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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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