Vacation Check List: 8 Tasks Before Taking Time off Work

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8 Things to Do Before Taking some Time off Work

Did you know that over 50% of Americans don’t use their paid vacation time at work? For one reason or another, we’re hesitant about taking the time off that we’re entitled to! Not only are we entitled to it, but we desperately need it! The daily work grind can wear you down both physically and emotionally. As a result, you’re going to get burnt out, and the quality of work may begin to decline. If you haven’t taken a vacation in a while, now is the perfect time to do so! Here are eight things you can do before and after your vacation to ensure that you have a relaxing, stress-free week away!

1. Work Ahead

One thing that might hold you back from enjoying your time away is the work that you’re going to miss. The week before your vacation, take account of the important tasks that you’re going to miss the following week. If possible, work ahead and complete some of these tasks before going away.

2. Notify fellow employees/clients

Studies show that 61% of Americans still work while on their vacation. This doesn’t make for a very relaxing vacation. Make sure your fellow employees, clients and bosses know that you will be out of the office. If not, they may try to contact you, and you will feel obligated to tend to any problems they might have.

3. Adjust your Email and voicemail Settings

Even after you notify everyone who needs to know, chances are, someone will still attempt to contact you while you are gone. In order to minimize the risk of this happening, set up an auto-responder on your email letting people know that you will be out of the office, along with providing them with the contact information of someone else that would be able to help them. Don’t forget to change the outgoing message on your voicemail so people know that you’ll be out of the office.

4. Delegate Tasks

Many people fear going on vacation because they assume that no one else can do the work that they do. No matter how much work you do, just trust that your employees can handle the workload for a week. Since you’re going to be gone, make sure you delegate some of your responsibilities to other coworkers, so you know that your work is still getting done.

5. Plan Ahead

The biggest reason that many people are hesitant about going on vacation is the anxiety brought on by the idea of a mountain of work upon their return. In order to make sure you are able to enjoy your vacation, plan ahead to reduce some of the work that will be waiting for you. Do as much as you can before you leave, and make sure that all loose ends are taken care of.

6. Plan around Busy Seasons

Every business has a natural ebb and flow of busy periods. One way to make sure that your workload is minimized when you return is to plan your vacation around these busy seasons. For example, if summer is busy season for your workplace, then maybe it’s best to plan a vacation in the winter. On the bright side, travel and lodging prices usually go down during the off-season!

7. Make Checklists

Look at your calendar at what you will miss on vacation, and what you have going on upon your return. Make two checklists; one checklist of things you have to do before you leave and one checklist of high priority tasks you need to do on your first day back.

8. Clean your Desk

Coming back from vacation will be much worse if you come back to a cluttered desk. Take some time to clean off your desk and organize your papers, so you can return from your vacation with a clean slate and minimum anxiety!

After you finish all of these tasks, then you’re ready to hit the road for your stress free vacation! Have a great week, and we’ll see you when you get back!

Fort Wayne Used Office Furniture Auction

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Used Office Furniture Auction in Fort Wayne

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Workspace Solutions has relocated their office furniture showroom to 2208 Production Rd. and we’re clearing out a tremendous selection of high-quality used office furniture from our old Fort Wayne showrooms including:

  • Over a dozen Executive Desk Sets
  • Over 250 Chairs, of all varieties
  • 100’s of File Cabinets, both lateral and vertical, metal and wood
  • Many bookcases, hutches, and other types of cabinets
  • Break Room and Conference Room tables
  • Many other items too numerous to mention

If you’re looking for high-quality used office furniture, now’s the time to buy! Join us for a used office furniture auction at our old location on Coliseum Blvd.

March 21, 2015 9am – early afternoon
at 919 N.Coliseum Blvd in Fort Wayne
Preview Friday the 20th, 10a-3p.

Visit www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin/auctionview.cgi?lid=2395675 for a complete listing and photos

What’s New In Office Furniture?

