Category Archives: Home Office

More People than Ever Reaping the Rewards of Working from Home

Guest post by Jenny Holt

For anyone who has to put up with the time, cost and stress of the daily commute, only to spend the day being distracted by water cooler gossip and an over-officious micro manager, the idea of working from home seems like paradise. Well, for a growing number of Americans, heaven is a place on earth, as the era of the remote worker really does seem to be upon us.

According to the latest research, more than 3 million Americans work predominantly from home, a statistic that is rising dramatically year on year. The latest technologies in cloud-based systems mean that we have access to shared resources and document archives from anywhere in the world. So, is teleworking really as perfect as it seems? We take a look at some of the benefits and the pitfalls of remote working.

Saving money all round

With increasing fuel costs, the daily commute costs the average American almost $3,000 per year. And that is before you consider the stress and time of sitting in rush-hour traffic twice every day.

But it is not just the home worker who can save money. Increasingly, businesses are seeing the whole concept of the office as a luxury they can do without, resulting in huge cost savings through reduced management time and overheads.

A balanced life

When you step back and look at it, the whole concept of starting work at 9am and finishing at 5pm seems out of place in today’s 24/7 global economy. As a home worker, you can work the hours that suit you. Early bird? Perfect, put in a couple of hours work then take a time out to enjoy breakfast with the kids and do the school run, before returning to your home office.

Getting the balance right takes discipline, though. Personal and business commitments can start to compete with one another for your time, and neither your boss nor your family will appreciate being in second place.

Focused and engaged

The nation’s teleworkers are more engaged and productive, according to a 2015 study by the Society for Human Resource Management. Intuitively, that makes sense. You are more likely to soldier on and get some work done if you are feeling unwell, and there are generally fewer distractions than in a busy office environment.

As with most aspects of homeworking, there is a balance to everything. Some people find that they miss the bustle of the office, and feel cut off from the business. Ultimately, it is up to you to make sure you manage your time and commitments to enjoy the full benefits that the 21st century remote office has to offer.

5 Types of Office Chairs that Increases your Business Productivity

Guest post by Lorenzo Harper

Choosing a chair for your office is simple, but selecting an office chair with all necessary features can be very tedious as there are many types of chairs available in the marketplace.

Before we go into all the different types of office chairs available, let’s take a look at some the features that you should be aware of before making your purchase.  These features will guarantee yourself or your employees greater comfort and may also help increase the productivity of your business.

Why the Right Chair Increases Productivity

Choosing the right type of office chair helps increase employee productivity by helping employees focus and concentrate on their work more effectively, thus ultimately resulting in an increase in your overall business productivity.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s an employee, virtual assistant, business professional, visitor or a senior manager, it’s important that they feel comfortable and relaxed while sitting on the chair you provide them at your office.

How to Choose the right Office Chair

Before you purchase your office chair, be sure not to overlook the following features:

Lumbar Support: The first and foremost thing you need to note in an office chair is the lumbar support, as this provides the strongest support to your complete lower back muscles.

Arm Support: Pick an office chair with adjustable armrests, as they help to flip up and push upwards to relieve the pain in your neck and shoulders.

Tilt: Choosing an office chair with tilt adjustment can help you to change or adjust the seat angle as needed.

Swivel:   Having the ability to swivel in your office chair will help you rotate or move without moving the chair’s base.

Height Adjustment: With this feature, a person of any height can make use of the chair in an efficient way.

Paddle Control:  This feature gives you control over your knee and back tilt positions as well as for adjusting your seat height.

Backrest: This is one of the most important features in an office chair. The backrest will not only help to increase your blood circulation but may also help relieve the pressure on your lower back.

Casters: With this feature, it’s simple to move around to any of the places in your office easily.

Types of Office Chairs

Once you are aware of all the features, it’s much simpler to decide on the right type of chair for your office. There are many different types of office chairs available so before you decide, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Who is going to use the chair?
  • How long will the person use the chair each day?
  • Which chair can fit your office space perfectly?
  • What is your chair budget?
  • Does the chair suits your office interior and office type?
  • Will the chair work for your other rooms as well?

After you have the answered all the above questions, you’re ready to start selecting the right chair. Here are some types of office chairs that contain all of the above features.

Executive Chairs

This is the perfect chair for use in the corporate office environment or any professional waiting room used for senior and upper management.

