How To Get That Promotion At Work (Pt. 1)

Most people want to work upwards in their organization to a specific job or position. Maybe it has better pay, is more of what you want to do every day, or you like the benefits that position offers. Whatever your reason for wanting to move up in your company, we put together some of the best tips to help you get there. Read below to start your upward journey today!

Picture Yourself Where You Want To Be

Looking forward to what you can achieve or where you really want to be can help you stay motivated when things feel like they aren’t moving very fast. Remember that you are in it for the long haul and that requires some patience with yourself and with your organization and those that are higher up. On the days that feel particularly mundane, take a moment to reflect on your long term goals and where you will be in the future if you put in the work today.

Writing down your goals can help you stay focused on the big picture and has been shown to help people achieve their goals more often than those people that don’t write them down. If it sounds helpful, write down your long term goals and then break them down into several short term goals that will help you get there. This can help you see the progress you have made towards your goals!

Work Hard And Do Your Best

As you excel in your current position, keep a positive and happy attitude, and show your worth and potential, you are sure to be considered for promotions. Even when you are having a bad day, do your best to get all your work done and complete tasks efficiently. Being able to focus on the current task shows your boss that you are an asset to the company. If possible, go above and beyond what you are expected to do. Consider helping coworkers with large projects if you have spare time, or even check in with your boss to see if there is something you can do to help them directly.

There are many more ways to help you get to that dream job, but most require you to do some intense work. See part two of this blog series next week for more tips and ways to help you get that promotion and move up in your company!

Perk Up Your Office In Four Simple Steps

As your home away from home, you want your office to reflect some of your personality and to feel comfortable. Naturally, you likely won’t be allowed to do anything too drastic to the space, but there are many ways you can reflect your tastes and what you like without doing anything too permanent.  If you aren’t sure where to start when it comes to perking up your office so you don’t feel like you are sitting in a plain and boring box all day, read the simple steps below!

Step One: Make Yourself Comfortable

This is an incredible step in creating a homey and welcoming space for you to work in. Don’t put up with the terrible standard company furniture if you can help it. While you might not be able to do much about the desk, almost every boss will allow you to find your own office chair if you so desire. Trust us, you desire it. Very much. Finding an office chair that fits your body type, your typical daily tasks, and supports your spine in the right ways will change your life. Once you find an ergonomic office chair, you can say goodbye to all those aches and pains that likely have become a part of your daily life.

Step Two: Bring In Some Photos

Another great way to make your office feel more homey to you is to bring in photos that you enjoy. Perhaps you want to bring in some family photos to put on your desk, or maybe you would rather hang that beautiful painting that you adore across from your desk so you can enjoy it all day long!

Step Three: Add Some Color

Some simple pops of color can really make your office feel less dull and help you feel less blah. Consider some desk accessories that come in a hue that speaks to your soul, or maybe bring in a fun colored filing cabinet or trash can.

Step Four: Add Some Life

Not everyone has a green thumb, but the good news is that there are many plants that can survive with very little human interaction. In fact, succulents and cactuses typically are killed off when they get too much attention. Having a plant in your office, or a few, can help freshen up the air, will make the room feel more welcoming, and can bring a smile to your face each day.

Keep Your Spine Happy At Work With These Simple Stretches

If you have a high quality, ergonomic office chair that supports you in all the right ways and fits you just right, you likely feel pretty good after a day of sitting. Those that have not invested in a proper office chair yet may need some extra stretches and movements in order to avoid going home with aches and pains every day. Until you can get that new chair and revitalize your work life, we have some great stretches to help you out because taking care of your spine and keeping it healthy is an absolute necessity when it comes to living a good life. Check out the stretches below to get you started.

Shrug Those Shoulders

For an upper back exercise and stretch, it can be as simple as shrugging your shoulders. This is a quiet and simple exercise you can do every day when you notice your back starting to get tight or sore. Simply sit up straight in your chair and let your arms hang down by your sides. Keeping your neck straight shrug your shoulders up to your ears, as far as you can go, and then lower them down. Let your shoulders relax all the way down, getting in the full range of motion. Continue doing this for a few minutes.

