Preparing For The Holidays At Work

Although the holiday season is supposed to be magical and cheery, people often feel stressed and worried about all the things they have to do. This stress is compounded by those that have to try to schedule time off work in order to make it to Thanksgiving dinner at grandma’s or fly home for Christmas. The bustle and hustle of the season begins earlier and earlier every year, with Christmas decorations and things on display at the store beginning in October. In order to help you get some of the stress of your plate, at work at least, we put together a few steps you can take to prepare for the holidays so leaving work isn’t as stressful as coming back to it.

Schedule your days off ahead of time and remind coworkers and your boss of those upcoming days as often as you need to.

Knowing that you have the right days off in advance allows you to make sure you have time to get those plane tickets or finalize other travel plans for those days. It can be helpful to remind everyone of your days off when they consider planning things that you may need to be at while you are not available. It is also helpful to those that work closely with you to know ahead of time the days you won’t be in the office so they aren’t surprised or negatively impacted at work by your absence.

Work ahead and prioritize your tasks to prepare for taking a holiday from work.

This can be very important for those that get really stressed about leaving work undone before a vacation. The truth is that many jobs are just never truly done or caught up and learning to prioritize tasks before you leave is the best you can do. Everyone needs a holiday and it is ok that you are taking one. Do what you can and notify anyone that needs to know (like a supervisor) of things that may need attention while you are away.

Remember to program an automatic email reply and set an answering machine message alerting those that may be trying to get ahold of you when you will be back in the office.

This will cut down on a lot of stress when you come back to work. While it surely won’t cut down on how many messages and emails you received while you were out, it likely will at least cut down on the amount of angry ones you get about why you aren’t responding right away.

Clean up your desk and office.

This is a great way to leave for your holiday. Making sure that things look orderly and are put away properly gives you some closure to leave for holiday and makes coming back from it a bit less overwhelming. This is also a great time to do a quick cleaning of your office chair and some basic maintenance such as tightening screws.

Developing A Professional Style For The Office

Entering the professional world can be pretty intimidating for those that aren’t used to the professional lifestyle, wardrobe, and decor. Not to mention, you have to learn your way around the office, how to use the copy machine, and any computer programs that the company uses. To take a bit of the pressure off, we want to help you get started creating your own professional style not only in dress and appearance, but also in how you organize and decorate your office. Let’s get started.

Find Your Own Style

While there are some pretty solid and established guidelines for dressing and looking professional for work, there is some flexibility to allow for personalization. One of the most basic rules is to not wear jeans. Jeans are comfortable and lovely, but they often do not have a place in the business world. Many companies or small businesses will have a designated casual day in which you can wear jeans, so save yours for that day or your day off.

If you are a woman, take the time to shop for appropriate tops and blouses. Find tops that are something you would be comfortable talking to your new boss in. It can be important to watch necklines as many are lower than you may realize until you are standing in a business meeting and feeling uncomfortable. Men, make sure to find appropriate colored shirts and matching ties. Dressing the part can make you feel much more confident on your first day.

Office Style

You likely will have space that is designated as yours at your new office job. If you have an office to yourself you have the opportunity to make it your own and to add any professional touches you think of. The key is to keep things neutral, but welcoming to any clients or coworkers you may be meeting with. Having an office plant or two is a great touch that makes many people feel more at home. You may choose to have a picture of your family in your office, but it is strongly recommended for you to consider who will be seeing those pictures before putting them in your office.

Another very important tip for anyone that is striving to have a professional space is to have a filing or organizational system that you utilize. Having stacks of papers everywhere makes you look unprofessional and like you aren’t competent at your job.

Other Places And Times To Use An Office Chair

Direct Office Chairs is proud of its large array of products and the high quality office chairs we supply to our customers. There are selections and options for those that need extra support for their back, chairs with wheels, and a section for big and tall chairs as well! Not only this, but there are even draft chairs on our site that we are excited to be able to provide for an affordable price. The truth is that most often people think of our chairs and products as office chairs, home office chairs, or reception furniture. The truth is, there are many other places that you use chairs, and you may want to take a look at the options on our site before settling for something of lesser value or a higher price from somewhere else.

Think about how often you are sitting down each day. There are more times and places you are sitting other than while at the office. People sit down to use their laptop or write, or read often. Others enjoy activities that are done while sitting such as sewing or playing card games. When it comes down to it, there are improvements you can make for all the places you may be sitting during the day. Anywhere that you are going to be sitting very often should offer you the support and ergonomic qualities that will prevent injury, strain and pain.

