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.

 

RFIDs help hosptals find equipment, files, and improve health care for patients

During the summer of 2007, Capital Health System, an acute-care and teaching hospital located inTrenton,New Jersey, began tracking every medical file using RFID technology.  What is RFID?  It stands for Radio Frequency Identification.  Every file has a small RFID circuit chip attached to it.  This chip broadcasts an ID signal that can be picked up by special RFID receiving devices.  In other words, if someone take a patient file, and leaves it in another part of the hospital, the RFID receiver can locate it quickly.

 

Capital Health System manages 5,000 patient files. Each file is tagged with an RFID tag allowing it to be tracked from the moment it is created for a new patient all the way until the file is retained in storage.  The RFID readers can be positioned at various locations around the hospital to report in real time the locations for every file. Effieicieny improves, and liability is reduced.

 

Hopsitlas are also using RFID technology to:

  • Continuously track each patient’s location
  • Track the location of doctors and nurses in the hospital
  • Track the location of expensive and critical instruments and equipment
  • Restrict access to drugs, pediatrics, and other high-threat areas to authorized staff
  • Monitor and track unauthorized persons who are loitering around high-threat areas
  • Facilitate triage processes by restricting access to authorized staff and “approved” patients during medical emergencies, epidemics, terrorist threats, and other times when demands could threaten the hospital’s ability to effectively deliver services
  • Use the patient’s RFID tag to access patient information for review and update through a hand-held computer

 

 

The problem at Christiana Hospital in Newark,Del., where the emergency department has 76 treatment rooms that handle more than 100,000 patients yearly, was that triage nurses were losing track of where patients were in the treatment process as they were moved among diagnostic and treatment facilities. The result: The overall length of a patient’s stay was spiking above normal levels, and about 4% to 5% were leaving without any treatment at all.  An RFID system combined with computer software that associates patients with equipment and treatments solved this problem.

 

Recent surveys show RFID based solutions are really starting to take off in hospitals around the country.  Many hospitals see RFID solutions as part of taking the step into digital record keeping.

 

Workspace Solutions is teaming with Spacefile, a storage solution company that offers both RFID technology, and innovative physical storage solutions that allow you to store more in less space.

Do You Want to Make More Money?

Remember the old TV commercial where actress Sally Struthers asked us if we wanted to make more money? And the answer was, “Sure, we all do.” Here are a few ways for you to make more money, without a whole lot of effort (Thanks to ABCO, one of our fine office furniture suppliers)
Buy Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Fluorescent bulbs use less energy, emit less heat and last longer than those incandescent bulbs.

Weather Strip Doors and Windows
You may even be eligible for a tax deduction.

Recycle Paper
There are two sides to every piece of paper. Just avoid re-using paper with confidential info on it. Shred that.

Turn Your Equipment Off
At one time, the computer people told us to leave our computers on. Now, it is perfectly OK to turn them off or put them into sleep mode when not in use.

Replace Your Inkjet with a Laser
Laser printers aren’t expensive to buy, and they cost a whole lot less to use than ink jets.

Use a Programmable Thermostat
Set it once and forget it. Why heat the office or showroom if no one’s there?

Another way to save money is with used office furniture, the good kind that we carry here at Workspace Solutions. Check out our used page here.

The Decline of the Cubicle

(Fourth of a four part series on Office Furniture Trends for 2012)

During 2012, we’ll be designing more open offices than ever before, with fewer cubicles, and more common work areas.

Cubicles sales peaked in 2000, when they accounted for nearly 37 percent of all office furniture sales. That’s fallen to about 26 percent. Companies now prefer more open spaces that make it easier for employees to work together.

Workers used to spend most of their day at a desk or cubicle, report to a conference room for meetings, then tread a familiar path back to their workstation. Now, companies are setting up more gathering areas in “in between” spaces, where workers can hold informal conferences, chat with colleagues, or plop down with a laptop. Workers like the flexibility, and companies encourage the collaboration.

More and more employees aren’t even in the office most of the time.  They may be outside sales people or they could be working from home.  Why waste precious office space on people who are rarely actually in the office.  Common work areas and tables provide these workers with what they need to be productive during those rare times they are physically in the building.

The equipment we use and the way we work keep evolving, and so must our office designs.  2012 promises to be a year when we will see many of these changes take place.

As usual, we here at Workspace Solutions will keep you up to date on our “What’s New” blog.

Office Furniture Trends to Watch in 2012

Here at Workspace Solutions, we’re watching the trends in office design in order to make sure you’re new office will be state of the art for years to come.  Right now, we’re watching four exciting new trends:

1. Technology infused office furniture

2. New used of colors for desks and other office furniture, especially white.

3. More open office design for better collaboration and space usage

4. Going Green will become easier as eco-pricing starts to come down.

Check our “What’s New” page every week in January for a new post about these new trends, or just contact us here at Workspace Solutions and we’ll be happy to talk with you about them.

Ugly Chair Contest Underway


Turn that worn out office chair you’re sitting in now into a brand new one. Enter our Ugliest Office Chair Contest. Enter on our Facebook page, here.
Then, you’ll need to get your friends and co-workers to vote for your ugly chair to win. Send your ugly chair photo to contest@workspacesolutons.com.

Stand up for your Health!

Don’t take this sitting down! In fact, do yourself a favor and stand up to read this post. The May 2009 issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise published the results of a study of over 17,000 adults over 12 years revealed that those who sit all day at their jobs are at greater risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Exercise is great, but there appears to be little you can do to undo the effects of sitting down eight hours a day at your desk, unless you stop sitting. Then, how do you get your work done? Easy, with a stand up desk.

Workspace Solutions has some great ideas for a stand up desk arrangement. One of their companies, Humanscale, offers a desk that easily adjusts up and down. Combine this with a monitor arm for your computer screen, and with a simple adjustment, you can work standing up, or sitting down.

Workspace Solutions has a lot great ergonomic ideas that can make your office a healthier work environment. Call or contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss them with you.