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Embrace the Many Benefits of Standing Desks

In recent years, scientists and medical practitioners have compared sitting to smoking. If you haven’t yet seen the studies, you may be wondering what these two activities could possibly have in common. According to Mayo Clinic, people whose sedentary lifestyle kept them in a chair for more than eight hours per day shared the same high risk of death associated with obesity and smoking. Sedentary jobs also contribute to obesity, further compounding the issue. So, what do the doctors suggest? They recommend a standing or sit-stand desk.

How Sedentary Is Your Lifestyle?

According to a 2017 study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), workers spend about 62 percent of their shift in a chair. However, a sedentary lifestyle doesn’t just stop there. On the way home, you sit in the car or on the bus or train. And, once at home, you may relax on your sofa and turn on the TV, or sit down to a quiet dinner with your family. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with sitting. The problem lies in the fact that it’s not punctuated by physical activity often enough.

What Are the Effects of a Sedentary Lifestyle?

Naturally, the more you sit, the less calories your burn. This may lead to weight gain, and eventually obesity. In addition to this, regardless of activity level, prolonged sitting has been tied to cardiometabolic disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease and premature death. Prolonged sitting has also been identified as a contributing factor in anxiety and depressive symptoms.

What Are the Benefits of Raising the Desk?

Several studies have proven that standing desks can have a profoundly positive effect on the health of employees. Few workers like the idea of standing for a full eight-hour shift, if not longer. For this reason, many employers have opted for sit-stand office desk installations to unlock workplace potential. Here are just a few reasons you should consider a sit-stand desk:

  • One study monitoring 167 employees over a six-month period concluded that stand-capable desks helped employees excel over the employees who spent more time at traditional desks. The employees with stand-capable desks saw a 23 percent higher successful call rate within the first month, soaring to 53 percent higher after 6 months.
  • Another study showed that when training seminars and smart cushions were introduced, people began to sit less and less each day, not only at work but at home. The UK study reported participants decreased seated time by 50 minutes per day after three months, 64 minutes after six months and 82 minutes by the end of a year.
  • Other benefits reported from this UK study include higher work engagement, less daily anxiety and a reduction in job-related fatigue.
  • According to NCBI, people who stand more at work experience greater enthusiasm, interest and alertness.
  • After eating, blood sugar levels normalize more quickly on the days when more time is spent standing.
  • Standing more often may help to reduce back and shoulder pain.
How Do You Transition?

This is a good question that is often overlooked. Many office employees and remote workers look forward to using an electronic sit-stand desk or an adjustable standing desk. However, there isn’t always enough emphasis placed on the transition process. Some people may try to stand for as long as possible from the very first day and then find themselves battling with burnout from swollen feet at night. Instead, try to ease into it, starting with 30 minutes per day and increasing time as you feel more comfortable.

What Else Can You Do?

While a sit-stand office desk has a lot to offer, remember that standing isn’t the only way to break the sedentary cycle. The point is to get on your feet more often. This is easiest in an open plan office as the floorplan gives you plenty of space to roam, stretch your legs, and burn a few extra calories.

Check out Arnold’s collection of sit-stand desks and standing group work desks. Wondering what a complete office transition to standing desks involves? Contact us for a free quote and complementary space planning.

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Forget Your Tiny Tax Return, You Can Still Splurge With Your Sunline Savings

Furnishing an office can be expensive, but it doesn’t always have to be. At Arnold’s Office Furniture, we are proud to bring you the exclusive Sunline series of low cost cubicle and office furniture options. The Sunline series will save you hundreds or thousands of dollars, depending on the number of workstations you require. Once you decide to order our affordable office furniture, you can use your savings to treat your team with these office splurges.

Nap Pods

Sleeping on the job is still taboo, with many companies discouraging the practice even at lunch. However, some majorly successful companies have a different approach. Not only do they allow napping, they encourage it! Some household names that actually have facilities on site for napping:

  • Capital One Labs
  • Google
  • Ben & Jerry’s
  • The Huffington Post
  • Uber

If your employees work long hours and their job tasks require intellect and creativity, you may want to consider nap pods. According to The New York Times, 20-minute naps will do wonders to refresh your employees, especially after the post-lunch lull.

Premium Coffee Machines

In spite of the benefits of a nap, not everyone has the time for one. When deadlines start to creep up, employees sometimes have to push through the drowsiness and get the work done as soon as possible. When this happens, caffeine may come to the rescue.