While browsing our selection of office chairs, take time to consider some of them for your sewing table instead of that fold up chair we all know you are using. Make sure to replace your computer chair if you do a lot of computer work and are using something that does not help support your spine and keep it healthy.

Our draft chairs make excellent additions to breakfast bars in your home for additional and stylish seating. If you are someone that likes to have prominent, stylish, and professional looking chairs for your dining room table, you may even like some of our leather chairs for your dining room!

Don’t let the office chair label fool you, our chairs are great options for anyone that is looking for a comfortable, ergonomic chair that supports you in all the right places! Or anyone looking for a stylish and sleek chair to complement a modern home.

Stretches For A Sore Back

There is something particularly painful about having a sore back. When you hurt other parts of your body, it is simple to avoid using the sore or injured part for some time while it heals, the same can’t be said for a back. Your back and your spine are central to most movements and will be affected to some point no matter how careful you are.

There are so many ways to hurt your back from standing all day in bad shoes, sleeping on the wrong type of mattress or in the wrong position, to sitting in a chair that is not ergonomically designed. If you find that you are having trouble with a sore back or having tight muscles in your back, it would be a good idea to treat the real problem by replacing your bed or office chair, but in the meantime, check out some of the stretches and ideas below to help your back feel better.

Before you start really stretching out your muscles it is a good idea to loosen them up some with some light movements to get your blood flowing. This can be something as simple as walking in place, twisting gently at the waist from side to side, or even putting a warm washcloth on your back for a while.

Standard Touch Your Toes Stretches

This is the basic stretch that almost everyone knows, but don’t utilize when it comes to maintaining flexibility or stretching out tight muscles. All you have to do is to stand with your feet slightly apart and bend at the waist and reach towards your toes. It isn’t necessary that you touch your toes or that your chest touches your knees, just that you reach until you feel a firm stretch in your back.

Laying Down Knees To Chest

Another great option for relieving some back tightness and pain is to lay down on the floor on your back. Pull your knees up to your chest and hold them there with your arms. Remember to breathe with the stretch and hold it for at least the count of ten. Release and then repeat as needed.

Stretching can be a wonderful way to keep your body in better shape and to avoid many of the pains that come with having an office job or any job where you sit for large portions of the day. You can also find stretches meant to help stretch different areas of the body to target problem areas!

Halloween Spirit In The Office

As much as we love and support the idea of of increasing office morale by providing all your employees with the best possible office chairs that are ergonomic and comfortable, we know that sometimes you need some other ideas to keep the atmosphere in the office at a happy and productive level.

Since it is October and that means the beginning of all the holidays really, with Halloween being the first in line, we searched around and found some fun and easy ways to boost the holiday spirit and the office staff’s spirits as well! Feel free to take a look below for some fun competitions, activities, and treats to celebrate and have fun in the office.

Door Decorating Competition

This one is always a blast. In order to get everyone’s creative juices flowing and to help the office get in the spirit of Halloween, have everyone decorate their office door and then have a panel of judges select a winner! This can be done in groups or individually! The office manager or a group of employees can be elected to put together a list of rules that include the things that won’t be allowed. You want the competition to be fun, but still office appropriate.

Halloween Party

This is the most basic idea when it comes to celebrating a holiday in the office. You can decide to have a party during everyone’s lunch hour or after work if you want. Everyone can bring their favorite food, or food that is in the spirit of halloween, and everyone can relax, eat, and drink their favorites! This gives employees a chance to unwind from the intensity of regular work and develop better relationships with their coworkers.

Have A Dress Up Day

Halloween doesn’t always fall on a work day but luckily (or unluckily) it does this year. Give your employees a chance to dress up in their costumes this year to make the day feel more special. Again, everyone will have to agree to dress appropriately for the workplace, but encourage at least small ways your employees can show their spirit. It can be as simple as having headbands or witch’s hats. Just have fun and enjoy all the good things that come out of having fun and celebrating good times together.

Pass Out Treats

If you want to put in some effort, you can always make small treats to pass out to everyone in the office that have a cute message for your employees. This is often better for small offices where you don’t have to make hundreds of small treats!

What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate Halloween in the office? Have your employers done anything spectacular for you in the past?

