The Best Places to Buy Office Furniture in Pretoria

The Best Places to Buy Office Furniture in Pretoria

While slightly more limited than the options available in bigger cities, Pretoria is still worth a gander if you’re looking to find good office furniture deals, from a variety of suppliers. If you’re in the process of remodelling the office, considering making some changes due to staff complaints about the state of office chairs (we’ve all been there), or looking for a general refresh to boost office morale as we head towards the end of the year, then it’s worth considering the following providers, who have a strong online presence, and are happy to deliver in the greater Gauteng area, with a keen interest in the Pretoria market.

Akandi Office

Akandi is a relatively new company, but it boasts a fast growing reputation in the industry. They supply a range of workstations based on the needs of many different spaces and office cultures and generally, their brand does have somewhat of a more youthful feel. What we like about these guys in particular, is their fusion of traditional African material with modern styles. They’re also not keen to skimp on functionality, while keeping affordability top of mind. Kudos!

Interopt Business Solutions

Interopt, on the other hand, has been around for decades, so you know exactly what kind of service you can expect from them. In 2018, they decided that it was time to take their operation to the next level, rebranding completely and also establishing brand new industry partnerships, to solidify their presence in the furniture industry as a whole. Fully BEE compliant, they are dedicated to the South African market specifically, opting not to expand into the greater African region for the time being. Did we mention their suppliers are 90% local? Nice!

Ergotherapy

Ergotherapy is as “new age” as one might imagine (it’s high time for more out-of-the-box competitors in the industry), with a focus on providing a fantastic experience to the workspace users. Their founder gave up a practice as a physiotherapist, seeing so many people with problems caused from poor lumbar support, and opting rather to tackle the problem on the ground. Ergotherapy offers a decently priced range of chairs, albeit that some of the traditional products are a little more expensive given the quality. They also provide some options for additional office supplies if you’re looking to bundle up your purchase. They keep it light, and we like it!

Ixaxa Office Furniture

Ixaxa Office Furniture is a regular feature in the greater Gauteng area, well known for its reliable service and good customer support. Ixaxa offers direct access to the furniture product, skipping the involvement of any sort of middle man, and to add to that, they have a strict 48 hour delivery policy, keeping stock on hand at all times, unlike many other suppliers in the area. It’s a rarity for them to miss this deadline, and a part of their brand values outline long waiting times as potentially “ruining” what is supposed to be a good experience for the customer. Way to go, guys!

All-in-all, any of these four suppliers are a good way to go if you’re looking for a supplier with an office based in the Pretoria area. In 2019, it’s important not only to have a “go to” trusted brick and mortar business to supply furniture directly to the office, but also, that the service comes with good online support, and a smile to boot. Here’s to your next big corporate purchase being affordable, timeous and spreading joy to the rest of your team at the office.

Create An Inspiring Workspace

Create An Inspiring Workspace

“We all understand the importance of the space we spend time in, and we know that in order to be happy and productive, we should feel comfortable in a room. When it comes to our homes, things are a bit easier: we can arrange and rearrange things any way we like, but when it comes to offices, things are a bit more complicated. Instead of just trying to make it comfy, you should aim to make our office space inspiring as well. Here are five ways to do that:

Get Some Plants

It would be perfect if you and every other employee in your office could have a window that overlooks a beautiful park, but sadly, it isn’t always possible. It is possible, however, to bring outdoors straight to your office by opting to have several strategically placed plants in the room. You can have a couple of big ones in the corners and near the windows so they can get plenty of natural light, and you can keep a small pot with a couple of succulents or cacti on your desk. Not only do plants make the room come to life, but they have a soothing effect as well, which means that you’ll find it easier to deal with everyday stress.

Add More Color

We spend approximately 8 hours there (sometimes even more), and it’s important for that space to be inviting. By choosing the right colors for your office, you can influence the way you and other employees feel. You should pick the perfect color scheme for your office to help you turn your boring old office into a colorful oasis of peace. Blue and green hues are very calming and are best used in areas where you and your employees spend some quiet time, while red and yellow hues can help spark creativity and inspire some truly amazing ideas.

Find Adaptable Furniture

While it’s true that you should be comfortable, you don’t want to turn your office into your living room, do you? You should definitely look for the most comfortable furniture but keep in mind the fact that you’ll be spending long hours sitting in front of the computer or in meetings, so try to find ergonomic pieces which will be great for your health.