From simple coffee machines in breakrooms to Keurig machines with dozens of flavors, many companies invest in caffeine for their workers. Big companies like Google go a step further by having a coffee bar with a full-time barista.

Employee Recreation – Foosball or Ping Pong Tables

Whether or not a foosball or ping pong table is a great way to spend your Sunline savings depends on your office culture. Group games can strengthen employee bonds and promote teamwork. Studies have shown that even when nobody plays, the mere presence of these tables create value and accentuate office décor. A stroll by the foosball table for clients or interviewing prospects will give the impression of a fun-loving company that values its employees.

Onsite Fitness Center

Investing in a fitness center is a gift that keeps on giving. It doesn’t have to be a world-class gym with all the top-notch machines. Even if you only have treadmills, ellipticals, free weights and a bench, employees will appreciate the convenience of being able to workout at the office in the morning, on lunch break, or before making the drive home. Here are some of the many benefits you could reap from this:

  • Better employee retention
  • Reduced healthcare costs
  • Improved job satisfaction
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Reduced stress

Onsite Massages

Another way many companies help employees to reduce stress is by offering massage opportunities at work. Some companies put massage chairs in the lounge, while other companies may have a trained masseuse on site to offer 15-minute chair massages. Companies sometimes go so far as to have spas facilities built.

According to Forbes, workplace stress has been a thief of employee productivity and engagement for some years. However, wellness programs, such as chair massages, can really help employees to relax and unwind. This is especially helpful in high-stress fields, such as law, finance, insurance and tech.

Employee Trip or Event

Every employee is different, and whereas some are impressed by material things, others are more interested in memorable experiences. For these employees, a year-end or quarter-end trip may be more appropriate. Also, because the company is purchasing in bulk, you may get a reduced price to help make the trips even more affordable. Here are some options to consider:

  • Theme park with family members invited
  • Weekend retreats
  • 5k charity runs
  • Hiking trips

One of the greatest benefits of cost effective office cubicles is how much you save on office furniture. Contact us for a free quote. Rather than pocket the extra money, many companies reinvest that into improving additional areas of their employees’ work experience. This helps unlock workplace potential and retain employees by improving health, boosting engagement and increasing productivity. So, how will you spend your Sunline savings?

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Starting with a blank slate is the norm for many who may be planning a new office layout. And as tempting as it may be to order trendy furniture, quirky chairs and abstract lighting, it may not be the best choice for the long-term budget or overall efficiency.

Start with a Good Plan

Knowing exactly what the office space will be used for, how many people will need desks or workstations and what the planned traffic flow patterns will be are just a few parts of successful office space planning. A good plan should also include details about effective use of available floor space, and ease of supervision. Add to this, a few more details about possible future expansion needs and the plan is complete. Following are a few more considerations that top office design specialists recommend reviewing during the planning stage:

  • Usage – Having a clear understanding of what types of usage the office space will need to support is imperative to planning. For instance, will the office need private conference rooms, workstations, or cubicles or is more of an open environment preferred? Office layout specialists know that with the right type of space, it is possible to plan an efficient office design with one or all of these types of space.
  • Layout of Space – Working on the final layout of the office was once done with pencil and graph paper. However, today there are many computerized programs that help in layout planning.
  • Overall Appearance – When an office plan layout is complete, it is important to consider the overall appearance of the completed space. While office spaces in the past were standard with gray cubicles, built-in desks and uncomfortable chairs, today’s spaces can be completely different. Make sure your office space reflects the overall culture of your company. Consider what colors might help to lift the mood and boost the productivity of all employees.
  • Long-Term Storage –  It may be easy to forget pesky items such as storage and supplies in the excitement of office planning but finding out in retrospect that there is no space for these necessities could ruin the overall functionality of the space. Most offices still need space for filing and long-term storage of important paperwork as well as another dedicated space to house office supplies.
  • Standardization – Though an office space might need to have several different types of dedicated spaces, overall standardization can help to pull the entire space together for just the right look and feel. Standardization is especially important for expansion. The goal of your business is to grow! Substantial growth often comes with new locations. Buying into sustainable furniture from a single vendor creates an easy process of reordering, which makes facilities managers look like heroes and feel like one too.
Encourage Productivity

