Make Your Butt Smile

Vion Office Chairs by Global

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You spend approximately 40 hours a week sitting at the office on your butt. That’s 2,400 minutes or 144,000 seconds sitting in your office chair. If you’re going to be sitting on your butt all day, make sure it’s happy!

With Global’s new line of Vion office chairs, your butt will be sitting like a king with exceptional comfort adjustments and mid and high back models with mesh or upholstered backs with ergonomic features that will make backs happy too! Vion offers an expansive seating series with over 24 models to address multiple applications including:

  • task chairs
  • management chairs
  • conference chairs
  • guest seating
  • heavy duty 24-7 seats
  • guest seating, heavy duty 24-7 seats
  • drafting stools

Vion is no ordinary office chair. Its unique back provides
exceptional comfort throughout the workday. Add the optional lumbar support and optional memory foam seat and you just might never leave your workplace.

Custom Office Chairs

What’s best is that Vion lets you customize your office chairs. Choose from over 25 different models:

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Then make it yours with by choosing from 5 different mechanisms, arm options, back and seat options, frame finishes, and base options. You can also choose from unlimited color options to match your brand and your style.

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Environmentally-Friendly Chairs

And, Vion is Level 3 and Greenguard Gold certified. They’re manufactured in an ISO 14001 facility and backed by Global’s Lifetime Warranty. Good environmental
management is included with every Vion. Can you say win-win?

Vion Office Chairs in Fort Wayne

A custom office chair that is environmentally-friendly, offers ergonomic adjustments, and is easy on your bottom line will put a smile on your face while its comfort will make your butt happy! Visit Workspace Solutions today to learn more about the Vion chair by Global – an excellent choice for any butt!

Introducing Focal Upright Furniture

Seats for Standing-Height Desks

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As we mentioned in our last article, many Americans today are suffering from “Sitting Disease” due to a highly sedentary lifestyle. Striving to become more active on the job, many workers have tried sitting on exercise balls, using treadmill desks, and standing-height desks.

“Standing-height desks are great,” says Mike Hunter of Workspace Solutions. Because sitting all day is bad for your health while standing all day is hard on your joints. Adjustible standing-height desks allow you to easily go from sitting to standing. But, some users still need a little extra support.” The solution? Focal Upright Furniture which gives workers a third option that balances the active benefits of standing with the comfort of sitting.

Focal Upright Furniture is a seat of sorts that is designed to work with standing-height desks. However, you don’t sit on the seat, you lean on it which takes pressure off of your joints and has many health benefits including:

  • improved posture
  • promotes neutral neck position
  • takes stress off the spine
  • engages the core
  • promotes active leg movement

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There are four models to choose from.

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Visit the Workspace Solutions office furniture store in Fort Wayne to try them out for yourself and see which one works best for you.

 

Choosing the Perfect Office Chair

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What are you looking for in an office chair?

Is your office chair a pain in the neck – literally? You are not alone. With the wide variety of office chairs available, it can be hard to find the right office chair that’s best fits you. As humans, we’re all made differently, with a vast array of body types. Shouldn’t our office furniture reflect that? If your office chair is causing you pain, it’s time to find that perfect office chair that works for you; not the other way around.

What type of Office Chair are you?

In order to find the best office chair that fits your lifestyle, you must first assess what your work habits and lifestyle consist of. You need to take a sort of “What Office Chair am I?” -personality quiz, if you will, by answering these three questions:

1. What am I looking for in a chair?

There are a few main things that you can look for in a quality office chair. Ask yourself, which of these qualities is most important to you?

  • style
  • maximum ergonomics and lumbar support
  • comfort level

2. What are your work habits?

Consider what a typical workday looks like for you. Do you spend the most time:

  • running around the office; from meeting to meeting, etc.
  • sitting in your chair for extremely long periods of time
  • equal parts sitting and standing

3. Which type of fabric do you prefer in an office chair?

  • leather
  • smooth mesh fabric
  • leather or mesh

Once you have answered these three questions, then you can begin deciding what office chair will best fit you. Based on your answers above, here is a quick guide to what kind of chair you should be looking for:

Washington Office Chair by Gunlocke

Washington Office Chair by Gunlocke | Workspace Solutions
If you answered “A” to two or more of these questions, you are probably looking for a chair like the Washington from Gunlocke. This extremely elegant office chair emits feelings of power and comfort.

The oversized leather style and thick, padded seat and armrests offer extreme comfort. The solid wood construction of the cherry base pairs extremely well with subtle hints of brass, culminating in an elegant, traditional style. The Washington office chair also happens to be the Oval Office Choice of eight Presidents. With the Washington, you are certainly in good hands.

Ceres by Hon

Ceres by HonHowever, if you answered “B” to two or more of these questions, there is a strong chance that you are looking for an office chair similar to the Ceres by Hon. You are obviously a hard worker – sitting in your chair for long periods of time, not letting any distractions get in the way of your work. Not only do you deserve a high quality office chair that emphasizes comfort and ergonomics, your working habit demands one!

When designing the Ceres, Hon started out with a great deal of scientific research based on one question – How do people sit? After researching exactly what it is that people need in a highly ergonomic office chair, they began constructing the industry leading office chair, Ceres.

After discovering a lack of lumbar support as the user reclines, Hon used this information to create the amazingly comfortable and supportive ergonomic chair. Their solution was to design a chair that offers lumbar support in any position – a backrest that moves in motion with your body.

Along with maximum lumbar support and ergonomics, its incredibly user friendly, intuitive adjustments allow this chair to easily move any way your body moves.

The Acuity work chair from Allsteel

acuity work chair | workspace solutionsAnd, finally, if you answered “C” to two or more of these questions, the Acuity from Allsteel is certainly for you! You are a flexible and versatile team player. You need an office chair that is just as versatile as you are. The Acuity is the best of both worlds when it comes to comfort and style. Allsteel uses Acufit Ergonomics to make sure that this chair is a great experience for whomever sits in it. It’s recline and lumbar support both adjust, depending on your weight.

Allsteel believes that the simpler, the better. In the Acuity, they have removed all of the unnecessary pieces to create a sleek, modern office chair that looks straight out of the 22nd century. This modern design, in collaboration with its ultimate comfort makes this chair an incredibly versatile chair. For added elegance, this chair even comes with an optional upholstered jacket (available in leather) that fits right over your chair back.

Workspace Solutions has the Office Chair you are looking for

Whichever type of “office chair personality” you are, Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne can help you find exactly the type of chair you are looking for – one that works for you to provide maximum comfort, support, and style. Stop by our office furniture showroom for all of these great office furniture options and many more.

How to Stay Active at Work

Don’t Get Trapped At Your Desk

Studies show that those of us who spend the majority of our day sedentary are probably doing serious harm to our long-term health. Most of today’s jobs require a lot of time spent in front of a computer. On top of that, for many of us, most of our free time is spent engaging in sedentary activities as well, such as watching TV and playing video games. Even if you exercise regularly, there are still many hours in the day spent in a sedentary position.

Research shows that the body’s metabolism slows down when major muscles — like your back and legs — aren’t moving frequently and regularly. Findings indicate that people who sit the majority of the day have unhealthy levels of cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides — which can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and other health problems.

Fortunately, finding a solution for this unhealthy behavior is fairly simple. Researchers have found that workers who regularly broke up their sedentary time with movement had a healthier body mass index and lower levels of triglycerides than people who didn’t take breaks during long periods of sitting. If you would like to incorporate some healthy behaviors into your work day, simply taking some breaks to move around and get the whole body moving can make a huge difference.

Here are some suggestions to get out from behind your desk and move, so you can begin incorporating some healthier habits into your workday.

  • Set a timer to remind yourself to at least stand up and stretch every hour or so.
  • Take a quick stretching break every time you cross something off of your to-do list.
  • Take walking meetings — instead of sitting down for one-on-one meetings take a stroll around the block.
  • Stand up when someone enters your office to chat or even if you’re on the phone.
  • Take the stairs instead of your building’s elevator.
  • Invest in an ergonomic office chair that offers lumbar support
  • Park on the far end of the parking lot.
  • If you work from home, use the breaks between tasks or cell phone time to walk up and down your stairs.
  • Perhaps invest in a standing desk to help get you on your feet and moving around

Quality Ergonomic Office Furniture at Workspace Solutions

At Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne, we have a wide variety of ergonomic office furniture that can help you incorporate some healthy habits into your workday. If your office could use some change for the better, our office planners can help you design an office space that works for you.

5 Essentials for Your Office Space

5 office essentialsIs your Office Furniture working for you?

The furnishings and accessories in your office space can have an impact on your productivity, efficiency, and even your physical well-being. It’s important to understand the functions you require from these essentials — and to invest in items that are both designed to meet these functions and built to last. Here are some things to look for as you decide if your office furniture is helping — or hindering — your workplace productivity and happiness.

Is your Desk working for you?

There are endless amounts of options when it comes to office desk sizes, shapes and features. The style you would like (e.g. traditional, contemporary, solid wood, etc) along with your budget are important factors in making your choice. But equally, if not more important is to consider how you will be using the desk. Does it need to fit only a computer or will other types of work like drafting blueprints or sorting and organizing paperwork require more space? The height of the desk is also an important element when considering comfort and usability. Are there options that need to be included like drawers, hutches, shelves or extensions? Will the desk fit in the office space and allow room for other necessary furnishings?

