Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Designing the call center space in your office

Designing a call center for your new office can be a challenge. A common mistake made during this planning stage is thinking that the amount of floor space you have is the only factor that matters. However, planning your call center around the comfort of your employees could improve the way your workers look at their jobs and reduce turnover. This in turn can mean increased productivity and cut costs on training new hires. You can transform even the most basic space into a fully functional call center with custom office workstations by following these simple tips.

Maximizing space

Look at the floor plan of your office and try to think of an arrangement that makes the most of the space. Try to identify how much space your agents would like to have, and see how possible meeting those demands would be. Employees handling paper or answering phone calls will require space to move around. Imagine the kind of office cubicles you might want to use and how their design will fit in the overall plan of your call center. Think about creating a space for training and adding that to the floorplan so you won't have to work in room for new hires later.

Layout

Along with maximizing space, think how the center will flow in terms of employee movement in and around the office. Efficient flow can mean removing a dead end that causes employees to turn around. While 20 or 30 seconds not seem like much, multiply that by the number of employees you have over an extended period of time, and those 30 seconds can cost you hours of productivity. 

Essential call center needs

Before you start installing your custom office workstations, think about the electrical needs of your center. Do you have enough outlets to safely accommodate all of your necessary equipment? Will you drop your office's power through the ceiling or from the floor? What kind of equipment will each representative have on his or her desk? The comfort of your employees should be a priority when considering the needs of your call center. Using ergonomic chairs is a good investment that will keep employee productivity high. These are all important questions to answer first before you settle in. If you absolutely have to begin installing your cubicles and equipment, err on the side of caution and plan on using more electricity. 

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Monday, December 30, 2013

New bank to open in Brickell

Brickell is a Miami neighborhood located on the coastline of the Southern Florida city. It's also adjacent to the downtown area, which makes it a desirable place for business-minded people to setup shop. According to the South Florida Business Journal, the Brazilian entity Safra National Bank of New York will be opening a Brickell office, which will be its second branch in Florida. 

Brickell is a banking mecca with at least 53 domestic, international and large private wealth bank offices and branches within its confines.

Banking office equipment

Office workstations - Banks often have open floor plans on their sales floor. Benching desks are a suitable option for new establishments. They help save space because they allow people to work closely together yet they still have enough room to complete tasks efficiently.

Ergonomic chair - Bankers sit for long periods of time so it's important for each of them to have an ergonomic chair. These seats have movable back rests that conform to the posture of the user. Additionally, the height is adjustable and helps people sit at the computer comfortably, which can also limit workplace injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

How to set up a kid-friendly home office

In the past, raising a child while running a business was almost impossible. Parents who focused on their children saw that their businesses weren't growing as quickly as they'd have liked, just as those that focused their efforts on professional careers couldn't find much free time to be a parent. Today, many men and women are opting to work from home, giving them the opportunity to spend time with their children even as they build their at-home or online businesses. Work spaces that are toddler-friendly take some planning and organization, but building a custom office workstation in your own home is worth the effort. Here are some ideas you can use for your future home office.

Finding a space

Locate an area in your home that lets in a good amount of natural sunlight - near a window in the living room is ideal - as this is where you should place your work desk. If your child isn't old enough to roam around your home alone, make sure that there is space for a playpen in a place where you can keep an eye on him or her.

Setting up your custom office workstation

Now that you found a place to put your desk, you can start outfitting your office with all the essentials. An ergonomic chair and desktop computer should be a priority. Consider adding a filing cabinet to keep all your physical documents in one place. Look for an all-in-one office machine that has a printer, scanner, copier and fax machine. Place your ink and toner cartridges, stacks of paper, pens and pencils and other potentially hazardous office supplies in a drawer or on a shelf or out of reach.

Make an art/play station

If you are working with limited space, consider making the most of the area in your home by adding a small bench or table where your child can creatively express him or herself. The table or bench can double as a storage area for art supplies, books and toys.

Tailor the area to your ideal work setting

Although working at home can be fulfilling, there will be times when you get frustrated. Hang pictures that inspire and motivate you. Paint the walls of your home office with colors that are soothing and calming. Consider keeping plants in the area that will help circulate oxygen throughout the room. Your subconscious mind will pick up the calming cues you have set up in your office and keep you focused on your work but also aware of the reason you are working at home.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

How to set up your home recording studio/office

For professional and amateur recording artists, creating a home office space that balances both your professional and creative needs can be a very rewarding endeavor. With a little planning and a clear vision of what you want your studio/office to look like, you can begin making high quality music at a custom office workstation in your own home. Here are some of the basic tools that every musician's home studio needs, whether you are a weekend warrior or a budding professional artist.

A recording device

Before digital technology revolutionized how music was recorded, you had to fill your studio with many different kinds of equipment in order to get the sound you wanted. Today, your computer has everything you'll need in a digital recording device. Many desktops come with an adequate sound card, but if you are serious about your music, consider investing in a card that was made specifically for recording music. Look for one that has a high-quality digital audio converter (DAC), a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) input and output, and a microphone preamplifier.

Headphones and monitor speakers

A common practice in digital music production is to record songs in a multi-track format. For example, first you record the drums, then the bass, then the guitar or keyboard or horns and so on. An efficient way to do this is to use a pair of high quality headphones to listen to the previously recorded tracks while you record the new one. Look for a pair that is closed back so ambient noise does not bleed out while you are recording the new track.

Monitor speakers are important when you are in a recording studio environment because the sound they broadcast is identical to what was recorded. Some stereo speakers alter the sound by highlighting or dampening certain qualities. This can lead to undesired results in post production.

A high quality microphone

Of all the equipment you invest in, do not skimp on your microphone. Even if you have the best digital editing and effects programs on the market, a bad source can ruin just about any sound. Consider investing in a condenser microphone if you are recording acoustic instruments. If you are a vocal artist, also look for a pop filter. This is an inexpensive piece of material that acts as a barrier between the microphone and hard "p" and sharp "s" sounds.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Multiple large leases sold in 2013

South Florida has traditionally been known as a market of small tenant offices, according to the Real Deal. That all changed in 2013, however, as a dozen leases totaling roughly 50,000 square feet of office space or more were finalized.

Northern Trust sold its Miami headquarters to Swire Properties, all while securing a new space at Brickell World Plaza. The transaction closed in the first quarter of 2013 and includes from 65,000 to 75,000 square feet of real estate.

According to the source, the law firm Shutts & Bowen completed a deal for 70,000 square feet of space. The structure is located at the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami.

Furnishing a large office space

Large companies need to pay special attention to their business furniture purchases. It's important to apply some of the same principles used when furnishing a smaller place. For instance, custom workstations help each employee work to the best of their ability. And an ergonomic chair should be placed at each desk to provide a comfortable seat for each worker.

Used office furniture

Second hand business furniture is an appropriate option for employers that need to fill a large space. The office workstations can be purchased in matching sets if you source them from a reputable dealer that buys full-lots of used equipment.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Average office rental price in Miami is dropping

There is good news for those looking to rent an office space in Miami. According to The Daily Business Review, the urban center of Miami has seen a drop in rental prices in the third quarter.

According to the real estate services organization CBRE, the asking price for office rentals in downtown metropolitan Miami fell 10 cents to $30.11 per square foot. This coastal city was the only market studied where the rates decreased.

Some occupants of Class C buildings have moved to the newer Class A and B office spaces being built throughout the city, according to the Daily Business Review. It is believed that owners of the older Class C structures have lowered their asking price to make them a more desirable option.

"There's always going to be someone that needs to be in a C building," Maggie Kurtz, a CBRE senior vice president, told the Daily Business Review. "But if I was a C owner, I would definitely improve my building and bring up the status."

Revamping office space

There are a variety of ways to change an outdated office space. Contemporary bench workstations are great for allowing collaboration between coworkers. Additionally, ergonomic chairs are an appropriate seating option for employees. However, if an office building wants to diversify its offerings and attract entrepreneurs, a shared space is a good option to fill vacancies. Professionals can use the office to work together and brainstorm ideas while being in the hub of a bustling metropolis.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Downtown Miami gets new event space

In 2015, Miami's new science museum will open, according to the Daily Business Review. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science is a $275 million project, and in addition to the cultural influence this place will bring to the metropolis, 40,000 square feet of meeting space is included in the plans.

To date, there is only 143,000 square feet of convention space in the city, as stated by the Miami Development Authority. The event space will be housed in the central building of the museum and in two smaller structures toward the north and west ends. 

Business furniture

When an event space is outfitted with conference tables and guest chairs, each piece needs to have a movable component. Not every meeting organizer is going to use the venue for the same purpose, so mixed-use furniture is a smart choice for rooms that need to adapt to the needs of this international marketplace. Used office furniture is a suitable option for places that need a large amount of equipment for a good price. These desks and chairs are often comparable to new units, if they are purchased from a reputable dealer.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Take office design cues from Google and Pixar

Developing a space that fosters creativity and collaboration is one of the most significant aspects of designing a productive office. When your company relies on graphic designers, developers and writers to produce great material, design and custom office workstations become even more important. There should be a relationship between the area and the people who work in it. Some of the most creative and industrial people in the world work at Pixar, the digital animation studio, and Google, the Internet-based multi-national corporation. By looking at their offices as a model for your own, you can create a space in which people love to work. 

Pixar

In 1999, Pixar founder Steve Jobs set out to achieve two essential designs within his new office: one that promoted physical human encounters and facilitated unplanned collaborations through a timeless aesthetic appeal. Only recently has office design considered collaboration important to office design, and in the late 90s, cubicle systems were the status quo. His ideas were ahead of his time and would influence office layouts for the next decade.

Jobs brought in famous interior designer Bohlin Jackson to help create his ideal work environment. To help foster a space for human encounters and collaboration, a large atrium that housed a reception area, employee mailboxes, a recreation and fitness center and a 40-seat movie theater were put into the design of the office. 

Google

Many of the same design features in Pixar's office are echoed in Google's New York campus. By an operational coincidence, Google's elevators are slow. Architects built vertical ladder chutes for employees to use which facilitates casual collisions, a gesture designed to facilitate Jobs's unplanned collaborations.

The layout of the office was also designed to be no more than 150 feet from food. This means that a restaurant, cafeteria or micro-kitchen is always just seconds away from employees. It encouraged workers to bump into each other even if they didn't work in the same department.

Your own office space

You might not have or need the space to lay out your office like these global companies, but consider these features when planning your design:

An open plan - Set aside an open space where employees can walk through and casually meet their coworkers. Facilitate creativity between departments by designing an area that encourages unplanned collaborations.

Emphasize collaborative work areas - Set up a custom office workstations that can seat two or more employees. You can boost the productivity of your workers by creating a flowing, interactive environment instead of one that is restricted and solitary.

Monday, December 23, 2013

New mixed-use development planned for Coral Gables

Coral Gables is located in a submarket of Miami known for its beautiful landscapes. It's often called the "Garden City" due to the wealth of greenery around civic landmarks and residential centers. Much like its neighboring metropolis, Coral Gables is growing. According to the South Florida Business Review, there are plans for a new 119-unit mixed-use building.

The project is a joint venture by Greystone, which is based out of New York, and local companies Strategic Properties and Alta Developer. It's located near Downtown Coral Gables at 3622 S.W. 22nd Street (Coral Way) and is to be called "The Mile." In total there will be 119 apartments and street-level retail establishments.

"The Mile's proximity to downtown and the airport is a key reason why the Downtown Coral Gables location is so attractive for a growing influx of sophisticated residents," Jeff Simpson, chief executive officer of Greystone Property Development, said in a statement.

There is a unique opportunity for the residents of this bustling area to design their space to fit modern aesthetics. Contemporary business furniture for home workplaces and traditional offices has an open vibe. Many new ventures are choosing custom office workstations and pairing them with ergonomic chairs to offer employees a comfortable space that helps make collaboration a normal part of business.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Retail development may expand outside urban centers

The increasing demand for new retailers in Miami is pushing new developments beyond mainstream urban districts.

According to the Miami Herald, the city has an Urban Development Boundary that limits construction beyond the western and southern areas of the county. However, the owners of Aventura Mall and the Fontainebleau hotel have proposed building a new shopping location, complete with an IMAX theater and five-acre water park. Supporters of the project believe Doral and Northwest Miami-Dade residents would benefit from a family-friendly entertainment venue of its kind.

