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Thursday, December 15, 2016
6x6 Office Cubicle

How Much Do Office Cubicles Cost?

The purchase of a cubicle is much like the purchase of a vehicle. With such a large amount of options available, price ranges can vary drastically. Much like a Ford F150 can start around $25K, it can quickly cost as much as $50K once a buyer adds things like power windows, CD player, all-leather interiors, 4-wheel drive, four doors vs two, upgraded wheels, dual exhaust, built-in GPS, etc. Considering the average American sells or trades in their vehicle within the first five years of purchase, why do so many people choose to get upgrades?

The reason is that because most Americans spend 40 minutes a day in their vehicle, they want to make sure their vehicle will provide them with comfort, quality, and ease of use. These same principles apply to most office cubicle shoppers. Understanding they are going to have to operate business daily out of these cubicles, as well as picking the right cubicle with the right options the first time is critical as to ensure maximum capabilities from their office, most buyers choose to pick the cubicle that makes the most sense in the long-run.

Unfortunately, some potential buyers only focus on the initial price of the cubicle with the only goal of finding the cheapest retailer, therefore sacrificing low-maintenance, quality, and aesthetics, which leads to buyer’s remorse.

Now that you’ve hopefully understood my vehicle analogy, I will list some of the common figurations and add-ons found when purchasing cubicles. It is important to remember that the more cubicles purchased with sharing walls, the more value you will see out of the setup. Now I’ll do my best to give you some realistic price ranges as to what most people will spend on new and pre-owned configurations. And remember, these prices are AVERAGE, and can vary drastically depending on the product, configuration, region, company, etc.

Sizes range from 39”H panels to 85”H with sizes of 47”, 53”, 62”, and 67” in between. I’ve given the price breakdown for cubicle panels with the heights of 39”, 67”, and 85” as those are the typical heights potential buyers look to purchase. It's important to note that each configuration is only priced for the panels and work surface! 

 

 

To understand the configurations a little more in depth, take a look at a few of our diagrams seen below.

 

6x6 Cubicle with Glass Stackers

 

4x2-1/2 Cubicle - Call Stations

 

 

Another important fact to remember about purchasing cubicles – the more cubicle stations that a buyer purchases with sharing walls, the less expensive the cost is per station. For example:

One 4x4 cubicle is composed of 3, 48”W panels. Two cubicles sharing a wall is composed of 5 panels, not 6, thus saving the cost of a panel.

 

Now let’s look at some of the add-ons that cubicles normally see.

 

 

As you can probably see, the price ranges vary quite a bit, just as they should considering everyone has different tastes, wants, and budgets when it comes to furnishing an office of cubicles. When someone receives a quote from our company, we thoroughly examine each option as to educate the buyer on the option’s benefits as to identify its overall importance to the success of the project.

If you’d like to meet one of our team members to discuss your cubicle project click here. We’d be happy to visit your location and talk with you about your specific project. 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Office Computer

Are you looking to reduce worker's comp and health care costs for your business? What about improving your company's productivity and quality of work? If you answer yes to those questions (and I'll assume that you have) then improving your company's ergonomic strategies should be one of your biggest 'to-dos' over the next 6 months. Essentially, ergonomics are the study of what you can do to help your workers stay healthy and perform better. Besides keeping your employees healthy, office ergonomics comes with plenty of other benefits for the office.

 

Benefits of Workplace Ergonomics

Reduced Costs – By investing in office ergonomics, you reduce ergonomic risk factors like musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs, for short. MSDs typically occur due to movement repetition or poor posture. If you provide proper ergonomics in the office, these risk factors drastically decrease. About 1/3 of workers compensation are paid to cases of MSD. Reduce these costs. Invest in ergonomic office chairs.

Boosts Productivity – Office ergonomics also boosts productivity! Designing a workspace that promotes good posture, less repetitive motions, easier heights and reaches, and less exertion enables a more efficient work process. More efficiency = more productivity. More productivity = higher revenue. 

Work Quality – Poor office ergonomics leads to tired, irritated workers that cannot do their best work. They could miss an important detail or forget an important call to a client. The best way to keep your employees in top form is to invest in office ergonomics and keep everyone in top working form.

