Cultivating the Disciplines Needed to Work from Your Home Office Successfully

People who work from their work from home office around Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire have distinct advantages, but they face certain risks, depending on their circumstances.

Read on to see what those are and how to handle them so you can work at home successfully.

Working from Home’s Upward Trend in SoCal

In Southern California, working from home has been a trend that’s on the rise and tripled between 2019 and 2021. Clearly, the COVID-19 shutdown impacted working habits. The six-county Southern California Association of Governments reported the results of a research study from 2021.

In Los Angeles County, about 22% of employees work from home. That’s about one in every five employees.

Orange County has fewer work-from-home employees with 20.9% while San Bernardino County tallies in with 13.7% and Riverside County follows with 13.6%.

In 2006, only 4% of people identified as working from home, and that number only bumped slightly for the next 15 years when 6% of those surveyed said they worked from home.

Work From Home Office SitOnIt SwitchBack Desk
Photo: SitOnIt Switchback Desk

Equipping and planning the work-from-home office and treating it like an extension of the corporate office is strategic.

Work From Home Office Trade-Offs

Rush hour.

Does any more need to be said?

If you have to commute more than 10 miles from your home to the office you know what you face each morning and each evening on most freeways and surface streets.

Working from home eliminates commuting time to the office, but your trade-off can mean less contact with other professionals.

The other issue to handle is blending work life and personal life. Are you caring for others? Kids or aging parents? Those needs may replace your commute and be more demanding.

Working from your home office or other remote spaces has pitfalls to watch for and guard against.

Home Office Boundaries

Defining your work-from-home space is essential to being productive and moving from a personal mindset to a professional point of view.

The morning and evening commute gets a bad rap because of traffic from the 405 in West LA to the 215 in the Inland Empire. But do you know the benefit of a commute? It provides a separation between work and personal life. You may be under pressure, but mentally you can move from one space and adjust to another.

Create those boundaries by planning an office space that’s just right for your needs. The space needed for a desk is often minimal. You need a surface area, some storage, power cords, and an online connection. And the types of desks available can be equal to a set-up in the company’s headquarters.

Look for what’s light and sleek like the iDesk M Series Desk with a storage panel and multiple configuration options.

The iDesk D Series Private Office Desk Workstation works well in either corporate spaces or home offices.

Work From Home Office Loftwall Hitch Space Divider
Photo: Loftwall Hitch Space Divider


Photo: Loftwall Split Space Divider

Use space dividers if you have others coming in and out of the home throughout the day. Check the Loftwell Hitch Space Divider and the Loftwall Split Space Divider for models that provide a boundary without making users feel closed in.


Photo: Friant System 2 Workstation

Consider a cubicle for your home office. A model like the Friant System 2 Workstation has plenty of customizable options to fit a small space or open area.

If you like to see your day and tasks visually then a whiteboard on a wall or a moveable whiteboard can also be used to separate work and personal life.

Structure is Key

You need structure to be as productive as possible at your work from home office. It’s not hard to envision what that may be, but develop a structure that’s workable and doesn’t cut into your most productive times.

Try not to deviate from your morning routine. Make those first few hours count. If you don’t have a morning commute then take a brisk walk before you begin working and take one again toward the end of the day. If you drive kids to school or have to care for aging parents then work mild exercise into your schedule. It can help settle your mind and any feelings of jumbled nerves or feeling like you’re in a mad rush.

Focused Time and Break Time

Try to eliminate multitasking. It may work as a parent who’s handling a couple of different children while cooking meals and doing laundry, but handling multiple work tasks at one time isn’t productive. You lose momentum and thought when switching from one task to another.

If you have 90 minutes, then make sure nothing else interrupts that time. Take a break and then come back for more focused time.

Work From Home Office Communication

If you’re an employee who works remotely or on a hybrid schedule and the arrangement is beneficial then be a good example by being an outstanding communicator.

Check-in regularly with your team at the office whether via email or virtual meetings.

Here’s an idea.

Work From Home Office Scale 1:1 TeleMeet Tables
Photo: Scale 1:1 Telemeet Tables

Have a wall monitor for your virtual meeting space instead of using your laptop or phone. Use a separate media table and the corporate office can design its own videoconferencing space using attractive architectural walls.

Take initiative and suggest times you could drive in for updates. Many corporate executives fear that employees who are out of sight are also out of mind.

Eliminate those fears that the company has of losing accountability. Hold them accountable and communicate so they’re aware of your efforts, progress, and challenges.

Turn to Expertise

The team at 2010 Office stays up to date on trends to help clients plan their work areas as well as work from home office spaces.  They help design environments to improve employee engagement, and equip companies for improved productivity. Get input on connecting home offices with corporate spaces.

Contact 2010 Office and let them know your project needs.

2010 Office works with clients who are among Southern California’s most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Read Also: Your Guide to Equipping Your Home Office
Main Photo: SitOnIt Switchback Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Friant, Loftwall, Scale 1:1, and SitOnIt

Planning an Office that Adapts to the Differing Needs of Employees

Adapting to Employees Allermuir Pause Seating

Your company may have one clear mission and vision statement, but your team is a mix of personalities, body types, schedules, and commutes.  Creating an office space and adapting to employees needs is critical for a successful working environment.

In this age of hybrid schedules and remote working you may have an office space in downtown LA near LA Live and have some employees who live in the Arts District. Others may drive in once or twice a week from the High Desert or Palm Springs.

Some like to stand. Some like to sit—anywhere in the office.

You may have a conference room, but you can also benefit from lounge furniture that can be arranged and re-arranged as needed. It’s an age of multi-use furnishings that serve the dynamics of your office environment.

