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Is a Quiet Office Good For Productivity?

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jul 30, 2019 10:30:15 AM

Distractions in the workplace can come in a variety of forms. Noises from traffic outside, smells emanating from the kitchen, an impromptu call for a meeting –– all of these things can break an employee’s focus. However, some offices are so silent, so devoid of distraction that even the smallest disturbance can become a big issue. This leads us to the seemingly paradoxical question: is a quiet office good for productivity? Yes and no. The key to developing a positive workspace environment is about finding balance. Loud, noisy offices aren’t ideal, but neither are cathedral-quiet workspaces that make people feel self conscious.

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Topics: work environment

4 Tips for Optimizing Reception Desk Designs

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jul 25, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Your business’s reception area is the place where visitors form an initial opinion of your operation. As most professionals already know, a first impression matters a great deal. The nature and layout of a reception area may serve to delight and intrigue visitors, or leave them feeling confused or disappointed. It may seem odd to focus so much on one facet of office design, but the reception area –– and in particular reception desk designs –– may have a direct effect on a company’s ability to draw in clients and/or attract talented employees. Given that fact, today we’re going to share four tips for creating the perfect reception desk design –– regardless of your industry or area of expertise.  

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Topics: reception desk designs

6 Tips for Creating an Awesome Workplace Kitchen Area

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Jun 24, 2019 10:30:00 AM

It’s no surprise that modern professionals spend a lot of time at work. In fact, the average person will spend around 90,000 hours (over ten years) of their life at the office. Given that fact, it’s wise for business owners to create office environments that are welcoming and comfortable. One of the best ways to make employees feel at home (while at work) is to create a vibrant workplace kitchen area. Here are six tips that will help business owners achieve that goal:

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Topics: workplace kitchen

6 Tips for Pulling Off a Work Office Makeover

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jun 20, 2019 10:30:00 AM

No one should ever underestimate the power of a few small positive changes. Little alterations for the better can still be very meaningful. And that’s true in regard to office design as well. In fact, pulling off a successful work office makeover can boost morale, help employees focus, and make a space more welcoming to visitors. Today, we’re going to share six tips professionals can use to spruce up their workspaces right away:

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Topics: Office Renovation

Open Office Concept Pros and Cons: What You Need to Know

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on May 23, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Sometimes a perceived advantage is just as good as a real one. After all, if your customer base thinks your company is more advanced than your competition, then you might as well be. However, when it comes to office design, businesses can’t afford to invest solely in “perceived” benefits. Rather, they need an office renovation to provide tangible results. That’s why we’re going to take a close look at open office concept pros and cons today. Open office concepts are popular –– and they can be highly effective –– but it’s still important for business owners to know what they’re getting when they sign up for an open design.

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Topics: open office

What is Contemporary Office Design?

Posted by Tom Johnstone on May 22, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Odds are, most business leaders don’t think about their office layout and design on a daily basis. However, even if you don’t realize it, office design nevertheless has a big impact on your productivity and morale. Given that fact, contemporary office design tends to focus on the subtle aspects of a space that dictate employee experience. Defining contemporary office design is straightforward; contemporary design encompasses the styles interior designers are currently creating for workspaces. Today, though, we’ll go one step further and explain several key characteristics of contemporary office design. Check them out here:

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Topics: modern office design

3 Meeting Room Design Ideas for Small Businesses

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Apr 18, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Productive meetings are key to business success. This might sound obvious, but plenty of companies hold lackluster, ineffective meetings that serve only to waste their employees’ valuable time and limit progress. Unfortunately, some small businesses struggle to find adequate space to hold meaningful meetings. Conference rooms that are too small or are in other ways deficient will make it difficult to run meetings in an efficient manner. Fortunately, today we’ll outline three meeting room design ideas for small businesses operating with a limited space or budget:

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Topics: small office spaces

5 Dental Operatory Design Best Practices

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Apr 16, 2019 10:30:00 AM

For some, entering a dental operatory is like stepping into a nightmare. Indeed, almost three in four American adults experience some trepidation about the dentist’s office, and between five and ten percent have full-blown dental phobia. That’s the bad news. The good news is that dentists can combat this stigma in a number of ways. One of the most effective methods for putting your patients’ minds at ease is to create a dental operatory design that is both modern and welcoming. Here are five best practices that will help you achieve that ideal balance:

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Topics: Dental Office Renovation

6 Ways to Make Your Office Reception Area More Welcoming

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Apr 11, 2019 10:30:00 AM

First impressions matter a great deal. For better or worse, snap judgements color our perceptions of people, places, and products. In the business sense, most professionals first encounter a company through its office reception area. Indeed, this space can either set up positive expectations or potentially disorient and disappoint a new visitor. Obviously this can have big consequences. If your business entertains guests, clients, job applicants, or visitors of any sort, then your reception area needs to be on point. Thankfully, today we’ll share six ways you can make this space more welcoming and pleasant:

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Topics: waiting room design

5 Tips for Improving Individual Workstation Design

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Apr 10, 2019 10:30:00 AM

Modern offices are diverse places. Most contain multiple workstations, open areas, break rooms, conference spaces, and other rooms designed for specific functions. Naturally, office design as a whole will encompass all of those elements. However, as one would expect, different design best practices apply to different parts of the office. Designing a CEO’s office presents an entirely separate challenge to renovating a lunch room, for instance. With that in mind, today we’ll share five tips for improving individual workstation design so that you and your employees can start working more effectively today:

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Topics: workstation design