Office square footage was at a premium before the Coronavirus, now it’s even more valuable with social distancing guidelines in place. Every square inch needs to be put to good use as the workforce returns to the office. How are businesses maximizing space in a time when people need to keep their distance?
With many states reopening after several months of stay at home orders, businesses are starting to head back to the office. Just as we are finally adapting to our new work-from-home routine, we may be forced to adapt to yet another one – the Coronavirus influenced workplace.
By now we are all familiar with the rigorous cleaning protocols set forth by the CDC. There is no reason why this behavior shouldn’t continue in the workplace. Having disinfectant and cleaning supplies readily available will help keep the workplace sanitary and safe.
We realize there is a tremendous amount of uncertainty regarding returning to the workplace. While we are also learning how to adapt, you can rest assured BOLD Office Solutions can be an invaluable resource. Our partnership with Kimball Office and other manufacturers allows us to learn from global workplace leaders. We also have access to product innovations that will help office environments adapt to the new normal.
While there is no one-size fits all solution, the following guidelines should help you begin to plan.
Office guidelines for return to work
Ensure 6 ft. distance within workplace layouts.
Reduce face-to-face positioning. Orient back-to-back or front-to-back with separation where possible.
Separate seats wherever possible and reduce the number of people in meeting spaces.
Implement space division with screens and dividers positioned above the face to prevent direct transmission. Generally, 50” for seated height and 68” for standing height, the same as visual privacy.
Provide enclosure and delineate space for further separation with partitions or storage.
Shift from shared to single-use workspaces and reinforce DIY cleaning in addition to daily cleaning.
Incorporate easily cleanable and bleach-cleanable materials where possible for surfaces that are touched.
Indicate proper protocols with social distancing floor markings and signage.
Create clockwise, one-way corridor traffic wherever possible and ensure widths for social distancing.
It’s worth noting that screen dividers are an excellent and cost-effective way to provide workers with peace of mind. There’s a good chance that the workstations you already have in your office can be readily modified to provide additional safety.
Kimball has edge mount, top mount and free standing screen dividers that can be easily attached or placed throughout the workplace. They can also be cleaned very easily making them a good choice for maintaining social distancing guidelines.
As we mentioned before, each workplace will have different challenges. Don’t hesitate to contact your BOLD Office Solutions representative with questions. We’re standing by to help you create a more productive, healthier and happier workplace.
At any given time healthcare environments are subjected to some of the most chaotic workplace conditions. It’s an environment that moves at a frightening pace, but it is also an environment that is expected to offer comfort to patients in their care. Whether you are a caregiver or a patient, the healthcare environment needs to be flexible enough to meet a wide variety of needs.
Kimball Health recognizes the need for adaptive and robust workplace furniture within a healthcare environment. Kimball offers several products that work together to meet the challenge of a demanding workplace. Here are three of BOLD’s favorite Kimball Healthcare offerings.
Wilder was designed for community spaces. Soft corners, gorgeous wood, and ergonomics all come into play for a warm and sophisticated setting. Wilder is as durable as it is attractive. The entire collection of guest, lounge rocker and bench solutions are able to withstand rigorous daily use.
With a fully upholstered seating surface, Wilder is plush and comfortable. For patient settings, its charm, color, and soft textures invite people to sit and relax. All Wilder pieces can be easily moved and fit together naturally in any arrangement.
The guest seating features an optional side table for personal items, while the rocker offers passive motion to ease anxiety. Also built for durability, this seating family features wall-saver legs, clean-out design, and optional metal leg ferrules.
Fully upholstered seat and back
Optional moisture barrier on seat and back
Optional metal ferrules on legs provide increased durability
Quality and comfort come together in the Kimball Sycamore Metal offering. Sycamore’s functional design is perfect for the Healthcare environment and includes a convenient clean-out between the seat and back, and ergonomic features to support extended periods of waiting.
A perfect solution for common areas, Sycamore Metal’s small footprint and durable construction make it an easy solution for common areas and waiting spaces. Sycamore Metal is also well suited for exam rooms, private offices, and inpatient rooms. The entire seating collecting features tall, contoured backs, perfectly constructed to allow patients to sit back and relax.
The Sycamore Metal collection features a broad selection of useful pieces including guest, tandem, bariatric and patient seating. This offering can be used in public spaces ranging from lobby, guest and waiting areas. It is also well suited to be used in private areas such as exam rooms and private offices.
