Tuesday, August 29, 2017

8 Industry Buzz Words You'll Hear During Your Office Remodel

When tackling an office remodeling project, you'll hear a lot of industry specific jargon. Some of the terms you'll know, others you won't. We're here to make sure none of them fly over your head without understanding. Today on the OfficeAnything.com blog we'll review 8 of the most common office makeover buzzwords and their meaning. Enjoy!

1.) Ergonomic

Ergonomically Correct Office Interior

We feel fully confident that you've already heard and understand the values behind this overly used term. When tackling an office remodeling project, the term "ergonomic" will come up several times. These days nearly every product on the market is labeled ergonomically correct in one way or another. What you need to know is that not all ergonomic products are 100% necessary for your project. When this buzz word gets thrown around, don't be afraid to ask your designer how a product is specifically going to benefit you, your workers, and your interiors. This is far more important than the meaning of term itself.

2.) Open-Concept

The term "open-concept" has become incredibly popular. It's definitely one that you'll want to understand. The easiest way to explain the term "open-concept" is with an example....

Here is a picture of a work floor with high wall cubicle systems crowded on top of each other to maximize the number of workers that can fit in a space. This interior is not "open-concept", it's over-crowded and the site lines are terrible.

Overcrowded Office Interior

Here is a picture of a collaborative office interior with benching that encourages interaction and creativity. This space is "open-concept". It looks very large, it feels large, and site lines are open from every angle.

Open Concept Office Interior

3.) Collaborative

Collaborative Conference and Meeting Area

You'll see this term used above. When remodeling your interiors, designers and industry professionals will be working hard to help you improve collaboration. While traditional cubicle systems are great for privacy and reducing noice, they do little to encourage employee interaction. Alternatively, collaborative office furniture makes it easy for workers to bounce ideas off of each other throughout the day. Collaborative systems are taking over group work areas, conference rooms, training rooms, and classrooms across the country.

4.) Sit-To-Stand

Office Interior with Sit To Stand Furniture

The Sit-To-Stand revolution is in full swing. To understand this term, you need to understand the benefits behind it. As you sit for long periods of time, good posture habits breakdown. When this happens, blood flow is restricted, fatigue sets in, and productivity levels drop. As taking a short break once per hour isn't practical for busy workers, sit-to-stand solutions have been developed to prevent the need for constant breaks.

Essentially, sit-to-stand products are height adjustable tables, desks, keyboard trays, monitor arms, and desktop attachments that allow workers to easily transition between sit-down and stand-up work positions. They're definitely worth a tray if you can't get away from your desk once per hour to stretch out your muscles.

5.) Modular

Modular Conference Table

The benefits of modular office furniture cannot be overlooked when remodeling your interiors, and you need to know why. Stationary furniture is great for serving a single purpose, but if you're ready to get the most out of your work environments, modular components are the way to go. They allow you to think outside the box with your configurations while providing you with the ability to expand easily in the future.

Modular Office Furniture

Use the images provided above for reference. Here you'll see a modular table configuration that makes it easy to transition between conference and training applications. With modular furniture, this space is very versatile and efficient.

6.) Responsive

Responsive Office Chair

Here's a relatively new buzz word that's gaining a lot of traction. The term "responsive" is typically used to describe office chairs that automatically adjust to user movements. Today's responsive office chairs are changing the way we achieve comfort. While traditional chairs require manual angle and height adjustments, responsive chairs take the guess work out of achieving good posture.

7.) Benching

4 Person Benching System

The term benching is used to describe a new style of furniture that's an awesome alternative to traditional cubicle systems. We covered benching briefly when discussing open-concept interiors as these two buzz words typically go hand in hand.

Collaborative benching systems are rapidly becoming the preferred choice of emerging businesses as they encourage interaction. Benching systems are essentially rows of tables and work surfaces connected with storage modules and low privacy panels to outfit group work areas.

8.) Nesting

Flip Seat Nesting Chairs

Last but not least, if you're remodeling classroom and training areas, the buzz word of the year is "nesting". This term applies to tables and chairs with the ability to compress horizontally when not in use to maximize floor space. Popular nesting chairs and tables for the training room can be moved in efficient groupings as needed to save time and maximize productivity.

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