Archive for September, 2013

File and Label Conversion Services from American Design Associates

Friday, September 27th, 2013

 

Physical file management is an issue that all businesses need to tackle, and sometimes you need some help working out the kinks. Maybe your filing system is out of date, or maybe your company is facing compliance issues. If so, American Design Associates is here to help.

Our new file and label conversion systems can save you money as well as improve accuracy, workflow, and productivity. We can do top tab, side tab, color coded, and barcoded filing. Barcode filing is especially useful in that it creates an inventory of files, allowing for the easy creation of a file database that can be used to track and monitor files.

If you’re looking to go paperless but aren’t sure how, we can help you in that regard as well. We offer scanning services that scan the labels and contents of files, and then upload them to a virtual database that allows for easy searching of files. The database is backed up on remote servers for security, and new files can easily be added to the system.

Want to get organized? Contact American Design Associates today!

 

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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+!

What to Consider for an Office Design

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Office DesignDesigning an office can be a daunting task. You want to create the perfect blend of comfort and productivity for your employees. Generally speaking, a happy employee is a productive employee. There are a few things that you can do when designing an office that will help motivate employees and increase production. Check out some of the following tips for office design.

  • Utilize light and space. Office workers spend a majority of their time indoors. Think about how you feel after being cooped up in a dark, cramped room without windows for a while. Lack of light can make you tired, lethargic, and hinder creativity. Allow for windows and natural sunlight but make sure the space is also well lit in the evening. Keep the space open and bright to inspire creativity and communication among coworkers. Also, using glass walls instead of drywall for private spaces can allow more light and the illusion of more space. This type of office design is optimal for creativity and cooperation.
  • Create non-desk workspaces. These spaces, otherwise known as “break out spaces” give employees somewhere to go to either eat lunch, chat with other people, or just get some creativity flowing. Sometimes the best thing to do is to take some time away from the desk. What better way to do it than with nice couches, sunlight, and some other coworkers? Make sure this space doesn’t feel like a conference room, but like somewhere where employees can go to get away from the traditional office design.
  • Invest in good furniture. Make sure that the chairs, desks, and conference rooms are ergonomically designed for the comfort and health of employees. Nice furniture can also make the room feel more welcoming and open. The more comfortable employees are, the more likely they are to sit in one spot and be productive. While it is good to get up and get a change of scenery every so often, it’s also important to be comfortable and on task when at the desk.

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

How Plants Can Help Your Office

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

 

Putting potted plants can help your office in many ways. While an office might not seem like the best place for a plant, there are actually many varieties of plants that do well indoors. Here are a few great reasons to have a plant at your desk.

 

Improve Indoor Air Quality

Offices are filled with volatile organic compounds, or VOC’s from short. Everything from furniture, paint, drywall, copy machine toner, to cleaning supplies contain VOC’s and all are found in abundance in an office setting. Plants have been shown to remove VOC’s from the air, making them great for improving air quality and overall health in the office.

Stress Reduction

Studies have also shown that plants can reduce stress in the office, which is great news for those with high-stress occupations. Not only do they reduce stress, plants can also help you recover from sickness faster, according to a study that demonstrated a connection between proximity to plants and ability to recover from sickness. So if you’re toughing it out at the office with a cold, consider getting a plant to help you recover quicker.

Productivity Boost

If you’re pace is dragging at the office a plant is a great way to give you a little boost. Another study showed that participants who worked on tasks in a room with plants were 12% more productive than those who worked on the same tasks in the same room with no plants. The former participants also reported feeling more attentive than the latter.

Better Humidity

The ideal range of humidity for human comfort is between 30 and 60 percent humidity, but many offices fall outside of this range, especially in the summer and winter. Aside from being uncomfortable, low humidity can result in fatigue and respiratory discomfort. Adding plants to a room can increase its humidity and put the room in a comfortable range.

 

 

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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

http://earth911.com/news/2013/03/18/5-reasons-to-have-a-plant-at-your-desk/

 

Why You Need a Redesigned Office

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Redesigning your office has many benefits that go beyond the immediate visual aesthetics of the office. A new office design can have a very beneficial effect on office staff and productivity and client relations as well. Read on to find out how.

 

Rejuvenate Your Staff

When you spend at least 40 hours a week in the same environment, you’re bound to get used to it. Unfortunately, getting used to an environment can sometimes develop into complacency, which is bad for productivity. Sure, there may be some design flaws in your office’s layout, but people have gotten used to them out of necessity. Pictures or unique office features may have served as a source of inspiration at first, but after awhile the staff becomes so used to the features of an office that it doesn’t even notice them.

This is why an office redesign has the potential to really rejuvenate a staff. Putting people into a new environment is guaranteed to break them out of any ruts they make have dug for themselves and serve as a fresh source of inspiration. A more efficient layout will increase productivity and allow the entire office to work together more efficiently and cohesively. Letting your office stay the same for too long only breeds more of the same, and doesn’t foster creativity or innovation.

 

Impress Clients

Another great benefit of a new office design is the impression it makes on clients. A newly reworked office says several things to a client. First, it says that your company is doing well enough to afford a new office design. Second, it says that your company is aware of the benefits a new design can have; it shows that your company is innovative and creative. This will build relationships with existing clients and foster relationships with new ones, as they take note of the fact that your company is willing to push itself further not just on paper or online, but in it’s own environment as well.

 

 

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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+!