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.
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.
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
- 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.
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.