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    4 home office additions for COVID-induced permanent telecommuters

    Posted on 30th Jul 2020 in Ergonomic, Office Whiteboards, Standing Desks, Workplace Wellness

    California would have the fifth-largest economy in the world if it was a sovereign nation. The Golden State has a larger gross domestic product than the United Kingdom and India. Unfortunately California gained a dubious distinction this week among the world's "countries" as well. The state has at least 473,785 confirmed coronavirus cases as of July 29, according to Johns Hopkins University data. That places California fifth among countries for COVID-19 cases. Only the whole USA, Brazil, India and Russia have more cases than California.

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    COVID-19: Temperature screenings the new norm for many industries

    Posted on 25th Jul 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Non-contact thermometers were virtually unknown commodities outside of the medical industry prior to March 2020. The first attempts at patenting the technology came in 2008 by the Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation. The process was eventually abandoned, as perhaps the technology was not original. Tympanic thermometers are the ones that are stuck in your ear. They have been around for a while. These thermometers get a temperature reading from the tympanic membrane in the ear canal. Most people have likely had their temperatures taken like this at some point.

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    3 signs it's time to update your office furniture

    Posted on 23rd Jul 2020 in Office Culture, Open Office Furniture

    The coronavirus pandemic and anxiety among the populace have made competition for top talent more fierce than ever. Many companies vehemently resisted work-from-home models for years. "It won't work" and "it can't work" were the most common excuses despite research pointing to myriad benefits to both companies and workers.

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    Coronavirus: tracking technology records employee movements

    Posted on 17th Jul 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    Salesforce is one of the world's leading companies when it comes to enterprise, cloud-based applications. The company specialize in customer relationship management (CRM) and analytics. It's also one of the most sought-after workplaces for techies. Fortune magazine ranked the company sixth in its employment satisfaction survey of the top 100 places to work. The downtown San Francisco-based firm is a trendsetter that other companies emulate. Salesforce's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and employees returning to the Salesforce Tower is no exception.

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    Big 10 announces "Conference-only" football schedule; Pac-12 to follow?

    Posted on 14th Jul 2020 in Workplace Wellness

    The longer COVID-19 and the pandemic persist, the more we're going to see normal, long-time U.S. traditions greatly altered or cancelled altogether. The Cal-State University system announced in May that all of its 23 campuses will not hold in-person classes in the Fall 2020 semester. That announcement effectively wiped out the football season for all of said schools, unless they planned on playing games without fans. Governor Gavin Newsom shut the entire state down again yesterday, causing even more concern for the forthcoming fall sports season.

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    Bay Area Gyms: Santa Clara County to reopen fitness centers on Monday

    Posted on 11th Jul 2020 in Office Culture, Workplace Wellness

    California residents felt the state moving forward from the coronavirus pandemic when movie theaters, bars and gyms were allowed to reopen on June 12. People were once again going to beaches and life seemed to be returning to normal. But Governor Gavin Newsom reported over 7,000 new COVID-19 cases across the state on July 9, with a 7-day average of 8,031 new cases per day.

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    Plexiglass barriers are the new norm for poker

    Posted on 9th Jul 2020 in Office Furniture Industry, Workplace Wellness

    The 51st annual World Series of Poker is normally held at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this time of year. The $10,000 buy-in Main Event was scheduled for July 1 - 3, with several other events on the venue from May 26 to July 11. But organizers announced on April 20 that the event would be postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They are hoping the event can still take place this fall. Nevada, however, is one of several states with a mandatory mask mandate right now. Unless something changes quickly, it does not appear the event will take place at all this year. Poker players in Nevada and New Jersey have the opportunity to play online events this month at They can win championship bracelets and large purses in these events, but nothing close to the $10 million first prize in last year's Main Event.

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    Coronavirus: Permanent business closures around the Bay Area

    Posted on 3rd Jul 2020 in Office Furniture Industry, Sustainability

    The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on small businesses in the Bay Area and across the country. An April survey by insurance firm Main Street America concluded that 3.5 million U.S. small businesses would close permanently by mid-June; and a total of 7.5 million would close by the fall. The government allocated $349 billion in forgivable loans for small businesses in the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill. But several reports found that large corporations with over $100 million in revenues, including Shake Shack Inc. and Potbelly Corp., received funds from the package meant for small businesses.

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    Mask Mandates: social and medical implications

    Posted on 1st Jul 2020 in Workplace Wellness

    The subject of face masks is a hot-button issues in the United States. California Governor Gavin Newsom added fuel to the fire when he issued a statewide mandate on June 18, requiring nearly everyone to wear masks outside the home. The mandate came one day before California recorded its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began - 4,084 new cases on June 19. Health officials said that increased positive tests were expected due to more available testing across the state. California is one of 15 states plus the District of Columbia to require masks in public as of late June.

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