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Put your current office furniture to work!

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Prepping the office space for the next generation

There is currently quite a buzz about collaborative work-spaces. Facebook, Google, and Microsoft all boast of their large open work-spaces. Why all the hype? Well, most innovation today is driven by at least two people bouncing ideas off each other, which is hard to do in semi-isolation. Team and group work frequently leads to faster, more creative results than solo work. Two heads are better than one, definitely applies to the corporate world.

Implementing collaborative spaces does not mean you have to refurnish your office or throw out your work-spaces completely. Use what you have with some basic adjustments and minimal additions. Not sure where to start? We would love to help! ...  Read More

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Office Space-planning with Intention

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5 Top Questions to Ask when Space-planning 

Office Space-planning can be a daunting task, but it does not have to be with the right team and information. So, where is a good place to start? Here are our five top questions that will help get you started: 

  1. What is the size of space?
  2. What is the overall goal of this new space?
  3. How many employees and what are their functions?
  4. Do any employees need special accommodations?
  5. Are Collaborative or meeting spaces needed?

These are just a few of the many questions to ask before the space-planning begins.

Space Planning and Design with an Intention 

Planning on opening a new office location or redesigning your existing space? Our team of space-planners and designers would love the chance to work with you on your next project. Harris WorkSystems will collaborate with your project managers, architects, and engineers on designing a well thought space, one that that will help increase efficiency, productivity, and spark creativity.  ...  Read More

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Color Psychology

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Do the colors in your office affect your productivity? General studies believe that it does. Whether you take the result to heart or not is up to you but it is fun to think about!

In her book The Beginner’s Guide to Colour Psychology Angela Wright delves into how different colors can make us feel and what colors you should have around you based on your tasks. If you can get a hold of the book you should give it a read. It was published in 1998 so you may not align with some of her observations in the current time but the general premises and color quiz was still quite fun. I found a copy in our local library.

In the book she goes over how the primary colors are tied to different parts of us: blue – mind, yellow – emotion, red – body, green – balance.

How does that tie into your office?

If you are engaged in very detailed work and need high productivity you may want to have some blue around.  That does not mean everything in your office needs to be blue remember balance is important too.

Yellow is a bright creative color suited for the design community.

Red is the color for physical work e.g. construction or a gym.

Green provides balance and calming.

Getting a color that is a mix of the primaries will provide the best from both of their worlds!

Remember when planning your office space to consider what type of work you want to accomplish. Do not default to whites and beige unless you can add fun splashes of color to your furniture or decorations.

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