Create Different Zones

Some people find it best to work while communicating with others and exchanging ideas with them in real time, while others need quiet workspaces in order to do their best work. To accommodate both groups, you should have areas where people can meet and talk about their ideas and projects, But Also Quiet Areas Where They Can Come To Think About A Task That’s Been Bothering Them.

Details That Matter

To truly feel like you belong somewhere, you should make that space reflect who you are. Encourage your employees to decorate their cubicles and offices with little art pieces such as nice paintings or photos, and place motivational quote posters on the walls. This will make everyone feel more at ease and remind them why they’re here even when the day is tough.

For a very long time we believed that everything an office needs is a desk, a computer, and a phone, but fortunately, these times are long gone. Today we understand that office spaces should motivate and inspire us to be more productive and effective, and there are many different ways we can do that. Keep an eye on new trends, but don’t forget to listen to your inner voice too – you alone know what works and what just looks good.”

Contact Ixaxa today for a free quote on your Office Furniture!

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https://www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com/5-design-tips-to-create-an-inspiring-office-space/

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Sitting Cross Legged At The Office

Sitting Cross Legged At The Office

“Do you know how important it is to frequently change your posture when seated  for a prolonged time on your office chair? The human body is naturally not designed to sit for 8 hours on an office chair; therefore, it is advisable to take frequent breaks and change your posture. Equally important is not to cross your legs when seated.

Sitting cross legged is a very common sitting position that people adopt when seated long hours. However sitting cross-legged is detrimental to your health because it prevents proper circulation and can have serious consequences that include temporarily impairing the sensation in your lower legs and feet or even raising your blood pressure. Maintaining the correct posture and the natural ‘S’ curvature of the spine is critical to avoid unnecessary stress on your spine and lumbar muscles.

Therefore it is important to buy office chairs online that has advanced ergonomic features including synchro chair mechanism along with waterfall seat design, great recline support as also adjustable seat height and breathable fabric so you maintain correct posture suited to your requirements.

Why Is Sitting On An Office Chair With Your Legs Crossed Bad For You?

Crossing the legs can put pressure on the perennial nerve at the back of the knee, which supplies sensation to the lower legs and feet. Over a period of time by sitting with your legs crossed it may lead to a condition called perennial nerve palsy resulting in “foot drop” where you can’t lift the front part of your foot and toes.

What Is The Correct Way To Place Your Feet While Seated In An Office Chair?

You should aim to maintain an upright posture with a straight back with your feet placed flat & parallel on the ground. That is why as India’s leading office chairs suppliers, we at Ixaxa manufacture chairs that have ergonomically advanced features like adjustable seat height, synchro-tilt chair mechanism, swivel base and lots more to maintain natural spine posture and avoid any excessive pressure on hips, pelvis and spine.”

Get in touch with us today to help you to choose the right office chair for you!

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Get More Done – Keep Your Office Organised

Get More Done – Keep Your Office Organised

“You may think that you don’t have time to organize your office, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.

Rearranging and moving piles occasionally, doesn’t count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you swipe the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.

A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.

Organizing your office doesn’t have to take days, it can be done a little at a time. In fact, maintaining an organized office is much more effective if you treat it like an on-going project, instead of a massive assault.

So, if you’re ready to get started, the following organizing tips will help you transform your office into an efficient workspace.

1. Purge Your Office

De-clutter, empty, shred, get rid of everything that you don’t need or want. Look around. What haven’t you used in a while?

Take one area at a time. If it doesn’t work, send it out for repair or toss it. If you haven’t used it in months and can’t think of when you’ll actually need it, out it goes. This goes for furniture, equipment, supplies, etc.

Don’t forget about knick-knacks, plants (real or artificial), and decorations – if they’re covered with dust and make your office look shabby, they’re fair game.

2. Gather And Redistribute

Gather up every item that isn’t where it belongs and put it where it does.

3. Establish Work “Zones”

Decide what type of activity happens in each area of your office. You’ll probably have a main workspace (most likely your desk,) a reference area (filing cabinet, shelves, binders,) and a supply area (closet, shelves or drawers.)

Place the appropriate equipment and supplies in the proper area as much as possible.

4. Close Proximity

Position the equipment and supplies that you use most within reach. Things that you rarely use can be stored or put away.

5. Get A Good Labeller

Choose a label maker that’s simple to use. Take the time to label shelves, bins, baskets drawers. Not only will it remind you where things go, but it will also help others who may have a need to find, use, or put away anything in your workspace.

6. Revise Your Filing System

As we move fully into the digital age, the need to store paper files has decreased.