How about your Seating?

An adjustable chair is best for use at the desk — allowing the user to change its features for maximum comfort. Adjustable features may include: height, tilt, back angle, seat angle, and lumbar support; along with options like arms, castors, and the variety of upholstery material. When choosing an office chair, it is important to keep in mind which features you will need in order to keep you working hard all day, while maximizing comfort.

Is your Storage Space Organized?

Even in our computer focused era, almost every office is still going to require some system for organizing and storing papers and files. Piles of unorganized paperwork can waste your time and increase your frustration level. Options for organization could range from large lateral filing cabinets to more simple desktop organizing trays. Don’t forget a wastebasket and recycling bin as key components of paper management.

Is your Workspace Ergonomic?

As desk height and an adjustable chair are important for workplace comfort, certain computer accessories can also increase productivity. Ergonomic options such as an adjustable keyboard drawer, a wrist rest in front of a desktop keyboard, or a riser to place the monitor at proper viewing level can all contribute to a more comfortable and efficient work area.

Does your Office have Proper Lighting?

Both comfortable ambient lighting and appropriate task lighting are essential to a comfortable office space. Poor lighting can lead to eyestrain, vision problems, and reduced work performance. Computer work can be particularly visually demanding under improper lighting situations. Overhead lighting should be low or glare free. Task lighting lamps should be adjustable, low-glare and located in a convenient position appropriate for your tasks.

Workspace Solutions has all the Office Essentials

At Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne, we can help you select and prioritize your office furniture based on our years of experience helping a wide-range of businesses design and furnish their workspaces. We offer only products from manufacturers that we know offer the best quality and value. Let us help you design your office space for maximum efficiency, usability and comfort.

Is Your Office Desk Breaking Your Back?

desk causing back painYour Workspace Should be Pain-free

Many of us work at jobs that require spending a large part of the day in a sedentary position in a chair, in front of a computer. This actually places a lot of stress on our bodies and can even lead to the development of physical pain and ailments. OSHA (The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration) defines working environment ergonomics as: “The Science of fitting workplace conditions and job demands to the capabilities of the working population.” If your desk was set up without any consideration to ergonomics, it may be contributing to — or causing — a range of aches, pains, and even injury.

Dr. Richard Busch of Busch Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, who has treated thousands of patients who suffer with neck and back pain states, “Some of these injuries could have been avoided. Years, even months, of using poor quality office furniture, furniture that has not been set up properly for the user, or bad posture, may lead to early wear and tear, chronic back pain or neck pain including disc degeneration or herniated discs causing back pain and/or neck pain.”

Below are guidelines for workspace use that will reduce physical strain and increase comfort and productivity:

Proper Seating

  • maximize the options of an adjustable chair to find the best fit for you
  • keep a couple of inches between the front of the seat and the back of your knees
  • support your lower back with the chair’s lumbar support or add a small cushion
  • sit reclining slightly away from your desk — a stiff-backed posture is stressful for the spine
  • keep your feet flat on the floor, about hip-width apart, and don’t cross your legs
  • adjust the seat height so that knees are at a 90 degree angle — or lower — from the hips

Upper Body Relaxed

  • the alphabetical part of the keyboard should be centered in front of you
  • with hands on the keyboard, wrists should be in a neutral position or supported by a wrist rest
  • elbows should be at a 90 degree angle when hands are on the keyboard
  • keep the mouse as close to the keyboard as possible
  • use keyboard shortcuts instead of the mouse — when using the mouse move it from your elbow rather than your wrist
  • consider an adjustable keyboard tray attached to your desk for proper wrist and arm positioning
  • keep shoulders relaxed when holding the phone — consider a headset if you are on the phone for long periods
  • don’t crane your neck towards your computer — its weight should be supported by the neck and spine

Limit Eye Strain

  • keep the monitor at arm’s length from your eyes; raise it so that the top of the screen is about eye-level
  • tilt your monitor 10-20 degrees away from you
  • avoid glare on the screen from windows or other light sources
  • give your eyes frequent breaks by looking at a far away objects for a few seconds
  • if you reference paperwork while typing, use an attachable holder to place documents as close to the screen as possible

Get up!

  • take frequent small stretching breaks for hands and fingers, legs and ankles, neck and shoulders — you can even do these while seated
  • throughout the day, take occasional longer breaks to move your whole body — stand, stretch, walk, and climb stairs

A note on laptops:

Laptop use at the office is on the rise. Unfortunately, the ergonomics in laptop design are poor — if the screen is at an appropriate height and distance, the keyboard is impossible to use, and vice versa. If you work at a laptop for a significant amount of time, add an external keyboard or monitor so that less stress is placed on your body and eyes. Keep in mind your office chair and desktop height, as described above, for the least stress possible.

