Sophisticated And Modern Offices

The world as we know it is changing every single day, maybe even every second. The world of office work hasn’t escaped this element of life and we are seeing some huge improvements in design, office quality and color schemes. As the studies about employee productivity and happiness come out that explain the correlation between the two, as well as ways to increase both, employers and bosses have started taking note. Happier employees means increased efficiency and productivity! To the people in charge that means more profit.

Some of the new waves that are about to hit the office arena include adaptive furniture that can change with the demands of the office with time, open work spaces that allow collaboration, and brightening up the old space with color and nature. Designing an area that is open and versatile is key to allowing a business and office space to change and grow to meet needs and incorporate new ideas and people. It can also give off a more united feel than when employees are filed away into small cubicles.  

Furniture is a huge part of what makes an office space feel comfortable, friendly, and professional. Choosing comfortable furniture pieces that are supportive and useful is a must for any remodeling of an office. Pieces that are modular or easy to move and rearrange are a huge benefit because it allows the office to change and adapt to what it needs in the future. Using ergonomic furniture for employees is on the rise, sit-stand desks are on the rise as well which encourage employees to avoid the negative consequences of sitting all day.

Incorporating technology into the office is one of the most impressive trends we are going to see in offices this year and in the next few. Wireless charging stations, an adequate amount of plugins for laptops and other devices, as well as interactive presentation technology. Taking advantage of the best available products and technology can do a lot for boosting morale and productivity.

Color schemes and nature are another category where there is going to be a lot of growth. Companies are beginning to realize they don’t need to have boring white walls in every room. Colors can have a large impact on how people feel and choosing soothing and soft colors to put people at ease can do a lot for the office atmosphere. Adding some plants and otherwise introducing nature to the office can do the same. Naturally clean the air and give off more positive vibes when you or your office uses plants for decoration.

Brighten Up Work With Indoor Plants

For many people, there is a call to nature that we feel. We enjoy exploring the great outdoors or viewing it from our balconies at least. For those that don’t particularly enjoy being immersed in nature fully, there are always trust indoor plants that brighten up a space and enhance the air quality and provide other health benefits. Working an office job as summer approaches can seem frustrating because you are indoors while the nice weather is steps away. Don’t worry, there is something you can do! Purchase indoor plants, preferably ones that are hardy and don’t require constant care, and place them around your office.

There is such a large selection of plants that do very well inside and under florescent lights to boot. By browsing some of the collections available at home improvement stores or nurseries, you are sure to find some that you enjoy the look of. If you find one that you absolutely love and are having trouble finding it in person, there are many online shipping options for you to purchase your favorites. Bringing some nature inside with you can help relieve stress and can filter the air. By removing pollutants and filtering out carbon dioxide, plants will help keep people in the office happier and healthier.

Not only this, but plants are a great way to decorate your office space on a budget and are perfect for hiding or disguising areas that aren’t the most appealing. If you have a corner of the office that is plain and just seems useless, try a hanging basket with a creeping plant in it. The tendrils will cascade down from the basket and camouflage the area. If you are simply looking for a beautiful focal point, there are numerous stunning plants of varying sizes for you to consider!

Many indoor plants come with helpful tips on the care of the plant and if you follow the instructions you should do fine in keeping the plant alive and healthy! Even if you are concerned about your ability to keep a plant alive, there are plenty of plants that are a good fit for you. If all else fails you can at least try a cute little cactus. These are very hard to kill and still look adorable and brighten up the area you are spending your time in. You will, however, want to be particularly careful where you place a prickly cactus so as to avoid anyone getting pricked on it!

Tips To Keep Cool In The Office

There are a few reasons it is important to put some thought into how you are going to stay cool at work in your office where maybe there aren’t windows, the air conditioner doesn’t work very well, or you just naturally feel warm most of the time. For one, being uncomfortable and hot at work doesn’t lead to productivity and it is, well, uncomfortable. Plus, no one wants to look like a sweaty mess during the work day and earn those unpleasant nicknames. Have no fear, we are here to give you some good ideas to help you stay cool and dry at work!

Rotate Your Wardrobe

Yes, you need a separate wardrobe for the hotter summer months than the cold winter months. Wearing the right types of fabric during the right seasons is a huge part of staying warm enough or cool enough. During the hot summer months you should be wearing lighter fabrics that are breathable and moisture wicking. Try soft cottons or linens to help you keep cool during the summer.

