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Dec 13 2017
How to Unwind at Work in 30 Minutes or Less

| Office Life

Are you maximizing your lunch break at work and enjoying it to the fullest? Many of us don’t realize just how important this midday break is for our mental and physical wellbeing, and therefore aren’t utilizing it in the right way. To recharge yourself for what’s left of the afternoon, take these tips for unwinding during your lunch break.


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Dec 12 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Boardwalk

| Collection Spotlights

What's gray and white and has storage all over? Our brand new NBF Signature Series Boardwalk collection, of course! When it comes to office furniture design, we value style and support above all else, which is why we're excited to introduce this modern collection that truly has it all.


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Dec 11 2017
Office Gift Giving Etiquette during the Holidays

| Office Life

First thing’s first: determine whether or not it’s appropriate to give gifts in your office at all. The answer to this question will vary from business to business, so if you’re new ask around and determine whether or not gift giving is the norm. Fellow co-workers will usually be able to fill you in on what types of gifts they usually give and to whom. If you’re having difficulty nailing down that information, a good rule of thumb is to give your boss and any employees working under you a simple holiday card. If your office is the gift-giving kind, follow these rules for proper etiquette.


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Dec 7 2017
Brand Spotlight: Biofit

| Healthcare

Dedicated to design and committed to quality, Biofit designs and manufactures heavy-duty healthcare furniture that won't succumb to wear and tear the way most chairs and stools do. With a wide selection of chair and stool types and upholstery that's built to last, it's no surprise Biofit is a trusted name in the healthcare furniture market.


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Dec 5 2017
5 Reasons Your Furniture Should Be NBF Signature Series

| Now Trending, Office Design

It's not often you'll need to redesign your office, so when you do get the opportunity, it's important to make it matter. According to a recent study, 76% of office workers between the ages of 18 and 34 and 55% between the ages of 35 and 54 say that design and aesthetics influence their impression of a company. Between creating an office that's beautiful, staying within your budget and getting everything done on time, redesigning office interiors can be a lot to take on. That's why we've created an exclusive line of office furniture that can do it all. Here are five reasons you should outfit your office with furniture from the NBF Signature Series collection.


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Dec 4 2017
New Updates on Your Favorite Office Furniture

| Office Design

We're constantly adding new and exciting collections to our growing selection of office furniture. Some collections are so popular, however, that they've been around for years, and for 2017 we felt it was about time they got a makeover. Here are four of our best-selling office furniture collections that received an update this season.


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Dec 1 2017
Why We Work at Concept Seating

| Why We Work

"To know that you're helping somebody and making a difference in their life is pretty important." - Joel Vento, VP Sales & Marketing, Concept Seating


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Nov 29 2017
The Complete Guide to Lamps and Lighting

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Design

Bringing lamps into an office has benefits that you may not expect. Not only can they help illuminate a workspace at an employee’s desk, but they can change the entire face of a room. Lamps come in a huge variety, from those that serve a basic purpose to brighten up a space to those that are true statement pieces, acting as crucial elements of décor that can really set the mood in an office.

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Nov 28 2017
It's a #MerryMakeover!

| Why We Work

Tis the season for giving, and we're doing just that! This year, we're gearing up to give back to our local community in a big way, and we need your help to do it. Vote for the nonprofit you want to win a beautiful new office by voting in the survey below by December 21st, 2017 at 12:00pm CST. On December 22nd, 2017 we'll announce the winner of our second annual #MerryMakeover contest and award that nonprofit $3,000 in brand new office furniture from NBF.


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Nov 27 2017
How to Stay Focused When Working from Home

| Office Life

Working from home is an exciting prospect, and it opens employees up to a sense of freedom that typically isn’t available in a traditional office setting. But if you just started telecommuting after working in an office for a while, it can be quite the adjustment. To learn more about what it’s like to make this adjustment, we interviewed Jen Cable, who recently made the switch from working in a bustling call center to doing her work from the quiet comfort of her own home. These are Jen’s top tips for staying focused and productive while telecommuting.