A guide to some cool new office furniture options.

It seems like each day, new office furniture is being crafted to better adapt to the ever-changing trends in businesses and offices. With each new product comes a greater degree of functionality and efficiency. It can be hard to keep up to date on all of these new products available. Fortunately, Workspace Solutions in Fort Wayne is here to help you learn about new products that are available in the world of office furniture.

All-Steel’s Mimeo Office Chair

mimeo newNew from All-Steel is the Mimeo Office Chair – a chair designed with the best of both ergonomics and visual impact in mind. The unique design of the chair back helps to offer constant contact with the user for incomparable support and comfort. This chair is incredibly versatile, as it’s open design accommodates for a wide range of postures and uses. Each aspect of this office chair is designed to be incredibly visually appealing, and even customizable. Everything about this chair is customizable; from the color of the chair back and the base, or even armrests!

When it comes to ergonomics, the Mimeo chair allows the most lumbar support and comfort available. The unique design of the chair back allows every inch of your back to be supported at once. It just makes sense.

 

 Humanscale’s Trea Office Chair

New from Humanscale is the Trea chair. This revolutionary office chair was designed by New York designer Todd Bracher to be a solution to many workspace issues. It’s designed with a mechanism that automatically adjusts to the user’s body for up to 12 degrees of reclining positions, which helps the user to maintain a balanced posture while providing lumbar support. This is no regular office chair. The Trea is perfect for conference areas, cafeterias and home offices.

The smooth yet subtle design of the Trea allows it to harmoniously complement its surroundings, rather than overtake them, offering a sleek, modern look. This new chair from Humanscale not only comes in a wide variety of finishes and color options, but its also available in three different base styles; four-leg, four star, and cantilever.

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Hon’s Abound Workstation

The new Abound workstation from Hon is a revolutionary new design that offers the best of both worlds, when it comes to cubicles. The trendy design of its frameless glass tiles offer immediate access to natural light, while also defining your personal space. It contains all of the benefits of cubicles, without any of the negative connotations.

This workstation is incredibly flexible, and its ease of setup makes it surprisingly portable. With installation taking only minutes, your desk will be ready to use in no time at all. The Abound comes with interchangeable, flexible tiles to best fit the needs of any office space. With the interchangeable paneling, the Abound workstation is incredibly customizable. Easily swap out a fabric paneling for a markerboard or frameless glass paneling to best fit your needs.

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Workspace Solutions has it All

The best part of these great new office furniture options is that you can get any of them right here in Fort Wayne. At Workspace Solutions, we also offer custom office planning and design. Check out these great new office furniture pieces and many more in our new showroom that is conveniently located next to I-69 and US30 at 2208 Production Road.

The Seat(ing) of Power, Gunlocke at Workspace Solutions

Here at Workspace Solutions, we’re proud to handle many fine lines of office chairs. Some, like La-Z-Boy are very well known, while others, like Gunlocke may be more famous for who’s used them. Every U.S. President from Woodrow Wilson to Jimmy Carter chose a Gunlocke chair for the Oval Office.

Truly successful workspace solutions also deliver long-term satisfaction and ongoing performance. That means building for the customer’s needs, today as well as tomorrow.
Not just anyone can make good on this promise. Delivering it requires a company that demands excellence at every level. Why settle for anything less than a furniture manufacturer who’s continually setting a higher standard on your behalf?