Sycamore Metal Features
Wall-saver design on guest, tandem, bariatric, patient and hip models
Clean-out between seat and back
Moisture-barrier available on seat
Contoured back for comfort
Durable metal frame finished in platinum metallic
Arm caps available in 3D laminate, solid surface and polyurethane
Solid surface option includes EOScu (Cupron Enhanced EOS) Preventive|Biocidal Surfaces™ A copper-oxide infused, solid surface material, EOScu kills >99.9% of harmful bacteria* within two hours of exposure.
Tandem tables available with platinum metallic legs and tops available in wood, HPL, or solid surface • Optional spill groove available on solid surface top
Planning healthcare environments can be challenging. That’s why Kimball created Alterna. Form literally meets function in this union of sophisticated design and modular adaptability.
Alterna is more than casegoods. It can seamlessly work with multiple offerings in a variety of applications. Modular components are easily installed and can be customized to fit any working healthcare space including breakrooms, conference spaces, and administrative offices. The beautiful thing about Alterna is when needs change, the modular components can easily be removed or reconfigured.
Alterna is dependable throughout the life of the product. High-quality construction means it will stand up to rigorous cleaning and multiple reconfigurations. Cabinets are made with durable laminate finishes and fitted with either high-pressure laminate or solid-surface tops.
The healthcare landscape is evolving rapidly and Alterna from Kimball was designed to adapt.
Specify for all areas of the facility with a broad offering of standard product models.
Thanks to simple installation, components are removed, reconfigured and repurposed should needs change.
Designed to disassemble and reattach, so cabinets aren’t damaged when moved.
Upper and wall-mount cabinets are engineered to hang from z-brackets, eliminating the need for wall blocking.
Cabinets deliver fully assembled for quick and easy installation.
All base and storage cabinets come with adjustable levelers to quickly level on uneven floors.
Cabinets come in multiple width, depth and height options for easy configuration to specific needs.
Streamline your project schedule by having modular casework order and deliver with standard furnishings.
Modular casework can be registered as a capital asset vs. a fixed asset.
Offering big tax advantages, modular casework is considered furniture which depreciates on a seven year timeline.
Attracting and retaining quality talent will always be a high priority for growing businesses. Many factors contribute to this goal, but workplace design is arguably one of the most important reasons why top-level talent decides to stick around.
We all know some trends (good and bad) survived the 80’s but office furniture clearly isn’t one of them. Old and outdated workplace design sends the wrong message to prospective talent. Here are a few new design trends for 2020 that are worth implementing in your workplace.
Multi-functional workspaces are nothing new and are considered a necessity in the modern office. Economic and technology conditions largely influenced the push towards a more flexible office, but as the mobile workforce continues grows at an alarming pace, the trend has become a reality.
Flexible workspaces in the office are now the new normal. Workplaces will continue to see a push towards multi-functional furniture that can shift and adapt to a dynamic workforce.
Natural wood finishes and furniture are making a comeback in workplace design. Millennials are the number one driving factor for the resurgence. Now the largest workforce in the country, Millenials want to see employers focusing on sustainability. Businesses have no choice but to listen.
We should see more traditional products come in wood options, but unique applications will also become popular. Wood dividers, frames, accent pieces, and live-edge pieces will dominate the office landscape. Wood also aligns with a push to be more residential while giving space a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
As businesses embrace and perfect sustainable practices within the workplace, forward-thinking employers are taking it one step further with bold sustainable designs. The sustainable movement is diversifying materials and applications in amazing new ways.
We expect to see many new green products dominate the floorplan this year. It will no longer take a back seat in the breakroom. Expect to see sustainability on display in reception, conference, community and private office spaces. The sustainable office movement is definitely here to stay, which is good for the environment and employees.
This year we will continue to see the line blurred between work and home. Rebelling against the cubicle farms of yesterday, designers are bringing in a more residential vibe into the workplace.
Also known as domesticated workplaces, designers are adding apartment-like touches including furnished kitchens, sofas and lounge seating, throw pillows, area rugs, and even potted plants.
Now that you’ve heard our BOLD predictions for the workplace, we’d love to hear yours. Our goal is to gain a deeper understanding of workplace design and provide you with products and services that help shape the workplace of the future. Feel free to drop a comment below or contact us personally to explore trends in your workplace.
Imagine yourself sitting in a row of gray office cubicles with gray walls and gray furniture. How does that make you feel?
If you’re like most people, it probably makes you feel uninspired, maybe even a little depressed.
Fortunately, the days of Dilbert-style cubicles set in a cold and colorless office world is over. But how does color affect space? How can it be used to improve health, productivity, and happiness? Let’s explore why color in the workplace is so important.
Marketers spend thousands of hours and millions of dollars a year figuring out how color will influence shoppers. You can use that same research to change moods and energy in the workplace.
