Great Ways to Encourage Better Employee Health

Great Ways To Encourage Better Employee Health

Making the Office a Healthy Place to Thrive

Americans value being “healthy, wealthy, and wise,” as the old saying goes about being early to bed and early to rise. It’s smart advice to live by. Creating a healthy office environment by making a few investments in workplace health overall is fairly easy to do and it doesn’t have to strain the budget.

Any investments made are sure to generate a return as noted by the Harvard Business Review. The 2010 study showed that a dollar invested in wellness, can return an average a return of $2.71 through greater productivity, reduced absenteeism, and fewer healthcare costs.

Take a look at what you can do and see what some companies in Southern California are already doing.

Use Standing Desks

Okay. Apple, Inc. in Cupertino isn’t a Southern California company, but it is notable that the proper desks were emphasized for the 12,000 employees that are all located in the $5 billion dollar spaceship-style structure. Height-adjustable desks are in use throughout to promote workplace health. People are meant to move and not sit in one place for several hours at a time.

Install a Treadmill or Onsite Gym

Durable treadmills can give employees a walking break without having to leave the office. For companies that have more resources, install an onsite gym like Procore Technologies of Carpinteria. It made its mark developing construction management software and helps to keep its employees healthy.

Offer Fitness Subsidies

Give incentives for getting in shape. Honey, a downtown Los Angeles company that has a cash back program and coupon application for consumers provides fitness subsidies for its employees.

While at the office, make sure desks and workstations have ergonomic chairs that properly support the back, hips, and joints.

On-Site Yoga & Boot Camps

Bring the team together and do ab crunches on-site or stretch those muscles like HYFN in Playa Vista does, with its on-site yoga and boot camps. The movement makes for sharper focus on developing their cross-platform advertising solutions.

Provide Wellness Guidance for Finances and Workplace Health

Bring in top-notch experts to provide wellness guidance on topics like diabetes, weight management, and how to gradually start a fitness program. Roth Staff of Orange County also addresses financial health in its wide-ranging wellness programs for workers.

Encourage Lunch-Time Strolls

Provide a map of the most fun walk-able or jog-able areas near the office. Have an occasional meeting outdoors in a nearby park. Getting out reduces stress by clearing the mind and giving the heart a chance to pump.

Provide Relaxation Areas

It’s good for employees to also have quiet places to retreat to so consider furniture for lounge areas and unique one-on-one meeting space, especially in an open office environment.

A healthy office supports employees in their tasks just like properly selected office furniture. Make strategic purchases for deskschairsstorage and more with the help of 2010 Office Furniture.

Read Also: How Ergonomic Chairs Help Staff Stay Healthy and Accomplish More
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Digital Workplace Trends for 2019

Digital Workspace Trends 2019

4 Tech Office Trends 2019 to Follow

We’re seeing the future of work around us every day — automation in its different forms while bringing the comforts of home into professional environments. Look for these four technology office trends 2019 that will shape the workplace in the upcoming year.

1. Artificial Intelligence in B2C

A customer phones a call center to complain and an agent on the call is watching prompts with reminders on being empathetic and keywords to guide the conversation. It’s Artificial Intelligence (AI) developed by Cogito that company reps can use to improve a customer’s experience and ensure that they’ve been heard.  And while AI is still relatively in its early stages, we’re seeing it everywhere. Our everyday smartphones that complete our text messages by suggesting specific words and phrases are an example of how AI is developing and learning user behaviors based on algorithms. But some say that true AI learns on its own, without depending on us — which is no doubt soon to be seen in the near future (if not already).  In the meantime, we also are now benefitting from smart sensors that can help employees and home-based businesses set comfortable temperatures based on learned preferences and use tools like Alexa to offer reminders, play music and conserve energy.

Among other advances in technology, make sure to look for features built-in to office furniture such as desks with touchscreens that can remind workers when to go to lunch or prepare for appointments. This is definitely something to watch out for in office trends 2019.  Also, expect mobile devices to be in the fore of machine learning capabilities.

2. Robots in Industrial Automation

The automotive and electronics industries have used robots for many years, but automation is becoming common across all industries including food and beverage manufacturers as well as distributors and the transportation-logistics sector.  Imagine an autonomous vehicle leaving a distribution center to deliver goods to a construction site. On board are smaller robots equipped with vision control to locate customer-specific packages and complete the unloading process.  