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Nov 22 2017
The Complete Guide to Waiting Room Seating

| Office Seating, Waiting Rooms

Whether you’re outfitting a small or large waiting room, your choices in reception seating are vast and varied. So where do you begin? This guide to waiting room seating explains your choices in reception seating and will help you decide which options will work the best in your office.

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Nov 21 2017
How to Survive a Noisy Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, How To Instructions, Office Life

No matter if you work in a cubicle farm or an open office workspace, noise distraction is one of the biggest hindrances of productivity that today’s office employees face. Between loud co-workers, noisy printers, an office radio and the occasional cell phone that someone forgot to turn off, there is no limit to the distractions that plague most offices. So what can you do about it? Here are some tips for employees and employers that will help everyone stay better focused and more productive in their day to day work lives.

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Nov 20 2017
Office Design for Startups

| Office Design

Starting up your startup may prove to be one of the most difficult ventures you’ll encounter. There are so many things to consider when getting ready to open for business, and selecting the right office furniture is not usually high on what is probably a very long to-do list. ...

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Nov 15 2017
How to Create a Breakroom Getaway

| Breakrooms, Office Design

In a business that values its employees, a breakroom is so much more than just a place to eat lunch. We’re only human, and working for eight or more hours without taking a break in between is a disaster waiting to happen. Breaks are needed to break up the day and revitalize us so that when we return to our desks we can work effectively and with renewed vigor. So how can you take steps to ensure that your employees have an enjoyable lunchbreak? The right furniture can help.


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Nov 14 2017
Study Hall Fridays: Introducing the Open Concept Workspace into Your Office

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you're trying to build morale among your employees or generate fresh, new ideas, getting co-workers across different departments together from time to time is the way to do it. Unfortunately, bringing everyone together is easier said than done. Too often co-workers get into the habit of only meeting with the people on their team or those who directly affect their output. To remedy this situation, employees at NBF recently implemented a new program called Study Hall Fridays.


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Nov 13 2017
10 Things You Can Do to Attract and Retain Millennial Talent

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Millennials are the present and future of business in the United States, currently compromising the largest portion of the American workforce at about one third. While the need for hiring employees between the ages of 18 and 34 is undeniable, employers are finding a noticeable shift in what it takes to not only get millennials through the door, but to keep them working for the business in the long term. Gone are the baby boomer days of sticking with one company for an individual's entire career, but if you want to attract and retain millennial talent for as long as possible, consider these options.


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Nov 9 2017
Exam Room Checklist

| Healthcare

Setting up exam rooms in a new healthcare facility can be a daunting task to say the least. Download our free exam room checklist to make planning easier, and read our tips below to learn more about what type of furniture and accessories are right for your facility.


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Nov 8 2017
How to Deduct Office Furniture from Your Taxes for 2017

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Yes, you can deduct office furniture from your taxes! That new office furniture you bought in 2017 is tax deductible per Section 179 of the IRS tax code. Whether you redesigned your workspace earlier this year or are thinking about sneaking in a makeover before 2018 hits, here's everything you need to know about writing off business furniture on your 2017 taxes.


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Nov 7 2017
#WhyWeWork—United States Veterans

| Why We Work

Every year we hold a Veterans Day Office Giveaway contest, and this year we wanted to find out what makes United States veterans passionate about the work that they do. Please enjoy these #WhyWeWork stories and share your own in the comments below!


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Nov 6 2017
Office Tour: Holy Family Manor

| Office Tours

Industry: Administration/Private Business

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

NBF Sales Executive: Deb McDermott

Furniture Collections Used: CSelect & KFI Multipurpose Chairs


Holy Family Manor, a Catholic residential and learning center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, hosts many events for residents as well as its local community. After years of use, the organization's existing furniture had become tired and worn; thus, it found itself in need of an updated look. For help updating the building's dining areas, Holy Family Manor sought assistance from National Business Furniture account executive Deb McDermott.