Equipping commercial retailers with business furniture

Some people may not think commercial retailers need appropriate office furniture, however there is tons of work going on behind the scenes of the sales floor.

Businesses differ, so the type of furniture that is needed will vary between each one. However, there are some overlapping principles when equipping a space with office workstations. Each desk whether it be a benching workstation, cubicle or traditional desk needs an ergonomic chair. This seat not only provides a comfortable surface for users, it helps limit workplace strains because the height and back rest adjusts to conform to the posture of the employee.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Brickell office building sells high

Real estate is a hot commodity on Miami's coastline. According to Commercial Property Executive, CWCapital Asset Management has sold an office property at 444 Brickell for $104 million. There are two buildings in the deal including a 200,400-square-foot tower and a 101,900-square-foot structure.

The building was appraised in 2010 at $32.5 million and with a recent injection of $2.9 million to improve the property's condition over the last few years, the selling price rose. The asset now belongs to the Related Group, which may develop it further. 

When building's owners change, some tenants stay while new ones are brought in to fill empty units. Any new company looking to do business in this international city must be able to compete in the bustling marketplace. One way to do that is to have a strong foundation of business furniture.

Office workstations

No matter if your company is large or small, the space must be outfitted with the right office cubicles, task chairs, filing cabinets are more. Additionally, a custom office workstation helps employees work to the best of their abilities because their environment conforms to their needs.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Outfitting your downtown Miami home with office furniture

As 2013 near its end, Miami's residential market has strengthened. According to Bilzin Sumberg's New Miami Blog, there are much fewer resale properties available compared to five years ago. The figure of 41,000 residential properties available in South Florida dropped to 14,400 in mid-November of this year.

According to the source, New York investors are driving the boom, as has an influx of foreign buyers paying in cash. Previous domestic buyers in the New York area have moved to Miami to stay away from New York's price hikes. There are also many new developments springing up, including 41 new towers. This result in 12,000 new residential units being created in the downtown area alone in the coming years.

With the wave of residential units being built in the area, business-minded people will likely need an in-home office to conform to the times. Many companies are allowing workers to complete part or all of their work from home. Even if this is not the case, many people take overflows of assignments home with them, so it's important to have a suitable working space to be sure the work is completed efficiently.

Used office furniture

Second hand office furniture is a great option for residential buyers. When these desks and chairs are sourced from a reputable dealer, the quality is comparable to newer units. They also offer a cost-effective solution for people looking to save money.

Contemporary workstation

Seek out workstations that will match the decor of your home. If you have an entire room you can dedicate to an office you'll have enough space to purchase a large executive style desk with a storage hutch. If you have a smaller space, opt for a L-shaped desk that can fit in a small corner.

Ergonomic chairs

There is a variety of second hand office chairs available as well. It's important to make your chair decision based on comfort as well as style preference. First choose a range of chairs that can be adjusted for the height and posture of the user, then narrow down your choices from there. You can select a chair with advanced ergonomic features like a head rest and segmented back rest.

Storage

People who work from home need storage solutions too. So be sure to equip your workspace with filing cabinets. If you have limited square footage opt for vertical cabinets.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Downtown Doral soon to become an urban center

Miami is constantly reinventing itself. Doral, a suburb that lies west of Miami-Dade County, has been targeted by developers as a new urban center. According to the Miami Herald, there are plans to build a mixed-used community called Downtown Doral. The project will encompass 120 acres of land in hopes to establish Doral as a place to live, work and play.

"In Downtown Doral, we are giving the new City of Doral a heart and soul," Armando Codina, developer, wrote on the Downtown Doral website.

According to the source, Codina Partners invested more than $1 billion in the project, its largest contribution ever. The development will include 2,840 upscale living units, including a number of condos and rental properties. Additionally, there will be more than 1 million square feet of office space, allowing larger corporations to "rub shoulders" with startups.

When new projects are planned there is a unique chance for the interior design to take on a modern aesthetic. A variety of office design trends has emerged that are based on collaboration, which has been made easier through smart furniture purchases. 

Open layouts

Office workstations - Multiple rows of cubicles aren't right for an open floor plan, so opt for bench workstations to provide an airy feel to the room. These desks are built from multiple attached units to provide an efficient use of space. They are available in larger units that sit two or more people and are perfect for employees that need extra storage and counter space, like administrative staff members. On the other hand, contrasting workstations feature a rectangular design that fits more people. However, each person still has ample space to work. This option is suitable for customer service representatives, writers and even graphic designers.

