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MOOD LIGHTING

Large windows with natural lighting help workers feel more alert and productive while providing an overall sense of satisfaction in the workplace.

CONNECT TO NATURE

Studies show that adding biophilic design, such as wood, into your space boosts a sense of connection to the great outdoors.

QUALITY SEATING

Choosing the right chair for your desk is critical for your overall health. Look for a chair with adjustable height and back, as well as good lumbar support.

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FLEX SPACES FOR PRODUCTIVITY

Including various seating options for social areas, quiet work zones, and for guests/visitors is a great way to prevent office silos and offer choices for employees.

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Using carpet in a space helps reduce noise and sound within a space offering a more focused environment for employees.

ENCOURAGE CONVERSATION

Arranging furniture in a U-shape is helpful for encouraging discussion, spontaneous meetings or a moment to recollect thoughts and relax in between meetings.

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DEATH OF DESKS

Millennials have been credited for a mobile-first nomad lifestyle, and this is a helpful nod to what the largest workforce hopes to see in an office space – a location flexible, tech supported environment.

SELECT YOUR SPACE

Offices with smaller touch-base spaces often have an array of options for places to bring your laptop to. A café allows for a flex space with technology, space for collaboration, and a fresh, stimulating environment.

LIGHTING MATTERS

Lighting is one of the key ingredients in making an office’s interior design feel refined and modern. By eliminating fluorescent lighting, and utilizing sleek energy-efficient fixtures, you can be savvy and create an environment worth spending lots of time in.

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OPEN CONFERENCE ROOMS

Help employees feel like part of the team by incorporating places to host informal gatherings throughout your workplace. The option helps employees feel empowered to collaborate and reach their greatest potential.

FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

Different projects require multiple working styles. Support employee’s needs throughout the work week by designing spaces that allow for the ultimate team cooperation.

ENERGIZING COLOR

Color-blocking results in a fresh, high-impact interior design. Welcome visitors boldly and attract top talent with a visually stimulating space.

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A SPACE FOR SUN

Research has shown that exposure to daylight vs. artificial light enhances alertness and cognitive functioning.

ON-THE-GO OPTIONS

With the aid of technology, 50% of work time is spent outside the individual assigned space.

CHATTER MATTERS

Encouraging employees to continue to collaborate after a formal gathering or meeting, results in 50% improvement in communication.

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A SIGHT TO SEE

45% of global office workers want more views of nature or greenery in the office.

WORKPLACE DESIRES

The top element wanted in the workplace is natural light.

FLEXIBITLTY IN WORKPLACE​

45% of Millennials will choose workplace flexibility over increased pay.

COLOR FOR INCREASED LIVELINESS

Strategic usage of color promotes creativity and emotion throughout the workplace.

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INCREASE INITIATIVE

View quality and daylight resulted in a 6.5% difference in absenteeism for those employees sitting closer to windows.​

TAKE A STAND

There are many benefits of a standing desk, including improving ergonomics, health, focus, mood and productivity. ​

THE DAYLIGHT ADVANTAGE

Natural daylight results in workers that are 18% more productive. ​

RECIPROCITY AND RECHARGING

Employees are likely to use informal collaboration spaces if it there is a place for them to sit and plug in a smartphone or laptop. ​

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WORK COLORFULLY

Color in the workplace is among the top five wanted features from employees.​

SUPPORT HEALTHY HABITS

Standing burns 60 more calories per hour than sitting. ​

TECHNICALLY VERSATILE

The use of technology facilitates creative design that increases engagement anywhere, anytime, anyplace. ​

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INSPIRE OPEN-COMMUNICATION

Glass fronts of private offices convey open communication and transparency in a company.

BENEFITS OF HEIGHT-ADJUSTABLE WORKSTATION

Height-adjustable workstations can act like a "touchdown" station, allowing employees who are constantly between meetings a place to check their email quickly, or do other fast tasks, without even sitting down, and heading to the next meeting.

FOSTER CREATIVITY AND FOCUS

When working in a stimulating environment, employees will stay focused and creative. This will also ensure employees will not become bored or passive.

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SPACES TO FIT THE TASK​

For a workplace to support every employee, it needs to offer a choice of spaces that reflect the type of work they need to do. Quiet, secluded space for when they need to work alone or as a team of two, open spaces for group meetings and brainstorming and lounge areas to relax and recharge.

CREATE POSITIVE IMPACT BY DESIGN​

Incorporating multiple features and layout in design has positively affected the health and well-being of employees while boosting resource efficiency.

NATURAL LIGHT MAY INCREASE SALES

Workplaces with good daylight had a 30-40% gain in productivity and sales.

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MOOD-BOOSTING ELEMENTS

Not only does incorporating plants into your space add to aesthetics, but studies show exposure to plants can improve employee mood and general well-being.​

VERSATILE WORKSPACES

86% of the most highly engaged workers report they can choose where they wish to work within the office according to the task at hand. ​

FEEL AT EASE, MINIMIZE STRESS

Working in a spacious setting allows employees to feel less stressed and increases the satisfaction of the workplace. ​

STAY FOCUSED

Visual stimulation during the day can stop the dulling of senses and improves a worker's ability to stay alert. ​

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AMPLIFY MINDFULNESS WITH TEXTURE

Texture brings sensory change and variability to spaces. Studies show a lack of visual stimulation decreases humans’ ability to stay alert.​

COLORS THAT EXCITE

Studies show bright colors (reds, blues and greens) can have significant positive impacts on moods, focus and creativity.​

THE FIVE C'S​

Research shows it’s important that productive collaborative spaces offer the “Five Cs”: Coffee, CNN (TV), Circulation, Connectivity and Comfort.​

SHOWCASE COMPANY ACHIEVEMENTS ​

Incorporate branding, awards and recognition in a visible way to reinforce employee engagement and culture. ​

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Natural Light

Low horizons connect employees with natural light, which studies show improves alertness and aids cognitive functions. Exposure to natural light may contribute to LEED credits.

Encourage Collaboration

Shared meeting tables with whiteboards encourage collaboration. Research shows lowering physical barriers between employees can dramatically reduce email volume and increase decision making speed.

Control Noise

Bringing panels down creates the “library effect.” Employees become more aware of people around them and naturally work more quietly.

Glass Front Offices

The introduction of glass front private offices helps not only bring more light into the space, but also increases the perception of approachability.

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Sales Support and Furniture Specification
People are the engine that drives a company's success. Investing in the right kind of space can rev up recruitment, retention, engagement, collaboration, productivity, speed to market and innovation.
Why space matters in work spaces...
  • Stay Flexible for Technological ChangeThe accelerating pace of change in technology is changing how, when and where we work. Interior solutions must be agile and ready to host technology that has not yet been developed.
  • Win the War for TalentThere is a growing need to recruit and retain knowledge workers.  With four generations in the workforce, there is a dramatic shift in how we intentionally design and furnish interiors to impact employee satisfaction.
  • Encourage InnovationBusiness-critical innovation depends on employee engagement, yet 70% of employees say they are not fully engaged. Creating engaging spaces helps increase innovation and creativity.
  • Accommodate Distributed WorkTechnology has created a mobile workforce that is always on, resulting in opportunities to rethink how to utilize your space. Reallocation of space can result in new strategies for collaboration and distributed work.
  • Communicate Your Social ResponsibilitySocial values matter and they are particularly important to Gen Y. Studies show 86% of young adults would consider leaving their employer if they feel their values don’t align. Space is an opportunity to make your values visible to both your employees and clients.

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