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Nov 1 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Ion Collection

| Collection Spotlights

Enjoying the great outdoors is a great way for employees to get motivated and re-energized during a long work day. So how can you encourage employees to utilize your outdoor office space during their breaks? Adding furniture to the area will provide a space to rest, allowing employees to eat lunch outside on a nice day or get together and hold an outdoor meeting when they just want to get a little sun. The problem? Not all furniture is designed for outdoor use, and those that are can cost a pretty penny. That's why we're proud to offer our exclusive NBF Signature Series Ion collection.


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Oct 31 2017
How to Encourage Employee Engagement

| How To Instructions

You do not need to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company to know that a disengaged worker can cause some serious issues. When employees are engaged in their work and feel a sense of purpose, they take pride in their work; something that is a win-win for everyone. Here are a few ways you can boost and encourage workers to be engaged and proactive in their roles at your company, regardless of what those roles may be.

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Oct 30 2017
5 Reasons Your Business Isn't Attracting New Talent

Has your business seen a decline in fresh new talent? Whether hiring for entry-level positions or upper management, the look and feel of your office and the personality of your company have a lot to do with a candidate's interest in working for you. Read on to discover five of the reasons you may not be attracting and retaining employees. You may be surprised!


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Oct 26 2017
6 Tips for Making the Most of a Small Workspace

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

Whether you’re working in a tight cubicle or a small home office, conserving what little space you have can be tough. Take these six tips to maximize even the smallest workstation. ...

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Oct 25 2017
The Complete Guide to Healthcare Seating Textiles

| Furniture Materials, Healthcare, Office Design

Whether you’re furnishing a new healthcare facility or replacing old furniture in a hospital or private practice, knowing your textiles is crucial to the well-being of staff and patients alike. To help make your chair purchasing experience as easy as possible, we’re breaking down the pros and cons of commonly used seating textiles. This list is ranked from worst to best in terms of appropriateness for a healthcare setting.


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Oct 24 2017
How to Set Up a Lunchroom

| Breakrooms, How To Instructions

Most offices have lunchrooms, but they aren’t normally at the top of the priority list when designing a new office space. However, a well-designed breakroom can make a big difference in the day-to-day work lives of your employees. Functional, good looking lunchrooms can increase the frequency at which employees utilize the space, decreasing instances that they'll want to go out for lunch and helping them to make healthier, less expensive eating choices.

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Oct 23 2017
How to Create Office Spaces for Introverts

| How To Instructions, Office Design

The current trend away from closed offices and cubicle walls and toward open office layouts has been gaining considerable momentum in recent years. The idea is that by knocking down the physical barriers, like walls put up between co-workers, employees will have more opportunity to start casual conversation with one another, thus fostering greater collaboration and innovation. But what about the introverts? People who identify themselves as introverts are at their most productive when they are in quiet spaces with as few distractions as possible....

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Oct 18 2017
Office Besties: The Importance of Friendships in the Workplace

If you’re one of those people who feels guilty for chatting it up with your cubicle neighbor for a few minutes each day, then stop what you’re doing! So long as you aren’t spending an exorbitant amount of time away from your work, there’s no reason to feel bad about taking a break from time to time to form friendships with your co-workers. Take a look at a few of the benefits of having an office bestie or two:

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Oct 17 2017
How Often Should My Office Hold Fire Drills?

| Office Life

You probably remember participating in annual fire drills as a kid, or maybe your school had them even more often than that. Now that you’re an adult, do you know how to safely exit your office building in the event of a fire?...

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Oct 16 2017
#WhyWeWork Twitter Chat with NBF

| Why We Work

Last month we held our first #WhyWeWork Twitter chat in an effort to learn more about what makes people love what they do and encourage employees to share their love of work with the world. Below you'll find our six questions along with some great answers. Be sure to follow National business Furniture on Twitter for daily content including videos, office inspiration and, of course, more #WhyWeWork stories like these!