It’s important to note that robots are no longer just built as a combinations of wires, metals, plastics or other hard mechanical parts.  Soft robotics is a concept on the rise making robots flexible enough to handle items like shirts and basketballs.  Also as we advance further into AI technology, look forward to robots connected to the cloud for more computational power that will be able to communicate with each other more effectively.

More and more, we’ll see huge advancements in robot technology as part of this year’s office trends 2019.

3. Automating Office Security

From face recognition to mobile robots, we look forward to seeing continued changes in office security. Government offices, universities and high-tech firms have traditionally had security plans that include key-card access systems, closed-circuit monitoring devices, and secure storage cabinets.

How about a roving robot as security guard?

A start-up firm founded by a former Google X employee is creating a robotic security force. As noted in this article on CNBC.com, Cobalt raises more than 16 million to bring security robots to the office, that can identify intruders and find maintenance problems like water leaks.  The robot “learns” how a secure building should appear so that it can spot something that’s gone wrong. A human security force can be alerted and sent in to patrol as needed.

4. Integrating Tech with a Human Touch

The office isn’t going away anytime soon. Not long ago, telecommuting was seen as the future while diminishing the importance of an office workspace.  Yet, Apple invested $5 billion in its spaceship-style headquarters and can house 12,000 employees under one roof. On a micro-level, freelancers who can work from home are flocking to co-work spaces to toil away alongside other gig contractors.

An office is a desirable place and though technological breakthroughs are fascinating, even the most tech-savvy companies work to keep humans comfortable.  Smart sensors to adjust lighting and temperatures to optimal levels exist alongside dividers made with succulents and other green plants. Drab gray is being replaced with more lively colors. Bean bag chairs and comfy lounge seats are an alternative to work stations when breaks are needed.  And it’s not all about work. Open air kitchen and snack bars provide desirable amenities with ping pong tables and tread mills giving exercise options.

No doubt, the modern office will continue to be a high-tech environment with space designed for a human touch.

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8 Best Open Plan Systems for Your Office

8 Open Plan Systems For Your Office

AN OFFICE TREND FOR THE MILLENNIUM

What are the best open plan systems for your office?

Earlier this year, a survey by Forbes revealed that approximately 70% of U.S. professionals are currently working in open plan offices.  In March, Facebook’s 10-acre campus (designed by none other than Frank Gehry) was reported to soon be the largest open plan office in the world, and is expected to house a jaw-dropping staff of 3,400.  While we may not all have the same whopping number of employees, we can still certainly enjoy the benefits that have popularized this ever-growing trend, as we survey some of the best open plan systems and their benefits at the office.

BENEFITS OF AN OPEN PLAN OFFICE

  1. INCREASES OFFICE COLLABORATION:  An open plan office promotes the sharing of ideas among workers and teams of employees.  When employees work in a shared space, they are more likely to ask for the input and opinions of their peers, naturally creating a synergistic flow of interaction and exchange of thoughts and ideas.  This environment, when positively nurtured, can spur inspiration and creativity among fellow empl0yees.
  2. STRENGTHENS EMPLOYEE RELATIONSHIPS:  Increased interaction with peers and colleagues, though not always perfect, allows for a more open and therefore better line of communication.  While a “do not disturb” policy may need to be initiated here and there when concentration is necessary, an open plan office facilitates a sense of camaraderie among those sharing the office space, instead of alienating individuals in traditional cubicles.
  3. EMPLOYEES ARE HEALTHIER AND HAPPIER: Isolated individuals in small enclosed spaces oftentimes are found seated all day hunched over computer screens.  This sedentary position can lead to serious health risks including heart disease and diabetes, as several studies have shown over the years.  Open plan spaces promotes interaction and encourage workers to stand up from time to time to move around more often.  Also, open plan arrangements incorporate more use of more natural light from windows, and allow for better air quality through increased air flow.  Employees are able to enjoy a space that’s more motivating, stimulating and aesthetically pleasing.
  4. LOWERED COSTS:  With an open plan office, there are less rooms, walls and private spaces to build, does reducing construction costs and significantly helping the company save money.  Open plan spaces also allow for more employees to work within one designated space, and are more economical with electricity, air-conditioning and heat.
  5. FUTURE FLEXIBILITY:  Office walls and private office structures get in the way when a company undergoes change.  An open plan space can be configured and re-configured much more easily, time and time again, allowing for a company to evolve more quickly and cost-effectively.

