The standing desk: fad or the new way to work?

Standing desk: just a fad?The human race works hard. Countless people across the globe spend hours working at their desks, which has recently led to the question, “would it be a better, healthier option for these individuals to be standing behind their desks rather than sitting?” While some might think this is a ridiculous idea due to the sheer number of hours one would have to stand, the standing desk is nevertheless now appearing in offices across the globe. Here are some reasons why using a standing desk may be a viable way to work: Continue reading

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Steelcase Gesture Chair

Steelcase gesture chair in Fort Myers, FLPicture this. You are in a business meeting and everyone is kicking back and texting and swiping. You are squirming in your office chair because the positions you are trying to sit in, just aren’t that comfortable. The definition of ergonomically correct office chairs has changed. No longer do you sit all day with your feet firmly placed on the floor and your hands and wrists poised over a keyboard typing. With the advent of new technology, the way people work has drastically changed.

Thankfully, along came the Steelcase gesture chair. This new innovative chair can be summed up by its name. The Steelcase gesture chair follows the movements that your body makes as you go through your daily work tasks. Continue reading

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5 key features to look for in an office chair

5 things to look for in an office chair.

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If you buy an office chair, you should understand that you are going to use it for a long time. Therefore, you definitely want to go out of your way to buy the right one for your wants and needs. With this in mind, here are five key features to look for in an office chair. Continue reading

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What to Expect from your Furniture Purchase

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What to Expect from your Furniture Purchase

                 Furnishing your space takes a large investment and a lot of time, we at
Office Furniture & Design Concepts (OFDC) understand the frustrations and it is our job to provide you with all the information to elevate any stress during this transition.  This informational sheet outlines the process that OFDC takes to make sure your space is beyond your satisfaction. We here at OFDC thanks you for your business and we are excited to work with you.

Design Process

                 After initial meeting with client, the salesperson(s) is responsible for providing a preliminary layout based on the client’s needs. This layout typically takes 48hrs* turnaround from original meeting. Once preliminary layout is approved, product is selected with client and final layout is created. Layout needs to be signed off by client and this layout is used for delivery and install from OFDC’s installation crew. What OFDC will ask from the client is the following:

  • If there is a CAD (Computer Automated Drawing) file available for the space.
  • Field measurements if CAD is not available.
  • Field verifications if building is new.
  • Furnishing budget from client.

*Please note, due to the above, design process may take longer than 48hrs. Also, design backlog could push the turnaround time. Salesperson(s) should give the client notice of all issues.

Quotation Process

                 Once client approves layout, the salesperson(s) provides client with quotation based off of the approved layout, selected products/finishes and budget. Once quote is signed off, quote goes to order.

Order Process

                 50% deposit is required for order. Client can pay via credit card, business check/money wire or PO. Remaining 50% will be due when product is received in OFDC’s warehouse and delivery and installation is scheduled.  Approved quote is turned into order entry where OFDC’s administration team will email client once completed. Client will also receive a touch letter when product is acknowledged by manufacturer(s) with an ETA** into OFDC’s warehouse. Please note, typical lead-time for commercial furniture is 4-6weeks from order entry***.

**Depending on manufacturer(s), typically, touch letters will be sent out within 48-72hrs from order entry. May take longer due to manufacturer(s) job logs.

***Exponential circumstances can cause longer lead times. (1) Depending on how custom product(s) are, lead-times can very. (2) Backordered items including fabrics and finishes can push lead-times. (3) Weather can push transportation lead-times. OFDC’s team will give notice to client if there will be a delay. At that time, client and select alternatives if they desire.

Delivery & Installation Process

                 Once OFDC receives client’s order into our warehouse, our Operations Manager will schedule delivery and installation. Client can request a date, however, based on installation schedule, requested date may not be met. OFDC will deliver and install in a timely manner but please be aware of this. It is the client’s responsibility to provide OFDC with any requirements to get into the space, i.e.: keys/allowance into space, blanket wraps for elevators, afterhours instructions if client requires afterhours (labor overtime) installation.

