4 min read

2021 Keurig K-3500 Commercial Coffee Brewer Review (Cost, Pros & Cons)

By Josh Doll on Apr 13, 2021 7:15:00 AM

Do you have 20 or more employees working in your office every single day? Do they have easy access to refreshments like coffee, cocoa and tea so they can recharge throughout the workday? If not, they need a coffee brewer that works for them. 

Topics: Coffee Service Reviews
4 min read

4 Ways to Design for Agility & Flexibility in the Workplace in 2021

By Brett Baltz on Apr 9, 2021 8:10:20 AM

Work is fundamentally different than it was 20, ten or even five years ago. Fueled by technological advances, cultural and economic trends and a pandemic, businesses need to work smarter and faster to accomplish more in less time

Now, organizations need an agile workplace culture that prioritizes flexibility, adaptability and speed. In short, they need an agile workplace that responds to the ever-changing needs of their business.  

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know agility can be a difficult concept to comprehend (and master), which is why we're here to educate you and walk you through the process of transforming your office into an agile, flexible workplace.

In this article, we'll break down exactly what agility and flexibility are, why you should care about these concepts and how you can successfully design for agility and flexibility in the workplace with these four simple tips. 

Agility & Flexibility in the Workplace: By Definition

What is Agility?

To put it simply, agility is your organization's ability to move quickly and easily. It's not just a new work process or a new workplace, but a fundamental change in the entire work experience.

Agility takes into consideration the wide-ranging needs of the multi-generational workforce. It provides them with opportunities to carry out tasks in the workspace that best suits their needs.  

To create an agile workspace, business leaders must think holistically about three elements: people, place and technology. These elements work together to foster an agile workplace culture that prioritizes speed, innovation and employee wellbeing

What is Flexibility? 

Workplace flexibility is also about bring people, place and technology together, but in a way that focuses on the willingness and ability to adapt to change, particularly in regard to how and when work gets done

How to Design for agility & flexibility in the workplace

1. Provide places where people want to work

Now more than ever, people want flexibility at work. In a post-COVID world, they know they can be productive anywhere, not just at the office. They want more control over when, where and how they get their work done, whether it's in the office or at home. 

The role of the workplace is constantly evolving. According to the Future of Workplace study by Cushman & Wakefield, 73 percent of the workforce believe their company should embrace some level of working from home. 

Going forward, the workplace will no longer be a single location, but a broad ecosystem of spaces, both virtual and physical, to support employee wellbeing, strengthen cultural connection and foster creativity and innovation. 

When employees have access to an ecosystem of spaces, they have more choice over how they work. They're likely to be highly engaged and productive because they can choose from more spaces to get their jobs done and build personal connections.

Design Considerations

  • Offer an expanded variety of settings, both in and out of the office, to help employees feel supported in their work
  • Install a room scheduling system like Crestron Room Scheduling or Steelcase Room Wizard so users can easily book space to focus or collaborate
  • Incorporate separate zones for individual, team and organizational needs
  • Provide seamless creativity between spaces to support the exchange of information and experiences from tools-to-tools and space-to-space

2. foster creation & collaboration with flexible furniture solutions 

High-performing teams are under pressure to move faster than ever before. These teams are constantly collaborating, generating new ideas and solving complex problems to drive innovation and growth. 

To keep up with the pace, agile teams should be able to change how they work over time. They need the flexibility to change their day-to-day activities and reconfigure their workspace to be whatever they need, as soon as they need it. 

Flexible furniture solutions, like architecture, furniture and technology, give teams the ability to adapt their space as fast as possible. All the pieces work well on their own, but just like teams, they work better together

For example, teams can rearrange tables and whiteboards to create dynamic neighbors. They could even divide the office space into smaller, private breakout areas to focus, gather ideas or brainstorm. 

Design Considerations

  • Install modular walls that provide you with the flexibility to reconfigure your workspace and adapt to changing business needs and potential disruptions 
  • Incorporate mobile furniture solutions like Steelcase Flex, so you can easily and quickly rearrange desks, tables, carts and markerboards on short notice 

3. Design for distributed teams with technology

Topics: Agility and Flexibility
5 min read

5 Ways to Cultivate a Collaborative Workplace Culture in 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Apr 7, 2021 9:11:32 AM

No matter where you work, collaboration is important. In fact, the Steelcase Active Collaboration study found that 97 percent of global workers believe teamwork is crucial to company success, while 93 percent say it helps generate better ideas.

That being said, there seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding collaboration and how it works. Some people define collaboration as being in the same room as other people, but in reality, collaboration is far more complex than that. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know how challenging it can be to design for successful collaboration in your workspace, which is why we're here to help you overcome barriers and guide you through the process, every step of the way. 

In this article, we'll take a look at all the ways you can design a workspace that supports collaboration and allows your employees to come together, solve problems and generate game-changing ideas.

5 Ways to design for Collaboration in the workplace

1. Make it easy to book space with room scheduling systems 

Topics: Collaboration
6 min read

How to Build a Better Workplace Brand & Culture in 2021 (5 Design Tips)

By Brett Baltz on Apr 1, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Now more than ever, workplace brand and culture go hand-in-hand. Business leaders often view these concepts as a one-or-the-other undertaking, but that's a mistake for one simple reason.  

Your company's workplace brand and culture are permanently linked. Your company culture can drive your brand, and your brand can reinforce the culture. One doesn't change without the other. They can only evolve together in the workplace. 

At Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe a better brand and culture are key to building a more human workplace. It's also critical to employee satisfaction and fostering a welcoming work environment where people can thrive. 

In this article, we'll help you understand the connection between brand and culture. We'll also show you how to use your space to cultivate a culture, engage your workforce and, over time, build a brand. 

Workplace Brand and Culture: What's the Difference?

What is Brand? 

In the past, the connection between the workplace and its brand was often overlooked beyond a logo or a catchy tagline. People may talk about brand more than ever, but they're still confused as to how it correlates to their workplace culture.

Brand is more than just a logo plastered on the wall or a certain color of paint. It's no longer something you can just apply to the surface of an organization. Brand is who your organization is and most importantly, what others think of you. 

What is Culture? 

Culture is the environment that surrounds you at work all the time. It's how people act when no one is looking. To put it simply, culture is the way your organization gets things done. 

In many ways, culture is the personality of your business, except it encompasses an entire group of people instead of a single person. Culture consists of a collection of qualities that indicate what is important to an organization: 

  • Behaviors are visible. They are what you see people doing or hear them saying. Being on time for meetings is a behavior. 
  • Values are invisible. Transparency accountability are values. If an organization frequently schedules meetings after 5 pm, that's a sign they may not value personal time. 
  • Norms are unwritten rules of conduct. If the organizational norm is to gather in-person for conference calls, the colleague who routinely joins remotely is straying away from the norm.
  • Rituals are patterns of behavior with personal meaning. When an entire team wears the same color each Friday to show camaraderie, that's a ritual. 
  • Artifacts are physical objects and most prominent in the workplace itself. Historical company images in the lobby speak to tradition, while an open work area with no private offices sends a signal that collaboration is valued more than hierarchy. 

Culture is how you attract and retain talent by respecting their needs, supporting their dreams and sharing their values. When employees feel as though they fit in, they're naturally more likely to be happy, satisfied and productive at work. 

5 Ways to build a better brand and workplace culture

1. Offer a Palette of Place, Posture and Presence

Workplace wellbeing is a bottom-line issue. In today's business world, it's more important than ever to create a holistic culture that prioritizes the physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing of its employees. 

A workplace that offers a palette of place, posture and presence can help boost wellbeing. When employees have more choices, they have a sense of control that helps them feel more empowered, engaged and less stressed. 

To foster wellbeing, employees need an ecosystem of spaces to choose the right kind of setting for the work they need to do. They can choose where and how they want to work, based on the environment they need to be most successful. 

People also need a balance between sitting, standing and walking every day. They should have access to solutions that encourage all-day movement, like sit-stand desks or office seating that encourages active sitting

On top of that, employees need a variety of mixed-presence experiences in workplace destinations to augment interaction. That way, they can collaborate effectively, whether in-person or remotely, without compromising their wellbeing. 

Design Considerations 

  • Offer a variety of settings to help employees feel supported in their work
  • Provide easy-to-adjust furniture to fit a range of sizes, needs and preferences to promote all-day movement
  • Design for physical and emotional comfort through a variety of posture options, including lounge or standing height
  • Create owned and shared spaces that make use of vertical surfaces, so people can make work visible, connect with remote team members via videoconferencing or work alone 
  • Position key work areas close to windows and install glass partitions to increase the amount of natural light within your office

2. Create Spaces that cultivate a collaborative culture

A great company culture results in a collaborative environment where employees can come together to solve problems and generate new ideas in ways that are truly creative and inspiring. 