Another important part of office layout planning is understanding factors that will help employees to be highly productive. In days past, it was assumed that an employee with complete privacy would be an employee without distractions and would be more productive. Today, almost 70% of offices use a more open floor plan. This type of plan helps to boost the ability to collaborate and converse but might lessen productivity due to distraction levels. It may be best to seek employee input when working on office layout plans, as they typically understand which types of things are distracting and what changes could be implemented to help them focus more fully. In some offices, providing white noise options for each employee has proven beneficial. Other locations have found it beneficial to provide a private storage space where each employee can lock up personal items and supplies. And don’t forget the importance of good lighting. Not only will your employees appreciate not having to squint while working on projects, the right lighting can actually increase overall levels of happiness.

Look to the Future

If the mark of a successful company is growth, then make sure your office furniture selection leaves room for that success. For some companies, this growth brings expansion into more adjacent office space. For others, the growth spans several floors of a building. No matter what type of growth your company experiences, a cubicle system that is built with growth in mind is key to successful expansion down the road. The best example of this a system that allows for growth is the Sunline Sliding Cubicle. Not only is this system easy to assemble, requiring only a small palmful of screws, and some clip-on brackets, but the standard cubicle panels easily slide in and out of place meaning that it’s possible to raise or lower wall height, remove or add walls and windows or even change cubicle colors. Even better, Sunline has managed to create a system that lowers the build time of a cubicle from 4 hours down to an hour or less. This increased ease and simplicity is certain to make future change and growth much easier to embrace.
Creating the right office layout for your team is truly different for each and every situation. Knowing which items help to boost efficiency and productivity and keeping future growth in mind help to ensure the workflow of your future office space will be considered a success by employees and management alike. Sunline is the future of cubicles and is making waves across the world, helping businesses unlock their workplace potential. Contact us today for a free quote request

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We all understand the importance of the space we spend time in, and we know that in order to be happy and productive, we should feel comfortable in a room. When it comes to our homes, things are a bit easier: we can arrange and rearrange things any way we like, but when it comes to offices, things are a bit more complicated. Instead of just trying to make it comfy, you should aim to make our office space inspiring as well. Here are five ways to do that:

1 – Get some plants

It would be perfect if you and every other employee in your office could have a window that overlooks a beautiful park, but sadly, it isn’t always possible. It is possible, however, to bring outdoors straight to your office by opting to have several strategically placed plants in the room. You can have a couple of big ones in the corners and near the windows so they can get plenty of natural light, and you can keep a small pot with a couple of succulents or cacti on your desk. Not only do plants make the room come to life, but they have a soothing effect as well, which means that you’ll find it easier to deal with everyday stress.

2 – Add more color

We spend approximately 8 hours there (sometimes even more), and it’s important for that space to be inviting. By choosing the right colors for your office, you can influence the way you and other employees feel. You should pick the perfect color scheme for your office to help you turn your boring old office into a colorful oasis of peace. Blue and green hues are very calming and are best used in areas where you and your employees spend some quiet time, while red and yellow hues can help spark creativity and inspire some truly amazing ideas.

3 – Find adaptable furniture

While it’s true that you should be comfortable, you don’t want to turn your office into your living room, do you? You should definitely look for the most comfortable furniture but keep in mind the fact that you’ll be spending long hours sitting in front of the computer or in meetings, so try to find ergonomic pieces which will be great for your health.

4 – Create different zones

Some people find it best to work while communicating with others and exchanging ideas with them in real time, while others need quiet workspaces in order to do their best work. To accommodate both groups, you should have areas where people can meet and talk about their ideas and projects, but also quiet areas where they can come to think about a task that’s been bothering them.

5 – Details that matter

To truly feel like you belong somewhere, you should make that space reflect who you are. Encourage your employees to decorate their cubicles and offices with little art pieces such as nice paintings or photos, and place motivational quote posters on the walls. This will make everyone feel more at ease and remind them why they’re here even when the day is tough.

For a very long time we believed that everything an office needs is a desk, a computer, and a phone, but fortunately, these times are long gone. Today we understand that office spaces should motivate and inspire us to be more productive and effective, and there are many different ways we can do that. Keep an eye on new trends, but don’t forget to listen to your inner voice too – you alone know what works and what just looks good.

