OFS LeanTo | Seek Shelter from the Norm

Research has proven that the open office plan, considered the new industry standard, has many benefits, specifically for those organizations looking to boost innovation and creativity. Clean lines, minimalist modular workstations and convertible collaboration spaces have given employees choice in where, when and how they work. While the open office plan can be conducive to…

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Privacy in the Open Office | Design Solutions for Improved Productivity and Comfort

On the heels of last week’s blog post discussing the open office and its impact on today’s workforce, we know that strategic workplace design is essential in maintaining individual and organizational productivity in these popular layouts. Collaboration and communication may be more easily attainable, but noise pollution and visual distractions will flood a poorly designed open…

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The Open Office | A Balanced Design Solution for Everyone

Open plan offices have become a staple of the modern working environment, with over 80% of US businesses using it as their preferred office arrangement. Some of the world’s leading organizations have transitioned from private to open, including Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, freeing themselves from floor plans of cubicles, high partitions and closed workspaces.…

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Humanscale® QuickStand® Eco | Effortless Ergonomic Solutions for the Workplace

By now we are all familiar with the importance of healthy ergonomic design in the workplace. Previous blog posts have highlighted the consequences of sedentary work and the negative role it plays in individual and organizational productivity, as well as employee health and wellness. As a pioneer in office ergonomics, Humanscale® crafts high-performance tools that allow workstations to…

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Sound Masking | An Investment in Acoustic Comfort

Noise pollution in open offices has reached epidemic levels, according to a recent study from Oxford Economics. Their interview of 500 senior executives and non-manager employees across multiple industries found that only 1% of workers are able to block out distractions and concentrate without taking extra steps in the office. While findings recognized the negative…

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Campus Innovation | Design Trends for Higher Education Facilities

Spring is quickly approaching and higher education facilities are preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. Academic environments are rapidly changing, reflecting consistent advancements in technology and shifting educational models. As colleges and universities look to integrate new learning methodologies and expand education beyond the traditional classroom setting, what is the common denominator amidst all this…

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Kimball Helio™ | Visual Minimalism for Maximum Well-Being

Kimball recently announced the newest addition to their already diverse seating portfolio. Designed with a perfect balance of visual continuity and personal comfort, Helio™ seamlessly blends in with its surroundings. Its minimalistic structure gives users unobstructed access to natural light and air, as well as freedom of movement with ergonomic controls. Helio’s back is constructed…

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Office Ergonomics | What to Expect from an Ergonomic Evaluation

According to Gensler’s U.S. Workplace Survey, a staggering 70% of employees’ weekly activities involve sitting at a desk with another 20% spent sitting in meetings. The negative impact of prolonged sedentary work can range anywhere from damaged joints and chronic pain, to increased risk of asthma, diabetes, obesity and fatigue, all of which directly correlate…

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Millennial Driven Design | Trends Powered by Our Largest Generation

With each passing year, workplace design evolves in response to generational shifts. Office dynamics are witnessing the professional growth of Millennials, a consequential force in the workplace and soon to be America’s largest living adult generation. As the battle rages on to attract and retain the most talented employees, organizations have recognized that design is…

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GMi VividBoard® | Customizable Communication Solutions for Healthcare Facilities

Clear communication is essential to the evolving healthcare environment. As the needs and expectations of patients, families and caregivers continue to change, communication methods must clearly illustrate brand identity while enhancing the way providers interact and treat their patients. Dry erase boards have been a communicative staple within hospitals for years, but did you know…

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