Topics: Brand & Culture
6 min read

6 Ways to Design for Employee Health & Safety in the Workplace

By Andrew Stephens on Mar 30, 2021 9:08:05 AM

Did you know the average person spends 90,000 hours at work over their lifetime? With so much time spent at the workplace, employees need a work environment that doesn't compromise their health or safety, especially in a post-COVID world

Whether it's a worksite with heavy machinery or equipment or an office with desks and chairs, potential safety hazards can exist anywhere, which is why employee health and safety should be a top priority when designing your workspace. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we're here to help you make sense of all the health and safety regulations, both federal and statewide, and walk you through the entire design process, step-by-step. 

In this article, we'll take a look at six ways you can design for employee health and safety in the workplace, as well as how your employees can benefit from a safe, productive work environment that puts their needs above everything else. 

6 Ways to Design for employee health and safety

1. Make Employee Health and Safety a top priority 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states office safety as an obligation and requires that all employers provide an office environment free from hazards. 

Fortunately, there are a number of steps you can take to create a safe workplace for your employees to be highly engaged and productive. The first step is designing a well-laid office space with ample walkways. 

Lighting, for example, is also important. Poorly lit rooms or flickering bulbs can contribute to poor health and an increased risk of accidents, while a workspace with ample lighting can prevent eye strain and help people avoid trips or falls. 

In addition, employees must be able to evacuate the building safely and in plenty of time in case of a fire. Fire alarms and extinguishers should be placed in key areas, and fire exits need to be placed throughout the building with no obstructions. 

Anti-slip flooring materials, like hardwood or carpet, can help eliminate trip hazards, especially in very high traffic areas. Walk-off mats located at building entrances and stairwells can also eliminate slipping caused by wet shoes. 

Design Considerations

  • Place fire extinguishers and fire alarms in areas storing flammable goods or combustibles and fire doors throughout the building so employees can evacuate safely
  • Provide storage for modular furniture solutions, like stackable chairs and folding tables, so employees can avoid obstacles in the middle of important pathways
  • Install modular glass walls and situate furniture to provide natural lighting and optimize the amount of lighting your office receives 
  • Select appropriate anti-slip flooring materials for high-traffic areas, especially stairwells, hallways and entrances 

2. Use digital signage to share Visual Safety Aids & emergency alerts 

Whether it's a natural disaster, active shooter situation or any other life-threatening scenario, it's absolutely critical to provide clear communication and simple directions to protect your employees, prevent them from panicking and make sure they get out safely. 

Topics: Workplace Safety
3 min read

What is an Egyptian Business Product Audit & How Does it Work?

By Andrew Stephens on Feb 17, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Are you unhappy with your current office supply vendor? Or do you want to make sure you're getting the best price possible on all the products you need to efficiently (and successfully) run your business?  

Topics: Business Products
5 min read

What is Vendor Consolidation? (6 Benefits for Your Business in 2021)

By Andrew Stephens on Feb 5, 2021 8:46:41 AM

Are you constantly spending time ordering supplies for your business? Do you find yourself ordering from multiple websites or shopping at wholesale clubs to source all the products you need to keep your business running?

Topics: Vendor Consolidation
4 min read

How to Encourage Employee Engagement through Workplace Design in 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Feb 4, 2021 8:15:00 AM

Employee engagement is a serious bottom-line issue. According to the Steelcase Global Report, only 13 percent of global workers are highly engaged and highly satisfied with their work experience. 

When employees are disengaged, companies lose money, projects slow down, resources are drained and company goals are undermined, which is exactly why employee engagement is one of the key issues facing global organizations today. 

At Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know engagement is a complex issue that requires time and money. Still, we believe it's important to pinpoint exactly why  your people are disengaged and think of new ways to engage them through workplace design. 

In this article, we'll show how to create a great employee experience with these five design tips, so you can help boost employee engagement and productivity within your organization. 

4 Ways to Encourage Employee Engagement in the workplace

1. Give People Control over where and how they work  

Engaged employees have more control over their experience at work. But still, 51 percent of people say they need an escape from working in the same place during the day, and 53 percent can’t find the right types of spaces they need at any given time.

The fact is, people need the freedom to work wherever they want. They need access to a broad ecosystem of spaces with different tools and atmospheres to meet their changing needs throughout the day.  

Highly engaged employees have greater flexibility to make choices about where and how they work. They can move around the office easily, change postures and choose where they want to work based on the work they need to do. 

In fact, the Steelcase Global Report found that as the amount of choice and control increased, employee engagement also went up, resulting in 88 percent of workers being more highly engaged and highly satisfied than before.  

Design Considerations

  • Offer a variety of settings, both in and out of the office, to help employees feel supported in their work
  • Install a room scheduling system like Steelcase Room Wizard or Crestron Room Scheduling so users can easily book space to collaborate or focus
  • Create separate zones for individual, team and organizational needs
Topics: Engagement & Productivity
3 min read

How Can Egyptian Workspace Partners Compete with Big Box Stores?

By Josh Doll on Jan 29, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Have you ever found yourself wanting to buy office supplies from a local business, but you're not quite sure how they can compete on price with Amazon or big box stores? Or perhaps you have concerns about the level of customer service and technical support a local supplier can provide? 

Whatever your reservations may be, you're not alone. Many business owners assume big box stores have the best prices on everything and that local suppliers can't compete, but that's just not true anymore. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we have access to more than 500 manufacturers in product categories like office supplies, janitorial products, furniture and technology, so we can continue to provide you with the same selection of products as the big box stores.  

In this article, we'll dive into how Egyptian has refined its processes to compete with the big box stores, give you the opportunity to partner with a fellow local business and support your local community.

How Can Egyptian Compete with Big Box Stores? 

1. How Can Egyptian Compete on Price?

When evaluating potential suppliers, you'll want to make sure they're able to compete on price for all the products you need to efficiently operate your business. 

Topics: Business Products
4 min read

Privacy in the Workplace: 3 Ways to Promote Worker Productivity in 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Jan 26, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Engagement in the workplace is at an all-time low. In fact, according to the Steelcase Global Report, disengaged employees make up one-third of the average workforce and only 13 percent of workers are highly engaged.

There's a lot of evidence to suggest that this lack of engagement has to do with the inability to find privacy in the workplace, threatening people's engagement, stress levels and overall job performance, as well as their emotional, cognitive and physical wellbeing.

To solve for the lack of privacy, every workplace should provide access to a variety of areas where people can easily collaborate, and private spaces where they can focus without being subjected to constant noise or distractions.

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe solving for the lack of privacy in the workplace is as simple as creating distinctly different spaces that work for different people at different times.

In this article, we'll help you understand what the four different types of privacy are, and how you can incorporate them throughout your office to drive innovation, growth and employee engagement.

What are the 4 Types of Privacy in the workplace? 

As reported by Steelcase, there are four different types of privacy that people instinctively consider when looking for a private space. All four types tend to overlap with one another:

  • Acoustic privacy – Users are undisturbed by noise or can create noise of their own without disturbing others
  • Visual privacy – Users are unseen by others or free from visual distractions
  • Territorial privacy – Users can claim a space and control it as their own
  • Informational privacy – Users can keep analog and digital content (or a combination of both) and a conversation confidential

3 wAYS TO pROMOTE pRIVACY in the workplace 

1. Craft tailored experiences with an ecosystem of spaces 

To solve complex problems and generate new ideas, people have to be able to come together. However, too much interaction and not enough privacy can actually take a toll on employee creativity, engagement and wellbeing. 

Topics: Privacy
4 min read

What to Look for in Your Office Supply Vendor (8 Questions to Ask)

By Andrew Stephens on Jan 22, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Are you a business owner wanting to reduce your office supply costs or consolidate vendors? Or are you just looking for ways to save time procuring supplies, so you don’t have to waste time looking for everything you need at a local wholesale club?    

Finding the right vendor to help reduce your office supply costs isn't a difficult task, but it can be overwhelming if you're unsure of the questions you need to ask or where to begin in your search. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know how confusing (and time-consuming) it can be to choose a new office supply vendor, which is why we're here to guide you and help you understand what you should be looking for in a supplier. 

In this article, we'll take a look at the eight essential questions you need to ask before choosing a new office supply vendor, so you can find a partner who can meet all your needs and help you run your business successfully.  