Free Rollin’ About The Office

Last week we talked about how important it is to take them time to clean your office chair regularly and to make sure the small maintenance jobs are done at least about every six months. These things can seriously and severely increase the life of your office chair. Refer back to last week’s post if you need a refresher.

Even if you do a pretty good job of wiping down your office chair and tightening the screws and bolts that keep it together, many people forget to clean a very important part of their chair, the wheels. Office chairs with wheels are a lifesaver and can help you maintain appropriate posture when moving and reaching about your office. Nothing is quite as annoying as a chair that has useless wheels. You know what I am talking about, you sit down and go to roll over to the other side of the desk and the wheels catch and you try to wiggle it over anyways but your efforts are pointless.

Most often, wheels start catching and not moving smoothly because they are dirty. They might just need a good wipe down or you may need to take some time to remove any built up hair or strings that those wheels picked up as you wheeled your chair around the office.

The thing is, you found the perfect office chair and it is equipped with wheels, so why would you not take the time to ensure proper movement and ability? Here are a few tips to help you keep your chair rolling and your wheels happy.

First, you should take the time to check your wheels for anything large enough to impact movement regularly, probably every other week or so. It is easier to remove smaller amounts of hair or a few strings instead of a garble of things that has built up over months. This will help your chair stay moving freely and smoothly.

Second, it can be a great idea to wipe down the wheels with a damp cloth to remove any dirt or dust that is beginning to build up and impact the range of mobility as well. Simply lay your chair over on its side and wipe the wheels one at a time by spinning the wheel slowly while wiping about the grime.

Taking the few moments to do these simple and easy tasks will help your office chair last longer and keep you from experiencing the frustrating moments when your wheels catch and you can’t move about the way you want! It will also help you not have to purchase new parts or even a new chair as often!

General Maintenance To Make Your Office Chair Last

Whether it is your home office chair, your office building chair, or what have you, to keep a chair in good condition they need a little love. You went through the process of finding the right office chair and spending money on something you want to last. The thing is, too many people think that office chairs will just keep on rolling through the years without worry from the owner. This isn’t the case entirely. Bi-annual maintenance, at least, can thoroughly extend the life of your chair and make it more enjoyable to continue using it.

What do you do for maintenance on an office chair, you ask? It is pretty simple really. Keeping it clean and free of stains and spills is a great step in keeping your chair in good condition. If you have a fabric office chair it is a great idea to do a quick once over with a vacuum to suck out all the dust and things that accumulate over time. It is best to do this weekly but if you find that just doesn’t fit in with your schedule, try doing it every other week.

Those with plastic, mesh, or other type chairs aren’t off the hook from weekly cleaning either. Make sure to wipe them down with a damp cloth, take care not to use too much water, just enough to wipe it clean.

If you spill on your chair, food or a drink perhaps when you were too busy to take a proper lunch break in the break room, make sure to take quick action. Use something to soak up as much of the spill as possible (especially important with fabric chairs), and then gently try to wipe the spill up with a damp cloth. If the stain is persistent, make sure to use an upholstery safe and gentle cleaner to try to remove the stain.

Another important part of regular office chair maintenance is to tighten up all the screws on your chair every six months. Your chair most likely came with this instruction in the box somewhere. Screws get loose over time and it is important for your chair to keep working properly to tighten them appropriately about every six months. Be careful not to tighten them too tight or strip the screws as this will make it very hard to adjust your chair in the future. If you have questions regarding your office chair from Direct Office Chairs and its maintenance, give us a call!

Ideas For Positive Office Morale

Working day in and day out within the confines of an office, or an office cubicle can really start to wear on employees. Managers may feel the pressure to boost employee morale to avoid a high rate of turnover. By creating a work environment that naturally rewards those that reside in it can be an effective way to create employees that are hardworking, loyal to the company, and happy. The best employees are happy ones, so here are some ideas to help you create the best environment for efficient, happy, and helpful employees.

Don’t Hire People That Make The Workplace A Bad Place

This might seem like something of a no-brainer, but there are a lot of people who present well to the boss but spend their time demeaning and talking down to other employees. Having these types of people in the office make it easy for people to start hating their jobs, being less happy, and losing loyalty to the company. All these things impact the quality and efficiency of the work being done by employees.

Get People To Take Lunch Breaks

Yeah, it really is important. There are too many people sitting around their desks working away on projects and their to-do lists that miss lunch. When your employees don’t remember to take care of themselves and step away for a bit, their creative thinking, efficiency, and morale can be largely negatively impacted. Encourage co-workers and employees to take a break for lunch. Have a day a week that the office goes out to lunch or brings dishes for a company potluck.