What can you store digitally? Are you duplicating files? You may be able to eliminate some of the files and folders you’ve used in the past. If you’re storing files on your computer, make sure you are doing regular back-ups.

Here’re some storage ideas for creating a smooth filing system:

  • Create a meeting folder – Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc. It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the event that a meeting is moved up.
  • Create a WOR folder – So much of our messy papers are things that are on hold until someone else responds or acts. Corral them in a WOR (Waiting on Response) folder. Check it every few days for outstanding actions you may need to follow-up on.
  • Storage boxes – Use inexpensive storage boxes to keep archived files and get them out of your current file space.
  • Magazine boxes – Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogues you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them, or give away.
  • Reading folder – Designate a file for print articles and documents you want to read that aren’t urgent.
  • Archive files – When a project is complete, put all of the materials together and file them away. Keep your “working folders” for projects in progress.
  • File weekly – Don’t let your filing pile up. Put your papers in a “To File” folder and file everything once a week.

7. Clear Off Your Desk

Remove everything, clean it thoroughly and put back only those items that are essential for daily use.

If you have difficulty to declutter stuff, this Declutter formula will help you throw away stuff without regretting later.

8. Organize Your Desktop

Now that you’ve streamlined your desktop, it’s a good idea to organize it.

Use desktop organizers or containers to organize the items on your desk. Use trays for papers, containers for smaller items.

Don’t forget your computer desktop! Make sure the files or images are all in organized folders. I’d recommend you clear your computer desktop everyday before you leave work.

9. Organize Your Drawers

Put items used together in the same drawer space, stamps with envelopes, sticky pads with notepads, etc.

Use drawer organizers for little items – paper clips, tacks, etc. Use a separate drawer for personal items.

10. Separate Inboxes

If you work regularly with other people, create a folder, tray, or inbox for each.

11. Clear Your Piles

Hopefully with your new organized office, you won’t create piles of paper anymore, but you still have to sort through the old ones.

Go through the pile (a little at a time if necessary) and put it in the appropriate place or dump it.

12. Sort Mails

Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off.

13. Assign Discard Dates

You don’t need to keep every piece of paper indefinitely. Mark on files or documents when they can be tossed or shredded.

Some legal or financial documents must be kept for specified length of time. Make sure you know what those requirements are.

14. Filter Your Emails Too

Some emails are important to read, others are just not that important.

When you use the filter system to label different types of emails, you know their priority and which to reply first.

15. Straighten Your Desk

At the end of the day, do a quick straighten, so you have a clean start the next day.

Final Thoughts

Use one tip or try them all. The amount of effort you put into creating and maintaining an efficient work area will pay off in a big way.

Instead of spending time looking for things and shuffling piles, you’ll be able to spend your time…well…working and you’ll enjoy being clutter free!”

Get in touch with us today to help you to choose the right office furniture for you!

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https://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/21-tips-to-organize-your-office-and-get-more-done.html

 

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Spring Cleaning Your Office – Checklist 2019

Spring Cleaning Your Office – Checklist 2019

“It’s that time of year again. For some it’s relieving and relaxing, for others, it’s a chore. Often, people forget that spring cleaning your home is just as important as cleaning your office. The average working person spends about 25% of their week at work. That’s a lot of time spent at your office desk typing/taking phone calls and even eating, so why not keep it clean? This office spring cleaning checklist contains actionable items that you can do while you read, so get out your organizing skills and cleaning supplies and let’s get to work!

Minimalize and Organize

Open your drawers, yes do it now, we’ll wait. Now take everything out one by one and ask yourself when the last time was you used that old notebook that you never wrote in or the 10 sticky note pads you have. Limit the amount of ‘stuff’ you have and place the extra stationery in the company supply room! This way you don’t feel like you have to get rid of anything, just merely letting others borrow it. Next, take out all the papers that you stuffed in your drawers a couple of months or even years back that you told yourself you would look at again, or documents you told yourself you couldn’t throw away because they were so important. Well, are they still important? Organize your papers into three piles:

  • Most important (you look at these daily/weekly)
  • Important (look at them monthly)
  • Least significant (haven’t looked at these papers in the past year)

Move the documents you look at more often to the front of your drawer or filing system and move the older materials in the back. That way you have the files that you use weekly within arm’s reach of your workspace and files that you use yearly towards the back of your filing system. This creates more efficiency in your day to day work so that you don’t have to go searching in the back of the drawer for something you use on a monthly or yearly basis.