Color Psychology at its core is the study of color and how it affects human behavior. Color can affect our focus, energy, and productivity. In many cases, humans don’t even realize their mood has changed due to the color of a wall or a piece of furniture. It can happen on the subconscious level, but it can have dramatic effects on overall behavior.
The color green has a strong correlation with nature and money. It also solicits feelings of growth, fertility, health, and generosity. Green makes a great accent wall or panel and can be used in breakrooms, breakaway areas and even at workstations.
Blue is often associated with stability, peace, calm and trust. It’s no coincidence that financial firms choose blue as a brand color. In the office, blue can help collaborative spaces such as conference rooms, gathering spaces and small enclaves.
Red demands attention. Think of the red Corvette speeding down the freeway only to capture the attention of a state patrol car. Red is associated with excitement, passion, energy, and even danger. If you want to draw the eye to a specific location in the office, consider using a red side chair or similar piece. Red could also spark excitement in a lobby or conference space.
When you think of yellow, it’s easy to think of sunshine. Yellow evokes feelings of happiness, positivity, optimism, and summer. A spot of yellow in the office would be appropriate in a lobby, waiting for area or entryways. Share warmth and positivity with your guests when they enter your office.
As workers in the workplace, we inspire to be productive, efficient and maintain a good quality of life. As employers and business owners, you want the same thing for your workers. A healthy employee is a happy employee. Wouldn’t it make sense that our environment helps us achieve that goal? For questions about the products shown above or help to choose just the right color, contact the team at BOLD!
It’s no surprise to learn Generation Z is the social media generation. Always on and always connected. They are early adopters of start-up tech and, unlike previous generations, have not experienced an upbringing without internet technology readily available.
How does this translate into the workplace? It’s a question business need to address because, by 2020, people born after the mid-’90s will represent 20% of the workforce.
A Demand for Work-Life Balance
Generation Z is entering a burned-out workplace. Studies suggest seven in 10 Millennials experience at least some burnout at work. This trend is expected to increase as Gen Z enters the workforce. Striking a harmonious balance between work and life will be key in reducing turnover, sick leave and lack of productivity.
One way businesses are addressing the work-life balance is by introducing more “life” into the workplace. This includes incorporating a residential or cafe vibe into portions of the floorplan. When office space resembles familiar out of work environments, workers tend to feel more at “home”.
Kimball is well ahead of the curve with products that address the need for a more casual and comfortable workplace.
Xsede – Give your employees the option to select the desk height they feel more comfortable with — even if they’re working right next to each other.
Pairings – Pairings merges simple sofa/lounge collections with the more informal space where people work, team up, and gather, creating adaptable work settings that host teams and technology in comfort.
Narrate – This panel system offers end panels that can be customized. Divider walls that are more interesting than obtrusive. And the structural versatility to seamlessly accommodate any work situation from impromptu meetings to variable height desks.
JOLT – A wireless resonant charging device, JOLT can be positioned underneath any surface and enable multiple devices to be charged from one unit and at longer distances from the transmitter.
This may come as a surprise, but Generation Z prefers face-to-face communication in the workplace. Millennials pioneered many of the online communication apps we have today, but Generation Z has mastered them. So why do they prefer face-to-face communication?
Studies suggest a positive workplace experience includes socializing and interaction offline. This includes interfacing with management and leadership. It’s easy for a voice to become lost or misunderstood through online apps. When meeting in person, more information is shared through the interaction. Trust, loyalty, and friendships are formed and solidified in person.
Workplaces that acknowledge issue through collaborative spaces and team environments will attract and retain more Generation Z employees.
BOLD Office Solutions welcomes you to continue this conversation offline. Contact us for a sit-down and to share information that would help your workplace appeal to Generation Z.
Largely considered an experiment not too long ago, hot-desking is rapidly being adopted in the modern workplace. Open Plan brought down walls and connected core groups to work collaboratively. Hot-desking takes this philosophy even further by giving employees freedom from having a dedicated desk and workspace.
Perfect for The Sales Team
Being in sales means you are most likely managing accounts, meeting clients and nurturing leads. Essentially, you are always on the go. When a salesperson walks into the office, they need a place to charge up, make phone calls and pluck away on the laptop for an hour. As long as the right technology is in place, a space dedicated to hot-desking is a perfect solution for employees who frequently come and go.
By not having a dedicated desk, employees are less likely to have a lot of clutter. Personal effects are always nice to have, but if the workstyle is nomadic in nature, there won’t be a need for personal clutter. This also includes paperwork, unnecessary peripherals, and accessories which aren’t a requirement for a mobile workforce.