Let’s see how to design for a range of personalities.

Adapting to Employees’ Physical and Emotional Needs

You can customize your office in many different ways, like equipping for people who have different physical needs and those who have different working habits and styles.

Say you have a finance department where one person likes to sit and another needs to stand for brief periods of time. Height-adjustable desks can be the solutions you need.

Adapting to Employees DeskMakers Ascend Workstation
Photo: Deskmakers Ascend Height Adjustable Workstation

The look and feel of a height-adjustable desk can vary dramatically from one model to another. The DeskMakers Ascend Height Adjustable Desk has a minimalistic appearance. It adjusts easily from one position to another within seconds and comes with many different finishes.

Adapting to Employees Drug Artemis Desk
Photo: Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk

For an executive vibe, check the Krug Artemis Height Adjustable Desk.

Get input from your employees so they have buy-in. Ask about their preferences and how they’d like to be accommodated.

Adapting to Employees’ In-Office Working Habits

Not everyone likes to sit at a workstation all day. A change of scenery can help some people be more creative while others prefer stretch breaks and working at different locations throughout the day.

How do you handle the preferences?

HON Abound Workstation
Photo: HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation

For those who prefer one place to sit and work, equip them with plenty of surface area and set aside boundaries for personal space. The HON Abound Height Adjustable Workstation is a high-tech solution that has numerous configurations. It comes with a wide range of finish options.

Adapting to Employees DARRAN Honey Workspace
Photo: Darran Honey Workspace

A unique solution that’s available is the DARRAN Honey Workspace.

Different styles of cubicles or desks with privacy screens can define personal workspaces and help provide focus.

The Loftwell Split Space Divider can easily fit in new or existing floor plans and it’s also an option for home offices that need separation between personal and professional spaces.


Photo: DeskMakers Synapse Workstations

Does someone need to get away inside the office?

Set aside a lounge area where people can go to answer phones or take their laptops and work. Here are ideas for furnishing the space.

Allermuir Famiglia Chairs
Photo: Allermuir Famiglia Chairs

Use a combination of seating that allows for semi-private conversations and impromptu or planned small-group meetings. A modular seating area that can be arranged and used at the last minute has a distinct advantage over a more formal conference room. It doesn’t have to be reserved and it’s easy to arrange for a small group and then rearrange for the next use.

Look into the ERG International Brighton Modular Lounge Seating, a daring modernization of gathering and meeting spaces.

Adapting to Hybrid and Remote Employees

In many companies, full-time workers may be in the corporate office full-time while others either work remotely or work a hybrid schedule.

Equipping the office to adapt to these schedules includes having flexible office spaces where hybrid and remote workers can settle when they come into the office for meetings. This space can also be used as an area with video conferencing tools for virtual meetings.

What’s a flexible office space?

It could be similar to the lounge area with tables that can easily be set up and taken down when not in use.

It could also be a workstation that’s kept available and is reserved for those who come in for two or three days out of the week.

Adapting to Employees Nevins Volo Media Table
Photo: Nevins Volo Media Table

Install the video conferencing space and tools that are right for you, like the OFS Obeya Architectural Structures or a media table like the Nevins Volow Media Table that fits in any size office space.

You may have a range of people to work with and a variety of expectations to meet, so choose the furnishings that let you adapt to the various needs and create a unified team.

Trust Experience

The team at 2010 Office Furniture has more than a combined 50 years of experience designing offices and adapting to employees needs.  Trust our experts who’s worked in creating modern office spaces and furnishing clients who are among Southern California’s most successful corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Contact 2010 Office Furniture for input on getting as much value as possible from your office environment.

Read Also: Your Guide to the Best Training Furniture for the Office
Main Photo: Deskmakers Synapse Workstation
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Allermuir, DARRAN, Deskmakers, HON, Krug, Nevins

2024 Office Trends to Create an Engaging Office Environment

2024 Office Trends Senator Haven Pods

What’s in store for 2024 office trends and what do we watch out for?

When Edmunds, the car people, opened their office in Santa Monica several years ago they suspended a Corvette above the reception desk.

The staff coffee bar was designed without traditional solid walls and featured chrome wheels arranged behind the coffee pots.

Fun? Engaging?

These touches reinforced the staffs mission and created a creative office environment.

Workstations were grouped together according to tasks and departments, but people were free to move around the office if they needed a change of scenery.

How do you plan an office space with design trends that bring the best out of your team and puts them in a mindset to succeed?

Lets read on.

Creating Community

Think of your office space as an engaging community, not just a place thats solely functional. In a pleasant community, there are places where residents converse and move easily along a main street.


Photo: Friant Nik Lounge Chair

They know they belong.

Harvard Business Review addressed this just a few years ago and found that 40% of people feel isolated at work. Look at the benefits of belonging, as described in The Value of Belonging at Work”:

High belonging was linked to a whopping 56% increase in job performance, a 50% drop in turnover risk, and a 75% reduction in sick days.”

Creating a place of community and belonging is definitely up there in 2024 office trends.  Now take some steps in creating a community.

Your 2024 Office Trends Roadmap

2024 office trends are all about creating engaging spaces.  And engaging offices dont just happen. Theyre well-planned. The team at 2010 Office Furniture knows this. They bring over a half-century of combined experience planning office spaces and furnishing recognizable brands in Southern California.

Think through your own roadmap. Start by thinking through the following questions:

Function: how is your office currently functioning and how can the functions be improved? Does the workflow bog down in any specific area?

Charting the function helps you to see how to brand your office for employees and visitors from the time they step into the reception area and move to the interior spaces.

Needs of the team: what types of workstations, desks, and chairs best meet the task needs and physical needs of your team?

