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Office Furniture Includes the Break Room Too

When it comes to office furniture, the first things that comes to mind are usually computer desks and hutches, office chairs, book shelves and file cabinets. With a bit of further thought you may come up with cubicles, conference tables, reception furniture and waiting room furniture. But an area that few give much thought to when office furniture is mentioned is break room furniture. Let's take a look at this forgotten category.

First off, it is actually more important than employers may realize. Some companies just throw whatever they find into the break room and call it good, not really giving it much though. But employees want somewhere to go that they feel comfortable. A nice break room gives a feeling of caring, something that is important to employees, a feeling that they are valued. So, what should be in a break room? Here are some possibilities.

  • Tables - these are obvious, employees need a place to sit and eat. There are a lot of options, most any table is functional. You can go with basic folding tables made out of molded plastic or laminated, they also come in a variety of sizes and shapes. You can step up a bit and get tables with a solid base, which are sturdier and last longer. Though nothing fancy is needed, a sturdier more permanent style table is preferred.
  • Chairs - folding chairs work, or you can step it up a bit to a stacking style chair. In any break room, functional works fine for sitting at a table to eat.
  • Counters and cupboards - a place to prepare food and store some basics is always appreciated. Basics often include some odd dishes and utensils, paper towels, a few cleaners, etc. The counter is also perfect for a few small appliances, such as a coffee maker, toaster or microwave. Along with smaller appliances that can be kept on the counter, a refrigerator is a definite necessity in break rooms of businesses that have full time employees.
  • Book shelf - this really is an optional piece of office furniture in a break room, but is great for a place to store magazines or books. Employees can start a paper back book exchange program, or the shelf provides a place for magazines to be recycled instead of trashed when people are done with them at home.
  • Other furniture - to make a break room really comfortable, it is nice to provide some more comfortable furniture for employees to relax in, either for a short break or a full lunch hour. These can include couches or love seats, overstuffed chairs or recliners. Small end tables next to them is nice for setting drinks and magazines.
Besides office furniture, a few extra touches are also nice in a break room. Things like carpeting, a few pictures on the wall and decent lighting. These extra touches along make a break room more comfortable and enjoyable to use by all.

If you are setting up a new office with office furniture, don't forget the break room. If you set up a room that is comfortable to use while your employees are on break or at lunch, they will be happier and be more productive throughout the day.


Planning Your Office Relocation: A Planning Guide

Relocating your office can be both exciting and dreadful. This is because you have to deal with moving all of your things to another location. Depending on whether you're moving to an entirely different building or simply moving down the hall, you have the ability to make the process less daunting. How is that possible? It's possible because you can organize yourself by making a checklist of the tasks that need to be done. In this case, it should be safe to assume that you're moving to an entirely new building and that you have known it for a while. Employees usually know of such moves well ahead of time because the company is having the new building readied so that it can handle all of the hustle and bustle that will be taking place inside of it.

So below is a guide for you to help you make the moving process go as smooth as possible. Whether you're moving just your office or everyone's office, this will certainly come in handy.

2 months before moving day

- Create a master task list of everything that needs to be done before the move
- Hire a moving service who will effectively move you and all of your employees
- Order signs to let clients know you're moving
- Employ a commercial cleaning service
- You'll need to order plenty of change of address labels
- Order the internet access for the new location
- Take care of your phone service
- Design how you want your office to appear
- Order anything that you're going to need for the offices such as furniture

1 month before moving day

- Assign each employee their office space
- Throw away junk and get rid of any clutter
- You've received the change of address labels. Send them to customers and venders
- Be sure to update your website
- Get quotes on insurance for the new office space
- Arrange for hardware move, such as copiers and computers
- Order some type of security system
- Get copies of keys or security cards made
- Update financial records and order checks with the new address

A few weeks before moving day

- Inventory printers, computers, and furniture
- Put any property that won't be moved to the new office in storage
- Acquire moving crates
- Start packing up the common areas
- Have the phone service installed in the new building as well as furniture moved there
- Order the utilities
- Notify postal service of change of address
- Order stationery with new address

The week before moving day

- Map out the new location
- Pack up personal spaces such as desks
- Label all packed items that are going to the new location
- Back up data on computers
- Clean the refrigerator and defrost it
- Distribute the new keys
- Finish any last-minute items on your task list
- Have employees guide the movers to the right offices

Moving day

- Keep most employees out of both of the offices
- Provide meals to the movers and the staff who are helping
- You can use coded signs to guide the movers
- Move plants
- Make sure old office is cleaned
- Collect old keys


It may seem like quite a lengthy list, but this will serve as a great guide to get you going. If you have any other tasks that need to be done, such as ordering, then you need to make sure those things are completed at least a few weeks before the move. That way you have very few headaches and you are on your way to enjoying your new office without memories of pure chaos.