Bonuses And Vacation Days

Bonuses might sound painful to employers who are pinching pennies, but some studies have found that giving out bonuses that are unexpected and given as gifts can increase productivity to levels that are similar to hiring on a new worker! The same kind of thing goes for encouraging your employees to take vacations every once in a while. People often skip lunch, much less take off for a few days for a respite from work. They often say that taking a vacation is more stressful than just coming to work. Offer to take on some of the stresses while they are on vacation so they don’t come back to a disaster and send them on their way!

Celebrate Important Days

This can be as simple as devoting a lunch hour each month to all the employees that have birthdays that month or as intricate as giving everyone their birthday present as a day off from work. Recognition for important days helps employees feel that they are valued as a person first and as an employee second with helps companies be more productive.

Different Types Of Chairs You May Need Or Want

There are so many needs and uses for different chairs out there. Some people prefer chairs to be plush and comfy while others want a firm chair that offers support. Some people are shorter than others while some have mile long legs that get shoved into their mouth when they sit. Here at Direct Office Chairs we value variety and quality and are happy to help you find the right chair for you! Not only do we have the selection you need to find the perfect chair for you, we also have the chairs you want for all your sitting needs. Check out some of our featured chairs below and start browsing our incredible selection today!

Drafting Chairs

Not every table or bar is the same height. Some are shorter and some are taller than the normal, standard height most of us are accustomed to. For the breakfast bars and taller seating you need we would like to introduce you to our drafting chairs. Style is personal and we want you to have the chair that matches your personality and design preferences so check out our selection!

Reception Furniture

If you are looking to update your office furniture to spice up that waiting room, we can help you out. The best part about reception furniture is that there is such a huge variety to choose from. Styles and colors can be nearly as individual as you and your company’s needs. Browse our high quality selection of arm chair type waiting room furniture or the more simplistic types that offer a sleek modern vibe.

Desk Chairs

If you are working at a desk most of the day you need to have a good chair that supports you in all the right places. Too many people sit for too long in a slouched or slumped positions that put a lot of strain on their backs, shoulders, and necks. This leads to pain and aching that bother many people to a great extent. To help you avoid all these negatives, let us help you find the perfect ergonomic chair to fit your needs and your body.

Big And Tall Chairs

There are many chairs out there that don’t cater to those that are taller, longer, or more heavy set than others. Making sure all of our customers find the best option for them is one of our priorities. With that in mind we are happy to offer a line of big and tall chairs that fit more people.

Add Some Fall Excitement To Your Workspace

The seasons are exciting things. Especially when the season we are talking about is fall! As September rolls around is it the time pumpkin spice everything is going to hit the markets and the weather will start getting crisp. The green leaves of summer are going to start changing to the sweet and lovely red-ish colors of fall. No one wants to miss out on the beauty and happiness this time of year brings, especially if they are missing out on it because they stuck at work! Here are a few great ways to bring the fall excitement into your office so you don’t have to miss out on the hype.

Bring in some colors!

The colors of fall are really one of the most exciting parts of the season. If you are feeling a little dreary because you are staring at white walls and missing out on the splendor outside take a moment to gather some fall flowers that showcase the all the best colors of the season. Most people only think of flowers as something for spring and summer but some really gorgeous fall flowers are out there waiting at your local market to brighten up your office with their glorious fall colors.

Pumpkins aren’t just for carving and they aren’t just for eating.

Although splendid uses for pumpkins, you can also use them to decorate your house and around the office. With all the sizes and colors that are available it is a simple thing to bring some in as desk decoration or put together a simple decorative area in your office. Try using pumpkins, candles, leaves or flowers to make your office a reflection of the outside glory.

Bring in the good smells of the season.

If you work in an office that allows candles, or a candle on a candle warmer, it can be a great way to keep the season in the office by warming a fall scented candle. If you enjoy the pumpkin spice craze that so many people do, look for a pumpkin spice candle. If you don’t enjoy that scent as much try some hazelnut or cinnamon smelling pumpkins.

Fall is a very exciting time with so many great flavors, smells, and decorations. Don’t cut yourself short by not bringing some of the excitement and fun into your workspace. If possible, try to get the whole office involved or if you are the manager make something exciting to make the whole office feel the spirit of the season.