Office Life

Home Office Design Tips

Sometimes you get the luxury of working from home, other times it can be a curse. The tips below can assist with creating a workable office that can help you achieve your business goals from home.

1. Location. Choose a location in the home that will allow you enough room to move around with limited distractions. Next to the television might not be the best choice.

2. Pick the right chair. Since you will likely be using your home office often, you should invest in comfortable seating.

3. Organize your office. Clutter can be a distraction and often does not help with motivation. A nice clean and organized space can help with using time efficiently. You can spend less time searching for that file you know you just had ten minutes ago.

4. Light the room. Lighting can affect your mood and your energy level. Make sure you have adequate lighting to brighten the room.






Top 5 Tips for Email Etiquette

When sending a professional email, there are many things to consider. It’s not as simple as composing and pressing send.  Is the email really ready to send?  Is everything spelled correctly?  Did you use all caps? Will the recipient understand what you are trying to convey?  Follow these tips below to help ensure your email etiquette is up to par.

1. Address your email.
Don’t forget to address your email recipient by name at the beginning. This tells the reader that you know who they are and that the message is for them. Also make sure you spell their name correctly. This can be an easy but fatal error to make.

2. Get to the Point. Keep it short.
It may seem nice to make chit-chat in the beginning of the email talking about your personal lives, but in reality most people who are working are busy. There’s no need to take up more of their time discussing yesterday’s football game. Get straight to the point of why you are sending the email.

3. Spell Correctly.
Along with spelling their name correctly, make sure you don’t have any spelling errors throughout your email. Read it through at least once before actually hitting the send button. Remember spell check doesn’t always catch grammatical errors.

4. Write a proper subject field.
Be sure the subject field reflects the message in the email. This makes it easier to search later if your recipient wants to find the email again.

5. Signing off.
When adding your signature, make sure the recipient knows who you are. You may need to add a line for what company you work for or your job title if you’ve never emailed this person before.


Office Design Trends for 2016

Time really does fly; 2016 is officially upon us! With the changing of the new year comes the excitement of changes in office design. In 2015, we saw a focus on open work spaces and integrated technology. For 2016, here are some of our predictions about new office design trends.

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Hidden Cables

It’s a technology-filled world and electronics surround us at the office. Every device seems to have an accompanying charging cable or wire, and those can lead to a very disorganized look. In 2016, be on the lookout for wires to be more hidden and an overall more clean looking workstation.


Bringing the Outdoors In

Many offices are becoming more modern in style, as well as trending towards bringing the outside indoors to our work areas. With nature in mind, we should look for designs such as vertical gardens, exposed concrete flooring, and reclaimed wood paneling. A more homely feel will  make employees feel comfortable and reduce the urge to get fresh air outside.


Designated Lounge Areas

Collaboration is on the rise, and one way to foster that in 2016 is with designated lounge areas at work. These spaces cater to the open concept and allow maximum comfort and idea sharing between all employees. We often spend so much time at work that it’s imperative for employees to feel comfortable, and innovative lounge areas help make for a more enjoyable office experience.

Don't forget to contact our furniture and design team to help you out with all of your office design needs for 2016! 

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