Your workspace arrangement may be putting more stress on your body than you realize. The knowledgeable professionals at Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne can help you identify the best office furniture and designs for a more ergonomic office space and improved work flow. Our goal is to help you work better — more efficiently and more comfortably.

What’s New in Office Furniture?

What’s new in office furniture?

As time goes on, new ideas in technology and trends continue to develop. The same goes for office furniture.  Quality office furniture manufacturers are always coming up with product lines better than the last in order to improve office planning, design, and productivity.  In order to stay ahead of the curve, here is a quick guide to some new products and lines that can be found at Workspace Solutions.

HON Basyx

At the forefront of American-made office furniture, HON creates quality office furniture that is guaranteed to last. Their contemporary designs and superior workmanship have made them one of the leading office furniture manufacturers in the United States.

New to the HON line of products is the Basyx Collection; a collection of office furniture ranging in items from office chairs to tables and desks.  The idea behind the Basyx collection was to bring the highest quality and most modern look available at the lowest price possible.  The highly reputable HON company has now made high quality office furniture available for those on a budget.  Not only is this the best deal around, but the Basxy collection is guaranteed to bring a sleek, modern look to any contemporary office.

Allsteel’s Gather Collection

When it comes to office furniture, Allsteel is leading the way in its revolutionary designs.  Based in Iowa, Allsteel produces quality, American made office furniture in a new, creative way.  Allsteel’s new product line, the Gather Collection, transcends all other styles of furniture.  Their unique philosophy on the importance of office atmosphere and collaboration is revealed in the Gather Collection.  This line highlights the importance of comfort, while also creating a highly productive work environment.

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The unique design of the newScooch chair allows you to literally pull up a chair anywhere you might need it.  It is extremely lightweight and portable, and because of the unique design, there are multiple ways to sit in this chair, allowing for maximum comfort and versatility.

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The ingenious design of the Rise seating area  takes group projects to a whole new level.  Literally- the three tiered structure of the Rise allows multiple people to sit and chat, without taking up a whole room.

ABCO’s Z-Series Tables

Another leading office furniture manufacturer, ABCO creates unique product designs that help give modern office spaces a more contemporary, sleek aesthetic.  New from ABCO is the Z-Series; a line of all new tables designed to bring life to any classroom or conference room setting.  The lightweight yet sturdy tables are built on wheels so you can easily take your meeting anywhere you need to be.

ABCO’s philosophy is that office furniture is the basis of productivity and creativity in an office.  If the furniture reflects creativity, employees are more likely to carry that creativity with them in their projects. This philosophy certainly comes through in the Z-Series.

Workspace Solutions Has it All

For these new lines of products, and many more, visit Workspace Solutions.  Not only have we been helping businesses around the Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Warsaw, and South Bend areas furnish their offices, but we also have great office planners and designers on hand to help you maximize creativity and productivity!

Whether you are looking to add a more modern appeal to your waiting room, or you just need to update your space with more modern office furniture, Workspace Solutions can help you bring your business into the 21st century.

The Right Office Chair for Your Style and Space

Office Chair, Computer Chair, Side Chair, Stools… so many choices when it comes to office furniture!

It used to be that when you thought about seating for your office, you thought of a typical desk chair, one with arms and casters so you could scoot in and back from your desk. Today, there are a lot of different types and styles of chairs designed for the office. Allsteel, a furniture supplier for Workspace Solutions,  has designed and manufactured office chairs since 1912. They offer at several different categories of office chairs, and each of these come in several different designs providing a solution for every style, task, and person, and to compliment any space!

 

Work chairs

Conference chairs

 

Multi-Purpose office chairs

 

Side chair

 

Training & classroom chairs

 

Stools

 

Lounge chairs

 

No one is more aware of the growth in the types and styles of office chairs over the years than Workspace Solutions, your authorized Allsteel dealer for Fort Wayne, South Bend, Warsaw, and Indianapolis. We spend almost our entire day at the office in our chairs, let Workspace Solutions fit you with the perfect chair for you, your style, and your space!

Is Work a Pain in Your Back?

Don’t let work be a pain in your back!

Poor posture is one of the biggest culprits for back injuries. Check out these 7 simple ways to improve your posture at work:

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How Well Does Your Office Chair Fit?

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We’ll also add a #8. Make sure your desk chair is comfortable, the correct size for your frame,  and provides the correct support. There are many different types and sizes of chairs. If your chair doesn’t fit your needs, contact one of the Workspace Solutions offices today in Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Indianapolis, and South Bend to find the best office chair for you.