Product Highlight: Workplace Advocate

WORKPLACE ADVOCATE Making the workplace safe again. We are pleased to be the exclusive New England dealer for FUEGO Furniture’s groundbreaking Workplace Advocate –temperature and cough detection system.   WHAT IT IS - EARLY TEMPERATURE AND COUGH DETECTION & WARNING SYSTEM Create a SAFE office environment for your employees Give employees the CONFIDENCE to come back to work Return to pre Covid PRODUCTIVITY levels Monitor occupancy to OPTIMIZE utilization and safety of space HOW IT WORKS - Hourly Temperature and Continuous Cough Monitoring System for Individual Spaces Monitors employee temperature every hour. Alerts employee/ HR in case of temperature spikes Monitors excessive cough [...]

2020-08-05T17:33:59+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19, Solutions, Trends|

Spaces that Work: Arrival Back

[Excerpts from Knoll Design Days 2020 Workplace Planning] Our clients' primary concern for the arrival back in the office is the health and safety of their employees, with considerations around how people enter the office, circulation within the workplace; and new behaviors that need to occur to ensure a healthy and safe work environment for everyone. Organizations are working to balance communicating new policies and procedures with providing their employees the freedom to work safely and maintain the choice and flexibility that we have come to value in the workplace. While a holistic approach is key, furniture plays an important role in a [...]

2020-08-05T13:27:15+00:00August 5th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19, Research, Solutions|

Spaces that Work: Product Solutions to Help Return to a Healthier Workspace

As we work with our clients and their partners to help navigate a safe return to the office, we wanted to share a range of product solutions that can transform your existing focused workspaces with more appropriate physical distance.   WORKSTATION PANELS: Panels offer fundamental delineation and are easy to reconfigure so that users can be properly distanced, staggered or oriented back-to-back. Additionally, greater safety can be achieved by adding glass, lexan polycarbonate, acrylic, or laminate stack-ups, return panels or even doors. Moreover, existing fabric panel inserts can be easily swapped for laminate, steel or bleach-cleanable fabrics.               [...]

2020-05-19T20:01:44+00:00May 19th, 2020|Categories: Covid-19, News, Solutions|

Knoll Workplace Research: Considerations for Returning to a Healthy Workplace

Help Your Employees Get Back to Work Safely After a major disruption that affects work and life, getting back to the office requires an intentional strategy to assure employees feel they are safe and can remain healthy in their environment. Successful transitions take a holistic approach, addressing health and well-being from a physical, mental, social and emotional perspective. Here are some tips to ease your employees back to the workplace Post-COVID-19 and give them confidence in their work environment. DEVELOP PEOPLE-FOCUSED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Establish flexible work strategies such as remote work options, alternate shifts, phased return to work Allocate spaces [...]

2020-04-17T17:03:29+00:00April 17th, 2020|Categories: Design, News, Research, Solutions|Tags: , , |

Spaces that Work: Remote Reality

The way we work has been transformed overnight. This new "remote reality" can be overwhelming, disorienting and uncomfortable. As we all try maintain business continuity, while keeping our employees and partners safe and healthy in the face of a global pandemic, we wanted to offer a few simple tips to help create a positive, productive and ergonomic work space from home. Sometimes its the little things that can make the biggest difference. Designate a space where you’ll “set up shop.” That could be two different places: one for your nitty gritty work, and one for conducting virtual meetings when privacy matters. We suggest that you identify the [...]

Spaces that Work: Digging into DIRTT

You’re interested in DIRTT’s method of pre-fab construction – but how and when do you get started. Building Understanding: DIRTT represents a unique-multi-trade, pre-fab solutions and an entirely different method of construction that affects all aspects of a project including scope, schedule and budget. Think of us as a super-sub who are partners along the way from design development through client move-in. Timing: The earlier the better. The best time for the DIRTT conversation to start is in “Pre-Design;” when construction methods and major systems are being discussed. DIRTT scope and the effect on other trades can be determined at this time. If [...]

2020-03-11T13:23:07+00:00March 11th, 2020|Categories: Design, News, Solutions|

Spaces that Work – Workspace Etiquette

With many clients going through workspace transformations, we’re frequently asked about workplace etiquette guidelines. As with any change, a new workspace – often with greater openness -  requires some conscious adjustment. While each company, culture and space is different, below are a few tips to help champion good etiquette in the workplace. REDUCING DISTRACTION: Most complaints about the open office center on noise and distractions since sound carries so easily. The office noise etiquette tips below can help to reduce noise: Remember to modulate your voice and not use speaker phones If noise bothers you, utilize headphones when appropriate Take advantage [...]

2019-11-08T22:43:53+00:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Research, Trends|Tags: , , , |

Spaces that Work – Fall Favorites

We’re kicking off September with a snapshot of some of our favorite pieces of NeoCon 2019's new furniture that are available now for order. Knoll Ollo: Today’s workplace promotes people moving from one space to another – from solo work to team get-togethers. Knoll’s new light task chair – the Ollo – is designed specifically for improvisation and spontaneity - -with endless design possibilities.   Muuto Relate Side Table: If you’ve been searching for an elegant solution to the side or pull-up table – look no further. Muuto offers a complete lifestyle brand with everything from chairs and tables to rugs, mirrors [...]

2019-11-08T22:02:23+00:00September 10th, 2019|Categories: Solutions, Trends|Tags: , , , |

Spaces that Work – the ABCs of Acoustics

For all the benefits: increased collaboration, engagement and knowledge sharing; open offices bring acoustical challenges that can have a profound impact on the productivity, health and wellness and overall effectiveness of employees, a company’s greatest asset. Fortunately, there are numerous acoustic design strategies to create an acoustically balanced environment. Knoll Workplace Research has coined this the ABCs of office acoustics solutions: Absorb, Block, Cover. A - ABSORB: Minimize noise by absorbing sound with the use of porous materials such as suspended ceiling tiles, soft carpet, acoustical wall panels and fabric and draperies. B- BLOCK: Manage noise via sound avoidance through smart space [...]

2019-10-26T00:33:30+00:00August 21st, 2019|Categories: Design, News, Research|Tags: , , , |

NeoCon 2019

NeoCon 2019 brought into sharper focus many of the themes we first saw emerge in 2018. Almost all manufacturers highlighted a variety of settings across focus and collaboration, the blurred line between work and play and the importance of hospitality, wellbeing, flexibility, and access to power. We may be biased but Knoll’s new showroom in Fulton Market blew it out of the park when it came to showcasing best-in-class planning strategies along with vibrant, enduring and elevated design - or as Florence Knoll called it “total design”. Below were our key takeaways from this design convention. BOTH/AND One big “aha” from our [...]

2019-10-26T00:26:05+00:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: News, Solutions|Tags: , , |