Bring ergonomics into the picture by matching the employees needs with the furnishings that will provide for their well-being and help them do their best.

Aesthetics

Now you can integrate your branding with the details that help motivate your team by placing them in a positive mindset.

Check the 2010 Office Inspirations page, an online showcase highlighting 2024 office trends that lend to an engaging environment.

See how different elements like furnishings and colors blend to create inviting workspaces with a specific look and feel.


Photo: OFS Eleven Wood Table

The Scandinavian office has minimal simplicity while an upbeat contemporary office mixes and matches an array of colors and furnishings.


Photo: Stylex NYC Wrap-Over Lounge

Everyday Life

In communities, people like to come together but still have quiet spaces. Its like being alone … together.

Open office designs are here to stay, but 2024 office trends bring a sense of boundaries back in.  No doubt, its important to define spaces such as specific places for workstations in a department. Lets use the marketing department as an example. Someone will need creative focus when writing up the campaign slogans of a specific product.

However, they cant do this in isolation. They need to interview others to get their inspiration.

Have interactive spaces where the marketing team gathers with the production team to highlight the benefits of your next great project. This is where you let ideas flow with robust conversations.

Heres another trend to be aware of.

Add video conferencing to the mix so you can have internal teams and participants working remotely.

How do you handle it all?

Go Modular

2024 office trends includes the power of keeping it flexible and adaptable.  And Modular furnishings keep you in control. You can easily accommodate workers on hybrid schedules and people working on a freelance basis. They can come in at scheduled times for a day or a meeting before leaving to finish their tasks elsewhere.

Just like a community, isnt it?

People come and go but theyre brought together under the banner of fulfilling corporate goals.

Think of the breakroom as the General Store where informal discussions can lead to collaborative gatherings.


Photo: ERG International Carlton Stools

Cities use parks as green spaces to enhance the quality of life. Your equivalent could be designing lounge areas for both spontaneous small group use and individual use.


Photo: OCI Seating Breeze Lounge

It’s also possible with So Cal’s sunny weather to design indoor-outdoor spaces.

Why be limited by four walls?

Make sure office functionality is present and people’s needs are met. Use these ideas to make your office environment an engaging place that inspires people both professionally and personally.

Great Office Spaces with 2024 Office Trends

An engaging office environment is one where people know they’re supported while being challenged professionally.

Get expert input from 2010 Office Furniture and their space planning services along with their ability to furnish what you need.

Their focus is on helping you create the spaces that work best while bringing in quality that will last.

Contact them with your questions and possible project needs.

Read Also: Plan Your Office Branding for the Employee Experience
Main Photo: Senator Haven Pod
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: ERG International, Friant, National, OCI Seating, OFS, Senator, Stylex

Design an Office Space and Boost Morale Using Natural Materials

Natural Office Design Trends Arcadia Wordsmith Cart

Want to go natural in the office? Smart move. Let’s look at the natural office design trend and how it helps benefit your office!

Bringing nature into the office boosts overall morale and helps workers be more productive. But how do you connect the office space with the great outdoors?

In Southern Californias urban sprawl, we see evidence of natural beauty all around us—from the mountains forming a backdrop behind downtown LA, to the coast, and to the national forests. Dont forget the sun. A few years ago, the Harvard Business Review referred to natural light as the #1 Office Perk.

Its one of the elements that should be part of every companys wellness program.

Light

Sunshine is worth harvesting indoors, especially since downtown LA gets about 290 total days of either full sun or partly cloudy skies, according to most estimates. Benefits of sunshine are proven to reduce employeesstress and improve their natural sleeping cycle.

If its possible, enlarge windows to maximize the amount of sunshine that can filter indoors. Try to have desks and workstations within 25 feet of windows and use center spaces for storage equipment or break areas. Install skylights or sky tubes.

What happens if your office is in a windowless setting?

Advice in CareerTrend says to upgrade your fluorescent lights to a color “’temperature’ that mimics daylight and use focused task lighting to reduce eye strain.”

Regardless of the setting, consider using translucent partitions for cubicles and space dividers instead of solid walls.


Photo: Loftwall Hitch Space Divider

Fabrics and Materials

The most basic of all building materials remain popular. Wood has environmental benefits. If sustainably sourced,” says a UK design company, Insightful Environments, wood is one of the most environmentally friendly materials available as it is infinitely renewable and acts as a carbon store, giving it an important role in reducing carbon emissions.”

Pine, oak, and beech are three types of wood that can be effectively used in the office. So can bamboo, a grass, which is a beneficial plant for a variety of uses. It can be used as furniture and grown in pots as space dividers.

Bamboo also absorbs carbon from the environment and releases high oxygen levels into the atmosphere.

You can use wood in strategic ways. Light-grain wood floors can help lighten the office environment, even if little natural light is available.

Use natural fabrics for upholstery like cotton, leather, and wool or wool blends. Hemp is another natural fabric choice thats described in Better Homes and Gardens as feeling similar to canvas and its resistant to mold and mildew.

Lounge seating has options with natural-looking fabrics like the OFS Realm Lounge Seating. There are fun ways to customize it like adding wood to the curved armrests.


Photo: OFS Realm Lounge Seating

Walls

Imagine natural elements on your walls with rocks, wood, and plenty of greenery. Check the Nevins Bio Canvas Frame that not only brings natural elements into the office, but it helps control acoustics, too.


Photo: Nevins Bio Canvas

Get Naturally Inspired

See these elements coming together in 2010 Office Inspirations The Green Office page. Notice how greenery and light are fused to create a welcoming environment.

You dont have to shut the door on nature when stepping into a corporate office.

