Office Design Best Practices for Creating Break Rooms

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jun 23, 2017 2:00:00 PM

If you are planning to include a break room in your office design, then be assured that this is a smart decision. Indeed, far more than just “nice-to-haves,” break rooms are strategic investments that have been shown to improve employee productivity, quality, performance, engagement, and even recruitment and retention.

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Topics: Office Design

Do's and Don'ts of Choosing Ergonomic Office Furniture

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jun 16, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Choosing ergonomic office furniture for your environment can significantly improve worker health, safety, productivity and performance. What’s more, it can also help make you an “employer of choice” when it comes to recruitment and retention, which is particularly valuable in marketplaces where the battle for top talent can be even more intense than it is for customers!

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace

4 Ways to Optimize an Open Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jun 9, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Open offices might be the most polarizing concept in the office design world. Some businesses love the approach and point to numerous advantages. However, some other businesses are left scratching their heads wondering where all of the benefits are and what the hype was all about.

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Topics: Open Offices, Office Design

4 Office Design Tips to Improve Employee Communication & Collaboration

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jun 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

While effective and efficient employee communication and collaboration has always been important, on today’s relentlessly fast-changing business landscape, it’s more vital than ever. Indeed, today’s robust game plan often becomes tomorrow’s agile workaround, and the only thing that all project managers know for certain before an initiative kicks off is “to expect the unexpected.”

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Topics: Collaborative Workspace, Open Offices, Office Design

4 Office Design Pitfalls to Avoid

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

Every office design project is unique, and each one is based on a complex set of factors, variables, details, preferences, materials, resources, and so on. However, just as there are some established principles and best practices to adopt, there are some mistakes and pitfalls to avoid. Here are four of the most common:

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Topics: Office Renovation, Office Design

5 Ways to Brighten Up Your Window-Less Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on May 19, 2017 11:30:00 AM

It is well-known that letting natural sunlight flow into an office environment boosts employee health and increases employee productivity — both of which are important for everything from recruitment and retention, to revenues and profits.

However, the fact remains that not every office can reap the benefits of natural sunlight, simply because windows are not an option, either architecturally or because it would be cost prohibitive. If this is the case with your current environment, then the good news is that you (and your employees) do not have to pine for illumination. Here are five practical and cost-effective ways to brighten up your window-less office design:

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Topics: Open Offices

3 Office Space Planning Metrics to Improve Your Design Decision-Making

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

Whether you often find yourself on the giving or receiving end of a persuasive argument – or sometimes an emphatic plea – regarding space planning decisions at home, you know that the discussion (or argument!) is often subjective, and based on personal preferences, tastes and styles. Of course, there is nothing wrong with this. As the old saying goes, your home is your castle.

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Topics: Space Planning

Furniture Tips to Optimize Dental Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on May 8, 2017 11:30:00 AM

While it was not necessarily an afterthought or a secondary consideration, at in the past choosing furniture for dental office design was more of an administrative than an analytical process. That is, dentists (along with their team members) typically opted for standard, conventional and generic selections.  

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation

Why Office Construction Management is an Essential Part of Office Design

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

When some businesses want to refresh their work environment so that it is more modern, ergonomic, employee-friendly, customer-centric, productive and efficient, they can focus their efforts (or more typically, direct the efforts of their interior solutions partner) on making key changes that make a big difference, but do not require any fundamental construction or reconstruction.

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Topics: Office Renovation

Office Design Insider: Are Cubicles a Good Idea – or a Bad One?

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Apr 18, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Of all elements, aspects and features on in the office design world, perhaps no single discussion point triggers as intense a reaction than when the topic turns to cubicles. Indeed, people seem to be divided into two distinct camps: those who like cubicles and see their advantages, and those who dislike (if not hate!) cubicles, and view them as a plague on workplace landscape. 

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Topics: Insider, Office Renovation