part of the gig economy. A 2018 Gallup poll found that 36% of American workers are part of the gig economy, a term that was popularized during the Great Recession. While many do gigs as side hustles, Gen-X members (people in their 40s and early 50s) are the most likely to rely on gigs as their full-time jobs.

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    Creative Storage and Organization Solutions With Limited Office Space

    Posted on 27th Mar 2019 in File Cabinets, Office Desks

    Downsizing has become the trend du jour in both home and office settings. Data compiled by Trulia in 2017 found that 60% of homeowners living in houses 2,000 square feet or larger said they will find a smaller house if/when they move from the current dwelling. Small business owners are downsizing their office spaces as well not only to save money on rental and energy costs, but also to accommodate the concurrent trend of more workers telecommuting.

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    Moving Your Office: Planning and Executing For Seamless Transition

    Posted on 22nd Mar 2019 in Office Breakroom Furniture, Office Furniture Industry

    Time is money in the business world. Every moment your office is in flux due to an impending or actual move from one space to another is lowering profit margins and productivity. Relocating an office is a multifaceted process that not only involves the physical movement of furniture and equipment, but also potential reorganization and adjustments to keep employees happy.

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    3 Tips For Keeping Your Workstation Organized And Efficient

    Posted on 20th Mar 2019 in File Cabinets

    The typical office worker today has more distractions than their counterparts in any other time in history. A 2016 Express Employment Professionals survey found that 38% of business leaders cited constant emails and interruptions from co-workers and others as the biggest sources of wasted time in the office. But “general disorganization” was cited by 9% of business leaders as the primary time waster. Best-selling author Stephanie Winston wrote in her book The Organized Executive that the average executive loses about an hour per day in productivity due to clutter and disorganization.

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    Office Politics: The Do’s and Don’t To Gain An Advantage

    Posted on 14th Mar 2019 in Office Breakroom Furniture

    Linus Van Pelt of the Peanuts once said that there are three things you never talk about at the dinner table: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin. Granted Linus was saying its best to not ruffle feathers when family travels from long distances for holidays. But this general maxim holds true in the office as well. Keep your opinions about the President, Congress, and other political figures to yourself. Office politics, however, are inevitably going to be part of your daily routines.

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    Companies paving the way with child care benefits

    Posted on 12th Mar 2019 in Standing Desks

    The average U.S. household spends $11,666 per year on daycare, according to the National Association of Child Care Resources & Referral Agencies. That is more than a lot of people pay for rent, and more than the average in-state tuition for a year in college. But we cannot put a price on our children's safety and well-being.

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    5 Inexpensive Ways To Liven Up Your Office

    Posted on 7th Mar 2019 in Ergonomic, Workplace Wellness

    The American Institute of Stress found that 65% of American workers experience stress that causes difficulties not only at the workplace, but at home as well when the workday is over. Many U.S. firms have embraced 21st century trends like extending work-from-home opportunities, paid time off, and flexible scheduling to combat the realities of stress. But smaller companies may not have the resources to grant these types of benefits.

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    Unemployment rates by state tell different stories

    Posted on 5th Mar 2019 in Cubicles

    The U.S. experienced a decline in employer hiring in February after two very strong months of job activity, according to New Jersey-based software firm iCims. The company’s Monthly Hiring Indicator (MHI) showed hiring dipped 8.5%, while new job opening were down 7.4% after seasonal adjustments.

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    Minimum Wage: A Look Around The Country in 2019

    Posted on 28th Feb 2019 in Cubicles, Office Desks

    The federal minimum of $7.25 has not changed since 2009, but several states have taken initiatives of their own. Arizona voters raised the state minimum wage to $11 in a 2016 ballot initiative that took effect this year. But a state lawmaker recently introduced House Bill 2523, which would require employers to pay only the federal minimum wage to workers age 22 and under, and who are in college full-time. Meanwhile Maryland is about to join several states that currently have a $15 minimum wage. The state’s House of Delegates approved a bill this week to raise its minimum wage.

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    Movie Night: Cult Classics About Work and Office Life

    Posted on 19th Feb 2019 in Office Culture, Sustainability, Workplace Wellness

    The 1980s and 1990s were the last decades when work and love were two of the most common subject matters in both songs and movies. Sheena Easton scored a number-1 hit in 1980 with "Morning Train," a song about a woman who waits all day for her man to get home from work. Donna Summer scored a top-5 hit in 1983 with "She Works Hard For The Money." Other work anthems like "Bang the Drum All Day" by Todd Rundren and "Working For The Weekend" by Loverboy didn't chart as high, but remain popular in 2019.

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    Go Green: Benefits of adding plants to your office

    Posted on 14th Feb 2019 in Office Culture, Sustainability, Workplace Wellness

    The term "go green" is typically associated with renewable energy and environmental activism. But it also describes an office model that savvy business owners and managers are incorporating to gain an edge over the competition.

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    2019 Staples Workplace Survey: Work-life balance is most important to U.S. workers

    Posted on 12th Feb 2019 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    A recent termination case in Germany provides an interesting look into employer-mandated telecommuting versus employee-chosen telecommuting. The State Labor Court decided on a case in accordance with Section 106 Industrial Code.

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    Office Fantasy Sports: The Good And The Bad

    Posted on 7th Feb 2019 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Super Bowl Squares is the newest trend that straddles the fine line between team building activities and workplace ethics. The American Gaming Association estimated that 1 in 10 Americans placed some kind of wager on Super Bowl LIII between the Rams and Patriots. Most of those bets were placed through office pools.

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    2019 Office Furniture Market Reports

    Posted on 5th Feb 2019 in Office Furniture Industry

    The global office furniture market is expected to reach unprecedented heights by 2027, fueled by increased demand for modular furniture in the corporate sector, according to a report released by MarketResearch.biz. Another report by IndustryResearch.biz predicts that the office furniture market will experience a 4.7% compound annual growth rate due again to corporate demand, with the industry exceeding $94 billion by 2025.

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    4 Ideas For Your Next Office Potluck Contribution

    Posted on 31st Jan 2019 in Office Culture

    Every office has that one person who makes everyone else look bad at the office potluck. They spend hours in the kitchens preparing homemade lasagna, shrimp scampi, or some other dish that require multiple steps and a little culinary skill to complete. Of course there is also the guy that stops at the gas station right before work and picks up a few different varieties of Doritos to say he contributed.

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    The Science Behind Standing Desks

    Posted on 29th Jan 2019 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks, Ergonomic, Desking and Benching

    Interest in the standing desk alternative to traditional desks has been growing in recent years. According to the BBC, standing desks have already become commonplace in Sweden, Finland and Norway (why do those Nordic countries always seem to be ahead of the game?), with some estimates putting the adoption rate at 80 percent of office workers. In 2014, Denmark became the first country to mandate that businesses offer a standing desk option to all employees. But while spending less time sitting hunched in front of a computer might seem intuitively like a good idea, is there really any science supporting the increased interest? Turns out, the answer is yes.

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    3 Office Trends To Watch For in 2019

    Posted on 22nd Jan 2019 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture, Desking and Benching

    The U.S. Employment Participation Rate remains far below pre-Recession levels in 2019, but companies are hiring those looking for work. Unemployment rates were 4.1% or below throughout the last twelve months, which means offices constantly welcomed new workers in their spaces.

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    Organizing Furniture With Power Supply In Mind

    Posted on 15th Jan 2019 in Cubicles, Office Desks, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks, Desking and Benching

    Businesses around the world use technology to get work done. Between phone lines, computer set ups, printers, fax machines, and other electronics, every office needs to keep their power supply needs in check. Each device requires another cable or wire to be plugged in. Even if each desk only has one computer and a phone line, that can equal a large amount of cables to manage.

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    What makes a fireproof file cabinet "fireproof" ?

    Posted on 8th Jan 2019 in File Cabinets

    If you work for a company that holds many documents and files, then you may want to consider purchasing a fireproof cabinet. In fact, some insurance agencies may require that your company purchase one for safety or liability purposes, depending on what industry you work in.

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    Building A Motivational Workspace

    Posted on 3rd Jan 2019 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    Do what you love, and you will never work a day in your life. This quote may be true for some in the workforce, but the sad reality is that most employees are working to pay the bills. They may not be excited to come into work each day. But there are ways to build an office environment that inspires and motivates them.