How to choose an office supply vendor: 8 questions to ask

1. Do They have All the Products You Need to Run Your Business?

When you're evaluating potential vendors to single source all your business product needs, it's absolutely vital that your vendor has everything you need to operate your business successfully. In fact, having one supplier for as many products as possible should be your goal. 

Topics: Business Products
4 min read

How is COVID-19 Disrupting the Supply Chain & Causing Delivery Delays in 2021?

By Josh Doll on Jan 21, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Once upon a time, we lived in a world where office managers and business owners could order exactly what they neededwhenever they needed it, with the promise of guaranteed next-day delivery. But now, ordering supplies for your business can be anything but simple.  

3 min read

Why are Invoices Important for an Egyptian Business Product Audit?

By Andrew Stephens on Jan 14, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Do you feel pressure to reduce costs and save time ordering everyday essentials? Whether you’re in charge of buying supplies for a four-person office or a fortune 500 company, your goal is usually the same: to help reduce overall supply costs for your business.

Topics: Business Products Facility Products
5 min read

The Future of Workplace Technology: Designing for People & Place

By Caitlin Schauster on Jan 13, 2021 8:30:00 AM

Have you ever scheduled a team meeting and walked into a conference room, only to realize it was already being used? Or perhaps you had a Zoom meeting but couldn't find a space that provided easy access to power and data?  

Whatever the problem was, the outcome was probably the same: you struggled to get your work done and meet the deadline, all because you didn't have technology that made it easy to book space in advance or collaborate with team members working remotely.  

The truth is, technology can help drive innovation, but it doesn't do any good if your workspace doesn't properly support it. Technology should be embedded in offices, so it actually helps people work better.  

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we believe creativity at work is driven by people, place and technology, which is why we're here to help you overcome the challenges of integrating technology into your workspace.  

In this article, we'll show you how you can use technology to keep your business moving forward, adapt to ever-changing work needs and help your people work efficiently. 

6 ways to integrate technology into the workplace 

1. Design Spaces for Distributed Collaboration

Distributed teams are the new normal. In today's economic landscape and the post-COVID world, companies are adopting hybrid remote and in-person work strategies to keep employees safe, making collaboration a lot harder than it used to be. 

When people work remotely, collaboration can negatively impact their physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing. It can also become unpleasant, taxing and hurt their overall productivity.   

Now and in the future, companies will need to implement efficient collaboration technologies to foster seamless conversations both on-site and at home, so people can easily work together without batting an eye.  

Collaboration spaces will need to become inspiring, high-performing and safe. They should also provide easy access to power and support distributed workforces with large-scale collaboration devices and videoconferencing solutions.  

These spaces can range from private spaces and informal collaboration spaces to larger conference rooms or fluid workspaces with modular solutions, as long as they create a more inclusive experience for everyone. 

Design Considerations 

  • Choose a conferencing solution like CrestronFlex with touch-screen capabilities and the ability to collaborate on any platform for seamless collaboration 
  • Use similar tools and technology controls in all spaces, both on-site and at home, to help distributed teams collaborate and communicate effectively 
  • Install videoconferencing solutions and collaboration tools onto all employee desktops, laptops and mobile devices 
  • Consider camera and microphone placements carefully, so all users can be clearly audible and stay on-camera without disrupting the flow of information 

2. Make it easy to find and reserve space

Finding or booking space to work can be time-consuming, especially if you need a quiet space to concentrate or a conference room for a team meeting. Plus, if all the rooms are in use, that means you've wasted time walking around the building and you still have work to do. 

People need a system that makes it easy to locate and book the space they need, whenever they need it, so they can spend more time connecting and collaborating with colleagues. 

A room scheduling system seamlessly connects to your email calendar so open spaces are always visible and available for booking. It has a touch screen panel that lives outside the meeting room and displays real-life information, including the day's full schedule and room availability.

In a post-COVID workplace, room scheduling offers a wide range of benefits, including contact tracing and cleaning reservations. Employees can use it to plan for in-person meetings and take full advantage of their time in the office without coming into close contact with others.  

Design Considerations

  • Install room scheduling systems so people can easily reserve meeting spaces from the device or popular calendar platforms like Microsoft and Google
  • Use an advanced scheduling system like Steelcase Room Wizard or Crestron Room Scheduling to gather occupancy data and make it easy to book space 
  • Customize your scheduling system with customization options, like logos and infinite color options, to reflect your brand and culture

3. display company content and news with digital media 

Technology is everywhere. From retail stores to sports stadiums, businesses use digital signage and media like video walls and kiosks to project live news feeds, corporate messaging and other forms of digital content.  

Regardless of your industry, digital signage and media can be extremely valuable and has the potential to have a powerful impact on your business. You can use digital signage to engage and inform your visitors and even welcome them with a personalized message.  

Unlike traditional static signs, digital signage is highly customizable. You can quickly and easily update the content over the web and customize it to include your logo and branding to add visual appeal and reinforce your company culture and values.  

Design Considerations 

  • Choose a solution with a secure platform and a wide range of connectivity options like Crestron DigitalMedia to send content anywhere 
  • Install digital kiosks and displays at entrances and reception areas to welcome guests, provide interactive wayfinding and show visitor checkpoints
  • Incorporate customized video walls to engage your audience and draw attention to company news or upcoming events 

4. prevent annoying distractions with acoustic privacy 

Noisy, unwanted interruptions can create a workplace full of disruption. Whether it's the hum of the air conditioner or a loud conversation between colleagues, these distractions can keep employees from getting their work done. 

According to recent studies, noise and lack of speech privacy are top complaints among American workers. These studies also indicate that people feel their productivity would improve if their offices were less noisy. 

Fortunately, there is a solution. Sound masking is a specifically tuned ambient background noise that targets the same frequency as human speech and reduces its clarity to provide speech privacy without installing physical barriers. 

The addition of sound masking can help improve speech privacy and keep conversations private. It can also help reduce distractions to increase overall office productivity and keep your people highly engaged. 

Design Considerations 

  • Opt for a direct-field sound masking system like Steelcase QtPro with the ability to adjust volume levels across multiple zones
  • Stream music legally with a sound masking solution like the Crestron Sonos Sound Machine that can be controlled from a web browser or mobile app
  • Limit noisy disruptions with modular walls that have PVC-free sound seals and double acoustic seals for improved speech privacy 

5. Use big data to build a better workplace

The workplace is constantly evolving, especially in the post-pandemic world. In fact, work is changing so quickly that you can't really understand how often a space is being used or approximately how many people are using it at any given time. 

To create human-centered workplaces, organizations should use real-life insights and technology to reveal what spaces are being used and what spaces aren't being used, so they can finetune those spaces to support their employees better. 

Sensor-based technology, for example, can clearly and accurately report real estate usage. Companies can use sensors to make impactful decisions that drive future real estate strategies and make a difference for their people. 

5 min read

Building a Resilient Workplace: 6 Ways to Optimize Office Real Estate

By Caitlin Schauster on Dec 28, 2020 8:30:00 AM

From rising real estate costs and focus on more collaborative work, to an increase in distributed teams in a post-COVID world, many organizations are choosing to adopt real estate optimization strategies. 

If you've stumbled across this article, you're probably wondering, what exactly is real estate optimization and how can it help me rethink my workspace? 

While the answer isn't so simple, your partners at Egyptian are here to help understand you what real estate optimization is and how it can help you shrink your real estate footprint and amplify the performance of your people. 

What is REAL ESTATE OPTIMIZATION?

Real estate optimization is making effective use of commercial real estate to maximize square footage, reduce overhead costs and increase efficiency and productivity.  If you’re paying for an office space that’s too big or unused, that’s not real estate optimization.

The key to real estate optimization is to embrace and build a resilient workplace to support your organization's unique strategy, core purpose and culture. Most importantly, you should also focus on your people. 

According to Steelcase, researchers define resilience as the ability to adapt to changed circumstances while continuing to maintain core purposes and integrity. To put it simply, it's not just about making things smaller, but better. 

5 ways to build a Resilient Workplace

1. Use big Data to Develop a Better Workplace

Topics: Business Issues
7 min read

7 Ways to Reimagine the Role of the Workplace in a Post-COVID World

By Caitlin Schauster on Dec 8, 2020 7:30:00 AM

Have you considered how you're going to get people back to work in the post-COVID world? Well, if you haven't already, it may be time to start thinking because 88 to 90 percent of people are ready to return to the office.

The workplace may look different from now on, but it's still the best place for employees to come together, align on priorities, solve problems and generate new ideas. 

As organizations plan for people to return, they need a strategy for the physical workspace that follows new safety guidelines and lets employees create, collaborate and be productive without compromising their health, safety or wellbeing. 

