Posts Tagged ‘office productivity’

5 Things That Affect Office Productivity

Friday, October 27th, 2017
5 Things That Affect Office Productivity

When it comes to business operations, office productivity is a major factor.

When it comes to business operations, office productivity is a major factor. Employees that can focus on their tasks will ultimately get more done in a day and feel like they are contributing more to daily operations. The environment in which people work directly affects their ability to work peacefully and diligently. Take a look at your workspace and consider these factors that may be either positively or negatively impacting employee productivity. (more…)

Important Questions to Ask Employees When Considering an Office Redesign

Friday, January 15th, 2016
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Your employees will truly appreciate you asking for their input on office redesign ideas.

When it comes to office design or office redesign, you’re bound to be staring quite the task right in the face. There’s so much to do and so much to consider. The decisions you make for your office design can affect dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of people, depending on the size of the company for which you’re designing a space. Considering your employees’ job functions and departmental relationships are just a few ways to show them that you prioritize employee care. You can even go a step further to take into account their comfort and enjoyment. Asking these questions before digging your heels into an office redesign can really help create a thriving and engaged workforce. (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…)

Spring Cleaning for your Office

Friday, March 13th, 2015

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As the snow begins to melt and the temperatures slowly begin to rise, it is no secret that spring is right around the corner. With spring come flowers blooming, grass growing, and spring cleaning. While some may believe that spring cleaning is only for the home, it can also work for your office space. During the long months of winter, the last thing anyone wishes to do is clean. However, spring cleaning your office is a great way to boost morale and improve productivity.

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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!

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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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Want to Improve Office Productivity? Ask Your Towson Design Expert

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

There are many tips, tricks, and strategies that company owners and office managers use to promote office productivity. But despite all of the motivational posters, commission incentives, and other rewards you make available to your employees, you may be overlooking one of the simplest solutions. American Design Associates in Towson knows that an easy way to boost office productivity is to take a look at your office design!

What is one of the most basic, everyday office essentials? The chair! Employees sit in their chairs for hours at a time, and if they are not comfortable, then they are not working. Work with a design professional to select ergonomically-conscious chairs that will keep your employees comfortable, happy, and above all else, productive.

Is your office looking cramped, small, and generally disorderly? It is very likely that this is taking its toll on your employees; when the space they are in feels disorganized, they in turn become disorganized, making quality work more difficult. American Design Associates recommends an interior layout focused on clean lines and open spaces. You’ll be amazed how an open space can lead to an open, motivated mind!

Want to really spark some creativity? Design your office with lighting in mind, specifically, getting as much natural light in through windows and skylights as possible. Are you located in an interior room or do not have a lot of windows? Lamps and overhead lights work as well; American Design Associates can work with you to help you avoid that stark, washed-out look that many offices have when they use improper lighting.

Does your business in Towson or the surrounding area need a way to increase office productivity? Consider the wonders a new office design can work, and call the experts at 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.

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

 

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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+!