As companies have started their return to the office, many of us have found ourselves occupying liminal spaces throughout the workweek. Any number of RTW policies may create these situations, but more and more we find employees who aren't quite office-bound and aren't quite fully-remote. While it's tempting to recreate all the luxuries of the office within your own home, sometimes this isn't fully-attainable.
"What's in a chair? That which we call an office chair by any other name would feel as comfortable." Even though Shakespeare may not have frequented the modern office, he'd certainly have a lot to say about the properties of office chairs. Used in every workstation and conference room, finding the right chair requires a few calculated and careful considerations about the chair's construction. Every choice has its own set of benefits that can be combined to find your perfect fit.
We've all heard the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. One bed is too big, one bed is too small, and one bed is just right. Though there's a little less in common with bowls of porridge, there's no doubt about it-- the same can be said about office chairs. While you're on the hunt for the perfect fit, consider your stature and how a properly-sized chair can make every workday all the more comfortable. Whether you're papa bear, mama bear, baby bear, or the ever-picky Goldilocks herself, there's a seat for every size.
With the help of social brand ambassadors in the education space, National Business Furniture distributed a survey around Back to School to better understand the unique set of challenges educators are facing this school year. The survey also shed light on solutions and advice for educators, from educators. The survey ran approx. two weeks (from July 23 - Aug. 7), and 1,160 responses were collected from educators across the country.
First thing’s first. What is ergonomics? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency in his or her working environment. Today, many furniture manufacturers and designers understand that they simply cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to creating office furniture, especially when it comes to chairs. Because of that, many office chairs include ergonomic adjustments that enable them to be positioned to support a wide range of body types. So what ergonomic adjustments should you look for in your next ergonomic office chair? Read on to find out.
Mix up the open air with office productivity and you've got a great solution for any company culture. Depending on your location, there may be room to transform outdoor spaces, such as patios, surrounding green space, or even smaller entryways, into outdoor oasis for employees. Create areas for collaboration or solitary work with a few easy upgrades. No matter the climate, you can harness the end of summer or a temperate fall and make long-lasting outdoor spaces that employees will love.
Whiteboards have taken over the role in the classroom that was once completely dominated by chalkboards. But with all the different dry erase boards available today, how do you decide what type of board will be best for your school’s classrooms? Here’s what to consider.
The school year is coming up quick and from district to district and school to school it's clear-- the classroom we left behind isn't the classroom of the future. Important decisions are being made at every juncture and COVID-19 remediation actions are changing rapidly. As you navigate this new horizon, there are a number of investments, retrofits, and modifications that can be made to increase student and teacher safety.
Whether a long winter break or an even longer summer break, time off from school pulls students away from their studies and can make for a serious lack of productivity. Here are some ways you can keep your teens and tweens busy during long breaks from school while still allowing them to enjoy their time off.
Whether it's a group of new hires eager to learn their new jobs, seasoned employees pursuing continuing education, onsite training for students, or any other learning opportunity-- a training room is a place designed for engaging discourse and the pursuit of knowledge.
Making these places safe and sound relies on reducing occupancy while providing even and proportional space between every person. Reducing numbers while retaining amenities is key. While these spaces take a lot of inspiration from the new conference room, these instructor-led environments deal with larger waves of people with their own unique needs.
Collaboration and innovation thrives in group settings. Whether it's a discussion amongst executive leadership, strategic team meeting, new hire training, vendor presentation, or a conversation between departments, conference rooms are a central meeting place within any office setting. No matter if it's big or small, modern or minimalist-- your conference spaces may be varied throughout the office or perhaps custom-tailored to fit a myriad of meetings. Whatever the case, a slew of important changes are necessary to make these as safe as possible as you return to work.
Of all the spaces that we occupy throughout the day, our workstations are the home base we return to between meetings, after a lunch break, and when we step into the office every morning. Inherently personal and fairly individual, these safe spaces now provide a heightened challenge for keeping each and every employee safe and secure.
A school library is a place for learning and exploration. As such, selecting the right furniture for the space is essential to the success of the library. Take a look at our recommendations for what types of furniture to add to your school's library.
It's not just a spaghetti-crusted microwave, uncleaned coffee maker, or crumby table anymore-- breakrooms have become a whole new battleground in the fight against COVID-19. Unlike nearly every other area of the office, this is a leisurely space where we're encouraged to step back from the day-to-day and take time to ourselves. Be it a quick chat between meetings, a casual lunch with a colleague, or a moment to breathe while the microwave whirrs away, we tend to see the breakroom as a place full of positivity.
Sneeze guards: once a simple staple of salad bars, now they're one of our best tools for returning to work after COVID-19. Every industry--from retail to food service, healthcare clinics to corporate offices, and everywhere in between--has found some applications for these easy and innovative adds.
When visitors enter your reception area, your space sets the tone for your entire office. Make sure that you're implementing safe social distancing, wayfinding, and spacing in order to maintain everybody's health and happiness.
Making a successful return to work is only possible with comprehensive and easy-to-follow policies. Focusing on employee wellness, ease of use, and workplace happiness, our complete guide to building your return to work guidelines has everything you need to consider during this important transition.