3 Tips to Make Your Open Office Design More Productive & Profitable

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Feb 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

A growing number of organizations of all sizes – from small businesses to large enterprises – have implemented, or are thinking/planning of implementing, an open office design. This is a layout in which employees are co-located in a shared space and environment.

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Topics: Open Offices

3 Office Design Tips to Boost Employee Engagement and the Bottom-Line

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Feb 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

For many years, boosting employee engagement was viewed as an important, yet not essential objective; at least not as far as increasing productivity, profitability and the bottom-line was concerned.

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Topics: Office Renovation

3 Office Design Questions to Ask Your Employees

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jan 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to developing your office design plan, obviously you need to focus on aspects such as budgets, scheduling, logistics (e.g. maintaining operations during the renovation/construction or temporary re-allocating work to another site), permits and approvals (typically required for any project involving architectural changes), and the list goes on.

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Topics: Office Renovation

Office Design Factors that Affect Productivity

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jan 24, 2017 11:30:00 AM

n today’s relentlessly competitive business landscape, finding smarter ways to increase employee productivity is not just a best practice. In the long run it makes the difference between success and survival.

However, one aspect that is often overlooked by managers and decision makers – but certainly NOT neglected by employees who must deal with it on a daily basis – is how office design impacts productivity. Here are the key factors that matter most, either positive or negatively.

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Topics: Office Renovation

4 Office Design Trends for 2017

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jan 17, 2017 11:30:00 AM

While the fundamental principles of office design remain stable year after year -- such as the importance of proper space planning, using value engineering to reduce costs, balancing functionality with esthetics, and so on -- there are always an emerging set of styles, preferences, approaches and ideas that shape the discussion, and set the tone. With this in mind, here are 4 key and influential office design trends for 2017:

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Topics: Office Renovation

Why Space Planning is an Essential Part of Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jan 4, 2017 11:30:00 AM

A critical – and yet often overlooked – aspect of successful office design is space planning, which is about far more than just deploying equipment, furniture and people. That’s because the operative word in space planning isn’t SPACE; it’s PLANNING. As such, businesses need to work with their interior solutions team to answer key questions well in advance of their office design project. These questions include:

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Topics: Space Planning

Why Value Engineering is Beneficial for Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Dec 21, 2016 11:30:00 AM

There are many factors that combine to make an office design project successful. However, one of the most important factors – and yet also one that many office design firms do not offer – is value engineering.

We will discuss why offering value engineering is not standard across all firms in a moment. First, let us briefly explain what value engineering is in the context of an office design project.

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Topics: Office Renovation

7 Office Design Best Practices for Startups

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Dec 20, 2016 11:30:00 AM

While some days are better than others, and wearing multiple hats is the norm instead of the exception, being part of the startup experience is unique and exhilarating. Each day is different, the possibilities are inspiring, and the sky is the limit.

Naturally, there are many factors that drive and determine startup success, including marketplace demand, timing, competitive advantage, availability of capital (and access to more capital when -- not if – it is needed!), a talented and hard working team, and of course, a big dose of good luck never hurts.

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Topics: Office Renovation

Where to Donate Used Office Furniture in Chicago

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Dec 14, 2016 11:30:00 AM

An office redesign is one of those exciting “out with the old, in with the new” experiences – except for one important detail: you are likely to wind up with used office furniture that you no longer want or need.

Naturally, storing these excess items on-site is not a welcome idea, since they will just take up space and add clutter. And moving them to a warehouse or storage facility does not make sense either since as noted, these are items that you no longer have use for.  

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Topics: Office Renovation

3 Dental Office Design Tips to Make Your Patients Happy

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Dec 6, 2016 11:30:00 AM

As noted by Dental Economics: “When patients have a positive experience in your practice, they will not only be more inclined to accept recommended treatment and return for ongoing care, but also refer friends and family.”

While there are many ways for dentists to improve patient experience -- such as adding new services, enhancing the practice’s website, offering financing options and so on -- among the most low-cost, high-impact strategies is to upgrade your dental office design.

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation