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Office Space Design

Making Open Office Plans Work

By | Office Space Design

Overcoming Challenges of Open Office Plans Much has been made of the open office layout trend: both for it and against it. Though the science has always been out on the definitive benefits of the open office design, its popularity has never faltered: an estimated 70 percent of office spaces had adopted the popular cubicle-free floor plan by 2014. The plan is far from perfect, but since it shows no signs of going away, it’s time to focus on ways that it can be improved upon. Where did the open office layout come from? The concept of an open office space…

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How to Design a Dog Friendly Office — And Why

By | Office Best Practices, Office Space Design

Having pets at work is becoming all the rage. Though the policy is generally associated with hip startups or animal-centric businesses, the workplace perk of allowing pets is beginning to spread into the mainstream. Welcoming four-legged office mates undoubtedly brings unique challenges into the work environment, but evidence suggests it may be worth the hurdles. Benefits of a Dog Friendly Office People love their dogs — according to a recent survey, over 54 million American households have a dog, and 65 percent of those regard their pet as a member of the family. People are happier when they can be…

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Remote Possibilities: Is Working From Home the Future?

By | Office Space Design

Just a few years ago, the future of office work seemed clear: it wouldn’t be in the office at all. Large companies began recognizing that having an off-site workforce simplified employees’ lives in terms of stressful commutes and childcare arrangements. It also gave them a larger pool of talent to choose from. Diebold, a company that manufactures ATMs, decided to adopt a telecommuting policy to attract potential new hires from outside the Canton, Ohio area where the headquarters are located. Quickly, they were recruiting talented new employees from Silicon Valley and major US cities. Telecommuting even cuts office maintenance costs…

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Data Center Design Best Practices

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Designing the Data Center of Your Dreams A modern data center uses good power and cooling strategies to optimize efficiency and uptime. However, power and cooling sufficiency is no longer enough to ensure this result. Designing a Data Center Involves Multiple Components Evaluate the following components when designing a data center for optimal uptime and control. Top designers, like Saraval Industries, realize that there can be no inefficiency or a less than optimal command center to achieve user goals for accuracy and immediacy of access. Best practices demand the maximizing of the following components, at a minimum. Performance Users expect…

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Eco-Friendly Furniture Solutions

By | Office Space Design

Everything You Need to Know About Eco-Friendly Furniture Solutions Eco-friendly furniture now comes in most styles for the home and the workplace. Yet, office furniture lends itself to environmentally-friendly products even more than furniture for the home. If your company wants to “go green” with its office décor, there are numerous good options. Most quality, eco-friendly office furniture comes with long, sometimes lifetime, guarantees. According to Environmental Protection Agency estimates, approximately 3 million tons of office furniture and furnishings are discarded each year. Here’s what you need to know about doing your part. Technical Furniture Some quality furniture organizations, like Saraval Industries,…

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How Millennials Are Changing Office Design Trends

By | Office Space Design

Much is made of millennial culture, both good and bad. But ultimately, it doesn’t matter how millennials are judged by older generations or by each other. They’re here to stay, and they’re quickly changing the world around them. As more and more millennials (commonly defined as the generation born between 1980 and 2000) enter the workforce, office design trends are quickly adjusting to fit the preferences of today’s young workers. Companies are increasingly realizing that they need to court talented and educated young people, and one of the best ways to do it is to make their workspaces as millennial-friendly…

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Office Lobby Design Ideas

Furnishing Great First Impressions: Decorating Your Office Lobby

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Office Lobby Design Ideas for Great First Impressions A lot happens in your office lobby. People pass through it all day long — members of your team, returning clients, prospective clients, collaborators. Even though most visitors may only linger here a few minutes, their time in this space will leave a lasting impression. Your reception area is telling visitors a story about your company: is it forward-thinking? Is it confident in its brand? Is it successful? Is it creative and energetic? A well-designed office lobby will serve as a constant reassurance to seasoned team members that they’re working for a great…

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Tennis Tables vs Conference Tables: Can “Cool” Office Spaces Really Increase Productivity

By | Office Space Design

The Origins of The Cool Office Space Trend From big-name brands like Google to… just about every interesting startup from the last five to ten years, having a hip office space is all the rage. Long gone are the days when any company could line up some cubicles, throw down some bland carpeting and call it a day. Nowadays, it’s all about the ping-pong table in the break room, the brightly patented accent walls, the well-lit lounges designed like a hipster coffeehouse. Is Creative & Modern Office Design Only for Startups? How important are these things to a brand’s success, really?…

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