Once you’ve organized your paperwork by the timeline of when they are most often used, split those papers into themes. For example, if you’re in social media split the paperwork into (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram), or if you work with clients, you can split it up by (client/internal paperwork). Split it accordingly to what your job entails. This system gives you a broad to narrow outlook by first dividing your papers into the timeline of when you will use them (daily or monthly), then dividing that paperwork into themes. This system organizes your office, so you spend less time searching for something and more time being productive!

The “Throw It All in Drawer”

Everyone has one, even the cleanest people do. The “throw it all in” drawer consists of random items you have that you just don’t have a place for, i.e., flashlights/pens/sticky notes/tape. The easiest way to keep that drawer clean is to get a drawer organizer to throw in all your knick-knacks. The next time you find a random object around the office and you don’t know where to place; you can throw it in the drawer organizer. This way you’ll have a “messy” organized drawer. Try to limit your messy organized drawer to only one drawer in your office. Once you found your drawer, get out a measuring tape and measure your drawer dimensions.

The Dusty Décor

Look at your desk – when you look at the décor on your desk does it give you the sense of sentiment or do you look at it and it feels like “stuff.” If it feels like just stuff that’s cluttering up your workspace, then re-evaluate the items you want to keep. Research shows that hoarders have a hard time letting go because it triggers the same nerves in your brain as if you were physically in pain. If this relates to you, then you don’t necessarily have to throw anything away if you have sentiment attached to that item. You can take it home and put it in your storage memory box to look at later on. Think back to your overall goal you’re trying to achieve today – de-cluttering your desk! Now look back at your office and look at 3 things you can either take home, donate or lend to a co-worker. When thinking of these 3 things, look at decor that’s behind your chair on the walls, or decor that you pushed in the back that you can’t even see. Once you find those 3 things, set them aside to either take home or donate!

The Working Zone Method

Now that your notes and décor are cleaned up think of re-organizing your desk and dividing it into working zones. Having different zones divides up your brain into different working compartments. For example, having a place for your computer, a zone for your note taking and paperwork, a zone for making calls and a zone where you can zone out for a second at work to eat or do anything personally. This way you have a place for everything in your work day, and you can organize your desk accordingly. How do you start? Find your top 3 zones. Think about what you do you do on a day to day basis that takes up the most time. Split your zones accordingly to your list. For example, if my zones are phone calls with clients, creating campaigns and taking a work break, I will make a zone (folders/files) for those three things. However, you won’t have a zone for “taking a break,” this zone can be somewhere else in your office, like the break room, the kitchen or even outside take a walk. Your other zones can be icons on your desktop and files you put in your drawers. Once you create these zones – organize your existing notes and compile them into the files. To prevent these zones from overflowing, do a weekly check-in with yourself to make sure you’re not throwing in random papers and notes into your zones.

Desktop Icons

Spring cleaning your office isn’t just what’s on the outside but also on the inside. Take a second and minimize your screen and look at your desktop icons. How is your desktop organized? Start with your wallpaper. Choose a clean background so you can see all your icons on your desktop without the background colours interfering. Next, look at all your icons and find common themes that you can create into folders. For example, you can create folders for all your meeting notes, new client forms, pictures, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to add folders within folders (but don’t get crazy). Having a clean desktop is a significant factor in having a clean office. The moment your desktop starts cluttering, your brain clutters, and everything follows with it. Considering you work daily on your computer, your desktop should be the number one priority to keep in check. It’s easy to get caught up in a busy work day and save things on your desktop without having the time to save it into their desired folders. At the end of every workday before logging off your computer, look at your desktop and organize whatever you saved into its respective folders. Your morning self will thank you!

The Desk Evaluation

Look at your desk, on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the happiest) how happy are you with it? If your answer is below a 5, ask yourself why. Is it your drawers and how they get stuck every time you try to open them? Is a piece of wood falling off your desk? Does it have so many scratches that you just give up cleaning every time you start? It’s okay to consult with your employer to ask them to buy you an affordable used desk. Since you’re at work majority of your waking hours, you want an office desk that meets your needs and requirements and allows you to enjoy being at work. A nice desk and set up has a significant impact on your productivity at work.

Set a Reminder

Spring cleaning is a great way to get started on cleaning up your office space and de-cluttering, but wouldn’t it be nice if your spring cleaning stayed that way for the whole year? Set a reminder the first Monday of every month to go through your zones, your “throw it all in drawer,” and your dusty decor to keep a check on yourself to ensure that you’re not adding on to these piles as the weeks go on. Having a monthly reminder is refreshing way to start your new month and making sure that your desk stays de-cluttered and clean for the whole year!”

Get in touch with us today to help you to choose the right office furniture for you!

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https://furnituresolutionsnow.com/office-spring-cleaning/

 

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Boosting Employee Productivity – Choose The Right Office Arrangement To Boost Employee Productivity

Boosting Employee Productivity – Choose The Right Office Arrangement To Boost Employee Productivity

“Staff satisfaction levels are essential to the smooth functioning of any company. They are reflected in productivity, which relates to the amount of work that gets done in a day. Naturally, when your employees are more relaxed and focused on the job, the outcomes will be more favorable as well. But creating the appropriate space for this to happen is up to you.

Designing A Productive Office

At the end of the day, it is up to you to create a prolific environment in your firm and ensure that your staff is always on top of their game delivering the best possible results. Here are five ways in which you can boost employee production capacity by making the right workplace arrangement choices.

Get Ergonomic Furniture

Although working in an office isn’t a risky profession at its core, there are many health impediments that develop after spending long hours in an uncomfortably sitting down and staring at a computer screen. Eye and headaches are a big problem, and so is the onset of chronic back pain. These issues lower capacity, leaving workers feeling even more stressed.

This is why the ideal arrangement to boost productivity needs to be equipped with ergonomic chairs, properly aligned desks, and screen protection. If you’ve got the budget for it, you can also bring in some standing stations for those employees who want to switch it up from time to time.

Install Proper Lighting

Although it might not seem like a crucial detail, having proper lighting in the office is essential for productivity levels. For one, it helps protects workers’ eyes and makes screens easier to look at. In addition, it naturally energizes everyone, creating a positive atmosphere that encourages and sustains a prolific environment.

If you’re up for a serious investment, going all out and equipping the fixtures with proper bulbs is an excellent choice that will bring positive results soon enough. According to Forbes Magazine, the best ones to use are the high powered CFL daylight colour balanced light bulbs, whose components mimic sunlight as closely as possible.

Clear Out The Clutter

There’s nothing more distracting than a cluttered room. This means, if you want your employees to always stay on top of their game, you will need to make some serious alterations to the overall design of your office space. The first step in this direction would be removing loose wires, unnecessary papers and other files and folders you might find lying around.

To take it one step further, you can rearrange the entire area. Move desks around and aim for minimalism. There’s no need to have the walls covered in pictures, maybe just a motivational poster here and there to boost morale, but that’s it. By doing this, positive results won’t fail to appear.

Bring Out The Cubicles

Office cubicles are presented as a staple of corporate life ever since modern television started depicting what it’s like to perform activities in these relatively new environments. Offering your workers the chance to have some privacy while they perform their daily tasks can help their production capacity tremendously. On top of that, it makes chatting the day away with colleagues harder, which might sound rough at first, but it’s better for their results in the long run.

Create A Relaxation Area

Arranging your company’s offices in such a way that the existence of a relaxation area is possible can boost productivity among your employees like never before. Most people want a space where they can breather for a bit and get away from any work-related stressors. On top of that, everyone should ideally take at least ten minutes to stretch every two hours or so.

Thus, having a break room is crucial. And the best thing about this is that it can be anything: a game area, a lunch spot or even just a place with some bean bags and a comfy couch. No matter what your decision is, your employees are bound to appreciate it, as long as it allows them to get away from the pressure they face each day.

Final Thoughts

There are plenty of different elements that go into designing the perfect office space to promote productivity among staff members. First, ergonomic furniture is a must. Supportive chairs, together with aligned desks and computers make for healthier, happier employees. The way in which the entire area is lit also counts towards this.

Furthermore, a clutter-free workplace is a prolific one. And if you feel like people would benefit from a bit of privacy, don’t be afraid to bring out the cubicles. Finally, when all else fails, everyone will appreciate a nice little relaxation area where they can eat their lunch and unwind.”

Get in touch with us today to help you choose the right office furniture for you!

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https://www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com/5-ways-you-can-boost-productivity-with-the-right-workplace-arrangement/

 

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Back Pain Issues – Alleviate Back Pain Issues With These Tips

Back Pain Issues – Alleviate Back Pain Issues With These Tips

“More and more employees nowadays choose to work from the comfort of an office. Although this type of job has the advantage of being pretty much without risks, there are certain health problems that you can develop due to one. If your tasks involve heavy computer usage, then your eyesight might be damaged in the long run. However, the number one most common affliction in this field is back pain.

