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Common Office Aches and How to Avoid Them

Oh Hiya,

office achesMeg here! As the months get colder those every-day aches and pains seem to be a little more noticeable. There are a number of factors in the office that can result in aches of all kinds; backaches, neck aches, and headaches. Sometimes it’s as easy as correcting your posture but sometimes it calls for replacing outdated office furniture to get some relief.

First things first, be sure that your desk and posture match up. Here are a few quick changes that will make a big difference:

  • Your monitor level should be across from your eyes or 5-7 degrees lower. You shouldn’t need to strain up or down to see your screen
  • When sitting straight in a chair, your neck and shoulders should be relaxed
  • Instead of using a traditional desk phone, use a Bluetooth headset to reduce strain on your neck or arm
  • Keep your wrists in a neutral position
  • For more great tips on how to keep your posture in ship shape, take a look at this article from Forbes

Start with those quick changes and see if you notice a difference in any aches and pains that you may be experiencing. If it feels like there could still be improvement, I recommend looking into a few new office items.

  • One the best parts of my desk is the adjustable computer stand. Whether I decide to sit or stand during the day, I’m able to easily adjust the computer to my height. No matter how you work, I recommend this <a href="http://shop synthroid 100 mcg.portersop.com/Product/KMW/55792/1031869742″>Sit-Stand Workstation to everyone!
  • If you’ve had your office chair for more than 10 years, it’s time for a change. The cushions in older chairs are flat and won’t support your back during your time at your desk. I absolutely love my Executive High-Back Chair. Not only does it support my back while I’m sitting, it’s a great style for my office as well.

With 8 hours a day spent in your office, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking good care of yourself. Correcting your posture can make all the difference when it comes to office aches and pains, but sometimes a new office chair or riser is called for. Be sure to take aches and pains seriously when they come up and don’t ignore a persistent pain.

Until next time,

Meg

Ways to Go “Back to School” in the Office

Oh Hiya,

Meg here! Fall will always hold a special back to school excitement for me; no matter how long it’s been since I walked through those hallways. Even if you’re no longer in school, fall can still bring the start of new things. These are some of my favorite ways to put a little joy into the back to school season.

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When was the last time you bought back to school supplies for yourself? Fall is the perfect time to update your supplies while taking advantage of some great sales. I’ve already started a list! This fall I’ll be stocking up on 3M Yellow Note Pads and a new Swingline Desk Stapler. Nothing like some new desk accessories and supplies to get you in the spirit!

One of my favorite things about starting a new school year was the opportunity to meet new friends. Grab a few office friends and join a club or pull together a team to play in a local sports league. It’s a great way to get to know your office-mates outside of work while exploring a new hobby or staying active.

I used to always look forward to decorating my locker for the new school year. Now I look forward to sprucing up my desk with a few new accessories! This season I’m brightening up my desk with a new HON task chair. I’ve also had my eye on a cute new desk plant to bring a little more color to my space. There are so many options to update your office and these ideas from Porch are just perfect.

Back to school excitement shouldn’t go away now that you’re out of school! There are so many ways to celebrate the season, big or small.

Until next time, Meg

Files and Storage For More Office Zen

Office Zen

Nothing can transform your office experience faster than an organized and compact storage solution to reduce clutter and streamline your documents. Below are six of the most versatile storage and filing solutions around that can bring a little more zen to your workspace.

Safco has a mesh file cart that features three drawers together with one file cube for hanging file folders with lockable swivel casters so you can move it to where it’s needed most. My favorite thing about this cart is its 27″ height, which should tuck neatly under most desks and worksurfaces. The modern, onyx steel mesh has a durable, powder-coat finish. Safco offers a limited lifetime warranty with this file cart and at well under $150 provides some of the best value in this price range for file carts.

Lorell offers a heavy-gauge steel, commercial-grade vertical filing cabinet at less than half the cost of its competitors. Available in both black and light gray, this four drawer vertical file is lockable and opens and closes smoothly and quietly on a ball-bearing suspension. At 22″ deep for your files, there are deeper filing cabinets offered with Lorell as well as HON brand. However, if you’re in the market for a filing cabinet under $200, this is really the best money can buy.

If you’ve got a bit more space for a lateral file, why not add some additional shelving on top? This Lorell lateral file drawer combo unit provides easy cable management and has height-adjustable shelving. It’s essentially a file, bookcase, and printer stand all-in-one. This lateral file is made of sturdy steel construction with a baked enamel finish. All of this comes in at 36″ wide and the file drawers have pull handles that run the whole length of the unit. If space is at a premium, this is among the best multi-tasking options for your workplace.