Improvement in Employee Engagement – Office ergonomics will reduce turnover, lessen absenteeism, boost morale, and increase employee involvement. Employees will also appreciate that the company they work for is concerned with their wellbeing. 

Safety Culture – Investing in ergonomics shows your employees that are you committed to their health and safety. By making health and safety a core value of your company, you will create a better culture in your office. Your employeess are your most valuable asset. Keeping them safe and healthy is good business and it's simply the right thing to do.

 

Choosing your Ergonomic Office Chair

Here are a few basic features any reliable ergonomic office chair should have:

 

Height Adjustment – Having an office chair with adjustable height is critical and a pneumatic adjustment lever is the easier way to adjust chair height. The optimal chair height for most people is somewhere between 16 and 21 inches. 

Width and Depth – Chairs should be approx. 20 inches wide and have a depth that allows employees sit with their backs against the chair AND a space of 2-4 inches between the front of the chair seat and his/her knees.

Lumbar – Lumbar or lower back support is one of the most major feature in ergonomic office chairs. The lower back needs to be supported in order to reduce back pain. Having a lumbar adjustment is my personal 'must have'.

Armrests – The armrests need to be adjustable so that employees can adjust them to fit their height. Arms should be level with the top of the desk and office chair arms keep them in that position.

Backrest – The backrest needs to be adjustable in both height and angle. It also needs to help keep the spine in a proper position to prevent back problems.

 

If you are looking to purchase ergonomic office chairs in Columbus, Ohio, stop by our 45,000 sq. foot showroom! We have over 30 unique ergonomic office chairs on display for you to try out before you buy. Give us a call at 614-332-1828 to schedule your appointment today. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Office Blueprint

No matter how many times you have prepared for an office move, mistakes are a part of life. Some things are simply unavoidable when it comes to moving an office. Knowing the possible mistakes to avoid can help your office move save time, money, and stress.


#1 – Not making an office move checklist or sticking to the one that you put together before your move causes for major confusion.

#2 - Not choosing the right office space can lead to your business outgrowing the office before your lease is up. This disorganized accounting can cause major problems for you, you employees, and your business.

#3 – Not communicating with your office designer will leave you not utilizing your office space efficiently. It can also cause a delay on the project.

#4 – Not communicating with your staff members can lead to a stressful environment and poor productivity not only during your office move, but after as well.

#5 - Not having an office timeline and or not sticking to it can cause you to miss important deadlines.

#6 - Not having a set budget will mean that you could possibly end up overspending or missing the realistic spending budget of your office move.

#7 - IT relocation hasn’t been effectively planned, leaving your business without proper communication when the move is finished.

#8 - Office relocation managers help either consult or plan the entire project to make sure that the move goes smooth. Not taking advantage of these types of professionals can lead to you having more problems than you began with.

#9 - Not accounting for time and planning your office move at the last minute. Last minute moving can create situations where budgets are ignored; which in turn causes over spending.

 

Knowing these mistakes beforehand can help make your office move go a lot smoother. No office move will be without mistakes but avoiding the big ones will make all of the difference. Call today for a free consultation on planning your new office space! (614) 332-1828.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Office Chairs Open

So much is made about ergonomic office chairs these days, it’s tough to determine what adjustments you may or may not need. Having important ergonomics in the workplace is key to energy and productivity, but making a decision can be tough. Syncho-Tilt? Pneumatic Heights? With so many options out there buying the office chair can be a paralyzing decision. Let’s not complicate it… Take a peek at the 4 adjustments that we believe are the keys to ergonomic success.

 

1.       Adjustable Seat Height

One of the most common adjustments is the most necessary. The height range of your seat should include heights both slightly higher and slightly lower than your ideal setting. Seated heights that range from 15”-22” will accommodate users from 5’0” to 6’4”. There are not many chairs that offer this large of a seat height range, so be sure to pay attention to this when considering an office chair. Once you have the chair, your knees should be at a comfortable 90 degrees when seated to maintain good posture.  