Executive Office Chairs provide a professional look to your office space. They also tend to blend well with older office furniture. As they are made up of high-grade materials like leather and wood, they provide maximum guarantee for comfort and durability.

Executive chairs will also adapt to all the above-mentioned features like lumbar support, ergonomic design, padded controls, etc., and are therefore often described as the best chair to be used in the workplace. While they tend to be expensive, they have been noted as worth the investment in the long run.

Ergonomic Chairs

Ergonomic office chairThis chair will provide a relaxed seating environment for your employees and has been known to reduce many types of body pains.   This type of chair is also particularly valuable during long work sessions as it allows employees to focus on their work more effectively, which in return may result in increased productivity.

Apart from posture, these type of chairs have been known to provide a wealth of health benefits to employees including proper regulation of blood flow and reduced  frequency of common issues such as back strain and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Guest/ Reception Chairs

This chair would be a great choice for a waiting room or reception area as it’s important that you provide a comfortable chair for your guests and visitors.  This would have an overall positive impact on you and your company.  A guest chair is part of your companys’ all important “first impression”.

There are many different types of guest chairs available but if you need one for senior management or other business professionals, then you’ll need to choose a guest chair with an ergonomic design for ultimate image and comfort.

Conference Chairs

Conference chairs are meant for meeting places so you’ll need to ensure the person in your meeting can sit comfortably and in a relaxed position so they are able to focus and listen to the meeting effectively.

Conference chairs tend to very stylish and comfortable with all the necessary features like castor wheels, height adjustment, padded support, flip up arms, lumbar support, swivel, etc. While these chairs can be costly, the investment may be worth it in the long run if it increases productivity and provides satisfaction to your clients.

Boss Chairs

As the name implies, these chairs are especially preferred for the top management staff in your office. You can identify a boss chair just by the design itself as they tend to be completely unique from other type of office chairs.

These chairs are expensive, yet are considered to be worth the investment. These chairs communicate power, status and thus play a major role in increasing business productivity due to all the advanced features and comfort they provide. In addition, the high-grade quality material used, frame look and the ergonomic design make them attractive and professional looking.

Bottom Line…

It pays to invest some of your valuable time in choosing the best type of chair for your office, as they play such an important role, not only in your customers and employee’s health and morale, but also in increasing your business productivity.

Authors Bio:  Lorenzo Harper is a blogger at bunjobungeechair.com and owns a furniture shop in Georgia. In his blog, he writes about various types of chairs and other furniture.

 

 

Aiming for a Cleaner, Healthier Office Environment

Guest post by The Plant Man

One of the easiest ways to ensure you stay in good shape, even as you go through one file after the other, is to incorporate some indoor plants into your office environment. Other than the obvious health benefits these indoor plants bring with them, they also help in adding more life and color into your environment.

And what’s more is that adding some corporate greenery can also help you create those much needed separations between workplaces. Here are top 6 indoor plants that can help you get all these aforementioned benefits:

1: Jade Plant:

In Japan, this is the plant which is known for bringing financial success to whoever owns it. This small, succulent plant has beautiful flowers, and other than the legend associated with it, another reason the Jade Plant makes a good office plant is that it is super easy to maintain. It hardly requires watering.

2: Peace Lilly:

Other than requiring water, plants also need proper amounts of light. However, it is not always the case that your workplace has big enough windows to allow adequate amounts of light in. The good news is that even in such circumstances there are certain indoor plants which can thrive.

Peace Lilly is a perfect example of that. This large plant needs space, but not that much light. And it is great for cleaning the air.

3: Chinese Evergreen:

A similar plant like Peace Lilly in terms of maintenance needs, Chinese Evergreen is also a great option to consider for your office. Great for removing toxins from the air, Chinese Evergreen requires very little  water and light.

4: Snake Plant:

If you feel like your office could make room for some arrangements which would guarantee more privacy, this is the plant for you. The Snake Plant has leaves that grow super tall, super quick. These leaves have beautiful yellow-green bands on their outside. Since these leaves of this plant are naturally tall, place three to four Snake Plants together and you have yourself a natural partition!

5: Cactus:

Another great indoor plant option is that of Cactus. While they do not require to be watered that much, but they do need a good amount of light. So, if there are a couple of big windows near your desk, a Cactus plant is a good option. Another cool thing about these plants is that since there are available in so many different varieties, you can have a couple of them arranged near your window sill.