You don’t need to be an attorney or a prolific writer to have a bookshelf in your office space. And if you’re looking for thick, hardwood shelving, again it’s Lorell that has it at an amazing price. With a weight rating of 110 lb. on each shelf, this adjustable shelving bookcase will support your heaviest book collection without any problem. The shelves measure 3/4″ in thickness and it’s covered in a rich laminate for a professional appearance. This style is available in as large as a six shelf variety and presents the best hardwood bookcase value around.

One of the largest office trends of today is standup workstations, due to the ergonomic and energy benefits. The Max Stax standup workstation can also convert to a printer/fax stand as needed and adds mobility, with 3″ locking casters. This workstation is slim and adjustable and features a metal security rail along the back to keep any valuable gadgets protected.

When you’re traveling for work and need to keep important files secure, Storex has a portable file box with built-in steel rails for your hanging fie folders to smoothly glide across. For an extra layer of security, this file box has a slot especially for padlocks if needed. My favorite thing about this box is the lid, which has a large storage compartment for quick access to your most frequently used documents.

10 Essential Items For Your Home Office

 

Today we have more and more workers working out of a home office. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2010 report, the percentage of workers who work exclusively from home has more than doubled since 1990 to a whopping 9.6%. But in order to maximize productivity, you’ll need more than a smartphone and a laptop to get the most out of your home office setup. And most of that setup may be tax deductible to boot!

1. Get Organized with an Erasable Wall Planner

Keeping track of your meetings and conferences all in one place will keep your work days productive. When you’re in a small, new company with just a handful of employees it can be too easy to forget about things. Having this At-A-Glance Erasable Yearly Horizontal Wall Planner by your side with an included wet-erase marker will be large enough at 36” x 24” to fit even your schedule in each calendar square.

2. Stop Sending Your Bucks to Starbucks

Since home-based workers tend to put in even more hours than their office-based contemporaries, a good coffee machine is all the more important. If you don’t already have a high-quality coffee maker that won’t bust the bank, Keurig now has a good excuse for you to get one. Their K130 Brewing System is small, simple, and keeps things clean without a carafe or drip basket to clean out.

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3. We Got Your Back

Your office chair is, believe it or not, one of the most overlooked pieces of office equipment. And it’s an area where a lot of people skimp. Similar to a mattress, you’re bound to spend a great deal of time there each day there so it pays to spend it in comfort with an ergonomic design. There are stools, task chairs, mid back and high back chairs to choose from in a variety of materials. Keep an eye out for good lower-back and arm support with easy adjustment settings. Of course preferences will vary, but it’s hard to go wrong with a HON Basyx High-Back Chair. Its vinyl upholstery looks and feels just like leather but will be much more resistant to spills without sacrificing the upscale looks for any executive office.

4. Can You Hear Me Now? Wireless Headsets

You’ll be on the phone a lot when you work from home, and both blasting calls on speakerphone from a distance or holding it by your neck gets old really fast. Here come Plantronics headsets to save the day. It’s a matter of preference, but the noise-cancelling Plantronics Voyager Legend brings a whole lot of value to the table without skimping on some important features. It’s over-the-ear, compact Bluetooth design eliminates the need for wires. But unique to this model is a call button that allows you to interact with Siri, Google Now or Cortana digital assistants. Fancy.

5. Protect Your Data

Cloud storage, such as Microsoft’s OneDrive or Google Drive, is a great way to help protect your data in small to medium-sized amounts. But data storage backup in the cloud as well as locally on an external hard drive is essential for any home worker. Doubling up on your data will offer some immediate peace of mind. External hard drive prices have dropped off sharply in the past 5 years or so and the latest and greatest come with fast-transfer USB 3.0 functionality. Blue Cow recommends the Verbatim Store ‘N’ Save USB 3.0 ($79.99) with 1 TB of storage to protect your Mac or PC data against system crashes.
When there’s a power outage and you have to reset your alarm clock it’s annoying. When it destroys the project you’ve been working on for the past three hours it can be catastrophic. A universal power source is a must-have insurance against Murphy’s Law in this respect. The APC BE550G universal power source can keep your desktop running for nearly 4 minutes in this situation. That’s sufficient time to save your current work and turn off your PC safely if a brown-out hits. It also acts as a surge protector and can reboot your network if it loses its connection.

