• Office Workplace Trends for Productivity

    October 25, 2017.

    Designing the office space to become welcoming, comfortable and engaging is a rising trend within businesses. A creative workplace design increases employee productivity and workplace engagement. It is, therefore, time for you to get rid of those tiny dimly lit back offices that leave your workers itching for more space and natural daylight.

    This article will give you top emerging workplace trends that will keep your employees productive.

    Multipurpose Work spaces 

    An emerging trend in workplace design is the continued disappearance of secluded workstations for each employee and the rise of common work spaces. These areas are designed for employees to meet in small groups and share ideas, conduct a presentation or even take a quick break. They promote workplace engagement, creativity and comfort while in the office.

    Multipurpose work spaces, along with common lounge areas, play a huge role towards boosting employee morale in the workplace.

    Lighting and Acoustics

    Natural light and windows can play a large role in employee performance. It has in fact been linked to a 15% reduction in absenteeism of employees. The office work space should invite natural light to come in through strategically placed windows next to employee workstations and common areas in the office. The feeling of nature is huge towards boosting productivity.

    Office Acoustics also matter. Unwanted background noises can distract employees from performing both simple and complicated tasks. Emerging office trends are leaning towards creating quiet secluded spaces where employees can retreat to when they need to focus intensely on a specific task. Physical design elements of the office also play a role, such as ceilings, walls and flooring materials.

    Bring the Home into the Office

    A comfortable and welcoming environment is key for achieving high levels of productivity. To make your office space look more homely, incorporate natural-looking designs around the area. Flora patterns and artwork on the walls and surrounding structures make the office feel warm and natural.  You could also add wooden design elements and concrete floors to achieve a detailed homely finish.

    Flexible Space

    With the onset of technology and increased mobility, more employees are working remotely. Studies show that at any given time, one-third of workers in both the private and public sector are working from a remote location. It is therefore important for the office space to adapt to a flexible design.

    Rather than having fully fixed workstations occupy the entire office, areas should be designated as common work spaces where people coming in and out can quickly settle and continue to be productive.

    These unassigned spaces can be great for achieving flexibility within the office. They can be used by employees who are constantly coming in and out, visiting employees from other departments or stationed employees who simply need a break from their desk.

    Standing Desks

    Research reveals that most Americans spend 6 hours a day sitting down. Too much sitting can cause many negative effects on one’s health. Offices are therefore combining traditional work-spaces with other elements of constant movement, such as standing desks. Standing desks are great for improving your employees’ posture, decreasing risks of obesity and keeping them physically active.

    Keep the Desks Neat and Clean

    Employee workstations can spark low morale if they are cluttered with wires, reports, stationery and other items all over the desk. Helping your workers maintain a clean, neat and spacious workstation sparks productivity and a positive workplace image.

    You can implement manufacturer solutions that use less wiring or hide wires underneath workstations or along the walls to achieve a polished look. Employees should also be encouraged to keep their items well organized.

    At Office Furniture Direct, we have a multitude of solutions for your office space, all of which can been seen here.

  • On the Value of Workplace Isolation

    January 18, 2016.

    We live in “busy” times. People are “busy.” Busy-ness has become the default state of today’s aspirational class and a prerequisite for future success. It is the downpayment we make on an imagined future filled with wealth, comfort and well-earned relaxation. Read More...

  • 5 Office Furniture Trends We'll See in 2016

    December 19, 2015.

    Last July, NeoCon – North America’s largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors – showcased current and predicted office furniture trends for 2016. We've summarized some of the key findings and combined them with data from our own showroom to come up with our predictions for what office furniture trends will hold sway in 2016:

  • The Benefits of an Adjustable Height Desk

    November 10, 2015.

    Over the past few years, a number of studies have been done on the health effects of sitting versus standing. The evidence clearly suggests that sitting for upwards of eight hours a day – the norm for many office jobs – puts incredible strain on the body and leads to numerous adverse health effects. To combat the ills of excessive sitting, many office workers and have turned to standing desks.

  • A Review of Popular Office Design Styles

    October 5, 2015.

    Over the last few years, office design has undergone a fairly radical shift. More and more organizations have embraced contemporary styles with a focus on workplace ergonomics and productivity enhancements in addition to aesthetics. Here are some of today's most popular office design styles:

  • Beyond Office Furniture PART II: The Implications of Color

    August 30, 2015.

    The colors that you choose for your office have a distinct effect on how people feel and how well they work. While there is always some individual variation, your employees -- and you as well -- will likely respond to colors in certain ways, and it's essential that you use colors that will help your employees reach their work goals. It's tempting to go for the latest fad, but research shows that using specific ranges of shades will win out over using the latest fashionable palette.


  • Beyond Office Furniture PART I: The Do's & Don'ts of Office Lighting

    July 24, 2015.

    In the rush to find the perfect office furniture and accessories, lighting is often overlooked. Yet poor lighting choices can make it difficult to work while having a negative impact on workplace mood and performance. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind when selecting office lighting:

  • 5 Signs That You're Ready to Update Your Office Furniture

    June 4, 2015.

    The furniture in your office has a massive impact on the comfort, health and happiness of your staff, to say nothing of the overall aesthetics of your office. If you’re thinking of making a change, but not 100% certain that it’s the right time, consider these 5 tips:

  • On The Origin of Office Furniture

    April 2, 2015.

    Office furniture: Where did it all begin? In tracing its origins, we could certainly start by defining the world's first office places and describing the furniture they was likely to have contained. But for this article, the OFD staff chooses to go back a little further, to the earliest precursors and progenitors that we are aware of, long before anything resembling the modern office place existed.


  • Office Ergonomics: Three Key Considerations

    February 25, 2015.

    Office furniture used to be an uncomplicated affair: at best, company executives were given furniture with a bit of aesthetic appeal and perhaps some desirable materials, such as leather. Alas, the typical worker was saddled with frugal items designed with the manufacturer's profit motive in mind rather than a employee comfort and long-term health. Luckily, businesses today have begun to see the proverbial light as well as the long-term benefits of ergonomic office furniture.


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