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    Why You Should Hire Help To Move Your Office Furniture

    Posted on 6th Dec 2018 in

    Will your company be moving to a new location or rearranging its layout? You may be busy coordinating the relocation of your employees and office equipment, but have you decided how to handle the office furniture?

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    Where to Buy Used Office Furniture in San Francisco?

    Posted on 3rd Dec 2018 in

    Residents around San Francisco pay a big price to live in this gorgeous city on the water. They often pay high rent to enjoy the bay, delicious food, nightlife, and the view of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you own an office in or around the city, you know that the costs associated with doing business can be extensive. In an effort to save some money, many business owners decide to purchase used or refurbished furniture to outfit their offices.

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    Office Furniture at San Francisco's Biggest Offices

    Posted on 20th Nov 2018 in Open Office Furniture, Ergonomic

    San Francisco is home to hundreds of well-established companies, surrounded by thousands of fledgling start-ups hoping to make it big. There is a reason that this city in particular has become a hot spot for new ventures to get started. Other than the obvious close proximity to Silicon Valley, San Francisco benefits because it sits in between tech giants and social media companies — leaders in the next wave of business culture.

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    Different Types of File Cabinets

    Posted on 8th Nov 2018 in File Cabinets

    No matter what industry you are in, chances are that your company needs some storage. The business world is starting to put more documents and files online, but that doesn’t mean that they are gone yet. Fortunately, there are several options these days for office managers and employees to organize their documents the way that works best for them. Gone are the days of plain boring filing cabinets. (Sure, these are still available, but this is no longer your only option!)

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    The Best Way to Sell Your Office Furniture

    Posted on 6th Nov 2018 in

    With furniture topping the list as one of the least recycled household goods, it is time that we reinvented the way we dispose of old things. There has been an emergence of people who are willing to reuse office furniture. So many people in fact, there are entire companies helping to reduce the waste to our planet.

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    Picking New Office Reception Chairs

    Posted on 1st Nov 2018 in Reception Desks, Office Chairs

    One of the most important pieces of your client’s first impression is your office reception area. What is the first thing that your customer sees when they enter your office space?

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    Ergonomic Office Furniture for Software Developers

    Posted on 27th Oct 2018 in Cubicles, Office Desks, Open Office Furniture, Ergonomic

    Among the large software companies in Silicon Valley and cities across the nation, software developers enjoy a wealth of amenities, from in-house coffee bars to ping pong tables to free massages. While these luxuries may be great in the short term, they don’t address the main problem facing professionals in this industry — long-term effects of time spent sitting at a computer.

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    Designing Your Private Office

    Posted on 25th Oct 2018 in Office Desks, Standing Desks, Ergonomic, Desking and Benching

    Access to your own private office can be a luxury in the marketplace. Although they are usually reserved for higher paid positions, independent offices can be given to other workers if it is deemed necessary. If you are moving in to your first office, or you want to re-design your existing space, you may be wondering what things you should be including.

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    Choosing a Whiteboard for the Office

    Posted on 18th Oct 2018 in Office Whiteboards

    Office conferences and business meetings have come a long way from the quaint beginnings of the American economy. After positive feedback from new modes of delivering information and emerging technologies have helped employers to realize that there is a benefit to keeping employees engaged during meetings.

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    Prevent Slouching With The Proper Office Furniture Setup

    Posted on 16th Oct 2018 in Office Desks, Ergonomic

    Everyday slouching and neck problems are increasing as more of our daily lives revolve around looking down at our laptops, phones, and other electronics. It can be a hard habit to break, but well worth it in the long run. There are a host of health problems associated with slouching and not sitting up straight.

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    4 Ways to Spruce Up Your Office Workspace

    Posted on 11th Oct 2018 in Cubicles, Office Desks, Open Office Furniture

    For those who work a 9-5 job, they are spending a large portion of their week at the office. More specifically, they are spending most of that time at their desk or cubicle. If you have an individual space or desk, it is worth it to personalize the space to your needs. This will help you feel more relaxed and comfortable at work everyday, and the small changes can make a big difference.