Use furniture with natural fabrics and natural wood.

It doesnt have to take a huge budget to green up the surroundings. Real wood shelves filled with pleasing office plants are an easy way to start.


Photo: OFS Obeya Architectural Structure

Re-imagine cubicles or meeting spaces with office design solutions like the OFS Obeya Architectural Structures. Its made with plywood cores and real wood grain details, and a great way to incorporate natural office design trends to your office.


Photo: Arcadia Delen Table

Need meeting tables or a breakroom surface? Check the Arcadia Delen Table thats available in different shapes with solid Ash and Walnut wood finishes.


Photo: Arcadia Livia Bench

The Arcadia Livia Bench has a classic look and comes in both straight wood beams and scalloped wood. Optional removable seat pads can be easily added.

Remember This …

No matter how little or how much sunlight or other natural materials you have in the office, keep an orderly environment. Everyone will think better and feel calmer when their work environment is organized, clean, and orderly.

Heres an idea from The American Society of Administrative Professionals. Choose a day each quarter when everybody cleans and organizes their personal office space and another day when you team up to clean common spaces.

Freshen Up with Natural Office Design Trends

What do you need to improve your office environment and workflow? How do you incorporate natural office design trends successfully?

Get input from the team at 2010 Office Furniture. Theyve got more than 50 years of combined experience furnishing and planning spaces for clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Theyll show you how to keep employees engaged and promote their overall well-being.

Contact them with your questions and potential project needs.

Read Also: Designing a Healthy Office
Main Photo: Arcadia WorkSmith Cart
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Arcadia Contract, Loftwall, Nevins and OFS

Stylish Noise Reducing Office Furniture Trends for 2024

Noise Reducing Office Furniture OFS Intermix Table

Reduce office noise and boost employee engagement by incorporating noise reducing office furniture at the workplace.

Thats not an easy task because were immersed in noise.

During commutes, listening to an audiobook or the radio in your car is pleasant but there’s still noise. Think of the noises that you hear in your backyard. Or how about parking near your office, whether its in a downtown Los Angeles high-rise or an office near John Wayne Airport?

When you get into the office and settle at your desk, you wont endure car horns or neighbors blasting music during backyard barbeques but youll have other distractions.

Take a look at this:

Even moderate noise in an office can result in high levels of stress and lower task motivation, according to a 2021 study from Cornell University:

Workers in the noisy office experienced significantly higher levels of stress, made 40 percent fewer attempts to solve an unsolvable puzzle, and made only half as many ergonomic adjustments to their workstations as did their colleagues in quiet offices.”

Does that mean you have to put up solid walls?

No. Get fashionable.

You can use noise reducing office furniture that help with office acoustics with stylish designs that blend with your existing decor using some of the latest new fabrics.

Channeling and reducing sound helps make the office a desirable place for your employees.

Heres a fabric that keeps the office looking stylish and absorbs noise: PET Felt.

What is PET Felt?

When you take the materials used to make plastic bottles and reuse it as fabrics — thats Polyethylene Terephthalate, better known as PET Felt.

PET is especially well-suited for use in design-led acoustics since its lightweight, dense, durable, and rigid: all properties that make it ideal for acoustic design. Add to that it achieves a Class O fire rating, as noted by Sound Zero, an acoustic sound design firm in the U.K.

Lets see a specific use of this recycled material.

Lamps with PET Felt

Reducing or channeling office noise doesnt mean putting up barriers. Help can come from unexpected places using noise reducing office furniture with the right materials.

Like PET felt on office lamps.

Now, would you have thought an office lamp could absorb sound? Dutch designers did and showcased their products on Dezeen.com.

The lamps hang nicely above tables with a relatively low profile and act almost like an upside-down umbrella. They dont call attention to themselves but blend in nicely with the surroundings.

Noise Reducing Office Furniture Absorb and Deflect Those Noises

Now lets look at other ways to reduce noise in the office with accompanying noise reducing office furniture.


Photo: OFS Intermix Conference Table

Set up a welcoming type of conference room. Click on the 2010 Office Inspiration page and browse a modern conference room space. It doesnt have to be completely enclosed. Imagine a space with one wall as a whiteboard, another wall being a clear architectural wall, and a monitor attached to a wall with a doorless opening to walk in and out of freely.


Photo: Snowsound Clasp Fiber Room Divider

Many lounge seating arrangements are attractive, comfortable, and are designed to keep conversations focused around a table so the noise doesn’t drift away. In fact they make great noise reducing office furniture because of the padding and fabric that they’re usually made from.


Photo: Arcadia Contract TOOtheLOUNGE Seating

Look at the Arcadia TOOtheLOUNGE Seating with practical configurations and colorful appearances to brighten any office environment. It can be an individual “oasis” or set up to accommodate a few people. Make it as closed or as open as you want.


Photo: Nevins Bio Canvas Frame

Green office panels help you control the acoustics while adding a touch of nature to your surroundings. The Nevins Bio Canvas Frame has a lightweight frame and uses bark, moss, and stone panels. No maintenance is required.

Bookcases are another way to absorb and deflect sounds and make great noise reducing office furniture. What do you put on them? Decorative pieces. Plants. Books. Trophies from the office softball team. Get creative.

You’ve got plenty of options to choose from. Look for an eye-catching design like the OFS Hitch Shelf and Storage. It’s a modular system to showcase your personality.


Photo: OFS Rowens Shelf and Credenza

The OFS Rowen Shelf and Credenza has a library feel while the DARRAN Chameleon Storage has a more boxy style.