Custom - To create a productive environment skip the one-size-fits-all method of buying office furniture and instead customize the units to feature the amenities people need. This can also be done with traditional desks. Some models have hutches and shelving to increase the storage space. Pick up those pieces if the additional storage will help support operations.

Ergonomic chairs - These days it's not enough to purchase task chairs for employees. Each seat needs to meet ergonomic standards to provide a comfortable cushion. Additionally, an ergonomic chair adjusts to conform to the posture and height of each user, which helps eliminate workplace strains.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Work begins on new Hyatt Place Miami

Miami is in "growth mode," according to The Real Deal, as a variety of industries are seeing lots of development including the hospitality, commercial retail and health care sectors. The Miami International Airport submarket has become a thriving business center as well, with passenger arrivals increasing and new terminals being added.

The Hyatt Place company recently began construction on its first branded hotel in Miami, according to the source. It's being built by a joint venture called MIA LeJeune, which is made up of Mayan Properties, Travelers Hotel Group and Concord Hospitality. The estimated cost for the entire project is $21 million and the structure will feature 135 rooms upon completion.

In addition to planning for building materials and decor, this new hotel and others like it must stay true to guests' needs - and the MIA Airport district boasts a highly business-centric clientele. As such, it's important that each suite come complete with appropriate business furniture like a contemporary workstation and ergonomic chair. Also, it's helpful for there to be large on-site meeting rooms with adequate-sized conference tables and task chairs. Ensuring each guest has an appropriate workstation will help him or her boost productivity and keep the hotel in mind during the next visit.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Designing a modern Miami law firm

According to The Real Deal, the law firm Shutts & Bowen has just signed on to occupy an office space in Miami's Southeast Financial Center. The 15-year lease takes effect November 2015. The office space includes almost 70,000 square feet in three floors.

Law firm office designs are changing with the times. According to the Los Angeles chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators' Leadership Exchange Magazine, the secretary to lawyer ratio has increased and technology is making things more automated. Additionally, lawyers are becoming more mobile and working in teams more often.

Branding

Legal firms are also implementing additional branding into their company. While this needs to be maintained through public channels, company culture should be consistent throughout the firm. Incorporating logos and chosen color schemes through the walls and conference areas helps foster a more engaging workplace and helps employees feel like they are part of a team.

Ergonomics

Ergonomic offices are another component of modern legal workplaces. Because lots of time is being spent behind the computer, there is a bigger push for comfortable ergonomic chairs that adjust. 

Sharing

According to the source, areas with a high-density of law firms are seeking to share facilities. In some cases, conference rooms and mock courtrooms are being used by multiple practices. 

Open environment

Law firms that choose to work in teams can benefit from an open layout. While partners and other people in leadership roles have their own office, the rest of the workforce can work in a more communal environment.

Supporting furniture

Office workstations - Benching workstations are the most practical option for open floor plans. These desks are usually connected in groups of two or four desks, though the workstations can also be made into long rectangular tables with small nooks for each employee. These workstations are suitable for administrative staff members. If more space is needed, opt for the smaller grouping of desks. Many of these models have built in storage and shelving, which helps boost efficiency.

Storage

There is a variety of standalone filing cabinets for extra storage needs. Choose from high-density cabinets, bookcases and other storage units.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Finding the right office furniture for a South Beach Hotel

Developers continue to expand their footprint in South Florida, a fact made apparent by Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant's plans for a new hotel. The project, announced in late November, sees the company acquire the Angler boutique, with plans to add another tower in the coming years. In 2014 an additional 83 rooms will be built, resulting in a total of 131 suites in the hotel. Additionally, the plans include a new lobby modeled after a living room, as well as a rooftop pool.

"South Florida has been an especially integral part of Kimpton's growth story over the last five years as a market with high demand among our most loyal guests. We look forward to continuing our success here," Mike Depatie, CEO and president of Kimpton, said in a statement.