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Oct 12 2017
5 Tips for Keeping Your Office Furniture Looking Like New

| 30 Second Office Tips

You have your new office furniture, it looks great, it feels awesome and you're ready to get to work! Unfortunately, your furniture won't stay new forever. Regular wear and tear can take its toll on even the finest furniture, causing it to depreciate quickly and forcing you to replace it often. So how can you make the most of your money? Take these five tips for keeping your furniture looking and feeling like new, and you won't need to replace those desks or chairs anytime soon.


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Oct 11 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Jacob

| Healthcare

Furniture is always there to provide comfort and positive aesthetics, but the job of a piece of healthcare furniture goes above and beyond that of standard office and home furnishings. That's why we designed our exclusive Jacob collection to meet the rigorous needs of healthcare facilities today. From the breadth of product selection to the healthcare-friendly upholstery options, items in the Jacob collection are ideal for medical offices both large and small.


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Oct 10 2017
The Complete Office Furniture Style Guide

| 30 Second Office Tips, Now Trending, Office Design

Ready for the office of your dreams? If you've already been scouring board after board on Pinterest trying to come up with inspiration for your own office design, you may find yourself leaning toward one design trend or another. To learn more about the most common types of office styles, check out our complete guide and create the beautiful office you deserve. 


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Oct 4 2017
The Complete Guide to Desk Cleaning

| Furniture Maintenance, Office Desks, Office Organization, Problem Solutions

How do I clean my desk? Not all office desks are created equal, and you'll need to take the construction of yours into account before you jump into a potentially harmful cleaning routine. Read on for our recommendations for keeping your desk looking like new year after year.


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Oct 4 2017
The Complete Guide to Office Chair Cleaning

| Furniture Maintenance

You use the chairs in your office every day, and they’re bound to get dirty whether you want them to or not. To ensure that your chairs stay looking their best year after year, take these tips for the regular cleaning and maintenance of all upholstery types.

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Oct 3 2017
Fire Safety Tips for the Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

Did you know that the United States has the highest frequency of fire losses of any modern technological society? Or that it’s estimated that U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 3,340 fires in office properties per year? A fire of any scale can cause irreparable damage, yet many offices don’t take their fire safety plans nearly as seriously as they should. In recognition of this year’s fire prevention week, take these measures to ensure you and your employees are prepared for a worst case scenario in the workplace.


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Oct 2 2017
Collection Spotlight: DuraVault Fireproof Filing Cabinets and Safes

| Collection Spotlights, Furniture Materials, Office Storage & Filing

An office fire can be devastating. Fortunately, you can protect your vital documents in the event of a fire or burglary by being proactive and equipping your business with fireproof filing cabinets and safes. NBF Signature Series DuraVault cabinets are specially designed to withstand damage caused by natural disasters and theft in order to keep your sensitive paperwork safe and secure. Keep reading to learn more about how adding these ultra-durable files and safes to your office security plan can make all the difference.


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Sep 26 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Dauerhaft

| Ergonomics, Office Seating

From call centers to military bases, workplaces that require employee presence 24 hours a day, seven days a week need furniture to meet the high demands of constant, everyday use. The most important of these furniture items? The office chairs. Although there are plenty of 24/7 chairs out there, we wanted only the best for our exclusive line of NBF Signature Series furniture. That's why we designed the Dauerhaft chairs to meet even the most rigorous of heavy duty office seating needs.


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Sep 25 2017
Promoting Fish! Philosophy at the Office

| Office Life

Originating from the working style of employees at Seattle’s Pike Place Fish Market, the Fish! Philosophy is a technique used in businesses across the country to promote happy employees who are active and engaged in their daily work activities. We’ve been implementing the Fish! Philosophy in various ways at the National Business Furniture offices for years, so today we’d like to share a few of the ways that we utilize the philosophy’s four core ideas in the way we work.


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Sep 20 2017
Office Chairs: New Arrivals for 2017

| Office Seating

From basic nesting chairs to heavy duty task chairs and everything in between, we're constantly bringing in new office furniture to meet the needs of the whole office. But with hundreds of seating options available on our website, how can you know where to start? Allow us to introduce you to our best sellers for 2017.


