Saturday, November 29, 2014

Top 5 unique conference rooms

#1 Interior: Purple And Unique Meeting Room Design brings us this article and amazing pictures on the latest in meeting room design. If you thought a bright purple might not work in office design, then you probably haven’t seen these fabulous pictures. Mixing bright purple comfortable conference room chairs with a modern low table and a carpet that takes us back to the era of the Jetsons, this incredible meeting room will inspire creativity and bring back the fun to your next team working session. Functional, relaxing and completely out of the box, these meeting room designs will have your creative juices flowing. Read the full article here.

#2 Executive Private Office Meeting Room in Dim Nuance With Glass Table and Brick Wall
Rebecca Dan for brings us these unique executive meeting rooms to give us inspiration when designing our own. This meeting room features lots of glass, combined with natural stone to bring a unique element of the outdoors to this ultra modern conference room. As you scroll through all of the photos, you’ll definitely be inspired to take your office space into today’s ultra modern style that has become so popular. These amazing pictures really show how functionality can inspire your design and cater to both the necessities of your work environment as well as the need for an environmentally and visually pleasing setting. Read the full article here.

#3 Fancy Southern Cool Conference Table Design With Solid Hardwood Construction And Black Wooden Cantilever For Country Conference Room
If you’re looking for a cool up to date design for your next conference room table, which combines ultra modern sensibilities with down home natural influences then you’re going to love this one brought to us by Andrew for The mixture of light and dark woods topped by a glass top, that we don’t see in this picture mixes yesterday and today beautifully. Check out this awesome combination by reading the full article here.

#4 Poseidon Resort – Underwater Conference Room
For something completely different take your next team building meeting at the Poseidon resort in Fiji. Their underwater conference room is on the list of places you must visit. It might get hard to concentrate with the beauty of the ocean life swimming all around you, so make sure your meeting agenda will keep your coworkers focused on you. For all the details and some amazing photographs, see all the info here.

#5 Meanwhile, In a Chinese Supervillain’s Lair
Jesus Diaz for brings us the most amazing conference room yet. The pride and joy of Saatchi and Saatchi in Beijing, this unique conference room features a heart shaped table, gorgeous red and white tulip chairs and a half dome that actually can rotate a full 360 degrees to make it possible to project onto it from any seat at the table. Incredibly lush and a bit over the top, but who cares? Having a long meeting in this awesome conference room would be a pleasure no matter what was being discussed. To see all the great photos, read the full article here.
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Friday, November 28, 2014

Top 5 cool office features

#1 This Office Has A Ball Pit
If you’re looking for ways to add some fun and creative energy into your office space, you’ll love this article by Nick Schonberger for Nick takes us on a tour of Chandelier Creative who manages to mix lots of hard work areas with lots of fun play areas in their offices. They have a ball pit, studio dogs, and fun pink doorways to bring extra fun into their days. If you’re running a company that needs to be creative in their approach to business, and let’s face it, what company isn’t in that position? Then you need to read the full article here.

#2 Business on a downward slide: Boss installs giant metal slide in his office so employees can quickly move between floors.
If you want to get to the fourth floor from the fifth floor at the Workshop offices, you could take the stairs, but it’s a lot more fun to take the slide! Yes we said the slide. Rob Cooper for, takes us on an inside tour of the Google-esque type work spaces of the Workshop offices. In an effort to bring more fun to the work space and boost employee morale, their office manager James Avery thought a 20 foot slide would be just the thing and judging by the employee smiles, he was right. See all the great pictures and video and read the full article here.

#3 12 Ways Puppies Can Improve Your Office Environment
In this incredibly informative article, Allison Reiber for explains how bringing puppies into the workplace can improve productivity and the overall office environment. We were really surprised at some of the revelations this article brought to light. For example, you probably wouldn’t have suspected it, but apparently conference calls become almost 90% cuter and 40% less boring when puppies are around. For these and other highly technical statistics on the quantifiable improvement that puppies bring into the office, read the fullarticle here.

#4 7 ways you can use bean bags in the office
Not just for college students and people stuck in the 70’s anymore, the bean bag chair of today has come a long way baby and Monika Baraket for shows us some great new bean bag chair styles and how you can use them in today’s office. From high back versions that are great for sitting at your computer all day, to versions that resemble the world’s best Lazy Boy chair for your favorite office guests, today’s bean bag options are versatile and very adaptable. Read the full article here.