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Open office formats have grown in popularity over the last ten years. In fact, close to 70% of American office workers now work in places that follow these design ideas. The attraction for most businesses is that an open office space can increase collaboration, improve communication, and promote a more connected team environment.

While there are benefits to having an open office space, there is more to it than getting rid of private offices and removing the cubicle walls. Additionally, every coworking space should not be identical. If you’re coworking in Cincinnati, for example, you likely have different criteria than someone using a shared office in New York would.

If a company is not careful in the design of their open office, it can actually set them back in some of the areas they were hoping to improve. Here are a few tips for businesses that are getting ready to plan their next open office space.

Define Your Goals

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing an open office. Different companies have different goals, and it’s essential that you design your office space to meet the needs of your company. Once you know your goals, it will be easier to design an office that will help you achieve them.

One example might be the desire to encourage cross-collaboration between specific teams. If you are looking to encourage certain teams to work together more, it may help to station them near each other in the open office space. This could help to naturally stimulate collaboration.

Offer Balance

An open office is more than just a big, open room with a bunch of desks and workstations. The common work area is good for collaboration and communication, but there may also be distractions. A good open office design will provide workers with various areas that allow them to separate themselves from the shared work space to complete tasks that may require a little less noise.

Depending on your goals, you could design a number of different breakout rooms for specific purposes. These could include meal areas, designated rooms for making phone calls, and collaboration rooms where smaller groups can get away to work as a team.

Set Some Rules

Designing an open office space is good, but you can’t throw people into this new arrangement without setting some basic rules for the different spaces. You might set a rule that people can’t take meals at their desks or that people shouldn’t shout to someone sitting a few desks away. If you have spaces that are designed for quiet work, then you may want to establish rules like no taking phone calls, no music, and no holding conversations in these spaces.

Managers Need to Embrace the Change

If you are moving from a traditional office design to an open office, you need to get your leaders on board. Managers need to lead the change and set an example for all of the other people in the office. Even if some of the managers still maintain their own private offices, they should be encouraged to spend time working out in the open office area. When people see their leaders doing it, they will be much more likely to accept and embrace the change as well.

Designing an open office can be tricky, and you might not get it right with the initial design. Beyond giving people time to get used to the new work environment, you should also be open to the idea of making adjustments. Look for ways to improve the open office space, and experiment with some new ideas to see if you can make it work better for your organization.

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Employee engagement strategies seek to improve morale, interest, and productivity in the workplace. Happy employees are valuable employees, and an employee performance management system is just one way to enhance engagement by investing in their development. By taking the time to know and understand individual employee’s work styles and concerns, businesses accomplish their productivity goals by removing obstacles to getting the job done.

Communication Tops the Productivity List

Corporate executives and managers report that 85% of workplace failures are attributable to poor communication. The first step to addressing communication issues is to start asking questions, and keep asking.

Questioning employees about what will make them more productive aligns managers and staff with a common goal to solve the issue. Remember to ask open-ended questions that solicit opinions rather than unhelpful yes or no answers. Instead of asking, “Do you have the tools you need?” phrase the question as, “What tools will make the process work better?”

Work to understand where the barriers to productivity exist. Be present during discussions among teammates, confirm that information is flowing freely, and enable avenues for employees to constructively criticize the process. When managers partner with employees to find solutions, team members feel their opinions and roles contribute both to the success of projects and the overall success of the firm.

Small and Large Praise Works

For many businesses, financial rewards seem like the easy solution to boost productivity. According to Gallup, however, money ranks well below recognition when it comes to maintaining employee engagement. Acknowledging individual and team successes instills a sense of pride in completed work and gratitude in employees. In particular, public recognition boosts self-esteem and company loyalty.

For managers, keeping tabs on work performance enables them to see success so it can be praised. This recognition sends a message to employees that the company is paying attention to them and finds real value in their services.

Let People Be Themselves as Much as Possible

Everyone has a unique work style. Effective teams learn to work together by accommodating these differences in pursuit of the team objective. Encouraging workers to talk amongst each other to learn more about how they each work best. Doing so can lead to better cooperation.

Working alone or in teams both have benefits. Some individuals thrive by themselves, allowing them to dedicate more attention and focus to their work without interruption. However, the inherent interaction of a team produces higher levels of creativity when it comes to problem-solving. Giving staff the ability to function in both worlds can increase successes while recognizing that the individual can contribute in their own distinct ways.