Photo: DARRAN Chameleon Storage

Dont forget green plants. Wider leaves deflect sound waves and all types of plants purify the air. Plus, theyre visually refreshing. Good Housekeeping compiled a listing of 15 plants including the spider plant and birds nest fern.

These ideas are relatively easy to implement and we didnt even include cubicles or architectural walls.  But all these are good options for noice reducing office furniture.

Office Space Planning and Design for Noise Reducing Office Furniture

Absorbing sound waves are one part of overall office planning.

What do you feel your greatest needs are? Ask the team at 2010 Office Furniture and theyll bring more than 50 years of experience into your space planning and furniture sourcing solutions.

2010 Offices clients are Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, universities, and small businesses.

Contact them with your potential project needs and when you’re ready to include noise reducing office furniture into your office space.

Read Also: Choosing the Best Office Dividers and Filing Systems
Main Photo: OFS Intermix Conference Table
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Arcadia Contract, DARRAN, Nevins, OFS and Snowsound

Get Inspired with These Top 10 Office Design Trends for 2024

Office Design Trends for 2024 Friant Dash Desk

Keep your office refreshed or plan an entirely new space using these 10 office design trends for 2024.

Make your workspace a destination where employees want to enter. Inspire them to get engaged in their professional strengths while blending their individual personalities with the companys brand.

Thats not an easy feat and requires expert space planning, but the benefits include people who feel ownership of their work and know that theyre well supported.

Some experts find that human-centric workspaces are more likely to exhibit high performance and are likely to attract younger talent.

Lets take a closer look.

Next-Level Collaborative Spaces

Offices have gone from traditional solid walls and conference rooms to open offices.  What are office design trends for 2024 looking like?

Open-office plans made a big splash by removing physical walls and using bench workstations and seating to bring workers together. But critics realized that people still needed private spaces to focus.

Now, traditional meetings may be going goodbye, too.

Shopify cut down the number of employee meetings this year, as reported on LinkedIn, and the company expects several teams to complete 25% more projects by the end of the year compared to last year.

What to do?

The need for communication and collaboration remains. Find creative ways to share corporate values and goals while creating welcoming environments.

Get ideas on work environments that reflect your corporate brand on the 2010 Office Inspirations page, an online showcase revealing possibilities.

Planning for Personality as Office Design Trends for 2024

Your company has a brand personality and the people who work for you, and with you, have their unique personalities.

Check out these following office design trends for 2024 and see what works for your company.

Use corporate spaces to reflect the Big Picture, just like the National Hockey League did at their offices in Manhattan at One Manhattan West. Bold graphics with team logos line a hallway.

Your company can incorporate the golden hues of the mountains around Los Angeles County and Orange County and blend the teal of ocean waves with the shimmering skies.


Photo: Maverick Gravity Reception Desk

Begin with the reception area where you can incorporate your brand with the reception desk, guest chairs, and tables.

Or you can pay homage to the regions once plentiful orange groves or other historic attributes.


Photo: Scale 1:1 Eyhov Workstation

Let your employees bring their personalities out within their workstations to showcase hobbies and special skills.

Multi-Purpose Spaces

Designing spaces with multiple uses is a big part of office design trends for 2024.

Lounge areas can be used for individuals who need to take calls or want to do work away from their desks. The same spaces can also use furniture that can be reconfigured for use by a small group. Remote workers who stop by for in-person meetings can use those same spaces to touchdown and get themselves organized.

Flexible Environments

This is similar to multi-purpose spaces but think of a breakroom having room and pods where people can have focused conversations. Make your office like a coffee shop.

Use architectural walls to create conference rooms and training spaces.

Equipped for Remote Workers

Video conferencing areas with tables made for the occasion are excellent ways to accommodate remote workers and in-person staff who need to attend virtual trainings and other important meetings.

Channeling Sound


Photo: AMQ 3F Acoustic Panels


Photo: Friant Interra Cubicle

Use acoustic panels, cubicles, and stylish bookcases to direct sound. Dont let important conversations distract others who need to focus.

Furnishings for Well-Being


Photo: Rouillard FX Chair


Photo: Workrite Astra 3 Task Light

Ergonomics is the study of fitting equipment to meet a persons well-being. Ergonomic chairs, height-adjustable desks, and task lighting create an environment that helps reduce physical stress and strain.

Blending Professional and Personal as Office Design Trends for 2024

Stepping into the corporate office doesnt mean you have shut the door on your personal life. And being employed means you might still have a home office.

Allow more blending to take place in the office, especially between workers of different generations.

Why?

Digging further into the Gartner studies, its stated that Gen Z has missed out on developing soft skills, such as negotiating, networking, speaking confidently in front of crowds, and developing the social stamina and attentiveness required to work long hours, in an in-person environment.”

Encouraging mentoring and working across age and cultural differences can benefit all.

Welcoming Nature

Already popular but still going strong into office design trends for 2024 are going green and biophilia.

Make sure you green up the office. Use plants throughout to provide a pleasant look and freshen the air. Place greenery on the walls by using the Nevins Bio Canvas Frame, a stunning selection of moss, bark, and stone panels with no maintenance required.”

Using Light


Photo: Friant Dash Revitalize Workstation

Remember to let in as much natural light as possible. Weve got plenty of it in Southern California and there are many ways to let it filter throughout an open office using bench seating and translucent privacy screens instead of solid walls.

Turn to Experience for Office Design Trends for 2024

Planning spaces for well-known corporations, meeting the needs of universities, and providing solutions for small businesses takes a knowledge of how work flows and what people need.

Turn to the team at 2010 Office Furniture to update your workspace following top office design trends for 2024.  Tap into more than a combined half-century of experience serving clientswho are among Southern Californias most distinguished companies.