#5 Ranked: The Best Slides And Worst Slides In Google’s Offices
While some, clearly uninspired people, might think that having a slide in the office at all is totally awesome and worth bragging about, Matt Lynley for claims that slides should all be evaluated for their own sake and not ranked highly simply because they are a slide…in an office. To this end, he has gotten a hold of some super secret Google slide info and pictures and has ranked them all for color, fun and whether or not they seem, inspired. For all the fabulous photos and Matt’s fun explanations of his ratings, read the full article here
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Top 5 open office space designs

#1 Beats Electronics – Culver City Headquarters brings us this amazing article on the new Beats Electronics, Culver City headquarters. Designed in a very nontraditional style, this office space looks more like a fun experiment in social networking than an office. Gone are the cubical farms, being replaced by open spaces, comfortable furniture and large areas that allow people to be creative. On top of the overall expansive look and feel of this amazing office building, they’ve incorporated a gym, locker rooms and four barista stations. This isn’t an office building, we’re pretty sure it’s some form of Heaven. For all the great details and some fabulous pictures, read the full article here.

#2 Bulletproof – London Offices
When the Bulletproof Company had to move their London offices, they might have ended up with a space that could have disrupted their close knit team, but as shows us in this article, they have taken their unique new space and made it work for them in the best way possible. With an open floor plan office area and spaces that allow teams to work together on projects, this awesome new office space meets all their work needs in an incredibly unique style. To see all the amazing pictures and get all the juicy details, read the full article here.

#3 A Space That Encourages Collaboration: ICRAVE’s NYC Office
Caroline Williamson for, brings us inside the latest design extravaganza by ICRAVE, their new Manhattan, NY offices. Using design ideas that made many of their hotel and nightclub clients famous, ICRAVE has an open office floor plan and team spaces that can double for other uses, like their meeting room that doubles as a lunch room, hidden by a wall sized chalk board and their reception desk that also doubles as a DJ area. With all of their creativity, they made their new offices the perfect spot to come up with brilliant ideas for their clients. For all the awesome photos and details, read the fullarticle here.

#4 Check Out Google’s Crazy Offices in Zurich
A fabulous slide, a zillion little micro conference pods, a giant theater and oh yeah, firemen poles to go down one floor, does this sound like a place you’d like to hang out? The folks at Google Zurich thought so too and that’s why they built their offices with all these elements and more! In this fun article by Jay Yarow for Business Insider, we get a full inside look at the new Zurich Google offices. If these photos don’t make you want to jump on the first plane and go to work for Google, then maybe knowing that all your meals are free and cooked by their in house chef might do the trick. For all the awesome details, readthe full article here. photo credit: camenzind evolution

#5 Invensys Rail Office Design Concept
Talk about inventive, this incredibly cool rendering of an office space for Invensys, a railway control and communications company has been designed but alas not brought to completion yet. Luckily the folks at bring us this awesome article that includes the designs and an artist’s rendering of the proposed space.  To get all the details and see these awesome pictures, read the full article here.
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Monday, November 24, 2014

How to design a healthier office

The health craze has swept the nation over the past several years.  Everywhere you look, there is some kind of new tip that will help you stay the in best possible shape of your life.  While workout and health food tips outside of work are very important, health tips for in the office are of vital importance with the amount of time you spend there.  From office design, to the food you eat, to having plants in the office, there are a myriad of different factors that play into the healthiness of your office lifestyle.
One of the biggest topics of discussion in the office is that of food.  Whether it's what you pack in your lunch, to that 2:30 afternoon snack option, a healthier choice will always benefit you in the long run. It can be easy to to run out of the office on your lunch break and head to the nearest fast food restaurant for a quick cheeseburger. For a healthier alternative however, bringing lunch with you is typically a better choice.  Bringing in some leftover tuna, chicken, or fish with whole grain pastas and beans with be a better source of protein and will satisfy your hunger and energy needs for a lot longer. When it comes to that afternoon snack, instead of grabbing that bag of potato chips or candy bar, bring in some dried fruit or tree nuts as a healthy alternative.

Does your part of the country get dark and gloomy outside during the winter?  Try investing in a "happy light" for the office.  This light therapy acts as a great replacement for vitamin D which you get from the sun.  A happy light in the office can help beat the winter blues and boost morale among you and your coworkers.  Another option to have in the office to boost energy and happiness is having plants around.  Many studies have shown that having plants in the office, or having them visible out of a window in the office has led to happier employees and more overall satisfaction with their job.
How exciting and creative is your workplace? Is your office dominated by cubicles and natural, boring earth tones?  If you can, try and get your workplace more into the 21st century of office design and architecture. Open work spaces that help promote collaboration a teamwork can be a huge energy and confidence boost to your team. Bright splashes of color on the walls and in other areas of your office design will also help boost energy and excitement in the office, making it a more fun place to work for your coworkers or employees.  Modern office design can be a big step for your company in it's overall well being.

