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Office Renovation Survival Tips

   “When your office lease expires, opting to stay in place and upgrade your existing space can yield significant savings. However, successfully achieving such cost reduction requires careful attention to and management of a wide variety of issues in what can be a complex project process.” These TIPS WILL HELP ENSURE A SMOOTH TRANSITION DURING AND…
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8 Ways to Boost Creativity in your Space

   “The design of your office can do a lot to foster creativity, so it’s no surprise that successful companies also have fun and liberating work environments.”  DAVID SPENCE If you want to bring your workplace into the 21st century, here's how you can cultivate a more creative office space that will truly inspire your…
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GREEN OFFICE WEEK!

  What happens during Green Office Week During the week, there is a different focus each day. Why not take these challenges live in your office? Focus on Energy (Monday) looks at practical ways to reduce energy consumption. Focus on Transport (Tuesday) considers how workers can reduce their environmental impact through better transportation. Focus on…
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THE EFFECTIVE OPEN OFFICE PLAN

 “Once the status symbol of anti-establishment Silicon Valley tech companies such as Google and Facebook, the open office floor plan now pervades American workplaces. Supporters say open floor plans provide opportunities for collaboration, improve transparency, eliminate many emails and phone calls, and encourage employee relationships. Detractors claim that they increase distractions and decrease productivity.”  So,…
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COLLABORATIVE SPACES THAT WORK

  Organizations recognize group work is central to success, but struggle to offer effective collaborative spaces. Historically, most collaboration occurred through formal, scheduled meetings having many participants. However, two elements of collaboration have fundamentally changed, both from the perspective of employees, and their organizations.  First, employees increasingly desire social connection and engagement as part of…
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ABCs of LEDs: How to choose the right LED color temperature.

    LED BULBS HAVE EMERGED AS THE FRONTRUNNER REPLACEMENT FOR INCANDESCENT BULBS IN THE LIGHTING INDUSTRY. Not only are they more efficient and longer lasting compared to CFLs, advances in LED technology have helped overcome stumbling blocks such as light quality, or what is technically referred to as LED color temperature. WHAT IS COLOR TEMPERATURE? We…
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CHARACTER THROUGH LIGHTING IN THE WORKPLACE

    “Light sets the mood…We constantly find ourselves surrounded by light. It is much more than just illumination. It inspires, attracts, enables communication, sets a mood, and has emotional qualities. Every building and space expresses and communicates an identity, and sometimes also a corporate value.” Sabine De Schutter  Lighting can impact and improve everything…
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LIGHTING THE WAY TO ENERGY SAVINGS

  “While light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have become more prevalent in commercial buildings over the past decade, office spaces in particular have adopted the technology at a faster rate. However, there are still thousands of offices across the country that haven't switched to LEDs. By learning more about the benefits of LED lighting, office owners and…
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THE WELL LIT OFFICE

  “While poor lighting is sure to be stressful and annoying no matter what room you may be in, it can be especially problematic in a home office or in any business setting; in fact, bad lighting is one of the most popular complaints from office employees around the globe” So, what is the right…
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CAN YOUR DOG BE GOOD OFFICE THERAPY?

  “Workplace pets? It's not as barking as it sounds. Far from being a distraction, office animals can help colleagues get on better, reduce stress and raise efficiency. Hazel Davis meets the workers who love their furry and scaly friends.”Hazel Davis Mark your calendars, 24 June is Take Your Dog To Work Day in the US. While…
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ERGONOMICS WORTH THE INVESTMENT? YES! HERE’S WHY…

  Leading companies today are integrating ergonomics deeply into all of their operations. And it’s no wonder when you take a look at the benefits of an effective ergonomics process. The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries reviewed 250 ergonomics case studies to reveal the impact of ergonomics on business goals like cost savings,…
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THE BENEFITS OF DESIGNING FOR EMPLOYEE WELL-BEING

“People seek out environments (including work situations) that satisfy their basic human needs. That’s a principle behind research conducted by the Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces at the University of California, Berkeley. So, if your organization is committed to attracting and retaining talent, increasing collaboration and growing productivity, it pays to address employees’ psychological needs (as well…
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THE PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND A HAPPY WORKPLACE

“In all aspects of our lives, we strive for happiness. And taking into account that we spend most of our awake hours at work, it’s something that plays a crucial role in our general happiness. Happiness, however, is highly subjective – what makes you happy doesn’t necessarily make me happy. Therefore, it can be difficult…
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FUEL OFFICE CREATIVITY WITH COLOR

“There’s a direct link between the use of colour (or color for my friends who use International English), and creative thinking. It’s hard to think in colour, when your world has the brightness turned down. Yet as adults, many non-creative people surround themselves with a very limited range of colours. Their homes, furniture, offices and clothes are toned…
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INCREASE OFFICE PRODUCTIVITY WITH COLOR

If your office walls are painted dull gray -- the cold color of warships, concrete and cubicles -- it’s time for a makeover! A recent University of Texas study found that bland gray, beige and white offices induced feelings of sadness and depression. Similar scientific studies have shown that colors don’t just change our moods, they also profoundly impact…
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EASY WAYS TO ADD COLOR TO YOUR OFFICE

In a sea of neutral tones in the office, how can you liven your area up a little bit? Adding some color is the best way to make a dull office bright and inviting instead of boring. However, you don’t want to overwhelm a tiny office space with an influx of colors. Here’s how to…
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COLOR PSYCHOLOGY OF THE WORKPLACE

Have you considered how the colors in your office affect your employees and how you do business? If not, take a moment to think about just how colors could be leveraged to achieve your business goals. Colors, after all, make a difference in influencing the moods and behaviors of your employees and clients. Savvy business…
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How to Infuse your Brand into your Business Setting

“Before you sign a lease, consider how the location will support and help realize your brand. If you wait until after, you could be stuck with a location, building features, or even neighbors that detract from your ability to build the culture you envision.” Aaron Spiess FIVE WAYS TO INFUSE BRAND INTO PLACE Intentional strategic…
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How your Office Space can WIN you Talent

  In the competitive world, we live in today, companies across all types of industries are looking for ways to maximize their productivity, which starts with your employees. It is critical to provide the proper environment for enhancing company productivity. Your environment is a key part in attracting the right employees to aid the growth…
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5 Ways Branding your Space can Enhance Business

“Branding your office space, no matter your location, is an essential part of your brand. A misaligned office space can reduce productivity, perception and inhibit growth. Particularly in the creative industry, your surroundings can have a tremendous effect on inspiration.” Laura Wallace Branding your space effectively can make a large impact on your business. Here…
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FIRST IMPRESSIONS: 5 Ways to Update your Reception Space

When meeting someone new, first impressions count. Dressing well and sharing a smile can make all the difference. The same goes for the reception area of your company. It is your visitors first impression of your company, why not put on a “smile”? Creating an engaging office space not only helps to keep your employees…
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Top Office Design Trends for 2018, Minneapolis 

Top Office Design Trends for 2018, Minneapolis  “Moving into 2018, organizations should be focusing on their office layout and design to engage their employees. Workspace is one of the key elements to an engaged workforce and you have to cater for individuals and tasks.” Robert Hicks, group HR, Reward Gateway. MACRO TRENDS Unconventional Work Areas: This design…
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