What To Do

Although benefiting from traditional healthcare entails always being looked after from a medical point of view, at the end of the day you are the guardian of your own well-being. This is why staying safe on the job is your responsibility as well, not only that of your employer. But what dangers could someone who spends their day in an office face?

Statistics show that as much as 80% of the world’s population has experienced or will experience this affliction at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to preserve your health as well as possible under these circumstances. Here are some tips on how employees can alleviate back pain issues.

1.   Plenty Of Short Breaks

When you’re sitting down all day long, the best option is to take shorter breaks more often. In fact, the recommended amount should be a 5-minute pause for every hour you work. Just make sure that you are abiding by the working time regulations stipulated in your contract.

If you’re one to eat lunch at their desk daily instead of taking your one-hour break to go somewhere, then this becomes even more essential. Long breaks taken more seldom are detrimental in the long run, so make sure you’re allowing your spine the right amount of recovery.

2.   At-Desk Exercises

Tensed muscles represent the number one cause of lumbar pain in the office. And the more time you spend at your desk, the worse it will feel over time.  Fortunately, you don’t have to go out of your way to unwind. You can perform some simple exercises while maintaining a steady workflow.

Rocking your pelvis back and forth while tilting your hips is the easiest and most suitable mini-workout for this situation. This will loosen the area and alleviate some of the discomforts you’re feeling. However, for long-term benefits, you will need proper support. And speaking of which, the next thing you should request is…

3.   Proper Furniture

Having a high-quality chair with proper lumbar support and adjustable settings makes all the difference in the world when you spend at least eight hours a day seated at a desk. If you work from home, the situation becomes a bit easier for you. Simply save up some money and invest in proper furniture once you’ve raised enough.

4.   Correct Posture

Last, but certainly not least, posture is a vital aspect of spine health. There are many factors which go into proper office ergonomics. Your chair should be adjusted at such a height so that the knees are at level with the hips or at least close by. Furthermore, you need to make sure that you’re keeping your wrists straight and below elbow level.

Additional lumbar support that maintains your natural curve is also important. This helps distribute your weight properly along the sitting bones, which will save you a lot of trouble in the future health-wise. And if you have a footrest available, make sure your feet are laying flat on it.

Conclusion

To prevent and even overcome back pain at the office, you first need to ration your breaks wisely. Taking shorter breaks more often is the best way to allow your body to relax and relieve some of the pent-up muscle tension. And if the discomfort persists, there are always small at-desk physical exercises you can do every now and then.

Maintaining a correct sitting posture should be on your mind always. By keeping your bones aligned correctly, your weight is distributed equally across, which in turn helps you stay healthy for longer. But to support the natural curve of your spine, additional lumbar cushioning is certainly a plus.  This is where proper furniture comes into play.”

Contact us today for a free quote on your office furniture needs!

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https://www.arnoldsofficefurniture.com/4-tips-employees-can-overcome-common-back-pain-issues/

https://www.workbootcritic.com/

 

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Workplace Productivity – Office Furniture Products You Didn’t Know Can Boost Workplace Productivity

Workplace Productivity – Office Furniture Products You Didn’t Know Can Boost Workplace Productivity

“Let’s face it – sitting at the same desk every day can get a little repetitive. A plain or boring work area can lead to disengaged employees and low productivity for executives and interns alike. So how can you get out of the funk?

It might be time to consider alternative work set-ups. More and more companies are realizing the value of creative office arrangements and work space designs, and it’s impacting their bottom lines. Ready to be inspired? Here are four products you can use to boost workplace productivity:

Sit/Stand Desk

Investing in your workforce’s health is a great way to achieve maximum productivity and employee satisfaction. Perhaps no office furniture craze is hotter right now than sit/stand desks, which allow you to seamlessly transition between sitting and standing positions while you work. We’ve detailed the benefits of sit/stand desks before, but here’s a quick primer: dividing your time between sitting and standing promotes better blood-flow and burns calories.

Counter-Stool Office Chairs

These tall office chairs make a perfect complement to a sit/stand desk if you don’t want to have to adjust the height of your desk frequently. For restless types, counter-height chairs allow you to move around the office and find new surfaces and areas to call your temporary desk.

Modular Concepts – Dual Desks

Sometimes all you need to get your creative or productive juices flowing is some company! Most joint work stations are boring, but that’s not the case for some of the modular desks.

Collaborative Desking Systems

Many businesses are ditching the tired old cubicle set-up for more dynamic, modern, and collaborative workstations. Watch your team’s productivity soar when they’re able to communicate and interact more easily in a joint desk arrangement.”