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    Furnishing a Small Break Room

    Posted on 11th Oct 2018 in Office Breakroom Furniture

    The office break room is one spot in the office made for getting away from work. As an employer, it important to create a warm space for employees to re-energize between long working streaks. Workers who take regular breaks during their shift are more likely to sustain a productive workflow throughout the day.

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    What To Look For In a Standing Desk

    Posted on 11th Oct 2018 in Standing Desks

    Now more than ever, large parts of the population are spending over 8 hours sitting at their computer desk for work. As technology advances, many service jobs are becoming automated or computerized, making computers a daily necessity in any industry. The problem here is that sitting for a long period of time has been shown to cause numerous health issues, including back and heart problems, as well as joint issues and other related symptoms.

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    What To Look For In An Office Furniture Supplier

    Posted on 11th Oct 2018 in Open Office Furniture, Sustainability

    It is time for an office makeover and there are a lot of things to consider before buying new office furniture. What size space do you have? Who will be using the furniture? Will you choose an open office layout? The final question is this: Where will I buy my office furniture?

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    What are Desking and Benching Office Systems?

    Posted on 6th Sep 2018 in Desking and Benching

    Ever since the minimalist open office movement of the 1950s, the open office set up has become popular amongst American businesses. Adopted from the German design, these layouts were meant to spur interaction and creativity between co-workers. What was once a perceived ‘fad’ has exploded in popularity after big companies in Silicon Valley began using the style.

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    Optimizing Your Office Storage Space

    Posted on 6th Sep 2018 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    Despite the emergence of e-friendly initiatives to shed waste and reduce paper use within businesses, there is still a need for storage space. Whether it is backup files of key client accounts or physical space for larger items, designing an office space with storage in mind will help keep the office clutter free in the future.

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    Office Whiteboard: The Token of The Conference Room

    Posted on 21st Aug 2018 in Open Office Furniture

    Ever heard of whiteboard animation? You may recognize a few popular videos that have been popping up across the Internet over the past few years. The videos feature a lecture or speech, accompanied by a stop motion video of an artist drawing related pictures on a whiteboard.

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    How Eco Office Contributes To Environmental Sustainability

    Posted on 21st Aug 2018 in Sustainability

    When businesses move, their used office furniture often finds itself unwanted. This can be for a variety of reasons - a dated style, poorly suited for the new space, a desire to change it up, etc. At the exact same time, there are thousands of customers looking to buy new office furniture. These customers have their own requirements - it must be this size, this height, this color, this fabric.

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    Best Materials for Your Executive Desk

    Posted on 9th Aug 2018 in Office Desks, Standing Desks

    As the main piece of furniture in your office, the desk performs a multitude of functions -- from organizing your files in drawers, to making a statement with the design, and of course, providing a sturdy work space for the busy day.

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    How to Pick the Perfect Office Chair

    Posted on 9th Aug 2018 in Office Chairs

    Did you know that the average office chair can come with over thirty customizable options? You can change everything from the color, seat height, lumbar support, base material, and more.

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    Office Breakroom Furniture Upgrades

    Posted on 27th Jul 2018 in Office Breakroom Furniture, Office Chairs

    Your employees are the backbone of the business. They deserve the best you can give them. Sure they want the usual additions—salary, benefits, etc., but it’s the creature comforts that make a workplace feel more comfortable.

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    Designing the Perfect Office To Work From Home

    Posted on 27th Jul 2018 in Office Desks, Ergonomic

    As the number of freelancers and remote work opportunities increases over the next decade, more workers will utilize alternate work environments. Places such as libraries, coffee shops, and co-working spaces expect a significant jump in their daily usage. For most of these remote workers, they will opt to use their own office at home.

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    Its Time to Modernize Your Reception Desk

    Posted on 18th Jul 2018 in Reception Desks

    As the backbone and often, the first impression of your business, your receptionist works hard to make sure your company runs smoothly. Their front office serves as the theoretical storefront for customers and clients. By updating your reception desk, your staff, clients, and most importantly -- your wallet, will thank you.