At Egyptian Workspace Partners, we realize your business needs are going to evolve as people return to work, which is why we're here to help you with your return-to-work strategy and help you reimagine your workspace. 

In this article, we'll show you how we can help you redesign your current workspace so people not only feel safe but can actually be safe in the post-pandemic workplace. 

7 ways to reimagine the post-covid workplace

1. Retrofit and reconfigure your Current office space

Despite the number of people working from home, business leaders expect their real estate footprint to either increase or stay the same as employees return to the office. 

Topics: Business Issues
5 min read

Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt: Which is Best for Your Business in 2021?

By Andrew Stephens on Dec 1, 2020 7:15:00 AM

Snow may be beautiful, light and fluffy, but it can also pose a serious threat to your employees and customers and wreak havoc on your parking lots or driveways, especially  when combined with ice.

In the snowy winter months, it's absolutely crucial that you stock up on products to get rid of snow and ice. But, with so many de-icing products on the market, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options.  

By far, the most popular de-icing products are rock salt and ice melt. Both are used to melt ice, but they're two very different products with distinct chemical compositions that work differently. 

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, our goal is to provide our clients with a safe and stress-free winter, which we can accomplish by helping you find the best de-icing solutions and winter safety supplies for your business.

In this article, we'll help you understand how rock salt and ice melt are different, as well as how they compare in certain categories, so you can stock up on the de-icing supplies you need before winter arrives.

Rock Salt vs. Ice Melt: How Are They Different? 

What is Rock Salt?

Otherwise known as halite, rock salt is the chemical composition of sodium chloride. It's essentially the same thing as table salt, but it's not purified for human consumption. 

Topics: Cloud Computing Facility Products
10 min read

Microsoft 365 vs. Google Workspace: The Best Office Suite for Your Business in 2021

By Geoff Baltz on Nov 23, 2020 8:25:27 AM

Before the days of cloud computing, most businesses only needed word processing and spreadsheet software for employees to run their day-to-day operations.  

Nowadays, it's not so simple. Modern businesses need office productivity software with essential applications like document creation, business email, videoconferencing tools and cloud storage to get their work done.  

On top of that, there are a plethora of office productivity suites to choose from. But when it's time to make a final decision, it usually comes down to one of two choices: Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace.  

Here at Egyptian Workspace Partners, we know that choosing the right office suite isn't always easy, which is why we're happy to help you every step of the way.  

In this article, we'll break down everything you need to know about Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace so that you can choose the best platform for your business.  

Topics: Technology Products
3 min read

2021 Steelcase Privacy Wall Review (Warranty, Price & Features)

By Caitlin Schauster on Nov 19, 2020 9:15:00 AM

In order to be highly engaged and satisfied at work, people need access to enclosed spaces where they can collaborate, find privacy, focus and rejuvenate. To accommodate these needs, organizations need architectural solutions that make it easy to build new spaces.  

Topics: Architecture & Space Division Reviews
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2021 Compile Panel System Review (Key Features & Warranty)

By Brett Baltz on Nov 13, 2020 9:00:44 AM

Business is changing in the post COVID world. As your business needs shift, you need solutions that not only grow with you, but also promote privacy and collaboration without compromising the wellbeing of your employees.

Topics: Business Interiors Architecture & Space Division Reviews
6 min read

7 Surefire Ways to Promote Workplace Wellbeing in 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Nov 12, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Workplace wellbeing is a serious bottom-line issue. Traditionally, office design focused on employee productivity, but now the conversation is expanding to include a more holistic, person-centered perspective.

Topics: Business Interiors
4 min read

2021 Steelcase V.I.A. Modular Wall Review (Key Features, Pros & Cons)

By Caitlin Schauster on Nov 5, 2020 8:15:00 AM

In an open office layout, people need spaces to concentrate and collaborate without compromising their safety, especially in a post-COVID world. Fortunately, modular walls provide workers with the open and enclosed spaces they need to get their work done.   

Topics: Architecture & Space Division Reviews
3 min read

2021 HON Abound Panel System Review (Key Features, Pros & Cons)

By Caitlin Schauster on Nov 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are your employees ready to return to work in a post-COVID world? As you plan for their return, you need to keep in mind that they need workspaces that support new ways of working, as well as their health and wellbeing. 

Topics: Architecture & Space Division Reviews
4 min read

2021 Evolve Panel System Review (Features, Pros & Cons)

By Caitlin Schauster on Oct 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Today’s workplace is constantly evolving to suit the needs of its people. Whether you’re dealing with rising real estate costs or regulations in the post-COVID workplace, you need a space that flexes and adapts to how and where your employees want to work.  

Topics: Architecture & Space Division Reviews
4 min read

2021 Steelcase Answer Panel System Review (Features & Customization)

By Caitlin Schauster on Oct 16, 2020 9:15:00 AM

In the post-COVID world, space matters more than ever before. Now, the workplace is being asked to support new technologies and new ways of working without compromising real estate – which is easier said than done.

Topics: Business Interiors Architecture & Space Division Reviews
7 min read

The Best Sit-Stand Desks Available in 2021

By Kate Rumatz on Oct 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Sitting is an essential part of the workday – but sitting in the same position for long periods, all day, every day, can pose long-term physical challenges, from back and neck pain to repetitive stress injuries.

Topics: Business Interiors Desking Systems & Tables Reviews
2 min read

2021 Alera AdaptivErgo Sit-Stand Desk Review (Pros, Cons & Features)

By Kate Rumatz on Oct 8, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Are your employees tired of sitting at work? Whether they suffer from neck discomfort or repetitive stress injuries after a long day of sitting, it can be challenging for workers to be highly engaged and productive when they’re unable to get up and move freely as needed.  

Topics: Business Interiors Desking Systems & Tables Reviews
3 min read

2021 AMQ ACTIV Sit-Stand Desk Review (Pricing & Features)

By Kate Rumatz on Oct 6, 2020 8:27:57 AM

Sitting in a static position for long periods, all day, every day, can negatively impact employee wellbeing and productivity. To ensure your workers are productive and highly engaged, they need the flexibility to move and be active throughout the workday.    

Topics: Business Interiors Desking Systems & Tables Reviews
3 min read

2021 Steelcase Migration SE Sit-Stand Desk Review (Pros, Cons & Price)

By Kate Rumatz on Oct 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Height-adjustable desks are essential to any workplace that puts its employees' physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing before anything else. In fact, they're linked to several benefits, including increased productivity, better concentration and improved overall health 

Topics: Desking Systems & Tables Reviews
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2021 Steelcase Ology Sit-Stand Desk Review (Key Features, Pros & Cons)

By Kate Rumatz on Sep 29, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Sitting may be an essential part of the workday, but it can also lead to long-term physical challenges, from back and neck pain to repetitive stress injuries. To ensure your employees are highly engagedthey need a balance between sitting, standing and walking every single day.

Topics: Reviews Height-Adjustable Workstations
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Why Should You Use Sit-Stand Desks in Your Office? (Top 3 Benefits)

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 25, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Are you someone that struggles with lower or upper back pain? Do you have employees that suffer from neck discomfort after a long day of sitting? Regardless of what you suffer from, sitting for long periods with little movement is likely a part of the problem.

Topics: Business Interiors
5 min read

Why Do You Need Modular Walls in Your Workplace? (Types & Benefits)

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 23, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Conventional walls are boring, blank and static. They’re unable to support technology or provide workers with the open and enclosed spaces they need to collaborate, focus, rejuvenate and find privacy.  

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6 Innovative Ways You Can Use Technology in the Workplace

By Brett Baltz on Sep 17, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Have you ever scheduled a meeting and went into the conference room to realize it didn’t support your laptop or the power connections you need? When you have work to do, it can be frustrating and time-consuming to deal with a space that doesn’t support technology like it’s supposed to.

Topics: Business Interiors
4 min read

The Cost of Unengaged Employees in the Workplace (5 Key Findings)

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 15, 2020 8:32:00 AM

Employee engagement is a serious bottom-line issue. As the workplace continues to evolve in the post COVID world, business leaders need a highly engaged workforce more than ever. Unfortunately, the number of disengaged office workers outnumbers the engaged by a landslide.  

Topics: Business Interiors
4 min read

5 Ways to Build a Compelling & Safe Workplace in a Post COVID World

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 10, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Despite all the media hype about how great it is to work from home, people are ready to return to the officeA recent WKSpace study found that, on average, people begin to lose enthusiasm for working remotely after five weeks, particularly for the newest workers from Gen Z.  

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Why Do You Need an Ecosystem of Zones in Your Office?

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM

What exactly do workers want in the office? Well, what they don’t want is a bland, uniform workspace that’s boring and uninspiring – and the last thing they need is to be tied to their desk eight hours a day, five days a week.  

Topics: Business Interiors
5 min read

Why Don't Office Furniture Bids Work? (Top 4 Problems)

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 1, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Building or remodeling an office can be overwhelming, especially when you're soliciting furniture bids from multiple dealers. Furniture bids may seem like an easy way to find office furniture and save money, but they can be more frustrating than helpful.  

Topics: Business Interiors Problems & Solutions
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How Early Should You Engage Your Office Furniture Provider?

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

If you’re planning to build or remodel an office, your main priority is probably hiring a contractor. However, you should also prioritize finding an office furniture provider and involving them in your project as early as possible. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Problems & Solutions
3 min read

4 Things to Look for in an Office Furniture Provider

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 20, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Are you in the market for new office furniture? Whether you're redesigning or refurbishing your workspace, the office furniture provider you choose is just as important as the furniture you buy. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
24 min read

The Best Office Task Chairs of 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 18, 2020 8:25:00 AM

Did you know the average American spends 6.5 hours sitting every single day

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
4 min read

2021 Steelcase Series 2 Review (Key Features, Pros & Cons)

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 13, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Buying a new office chair can be daunting, especially if you’re buying for an entire department of employees. Whether you need a chair with extra lumbar support or adjustability, you need a chair that works for everyone.  

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
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2021 Steelcase Series 1 Review (Pros, Cons & Key Features)

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you in need of a new office chair but worry about the price? Although there are benefits to buying a more expensive task chair, there are plenty of mid-market options that provide comfort without breaking the bank. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
5 min read

2021 Steelcase Amia Review (Key Features, Specs & Pricing)

By Caitlin Schauster on Aug 6, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Are you tired of sitting in an office chair that causes lower back pain or doesn't support you correctly? Regardless of who you are or where you work, you need a chair that's comfortable and keeps you healthy. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
3 min read

10 Best Business Product Suppliers in St. Louis & Southern Illinois

By Brett Baltz on Aug 4, 2020 8:15:00 AM

Are you on the hunt for a new business product supplier? With so many local and online retailers, it’s hard to not feel overwhelmed by all the options.  

Topics: Business Products Best Of
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The Top 6 Problems with Buying Used Office Furniture in 2021

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Everyone loves a good bargain, right? Well, of course – but if there’s one thing you should pay more money for, it’s office furniture. I

Topics: Business Interiors Problems & Solutions
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Why Do Office Task Chairs Cost So Much in 2021? (6 Key Factors)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 28, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Have you ever wondered why some office chairs are more expensive than others? From durability to ergonomic features, there are several different factors that impact the cost of an office task chair 

 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating
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Which Material Should You Choose for Your Office Task Chair?

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 23, 2020 8:15:00 AM

According to a 2019 study, the average American spends about 6.5 hours sitting every single day. If you work in an office setting and sit most of the time, you need a chair that’s comfortable and helps you stay productive.  

Topics: Business Interiors Comparisons Seating
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Are Proprietary Paper Towel Dispensers Worth It in 2021?

By Josh Doll on Jul 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Not sure if you should buy universal or proprietary towel dispensers? Universal dispensers may cost less than proprietary dispensers up front, but there are some hidden costs you may not be aware of.  

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Facility Products
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2021 TORK Matic Towel Dispenser in Image Design Review (Pros & Cons)

By Josh Doll on Jul 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

First impressions are everything, right? Regardless of the type of business you own, you need a paper towel dispenser that provides hygienic dispensing without compromising design. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
4 min read

2021 Hon Ignition Review (Specs, Key Features & Price)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you on the hunt for a new office task chair? Regardless of who you are or where you work, you need an office chair that's designed for what you need to be productive. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
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2021 AMQ Bodi Task Chair Review (Features & Benefits)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Do you need a competitively priced task chair that doesn’t compromise style or comfort? If so, the AMQ Bodi task chair may be exactly what you’re looking for.    

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
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2021 AMQ Zilo Task Chair Review (Pros, Cons & Warranty)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 7, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you searching for a mid-market office chair that’s versatile, customizable and affordable? Whether you’re looking for an all-day task chair or a scaled-down executive chair, it's important to give your employees options. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
4 min read

2021 AMQ Siya Task Chair Review (Pros, Cons & Pricing)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jul 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Who says ergonomic features have to be expensive? If you're in the market for an affordable office chair, there's no need to sacrifice adjustability or aesthetic appeal. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
4 min read

2021 AMQ Jaku Task Chair Review (Specs, Features & Benefits)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jun 30, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you looking for an office task chair that's aesthetically pleasing and affordable? Regardless of who you're buying for, AMQ Jaku is a mid-market option that checks both of these boxes.

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
3 min read

10 Best Facility Product Suppliers in St. Louis & Southern Illinois

By Brett Baltz on Jun 25, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Is your business in need of a new facility product supplier? With so many businesses located throughout St. Louis and Southern Illinois, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by all the available options. 

Topics: Best Of Facility Products
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2021 TORK Hand Towel Roll Dispenser Review (Specs, Pros, & Cons)

By Josh Doll on Jun 23, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you in the market for new paper towel dispensers? From proprietary to universal dispensers, there are so many options to choose from. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
3 min read

2021 Scott Pro Dispenser System Review (Features, Pros, & Cons)

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Towel dispensers are essential to every room in your office building. Whether you use proprietary or universal dispensers, they need to protect your paper towels, promote proper hygiene, and adapt to your needs as a changing business. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
2 min read

2021 Boardwalk Hands-Free Mechanical Towel Dispenser Review

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

All paper towel dispensers are the same, right? Well, not really. From the customization options to the lifetime cost savings, the difference between proprietary and universal dispensers may surprise you. 

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Reviews Facility Products
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Proprietary vs. Universal Towel Dispensers: An Honest Comparison

By Andrew Stephens on Jun 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you in need of new towel dispensers for your restroom facilities? From the initial installation costs to the quality of the towels it uses, the dispenser you choose can significantly impact your overall restroom expenses.

Topics: Comparisons Restroom Dispensers Facility Products
4 min read

2021 Boise X9 Multi-Use Copy Paper Review (Pros & Cons)

By Myra Bartlett on Jun 10, 2020 8:00:00 AM

From printing budget reports to copying essential documents, you probably use copy paper every day. Since most offices use the same type of paper for every print job, you may want to consider buying multi-use paper with several different uses.

Topics: Business Products Copy Paper Reviews
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The Cost of Copy Paper in 2021: 7 Key Factors to Consider

By Myra Bartlett on Jun 9, 2020 8:00:00 AM

When people buy copy paper, they tend to choose the cheapest option – after all, it’s just a sheet of paper, right? Well, not necessarily.    

Topics: Business Products Copy Paper Cost
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Office Task Chairs vs. Conference Chairs: What's the Difference?

By Caitlin Schauster on Jun 4, 2020 8:08:05 AM

Do you need office chairs for a new department of employees at your company? Are you ready to upgrade the outdated chairs in your conference room?

Topics: Business Interiors Comparisons Seating
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How Much Does an Office Task Chair Cost in 2021? (6 Key Factors)

By Caitlin Schauster on Jun 3, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Office task chairs have changed a lot in the past few years. Depending on the model, manufacturer, adjustments and customization options, some chairs can be more significantly expensive than others

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Cost
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How Much Does an Office Printer Cost in 2021? (Factors & Price Range)

By Myra Bartlett on Jun 2, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Regardless of the type of office you work in, you probably use a printer every day – which means you’ll have to replace it eventually. When the time comes, you may end up asking yourself, how much does a printer actually cost?  

Topics: Business Products Copy Paper Cost
4 min read

2021 Global Factor Task Chair Review (Pricing & Benefits)

By Caitlin Schauster on May 28, 2020 7:45:00 AM

Want to upgrade your office chair but worry about spending too much money? You may want to consider the Global Factor task chair, an adjustable office chair that you can customize without breaking the bank. 

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
4 min read

2021 Steelcase Think Review (Specs, Key Features & Price)

By Caitlin Schauster on May 26, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Is your current office chair outdated or broken? If so, it may be time to upgrade to the Steelcase Think, a versatile office chair that provides unmatched comfort and support, regardless of the type of work.  

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
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2021 Steelcase Gesture Task Chair Review (Key Features, Pros & Cons)

By Caitlin Schauster on May 21, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Regardless of where you work, technology is everywhere. Unfortunately, technology can cause discomfort that keeps you from being productive, which is why you need an office chair that supports you and how you work.

