We all have meetings at our workplaces. Some are efficient, others…not so much. Why do we leave some meetings feeling productive, focused, and energized, while other times we leave feeling drained and perhaps even more confused? You should know these 3 Rules for Effective Meetings.
When you are at work, you should never have to sacrifice your comfort and especially not your health! Thanks to advances in ergonomics and office furniture, you can make your office and workspace not only more productive, but also an environment that supports your wellness.
Storage isn't very sexy, nor is it all that fun to buy. It isn't like sitting down in that new leather chair for the first time and feeling the way the back and seat simply fit with your body. Or the feeling you get, coming intoa room, flipping on the light to see the wood grain and tone from your new desk, infusing an old office space with new life. Nope, you just don't get that with most filing cabinets.
Research has proven that remaining seated for too long is bad for your health, regardless of how much exercise you do. Studies have linked excessive sitting with being overweight and obese, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and premature death. Prolonged sitting slows the metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat. Many adults spend more than seven hours a day sitting at their job. To address this unhealthy, but necessary lifestyle (earning a living!), a new line of office furniture has been designed, named Motion Furniture (by Via).
If your employees aren't prepared to handle a variety of injuries on all shifts and their co-workers are left untreated until an ambulance arrives, a victim's condition may worsen and injuries can become far more debilitating, which leads to greater medical costs and lost productivity.
Studies show that sitting for prolonged periods of time is detrimental to your health. The High Rise Collection™ from VICTOR® offers products that allow users to stand while working. This in turn reduces or eliminates the pain users experience from being hunched over their desks and the negative long-term effects of sitting for long hours.
Thirty minutes of exercise a day use to be considered protection against the damaging effects of a desk job. Studies now show that even for those who work out during the day, prolonged sitting can increase the long-term risk of illness or death. As a result, some office workers are literally standing up for their health – shunning expensive ergonomically correct chairs and building makeshift, stand-up desks.
Great businesses know that their success and their potential growth rest with their employees. In other words, an organization is only as strong as the individuals who run it. If this is true, then efficient teamwork and healthy group dynamics become invaluable goals. In order to reach these goals, good communication becomes absolutely essential.
You’ve tried company retreats, training seminars, and reorganized your company structure, but nothing seems to increase employee productivity. Have you tried taking a break? It might seem counterintuitive, but studies show that frequent, satisfying breaks actually increase productivity. Rather than schedule time on costly training sessions, you may be able to transform your work environment by simply rethinking your employee break policy and perfecting your breakroom.
It’s time for Spring Cleaning! After an unusually long and cold winter, it’s time to clean out the office and start over with a fresh, new perspective. Whether you have a small, personal office, or a large company, here are some tips to help with your Office Spring Cleaning.
It’s fifteen minutes before the big meeting. The bagels and coffee are laid out, the PowerPoint is set up, and the conference room is spotless. The only thing left to do is print the Agendas. Feeling accomplished, you click print and walk to the printer. Blinking red lights. Error message. Is it jammed? Out of paper? Possessed? No it just needs a new toner. Where are the extra toners? Frantically, you dig through the cabinet, and finally find a dusty toner that expired in 2012. Looks like the meeting won’t be starting on time.
In many businesses today, the focus on efficient problem solving and meeting the deadlines overshadows another essential aspect of the workplace: creativity. Creative thinking is what gives successful companies that extra spark. It keeps things fresh and allows us to see things in new ways, which most definitely helps when we have a challenging project and are feeling overwhelmed. In fact, creative thought may be the most important ingredient when solving problems.
Every office requires a unique organizational system to meet your employee and customer needs. Developing the perfect system is often a long trial and error process. If you are due for an update, the end of year rush might be the final catalyst to a total organizational meltdown. For our November Lunch and Learn, we held an Organizational Seminar to equip our customers with all the tools necessary to prepare their office for the new year. We teamed up with Smead, who brought samples of their newest and most popular filing products.
We all have our own little ways of keeping ourselves alert, focused, and productive at work. For some of us that means a cup (or five) of coffee, for others it’s a certain genre of music, or an immaculately clean desk. Here’s our list of 5 ways to increase office productivity.