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Sep 18 2017
The Complete Guide to Leather Upholstery

| Furniture Materials

What’s the difference between leather and bonded leather? What’s eco-leather? What’s faux leather? All valid questions. With all these different names for various types of true and man-made upholsteries, it can be tough to determine what’s what. That’s why we’re breaking it all down in this guide to leather.


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Sep 13 2017
Brand Spotlight: Kwalu Healthcare Furniture

| Healthcare

A homelike atmosphere leads to quicker patient healing in a healthcare facility and happier, more comfortable residents in a senior living facility. When you think of healthcare furnishings, your mind may jump to the sterile, unattractive chairs, tables and patient beds of the past. Fortunately, Kwalu takes the practical and safe nature of traditional healthcare furnishings and blends it with high-end, beautiful design that patients, residents and care providers alike can enjoy.


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Sep 12 2017
Complete Guide to Active Seating

| Ergonomics, Office Chairs, Problem Solutions, Standing Desks

What is Active Seating? Active seating is a tool that allows you to move around while sitting. While you may have heard that sitting is the new smoking, what you may not know is that extended periods of standing also have their negative health effects. To combat this, we recommend keeping at least one type of active chair or stool at your desk to sit at when you aren’t standing or relaxing at work. Below you'll find some of the most popular types of active seating available.


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Sep 11 2017
How to Use the NBF Free Swatch Sample Program

| How To Instructions, Office Design

Finding a piece of furniture that is the perfect color or the right material to match the rest of your office can be a tricky experience when shopping online. This is simply due to the fact that so many aspects impact the coloration and quality of images online. For example, the same product can look black when viewed on one monitor and dark brown on a different screen. But before you let the color factor prevent you from ordering your furniture online, check out our NBF swatch sample program.


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Sep 6 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Comfortemp

| Collection Spotlights

Whether it's a cool draft in winter or a blasting air conditioning unit in summer, it's easy to catch a chill at the office year-round. How can you work productively when you can’t even stay comfortable at your desk? Sure, you can put a sweater on, but that doesn’t always do the trick. Some offices allow space heaters, but these can cause power outages if you aren’t careful. Sitting in a cordless heated chair, on the contrary, is safe for an office environment and will keep your whole body warm all day long, allowing you to focus on work. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at all the benefits that our exclusive NBF Signature Series Comfortemp heated chair has to offer.


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Sep 5 2017
The Complete Guide to GSA Office Furniture

The General Services Administration (GSA) schedule program was created to streamline the process of buying goods for federal organizations. Companies that hold a GSA schedule contract are carefully screened by trained members of the GSA to ensure that commercial sales to government facilities are up to the standards set forth by the organization. Furniture listed under National Business Furniture’s GSA schedule includes predetermined pricing, terms and conditions that have been negotiated between NBF and the GSA. Federal buyers (and, in some cases, state and local government buyers) can then use that GSA schedule to purchase furniture and décor from NBF. The buying process for these items is thus simplified because the GSA has already completed the bulk of the procurement process on behalf of government buyers across the country.

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Sep 1 2017
#WhyWeWork—Share Your Passion. Inspire Others.

| Why We Work

We're passionate about why we work—to help people across the United States create the beautiful office they deserve. That's why all of us at National Business Furniture are committed to helping everyone discover the passion and pure joy that comes from a job well done. See what drives these employees, and tell us why you love your job too!


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Aug 30 2017
Collection Spotlight: NBF Signature Series Compass Collection

| Collection Spotlights

First impressions are everything, and that’s why it’s so important to incorporate a bold reception area into your office. As the first point of contact most visitors will see upon entering your business, the reception area can make or break your first impression. But there’s just one problem—the budget. How do you get a striking modern look in your lobby without going over your office furniture budget? That’s where the NBF Signature Series Compass collection comes in.


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Aug 29 2017
Types of Office Chairs

| Office Seating

Looking for an office chair? Thankfully, there are many different types of chairs to meet every sort of workplace need. Take a look at our comprehensive list to discover the best option for you!

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