Thursday, June 18, 2015

How To Effectively Transition Into Your New Office Space

Executive Office TransitionOnce you've purchased your new office furniture, it's time to begin the transition process. During this time you'll want to take several necessary steps to ensure the completion of your project runs smoothly. In today's post we'll highlight helpful tips and tricks to ensure just that. Enjoy!

1.) Furniture Removal

Before your new furniture arrives, you'll want to get your old furniture out of the way! Rest assured, it's never fun to have new office desks and chairs arrive when you're not ready. If you're planning on selling your old furniture to recapture some funds, take pictures of it before you start disassembly. Keep track of all your components and label them accordingly incase you decide to reuse it down the road. Storage your old furniture flat on the ground to be as safe as possible. As office furniture can be quite heavy, you might want to have a couple friends or coworkers help with the process.

2.) Space Prep

Office Makeover TipsWith your old furniture removed, you'll be left with a blank canvass to work with before your new furniture arrives. Start by cleaning your space effectively. You'll be surprised at just how many paper clips and thumb tacks have been hiding under your workstation! Once your room is nice and clean, path your office walls and paint if necessary. Trust us, it's far easier to handle these tasks without new furniture in the room!

3.) Effective Installation

Whether you've paid to have your new furniture assembled professionally, or you're taking on this part of the project yourself, you'll no doubt want it to run as smoothly as possible. The installation process is one of the biggest features most shoppers encounter during the office makeover process. But there's no need to worry. We'll walk you through it!

Start by creating a staging area for your new furniture sit before it's assembled. You don't want to put all the large boxes in your space. This will result in an overcrowded work area that's sure to leave you frazzled! you'll also want to have some basic tools on hand. A cordless drill, screwdrivers, allen wrenches, and tape measurer will all come in handy. Also have a first aid kit handy incase of any unwanted accidents. Once your furniture is staged, locate the instructions. Most office furniture manufacturers will post the assembly instructions for larger items like executive style desks and
conference tables on the outside of the box for convenience. Be sure to follow the instructions and take the assembly process one step at a time. In most cases, two individuals can assemble the furniture for private office space in less than 3 hours.

Bonus Tip: Once your furniture has been assembled, you'll be left with lots of boxes, debris, and packaging materials. Prepare for this accordingly. Break down boxes and have trash bags on hand to collect the general fodder.

Well Organized Office Space4.) Get Organized

Now that your furniture is installed, the transition process is almost complete! To ensure you're set up for success, organize the important documents from your old space effectively. Make use of your new cabinetry from day one. Don't just toss your old files into drawers and take a procrastinators approach. Get started on the right foot with proper organizing out of the gate. In addition, you'll want to properly route wires for your computer and office electronics. You can use zip ties to ensure cords stay together and avoid unnecessary tangles!

5.) Form Good Habits

The transition process ends with you forming good habits that you can commit too. Was your old space cluttered? Where you dealing with frustration and fatigue on a daily basis? These productivity killing factors can destroy your work day. Form good ergonomic habits that will result in increased efficiency. Commit to an organizing and cleaning schedule for your space. You can also place posture reminders around your station to ensure you avoid slouching and hunching over your keyboard tray when typing. Commit to keeping your feet flat on the ground when computing and align your chair and monitor to ensure you're not looking down when you type. Your new filing and storage cabinets will come keys. Be sure to keep good track of these! Don't leave your keys in the locks 24 hours a day. This is a bad security habit that can come back to hurt you. In the long run, you'll want to leave your bad habits with your old furniture! To have an effective transition, forming good habits is a must!

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