Open floor plans encourage teamwork, but having a designated quiet space can motivate some employees. Group meetings are great for information sharing. However, if they lack focus or specificity, making attendance optional for some people can allow your business to take advantage of diverse work styles.

Recognize Energy Levels are Unique

Many companies have stringent work schedules, allowing breaks at specific times of day or a set meal time that never varies. At the same time, with today’s work/life balance strategies, people arrive and depart work at different times. Alertness and energy levels will vary on an individual basis.

Studies are showing that humans need to take breaks in cycles throughout the day. Depending on the person, employees focus on work best over 90 to 120 minutes periods. Activating these rhythms as a performance booster can lead to better productivity and attention.

Encourage staff to recognize their personal rhythm and give them room to take breaks at the times that work best for them.

Put People First and the Rest Follows

Full-time employees spend most of the day working. Understanding that they have emotional and physical needs in order to function optimally increases loyalty and performance successes. Keeping morale high by engaging with employees as people has a direct, positive effect on the bottom line.

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A growing concern among business owners has been the topic of office productivity. Hence, in collaboration with a reliable moving company we’ve decided to bring you our top tips. This way, whether you’re moving your business or simply redecorating, you will know exactly what to do. When in need of commercial movers in Minneapolis & St. Paul, the company we’ve contacted for extra suggestions can help. And, when it comes to knowing how to design your office for maximum productivity, there is no one better than Arnold’s Office Furniture. But you can learn more about us on our website. In this article, we will focus on telling you the key points of increasing workplace productivity through clever design.

The first step to organizing a productive workplace is knowing what your employees need

How many times have you been given a desk by the window which kept drawing your attention away? Now that you’re the one assigning space, you should know what works for each of your employees. We suggest either conducting a small survey before redecoration or cooperating with your HR sector. Ideally, both. The human resources staff knows each and every employee, even in large companies, and can tell you what the most productive environment for them would be. Hence, start there.

Next, you should know that quality equipment is essential when you want to design your office for maximum productivity

Once you’ve eliminated the possibility of your workers getting distracted by either silence or noise, it’s time to get them comfortable in their seats. When it comes to working, think about when you feel the most comfortable. Is it a good office chair? Or do you work best on a sofa? Maybe you prefer lounging on a lazy bag? Depending on the nature of your office culture, you will be able to provide your workers with the best possible environment for them. So, we suggest getting high-quality and comfortable office chairs to begin with. With this simple change, you should already be able to see a change in the employees. Good office furniture, believe us, is the key point when you want to design your office for maximum productivity.

Another area which you should have when you design your office for maximum productivity is a quiet room

So, some workers will do better in a loud environment. There are types of people who do their job best when there’s a familiar tune playing on the radio. Though, there are other types of folks who simply prefer the old-fashioned peace and silence during their worktime. So, we suggest an area like this when you design your office for maximum productivity. It can be a space which is headphones only or a no talking zone. Though, it will be able to provide the workers who need it with the quiet to do their jobs. And, when they need a moment to socialize, they can head out to the space which is meant for a break. Don’t worry, if you plan to add this area when you design your office for maximum productivity it won’t be too much of a hassle. As long as you have good chairs and comfortable office desks for your workers they will do the rest.

Another thing to remember to do is add natural lighting to your office space

We’ve had the chance to talk to numerous business owners through our work. And, most of them told us that their employees have always worked better in natural lighting. There’s just something about the morning rays spilling over their desks which fuels them to work harder. Hence, this is one of our tips in order to maximize productivity in your offices. If you’re going to decorate after moving your business choose offices with plenty of windows and natural lighting. This will help your workers feel better and do their jobs harder.

Finally, choosing the perfect color and artwork is a way to maximize workplace productivity

If you want to design your office for maximum productivity decorating is quite vital. We have a good offer of office planning services if you don’t want to deal with the hassle. Then again, we still want to give you tips on decorating the office space even if you don’t employ us. Start by choosing a good color for a working environment. We suggest pale colors, which are still quite vibrant. So, take your pick out of blues and greens which can be complimented by the matte colors of the furniture and the white of the ceilings. Then, you should also remember to choose some artwork. It can be something as personal as a picture of your family in your office or an inspirational quote you live by. We suggest against abstract art in case you have a more relaxed working environment. For a law firm, they are perfect however. Also, don’t forget to personalize your workspace and encourage your employees to do the same. Add some sticky notes, a funny mouse pad or a personalized mug. It’s essential that you feel at home if you want to design your office for maximum productivity.