Lighter Colors

Another important and often overlooked change you should be making in the summer is to wear lighter colors. These colors reflect light and help keep you a lot cooler out under the sun than the black and other dark colors you have. If you find yourself outside much during the day, walking from building to building or take a walking lunch, make sure to dress yourself in light colors.

Find A Small Fan

Fans are a wonderful invention and they come in all sizes and fit in any budget. If you find yourself sweltering at work, find a small, portable desk fan to use during the day. Simply position it towards you and enjoy a small breeze while you work. Make sure you choose one that is quiet enough it won’t distract others.

Choose The Right Office Chair

This is something most people don’t think about but if you have ever sat on leather in shorts or a skirt on a hot day, you know it is not fun. Leather and thick materials are going to keep your body heat from escaping and make sure that you stay even more toasty. Mesh office chairs are a huge benefit to those that work in an office during the hot summer months. The mesh allows airflow to your body and that means you will stay cooler.

Importance of An Ergonomic Chair For A Healthy Spine

Office work can leave your body feeling strained and exhausted, particularly when you are not supporting your spine correctly. Not sitting up straight with the proper support of an ergonomic office chair and the correct posture can wreck havoc on your back and neck. Computer work can be very consuming, so much that many people unconsciously learn forward towards their monitor while working, offsetting the muscles that work together to keep your body sitting correctly. This strains your back even more, which you are going to feel later.

It is very important to understand and use proper posturing techniques during the day at the office and also invest in an office chair that properly aligns and supports your lower back. Many people actually sit on the front edge of their chair when using a computer, which doesn’t allow for any support for your lower back and spine. Using the right type of support for your back can relieve a lot of the stress and strain that it may feel otherwise, when not using an ergonomic chair or not having good posture.

Your spine is an incredibly important part of your body as it is the highway of nerves that connect your brain to all the other parts of your body. Protecting your spine and keeping it properly supported and positioned is in your best interest when considering keeping your body in good working order, and alleviating unnecessary pain and aching.

Choosing the best office chair that is tailored to your body in size and support is vital in keeping your back and spine healthy. Find a chair that is comfortable and fits your body. A chair that supports the natural curve of your spine and that allows you to rest your elbows on the armrests while they are close to your body at about a ninety degree angle is best. Keep your keyboard close enough that you don’t have to reach or lean out to use it. Keep the monitor at eye level to avoid straining your neck and upper back.

Do some research on ergonomic office chairs and try some out for yourself to find the perfect fit. Once you have one, don’t forget to use it properly and sit back into the chair to allow it to support your spine. Call Direct Office Chairs with any questions or concerns you have, we are always happy to help you find the right chair that will keep you feeling your best!

How To Improve Circulation When Sitting For Long Periods

If you want to stress yourself out and feel like you are going to die in the near future, google all the bad things that happen to your body when you sit frequently and for long periods of time. Just kidding, don’t do that, instead, focus on what you can do to improve your health even if you have a job that means sitting for hours and hours a day. One such thing to be aware of when you are working a desk job, or just find yourself sitting at a computer or for some other reason every day, is the impact sitting can have on your circulation. Your legs can be particularly affected because they are farther from your heart and are not doing anything that requires your heart to pump blood to them.

Poor circulation can cause some unfortunate and painful side effects that we all will want to avoid. Swollen legs or ankles from fluid pooling in the legs, you may develop varicose veins, or may even have a blood clot beginning to form. Blood clots are particularly dangerous because of their ability to move around and block blood flow to important areas of the body.

So how can you avoid developing all these terrible side effects of sitting for long periods of time? The good news is there are many little things you can do to encourage blood flow and proper circulation and keep your body in better health.

The first thing you should remember is to get up and move around for at least ten minutes every hour. By moving around you get your heart pumping and sending blood to all your limbs, including your legs. This can improve your health significantly when done regularly as you are encouraging proper circulation and engaging your muscles more often.

Another important thing to help ensure that your body can circulate blood more easily while sitting is to have a high quality, supportive, and ergonomic chair that is adjustable just for you. Having a chair that supports you and helps you maintain better posture throughout the day keeps your blood flowing more appropriately than if you are slumped over, your legs don’t reach the ground, or your chair is too short.
Sit with your feet resting on the ground in a chair that is wide enough to allow your thighs to not be pinched together. Do not sit at a desk that your thighs don’t fit under comfortably, and don’t sit in a chair where your thighs are not parallel to the ground. Doing these things adds to the restrictions on the blood flow to your legs. Avoid crossing your legs for long periods of time as well as this can contribute to the development of varicose veins, as well.

