From a dirt floor to our current ergonomic masterpieces, chairs have come a long way. Navigating today’s landscape of chair types and uses can be a bit confusing, so we’ve come up with some information about chairs you’ll see around the office.
Working effectively is impossible when you don’t have what you need, and your space is a mess. According to this great study from the Harvard Business Review, “People sitting at messy desks are less efficient, less persistent, and more frustrated and weary than those with neat desks.” While you can’t expect everything in your office to “spark joy,” you can find other ways of creating a neat, productive environment at work.
“A place for everything, and everything in its place” is a great strategy for helping you get and stay organized. Having the right tools for the job is necessary to help you execute that organization. Take a look at these great products to help in your quest to make your workspace work for you!
While everyone is using the cloud, most of us still handle some sort of paper at work. Luckily there are many helpful tools to make sure your documents stay organized.
Use mobile pedestals or trollies for folders, files, snacks, tools, anything you can think of. They easily stash under your desk, can double up as a seat for a quick one-on-one, or follow you when you need to move to another workspace. These storage companions will save a ton of real estate on your desk, and keep your purse or laptop bag off the floor!
Paper and folder trays will help you keep everything neat, accessible and in one place on your desk. Some, like this one by Safco, come with power options to keep your devices charging while you work!
Depending on your specific workstation, there many different kinds of wall -hanging organizers to free up even more desk space! Customizable to whatever your needs, these help keep everything right in front of you but not in your way.
If you feel your computer is crowding your desk, these simple accessories will make life easier!
CPU Holders like this ESI CPU Mini will attach under your desk and off the floor giving you back your valuable workspace.
Monitor Arms are another option for clearing up your desk. There are many for holding multiple monitors in different layouts, and even a platform for a laptop if that’s your thing. Great for ergonomics, these arms will maneuver to whatever height works best for you.
Another handy accessory is a wire management system, to keep those cords neatly in place. This helps keep your office looking organized and saves you from tripping over wires.
Hopefully these tools will help you set your workstation up for success! If you need help finding which tools work best for your desk, don’t hesitate to give us a call!
Rose City Office Furnishings – (503) 285-8100
Colors are a major part of our world, we are visual creatures after all! So when it comes to the office, the colors you choose can have a profound impact on productivity and morale. It’s tough to know where to start, so use this guide to help you choose!
First Thing’s First – The Message
You may have heard of color psychology – the study of hues as a determinant of human behavior. While our perceptions of color vary based on individual and cultural experience, there is still a fairly strong standard of what colors signify. Yellow is a happy color, black is a brooding color, green is a fresh color, groundbreaking stuff right? When you want to add or change colors in the workplace, start with the message you want to send. Are you a serious, well-established law firm? Are you a fun, creative studio, shaping the world through positive design? Are you a bank with the utmost integrity? Consider what you want your space to say about your brand, and choose colors that evoke this message.
It’s Not Just the Color, It’s the Intensity
So you’ve picked colors that are sending the right message, but that’s not enough. Which shade you pick also sends its own message, and has its own uses.
Bold colors are great, they’re exciting and fun and can’t be ignored- but that doesn’t mean your staff wants to see hot pink everywhere they look. These work best as accents, like one wall or a stripe.
Pale colors are the most common and easiest choice – it’s hard to mess up something you don’t really notice. These are great for the majority of your space because they blend in very well. If you’ve got small rooms, or rooms with no windows, pale colors are your best bet for reflecting light, giving rooms an airy feel.
Deep Colors get noticed. They make a dramatic statement without screaming “Look At Me!” These rich and soothing tones work well for spaces that are down-to-earth, established, and strong. Avoid painting those small, windowless rooms with these colors as they will just make everyone a little claustrophobic. If you have an open floor plan, these colors can help tie the room together without drowning everything out.
If you’ve studied design, you’ve probably heard this rule. 60% of your space should be the main color, 30% the secondary color, and 10% the accent color. This is a great tip to keep in mind, so you don’t go overboard with that bright turquoise, but still get to incorporate it throughout your space. Good design is about balance, and it goes beyond your walls. This rule applies to everything from the panels on cubicles to the couches in the lobby.
The Last Bits – Furniture, Accessories, and Branding
Luckily, furniture manufacturers know that people love color! You have access to countless colorful chairs, panels, and accessories. Textile manufacturers use literally every color in the book, allowing you to choose fabrics that will tie the whole space together. Why not choose neutral colored furniture that allow for replaceable panels and cushions, so you can change it up down the road, without having to throw the whole lot out.
The whole point of a well designed office is to help your company succeed. Whether it’s inspiring employees, increasing productivity, or impressing clients, your office needs to be all about your organization. If your company’s colors are red and yellow, it’s probably smarter to include those in your design than making everything purple. This isn’t to say that the office should look like a fast food chain, but tying in these colors can subtly reinforce your brand.
So Go Forth! Paint the office red! Or blue! Green! Coral is in this year, so make a splash! Delight your clients and employees with a change of pace! If you need help, well, Rose City is just a phone call away!