If a worthy percentage of your workforce fits the hot-desking model, your business can save money by incorporating spaces dedicated to hot-desking. You’ll have less of a footprint and in today’s business environment, we all know square footage is expensive. You will have fewer components and expensive equipment to purchase. Studies suggest a business can save up to 30% by adopting a hot-desking workspace.
It’s Not For Everyone
While hot-desking is rising in popularity, it’s not a good fit for everyone. There are some obvious disadvantages to hot-desking and really depends on your work style.
People like to add a little (or a lot) of personality to their desk. With hot-desking, you can’t leave behind any personal belongings because someone else will inevitably be using the same space right after they leave. It also means chair settings, desk-heights, and other customizations can’t be guaranteed to remain intact after you leave. Sustained ergonomics are not included with hot-desking.
The idea behind hot-desking is a sound one. Why dedicate a large desk and accessories to an employee who may only need it occasionally? There are some things to consider before adopting the hot-desk trend. The best strategy is to start small. Gather your team and open the discussion. If it makes sense, you can start to incorporate hot-desking into the workplace. Be sure to contact BOLD Office solutions for any questions about hot-desking furniture and trends.
I think we can all agree that in today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business world, a versatile workplace is essential. With careful planning and the right products, it doesn’t have to look like a yard sale of miss-matched furniture. With Kimball Pairings you get both versatility and an elegant look.
Kimball Pairings adapts to a variety of workplace conditions. It’s foolish to think everyone works the same. Pairings meet the demands of varying work styles and postures while also supporting the needs of privacy in a workplace climate accustomed to open planning.
Pairings is a simple yet elegant sofa and lounge collection that allows teams and small groups to gather in an informal space. Most lounge solutions are static and single-use, not Pairings. Create the space you need all with sacrificing comfort or access to technology.
The latest extension of the Pairings product portfolio, the Pairings Nook, provides enclosed spaces for a more private setting that supports collaboration or just casual conversation. To preview the Pairings Nook and Wood leg additions click here.
What do you get when real estate shrinks and technology rapidly evolves? You get work styles which are more varied than ever. These changes present a number of challenges to workplace comfort, privacy, and productivity. With the Pairings collection, you don’t have to choose between open and closed spaces. Pairings is a simple lounge solution capable of being configured with other products and media. Made with comfort and flexibility in mind, Pairings gives you the freedom your workforce deserves.
Today’s workplace needs supportive places for people to collaborate, relax and interact. Pairings offer unique applications to divide space and integrates seamlessly with other Kimball offerings. Contact BOLD Office Solutions to explore the Pairings Collection from Kimball.
Kimball Acquires Designer Furniture Brand, David Edwards
BOLD Office Solutions is excited to announce the new partnership between Kimball and David Edwards. This partnership means BOLD is now able to offer our clients David Edward products. David Edward is a premier designer and manufacturer of contract furniture, sold in the healthcare, corporate, education and premium hospitality markets. Continue reading →
Do You know how you feel when you step outside into a park, the countryside or the mountains? Amazing, right? Most people feel pretty good outdoors. That’s because nature is an import part of our experience and offers a nice change of pace to the hustle and bustle of city life.
What if you could bring that amazing feeling into the workplace? The good news is, more and more businesses are adopting a wellness plan, which also means more options to accomplish this are being developed. This article provides more details environmental wall solutions that help give any space a taste of the great outdoors.
Depression affects close to 15 million Americans a year (cited by The American Psychological Association). In addition, mental illness or disorders contribute to nearly $60 million dollars in expenditures, being one of the top conditions in the country.
While treating mental health conditions begins with awareness, it is largely more successful when individuals seek professional attention. The healthcare spaces created by Kimball Health products are a patients first impression when they walk into the clinic. Kimball recognizes the importance of crated spaces that are holistic, safe, and design well. Kimball’s mission continues to emphasize creative thinking and a deeper understanding of the human experience as it relates to spaces. Discover more about Kimball’s design approach to behavior wellness.
In our “always on, always connected” world, finding time or spaces that help us relax without interruptions are hard to find. Because of this, It’s no surprise that mindfulness is growing in mainstream markets such as healthcare environments and the workplace.
Meditation and yoga spaces are quickly being incorporated into healthcare and workplace floorplans. Corporations such as American Express and Nike have taken mindfulness training programs to their staff. Google has even started the program “Search Inside Yourself” to boost productivity and stave off burn-out.
When it comes to finding a place to relax in the workplace, it shouldn’t be difficult. When businesses and healthcare facilities adopt a well-being attitude and incorporate spaces dedicated to the practice of mindfulness and relaxation, it becomes much easier to unplug. Find out more about Kimball’s approach well-being in the workplace.