Since the 1920’s, Gunlocke has stayed focused on everything an office client needs to succeed: design, functionality, delivery, quality and value.
Workspace Solutions is proud to be a Gunlocke Dealer for Northern Indiana. Come see Gunlocke Quality for yourself in our downtown showroom at the corner of Main and Webster in Fort Wayne, IN

Gather Your Big Ideas with Allsteel and Workspace Solutions

Back in the idyllic 1950’s, people in the suburbs used to visit one another by meeting along the back yard hedge. What if you could put a hedge in your office, you know, a place that encourages your staff to meet regularly to discuss and exchange ideas? Collaborative work settings are a vital part of contemporary office design. Ideas grow when shared, and ideas create the next profit centers within our businesses. Without ideas, it’s hard to move ahead or even keep up with our competition. Old office walls and cubicles made for privacy, but privacy keeps ideas from sprouting and taking root. How you design your office dictates how your employees will interact with customers, and each other, so it’s important to think of your office layout the same way you think about any technology you invest in to improve productivity and growth.  Workspace Solutions has been designing collaborative offices for years. Now they have new tools from Allsteel to take your office to the next level.

Allsteel has two new lines designed to increase employee collaboration: Gather, and Involve. Learn more here, or contact Workspace Solutions for a demonstration. Gather around the Hedge in your office, and get everyone Involved in the future or your business.

Workspace Solutions is the Allsteel dealer for Northern Indiana, including South Bend, Elkhart, Warsaw, and Fort Wayne. Workspace Solutions can also serve you from their office in Indianapolis.

Save on Used Office Furniture During Workspace Solutions Warehouse Sale

Throughout the year, Workspace Solutions installs the latest office furniture into businesses all over Northeast Indiana, Indianapolis and South Bend.  The furniture they replace then comes back to the Workspace Fort Wayne warehouse, located behind the Workspace Solutions location on Coliseum Boulevard, between Lake Avenue and State Road 930.

Then, once a year, during October, Workspace opens up the warehouse doors to the general public, and offers a huge selection of used office furniture at incredible warehouse sale prices.

Used lateral files start at $195.00.  Mesh High back task chairs as low as $129.00 while supplies last.  Files, desks, chairs, conference tables, storage units, and more.  You’ll find it all inside the warehouse during Workspace Solutions annual October Warehouse Sale, through October 31, with sale items at both locations:  256 W Main Street in Downtown Fort Wayne, and their Warehouse showroom at 919 Coliseum Blvd. N in Fort Wayne.

Check out more at our Warehouse Sale Website here.

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The TV show “Mad Men” an Example of How Not to Design Your Office

Now that the new season of “Mad Men,” the cable show that depicts the day to day personal and business activities of a New York advertising agency in the 1960’s, is back on the air, we begin to notice once again what it was like working in a large office a half century ago.  One of the first things we see are the IBM Selectric typewriters instead of computers on every secretary’s desk.  Next, we notice how segmented the office is.  There are conference rooms, and large corner offices for the executives, each with a desk and secretary posted at the entrance.

If we were able to plan this space today, it would appear quite different.  Not only would the typewriters be gone, so would the desktop computer.  In “Mad Men,” we often see the creative team working in a break or conference room, where they can stretch out, have room for their sketches and yellow pads, and collaborate with one another.  That’s exactly what the modern office needs today, places that encourage collaboration, and allow workers room to access their I-pods, laptop, or tablet computers.

Following another modern trend, the “Mad Men’s” conference room would most likely be empty most of the day, and at New York office rates, that’s a giant waste of space and money.  As a collaboration space, the old conference room now draws together creative thinkers able to easily share ideas and create the next annoying commercials you will see on TV.

Watching “Mad Men,” it’s amazing that they ever come up with any good ideas within a space that seems designed to hide and protect people and ideas from one another.  If your office still resembles the fictional ad agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, you’re fully prepared to take on the 1960’s.  If you want to take on the twenty first century, then it’s time to contact the office creators at Workspace Solutions.

 

(“Mad Men” airs Sunday nights on the AMC Cable Network.  You can view an artists depiction of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce office by clicking here. )

 

Take a Stand at Work. You’ve Got Nothing to Lose but a few Pounds

Well, it was good enough for Ernest Hemingway, but you still need more convincing.

We’re talking about standing up while your work, at least standing up for a few hours every day.  The evidence seems to keep mounting for how bad sitting all day is for your health, but now there is a little evidence that shows the benefits as well.