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    How to Ensure Your Furniture Installation Goes Smoothly

    Posted on 18th Jul 2018 in

    You finally took the plunge and purchased new office furniture. The office will get a makeover and productivity is set to increase with the more efficient workspaces. You can hardly wait to see the new layout. How can you ensure that your furniture installation goes as smooth as possible during delivery day?

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    Best Co-working Furniture Set-Ups

    Posted on 26th Jun 2018 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture

    By the year 2020, over half of the U.S. population is expected to be freelancing either part-time or full-time. Freelancers traditionally work from home or the local coffee shop, but what if you want something cozier than a stuffy corporate office, but more professional than your kitchen table?

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    Standing Desks Can Lead Novelists To Literary Awards

    Posted on 21st Jun 2018 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Many people believe that standing desks keep workers engaged. And there are excellent examples from the world of literature. To take one example, tributes to the award-winning novelist Philip Roth, who passed away recently at age 85, mention how his standing desk was a regular part of his routine.

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    What is a standing desk and should I get one?

    Posted on 21st Jun 2018 in Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Its 3:00pm on a Thursday and you can feel it—that aching soreness down your back and legs. While sitting may seem more comfortable in the short term, staying seated for long hours at work can lead to devastating health conditions. That is why it is important to use a set of office furniture tailored to your daily needs. A standing desk is one furniture option that can help reduce negative health effects by allowing users to stand, or sit on a high stool, while working.

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    How to Design an Eco-Friendly Workplace for Millennials

    Posted on 31st May 2018 in Cubicles, Office Desks, Open Office Furniture

    Let's face it, there are three main things that millennials value the most when it comes to working in an office environment. You may be surprised that salary and benefits are not the top priorities - although very important. This generation values: the freedom to collaborate, community, and access to the best in technology. However, there is one thing you don't want to miss the mark on: workspace design.

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    Cubicles vs. Open Office Furniture: Which is a Better Choice?

    Posted on 9th May 2018 in Cubicles, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks, Ergonomic

    When Google and other corporate giants decided to implement an open office setting, instead of traditional private offices and cubicles, 70% of the American workforce followed the trend, according to experts. However, some people believe this trend is an epic fail. The Washington Post published that “Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. Workplaces need more walls, not fewer.”

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    Why Ergonomic Office Furniture Matters

    Posted on 27th Apr 2018 in Ergonomic, Open Office Furniture, Standing Desks

    Were you aware that the average American worker is productive for only 3 hours daily? In a study of 2,000 full-time workers, it was revealed that many workers are not working for the majority of the time they’re on the job. The average person works approximately 8.8 hours daily, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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    What Are the Top Advantages and Disadvantages of Buying New or Refurbished Office Furniture?

    Posted on 10th Apr 2018 in Cubicles, Reception Desks, Standing Desks

    Whether you are purchasing new office furniture to replace old furniture, or you are expanding and need to accommodate new employees, the type of furniture you choose will have a significant impact on your company’s bottom line. It has been proven that employees that have access to furniture that is ergonomically correct and visually appealing can actually increase their productivity.

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    Open Office Furniture - Pros and Cons

    Posted on 5th Jan 2018 in Open Office Furniture

    Considering an open office layout for your new office?

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    Office Furniture Buying Guide

    Posted on 17th Dec 2017 in

    As you get closer to the target move/installation date, you'll have less flexibility. This makes it important to start early. For example, some office furniture, especially new office furniture, may not be available on deadlines less than 4 weeks. There are also people problems that can come up on a very short deadline--if you go with the fastest options for a particular piece of office furniture and it isn't doesn't match the aesthetic of the space you're moving into, you might find your coworkers upset.

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    Parts of a Cubicle

    Posted on 17th Dec 2017 in Cubicles

    If you're new to cubicles, it is helpful to understand the parts and pieces so you know what you want to order to make a complete cubicle. The basic building blocks of any cubicle are as follows.

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    Typical Cubicle Floor Plans

    Posted on 12th Dec 2017 in Cubicles, Office Desks

    As companies continue to grow, and commercial real estate costs continue to rise, cubicles are the logical solution to get the most utility from the open space you have. We can custom tailor each cubicle to the occupant's specific needs, work habits, and function within the company.

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