 

2.       Adjustable Lumbar Support

The lumbar support is an especially important feature if you have lower back pain or if multiple people will be utilizing the chair. The best lumbar supports offer both vertical and depth adjustments. If you are strictly looking for yourself, a fixed support depth lumbar support may be acceptable as long as the chair fits you and adjusts vertically.

 

To view any of our used ergonomic chairs, click here: http://savewithcc.com/catalog/used-office-furniture/office-chairs

 

3.       Adjustable Arms

At the bare minimum, armrests should be height adjustable. At the ideal height, armrests should touch the bottom of your arm without straining to do so. At their lowest point they should be below thigh height so that they don’t impede your elbow movement when not needed. A pivoting arm is great as it will allow you to have supporting while completing tasks like writing or typing.

 

4.       Tilt Controls

My person favorite adjustment, the tilt controls. Being able to have a little recline in your seat in great, but for someone like me who is leaning forward constantly, it’s great having a chair that moves forward with me (The Herman Miller Aeron Chair). You can really play around with this adjustment depending on your unique seating style and the tasks you’re trying to accomplish.

 

These features only scratch the surface of the adjustments that can come with ergonomic office chairs, but these are the core ones that every chair should have. To learn more about office chairs, how to shop, or how to maximize its use, give us a call at (614) 332-1828. We’d love to talk! 

Monday, October 3, 2016
Wash Your Hands at the Office

5 Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office

 

Staying healthy at the office can be one of the last things to think about at the office behind trying to meet deadlines, keep customers happy, and trying to close that last sale of the week. Without proper care and maintenance, though, falling ill during the transition into fall and winter happens to ten of thousands of people every year. Try out some of the tips we've compiled to stay healthy this fall and winter! 

 

Drink Plenty of Water!

One of the most universal health tips is still relevant at the office, especially as flu season approaches. Water has so many benefits (healthy skin, helps control calories, assists with fatigue) it’s almost a given that it would show up on our list. Be sure to set daily benchmark goals to help build drinking water into a natural, every day habit for you. Below, you can find the schedule that I maintain daily as an example.

 

This is my personal schedule of staying on track with water consumption. Most days I have an alert on my iPhone to remind me if the day is moving too quickly or if I’m in and out of meetings.  Creating a schedule that’s easy for you to follow is very important to making drinking water a good habit.

 

Full water bottle: 16.9 oz.

Half water bottle: 8.45 oz.

1.       Immediately after waking up – (1) full water bottle

2.       After getting settled at office – (1) half water bottle

3.       30 minutes before lunch - (1) half water bottle

4.       Mid-day break – (1) half water bottle

5.       After arriving at home or during dinner – (1) half water bottle

6.       During exercise or snack – (1) full water bottle

7.       Before bed – (1) half water bottle

 

Wash your hands often

In many cases, the average office desk holds much more bacteria than a toilet seat. I’ll give you a second to let that sink in. This is important to remember because even though you wash your hands after a restroom break, it’s vitally important to wash your hands before and after meals at your desk. Washing your hands is absolutely the number one way to prevent yourself from catching an illness at the office.

 

Keep your workstations clean

Remember what I said about how messy your desk can be? Well, you can combat bacteria at your desks by keep a clear, clean workstation. Using sanitation wipes and spray often can help fight off some of the natural bacteria that get brought into an office daily.  Take a few minutes at the end of the day to tidy up your space and wipe everything down.

 

Eat Healthier

Say it ain’t so, those McDonald’s lunches are my favorite quick and easy option! But if you’re committed to living healthier and avoiding illness (which I mean, you’re reading this article so…), knocking out fast foods is a change you can make immediately. Plan and cook bulk meals on Sundays, not only to get a little healthier, but also to save a little money here and there. Check out www.reddit.com/r/mealprepsunday for some tips and great recipes!

 

Get up and out!

Working is great and makes the world go round, but how are you going to accomplish your tasks when you’re sick in bed? Take 15-20 daily to get up out of your chair and get outside, talk to a co-worker, or simply walk around the office. Get your daily dose of Vitamin D by taking your 20 minute lunch break outside, if possible!

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