Contact them and let them know your project needs.

Read Also: Office Trends that Keep Employees Engaged and Productive
Main Photo: Friant Dash Desk
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, FriantMaverick, Rouillard, Scale 1:1 and Workrite

Liven Up Your Virtual Meeting Rooms and Physical Meeting Spaces

Virtual Meeting Room TOOtheLOUNGE Seating

Step away from the same old environments and change up both you virtual meeting room and physical meeting spaces to keep your team engaged. Freshen up your in-office environment and your online world.

Think about it this way.

Got Zoom fatigue from too many online meetings? You might not get it with in-house staff who are full-time because youre often meeting face-to-face. But you might still need to have online meetings with remote workers, clients, and vendors.

Dont forget that youll also have training sessions if you need to be updated on new technologies or brief your team on compliance issues for your industry.

When youre meeting virtually with teams and addressing people who have different roles and functions, then youll benefit from having online meeting spaces that reflect an in-person experience.

The Virtual Meeting Room Environment

There are virtual meeting spaces designed to appear on-screen like an actual office environment. Youll see avatars at open benching solutions or cubicles in bright colors and you can easily move from a general meeting space to one-on-one chats.

Use interactive elements like YouTube videos and virtual whiteboards for jotting notes. Your virtual meeting room should be designed to keep the attention of attendees.

Now lets look at your physical meeting space, too.


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The Physical Meeting Space Environment

Host from a comfortable in-house office space designed for teleconferencing and then connect with remote workers using their mobile phones, laptops, or desktops. Use furniture with integrated technology and connection portals.

Get inspired by what your conferencing center can look like. Check the 2010 Office Furnitures Inspiration Page for Modern Conference Room and Meeting Spaces.


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Liven up the dreary and stiff meeting spaces and create an atmosphere that opens people up to collaboration. Who says meeting spaces need four physical walls?


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Imagine a meeting space with a large monitor on a wall for easy viewing of video presentations with another wall used as a whiteboard. Another side of the space has a translucent architectural wall that lets light flow in while keeping the sound within the meeting area.

Making the Virtual Meeting and Physical Space Work

A dedicated physical or virtual meeting room is only one part of having a successful meeting. Set the proper expectations.

Create a positive meeting experience using protocols and the right technologies that support your goals. Send out key points of an agenda and, if appropriate, have people pre-meet to discuss the points and suggest courses of action.

Open a meeting with a brief personal check-in, especially with remote workers who dont get much water cooler” time in the corporate office. This breaks the ice and can foster positive communication. A minute or two for personal sharing can build bonds.

Keep people focused on the agenda, so dont allow multitasking.

A virtual meeting space that simulate a live office environment provide a sense of realism and depth. The way we interact online is still different than if we were in person since picking up cues from body language isnt as noticeable on a computer monitor or smartphone screen.

So wait for others to finish, and speak slowly when its your turn. Use icons to signify that your hand is raised.


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For training sessions, use a well-designed virtual meeting space on a large screen. A larger conference table is a solution, but dont crowd people so theyre uncomfortable.


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Try using individual tables or small groups of a few people per table if the topic requires note-taking and interaction with co-workers.


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Use Different Space Sizes

Step out of the same old meeting room by varying the space sizes. Use huddle spaces for up-close conversations. A style like the Encore Hado Lounge Seating can provide comfort and keep you at ease. Use a nesting table that can be easily removed when not needed.

Put your breakroom to strategic use with booths and seating solutions that offer some privacy.

The ERG International Laguna Lounge Seating arrangement is perfect for meeting over coffee or lunch. Its designed so the conversation is channeled and has power management tools so you can stay connected, especially for your virtual meeting room.

Design a Home-Style Meeting Space

Get the durability of commercial furnishings with the comfort of home-like fabrics and colors. Create a resimercial meeting space with the Arcadia TOOtheLOUNGE Seating. The TOOthe LOUNGE can be configured for one person or can accommodate several people.

Want more ideas on relaxed meeting and working spaces? Check the Resimercial Office design on 2010 Office Furnitures Inspiration page.

Stay Current with 2010 Office Furniture

Stay up-to-date with trends in planning office spaces and furnishing the office environment. Connect with the team at 2010 Office Furniture for input on your project.

The 2010 Office Furniture team has more than 50 years of combined experience advising and sourcing furniture for clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.  Let their experts help you design and create your next virtual meeting room or physical meeting space!

Read Also: Staying Productive with an Effort for Holistic Office Wellness
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Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Arcadia, DARRAN, OFS & Source

Planning for Happiness and Productivity in the Office

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Cultivate strong morale and you’ll have more employees who are happy and engaged in their work. But is happiness in the office really important? Shouldn’t people just buckle down and do their work?  Read on to learn how to plan for happiness and productivity in the office.

Let’s think it through and see how to turn happiness into something that’ll fuel a competitive advantage in your company.

What would you rather have?

An employee constantly daydreaming of splashing in the surf off Malibu or skiing in Big Bear while wondering how they can rage apply for jobs at other companies? Or an employee who’s happily focused on finishing their tasks to the best of their abilities?

Happiness matters. Employees who are upbeat and positive will deliver.

In the book, The Happiness Advantage, author Shawn Achor concludes, “A decade of research proves that happiness raises nearly every business and educational outcome: raising sales by 37%, productivity by 31%, and accuracy on tasks by 19%, as well as a myriad of health and quality of life improvements.”

Think of high job satisfaction as a competitive advantage.

But can companies do anything to affect an employee’s happiness?