Shoulder Circles

These ones should be pretty familiar as well! Simply rotate your shoulders in circles. You can go backwards or forwards, and you can do them both at the same time in the same way, or you can do one at a time and in different directions! Try to rotate them in as large of a circle as is comfortable but still stretching the muscles a bit.

Twists

Another great, quiet, and non-attention grabbing move you can do at your desk is a simple spinal twist. You can do this sitting or standing. With your feet flat on the floor and starting by looking forward, twist your upper body to the left and then to the right. Twist until you feel your muscles stretch but don’t use too much force or go farther than your body can.

To help you out and make daily stretches less of a necessity for pain relief, check out our incredible selection of office chairs that offer you the support you need! We have office chairs to meet everyone’s tastes and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Why You Need A Good Office Chair

Currently in American society, most of a person’s life is spent working. You grow up and go to school and then try to get a good job that will make your life comfortable and maybe even allow you to go on a few trips. For many people, that job they spend half of their lives working at is a desk job, or something else that requires a lot of sitting. Even daily commutes make sure that you are sitting down for an extra hour or two.

With all the current research about how bad sitting is for the human body, at least in long periods, the least you can do for your body is make sure that when you are sitting that you do it in the best possible way. To do that, you need to put effort into understanding your body and your spine. It is a good idea learn proper posture for sitting at a desk and proper way to type for those that spend a lot of time typing.

To help you get the support you need, invest in a high quality and well-made office chair that eases the stress that sitting puts on your body. The best office chairs are tailored to what you need and your specific body type. For example, if you are someone that gets a bit hot and sweaty, you may decide that a mesh office chair is a good idea to help you stay cooler. Ventilation is a great way to make spending time in your office just a bit more comfortable.

Another great reason that you may want to think about exploring your options when it comes to office chairs is the health of your spine. Hunching over a desk nearly every day for hours upon hours is sure to take a high toll on your spine. Since your spine is responsible for so much and helps protect so many important neurological connections, it is important to do what you can to protect it.  The best office chairs will fit the natural curve of your spine and help support it throughout the days and nights you spend in it.

Check out the office chairs we have available in order to refine some of you favorite customizable options such as size, materials, and types. If you have any questions regarding our selection, feel free to get in contact with us today!

Tips To Destress At Work

During the work day, there are lots of things going on and it can be quite stressful! From deadlines, demands from your boss, coworker gossip, and office politics, work can be a very stressful environment. Trying to make it through an entire day can be really tough! Focusing and working hard can be extra difficult when you are stressed out, so we put together just a few ideas and things to try when it comes to de-stressing at work. Try some out and see if they work for you!

Breathe

This one is pretty simple and it doesn’t require any props or even much time. Sitting back in your (hopefully) ergonomic and comfortable office chair that supports you in all the right ways, take a moment to breathe deeply. Focus on your breath and inhale for 5 to 10 seconds before exhaling for 5 to 10 seconds. Do this several times to reorient yourself and to release some of the work day stress you are feeling.

Go For A Walk

Not always possible because we know you have to be at your desk getting things done, but there are certainly ways to get more steps into your day. For one, take the stairs whenever possible, park farther from the doors, walk to the restroom on the other side of the building, or fill up your water bottle often. By getting up and getting your blood pumping just a bit more, you will feel more refreshed and able to focus.

Neck Massage

You can give yourself a pretty decent neck massage when you need it. Simply place your hands over your shoulders and press into the muscles surrounding your neck and firmly, but gently, work your way up your neck. Permit yourself five minutes to massage and relax your neck and shoulders before getting back to work.

Reward Yourself With Something Tasty

Keeping a treat or two in your desk for those really stressful days can be a great idea. Indulge in a piece of dark chocolate or a small candy for some stress relief that doesn’t sabotage your diet. Sit back and enjoy the taste of your treat before re-focusing and getting back into the grind of the day.

Spoil Yourself: Office Chair Options

When you think of spoiling yourself or doing something nice for yourself, you probably think about the short term things that will make you happy. Maybe you decide to take yourself out to dinner, go out for drinks with some friends, get your nails or hair done, or maybe you finally buy yourself that one thing you have been eyeing for quite some time. These are all great things and we agree you should do things to make yourself happy, but we have a great option that will reward you and spoil you a lot longer than those nails are going to last. Take the time to find the perfect, ergonomic office chair for yourself.