6: Spider Plant:

Do you feel like your office lacks visual appeal? Spider Plant can help you fix that. Often considered as one of the easiest to grow indoor plants, these plants can be put into hanging baskets. The hanging baskets along with the plants can then be hung around the office to create some beauty.

The important thing to keep in mind while selecting an indoor plant for your workplace is your workplace setting. You should select plants based on what is your office space like and how much time you can take out to maintain them.

The Feng Shui Guide for the Office (infographic)

Organizing your life at home can be hard enough. Worrying about keeping your office or workspace organized can add an extra layer of stress that can start to creep into your productivity and eventually reflect poorly on your work. One of the best ways to combat this is by following the principles of feng shui.

An ancient Chinese system of harmony, feng shui is an extremely powerful tool. This feng shui guide for the office, courtesy of GetVoIP, has outlined the best ways to utilize these organization techniques to help you maximize your office productivity. From your desk positioning, to wall art, to organizing the items on your desk, helps you keep your work day stress free.

Feng Shui your office

Creating a Comfy Home Office

Guest Post by Adam Robertson

If you have been searching for the ideal solution to take your productivity levels to the next step, then it might be time for you to make an informed decision and sufficient improvisation as well. Working from home has essentially gone from being a contemporary fad, to becoming the conventional solution that most people use to earn a living. Indeed, the advent of the internet into our day-to-day lives has drastically changed the quality of our lives amongst many other benefits. By using technological innovations such as cloud storage, virtual private networks amongst various other technological advancements, people can now complete their business roles or goals from the comforts of their homes. Broadly speaking, you want to create an office environment equipped with items such as ergonomic office chairs, to make your office a place where you are not only comfortable, but you are also focused enough to produce the required results for your business targets or goals.

Top Tips

Purchase ergonomic office chairs and upholstery

ergonomic-chair

An ergonomic office chair allows you to work hours on end without suffering from any fatigue or discomfort as well.

One of the most notable additions to your home office would be to invest in ergonomic office chairs and upholstery as well. Simply put, an ergonomic office chair allows you to work hours on end without suffering from any fatigue or discomfort as well. To be specific, when choosing the ideal ergonomic office chair, ensure that it comprises of benevolent design features on the seat, headrest, and the armrests as well. Besides that, you might also want to invest in a sofa seat, which you can use to take an occasional nap or perhaps use to recuperate after a long session working on the computer. The added benefit is that you can readily acquire these types of office upholstery on the various online shopping platforms.

Add some greenery to the office

Use of another noteworthy aspect of improving the comfort levels in your office is to add some green plants in the office. Some excellent suggestions for your unique professional needs include rose flowers, lavenders, and peaches as well. More so, adding a plant in the office is essential since it adds a unique form of presence and makes it an excellent addition to your home office. It is also important to note that placing a plant close to your work area also improves your well-being and the ambiance of the room of the room as well.

Personalize the office

Moreover, you should also take the time to personalize all the features and design aesthetics to suit your unique working needs. For instance, you might want to consider placing all the items that you need for your working needs at close reach and in easy to access locations as well. For instance, if you are going to be printing any documents, it’s highly important that you have the printer close to your computer such that you can evaluate the final copy prints with convenience. If you also require a special focus-enhancing beverage such as coffee or perhaps a red bull energy drink, then you might want to have a compact sized fridge or coffee maker somewhere close in the office as well.

Eliminate any distractive items or technologies

When it comes to improving your overall focus levels in any aspect of life, whether it’s preparing for an exam or simply completing your online projects, you might increase your focus levels by eliminating any distractions from the office. To be specific, ensure that you keep the items such as the TV, or home stereo for the living room. In this way, the mind naturally habituates and learns that an office is a place where the mind needs to focus on getting the job done right.

Use the internet to research for products

Before investing in office upholstery or any other relevant office items, using the internet to make an informed decision always has its inherent benefits. Simply put, the internet is packed with a bevy of office items and different packages that you can invest in for your unique professional needs. Additionally, you can also go through the various buyer’s guides and customer review to help you in making an informed decision such that you don’t suffer from any buyer’s remorse when investing in additions for your home office.

Conclusion

Finally when all things are considered, when it comes to improving the comfort levels of your home office, making an informed decision for your unique needs always has its inherent benefits. Simply put, you are not only able to create an environment whereby your mind naturally learns to focus, but you also create a highly comfortable and aesthetically appealing office that lets you meet your business goals with style and elegance.

Source:  Adam Robertson of Allard Office Furniture