Many companies overlook office design as a minimal expense and don't consider the effects it has on their employees.  Making your office a more vibrant and healthier place to work at will only benefit your company in the long run.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

5 tips on keeping up motivation working from home

#1 What to do When You Lose Your Mojo
When you’re stuck and just can’t seem to get back into the groove, Jen Hofmann at Inspired Home Office suggests you shut down those mean self talk critics in your head and take a dive into your wise self for some healing and helpful advice. It’s easy to fall into the procrastination trap when you’re feeling off kilter and Hofmann says that sometimes this is good and will help you relax and get the negative self talk to turn off for a while. She explains that when you get back to your wise self you can take a breath and relax and then move forward. Read the full article here.

#2 Getting Work Done At Home, Even During the Holidays
Lisa at brings us this great article by Angelo DIGangi on how to help yourself stay focused on work even during the holidays. From making sure you set aside a specific time to do your work, to ensuring your have a particular space to do your work, Angelo gives us tips and tricks to avoid distractions and be more productive during our working hours. We all know that working from home can have its own  set of difficulties and this article will help you avoid those precarious pitfalls and still make time to enjoy the holiday season with your family. Read the fullarticle here.

#3 35 Habits to Help Entrepreneurs Stay Productive
Working from home and being an entrepreneur can be challenging to say the least and that’s why Lisa over at has given us this handy info graphic to help us with some time and brain saving tips to make our work more productive. Whether it’s making decisions to only answer those emails you really have to, or having your meals delivered so you can save time on that, this info graphic will give you so many ideas to help save time and energy that even if you only incorporate a few of these habits, you’ll be able to increase your productivity dramatically. Read the full article here.

#4 All Dressed Up: The Write Office
In this article, Lisa at, gives us an inside look into the office of humorist and columnist, Michelle Newman. With photographs and lots of detailed info, Lisa gives us an insider’s view on the space that helps Michelle make the magic happen. For writers it’s important to have a space that speaks not only to their productivity but also to their creativity and this home office definitely has all the perks for both sides of the brain. Read the full articlehere.

#5 You CAN Share a Home Office Without Plotting a Murder
With more couples working together from home, the use of office space and office equipment can become a source of strife if you’re not careful. Fortunately, Lisa at, has some great ideas on how to manage your space and your time and most importantly your temper, when your working space is also your living space and your spouse is also your partner. From simple tips like making sure you both have your own computer and space to work in, even if it’s in the same room, to taking your calls in another area, to making compromises on the temperature, following her simple tips will help you both be productive and still like each other at the end of the day. Read the full article here.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

5 tips to help get ahead in your career

#1 10 Magic Words That Can Get You A Higher Salary
When you’re in the market for a new job, you often are also looking for a new and better salary; however, getting the nerve to ask for what you really want can be daunting. In this article, The Muse writing for Forbes gives us some great tips and ideas for how to ask for what you really want whether it’s a higher salary or more flex time. The key to understanding how to get what you want is in figuring out what the recruiter talking to you wants and giving it to them. The answer to what they want is really simple and giving it to them is even easier. For all the details, read the full article here.

#2 Cutting Through Office Politics
When it comes to sifting through office politics, the folks at have given some common sense good advice in this article. While they may seem obvious, the tips in this article make good sense and will help you avoid common office drama. From staying away from the gossip mill, to being friendly and respectful to everyone, these intuitively obvious tips are often lacking in many office environments. Whether you’re at the highest or lowest rung on the ladder to the top of your office, you would do well to heed these very valuable tips. Read the full article here.

#3 Are You Unintentionally Horrifying Your Boss? 6 Office Dos and Don’ts
When Kat Collings, who writes for wanted to get the best dos and don’ts on making yourself an excellent employee, she went to the top of her ladder for some great advice, her boss. While these tips seem somewhat obvious, the reason they are brought up is because many people just don’t get the basics when it comes to proper behavior in the work place. From being willing to try new jobs in order to help out the overall project, to making sure you keep the boss updated on your progress, these valuable insights will help you shine in your workplace. Read the full article here.

#4 How to Deal with Office Politics
Michelle Johanson at brings us some straight forward good advice for dealing with the politics that happen in every office. From basics like good communication and being friendly, to some great insight for finding out how your fellow employees like to communicate and then making sure you adhere to their preferred method as much as possible, this article really digs into the details of making sure you’re doing your best in the office politics arena.  For more great info, read the full articlehere.