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Millennial’s are the future workforce that will by 2025 take three-quarters of all available jobs on a global level. That is why concentrating on creating and adopting ideas important to them may be crucial for the company to succeed. And one of the things millennial’s care about is the environment and eco-friendly behavior.

Based on the reports, our planet is facing a lot of problems that will turn back to every living being on Earth. Some animal species are already extinct, drought took many human lives while floods and other natural disasters took their toll as well. Being a generation that is informed and proactive, millennial’s care about these matters and are well aware of the importance of going green.

In order to create an eco-friendly work-space for your millennial employees, here are some things you can easily do:

1. Start using solar energy

Solar panels are expensive but they are also a great option to save energy and lower your bills in the long run. If your offices are in places that have more sun over the years then you should seriously consider harvesting its energy. You don’t have to completely rely on the solar power, but only use some of it to power certain systems in the building.

For example, you can choose the devices that cause the most energy consumption and plug them into the solar grid. That way, you will lower your emissions and pay less for the consumption. Lastly, you can use that extra money to help the environment by donating it to organizations that work on preserving it.

2. Promote recycling

Place recycle bins in your office with clear instructions of what is appropriate to throw into them and a proper way to do so. Probably the number one thing you can recycle in the office is paper. Additionally, to promote these activities buy recycled products for the offices to show the benefits of being eco-friendly.

3. Place oxygen-producing plants in your offices

Plants are great for the offices as decorations since they have a relaxing effect and help mitigate stress. There is another wonderful plus side of plants and that is their ability to produce oxygen. However, some plants do so more than others, so focus on placing them all around the office. Millennial’s love nature and by inviting some inside, you will give them a comfortable work environment that agrees with their principles.

4. TAKE CARE OF YOUR WINDOWS

Old windows can let in hot or cold air, so make you use more energy to heat or cool the offices. That way HVAC systems also emit more gas into the atmosphere which then influences the creation of greenhouse effect. If you replace the sealant on windows, as well as your doors, you will be able to prevent this.

Additionally, based on the location of your offices consider using some type of shading on the windows. For example, installing window furnishings in Australia is highly advisable since the country has around 340 sunny days per year. This is why you should evaluate the weather before deciding on heavy shades to prevent sunlight from bothering your employees or opting for bear windows so they can enjoy the view.

5. USE ENERGY EFFICIENT EQUIPMENT

There are many ways to lower your energy consumption, but buying equipment that does so from the start is also an important step. Look for the devices and appliances that have a label declaring them as efficient. They may cost a little bit more, but you will quickly account for that price difference when you get a lower bill next month.

Among those energy efficient devices are LED lights as well. They not only spend less energy, but also last longer and emit little heat. Install thermostats in your office that will turn on and off certain systems like HVAC or lights. You can even use smart devices and do this over your phone through an app and a single tap.

Finally

If you care about your employees it will become a more efficient workforce and help you grow and expand. Creating an eco-friendly workspace is attractive to millennial’s and they will undoubtedly appreciate your efforts as will our environment.

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Staff satisfaction levels are essential to the smooth functioning of any company. They are reflected in productivity, which relates to the amount of work that gets done in a day. Naturally, when your employees are more relaxed and focused on the job, the outcomes will be more favorable as well. But creating the appropriate space for this to happen is up to you.

Designing a Productive Office

At the end of the day, it is up to you to create a prolific environment in your firm and ensure that your staff is always on top of their game delivering the best possible results. Here are five ways in which you can boost employee production capacity by making the right workplace arrangement choices.

1.      Get Ergonomic Furniture

Although working in an office isn’t a risky profession at its core, there are many health impediments that develop after spending long hours in an uncomfortably sitting down and staring at a computer screen. Eye and headaches are a big problem, and so is the onset of chronic back pain. These issues lower capacity, leaving workers feeling even more stressed.

This is why the ideal arrangement to boost productivity needs to be equipped with ergonomic chairs, properly aligned desks, and screen protection. If you’ve got the budget for it, you can also bring in some standing stations for those employees who want to switch it up from time to time.

