Archive for July, 2015

The Pros and Cons of an Open Office Design

Friday, July 31st, 2015

If you’re relocating your office or considering making renovations to your existing office, you may have thought about implementing an open office design into your new office space. Many businesses are looking to open office design to save money, create more space, and foster a collaborative environment between their employees. However, before making a decision, you should take care to carefully weigh the pros and cons. Read on to find out if implementing an open office design is the right decision for your company.

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Is an open office design the right decision for your company?

Advantages of an Open Office Design

An open office design simply means that there is a lack of walls or cubicles; rather, the employees all sit together in an open room. Because there are no physical barriers present, an open office design encourages your employees to interact with each other on a frequent basis. In this way, it fosters a sense of camaraderie and allows employees to get to know each other better by encouraging them to turn to each other for advice. At the same time, an open office design benefits your business financially – fewer walls equals less time and materials required. It can also reduce your electricity and heating and cooling expenses. (more…)

Avoid These Mistakes When Buying Office Furniture

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Deciding to replace your current office furniture can be a tedious and time-consuming process. You want comfortable, attractive pieces that will make everyone happy, but without breaking the bank. Your employees will have to use this furniture eight hours a day, five days a week, for the next several years, so you definitely don’t want to make any mistakes. When it comes to buying new office furniture, there are four common mistakes that people tend to make.

office furniture mistakes

When it comes to buying new office furniture, there are four common mistakes that people tend to make.

Test it Out First!

How do you know how comfortable that chair you saw online really is unless you try it out? Manufacturers can say whatever they want about a piece of furniture’s comfort, but what’s comfortable for one person may not be comfortable for the next. (more…)

The Benefits of Ergonomic Office Furniture

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Do you want to improve productivity in your office? What about the quality of the work your employees put out? What if there was a simple way to make this happen, while at the same time reducing worker’s compensation and health care costs to your company as well? The fact is, simply replacing your office furniture with ergonomic office furniture is an easy way to improve your business by making your employees happier and more comfortable during the workday.

Ergonomic office furniture

The fact is, simply replacing your office furniture with ergonomic office furniture is an easy way to improve your business by making your employees happier and more comfortable during the workday.

Improve the Health of Your Employees with Ergonomic Office Furniture

When your employees are happier and healthier, it creates a chain effect to make your office more productive and increase the quality of the work they are putting out. Did you know that ergonomic office furniture actually has numerous health benefits for your employees? Sitting in an uncomfortable chair for eight hours a day is enough to make anyone cranky, but it can cause neck and back pain as well. Ergonomic chairs are more comfortable and supportive and reduce the chance of developing pain due to discomfort or poor posture. (more…)

Sound Masking for a Productive Office Environment

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

Everyone has been there at some point: maybe you have a tight deadline to hit or maybe you’ve just returned from vacation and have a ton of work to catch up on. Meanwhile, Bill and Susan from Accounting just won’t stop chatting about their weekend, the tapping of Mike’s keyboard is deafening, and does Kathy really need to talk that loudly on the phone? It’s enough to drive anyone crazy! Did you know that excessive noise is one of the top causes of productivity loss in office workers? Fortunately, sound masking can be a viable option for bringing back focus in the workplace.

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Meanwhile, Bill and Susan from Accounting just won’t stop chatting about their weekend, the tapping of Mike’s keyboard is deafening, and does Kathy really need to talk that loudly on the phone? It’s enough to drive anyone crazy!

Why Do I Need Sound Masking?

Noise disrupts any work environment, no matter if it is a corporate office, law office, courthouse, healthcare facility, military facility, financial institution, or school. It can be especially troublesome, though, if you have sensitive material to keep private, such as needing to uphold doctor-patient confidentiality or if your HR representative must discuss a sensitive matter with an employee.

What are My Sound Masking Options?

There are several options when it comes to sound management in your office. Often, it’s best to “start from the top” – American Design Associates can install special acoustic ceiling tiles that absorb and block sound, creating privacy and eliminating distractions in open areas. Ceiling tiles can also be used in smaller, closed rooms to block sound is blocked from traveling to adjacent open areas. We also recommend architectural sound baffles, placed on your interior walls, or electronic sound masking, which can installed new or wired into your existing intercom system to help break up sound electronically. Electronic sound masking systems create a sound similar to blowing air, effectively masking distracting sounds. The sound is not only neutral and constant, but it also enhances performance when combined with ceiling panels and has been proven to help patients in healthcare environments sleep better.  (more…)