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.
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.
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.
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.
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.