THE BEST OPEN PLAN SYSTEMS

From some of the most trusted brands in the business, and ranging in functionality, versatility, styles, and price points — here are the some of the best open plan systems that may just be the right fit for your office.

OPEN PLAN SYSTEMS XPAND

 

XPAND by Open Plan Systems welcomes you to the modern office, with a robust benching system of height adjustable tables that can be configured to meet your business needs. (More Info/Request a Quote)

MAVERICK DESK APEX

APEX by Maverick Desk adapts to various activities of groups and individuals within your workplace, creating an environment that is conducive to office productivity, efficiency and well-being. (More Info/Request a Quote)

OFS ELEVEN WORKSPACE

 

ELEVEN WORKSPACE by OFS is a Best of NeoCon Gold Award winner by Swiss architect and designer Daniel Korb, who developed ELEVEN around a fundamental concept: “Furniture is Architecture on a Different Scale.” (More Info/Request a Quote)

ODS X-BENCH

X-BENCH by ODS presents an advanced open plan benching solution that’s designed to meet a wide range of office applications – from collaborative open spaces to single private offices. (More Info/Request a Quote)

FRIANT VERITY

VERITY by Friant creates defined spaces to support the various types of work interactions for a coordinated look across the office.  (More Info/Request a Quote)

SCALE: 1:1 G SERIES

G SERIES by Scale 1:1 is a modern shared workstation that’s all about connectivity and collaboration. Designed with flexibility and movement in mind, sharing ideas among workers has never been more dynamic, promoting team learning and productivity.  (More Info/Request a Quote)

HON VOI

 

VOI by HON presents a distinctive blend of style and functionality in a casegoods system that’s architecturally striking as it is soundly built. Combining durable steel with solid and wood grain laminates, along with cutting edge, high quality materials, VOI gives you the freedom to easily select from various shapes, sizes, configurations, storage components, laminates and finish options to design your perfect workspace.  (More Info/Request a Quote)

SENATOR ORB

ORB by Senator breaks all the rules with its innovative 360 degree design, offering a more intuitive way of working.  (More Info/Request a Quote)

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Los Angeles Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Los Angeles Friant Showroom

Friant’s complete collection of office cubicles, open-plan benching and workstations is now on display at the Friant Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively housing Friant’s comprehensive full line of products. From the versatile frame and tile system Interra, to the robust panel system System 2, to the ergonomically height adjustable My-Hite workstations—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Friant’s full line of industry-acclaimed products that have over the years solidified the brand’s prestigious reputation in commercial office furniture and equipment.

FRIANT SHOWROOM LOCATION

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FRIANT SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
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All of Friant’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.

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Company Story Driven Office Design: How Well Do They Work?

Company Story Driven Office Design

In the earlier eras of the professional world, office spaces were once designed to look formal, and oftentimes as a result looked cold and impersonal. In contrast, today we’re finding ourselves basking in a different office climate: a softer, warmer, more welcoming office design that feels more residential in many aspects.  And then there’s company story driven office design.  The modern office today is story driven and presents an office design that stirs conversations and draws the attention from clients and future recruits. Current trends in office designs tell an interesting back story, for example, a rustic conference table or a uniquely vivid entryway light piece.

CREATING A COMPANY STORY DRIVEN OFFICE DESIGN

One best example of a story driven office is from a company based in Kansas that specializes in furniture design for private and government sectors. In order to creatively redesign their 7000 square foot office, they brought a hammock from Brazil and used a tree in front of their campus as a wooden bar countertop. They also made use of the beautiful artworks made by the artist who occupied their space previously. This Kansas based company also reused old wooden doors from a local post office being converted as a glass storefront, helping make this project environmental friendly.

As with any huge project, this requires a huge amount of time and creativity. The challenge is to have a company story driven office design while still maintaining a productive and professional office space. Here are some tips to help you achieve it:

  • Less is more. It’s better to have one good large piece of furniture rather than smaller pieces that don’t really match together, especially if you only have limited space. Put a distinct conference table or a reception desk that has presence, instead of modular tables or work surfaces that are hard to match and cost more. Having only one big furniture in a room will also certainly draw focus and attention. So it should be creatively designed and should be unique in a good way.
  • As shown in Neocon 2018, gravitating toward warm colors with your design feels more inviting. Mixing this with nature-inspired walls and work surfaces will also add a friendly appeal. For example, a brightly colored hand crafted lamp will look well with a wooden wall covered with plants.
  • All of us are creative and artistic in our own way. Use your employees’ creativity to your advantage. Come up with special days for your employees to bring their art pieces to be displayed at the office. Even better, give them the freedom to design their won unique individual spaces.
  • Use your imagination, and draw from the story of your company. You can fill your office floors with eclectic artwork, furniture pieces or memorabilia that has significant meaning to your brand. This will help remind you and your employees, as well as your visitors about how unique and creative your company is, and more importantly what sets it apar.

