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Aug 22 2018
7 Tips for Meeting Room Etiquette

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Conference rooms are shared spaces that are meant to be used as collaboration hubs between co-workers and as private spaces for employees and employers. As with any shared space, there are certain unwritten rules that employees need to abide by if the space is to be properly maintained and utilized by all.


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July 23 2018
How to Convince Your Office Manager It’s Time for a Furniture Upgrade

If you think your office could use a furniture upgrade, chances are good that you're not the only one feeling that way. But how do you convince the people in charge that new furniture will be a good investment? Here are four valid points to bring up in your argument.


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May 22 2018
What is the Difference Between CAL 117 and CAL 133 Fire Ratings?

If you've been shopping for commercial office furniture, especially in the state of California, chances are high that you've seen fire protection ratings in the descriptions of the products. But what do they mean? The difference between CAL 117 and CAL 133 fire ratings is huge, so read carefully before determining which is the right choice for your business.


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May 14 2018
Office Eating: Productivity Through Nutrition

| Office Life

What we put in our bodies has a huge effect on how we function in our day-to-day lives, work life included. While some eat well to stay fit or at their target weight, it's not the only benefit a healthy diet can produce. Eating well at work provides more energy, enabling employees to be more productive during the hours spent in meetings or at their desks. So what types of food should you be eating at work to keep your brain sharp and your energy up? Here's what we recommend.


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May 1 2018
5 Perks Employees Appreciate

| Office Life

Looking for effective ways to boost employee morale and work satisfaction within your business? From starting new company initiatives to offering simple enrichment options, these are a few of the things we've implemented at the NBF office to help keep our employees healthy and happy.


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Apr 24 2018
5 Ways to Find Passion for Your Work

| Office Life

Are you working your dream job? The truth is this: it doesn't matter. Whether you landed the career you've always wanted or are stuck somewhere that may not be particularly inspiring, you can find passion in what you do for a living just the same. Here's how:


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Apr 2 2018
Make Way for Millennials: Office Design and its Effect on the Newest Generation of Employees

Ready or not, millennial office employees are here to stay. Gone are the days of satisfying workers with compensation alone. The youngest generation of coworkers set their sights much higher, expecting not only decent pay, but benefits that will improve their overall quality of life both inside and outside of work. Among these—a beautiful office to call home. Here are a few design trends to consider adding to your office to keep millennials interested in your business and working at their full potential.


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Mar 19 2018
5 Steps to Starting an Employee Volunteer Program

| Office Life

Whether you work for a small business or a large corporation, giving back to the local community is essential for building a positive reputation and a name for yourself at the local level. If your 2018 business goals include starting an employee volunteer program at the office, these five simple steps will help get you there.


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Jan 15 2018
6 Tips for Staying Warm at Work

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

Always cold at work? When it comes to building temperature, it doesn't seem to matter what time of year it is-- it's always freezing at the office! If you’re finding yourself constantly cold, then chances are high that you’re focused on warming up and not on your work. That’s not good for you, and it’s not good for your company either, but what can you do when you have no control over the thermostat? Here are some ways that you can take matters into your own hands and get a little cozier at your desk.

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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 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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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 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 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 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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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 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 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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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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Aug 21 2017
3 Things You Can Do to Get Moving at Work

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life, Standing Desks

You’ve probably heard by now that the sedentary office lifestyle is leading to a rise in heart disease and other health issues. Studies have shown that moving throughout the work day is the best way to combat the negative side effects of being chained to your desk. Take these tips to get yourself up and moving while you work!


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Aug 4 2017
20 NBF Style Offices to Inspire Your Business Makeover

| How To Instructions, Industry News, Now Trending, Office Life, Office Tours

We work hard to design furniture that works. that's why we love seeing customer photos of our products in their natural habitats, working hard to give others the beautiful offices they deserve. Now we want to see your NBF style, too!


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July 12 2017
On Trend: Office Benching Pros and Cons

| Now Trending, Office Desks, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you refer to it as a benching system or open concept office furniture, this type of desking has its benefits and drawbacks. Take a look at some of the top pros and cons to office benching to find out if this solution could be right for your office.