Think about it, every day that you sit in that chair and every day that you go home without feeling sore or nursing an aching back, that ergonomic office chair is going to spoil you. Day in and day out, your new office chair will make a difference in your life. It is time to spoil yourself in all the right ways that keep on giving.

Our selection of office chairs here at Direct Office Chairs will astound you. The colors, sizes, custom options, and low prices are worth taking a look at. We are sure you will find the right chair for you and that you will be supported in all the right ways, making that office job just a bit more comfortable.

Not only comfortable, our office chairs have been researched and designed with the human body in mind. Your body is an incredible working organism that never fully stops doing its thing. Don’t you think it is about time that you made things just a bit easier for it? Having an ergonomic office chair is vital to your spine health, especially as you get older. Your spine is incredibly important to your overall health, ability to move, and daily happiness, so it is about time you gave your spine the support and love that it needs. These chairs have been crafted to help you sit correctly to avoid damaging nerves and your spine. That kind of damage creates pain and other problems that you will have to deal with for who knows how long.

Save yourself the back pain, neck pain, and frequent headaches by purchasing a high quality, ergonomic, and comfortable office chair today! Our selection is just waiting for you to browse through it to find the perfect chair! Remember, sometimes it is ok to spoil yourself!

Starting The New Year Off Right At Work

When it comes to new beginnings, the new years usually takes the cake for everyone to make new resolutions, set goals, and try to make changes they feel are necessary in their lives. Some of the most common, of course, are changes in diet, lifestyle, activity levels, and looks. Not all resolutions and goals are met, and a lot of the fire and dedication wears off a few months into the new year because old habits are hard to break and new ones are hard to form. So why not take some action that will actually rejuvenate your entire 2018?

Setting yourself up for success and happiness at work can seem challenging or maybe impossible to those that work desk jobs or are tired of the office politics, but there are a few steps you can take to make work just a little bit better this year.

For starters, take the time to re-organize everything. Go through paperwork, piles of folders, anything that has stacked up and needs some help to get organized. File away the important documents you need to keep and dispose of things you no longer need. Taking time to prepare for the new year in this way will help you feel better about your office and maybe even about your work.

Another great way to spice up your new year in the office is to rearrange your furniture. Changing your environment sporadically will help you to avoid those ruts that we all fall into so regularly when things are rather repetitive. If possible, and you want to, consider getting new furniture as well! Get a cute shelf and a nice plant to brighten things up.

One of the best things you can do for yourself this year is to find a high quality, ergonomic office chair to replace your old chair that causes you back pain and does not properly support your spine. You can eliminate so much pain and reduce the time you spend nursing an aching back this year, and that sounds like a pretty good way to make your new year more successful and enjoyable! This simple change in your office is sure to make each and every day a little bit better and a little bit more comfortable. Don’t waste any more time in a low quality chair! Check out our selection here at Direct Office Chairs! We even have big and tall chairs to make sure all our customers are well taken care of with a chair that fits them and their needs!

Office White Elephant Etiquette And Gift Ideas

As the season progresses, white elephant parties are all the rage at many events, and a regular for office Christmas or holiday parties. So what should you know before you show up to this party? We put together a few tips and ideas to help you not be the odd man out or the one that makes the party seem less festive. Read below to find our best tips!

Stay in the agreed upon price range.

There is a very good reason that there is a specified price range when it comes to doing a white elephant gift exchange. It is really awkward when one person gets a ten dollar item and someone else gets a fifty dollar item because someone didn’t read the memo. Avoid being ‘that person’ and make sure you read the memo.

Know what is expected.

There are kind of two different white elephant gift exchanges that are popular. One, everyone gets a sort of gag gift that is more funny than it is an actual gift. The second, everyone brings a nice item that the recipient will enjoy. Once again, make sure you take the time to know what kind of a white elephant the office party is going to be!

Play the game and be a good sport.

One of the fastest ways to ruin a festive party is to throw a fit because you didn’t get the gift you wanted. It is sad that this one has to be on the list but there always seems to be someone who just can’t accept they didn’t get what they wanted. Play the game, whether that means everyone just opens a gift or there is stealing involved. Keep a merry spirit even if the gift you wanted gets stolen! It is about having fun and building relationships, not about what you actually get.

