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10 Employee Engagement Activities That Won’t Cost You a Dime

If things at work are getting a little stale, there are a few things you can do to improve employee morale. When engaged with their jobs, your employees are more likely to do better, feel happier, and work more efficiently.

Engagement activities are important for both the employee and the company, so it just makes sense to find ways to engage with your employees.

Worried about the cost? These ten employee engagement activities won’t cost you anything!


Need to Minimize Office Chatter?

Open-plan workspaces famously abound in Silicon Valley, and according to some estimates, the rest of the United States is following suite, with up to 70 percent of American offices embracing the open office.

Open office floor plans are believed to increase teamwork and collaboration by reducing the number of walls and other barriers to communication.

However, they also carry with them the potential for distraction and excessive socialization among employees, and without appropriate accommodations, may be stressful for employees with different personalities.

With the right guidelines, a balance between privacy and openness can help achieve a maximally productive space.


Need to Accommodate Your Growing Team In Your Existing Workplace? 

The growth of a successful and thriving company is always an exciting time. One growth benefit is you can now add additional resources to your team. 

However, for newly hired employees in a workplace, space can be a challenge. You may not be ready from a financial and business perspective to move to a larger building. 

To help you prevent additional real estate costs, infrastructure costs or even disruption to your business, download this free guide to help you re-configure your existing space.


Need to Make Your Office More Functional? 

Designing an office environment is more than just picking out a paint color and a chair. Having a functional office is key to boosting productivity, organization and efficiency. 

Download this guide today to transform your office into an overall, thriving workplace.


Need to Boost Productivity in your Workplace?

Productivity is the “lifeblood” of the workplace, so you must work to ensure that your employees are performing up to scratch.

Some employers think that the way to do this is to be harsh and demanding, but this typically has the adverse reaction they’re looking for.

In truth, encouraging and inspiring your workers doesn’t have ot be difficult or stressful – it can be fun and rewarding!

The following tactics are actually guaranteed to instantly boost productivity as well as morale in the workplace.


Need to Organize Your Cubicle?

It’s been a hectic few weeks. With the holidays coming up, month-end sneaking up on you unexpectedly again, and picking up the slack for the co-worker who took yet another vacation, somehow your organization got a little out of control.

Of course, as luck would have it, the CEO walked passed your desk right when it was looking its worst. You’re not sure, but you think he took a double-take.

Don’t let your disorganized cubicle destroy your productivity. Implement these cubicle organization ideas and set yourself up for success.


Need to Reduce Office Noise?

A noisy office can lead to lower productivity which can increase stress and anxiety levels in workers that cannot concentrate with an abundance of noise floating around them.

Coworking spaces and open offices are the most vulnerable environments where office noise can create a major issue for your employees.

So what can you do to turn down the noise for those that need a more quiet environment to work and get things done? Before you go all out an buy fancy office noise reduction tolls and devices, give using these types of typical office furniture a shot.


Need a New Office Design and Layout?

As we enter the New Year, there’s no better time to resolve to increase employee happiness. While there’s no one-size-fits all approach for good office design and layout, several design principles can influence maximum employee happiness, while introducing pleasing aesthetics.

Though a new year might not mean a completely new office design, you can incorporate several design adjustments to achieve the same results. The ideal office space balances design with function, and collaborativity with privacy.

According to an internal survey of office workers, only 16% of workers agreed that their workplace allowed for high concentration, creativity, focus, and flexibility when choosing where to work.

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Is it Time to Upgrade Your Office Lighting?

The amount of light in an office can have a huge impact. Most rooms have fluorescent lights installed, but those are very one-toned and do not shed as much light as most offices need.

Fluorescent lights can also be harmful to employees because they are filled with mercury, which can be ingested or inhaled if not handled correctly. 

A solution to these problems is by simply upgrading your office with LED lights.


Need a Collaborative Space for Brainstorming?

Now more than ever companies are trying to integrate a more collaborative space for employees to gather and trade ideas.