Hotel furniture

While it's important to find the right bedding and lounge seating for a hotel suite, the office area is becoming an integral part of the room as well. Even though the coastal city is home to numerous beaches and a tropical climate, it is also a bustling business center. Outfitting each room with ample space for hotel guests and business professionals to finish their work will help fill the needs of the clientele.

Contemporary work stations - These modern desk styles are perfect for hotel chains. They can be customized to fill a variety of room sizes, while each still offering ample work space.

Ergonomic desks - Business professionals spend many hours at their desks, so be sure they have a comfortable space to sit. This can be accomplished with an ergonomic chair. The units have adjustable back and neck rests, thus allowing guests to sit comfortably. These seats are used in office environments around the country, and are touted as providing a comfortable sitting environment that limits strains in the neck and back.

Conference rooms - It's vital for hotels in metropolises like Miami to have conference rooms. Each should be a different size to offer personalized options to clients. Conference tables are available in a range of lengths, from those that offer enough room to seat a small group to tables that fill the room. It's important to fill space with professional-grade executive chairs. This helps accentuate the quality of service offered at the hotel. Modern meeting rooms are also typically equipped with the latest technology. Be sure you have a large flat screen display, video chatting capabilities and a table that supports additional items.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Which office workstations are best for Miami's bustling art community?

The Art Basel event that wrapped up in Miami beach on Dec. 8 was an international showcase of art with participation from more than 250 leading galleries.

"We were delighted to see the strong interest of European and American collectors in Latin American artists," Livia Benavides, a gallery owner, said in a statement. "Art Basel in Miami Beach is the meeting point for all art professionals, especially those from Latin America."

In addition to the art deco architecture and museums found along Miami's sandy shore, the coastal town also has many cultural neighborhoods. The Design District is home to innovative fashion, design and art houses, making it one of Miami's most creative areas. Another popular neighborhood, Wynwood, has 70 art galleries as well as retail and nightlife establishments.

If you are a new entrepreneur hoping to move into this vibrant city, or a local looking to outfit your gallery with new office equipment, keep these tips in mind:

Creatives spaces need collaboration

Most galleries keep their furniture to a minimum and opt for open floor plans when possible, so there are a variety of office workstations from which to choose, to support this type of business.

Conference tables - It's important to have a large conference table with ample seating for each employee. This will be a place for everyone to gather and brainstorm ideas for a new showcase or marketing endeavors.

Custom office workstation - Because this work is so unique, it might be best to design your own custom office. Choose streamlined workstations for your administrative professionals and a traditional desk for the curator and others in a leadership role.

Ergonomic chairs - Each desk must have comfortable seating. This can easily be achieved with plush ergonomic chairs. These units have adjustable back and neck rests that have been proven to reduce the risk of workplace strains caused by sitting for long periods of time. 

Technology support - Many art galleries are adopting the latest forms of technology and the workplace must be able to support this. Be sure to outfit your space with computer arms for monitor displays or mobile carts for easy front-of-the-house sales. The use of this technology means many files can be stored on external backup hard drives, but when you need hard paper copies, be sure you have suitable filing cabinets as well.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Mixed-use building planned for Wynwood

The development interest in Wynwood continues to build, as new investors flock to the artsy Miami neighborhood. According exMiami, plans for a mixed-use building called Wynwood Central were recently released.

Shawn Chemtov and Marc Kovens are building the structure, which will feature eight floors of office, residential and retail space. Additionally, more than 400 parking spots are included in the plan, as well as an outside courtyard.

This new building is planned in a vibrant Miami neighborhood. Wynwood originated as a garment district and now serves as home for one of the world's largest open-air art galleries. Additionally, the area is known for a variety of trendy restaurants, bars and other creative establishments.

If you are looking to move your operations to this part of town, it's important to fit the space to your brand culture and the arty vibe of the neighborhood. To do so, design a custom office to bring personality and style into the space.

Open layout

In a neighborhood filled with open layouts, it's suitable to mimic the look in your space. Instead of cubicle desks, opt for office workstations that allow for collaboration. Teamwork drives innovation, so be sure your business furniture supports productive work.

Conference room - For a truly custom space, install glass walls in your conference room. People will feel less confined in the area and ideas will be able to flow more freely.