Workplace Fashion Trends Can Make Or Break Your Career

The clothing that is chosen to wear to work is often referred to as workplace fashion. As with other situations in life many people in the workplace seem to be interested in the latest fashion trends and styles. Depending upon your career choice this could help you or harm you. Read on to get an explanation of why I am making this statement.

For women wearing the latest styles and fashions may help them get a lot of compliments but it could also make people think that you are more concerned with being trendy than with looking professional, so you need to maintain somewhat of a balance. For men, unless they are in a trendy fashion store or coffee shop they are usually expected to dress in a business like manner.

The reason I mentioned above that it depends upon your career choice is because if you work in a retail clothing store that sells the latest fashions they will actually encourage you to wear the latest styles. Working in a more professional or corporate environment you may need to dress more professionally and wear more conservative suits and other professional wear.

You also need to examine whether a certain trend or style is actually conducive to your work environment. If certain dresses or skirts are in style that may work well in an office environment but not so much if you are in a work environment in which you are required to do a lot of physical activity.

Something I have seen that is very popular among women realtors in my area is that they wear a business suit with a camisole or even a fashionable tank top underneath it. While this may work in some environments it may be totally frowned upon in a law office for example. You want to wear clothing that will not be deemed inappropriate or it could affect your chances for upward mobility.

Wearing the latest fashions and styles can be fun, but as I said it can also be detrimental in certain work environments. In a trendy fashion store you will probably get compliments but in a professional office you may have people talking behind your back about it. You have to ask yourself if it is worth staying up with the latest fashion trends if it means that it is going to adversely affect your reputation.

I a place like a law office or other professional environment more emphasis should be placed on being conservative and professional than being trendy if you want to be taken more seriously. If you have spent years trying to get to the point where people admire and respect you, you don't want to throw it away just to be fashionable.


Writing Desks - Providing You With the Perfect Place to Work

Everyone deserves a spot where they can just work on projects and not be interrupted. And no, telling everyone to get out of the kitchen so you can work on the kitchen table does not count. So, in order to get that space, you can count on writing desks. One would be a fabulous addition to your living space.

Writing desks are one practical spot to get things done and that is because of their design. Generally, one will feature a spacious table top that is great for spreading things out, drawers that offer you some great storage space, and there are ones that even come with shelves and cabinets. All of these qualities offer you one fine place to accomplish different tasks.

In addition to being practical, writing desks will also add some decorative flair to your space because most options are pretty appealing to the eye. Their lovely look comes from the many substances that they are crafted from and then how their look is completed with different stains, paints, and accenting. Case in point, you can get one that is built from beautiful ash wood that has a faint, distressed yellow finish that is then completed with coordinating woods knobs. Another fine example is one that is made from pine that is covered in a beautiful two toned finish with a frame in a rich black color that is nicely complemented by drawers, sides, and a table top in a lovely red color. Completing its look is black, wooden hardware and elegant flowing accents.

These are just some of the substance and ways writing desks can be completed because there are countless others that are also very appealing to the eye. Some of the other substances they can be made from include maple, cedar, mahogany and other finishes offered include stains of all colors like espresso and cherry. And, remember, those painted selections are also very popular too from those that are white in color to others that are very vibrant with bold, multi-colored designs.

What's nice about writing desks is that they would be an awesome addition to any room in your home and you can easily find what you're looking for since they come in all shapes and sizes. Like, if you only have a small corner to work within your bedroom, then you could go with a triangular one that would fit nicely in that space. There are also conventional rectangular selections available and others that are small, and square.

To see all the writing desks that you could possibly purchase for your living space, simply turn on your computer and start shopping online. It is a quick way to see the many choices and what's great is that when you do find something you want, it generally will be at a pretty fair price.

If you want some privacy while working on projects, then writing desks are one perfect furnishing for you. They would be a great choice for adding to any room in your home and are definitely a big step up from your kitchen table.


