We've learned a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic emerged. Everything in our working worlds changed seemingly overnight and it became clear that we'd all have to get used to a "new normal" in the workplace. New data and best practices emerged but, as we see a decline in cases, those practices have continued to change and evolve.
Within schools, there's a place for everything and everything (mostly) stays in place; we eat in the cafeteria, shoot hoops in the gymnasium, read books in the library, and do experiments in the rooms with chemical hoods and sinks. Classrooms are classrooms and shared spaces are shared spaces, but in light of social distancing guidelines, some of these rooms are going unoccupied when they could benefit from a flexible outlook.
The Healthier Hospitals Initiative was started by twelve US health systems with the goal of making healthcare environments safer for patients, guests and caregivers. The initiative is comprised of 6 challenge areas – Engaged Leadership, Healthier Food, Leaner Energy, Safer Chemicals, Smart Purchasing and Less Waste. Participation is completely voluntary – hundreds of hospitals and health systems are enrolled and undertaking one or more of the challenges.
At this point, it's probably been months since you've made your way into the office and if you're still working though your workflow from home, you're probably well past-due for an upgrade. Shape your living space into a workspace that's fit for the flow to make for a positively productive home office. It's partially intuitive, partially tedious, but 100% worth it for whatever way you work.
By now it's obvious that the layout and look of your at-home workspace doesn't look the exact same as your traditional office. There's a whole new set of clutter challenges that come with organizing these residential workspaces but, just like their corporate counterparts, there's ways to clear the home office clutter for a more productive workday.
Productivity doesn't just affect your company's bottom line. It affects you. The way you work and where you work are two sides of the same coin: a perfectly productive workday isn't possible without these two valuable components.
Meetings come in all shapes and sizes and so do the conference rooms that host them. Thoughtful design and careful planning ensures that you can make the most out of every gathering in your new conference space.
Whether it's guests stepping into a waiting area or employees making their way through the main entrance, your reception space sets the tone for the entire office. For staff and visitors alike, great reception furniture makes a great first impression.
These days, a private office is a luxury that provides quietude, enhances focus, maximizes productivity, and allows for sensitive meetings to take place. The right furniture suites set the right tone while maximizing the capabilities of these solitary spaces.
Keeping any space neat and tidy requires a combination of both concealed and open-air storage pieces. Whether it's a set of stand-alone filing cabinets or a pedestal designed to fit beneath your desktop, a mixture of supply and document storage can help you make the most of your workspace.
These central places for education and innovation can look an awful lot like conference rooms, however their key differences make them an integral part in a workplace's ecosystem. Create a flexible and functional training space with the right furniture and tech to empower every employee.
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.