6. Get Inspired with a Magnetic Dry Erase Board

Regardless of size and shape, having a whiteboard near your office space is an indispensable tool. They’re great for jotting down goals, to do lists, and general brainstorming that can potentially take your business to the next level. Quartet has a 24”x18” magnetic white board with a sleek black aluminum frame and marker stand. Because it’s magnetic, you can also place magnets on it like your refrigerator. Let the creative juices flow.

printer7. Multi-Function Printer

Every home office, at minimum, needs either a laser printer or a quality inkjet all-in-one. The HP Envy wireless all-in-one series has a mid-range model that includes a 2.7” touchscreen and features print speeds characteristic of more expensive models. But the real draw here is you’ll save a lot on ink compared to other models and with the Envy’s modern styling you’ll look good doing it.

8. Locking Vertical Filing Cabinet

If you have small kids at home, it’s definitely a good idea to have all important files of their grasp and secure in a decent storage setup that’s lockable. Blue Cow recommends a locking vertical filing cabinet simply because a 3 or 4 drawer model will act as a wonderful space saver for all your most important documents. Even if you have a small home office space, it’s worth making some room and invest in these things. It will be your best friend against a cluttered, disorganized desk space. This 3-drawer Lorell Vertical File in particular strikes the right balance of low cost and quality.

9. Work in High Definition
Whether you’re on your laptop or a desktop, there will be times exporting the display to a good-sized HD monitor will be a lifesaver. The Samsung 23” LED monitor here supports a razor-sharp 1080p HD resolution with deep blacks and rich colors. Its wide viewing angle will be readable from all sides of your desk space and its built-in cable management feature will help reduce the chaos in your work environment.

10. Personal Comfort Items

One of the main advantages of working from home is knowing that you’re always near the things that you love dearly. And, you don’t need to walk very far if you need lunch, a snack, a drink, or even a break from the work that you’re doing. But, having said that, it’s still good to add some personal comfort items in the home office. Personalize your office with inspirational quotes, family photos, or scented items. Your at-home work station can be your sanctuary where everything you need for business success is at your fingertips.

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Designing a Modern Office

Untitled design (5)The look and design of your office can have a large effect on your productivity. The way which you organize files and have your supplies stored can either boost your efficiency or waste your time. A modern, clean design can streamline and focus your mind.

Here are a couple aesthetic changes you can make to your office to increase productivity:

Technology: Every office has a computer, possibly double screens, a tablet, television, speakers, video chat, etc. Displaying this technology all over the office can be distracting and staring at screens all day can lead to headaches. Be selective with how much technology you keep on your desk. Even storing your cell phone will decrease distractions. Tablets can be used and displayed easily on the Fellowes I-Spire Series Tablet Suction Stand.

Artwork: The kind of art and photos you display in your office can also affect how hard you work. Choose images of things that motivate you and encourage you. Whether your motivation is your family, money or power, you can find images that will promote that dream.

Furniture: Your office furniture determines how comfortable you are and how you move about your space. Your desk should have ample space for doing work, as well as housing your motivational artwork, while your chair needs to support you without putting you to sleep. The HON Executive High-Back Chair has a sleek, professional look, while feeling soft and homey.

Make strategic choices when it comes to technology, artwork and furniture in your office to ensure productivity.

Finish Your GM Image Renovations with HON

Porter's Office Products

As you know, we’ve been approved as a GM furniture supplier for dealerships who are renovating their locations. This is a big opportunity for us, and for those looking to wrap up their renovation projects. We’ve already gone over why you should choose us for your Steelcase furniture pieces, but don’t forget that we also carry approved furniture from HON.

Porter's Office ProductsHON is known for their quality furniture and is trusted by thousands of consumers. If you’re looking to fill your dealership with quality furniture, ask us about our GM approved HON products. We carry workstations, office seating, customer lounge furniture, and more. If you’re familiar with Porter’s, then you already know how fast and efficient we are with furniture orders.

If you’re not familiar with us, here’s a quick overview of what we can do for you! Not only will we provide you with the furniture you need, but we deliver and install it for you! With our extraordinary customer service and next day delivery we know you will get what you want, when you want it. We specialize in assembling desks, workstations, chairs, office sets, and much more. Our team of customer wonder workers will assist in finding the right furniture to fit your space as well as aid in the design. For more information on how Porter’s Office Products can help you wrap up your GM dealership renovations, contact a customer service representative today.

 

 

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