A solution to this problem would be installing “writable walls.” These glass walls can be written on with colored markers and just as easily erased.


Need to Make Your Office Space More Ergonomical?

With the introduction to more technology in the workspace, people are spending much more time sitting in front of a computer screen working.

Many people are spending 70% of their day sitting with little to no exercise. Some major issues that can come from sitting for so long are slower metabolism and higher cholesterol.

The use of ergonomic office furniture is the solution to this predicament.

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3 Ways Benching Can Benefit the Workplace

Known as one of the latest workplace trends in office furniture, benching systems are becoming more and more popular in offices today. Different from a traditional office desk or a workstation, the objective of a benching system is to create more of an open-space layout that becomes highly functional for multiple employees.


Natural Lighting and Wellness

A single workplace requires many elements to create wellness and innovation such as room decorations, office furniture and natural light. Natural lighting plays an important role in your well-being. Employees that do not have access to natural light on a daily basis may suffer from sleep disorders, low productivity and straining of the eyes. If your office has plenty of windows, you may want to consider arranging the layout to maximize access to natural light.


Create a Greener Office and Enhance Company Culture

Making your office more eco-friendly can begin with some simple steps that will benefit the environment and your company culture over time.  You can implement some recycling practices, purchase recycled goods and cut back on energy use to make a difference.

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Exploring Macro and Micro Office Trends for 2018

Having an office space that functions and enhances performance of those in the workplace is essential to improving productivity. Each year, office design trends evolve. Design plays an important part in keeping individuals happier, healthier and excited for work each day. The evolving setting of the workplace may require innovative ideas which lead to macro and micro office trends with office furniture.

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Don’t Fall! Simple Safety Tips for Today’s Workplace

Work related injuries due to falls are the most common injury in the workplace. Slips, trips and falls can be prevented by following some simple tips.


Care for Your Office Furniture

This is a brief overview for cleaning office chairs, office cubicles and other office furniture. Note that it is best to check tags on office furniture for cleaning tips and caution messages before you begin. Regular cleaning can help prolong your furniture and keep it looking fit for use.

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4 Ways to Design a Minimalistic Workspace

A minimalistic workspace is a subtle way to reduce clutter in the office, but still retain functionality. It creates an environment that supports clear thinking and gives a less stressful atmosphere for workplace employees. By introducing storage, opening up space with specific office furniture, organizing wires and using ambient lighting can transform the office into a minimalistic workspace.


Positive Office Impressions Start with Your Lobby

Making a good first impression for guests is so important for your business. That first impression starts with your lobby.

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Experience the Benefits of an Informal Collaborative Space

Collaborative spaces bring great ideas to life. In today’s workplace, many companies try to integrate more collaborative office furniture. Workspaces are increasingly all about communication, collaboration and flexibility. Good collaborative furniture is flexible yet functional. With informal collaborative spaces, it allows individuals to find comfort as they work. 


4 Ways to Improve Accessibility for Diverse Needs

Does your office need accessibility improvements to accommodate diverse needs? While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) provides detailed guidelines, this article will cover a few general aspects including office chairs, office desks and space.

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Furniture Spotlight: HON Flock

Where comfort goes, people flock. More millennials and technology are part of the workforce today. Collaborative seating provides an environment similar to a café, lounge or coffee bar to help employees relax. This allows individuals to find comfort as they work. 


Furniture Spotlight: Ignition 2.0

With the Ignition 2.0 it does not matter who you are, how you work or where you work. The Ignition seating fits all. It is brilliantly designed to support your body and stretch your mind. The Ignition supports every body type and conforms to your work style. With this seating, the price is affordable and brings customization in comfort making the Ignition collection a fitting solution. 


Looking for a Great Furniture Project Manager?

When looking for a furniture project manager, keep in mind a person’s experience, expertise, time and team management skills. These are vital to any furniture and space planning projects for your office.  Furniture Project Manager may not be the actual title of the person you work with, but it is probably a good description. Do you use someone on the inside or go with a trusted space planning team?