Supplier Or Partner? How to Spot The Difference

As a facility professional, you’re an integral part of your company’s success. And when it’s your responsibility to keep things running smoothly and efficiently, it helps to have the right people in your corner.

Our Field Guide for Facility Managers will help you spot the difference between a Supplier and a Partner. Quick tip: A supplier provides products, but a partner goes above and beyond to provide value to their customer.

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Bottom line: don’t settle for a supplier, find a true partner.

The unexpected can happen anytime. That’s why your Staples Business Advantage Facility Specialists is available whenever and wherever you need. They live and work in your area, so dedicated, attentive service is always just a call away. Discover more about our Facilities Solutions here.

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Is Bad Technology Holding Your Employees Back?

Is outdated technology holding your employees back from doing their best work? In the 2016 Workplace Index, nearly 75% of people reported not having access to the latest technology that would help them do their job more effectively and efficiently.

Investing in new technology for your company may seem like a costly undertaking that you might not feel ready or willing to commit to, however not upgrading may be holding you and your company back. If you weigh the costs of updating your technology against the benefits of how the right technology can propel your business forward, the results will probably speak for themselves. Giving your employees access to the right technology can dramatically increase efficiencies. Even simple improvements like switching an on-the-go employee’s computer from a desktop to a laptop or tablet can help give them immediate access to work from beyond the office walls. Adding or updating technology in your conference rooms can take presentations and business meetings to a more professional level.

So how do you know if your current workplace technology is holding your employees back from doing their best work? Use the Room to Room Checklist to take a quick audit of the essentials so that you can ensure your company and employees are set up for success.

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NeoCon 2016 Recap: Top Trends & Innovations for Office Design

The furniture team from Staples Business Advantage was in Chicago in June to attend NeoCon 2016, North America’s most important design exposition and conference. Our team of experts visited the various showrooms to explore the latest trends in workspace furniture and office interior design.

Throughout the few days we were at NeoCon 2016, we gathered up heaps of inspiration and insights from top vendors like Allsteel, HON, Global, Via Seating, Arcadia, Safco, and many others.

This recap from our time at NeoCon explores active seating options, how to introduce pops of colour into your workplace, communal workspaces, and how to plan your office layout to optimize employee productivity.

Perching vs Sitting
Safco was a hub of activity with their newly acquired line of Focal Upright seating options that they’ve added to the Safco Active family. This collection brings together products that promote movement throughout the workday by standing, active sitting and perching. The products make healthy happen through small changes that add up to make a big impact on your work and life. As studies and news outlets continue to report the importance of movement throughout the workday, Safco Active is focused on providing solutions to keep user’s bodies actively engaged while keeping in mind how and where users work.
SafcoSource: http://www.safcoproducts.com/pr-201605-safco-acquires-focal

Bringing Colour into the Workplace
Global Furniture Group brought a sleek and modern approach to their NeoCon showroom, infusing pops of colour into traditional office furniture pieces. Blues, yellows and plaid patterns made an appearance, bringing a fun twist to the standard selection of workplace furniture.
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Source: facebook.com/globalfurnituregroup

Global’s new River system introduces customizable lounge furniture pieces in a range of colours and layout options. The River collection brings people together in a place where ideas, insight and inspiration can be shared. River supports an endless array of curvilinear and rectilinear configurations with three back heights and benches. Seating and tables can be specified with power and USB outlets for mobile devices.
Global2Source: facebook.com/globalfurnituregroup

Workplace Productivity
In recent years, employers have been searching for the key ingredients that will help employees do their best work. Many workplaces are dealing with tighter budgets, a scaled down workforce, increased workload, and greater expectations to perform. If we’re putting more pressure on our employees, how do we support them to keep performance and productivity levels high? Is there a proven method for measuring performance? In a recent global research review, Allsteel went in search of scientific answers to backup this very question.
The study uncovered six key factors that have the highest statistical association with the performance of teams:

  • Social Cohesion
  • Perceived Supervisory Support
  • Information Sharing
  • Vision and Goal Clarity
  • External Outreach
  • Trust

These insights help us to approach office design and layout for optimal productivity levels as proven through the research.
Allsteel
Source: http://www.allsteeloffice.com/neocon2016

Want to explore how you can introduce some of these elements into your workplace? Speak to the experts. The furniture team at Staples Business Advantage can help. For more information, visit: workplacestudio.ca.