Color

Bring vibrant colors into the office. Don't settle for white, gray or beige walls when colorful hues help people feel energized. You can also add color by picking a space with numerous large windows. This takes advantages of the city's wealth of natural hues from the greenery of the trees to the blue ocean views.

Wall art

Create an even more interesting environment with wall art. You can fill the space with colorful depictions of your brand's logo and company signage. You might also want to include professional photographs or other framed forms of art. Consider adding sculptures or even murals to the space.

Plants

You can brighten up your office with plants. Choose tall leafy options to place near filing cabinets, and if your budget allows for it, include a personal potted flower or plant in each custom office workstation.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Miami-based entrepreneurs launch niche business network

There are countless examples of Miami's entrepreneurial spirit to be found amidst the wave of new office buildings and business conferences springing up around the city. This international town is also producing young entrepreneurs, so much so that some professionals felt they needed their own forum.

Our City Thoughts is a nonprofit organization that was founded in January 2013. Binsen J. Gonzalez created the initiative as a way to organize some of the new innovations created by entrepreneurs. According to the institution's website, the community support received from this endeavor has proven its need. It's stated goal is to connect established industry professionals with "millennial talent."

In addition to a good network of business-minded individuals, entrepreneurs also need to make smart choices regarding their finances. During the startup phase, expenses must be kept at a minimum, thus lowering overhead. The collection of knowledgeable industry professionals can help fledging business owners cut costs. This can be done with smart purchasing habits, including the initial allocation of business furniture.

Before any equipment is purchased, the office layout must be planned out. As a business owner or member of the leadership team, you'll need know how many employees must fit the space. As you speak with other professionals you can get a better sense of how successful offices operate. Then you will know how to design your own layout.

Workstations - Open floor plans are popular these days. They are chosen mainly, because they allow team members to collaborate quite easily. However, this setting also can help your startup costs. Without traditional walls or partitions, you can maximize space. Each square foot of your office should be considered to have a dollar amount, which means the more people in one room the more money saved. At the same time, be sure not to cram workers in too tightly. You can easily avoid that with contemporary workstations. These desks are streamlined for efficiency. They offer ample counter space for each employee, yet make the most of valuable office real estate.

Ergonomic chairs - It's also important to make sure each employee seated at a desk has an ergonomic chair. These industry standard units are lauded for their adjustable neck and back rests.

Used office furniture - Consider filling your space with used office furniture. If you source pieces from a reputable dealer, you can find quality equipment in various styles. Additionally, when retailers purchase units in large lots you could buy matching furniture for the entire office.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Creating the perfect home office in Uptown Miami

There is a variety of new condos in the greater Miami area and the uptown neighborhood. Urban living often sprawls upward in many metropolises, and this coastal city is no different. This global marketplace has numerous new residential developments with vacancies to sell. 

While it's important to make sure your home has all the amenities to enjoy comfortable living, you might also want to equip it with a home office.

Business trends are moving to more mobile-based work. Many employees of mid- to large companies are able to complete some or all of their tasks from home thanks in large part to the considerable advancements of modern technology. It's easier than ever for people to connect to the Internet at home, and log in to the business's internal network.

However, in order to ensure the same amount of productivity is achieved, be sure you outfit your workspace with appropriate business furniture. When a home office is designed, people often shop at a place that sells tables and seating for the entire home, But you'll get much more durable and quality furniture if you source equipment from an office supply store.

Secondhand business furniture

Established retailers are able to purchase large quantities of used office furniture. These desks and chairs come from businesses that are revamping, moving locations or closing down, and the quality of the workstations are often comparable to new units, but much more affordable.

Custom choice

Before you buy used or new furniture, take a good look at your space. Some people have an entire room to dedicate to an office while others may only have a small corner. For the former, you can have your pick of large desk units. Some are L-shaped, while others are round. If space is tight and you're setting up the work area in a corner of a room, opt instead for angled desks. These units take advantage of all the space, while providing lots of counter room.

Seating

It's important for any work area, even a home office, to have comfortable seating. So opt for an ergonomic chair. You have a wide variety to sort through, because you are buying your own furniture. So you could select an adjustable neck or back rest. Or you can pick both. Additionally, you might want a chair on wheels. The downside of going into a traditional office is the lack of flexibility. Take advantage of the range of working environments by bringing in a comfy chair or sofa to offer yourself a change of scenery.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Office design to support your employee's well-being

There has been a boatload of new development in Miami and its submarkets. Whether your office is located in the Design District, South Beach, Wynwood, Coral Gables or another area near this coastal city, you'll need the right environment to support your workforce.

