Archive for September, 2014

Keep Your Office Safe and Healthy with Interior Design

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

You wouldn’t think of an office as being an inherently dangerous place, would you? It’s certainly not like a construction zone or a factory where heavy equipment and machinery can pose a threat to workers. Nevertheless, there are risks that office workers face every day, and many of them have to do with office furniture and design! Read on to find out how exactly office workers can injure themselves and what steps you can take to prevent this with proper interior design practices.

File Cabinets and Shelving

Essential organizational elements of the office, file cabinets and shelving can also be responsible for injuries. Often times, if file cabinets are not placed strategically, such as when they are placed in a narrow aisle, it can become easy to bump or strike into them. Leaving file drawers open also creates this risk. The issue with shelving is similar, and if shelving is unsecured, you face the additional risk that the shelving will fall over, injuring someone in the process. Make sure to keep file cabinets clear of heavily trafficked areas and to secured shelving to walls when considering your interior design strategy.

Office Safety

Chairs and Desks

Office workers spend the majority of their day at their desk, so it is especially important that they are able to stay safe there. Chairs should be ergonomically designed so as not to allow stress injuries to develop, and they should also be well-balanced and sturdy to support an adequate amount of weight. Desks, too, should be sturdy enough to support the weight of a desktop computer, lamp, and any other additional materials that might need to be kept there. If your desk has sharp corners and edges, consider this factor and place it out of the direct aisle path, as someone accidently knocking into the side of it could be hurt.

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, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Sound Management: Tips for Dealing With a Noisy Office

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Do you ever have those days where every tap on the keyboard or clicking of a mouse just seems to echo throughout the office? Nevermind the people who are actually talking- the levels of noise that the typical office can reach are downright distracting! In fact, excessive noise is one of the biggest causes of lost productivity for workers. So how can you go about (quietly) combatting all that office noise? Read on to find out more.

What Can I Do to Reduce Office Noise?

Sound management is by far the most effective way to cut back on excess noise in the office. Sound management involves a few different steps; the first takes place in the overall design of your office. Ceiling panels with a high coefficient of absorption can be installed to help “soak up” noise as it echoes throughout your building. In addition to the actual panels, you can have sound masking systems, also known as “white noise machines” installed. These cover and mask sound and help create a more neutral backdrop for your work. American Design Associates can work with you to implement these sound management systems into your office design.

There are other steps than individual office workers can take to reduce noise in their immediate areas. Headphones, ear plugs, and even a personal fan can help to eliminate some of the clicking and chattering in the office. You can even rearrange the office so that desks are spread out a little further, giving everyone some extra personal space. For advice on how to arrange your office to maximize personal space, get in touch with American Design Associates today!


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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, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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Source:

http://www.jobacle.com/blog/noisy-office-10-tips-to-help-you-cope.html

Space-planning Practices for Smaller Offices

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Contrary to common sense, when planning an office for your small business, size doesn’t matter. What’s even more important than the raw square-footage of your office is design. A great office doesn’t need to be large, in fact, there are many benefits to being small that larger business will try to emulate when conducting their space-planning. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when doing your space-planning to maximize the productivity your office design offers.

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Mirror Layout and Company Structure

When starting a small business it’s important to figure out exactly what kind of structure best suits your company, and its identity within the field you are competing in. Will decision making follow a traditional top-down model, with a CEO, managers, and employees? Or will your business work from the bottom up, where choices are made collaboratively? Office design plays a crucial role in this process and should reflect your company’s structure. A traditional office might put its CEO in a corner office, close to mangers but sectioned off from employees while a more bottom-up business could place everyone together in a single, open space.

Increase Operational Opacity

A recent trend in space-planning for small businesses has been the elimination of walls and cubicles. While this might seem like a fast way to eliminate any workplace privacy, there are good reasons for doing so. Researchers have found that open, small-scale office spaces increased productivity, and helped foster a positive social environment leading to better information exchange and sense of satisfaction in the workplace without severely impeding employee’s sense of privacy.  It’s important to remember that a completely open plan may not work for every business and most will need to find a balance between structure and freedom.

Small Perks Mean Great Morale

One of the central debates when allocating funds in office planning is whether any extra money should be spent on amenities or simply added to paychecks. Often a nice espresso-machine, or drink dispenser can mean all the difference when it comes to employee morale. While people are more naturally inclined to say they’d rather just have the money, research has shown that these small perks can increase office satisfaction and willingness to stay in the office far more than simply doling out cash.

Need Help? Have Questions?

If you are interested in maximizing office efficiency, or simply have more questions about space-planning, you’re in luck! The experts from American Design Associates can work with you to decide on the office design and furniture for your space that will best suit your needs. Contact them today for more information!

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.

 

Source: INC.com

Create a Collaborative Office

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

When designing an office for today’s business world, you must first consider exactly what kind of world that is. Companies today understand that the merits of each individual are all the more powerful when they come together as a team. Collaborative activities are becoming more and more commonplace; they can be brainstorming exercises, group-developed projects, even product presentations. But even the brightest minds in these collaborative groups can be stifled by an out-of-date, confining office design. Banish the cubicles and isolated spaces and get ready to revamp your office for the new age of collaboration!

 Collaborative Spaces Boost Productivity

Working with professional interior designers on an open-concept office will help significantly in your efforts towards creating the perfect, collaborative space. Open-concept offices, connecting desks, group conference tables, and seamless, linear constructions are not only visually appealing, but they are also extremely conducive to collaboration.  When they are not bound in by obstructive walls and closed-off cubicles, employees will feel encouraged to talk, discuss, and pitch ideas to one another. The more minds working towards a project, the greater the odds that it will be successful- and your office design could be the key  behind all of it!

If you are interested in developing a collaborative office space but do not know where to start, you’re in luck! The experts from American Design Associates can work with you to decide on the flow and furniture for your space that will best suit your needs. Contact them today for more information!

Collaborate

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, contact us on our website or pay us a visit today. We want to help you stay organized in the office.

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