It’s simple to create a story driven office design, though you do have to roll up your sleeves and put in your due diligence. You just have to always make sure that whatever you do would clearly represent your company — its ideals, culture and brand image. Remember, the look of your office is a direct reflection of you, your employees and company.

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Los Angeles Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture

Los Angeles Maverick Desk Showroom

Maverick Desk’s impressive full line of laminate desks, workstations, conference tables and more is now on display at the Maverick Desk Showroom at 2010 Office Furniture. 2010 Office Furniture is the only dealer in Southern California exclusively showcasing Maverick Desk’s comprehensive collection of products. From the incredibly modular Apex Series, to the beautifully innovative Napa Collection, to the ergonomically height adjustable Maverick Training Tables—we have it all. All customers and guests are now welcome to visit and experience first hand Maverick Desk’s complete line of industry-acclaimed products that have built their reputation as a top contender in commercial office furniture and equipment.

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM LOCATION

2227 N Merced Ave.
South El Monte, CA 91733
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Toll Free:  (888) 618-2010

MAVERICK DESK SHOWROOM HOURS

Monday – Friday:  8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Saturday:  10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sunday:  Closed

All of Maverick Desk’s products are available to order and purchase through 2010 Office Furniture. While we feature only a select number of them on our website, we’ll be happy to assist you with anything specific you may be looking for. Please email or call us at 888.618.2010 and one of our specialists will contact you within 24 hours.

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Illuminate Your Office Space Intelligently

Illuminate Your Office Spaces Intelligently

WHAT YOUR INTERIORS SAY ABOUT YOU

Your interiors say a lot about the design and the overall appeal of your office. This appeal does not only apply to your clients but as well as the people working for you. The office furniture and other tangible aspects inside the workplace tells a lot about your business and is the winning factor on how to achieve a successful and productive work atmosphere.

However, some businesses do not realize the importance of lighting in the office premises. Industrial lights may seem to be a standard or an already acceptable source of illumination inside the workplace. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.

The best quality of light perfect for work is ALWAYS daylight. It varies and adjusts naturally during the day. Such natural adjustment is gentle to one’s vision and it also provides a visual delight as colors are rendered accurately. Another factor that makes natural light the best lighting for work is that it’s free and cost-effective. Large glass windows surrounding the workplace is a great idea to naturally illuminate the workplace.

This may not be the case always. With so many skyscrapers around the commercial area, there are not enough daylight that can supply illumination in the work place. Here is where artificial lighting comes in the picture. Choosing the right type of artificial illumination for the working environment is a large factor in satisfying the comfort needs an employee will experience in the area.

Here are some tips on how to complement the available day light in your working spaces to ensure that quality and quantity lighting, minus the extra overhead cost is available all throughout the day in the workplace.

NATURAL LIGHT IN WORKING SPACE

To make the most out of the natural light available in your offices, opening areas and allowing a greater flow of light from the windows is the first step. You can use glass walls as dividers for cubicles and offices instead of dry walls to allow more light to come in. This makes you use less artificial lights during the day reducing energy consumption in the workplace.

Skylights can also another option to get more natural light inside the office. More natural light means more energy coming inside the office. It also helps in making the people inside more alert. A gloomy, dark office can make anyone longing for a relaxing afternoon nap.

BRIGHTER IS BETTER

Nature is far too beneficial compared to artificial lighting. However, natural lighting is not always available especially when work goes as the unforgiving hours in the morning. Making sure that there is sufficient enough with quality illumination during this hours in the office adds to everyone’s work productivity.

Pin lights would be ideally located close to each other to provide more elimination. White walls can also contribute in making your working areas brighter.

Light-colored office furniture can also make the room look brighter and it clean too. Metallic surfaces can also help reflect light to further brighten your area and accessorize the look of you working spaces too. They are both appealing, decorative and illuminates your indoors too.

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