Workspace Improvement

Office Furniture & Collaboration Designs

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Most of us working in office settings know that times and surroundings have changed.  Large companies with a single location have become rare, as many enterprises now have global locations with employees in several office locations, as well as those telecommuting.  Collaboration between employees and independent contractors who could be working from anywhere in the world is now commonplace.  Collaboration studies have shown drastic improvements in employee morale, as well as double digit boosts in productivity.  Creating this culture in the office starts with creating an environment with your office furniture that can easily adapt to more fluid surroundings.

A key component of collaboration design is creating a working area where your team can easily gather for meetings, suggestion sessions or project-specific brainstorming. Modular furniture that can be re-designed and re-purposed for both team environments and for more private, focused-work settings is also a key element of a collaborative workplace.

Our full-service furniture division, Environments Denver, has implemented popular designs including double-sided benching workstations with tackable fabric screens to create individual privacy, as seen here with our 90Octane office design. Another option apart from double-sided benching can be accomplished with individual workstations that incorporate open office design, while still including privacy features – as can be seen here with the office furniture design project we did for Crestcom. As you can see from these examples, creating a professional, functional and inviting work space is easier than it looks!

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.

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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.

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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! 


Sources:

http://www.fastcompany.com/3054804/the-future-of-work/8-top-office-design-trends-for-2016

http://designtaxi.com/news/382974/Top-Office-Design-Trends-To-Watch-Out-For-In-2016/

3 Tips for the Office Holiday Party

Ah, the office holiday party season is upon us! Attending our company’s holiday party can be exciting, but it can also be a source of anxiety for some. Simple questions can become confusing, such as: What do we wear? Who should we talk to? What should we do at the party? Have no fear, here are three tips to help make a merry time at this year’s holiday party.

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Dress Code

Knowing what to wear to an office holiday party ahead of time can help alleviate those concerns. The holiday season is a special time of year and often lends to elegant celebrations, so we may want to dress a little more formal than other events. If the party takes place during the daytime, however, less formal dress is probably appropriate. It helps to know the nature of the event so we aren’t surprised to see everyone wearing ugly sweaters!

The More the Merrier!

Many office holiday parties are meant to be inclusive, in which case we should bring our significant others and/or families along with us. On the other hand, these parties offer an excellent opportunity to meet new people, so we should try to break out of our comfort zone and talk to others that we normally wouldn’t get a chance to. We should set a goal for the number of new people we want to talk to, but we also should be conscious of the guests we bring along and make sure that they have fun and feel included.

Have Fun, but Be Mindful

The office holiday party is meant to be fun, so we should make sure to enjoy ourselves while maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism. Many office parties include activities like a dress-up photo booth or karaoke, in which case employees should have fun participating in these social activities. It’s important to be mindful of any alcohol we consume, and coordinate a safe ride home for ourselves and our guests. It also helps to be mindful of sharing photos on social media, and share only those that would be appropriate for the company’s image.

Does your company do anything exciting for its annual holiday party? We would love to hear about it!


Sources:

http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/12/01/office-holiday-party/
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