Archive for May, 2013

American Design Associates asks: Do You Have A Well-Designed Office?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

One secret to success in business that isn’t exactly a secret is a having a well designed office. Studies have shown that well designed offices is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to retain employees, make them more productive and make them want to stay and do work longer.

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But how does an employer know if their office’s design is not working to promote the best out of your employees? Here are a few questions to ask yourself about office design:

  • Enough Space – Ask yourself if your workers have enough spatial equality to get their tasks done, if not you may need a redesign.
  • Is it healthy? – Clean air, water, sufficient natural and artificial light, freedom from distracting and loud noises are all factors to maintaining a healthy office environment. If your office is located next to a construction site, you might want to consider some sound masking for your office.
  • Comfort factor – When your employees can adjust the light, temperature, furnishings and acoustics, they are generally more productive and work harder than if they had no control over those factors. Letting your employees adjust the office to their comfort level will add to their productivity and make them want to stick around the office longer.
  • Reliable systems – Do you have reliable and interconnected systems in your office? Ones where employees can easily share data with each other? Computer and printing systems that are available when  your employees need them? Reliable office systems are one of the ways to ensure a good office design.
  • A unique place to work – If your office has unique decor reflecting your company’s mission, brand or attitude, that is another way to have an effective office design. If you don’t have any unique pieces up on your wall or around your office, consider getting materials related to your company’s mission and brand.

 

If you feel like your office can no longer meet the goals you’ve set for yourself, it may be time to move to a new office. Sometimes, designs and layouts that were relevant to worker productivity five to ten years ago may be no longer relevant today. It’s important to reassess how effective the design of your office is in regards to productivity every few years to make sure that your office is fulfilling your needs.

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source: Office Design: How to Build A Better Office, CBS MoneyWatch

Office Furniture Maintenance Tips from American Design Associates

Friday, May 10th, 2013

One of the factors of buying office furniture that is often overlooked is the maintenance. Maintenance may be required for certain pieces of your office furniture and not only does it help keep your office furniture looking in tip-top shape, but it can help the longevity of your Maryland office furniture as well. A neat and clean office will impress potential clients and customers while making your employees feel like they are working in a professional environment.

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Here are a few tips on maintaining your office furniture:

  • Keep up with your leather – If any of the furniture in your Maryland office is leather, that means it is made of a delicate material that requires maintenance to look good. Don’t put this office furniture in direct contact with sunglight (as that can damage the leather) and don’t use abrasive cleaners or those which are based in alcohol. Try to use only leather cleaners which are approved for use with leather furniture.
  • Wipe, polish and keep up with wood – Any wooden desks, shelves, fixtures and flooring all need to be kept up. Wood is relatively easy to keep up with as you can clean it with many different kind of cleaners and polishes. If you have hardwood floors, get floor mats for your Maryland office chairs so they don’t scratch off the finish completely. Worn down wooden finishes can cause your office to look unprofessional. Cleaning wood with a damp cloth can help prevent wood surfaces from fading or losing their finish.
  • Have a clean desk and reception policy – A clean desk and reception area will not only make your office look more professional, but will make your office seem extremely inviting to potential clients that pass through. If files are getting out of hand, consider investing in some file cabinets and other storage furniture. Not only will it keep everything neat, but you’ll be organized as well.

Let American Design Associates work with you to help design your available office space and help you select your furniture. We can even restore and repurpose the office furniture that you have now.

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source: Tips On How To Take Care And Maintain Office Furniture And Fixtures, MyDecorative.com

Design Your New Office Space with American Design Associates

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

When redesigning or designing your office space, there are a lot of important factors to consider. How open do you want it to be? What kind of space do you want your employees interacting in? These are just a few of the questions you may be asking yourself as you start to plan redesigning your office. Here’s a few tips we’ve found helpful for redesigning your office:

  • Use as much light & space as possible – Open spaces lend themselves well to productivity, as cubicles can make some employees and workers feel confined. Open spaces also let more natural light enter the office. Natural light in general leads to increases in productivity. An open space with plenty of natural light will remove the walls that keep you from that elusive boost in productivity that you’ve always wanted.
  • Make a few break away spaces – Break away spaces are spaces that are separate from your employees’ desks can aid productivity as well. These spaces can be used for informal chats, lunches and brainstorming sessions. Some of the greatest ideas can come from having an informal break away space where employees can throw ideas around.
  • Invest in your office furniture – Cheap office furniture can cause a multitude of problems for employees such as back pain, neck pain and other ailments that effect worker productivity. It’s possible to refurbish, recycle and repurpose your existing office furniture so you don’t have to invest money in new office furniture.

American Design Associates can not only help you with office design, but we can also help you with refurbishing or repurposing your existing office furniture. We’ll work with you to make your office into an environment that is bursting with productivity and that will boost your company and take your results to the next level.

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We know office renovations occur at different levels. American Design Associates can assist you in Design, Layout, Furnishings and Interior Construction. We represent hundreds of manufacturers including new, used and remanufactured products. We will help you convert your needs and budget into choices that will work for you. Layout greatly affects the comfort and productivity of the office. We offer a free consultation to help you achieve your goals within your budget.

American Design Associates has board certified designers and expert space planners on staff to help you maximize your office space with consideration to local building & fire codes, efficient work flow, communication, and privacy requirements. Whether you are moving into a larger space, downsizing, or simply reorganizing, thorough planning makes for a smoother installation and a superior work environment.

American Design Associates, Inc. is a Contract Furniture Dealer and Design Firm located in Towson, Maryland. We proudly consider ourselves a “Dream Team” comprised of experienced project managers, interior designers, service technicians and an outstanding customer support team. We service clients throughout the Mid‐Atlantic region including Maryland, DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and beyond. We have the resources and the know how to provide the best solution for all of your business needs.

Call American Design Associates today at (410) 823-5500 or contact us on our website.

Also, be sure to check us out on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn and Google+!

Source: 5 Expert Office Design Tips, Mashable