Keys For Organization

The work day can get a bit hectic with papers coming in and out, emails popping up on your monitor, and the phone ringing off the hook. Not to mention the countless sticky notes, picture frames, and other desk accessories you have hanging about. While this may be the state your desk is in normally, there are some good reasons to put some effort into organizing it including increased efficiency, reduced stress, and having a clean and tidy work area just feels good. To get you started on your organizational journey, you can check out some of the tips listed here!

 

Make Use Of Desk Organizational Items

There are so many options for things to organize your desk these days, from pencil holders, paper trays, to sticky note dispensers and business card holders. The key when deciding what to get is to evaluate what you need. Things that keep daily used items at arm’s length are great options for your desktop. Don’t get carried away with the cuteness of these items and go overboard, the idea is to clean up clutter, not add to it.

 

Use Lists And Finish One Thing At A Time

It is easy to get backed up with different projects and work items, they seem to just flow in and then things are left half done. This adds to the mess of your desk and to the stress on your mind. One great way to keep organized is to have one central location or list of things that need doing. Do your best to finish one task at a time to cut back on the pile up.

 

Keep A Trash Can Near By

It is important to place the trash can you use close enough to where you sit at your desk that you can use it. This will make it easier to dispose of items that you do not need instead of piling them up and saying you will take care of them later. Instead of setting trash down on your desk, make a habit of throwing it out right then and there.

 

Limit Unnecessary Clutter

Most of us bring unnecessary items to work with us. Having a picture or two to remind you of home and loved ones is great, but don’t let them start taking over your desk. Sweet little reminders are great, just remember you are at work, not home. Desk corners and under the desk are often spots the clutter winds up in. Set up a schedule to clean up your desk on a regular basis.

Reasons You Need A Massage Chair

Massage chairs have been around for decades. They took a while to catch on after being introduced initially, but have become more popular through the years, and for good reason. There are many potential physical and mental health benefits of having and using an at home massage chair. With advancing technology and better quality chairs being made today, there is hardly a reason to skip out on this incredible addition to your home!

Stress Reduction

That is right, owning and using a massage chair can reduce the amount of stress you feel, benefiting you mentally and physically. Massage chairs are typically known for their resemblance to Shiatsu or Swedish massage techniques. Shiatsu is more about releasing tension in the body while Swedish massage is about enhancing the body’s circulation. Both help with your overall health and wellness. When you use your massage chair regularly to relieve tension and stress in your body, it allows the body to stop overcompensating for the stressed muscles and will help you feel more balanced, relaxed, and increase mobility.

Induces Healing

Proper healing of the body has to do with healthy and proper blood flow to injured areas. When your body is tight and not allowing the right amount of blood flow to different areas, this can reduce or prevent healing from taking place. Using massage chairs to loosen up your muscles and increase circulation to adequate and proper levels, you are helping your body to be able to heal itself from the injuries it sustains.

Relaxation

When you think of relaxing, who doesn’t picture a serene spa with trickling water fountains, soft music, and a good massage to loosen up the tension your body has been gathering up for months? The good news is you can experience this type of relaxation and experience a massage right at home when you have a massage chair. Being able to relax and de-stress will help you feel better, accomplish more, and be happier. There is some evidence that massage chairs can actually induce the release of endorphins in the brain. Not only do endorphins make you feel good, they can help strengthen your immune system.
With so many great benefits of owning and using a massage chair, how can you resist? Now that you are convinced, we are excited to help you find the perfect chair that fits in your budget and meets the needs that you have for your chair. Shop our collection today and contact us with any questions you may have! 

Managing Stress To Increase Happiness

Work can be consuming, overwhelming and stressful. Going to work can feel like a death sentence and when you get home you are so exhausted you have no energy to do the things you need or want to do around the house. If this sounds familiar, it is time to make some changes. Living in a perpetual state of stress and unhappiness will take its toll on you in every way. You many notice health challenges, emotional struggles, and social exclusion. To get back on top of things and take back control of your life, try implementing some of the following tips.

Make A List

As redundant and over stated this may be, make a to-do list to keep track of all the things you need to do. There is something about seeing things written or typed out that make it easier to concentrate, focus, and get things done. You also get the added satisfaction of crossing something off or erasing it. For some reason this feels good and gives you more of a sense of accomplishment than just getting things done.

Acknowledge and Congratulate Yourself

Throughout a work week you are doing countless tasks and activities, taking part in meetings, and getting more done than you may realize. When you take the time to reflect on the things that you have been getting done and crossing off, you will feel better about yourself, recognize your abilities and feel better about continuing to work. Focusing on your accomplishments and rewarding yourself in small ways can make work seem less stressful and make you feel more competent and ready to tackle new projects.