Be creative with your gift.

Sometimes the price range feels like it is impossible to get a ‘good’ gift with, but there are so many great gift ideas available! Think outside the box and even do a good, quick internet search if you have no ideas. Plants are a fun option, maybe a grow your own cactus kit! Venus fly traps are also really fun ideas that are available for not too much. Beard care kits, cool electronic bugs, or maybe a head massager for the stressed out work bunch! Whatever you get, make sure it is something you wouldn’t mind taking back home with you. If you would like it, theres a good chance someone else at the office won’t mind taking it home either!

Ways To Keep Warm In Your Freezing Office

Are you one of the many people that work in an office building that can’t seem to figure out how to keep it above freezing in the winter? Being cold is hardly ever a fun thing, and it certainly doesn’t make work any better. If you can relate to this kind of a thing, or you are just one of those people that is always cold, we put together a few simple ideas to help you stay warm in your office this season! Read on to discover some great ideas!

Dress Strategically

Staying warm in the office begins before you leave your house. Take the time to layer up so you can stay toasty all day. Layers help trap in body heat so you do not get cold so easily. It is also a great idea to use layers so if you do get a bit warm, you can simply remove a layer without being indecent.

Move Around

Yep, this one is simple and everyone can do it! Take a few minutes every once in a while to get up and do a quick walk. Go fill up your water bottle, walk to the bathroom that is one floor away, or just do a few stretches right at your desk to get your blood flowing. This helps increase your core body temperature which helps you feel warmer! Bonus points because you are getting in some extra exercise and it is a free way to keep warm!

Hot Food And Drinks

Another simple way to help you stay warm in a cold office is to bring food from home that needs to be heated up. When you consume a hot meal, it helps you shake any chills you may have. To save money you can bring meals from home, or take a few minutes and purchase a hot meal from a restaurant nearby on your lunch break. If you do not want to bring in food or have a hot meal, you can always resort to a nice hot cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or chai tea to warm you up!

Heating Pads Or Slippers

For real, there are seat cushions for office chairs that warm up and keep you toasty, and there are really heated slippers, too! There are slippers available that are a USB plugin, and cushions that have a regular plugin. Both are great options for a cold office! Just make sure you change out of your slippers before heading to meet with your boss or other coworkers for that big meeting! There is even such a thing as a heated keyboard if you really want to get toasty!

Cut The Slouch: Save Your Body

It can’t be stressed enough how important it is for people to sit with the proper posture. Especially those people that do a lot of sitting. Sitting incorrectly can cause all sorts of problems for people, the least of that list being back pain. Do you want to deal with pain every day because you can’t remember to sit up straight? No, you most likely do not want to be in pain every day. If you do, continue slouching. Those that want to end their back pain problems, keep reading to find out what you need to do as this is a problem with a simple fix. Because of that, it doesn’t need to be a problem at all.

Most people that work at computers tend to lean forward towards the monitor which adds extra stress and pressure on the back, spine, neck, and shoulders. Even one inch forward adds up to ten extra pounds of pressure on your body and your spine. Think about all that extra pressure you are putting your body through dealing with for however many hours a day. No wonder you are sore and getting headaches.

Headaches are one of the most common consequences of not sitting up correctly. All the extra stress and pressure that you were putting on those muscles all day make them extra tired and overused. When you relieve that pressure at the end of the day, the muscles can spasm and this can bring about some pretty nasty and painful tension headaches.

Sitting improperly, with your head forward toward your monitor or whatever you are working on makes it so your spine isn’t aligned properly. This can also cause your jaw to be out of place. Your lower jaw will be pushed forward slightly, making your upper and lower teeth to not fit together as they should. This causes extra stress and pressure on your jaw muscles. Trust me, you don’t want to mess with how your jaw works. Jaw pain takes over your life and impedes all sorts of daily living activities from eating to sleeping to smiling.

Take the time to learn about how to sit with proper alignment. Your body will feel so much better if you take the time to practice it and for it to become a habit. Even better, put in the time to find an appropriate office chair to use that supports your spine appropriately to relieve stress and pressure. Our selection here at Direct Office Chairs is a great place to start if you are looking for high quality and affordable prices.