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
3 min read

10 Best Office Furniture Providers in St. Louis & Southern Illinois

By Brett Baltz on May 19, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Not sure where to begin your search for office furniture in St. Louis or Southern Illinois? With so many local dealerships and retailers, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options.    

Topics: Business Interiors Best Of
4 min read

2021 Steelcase Leap Task Chair Review (Specs, Key Features & Pricing)

By Caitlin Schauster on May 14, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Are you ready to take a leap and upgrade your office task chair? Whether you need a chair that promotes natural movements or a healthier way to sit, the Steelcase Leap easily adjusts to fit you and how you work

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Reviews
2 min read

Should You Outsource the Maintenance of Your Safety Cabinet?

By Brett Baltz on Apr 15, 2020 9:08:42 PM

Safety compliance in the workplace is necessary no matter what size business you run. It ensures that your staff and guests will always have access to vital materials in the event of an accident or emergency.

In the past, companies, like Cintas made you pay through the nose for a maintenance and compliance program. We’re here to tell you that you can have it all without breaking the bank.

Topics: What does it cost? Safety Supplies Facility Products
2 min read

How To Solve Noise & Distraction Problems In Offices With Open Layouts

By Brian Gaskill on Apr 10, 2020 11:36:00 AM

Have An Open Space Office Layout? Here’s How To Solve That Noise Problem!

If you are a forward thinking business you know that the interior office design trend sweeping workplaces is the open concept layout. The theory that giving cubicles the axe would increase employee communication has proven correct: a well thought out space plan increases worker engagement. But by now, you’ve also realized that it comes at a price: it’s noisy and full of distractions.

Topics: Business Interiors Inside The Office Furniture Technology
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How to Calculate the Cost of Hand Soap

By Andrew Stephens on Dec 12, 2019 9:51:54 AM

Want to Save Your Business Money? Start With Restroom Supplies & Calculate What You Should Be Paying For Soap

Wasted and unused products for facility maintenance are wasted money. Pennies add up and your business shouldn’t have to lose them to something as manageable as the cost of soap.

Topics: Restroom Dispensers What does it cost? Facility Products
2 min read

The Difference Between OEM, Remanufactured, and Compatible Toner

By Andrew Stephens on Oct 3, 2019 11:53:23 AM

No Scams. No Printer Problems: Uncover the Truth About Different Generic Toners. 

Most generic toner cartridges will fit into your printer. BUT. Not all toners are made equal. In fact, there are three different types of toner, each with different manufacturing standards and performance qualities. The person in charge of office supplies procurement for your business should understand not only the differences, but also the printing solutions offered by your provider. Unlike some many procurement partners who only sell toner, Egyptian provides solutions from beginning to end of your toner purchase. We want for all of our partners to be educated on the different products so you can make a confident decision from the get-go.

Topics: Business Products Comparisons Ink & Toner
4 min read

Choosing The Right Chair Mat: Protect Flooring In Your St Louis Office

By Alison Baltz on Sep 30, 2019 3:24:34 PM

The Benefits Of Office Chair Mats & How To Choose The Right One For Your St. Louis Office

Although people think of their office chair as a stationary piece of workplace furniture, it actually moves so often that it can cause damage to your floors. Pushing a chair towards and away from a desk each time an employee sits or stands rubs away at the surface beneath it.

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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Top 11 Workplace Interior Design Trends of 2020 To Use In Your Office

By Brett Baltz on Sep 27, 2019 9:36:51 AM

With 2020 just around the corner, office managers are looking for the latest trends to keep up with the competition. Despite what you’d think, the future of work is neither rooted in technology nor a grand marketing scheme. It’s in the interior space design. For a business to be successful, it needs talented individuals. However, the brightest talent wants to spend their days in a place that is not only successful, but is inviting and a pleasure to spend their time in. The interior design of your office can be the difference between attracting and repelling the people you want to work for you. In fact, it’s possible to improve productivity and increase worker engagement with strategized office space planning.

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management Problems & Solutions
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Are Ergonomic Chairs Worth It? How Much Should I Spend?

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 13, 2019 11:54:00 AM

the Differences Between $150, $300, $500 Ergonomic Task Chairs

Three ergonomic task chairs roll into an office. Each one says that it’s the best to provide support and comfort to an employee who sits all day. The first is classic, an old reliable–$150. The second is sleek with a modern aesthetic—$300. The third is as professional and durable as they come—$500. So what are the real differences, and which ergonomic office chair is best for you?

Topics: Business Interiors What does it cost? Seating
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The Smart & Connected Workplace: Enhance How Teams Work

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 5, 2019 10:01:15 AM


"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."
– Michael Jordan

When talented employees collaborate with the latest technology, the result is game-changing. This merging of innovation and human effort is where your team’s journey begins.

Steelcase® technology blends into your daily routine on an individual and team level. It intuitively navigates you through everyday challenges and makes your company a modern success.



Constant Collaboration & Communication Is Key

Steelcase aids businesses of today in designing their game plans with the latest work trends in mind. The secret is to equip your offices with tools engineered for collaboration:

  • Bring people, furniture, and space information together with media:scape. Know who is using what, where, and when.
  • Pass the information to your teammate to score a goal at your next meeting with Virtual Puck.
  • Transform your presentation from work into an art form with Surface Hub 2 and WOW! upper management.



 

Get inspired and discover the collaboration-enhancing design possibilities.

Meetings Made Easy

Whether your office has five (5) or fifty (50) rooms, scheduling meetings and locations is easier than checking the weather.

  • Book a room by walking into it. Auto Book & Auto Release with Workspace Advisor has automated, sensory technology to reserve and release a room when you enter and leave it. Not a single “click” necessary!
  • Step aside Harry Potter’s Marauder’s Map. See the real-time availability of a room or workspace with the Steelcase Live Map like real magic.
  • Find the right place and time that suits the needs of all your team members with the Steelcase Find App. Narrow down the availability and location to schedule a meeting convenient for everyone.
  • Connected spaces have never been easier to reserve than with RoomWizard. Use the app to see times and availability and bada bing! You have a meeting scheduled.



ProTip: These features of integrated technology work exceptionally well (and look fantastic) with modern, easy to install glass walls.

Analyze The Effectiveness of Your Workplace

From budgets to social media impressions, you measure your business’ entire journey toward success. Steelcase technology taps into the use and effectiveness of your collaborative spaces.

 

Employee Wellness Is A Priority

The average desk job will have you sitting approximately 2,080 hours per year. Sitting for such an extensive amount of time can have harmful effects on your body. Steelcase aims to help you combat this factor.

Introducing the Steelcase Rise App.

At its simplest capability, it will tell you when to get up and move throughout your workday. If you have Steelcase furniture, like a sit-stand workstation, in the office you can pair the app with these devices and reap untold benefits! This is technology helping you to be both productive and healthy. Now that’s a win-win!



Download the Steelcase Rise App for Free



Egyptian Workspace Partners is a certified dealer of Steelcase® tech and product.

Bring your employees together better, smarter, faster with these innovative workplace solutions.

Connect with a Workspace Partner

Topics: Business Interiors Furniture Technology
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Top 5 Reasons For Businesses In St Louis To Buy & Use Local Services

By Brett Baltz on Jul 25, 2019 11:20:00 AM

1. Benefits Of Procuring Office Supplies Locally

Office supply dealers like Egyptian, have the ability to offer local businesses in the St. Louis and Belleville areas price cuts on over 100,000 inventory items that big name corporations simply cannot compete with. This includes:

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products Technology Products
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Glass Wall Installations: SIBA Member Offering with Egyptian

By Kevin Baltz on May 23, 2019 2:28:02 PM

Glass Wall Installations

If you are a member of SIBA, you are probably already up to date on the latest trends in commercial space design, but at Egyptian it’s our job to make sure we are talking about the latest trends – all the time. Here is one of them…

Topics: Business Interiors SIBA Architecture & Space Division Problems & Solutions
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Egyptian Sponsors The Annual Belleville Chamber 2019 Golf Tournament

By Brett Baltz on May 23, 2019 9:55:04 AM

Egyptian Sponsors Belleville Chamber 2019 Golf Tournament

Here at Egyptian we work hard, we play hard, and above all else, we support our community! On May 13, 2019, players lined up at the St. Clair Country Club in Belleville, Illinois to tee off for the annual Otto Golf Classic. The event supported the Chamber’s mission to “Advance Business. Support Community,” and we were not only brought our A-game to the course, but a check to support the cause.