According to a British exercise scientist, Dr. John Buckley, as quoted in the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, staying on your feet an extra three hours daily would burn off eight pounds of fat each year.

Standing for three hours, Dr. Buckley notes, will burn 144 calories.  It’s also good for your circulation.  Sitting for long periods slows down your metabolic rate as well.

New adjustable desks and counter tops are being designed every day that allow you or your employees to spend part of the day standing while working.  Workspace Solutions works with dozens of the best office furniture companies in the world, and can help you design a work space that can help workers gain health and productivity, while losing weight at the same time.

New Allsteel Office Furniture at Workspace Solutions goes “Beyond” all expectations

It’s beyond efficiency, beyond simplicity, and beyond functionality.

It’s not a new super-hero, just a new exciting way to create a modern office using Beyond from All-Steel.  Workspace Solutions is your exclusive Allsteel dealer for Fort Wayne and South Bend, also serving Indianapolis.

Beyond from Allsteel puts you in control when it comes to changing your office.  Beyond easily installs and reconfigures to accommodate changing floorplans. Or, when the floorplan remains intact, the individual space can be quickly modified, with the unique Privacy Tile System that hangs directly on the glass

Beyond’s frameless aesthetic signals a change in direction, creating transparency between management and teams. It signals a change in spirit, through inspiring spaces filled with natural light and connected to the open plan.

Watch the video, then talk with Mike or Brent about installing this exciting new product in your office

It’s beyond efficiency, beyond simplicity, and beyond functionality.
It’s not a new super-hero, just a new exciting way to create a modern office using Beyond from All-Steel. Workspace Solutions is your exclusive Allsteel dealer for Fort Wayne and South Bend, also serving Indianapolis.
Beyond from Allsteel puts you in control when it comes to changing your office. Beyond easily installs and reconfigures to accommodate changing floorplans. Or, when the floorplan remains intact, the individual space can be quickly modified, with the unique Privacy Tile System that hangs directly on the glass
Beyond’s frameless aesthetic signals a change in direction, creating transparency between management and teams. It signals a change in spirit, through inspiring spaces filled with natural light and connected to the open plan.
Watch the video, then talk with Mike or Brent about installing this exciting new product in your office

It’s beyond efficiency, beyond simplicity, and beyond functionality.
It’s not a new super-hero, just a new exciting way to create a modern office using Beyond from All-Steel. Workspace Solutions is your exclusive Allsteel dealer for Fort Wayne and South Bend, also serving Indianapolis.
Beyond from Allsteel puts you in control when it comes to changing your office. Beyond easily installs and reconfigures to accommodate changing floorplans. Or, when the floorplan remains intact, the individual space can be quickly modified, with the unique Privacy Tile System that hangs directly on the glass
Beyond’s frameless aesthetic signals a change in direction, creating transparency between management and teams. It signals a change in spirit, through inspiring spaces filled with natural light and connected to the open plan.
Watch the video, then talk with Mike or Brent about installing this exciting new product in your office

Abco Keel – The backbone of the modern office

Some time ago (actually, a long time ago) we talked about a new product from Abco called Keel.  Keel is a modular office solution that was designed by Paul James. It’s all about balance in the workplace. The focal point rests at the heart of the design structure – what ABCO calls the keel: A simple, integral piece that offers extra strength and very easy assembly. A variety of work surfaces, storage units, and accessories will connect to the keel. This allows each workspace—in an open floor plan or private office—to be customized to the needs of individual users and a range of work flow requirements.

The traditional private cubicle is gone.  In it’s place is an office that more efficiently uses space, and encourages more collaboration.  Abco Keel is part of this revolution.  Your next office design will not be like your last one.  Find out how everything has changed for the better.  Talk to one of the office designers at Workspace Solution today about how you can design or re-design your office for the future.  And learn more about Abco Keel here.