A variety of factors can influence the well-being of your employees, which, in turn, can impact productivity. According to the South Florida Business Journal, not addressing the mental health of workers can deter the company's growth.

Stress

The majority of jobs are stressful, which is a fact that is hard to overcome. However, management can help lighten the load by designing a supportive workplace.

"Creating tranquil places to concentrate, especially in open-office environments, allow staff to choose their engagement level without losing the benefits of collaborative opportunities," according to the source.

Mobile workers

Many offices allow employees to complete part or all of their work from home. This is beneficial because it allows greater flexibility. However, the downside is that these "teleworkers" can feel segregated from their coworkers and company. So when a home-based employee's work needs to be done in the office itself, be sure to have a quality desk and chair on hand that is near their co-workers.

Communication

When an employee has his or her head buried in a computer all day, isolation could be a problem. Avoid this issue with an office layout that supports daily interaction. Choose cubicles with low partitions, so people don't feel confined and can easily converse. Additionally, consider outfitting private offices and conference rooms with glass walls. A transparent company culture is good for morale.

Extras

There are certain things everybody needs to stay healthy and full of energy. While food is an obvious necessity, exercise is important as well. It may seem like a luxury to offer employees a fitness area, but supporting their healthy lifestyles can actually help reduce depression and absenteeism, according to the South Florida Business Journal. So send out a memo to gauge everyone's interest and consider adding a workout center for the staff. Windows that let in steady amounts of sunlight can boost spirits, as well. Many people need to have some type of interaction with greenery and the sun to stay motivated.

Office workstations

Modern business furniture provides offices so many options to improve a worker's day. For an open floor plan, consider streamline desks without partitions. These units are great for employee communication. However, if your company's model is based on independent work, opt for modern cubicles that have ample storage and counter space.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

PortMiami may soon be home to a soccer stadium

With all the development underway in Miami and its submarkets, you may not recognize the coastal region in the coming years. Investors and international markets steadily show an interest in supporting both old and new structures in the area. Now, David Beckham and his Major League Soccer team might join in the mix, according to the Miami Herald.

Even though the negotiations are in their preliminary stages, Beckham Brand Limited has asked Miami-Dade County if it would consider the construction of the stadium in the southwest corner of Dodge Island in PortMiami.

"They kind of elevated this site," Deputy Mayor Chip Iglesias, told the source. "We said yes, we'd take a look at it."

A new stadium on the port will require a range of new office equipment for the administrative wing of the franchise. Whether you are purchasing furniture for a sporting arena, commercial center, real estate office or another entity, each component of your space needs to be made from a quality material.

This is where office workstations come in. These desks are modeled after contemporary designs so they offer a streamlined look. This in turn helps with efficiency because it doesn't take up much space, yet supports each employee and the tasks they need to complete. Conference tables are also needed in many types of establishments, so make sure to buy one that fits the type of work that will be completed.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Miami venture firm provides insight into a culture-based workplace

There are many different components that make up a productive workplace. While office trends have moved toward open layouts that promote collaboration and transparency, other employers are seeking to establish a clear cultural environment.

Susan Amat wrote an editorial in the Miami Herald called "Building a Strong Culture Pays Huge Dividends." She is the founder of Venture Hive, which works to help entrepreneurs succeed by providing them education and guidance.

"Even though we are a small startup, we are taking the pulse of our team regularly," Amat wrote. "The first thing we discuss with potential interns and employees is that we prioritize the cultural fit over everything else."

The company conducts regular performance evaluations that also consider the individual's personality. She believes that in order to build a good team, everyone needs to have a shared sense of respect and value.

Office design can play a big part in company culture. If you want your firm to be a space for everyone to feel like part of a group, an open floor plan is the way to go. And contemporary office workstations are the foundation material upon which to grow your business. Small touches like glass walls and ergonomic chairs can go a long way toward supporting the workplace.

Want to create a comfortable, collaborative work environment? Visit the Office Furniture Warehouse website to complete your office landscape.