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May 24 2017
Office Supply Cleaning Hacks

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life, Office Organization

Keeping your workspace clean doesn’t need to be a big production. If your extra office supplies are getting dusty, dust them off with these DIY office supply hacks.


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Apr 17 2017
6 Rules for Breakroom Etiquette in the Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Breakrooms, Office Life

Company breakrooms stand as a retreat for employees. It’s a space to unwind and take a break, whether enjoying your lunch or leisurely reading the newspaper. Breaks throughout the day, especially for lunch, are simply necessary in order to keep employees both happy and productive. However, even though the...

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Apr 4 2017
How to Stay Active at Work without Leaving Your Desk

| Office Life, Problem Solutions, Standing Desks

By now we've all heard that sitting is the new smoking, but staying active at work is easier said than done in most offices. After all, what can you do when you're chained to your desk for 40 hours a week? The answer is that there's a lot you can do, and these are just a few of the tools that can help.


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Feb 21 2017
How Do I Incorporate More Standing Into My Work Day?

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

By now it’s fairly common knowledge that sitting at your desk for 40 hours a week isn’t doing your body any favors. So how can you make is easier to alternate between sitting and standing throughout your work day? The right standing desk could be just what you need.


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Feb 14 2017
How Can I Add More Privacy in My Open Office?

| Office Design, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you’re an introvert by nature or you just need some peace and quiet to work on tedious projects from time to time, finding privacy in an open concept office is easier said than done. So how do you create a sense of privacy without building new walls in your office building?


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Feb 14 2017
How Can I Add More Privacy in My Open Office?

| Office Life, Problem Solutions

Whether you’re an introvert by nature or you just need some peace and quiet to work on tedious projects from time to time, finding privacy in an open concept office is easier said than done. So how do you create a sense of privacy without building new walls in your office building?


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Feb 7 2017
How Can I Warm Up at Work?

| Office Chairs, Office Life, Problem Solutions

Cold at work? There’s a reason for that. New studies show that most offices are devised to accommodate men, who often prefer colder temperatures at work. Fortunately, there’s an easy solution to this office conundrum—heated office chairs.


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Feb 1 2017
Office Super Bowl Party Ideas

| Office Life

Super Bowl LI is Sunday, February 5, but football fans across the country are ready to party right now, and we don’t blame them! If your office is about to burst with excitement for Sunday’s game, why not throw a pre-celebration party at work? Even co-workers who aren’t so into the big game can appreciate some snacks and fun. Here’s how you can throw a work appropriate Super Bowl party at your office.


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Jan 11 2017
8 Office Desk Must Haves for an Efficient Workspace

| Office Decor & Accessories, Office Life

No matter how organized you think you are, it’s tough to be productive at work without the right tools. Here are 10 office desk must haves for an efficient workspace.


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Jan 4 2017
5 New Year’s Resolutions to Set for Yourself at Work This Year

A new year means new business goals, so shouldn’t you be setting personal achievement goals for work too? The goals you set for yourself will completely depend upon your job and what you hope to accomplish for your career and day-to-day work life. Here are five office resolutions you can set for yourself in 2017.


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Dec 7 2016
Productivity Killers at the Office

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

If you work in an office, you probably have the type of job that requires a lot of focus and independent work. The problem? Productivity killers are everywhere, and overcoming them is usually easier said than done. Take a look at these top productivity killers and what you can do to fight them.


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Nov 23 2016
5 Ways to Show Your Co-Workers You’re Thankful

| Office Life

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so what better time to show a little appreciation for the co-workers who make your job easier, more fun and just plain better? If you’ve been meaning to show your gratitude to the people you work with but haven’t been sure how, here are some quick and easy ways to do it this holiday season.


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Nov 22 2016
8 Things to Be Grateful for at Work

| Office Life

You may wake up every Monday morning dreading having to get up and go to the office, but how often do you take the time to think about the positive aspects of your job? There’s no better time to take a step back and reflect on the things you’re thankful for than the holiday season. Here are some things you can probably be grateful for at work this Thanksgiving.