#5 ‘Stealing the Corner Office’ Author Shares Three Unconventional Tactics
If getting that coveted corner office is your goal then Vicki Salemi writing for Media Jobs Daily gives us some very unconventional but fabulous advice from noted author Brenden Reid. Looking at the big picture is key and in a ground breaking statement, Brenden cautions us not to be so passionate, and to be more objective in our thinking. While passion is all very well and good, it’s objectivity and a goal to helping your company meet their goals that will get you noticed and propel you from that cubical farm to the cozy corner office you’re dreaming of. For this and other great ideas, read the full article here.
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tips on buying the right furniture for your office

A staple in every office across the globe is the furniture. From the chairs, tables, and desks, everything most likely gets used on a regular basis. Picking out the proper furniture is a far more important task than anyone realizes. From the waiting room lobby, to the swivel chair your social media manager sits in for 8 hours a day, each piece of furniture makes an impression on someone whether it's through its comfort, style, or lack thereof. There are many factors that come into picking out office furniture and you have to be sure of your decisions before each thing you choose.

The office chair is quite possibly the most important piece of office furniture your company has at its disposal. Sitting in the office chair all day can lead to a grumpy employee, and employee injuries later in life, especially severe back pain. Comfortable chairs are not only a luxury to the office, but key to maximizing productivity as the workers are sitting for more than eight hours a day, leading to back aches, stiff necks, and irritability. Before you buy office chairs for the company, do some research and find the most ergonomically friendly ones out there.  Happy employees will lead to a happy company, which will make you a happy employer or co-worker.

One of the hottest topics of debate over the past few years on the subject of office furniture has been the standing desk vs. the sitting desk.  While the sitting desk has been a staple of the American workplace since what seems to be the dawn of time, the standing desk has been making a surge in the office  as of late as employers and employees are beginning to realize the benefits of having them available. There are many pros and cons to both desk which can both serve a great purpose in the office. The sitting desk does allow the worker to be able to rest a little bit more and potentially puts them in a more comfortable position. While the negative affects can be back and neck pain over long periods of time. The standing desk on the other hand, will usually provide employees with more energy throughout the day, which will lead to heightened focus and inspiration. On the con side, it is much easier to develop leg pain from standing for several hours on end.

There are many factors that go into buying the proper furniture for you and your team. Make sure you go with the right selection by hiring a professional consultant to give you tips on what desks and chairs are best for you team for their short term and long term productivity and happiness.
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Friday, November 7, 2014

How to get ahead in the office without making enemies

The large majority of us are very driven individuals.  We set goals and have high expectations of ourselves.  We want to be the next person Forbes magazine is writing an article on or joining a list of the next millionaires.  Accomplishing these goals are usually easier said than done. To get ahead in our careers, staying focused and being aggressive when opportunities present themselves are key to being successful in the workplace. These tactics however, can often alienate your coworkers and make you the odd man out in your quest to advancing your stature in your current company or outside of that job.

Having your coworkers on your side can be a very beneficial asset in the workplace.  These coworkers can tag team meetings with you, cover work when you're sick, and many other things. If you alienate yourself in your effort to get ahead however, you can paint yourself into a corner and make your work life much more difficult.

One of the ways you can get ahead in your career while keeping your coworkers on your side can be helping them out. Whether it's on a regular conversation with your boss, or another employee, ask them how you can help them or what their biggest problem is for the week.  Offering help will show your initiative, give you invaluable leadership experience, and let your coworkers know you are responsible and they can rely on you during a difficult time at work or when they are swamped with a project.

Do you get the feeling your coworkers already dislike you or are trending toward those feelings?  It could be due to a myriad of reasons.  Being competitive in the workplace is of vital importance if you want to get ahead in your career. Being overly competitive however, can lead to major problems within the workplace and you can create a strong distaste for yourself by your coworkers. Make sure you are not bullying your other coworkers into getting your way. Be competitive,  but realize your ideas may not always be the best.

Another key is to be an open listener and friendly to your coworkers. If your coworkers are threatened by your presence and feel overpowered by your domineering attitude, you will once again alienate yourself and will not help your case in getting ahead.  Everyone likes a team player.

If you're a business professional, you most likely have a strong desire to get ahead in your career and make a better life for yourself. Make sure your pursuit of success doesn't come at the expense of your coworkers suffering or disliking you, however.  Be a good teammate and coworker will show a valuable skill in being able to work well with others, which will only make you a more valuable asset to someones company.
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