Do Things You Enjoy

It can be tempting after a long day at work to go home and veg on the couch. Eating crappy food and getting no exercise will not make you feel any better. Instead, try scheduling something that you enjoy doing, even if you are tired. This doesn’t have to be a large time commitment or something that is overwhelming, in fact, we need the opposite. Grab a drink with a friend you haven’t caught up with for a while, do something artistic, or go for a run or walk.

Prepare For The Week

To reduce stress and allow for more productivity and enjoyment at work and more energy when you get home, schedule out your week. Write down events and activities that you know are coming up. A stressed out mind tends to be a forgetful one. When you forget things, typically you will talk down to yourself for being so dumb, etc. To prevent this, make notes. Not forgetting things, and thus not having extra reasons to talk down to yourself or feel bad reduces and prevents added stresses.

Find as many ways to enjoy life as possible. Life is not all about work, just as it isn’t all about playing. Finding a good balance is key to being happy and healthy.

Desk Job Got You Down?

Let’s face it, desk jobs typically have a reputation for being dull and soul sucking. The thing is, there are a lot of jobs out there that need doing and they aren’t always the most inspiring, exciting, or even rewarding, but they are jobs. When you are working somewhere you do not like, it can take a toll on the rest of your life. It can make you feel down, depressed, and stressed. Quitting your job and finding a new one isn’t always something you can do, so what can you do to revive your soul while still doing your job? Here are some ideas to get your mind going.

Keep Healthy

There is something about establishing healthy habits that make you feel more able to tackle all the day’s problems and challenges. Start bringing a water bottle to work and try to take in more water every day. Being hydrated is something many people struggle with. Take quick breaks to walk around or stretch to help keep your blood flowing throughout the day.

Attitude Matters

If you expect your day to be bad at work, you will find something that will make it that way. Try coming into work with a different attitude than you usually do. Find something, anything at work that you like or enjoy, and focus on that. Try smiling at your co-workers and share some happiness to spruce up everyone’s day.

Challenge Yourself

Something that goes along with changing your attitude is challenging yourself. If you are bored of always doing the same things, ask for new responsibilities or duties to keep things interesting. People that are motivated and want to stay engaged in their work will look for new things to do and keep progressing up the ladder. These people are usually noticed by bosses and end up being rewarded for their efforts and desire to take on new challenges.

Change Up Your Area

If your desk is a mess you are most likely not going to have good days. Decluttering and organizing files, folders, and desks is a great way to feel less stressed and more at home in your work space. If you have an organized work area, consider changing up pictures or decorations to give your space a new feeling and get you thinking and feeling happier. Post pictures of vacations or your favorite places to help you have more happy feelings while you are at work. Just be careful of posting pictures that are private or display more of your private life that is appropriate for work and clients.

Personalization Of Your Workspace

Work is basically your second home. You probably spend about a third of your day at work. A third doing other activities or doing things at home and a third sleeping or so. This means that for those eight hours or so that you are at work in your office, cubicle, or at your desk, you are surrounded by….what, exactly? Boring white walls and unimpressive single colored or patterned carpet? This shouldn’t be what your second home looks like! It is time to personalize your area and perk up your workspace. Naturally, it is important to follow the rules your work has for your space or office, but most offices allow for some additions.

Pictures!

Choosing some cute pictures are a great way to add some love to your space. Keep a photo of your dog on your desk or a picture of you and your significant other. If you work in a profession that you are wary of clients seeing or knowing of your family, choose photos that you have taken on vacation or of your favorite nature spot that don’t have people in them, but remind you of your loved ones and the good times you have had. Hang art around the room or scenic pictures of your favorite climate zone. Adding some of the things you like to your area can make the workday seem a little less dreary.

Get Comfortable

Make sure that you have a chair that is comfortable and ergonomic. Being comfortable and keeping your body well supported will make all the difference in your attitude of coming to work. Considering some of the personalization options that office chairs have these days including colors, embroidery, styles, and functions.

Desk Trinkets

Having trinkets on your desk can help keep your hands busy if you are a person that always likes to be moving. Have puzzle cubes or figurines on your desk that you purchased on vacation or simply ones that you like. Add a bowl of candy on the corner of your desk to help make your space more inviting if you meet with clients, and to give you a little sugar on those long days!
Be creative with your space and add some of what makes you, you! Add some pops of color or a rug that makes you feel more at home, at work. Doing simple things like this can help you stay more focused at work and enjoy your days more fully.