The business world is more competitive than ever. In an environment where margins are thin and the competition is nipping at your heels, optimizing employee productivity is an essential part of doing business.
Achieving better productivity is a complicated and deeply personal endeavor. There are many ways to address this issue, but here at BOLD Office Solutions, we have identified three important factors that affect employee productivity. In this article, we will discuss how furniture, color, and creativity can make a big difference in workplace productivity.
Furniture should equal freedom
Office furniture is a key ingredient when it comes to a better productivity recipe. While the open plan is popular now, it’s important to accommodate different work styles without lumping everyone into the same layout. Studies suggest that when you give employees the ability to move around the office you are giving them a sense of freedom, which is critical to wellbeing. When they feel well, people are more productive.
Variety is the spice of life and when it comes to the workplace, this couldn’t be truer. A thoughtful and well-planned furniture arrangement should include areas to collaborate, concentrate and break away as a small team when the need arises. Ergonomic solutions need to be incorporated in every space to help keep employees in good physical and mental shape.
How color plays a role
Color plays an important but often overlooked role in workplace productivity. Every year experts weigh in on which colors will be workplace trends and it’s common to select what’s popular. However, correlate with productivity. Considered needs to be given to color affects mood and behavior.
For instance, blue is widely known as a productivity booster. Green improves productivity for people who work long, uninterrupted hours without causing eye fatigue.Yellow stimulates creativity and gives people a sense of optimism. Your interior designer or workplace consultant will help you decide on a color pallet that will ultimately improve workplace productivity.
Thoughtful interior design can have a dramatic impact on creativity. Creative thinking helps companies solve problems. When you solve your customer’s problems, you have happy customers. Happy customers ultimately benefit your businesses bottom line.
Creativity can happen anywhere, but to rely on it happening on a regular basis in the workplace is a challenge. One recent study by Dale R. Landry from the University of Nebraska explores conditions that foster creativity in the workplace. Thirty-five influencing factors were identified, but the key takeaway was that the workplace should be flexible, allowing creative thinkers to address problems in different ways, both at the individual workstation and across the workplace landscape as a whole.
Bringing it all together
The benefits of a well-planned workplace are innumerable. When you bring together smart furniture solutions and a flexible and stylish workplace, your employees are happier and more productive.
When companies want to be more innovative in today’s marketplace, they turn to overall workplace improvements for a competitive edge. Contact BOLD Office Solutions to start a discussion about improving your workplace’s productivity.
A major workplace change is almost always predicated by growth, relocation or renovation. Whatever the reason it can be a big interruption for weeks and even months. Beyond the actual physical change that occurs, habits, emotions and cultural landscapes change as well. Change can be uncomfortable but It can also be a wonderful opportunity to bring the team back together.
If proper change management strategies are in place before a single piece of furniture is moved, it can be an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Here are some proven strategies to make workplace change as painless as possible.
Brand Your Change
Set the tone by giving it a brand. By branding change, you can create a sense of purpose and meaning that your team can get behind. A successful brand represents positive emotions established by messaging, imagery and leadership. What are the motivating factors driving the change? Use these key themes to create a brand-guideline with mission statements, purpose and anticipated outcomes. When you give change a brand, it’s easier to get everyone else on board.
Don’t sugar coat change. Be as transparent as possible to better manage expectations down the road. Change can be massively disruptive especially when it reaches across multiple departments in the workplace. In order to better manage change, spend plenty of time planning the different phases of change and share those plans with everyone on the team. Set realistic expectations about small details and long-term goals.
Before change occurs you need to appoint a few champions of change. These individuals may be in leadership roles, but don’t overlook people who are really excited about the new workplace. It takes a positive attitude to deal with change, and if you have appointed change champions who are enthusiastic, those sentiments disseminate throughout the workplace.
There are bound to be questions and concerns both before and after workplace change. By assigning change champions you create a centralized resource center to field questions and inspire a positive outlook. This also frees up the leadership team to address high-level objectives without responding to drop-in questions or email inquiries.
As we mentioned earlier, change can be incredibly disruptive, both during and even after all of the desks and chairs are back into place. Creating a support system can alleviate a lot of headaches and frustrations after the change.
Let’s face it, change is scary. With proper planning, change can be a rewarding and positive experience for the entire workplace. You can’t anticipate every little misstep along the way, but by setting an optimistic tone and having systems in place to address issues when they arise, you can stay on track. Is your workplace facing change? Let us know if you have any questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you!