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Nov 9 2016
How to Prepare for a Medical Emergency in the Office

| Office Life

A medical emergency can happen anywhere, and that includes the office. Of course, nobody expects to walk into work Monday morning only to witness a co-worker having a heart attack or choking on their breakfast, but the reality is that occurrences like these are not as uncommon as you may think. Make sure that your office is equipped with the right tools and that your employees are properly trained on what to do in the event of a medical emergency by following these guidelines.


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Oct 25 2016
20 Work Appropriate Halloween Costumes to Rock at Work This Year

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

Halloween is on a Monday this year, which means it’s time to brainstorm some work appropriate costumes! Here are 20 easy-to-make ideas to get you and your co-workers into the Halloween spirit.


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Oct 18 2016
5 Rules for Cubicle Etiquette

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

It’s the golden rule of life—treat others as you want to be treated. Well, the same goes for your behavior in the office. Whether you work in a cubicle or in an open workspace, follow these basic etiquette rules to treat your coworkers with the respect that’s expected in a business setting.


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Oct 13 2016
How to Prevent Office Fires

| Office Life

An office fire is the last thing on everyone's mind when they go to work; yet the potential danger of an office fire is an ever-present threat. In 2013, Richard Campbell from the National Fire Protection Association analyzed collected data from 2007-2011 to assess just how frequent structural fires were in office properties, as well as the financial impact and the trends that often lead up these incidents.


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Oct 11 2016
What NOT to Get Your Boss for Boss’s Day

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

Boss’s Day is Monday, October 17, 2016, and those planning on showing some managerial appreciation are all wondering the same thing—what should I buy? First, let’s talk about what NOT to get your boss for Boss’s Day.


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Sep 20 2016
How to Beat the Afternoon Slump

| 30 Second Office Tips, Office Life

We’ve all been there—the afternoon slump. It usually happens between the hours of 1:00 and 3:00 PM when lunch is over and the end of the day can’t seem to come soon enough. Many of us have just learned to cope with the afternoon slump over the years, but did you know there are easy ways to fight back? It’s true, and these are some of our favorites.


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Aug 25 2016
Let There Be Light: How We Used Color and Light to Escape a Sea of Beige

| Office Design, Office Life

For years the National Business Furniture headquarters called downtown Milwaukee its home. It was a great area—beautiful river views, within walking distance to awesome restaurants and in a great community full of people who care. But the NBF office itself? We have one word to describe it—beige. So beige. NBF had been occupying the Water Street office for decades, and it was evident that the beige cubicles and harsh yellowish lighting hadn’t been updated in that time. When it came time for us to move to a new office, we took it as an opportunity to escape the sea of beige. Here’s how we did it.

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Aug 24 2016
How Office Furniture Can Help Shape Company Culture

| Office Design, Office Life

Whether you’re opening a new startup company or you want to improve the way your business operates, utilizing the right furniture can make a huge difference in the way your employees interact with co-workers and view your business overall. These are some of the types of furniture you should consider adding to your office to shape the business’s culture for the better.


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July 28 2016
How to Hold a Company Celebration in the Office

| Office Life

Whether it’s for the annual Christmas bash, a baby shower or a work anniversary, throwing a party at the office can be a daunting task. Pleasing a lot of people with different tastes can be tough, especially if your company has a lot of employees and you want to invite them all. Here are some tips for throwing an office party that all of your co-workers can enjoy.

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July 21 2016
5 Tips for Teleconferencing

| Conference Rooms, Office Life

Ah, the joys of teleconferencing! It certainly can be convenient for when you’re traveling for business or pulled away from the office for personal reasons, but there are some things to consider before you dial in.

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July 18 2016
Game of Conference Rooms

| Conference Rooms, Office Design, Office Life

According to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the conference room is no longer just a place to hold meetings and take conference calls – it’s a battleground.


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