Topics: Community

Egyptian Is A Proud Member Of SIBA: IL’s Top Construction Safety Org

By Brett Baltz on May 21, 2019 10:52:11 AM

Egyptian Is A Proud SIBA Member!

Egyptian Workspace Partners is proud to be a SIBA member! As “The Voice of the Southern Illinois Construction Industry,” SIBA is the number one local organization that ensures worker safety in all things construction in Illinois.

Topics: Business Interiors SIBA
4 min read

Find Your New Home at Work: Explore What's New in Office Furniture

By Caitlin Schauster on Apr 30, 2019 9:47:32 AM

Find Your New Home at Work: Explore What's New

The average person spends eight (8) hours each weekday in the office, sometimes more. That’s an average of 2,080 hours every year, so it’s a curiosity how people are only just beginning to design their offices to be more chic and comfortable, transforming them into homes away from home. Companies like Egyptian Workspace Partners are leading the charge of corporate comfort and are excited to share these new design methods and products of this office renaissance.

Topics: Business Interiors Inside The Office
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Egyptian’s Webinar Recap: “The State of Work: Blur The Edges”

By Kevin Baltz on Apr 9, 2019 2:16:17 PM

Webinar Recap: “The State of Work: Blur The Edges”

On April 3, 2019, Egyptian partnered with Steelcase to deliver a webinar filled with insightful information based on extensive research so that businesses might benefit from our findings. Regardless of industry, the four (4) factors driving change in the workplace cannot be ignored. In the webinar we discussed these factors, how they are changing the workplace, and how companies can adapt to and implement them in their own offices.

Topics: Business Products Design, Install, Project Management
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Webinar: 4 Key Drivers & Disruptors Fueling Changes In The Workplace

By Kevin Baltz on Mar 22, 2019 9:02:14 AM

The State Of Work Webinar: Discover The 4 Key Factors Driving Change In The Workplace

Technology is evolving at a lightning rate, and with each upgrade, the workplace must adapt to keep up. It has come to the point where these trends and advancements can neither be ignored, nor simply implemented into the normal work routine. Businesses must change how they conduct work to remain relevant competitors in the modern work arena.

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management
3 min read

8 Reasons To Join The Belleville Chamber: Networking, Education & More

By Brett Baltz on Mar 20, 2019 9:42:53 AM

8 Reasons To Join The Belleville Chamber

Egyptian Workspace Partners believes in being involved in its local community, that getting to know its people and local traditions is a worthy pursuit whether you’ve lived in Belleville all your life or just moved to the area. Egyptian’s Director of Business, Brett Baltz, has taken his company’s philosophy to heart, becoming a board member on the Belleville Chamber. From being a role model to the new generation of leadership to attending the city’s golf events, Brett and all other members of the Chamber have found a distinguished sense of pride in their community involvement. They encourage others to do the same by joining the Belleville Chamber themselves. That being said, the pride members earn goes hand in hand with the rewards they reap…

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The Added Benefits of Sit-Stand Workstations & Desks

By Brett Baltz on Feb 20, 2019 1:36:18 PM

Benefits of Sit-Stand Workstations

Researchers and physicians cannot stress enough the dangers of sitting at a desk (or anywhere for that matter) for long periods of time and the importance of standing, and for good reason, too. Human beings walk on two legs for a very simple reason: we are designed to stand. While it may feel more relaxing and comfortable, sitting works against our body: compressing the bones, straining the muscles, and blocking blood circulation. Formidable outcomes such as MSDs (musculoskeletal disorders), low-blood pressure leading to clotting and heart disease, and painful necks and backs are only the beginning. Sitting drastically increases the likelihood of death regardless of cause, and most Americans flirt with disaster by sitting at a desk the majority of their days. Sit-stand workstations are the best ergonomic solution to get standing at work without missing a beat. Besides enormously decreasing the often irreversible ailments caused by sitting, sit-stand workstations have other boons that not only improve the health of those using them, but better work-productivity as well.

Topics: Business Interiors Desking Systems & Tables Problems & Solutions
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The Future Of The Workplace: The Wants And Needs For The Modern Worker

By Kevin Baltz on Jan 2, 2019 9:33:55 AM

The Future Of The Workplace: The Wants And Needs For The Modern Worker

If you read our blog post The Office Of The Future: 2019 Office Interior Trends By Industry, then you are forward thinking and off to a good start! But let’s take things a bit further – after all, 2019 will only last for 365 days and interior design trends will ultimately change. What are the current needs that will influence the future of work and be built upon? Let’s take a look at these transformations…

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management Problems & Solutions
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Worksite Wellness: Egyptian Workspace Partners Flu Prevention & Tips

By Brett Baltz on Dec 14, 2018 3:13:56 PM

Worksite Wellness: Hello, Winter Flu Season

It’s that time of year again when one coworker gets sick and then it seems like the entire office has been compromised. But what is the flu exactly and how can it be prevented?

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The Office of the Future: 2019 Office Interior Trends By Industry

By Caitlin Schauster on Dec 7, 2018 1:13:06 PM

The Office Of The Future: 2019 Result Driven Office Interior Trends By Industry

Healthcare facilities. Corporate offices. Educational institutions. At first glance, they seem to have little in common, but experts know that the interior design and space planning of these three are dramatically changing and affecting how people learn, heal and do work. In fact, the new trends across these industries are all the same: technology, eco-friendly space, colors, and flexible furniture.

Topics: Business Interiors
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Classroom storage just got schooled

By Caitlin Schauster on Oct 26, 2018 3:33:26 PM

A storage unit for every learning situation

The collaborative classroom demands efficiency. The Cascade classroom storage system provides countless configurations and options in mobile storage units and teacher desks.

Topics: Business Interiors Storage Problems & Solutions
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The Science of Student Seating

By Caitlin Schauster on Oct 26, 2018 3:15:17 PM

A student chair has more to balance than its four legs on the floor.

It also has to meet needs as practical as providing a stable, appropriate place for the student to sit, as abstract as supporting a curriculum, and as subjective as creating a harmonious environment.  Clearly, no single line of seating is perfect for all, so we offer them a wide range of styles to choose from. To help them identify and select the best seating for their needs, we’ve created the Graduated Movement Concept.

Topics: Business Interiors Seating Problems & Solutions
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Planning the Collaborative Environment

By Kate Rumatz on Oct 26, 2018 2:51:16 PM

A Collaborative Classroom Environment Begins With Flexible Furniture

Studies have shown that students engaged in classrooms where they work together and learn from each other not only memorize information, but understand it. The latter is the goal of any teacher because if a student understands the information, they retain it long after a test is taken and have the capacity to build upon that knowledge. This is the space where students take lesson information and ask insightful questions and generate new ideas. Unfortunately, teachers are often limited by traditional, cumbersome classroom furniture: it inhibits their ability to design collaborative lesson plans.

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management
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Collaboration: The Skill of the Century

By Brian Gaskill on Oct 26, 2018 2:04:07 PM

Collaborative Learning

The driving force behind the layout of the 21st Century classroom is collaborative learning, a student-centered learning model where the teacher is manager and facilitator – not distant lecturer. Studies show

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management Problems & Solutions
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Do All Open Plan Offices Kill Collaboration?

By Brian Gaskill on Sep 21, 2018 4:00:21 AM

Headlines following a new Harvard study declare open offices a “collaboration killer.” But, it doesn’t have to be that way.

It used to be that a ping-pong table or Friday happy hour could attract talented people looking for a different kind of vibe at work. Today, the expectations are much higher. Creating a great employee experience requires a deep understanding of what people need and how the workplace can best support them. A new study by Harvard Business School adds to a growing body of research indicating people are seeking workplaces that reflect their changing needs. There is no one size fits all approach to workplace design.

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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How to Engage Office Workers

By Brett Baltz on Sep 13, 2018 4:28:05 PM

Company Culture

There is a lot of talk about company culture in the last few years, and for good reason. It’s important! Culture is an organization’s operating environment. It dictates the behavior, activities, attitudes values and beliefs of the organization and its employees.  Every company has a culture.  What’s yours like? Does it provide a healthy balance of work and creativity? Or is it nose to the grind for 10+ hours a day 5 days a week?  There is a cost to ignoring culture and there are many benefits for those businesses that choose to pay close attention to it.  We believe by incorporating table tennis and UnPlugNPlay into your organization you can:

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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the Future of Work

By Brett Baltz on Aug 31, 2018 4:00:20 AM

What today’s trends are saying about tomorrow

Technology is rapidly altering how we live and work. We love the new conveniences that our devices deliver. But as workplace technology becomes a coworker and even a personal companion, we aren’t always sure how we really feel about it.