2.      Install Proper Lighting

Although it might not seem like a crucial detail, having proper lighting in the office is essential for productivity levels. For one, it helps protects workers’ eyes and makes screens easier to look at. In addition, it naturally energizes everyone, creating a positive atmosphere that encourages and sustains a prolific environment.

If you’re up for a serious investment, going all out and equipping the fixtures with proper bulbs is an excellent choice that will bring positive results soon enough. According to Forbes Magazine, the best ones to use are the high powered CFL daylight color balanced light bulbs, whose components mimic sunlight as closely as possible.

3.      Clear Out the Clutter

There’s nothing more distracting than a cluttered room. This means, if you want your employees to always stay on top of their game, you will need to make some serious alterations to the overall design of your office space. The first step in this direction would be removing loose wires, unnecessary papers and other files and folders you might find lying around.

To take it one step further, you can rearrange the entire area. Move desks around and aim for minimalism. There’s no need to have the walls covered in pictures, maybe just a motivational poster here and there to boost morale, but that’s it. By doing this, positive results won’t fail to appear.

4.      Bring Out the Cubicles

Office cubicles are presented as a staple of corporate life ever since modern television started depicting what it’s like to perform activities in these relatively new environments. Offering your workers the chance to have some privacy while they perform their daily tasks can help their production capacity tremendously. On top of that, it makes chatting the day away with colleagues harder, which might sound rough at first, but it’s better for their results in the long run.

5.      Create a Relaxation Area

Arranging your company’s offices in such a way that the existence of a relaxation area is possible can boost productivity among your employees like never before. Most people want a space where they can breather for a bit and get away from any work-related stressors. On top of that, everyone should ideally take at least ten minutes to stretch every two hours or so.

Thus, having a break room is crucial. And the best thing about this is that it can be anything: a game area, a lunch spot or even just a place with some bean bags and a comfy couch. No matter what your decision is, your employees are bound to appreciate it, as long as it allows them to get away from the pressure they face each day.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of different elements that go into designing the perfect office space to promote productivity among staff members. First, ergonomic furniture is a must. Supportive chairs, together with aligned desks and computers make for healthier, happier employees. The way in which the entire area is lit also counts towards this.

Furthermore, a clutter-free workplace is a prolific one. And if you feel like people would benefit from a bit of privacy, don’t be afraid to bring out the cubicles. Fnally, when all else fails, everyone will appreciate a nice little relaxation area where they can eat their lunch and unwind.

Alex Moore is a blogger who tries to take the best of both worlds when it comes to psychology and workspaces. When he’s not busy writing for www.jobapplicationcenter.com, you’ll usually find him debating logistics, work ethics and the value of a good coffee mug.

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Whetstone out of Doral, Florida, also known as Everest Business Funding, provides business owners with the working capital needed to grow to the next level. Whetstone has a variety of important financial tools to buy inventory, launch marketing campaigns, upgrade equipment, hire staff, make renovations, and more!  Whetstone is constantly striving to provide the best quality service. This means the environment where the employees work must be lively and modern which is why Esther, Whetstone’s Office Manager, came to Arnold’s Office Furniture.

Esther started her search for “new furniture that was versatile and streamlined with a minimalistic look that would provide an open spaced work environment.”  While searching the internet, she came across the Sunline sliding cubicle which attracted her.  It’s always better to see the product in person before purchasing, so Arnold’s CEO, Jay Berkowitz, flew down to Florida and set up a cubicle in their building. This gave Esther and her team the opportunity to see and feel how flexible the Sunline system really is. Bare hands slide the panels in and out of place within seconds!

After speaking with five different office furniture companies and seeing the Sunline sliding cubicle in person, Esther decided to go with Arnold’s. She stated “The main reason we went with Arnold’s Furniture (Sunline System) was the versatility of the product.  If in the future I needed to modify a cubicle or cubicles, I would be able to do so easily with the Sunline System.”

Part of the service suite Arnold’s offers is complimentary space planning.  An Arnold’s space-planning professional worked with Esther in finalizing a plan that would best fit all the cubicles.

Overall, the installation of 130 cubicles took a total of 12 days to complete. Esther stated “When I did reach out to the project coordinators in regards to my delivery and installation, they were very professional and informative of my order and detailed all the steps involved.”

“I’ve heard nothing but great remarks about the cubicles and would further say that I am totally satisfied with the product.” – Esther 

Arnold’s enjoyed working with Whetstone and looks forward to working on more large projects with them in the future!

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