Create a Destination Place for Happiness and Productivity in the Office

In September 2022, a discussion on the social media platform Reddit surveyed what makes people happy in Los Angeles. Attractions like the Greek Theater, Hollywood Bowl, and Sunset Strip ranked high as did food, like the variety of ethnic foods—from Mexican and Peruvian to Thai and Ethiopian.

You’re not expected to turn the workplace into a resort, but you’re making the office a desired place to settle in and work. In the age of hybrid work schedules and remote work possibilities, create an upbeat atmosphere where people want to be. Make it part of your internal branding.

And as far as food, once or twice a year have entrees brought in that reflect the diverse tastes of Los Angeles.

Here’s what matters.

Plan Spaces

An office with an effective workflow isn’t just a random collection of desks. You need to think of who the users are and how they need unique spaces:

  • Executive decision-makers
  • Managers
  • Full-time in-house employees with specific functions
  • Remote workers
  • Temporary employees


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An executive may spend hours at her desk, but could her office, or the area just outside the office, also serve as a strategic planning center?


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How about creating touchdown spaces? These are more informal lounge areas where remote workers coming into the office for a meeting can sit and prepare. They also serve as meeting areas for in-office workers with an atmosphere that’s more relaxed than conference rooms.

Use Supportive Equipment

Ergonomics is key to achieve happiness and productivity in the office. Keep in mind the benefits of ergonomics and that they set the tone for happy employees. A range of products can help you achieve your goals.


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Quality ergonomic chairs that adjust to support the lower back, elbows, and knees reduce the stress of sitting.


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Height-adjustable desks make it possible for computer monitors to be at a comfortable eye level so any strain on the neck and shoulders is minimized.


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Ergonomic accessories like proper lighting are a necessity to reduce eye strain. Good lighting is more than lamps. Maximize natural light since it’s proven to boost moods and aid in a person’s natural cycle of waking and sleeping.

Physical discomfort is a distraction and results in much higher rates of absenteeism. Supporting your workers with ergonomic solutions is part of an overall wellness strategy.

Make Clear Communication A Priority

When people know what’s expected of them, then they can handle their work confidently and feel like they’re moving forward with work that matters.

Clarify your vision, mission, and goals.

Listen and address the challenges that arise.

What you’re doing is building a community where people trust each other and believe that management values them.  This will lead to happiness and productivity in the office

This effort “improves processes and procedures and ultimately creates greater efficiencies and reduces costs,” as described by the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM) in an article, “Managing Organizational Communication.”


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Make communication areas part of your office design. Managers can use cubicles like the Friant System 2 Workstation which can accommodate one to three people for meetings.

Use videoconferencing with remote workers. Everyone can hop on a call using their own laptops, but there could be advantages to having a media space with architectural walls.

Or, use a media table in a compact area. 2010 Office Furniture carries several models.

The Scale 1:1 TeleMeet Connect Table can be expanded to accommodate anywhere from six people to a few dozen staff gathered.

Install a “designated island of productivity” with the OFS Intermix Collaborative Table.

Get Help on Boosting Happiness and Productivity in the Office

Plan for a sustainable and profitable future by fostering happiness and productivity in the office. Trust input from the team at 2010 Office Furniture who have a combined half-century of helping notable clients throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

Planning your office space and using furnishings that bring out the best in your team will give you an edge in retaining employees who are engaged in their work.

Contact 2010 Office Furniture with your project needs and questions.

Read Also: The Best Office Spaces are Responsive to Employee Needs
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Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: AMQ, DeskMakers, Enwork, Friant, OFS & Snowsound

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best for Your Office Needs

Looking for the perfect seating to furnish your office space? A SitOnIt chair just may be what you need!

Office chairs deserve attention and you need to choose one that works best in your office. These commonplace pieces of furniture are unsung heroes in the corporate environment and also for remote workers at home.  

Chairs have different functions and provide varying levels of comfort and support.

As one of the leading manufacturer of office chairs, SitOnIt Seating provides an entire line of chairs to fit every office need and support employees of every body type.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best ReAlign Chair
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Get input on how you can choose whats right for you, by understanding why choosing the right chair is important for your personal well-being.

Sitting is Physically Demanding

Sitting looks like a passive activity, but its not. Pressure builds on your spine and lower back while extra stress is placed on your joints. Sitting for long periods of time without taking a stretch break or moving around wears you down.

Research highlighted by the Mayo Clinic, What Are the Risks of Sitting Too Much?, shows that sitting for eight hours a day with no physical activity poses the same health risks as smoking and obesity.

Think of an RV sitting in a driveway for months and months. Do you know what happens if its not placed on blocks or driven?

Air in the tires doesnt circulate and the wheels eventually go flat.

Think of a patient in the hospital. What happens if they only lie in one position and arent turned? They develop bed sores.

The same phenomenon happens with chairs, especially ones that dont align with your body weight.

Now use this to choose the right chairs for the right tasks—and physical shapes.

SitOnIt Chairs For Full-Time In-House Workers

Start with versatility.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Sona Chair
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A smart selection is a chair that adapts to different tasks and a users weight and movements. The SitOnIt Seating Sona Chair can be customized for executive desks or for use around conference tables. Choose from different designs for armrests, back support, and knit material finishes.

Choose for dedicated tasks.

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Someone whos focused at a workstation or executive desk and is working full-time at the same desk can benefit from the SitOnIt Seating Torsa Chair, a fully adjustable chair with excellent lumbar support.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Glove Chair
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Executives who need to recline and think in between office emails and strategic planning sessions will find comfort in the SitOnItSeating Glove Chair.

Select a SitOnIt Chair for Up-and-Down Moments

Put thought into chairs needed for training sessions, temporary workers, and guests needing accommodations for brief periods of time.