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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What Workers Want

By Kate Rumatz on Aug 17, 2018 1:04:20 PM

What Workers Want

People know what they don’t want at work—a sea of bland, uniform spaces where ideas go to die.

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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It's Not Just a Trash Can: What Your Office Reveals About Your Company

By Brett Baltz on Jul 11, 2018 2:30:37 PM

In the workplace,

not many people think about the objects that make up an office environment. But they can communicate more about company culture than you think. 

Topics: Business Interiors Business Products
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Introducing Image Design™ by Tork

By Brett Baltz on Mar 28, 2018 3:13:45 PM

Have you ever stopped and thought what kind of message you are sending to your employees and guests when you provide prison-grade restroom paper products?

Topics: Business Products Restroom Dispensers Problems & Solutions
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Increasing Worker Engagement Through a Well Thought Out Space Plan

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 27, 2018 10:52:18 AM

The Challenge

Prairie Farms Dairy, a farmer owned company producing high quality milk products, was relocating and consolidating their corporate headquarters from multiple locations into one by constructing a new building in Edwardsville, IL.  When we approached the client, it was our goal to educate them on space planning approaches and how to allocate space to the different workplace ecosystems: nomadic, resident, resource, meeting, and social.  All of these zones must be well thought out to maximize employee engagement, physical wellbeing, and emotional wellbeing.   After our brief training sessions held at the Steelcase Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, the building was already under construction so modifications to the floor plan needed to be made to accommodate this updated approach to space planning.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies
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Corporate Headquarters in Edwardsville, IL Improves Bottom Line

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 27, 2018 3:00:18 AM

The Challenge

Midwest Railcar Corporation, a rail car leasing and management company had outgrown their current space and was obtaining permits to construct a new building in Edwardsville, IL.  Midwest Railcar wanted private offices while still maintaining an open concept for their workplace culture.  Private offices along the outside of the building encased in dry wall were going to make the space feel smaller and not share as much natural light into the interior of the building.  Much of the actual day to day work in their office is heavily dependent on computers and integrating that technology into the space was an important aspect to ensure goals were met.  Not all of their work was individual based projects and they needed some meeting space for team projects.  Client wanted to maximize their space from a work flow perspective to fit more people in a smaller footprint while still maintaining privacy, positive attitudes and attracting top talent and clients to their business.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies Problems & Solutions
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A Growing Law Firm using Sit to Stand Desks in Edwardsville, IL

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 22, 2018 9:23:00 AM

The Challenge

Flint Law Firm, LLC, a law firm growing from 3 to over 70 employees in the last 10 years located in Glen Carbon, IL, had grown into two separate physical locations miles apart to accommodate their rapid growth.  Their growing pains had led them into an inefficient work process managing clients and attorneys across two locations with duplicate resources in each location.  An efficient "minimalist approach" to their workflow would increase effectiveness and reduce waste.  Combining both offices into one in Edwardsville, IL was the goal and how to fit more people into less square feet while still providing workers with privacy, a comfortable workspace, and a clean modern look to attract clients and top worker talent was our bullet list of needs for the project.   In addition, the furniture needed to be able to meet contractor time tables and work with the construction crew to deliver and install the furniture on time and budget to not delay the rest of the project.

Topics: Case Studies
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Office Furniture Trends For the Needs of Today and Tomorrow

By Kate Rumatz on Nov 7, 2017 12:45:25 PM

The Challenge

Donco Electrical Construction LLC, a large electrical support service contractor in Edwardsville, IL was building a new headquarters building to allow for consolidation of all locations and make room for employment growth. The new building layout concept began with their architect, but realized further into the project their increasing needs were quickly outgrowing the space originally designed.  The decision was clear to either increase the square footage of the new building or re-think how they had their space for office furniture allocated to accommodate their growing needs without adding major construction cost to the project. To make those decisions, they needed a partner that could help them navigate the pros and cons of each option.  Decreasing the foot print of each workspace while still attracting top talent, increasing workflow efficiency, and meeting the demands of tomorrow's workers was a delicate balance.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies Design, Install, Project Management
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Consolidating Procurement for a Regional Bank

By Alison Baltz on Oct 29, 2017 12:07:53 PM

The Challenge

A banking customer with 15 locations was looking for a way to consolidate vendors and streamline their process across all offices. They wanted to use the buying power of all the banks to negotiate pricing rather than letting each office buy on their own. With multiple contacts at multiple vendors, the accounting department was cutting multiple checks for one category of business supplies. The spot buying of on-sale copy paper is causing prices to be inconsistent from month to month and the copy machines struggle with the inconsistency of quality leading to more technician calls leading to downtime of their machines.

Topics: Business Products Case Studies Problems & Solutions
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Partnering to Evolve the Healthcare Experience

By Kevin Baltz on Oct 28, 2017 11:10:15 AM

The Challenge

A Hospital's main campus is losing market share to changes in population trends moving geographically further away. The experience of healthcare is rapidly evolving and the changes in health insurance are forcing hospitals to improve the patient experience. Patients, families, and payers are all seeking improved safety, outcomes, and satisfaction with their healthcare provider. This Hospital understands that to be competitive a new campus is needed closer to the population with updated amenities.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies Design, Install, Project Management
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Rolled v. Folded Hand Towels: The Best Option For Your St Louis Office

By Andrew Stephens on Sep 19, 2017 6:14:07 PM

Why is it when you go to dry your hands in a bathroom are there always so many different options? Automatic roll towel dispensers, c-fold towels and multi-fold towels are just a few of the options you normally see. This is the simple truth to settle the debate of which is the best for your facility: roll towels are the most hygienic way to dry your hands while offering the most cost savings possible for our customers!

Don’t believe us?

Topics: Restroom Dispensers Problems & Solutions Facility Products
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Building a Comprehensive Partnership in the Education Sector

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 19, 2017 11:49:01 AM

The Challenge

A regional office of education is funded through multiple grants, donations, and tax payer money. This school is subject to an annual audit by the state. They have users at many different schools and offices and the accounting office is having to manage multiple vendor invoices. According to state law, any order over a certain dollar threshold must go out to a competitive bid of three vendors to ensure the ROE is getting the best value. The users are spending lots of time getting competitive bids to save less than their time is actually worth to put the bid together. The state is behind on their payments to the disctrict and now they are doing more work with less people.

Topics: Case Studies
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Updating a Government Facility for Efficiency and Accessibility

By Kevin Baltz on Sep 19, 2017 10:15:30 AM

From Overcrowded to Accessible

The Challenge

A local police department is operating out of an outdated and overcrowded facility leading to an inefficient workflow. Safety is a main concern for the city and their current facility has not been updated in over 50 years. Officers are wasting valuable time because their facility does not support today's technology. Offices originally designed for one person are now utilized by as many as ten times that amount through hoteling and office sharing. The department is looking to consolidate more aspects of its operation such as a forensics lab, dispatch center, sally port, community classroom, and storm safety areas for prisoners, and employees into one state-of-the-art facility to improve time efficiency for its officers and employees and into a more accessible resource for the public it serves.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies
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The Privacy Dilemma

By Brian Gaskill on Sep 19, 2017 7:57:10 AM

Over the last few decades, workplace design has lead to an increasingly open concept favoring open plans rather than closed off private offices. Traditional cubicle panel heights have decreased in an effort to increase worker collaboration by giving easy access to coworkers. This thought process has been spot-on as our knowledge-based economy continues to grow.

Topics: Business Interiors Furniture Technology Problems & Solutions
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$100 vs. $1000 Office Task Chairs: What's the Difference?

By Brian Gaskill on Aug 19, 2017 5:53:05 PM

Whether it’s the home or corporate office, the age-old question of office chairs lives on. Do I buy the $100 or $1000 chair? This is nearly a daily dilemma that we help customers through, here at Egyptian. Most people base their decision solely on the financial aspect. This method provides instant gratification of purchasing the chair without hurting the budget, but what is not considered, is the value and long term investment of the product.

Topics: Business Products What does it cost? Seating
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Egyptian’s Insight: Design, Culture & The Pursuit Of Office Happiness

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 6, 2017 4:00:08 AM

The Pursuit Of Office Happiness

At Egyptian Workspace Partners, we have always held that as the place where most adults spend the lion’s share of their days, an office should be a place an employee wants to go to each day. Our interior design services have always been about the benefits the people who are in the office each day will experience, and we are so happy to have hard evidence backing up our long-held philosophy.

Topics: Business Interiors Design, Install, Project Management