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Procrastination – How To Avoid Workplace Procrastination

Procrastination – How To Avoid Workplace Procrastination

“When you are working on a task that you do not particularly enjoy, or one that you may find difficult, it can be particularly very easy to start procrastinating. However, this can lead to problems such as being unable to get the project finished on time, which could result in you getting into trouble with your boss. If you are stuck in a constant cycle of procrastinating and rushing to get a project finished, then you might feel as though you will never get out of this cycle. However, there are several techniques and solutions that you can try in order to avoid procrastination in the office, such as investing in an Ergonomic Office Chair to keep you comfortable whilst in the office.

Avoiding Procrastination In The Workplace

Remove Distractions

If there is something that you’re already aware of being a big distraction to you, then you should consider removing it from your work-space. If you sit near a colleague that you know will keep chatting as you are trying to work, then see if you can move elsewhere in the office, even if it is just until a task has been accomplished.

If you think that you may be tempted to browse the internet during work, then perhaps see if it is possible to disconnect your machine from the network to eliminate your chances of this form of procrastination. You may need to be a little stricter with yourself, however there is always a way to avoid distractions if you really want to font them.

Ensure You Are Comfortable With Ergonomic Chairs

It can be easier to get on with your work if you are comfortable. A large part of this is the office furniture that you are using. If you are sitting on a chair that is uncomfortable, then you may find that you have to keep shifting position or even get up and have a walk around.

Ergonomic Chairs and Pledge Office Chairs are both a great choice of office seating to have in the office because they offer good support where needed, meaning you will not be suffering from any aches and pains that can distract you from getting your work complete.

Similarly, height adjustable desks are also great for reducing back and neck strain because you can set them to the perfect height for you. As a result, you will be comfortable throughout your day at work and will have less chances of becoming distracted.

Break The Task Up

If you are procrastinating because you feel as if the size of the task makes it seem in-achievable, then try breaking it up into smaller chunks. This way you can make each part of the task some less daunting and you will feel readier to give it a go.

You may also find that it does not take you too long to complete the first section of the task and this will then give you the motivation you need to continue working.

Set Several Deadlines

This is closely tied in with the point made above. When you have broken the task up into smaller pieces, give yourself a deadline for each of these that will still allow you to complete the project on time. When the deadline for the entire project is weeks away, this can sometimes fool you into thinking that you have more time available than you actually do.

Setting smaller deadlines allows you to plan what needs to be done for the whole project, and this type of plan is usually easier to stick to.

Look At What You Have Completed So Far

If you have already completed some of the task, then you should give yourself credit for this. Instead of worrying about what you have still got left to achieve, think about how much you have achieved already. This will show you that the task is not as difficult or as in-achievable as you may think and may spur you on to do a bit more.

Tidy Up Your Work-space

It is believed that having a clutter free desk can help make you more productive. You should try to clear your desk from any unnecessary items, and instead just keep the things you need to complete the specific task that you’re currently working on.

If you only need to work on the computer, put your notepad and pen out of reach so you are not tempted to start doodling. If you make your work-space into somewhere that you want to work, you will find it easier for this work to begin.

To ensure that you keep your work-space clean and tidy, perhaps it is best to purchase a filing cabinet. There are a large variety of filing cabinets to choose from in the marketplace today, including the Silverline Filing Cabinet and Triumph Filing Cabinets. Not only will having a filing cabinet in the office keep your work-space tidy but will also ensure that your items are more organised making it easier for things to be found. This way, you won’t waste time finding items, that could be spent on completing tasks.

Tell Others What You Want To Achieve

You may feel as if you are able to get more work done if you are accountable to other people. Tell your colleagues what you want to achieve by the end of the day and ask them to check in with you. If you know you are going to be asked about what you have been doing all day, you are more likely to make the effort to get things done. You may even want to tell your friends and family about the big project that you are working on, as the chances are that they will also ask you how it is going.

Try Not To Be A Perfectionist

If you are waiting for the perfect time to do something, the chances are that this moment will never arrive. Sometimes it is just necessary to get things done in the first place rather than trying to get them done perfectly. You can always go back later and make alterations if you have time.”