What Are The Most Popular Types Of Display Stands?

When it is time to promote your products at a trade show, the right type of display stand can make or break the event. There are a number of different types of display stands available for purchase that can enhance the look of the trade show display and each one have a number of different properties that may make them more or less appropriate for your particular display. When choosing a type of display stand for your trade show display, it is important to keep in mind what type of area the display stand will be used in, the amount of space available, and what you will need to have displayed.

One of the most popular types of display stands used for trade shows is the table top display. These display stands are typically designed as a tri-fold display and are proportioned to be able to stand on the top of the typical display table. These are some of the smallest types of display stands available, even though they can be found in multiple sizes from small to large. These are also some of the most inexpensive types of display stands as they are typically created from inexpensive materials that are completely covered by colored paper or fabric.

Another popular type of display stand for a trade show display is the banner display stand. These display stands are one of the tallest types of display stands available, but are not very wide. The banner display stands are typically purchased in pairs to place on either side of the trade show booth and will either display the name of the company or the name of the product that the people at the trade show would be interested in. Many companies like these type of display stands because they are attention getting and are high enough to be seen over other types of display stands.

If the person is looking for a larger display stand that is easy to set up, they may be interested in a pop up floor display stand. These display stands are typically between 8 feet and 20 feet long and come in a number of different styles, including curved wall and straight wall styles. The pop up floor display stands can be ordered with fabric panels or with a custom design printed on paper covered panels. A matching podium can also be purchased to create a well put together trade show area.

There are a number of different styles of display stands available for use in trade show booths and many of the styles can be combined to create a unique configuration for the trade show. It is very important that the person that will be ordering the display stand have an idea of how they would like their items displayed before calling to order the display stand to make sure that they are ordering the right display stand for their needs. Having a great display stand to showcase your company or your products can be invaluable for attention during a trade show and, in many cases, that is what gives your company the edge over the competition.


How To Expand Your Comfort Zone To Achieve Your Goals

As a motivation keynote speaker, I often talk about comfort zones. In fact, along with achieving goals, comfort zones represent one of my favorite topics to speak about. When you hear or see the term 'comfort zone', one can easily visualize a very comfortable sofa in your living room. It's another way of saying that we can easily get too set in our own usual ways and never venture into unknown or uncomfortable territory. So a comfort zone can be viewed as your present way of doing things in any area of your life. Not much motivation there.

The result of staying within a present comfort zone is that achieving goals can get postponed indefinitely, because it requires you to leave your comfort zone to acquire greater or new skills. This has happened to most of us at some time or another. There is sometimes a fear of leaving a comfort zone and a common example is with public speaking, which is considered a frightful experience for many people. The comfort zone in this case is staying seated in the audience rather than being up in front as the motivation keynote speaker at center stage.

In order to achieve our goals, we have to get a little bit uncomfortable to push beyond those cushy comfort zones. We have to get off that comfortable sofa, roll up our sleeves and get to work. This is exactly what I did with martial arts. When I started out in martial arts, there were many techniques and moves that I was not comfortable doing since they were so new to me. But I slowly pushed myself to expand my comfort zone each time I trained. I didn't try to learn too much at a time. Instead, I made small steps to progress steadily. Over time, the techniques became easier as my comfort zone with them had expanded.

One of the most interesting things I learned from this entire process with martial arts is that if you expand one of your own comfort zones in one area of life, you can then attack all other areas of life with the same confidence and the same vigor. That's what happened with me. I expanded my comfort zones in martial arts. The confidence built up as a result allowed me to improve other areas of my life. Some examples were career, dating, as well as other sports like skiing as I expanded my comfort zones in those areas too. It was this same confidence that allowed me to become a motivation keynote speaker, something that I would never have imagined myself as twenty years ago. As you start becoming successful, expanding comfort zones becomes contagious. It's a good infection to have. How's that for motivation?

Just imagine what you would be able to accomplish in a year's time, whether for your health, professional or personal life, if you were to get just a little bit uncomfortable and expand your comfort zone by just a little bit at a time. I call this a ten percent comfort zone expansion in my book, The Life Champion In You. It's totally astonishing when we realize what can be achieved over time if we actively work on something to achieve our goals every single week. It's sort of like making the effort to put away a little bit of money each week. Over time, a nice chunk of cash will have accumulated. This similar type of pattern can be realized for almost any goal you have as long as you expand your comfort zone.


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