You want durability and comfort so people can think clearly.

Got a temporary worker stopping in for a few days or longer? The SitOnIt Seating Freelance Chair is welcoming and professional while lightweight and easy to stack.

Heres another stackable option: the SitOnIt Seating InFlex chair. Its stylish and fits well in either conference-type settings or breakrooms.

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Focus Chair and Stool
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How about a chair that works well for an impromptu meeting alongside a cubicle workstation or in the breakroom? Try the SitOnIt Seating Focus Side Chair and Stool.

Now You See Them—Until They’re Put Away

Choosing the SitOnIt Chair That’s Best Relay Chair
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Need to pull chairs from storage for a specific event and then put them away? You can browse the stackable options above along with the SitOnIt Seating Nesting Chairs. Its a clever way to store chairs. Check the SitOnIt product line on 2010officefurniture.com for the availability of used chairs with special pricing.

Another Way to Select Chairs is to Select Your Desks

The types of workstation or desk you use can determine the best SitOnIt chair for your situation. Will the chair fit well with a height-adjustable desk or within a cubicle?

Just dont take your chair for granted. Its an invaluable piece of equipment to support every part of your body. And when your body is comfortable, your blood is circulating well and plenty of oxygen is flowing to the brain.

Your chair should be strategic.

Ask 2010 Office Furniture for the Right SitOnIt Chair

If you need advice with planning your office space and furnishing it well, the team at 2010 Office Furniture can help based on a combined 50 years of experience.

2010 Office has worked with clients who are among Southern Californias most distinguished corporations, nonprofits, and small businesses.

Contact them with your office furnishing and space planning needs.

Read Also: Choosing the Best Office Dividers and Filing System
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5 Ways of Developing a Positive Office Environment for Being Happy at the Office

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Finding content and being happy at the office is possible and it doesnt mean you have to give up on your entrepreneurial dreams or other aspirations. Regardless of anyones circumstances, there are plenty of reasons to be upbeat and happy. Create a supportive environment and see how a happy office has a competitive edge.

Develop Your Goals & Mission for Being Happy at the Office

Skilled leaders know how to set a tone that others want to follow by investing on their talents and getting engaged in the tasks at hand. Setting clear corporate goals, reminding people of the mission, and rewarding them leads to employee buy-in.

Make it clear where the company is now and chart the path forward with realistic goals.

Support everyone in their tasks by using furnishings that inspire them to do their best.

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Develop an Atmosphere of Inspiration

An atmosphere, or ambiance, is an intangible element but its quite real. Walk into a setting thats either friendly or filled with tension, and you can immediately sense that something is happening—either good or bad.  You can feel right away if particular environment prioritizes their employees being happy at the office.  There are creative number of ways to do this.

Lay a good foundation by planning and designing your office with colors, fabrics, and furnishings that support your brand and mission.

The 2010 Office Inspirations web page lays out ideas to choose from.

What style of office design fits the personality of your company?

Being Happy at the Office 9to5 Lilly Chairs
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See how the Modern Industrial Office looks so different from the Upbeat Contemporary Office.

Being Happy at the Office Stylex Verve Chairs
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Either one can set the mood and vibe you want and any design can provide an ambiance that assists your team in being happy at the office and doing their best. This is one part in developing a strong brand internally.

Setting expectations is another part.

Develop Attitudes of Expectation

Expect people to perform and deliver. Lay out and communicate goals, and encourage feedback, and adjust as necessary. Trust them.

This is important, especially in times of hybrid work environments where some employees are in the office for part of their time and then for the remainder of their schedule theyre working out of the home or another remote location.

Expect the best from them.

And in doing so, equip them to carry out their goals. This means planning the workflow and being concerned about their well-being through ergonomics.

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Quality seating, workstations, and proper desks contribute to setting the right expectations. Lighting and other accessories enhance the employee experience, and lead to them being happy at the office.

Develop Wellness to Promote Being Happy at the Office

Our professional and personal lives often overlap and thats fine when everythings going well.

But what happens when a crisis strikes like when an employee goes through personal loss or injury, or the company is hit with a shakeup due to external factors?

An atmosphere of wellness can mean discounted memberships to local gyms or even health plans with counseling options available. Personal issues often need to be handled outside of the work setting.

What happens if you need to talk in-house, though?

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Define a space either with architectural walls or conversation pods for greater privacy. Plan an informal setting using the Encore Clipse Lounge Seating arrangement.

Being Happy at the Office Encore Clipse Lounge Seating
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Group chats and debriefings dont have to happen in a formal conference room. Modular furniture solutions can give a relaxed feel.

Develop a System of Small Rewards

Cash bonuses are great incentives, of course, and help for being happy at the office. But so are other perks like letting plenty of natural light flow through the office and providing free coffee and other drinks in the break room.

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Have plenty of bottled water and healthy snacks on hand. Fatty, high sugar treats like doughnuts can bog down the digestive system. Eating well is one of the key ways of staying healthy and being happy at the office, as noted by job placement agency Monster.com in 10 Tips for Staying Happy at Work.

Small rewards can help the office become a desired destination instead of a place where you have to go or else youll get in trouble.

Develop Ideas With Expertise for Being Happy at the Office

Need to refresh your existing office space or plan an entirely new office environment? The team at 2010 Office Furniture has more than 50 years of knowledge and expertise in helping corporate clients, leading nonprofits, and small businesses in Southern California.

Stay up to date on current office trends.

Get the input needed for effective workflow and contact 2010 Office Furniture with your potential project needs.

Read Also: Designing a Healthy Office
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Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: 9to5 Seating, Encore Seating, ERG International, HON, OFS, Stylex Seating & Trendway