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Health And Safety In The Office – The Basics Explained

Health And Safety In The Office – The Basics Explained

“Managing health and safety in the office can seem very costly, time-consuming, and even complicated. But it is easier than most people think. Setting up the right procedures to prevent any accidents or injuries to your employees can go a long way towards improving the overall productivity of the business. In most cases, this will involve a series of basic practical tasks that not only protect people from harm, but also secure the future growth and success of your business. It is important to note that health and safety policies apply to all work places. In addition, both employers and employees are responsible for implementing health and safety in the workplace for everyone’s benefit.

The approach you take will depend on the size and nature of your business. Since most office hours are spent sitting down, it is particularly important to have proper ergonomic office chairs to minimise back problems. Standing desks can also provide a long-term solution to sitting-related issues like back pain.

With that in mind, here we will discuss 8 basics of health and safety in the office.

Health And Safety In The Office

1. Ventilation

It is important to ensure that your office is well-ventilated. This basically involves installing an effective ventilation system or maintaining a regular supply of clean, fresh air. This will go a long way towards preventing the spread of contagious diseases among workers, and subsequently reduce the frequency of employee absences. Poor air quality can lead to serious health implications, with symptoms such as hoarseness & wheezing, coughs, airway infections, sleepiness, headache, mental fatigue, rashes, dry skin, dizziness, nausea, and irritations of the eyes, throat, and nose.

2. Reasonable Temperature

Your work space should have a reasonable temperature at all times. When your office is too hot or too cold, it can be rather uncomfortable to some of your employees. Ensure that the temperature is set at a level that is suitable for everyone. While there is no law dictating the ideal minimum or maximum temperature, most people generally agree that 16 degree Celsius is the best setting in a workplace. However, an office environment may call for a slightly higher temperature.

3. Good lighting

The importance of a good lighting in a workplace cannot be overstated. A poorly lit work space could significantly affect your employees’ health and moods, and ultimately comprise their ability to perform well on the job. In fact, studies have shown that working in an office that is too dim or too bright can lead to physical problems such as fatigue, headaches, and eyestrain. You can avoid these issues by ensuring that all your workstations have sufficient light. You could also provide your employees with individual desk lamps to complement the overhead light.

4. Tidy Wires

Untamed wires in the workplace can be hazardous. As such, always ensure that all telephone wires, computer cables, and other trailing cords are sorted away. There are several tools you can use to organise unruly wires. For instance, you could use plastic ties to group the wires together or fix a cable tray below each workstation. Additionally, you could consider investing in desks with integral cable management systems, like inbuilt wire ports.

5. Clear Walkways

The Health and Safety Executive attributes obstructed walkways to most of the trips that take place in the workplace. Your office should be safe enough for the staff members to move around without jeopardising their well-being. This basically means ensuring that the passageways are clear all the time. Encourage everyone to adopt the “see it, sort it” mentality where if anyone sees an obstructed walkway, they report the issue to someone of seniority or fix the problem themselves. Having an effective cleaning regime can also help ensure that your walkways are neat and clear every time.

6. Comfortable Workstations

Comfortable workstations are essential, especially if workers are expected to sit in the same place for long periods of time. Therefore, it is important to equip every staff member with suitable office furniture, such as a desk and a supportive and adjustable chair. Another important thing to consider is how the space is organised. For instance, computer screens should be positioned at eye level and placed about an arm’s length away. The keyboard and mouse, on the other hand, should be placed in close proximity to make it easier for the worker to use interchangeably.

7. Incorporate Proper First Aid Arrangements

Any safe workplace should have proper first aid arrangements. In case an employee is injured or falls sick while working, there should be a process in place to ensure that they are looked after and receive medical attention as soon as possible. Accidents can occur anywhere, even in an office setting, so it is important to be fully prepared. At the very least, you should have a suitably packed first aid box in the workplace, as well as a designated person to take responsibility. A qualified first-aider could come in handy. If necessary, you could sponsor one member of the staff for approved training to get certified in first aid. Health and safety procedures in the workplace are diverse. However, the points above should be enough to cover the basics and help you understand how you can convert your office into a safe, fun, and healthy environment for everyone.

8. Provide Enough Welfare Facilities

It is important to pay attention to your workers’ happiness and well-being. One way you can do this is by providing them with the basic amenities that will make their hours in the workplace more comfortable. For instance, there should be working toilets and hand basins at work, as well as soap and hand dryers or towels. Furthermore, your personnel should have access to a place where they can eat their meals and rest, such as a breakout area or kitchen, in addition to safe, clean drinking water. In some cases, it may be necessary to have somewhere the workers can store their belongings like clothing, bags, and coats if there is a special uniform involved. Of course, this should come with a private area for the staff to get changed.”

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