                 Installation of furniture can range from 8hrs to multiple weeks due to the complexity of the product. OFDC has a one year service warranty from initial installation. Once year is up, the client will be charged with a service fee of $150.00. Additional fees may be charged if multiple trips are required. Product warranties very from manufacturer and can be provided by salesperson(s) upon request.

Punch List Process

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                 During installation, exceptions, can arise that are based on the following:

  • Transportation damage
  • Manufacturer error
  • Salesperson error

If damage or errors occur, exception report is taken during install. Replacements are then ordered to replace these issues. Client is not responsible cost of replacements or additional labor to fix replacements.  Please note, typical lead-time for replacements is 4-6weeks from order entry***.

***Exponential circumstances can cause longer lead times. (1) Depending on how custom product(s) are, lead-times can very. (2) Backordered items including fabrics and finishes can push lead-times. (3) Weather can push transportation lead-times. OFDC’s team will give notice to client if there will be a delay. At that time, client and select alternatives if they desire.

Punch list items

                 Depending on project size and request of client, a walk through with salesperson can be scheduled. Punch list items will be discussed at this time and will be ordered in a timely manner.  Please note, typical lead-time for replacements is 4-6weeks from order entry***.

***Exponential circumstances can cause longer lead times. (1) Depending on how custom product(s) are, lead-times can very. (2) Backordered items including fabrics and finishes can push lead-times. (3) Weather can push transportation lead-times. OFDC’s team will give notice to client if there will be a delay. At that time, client and select alternatives if they desire.

                 OFDC’s operation team will then schedule install for exceptions and punch items once we receive them into our warehouse.

 

OFDC strives to provide our client(s) with the best customer service. It is our job to make sure your space is beyond your expectations and that the process goes as smoothly as possible. If at any point during your order you are not fully satisfied, please contact Joe Gammons at 239-337-1212 or jgammons@ofdc-inc.com.

Thank you again for your business

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Home Office Furniture Design Quiz

Try our home office furniture design quiz!The home office has become a staple of life these days. The ubiquitous nature of technology has us all in need of a space where we can sit down and sign in to conduct every level of business, be it personal or professional. How about taking our little home office furniture design quiz to see where you are on the issue? Continue reading

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Thoughtful Ideas For Small Home Office Furniture

Office furniture for a small home office.For some, the ability to work from home is a dream come true.  It can feel especially dreamy when your home is large enough to accommodate a full-size office.  However, for those with modest-sized homes or apartments where space is an issue, it can be a challenge to fit in everything you need for work.  Thankfully, in today’s laptop era you may need less space than you think for small home office furniture. Here are some handy tips for setting up:

  • Plan your work and work your plan. Before investing in everything you can think of for an office, do a reality check about what you really need.
  • Do an inventory. Find out now how much baggage you carry on your daily commute. Do you have boxes of papers? List them. Find out what you have.
  • Do a thorough Spring cleaning. Get rid of the miscellaneous stuff, the balls of rubber bands and so forth. You need to streamline for space, and with cloud storage you may really not need the endless reams of paper.
  • Capitalize on existing space. That odd corner of the dining room may be all you need as an office space.
  • Do a floor plan. Draw the best diagram you can of what you already have in your home, and what you already use for your office. Cutting out cardboard shapes and numbering them can help.
  • Out with the old and in with the new. Label furnishings and equipment to replace and get ready to shop for better equipment.
  • Be business savvy. Make sure your keep track of what everything costs you so that you can declare it on your taxes.

So What Does Your Home Office Need?

Putting it all together is the exciting part. Make a list of the things you want to have available for your working space. The following is a thumbnail sketch of small home office furniture you may think you need:

  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Lamp
  • Filing Cabinet
  • Artwork. You may want business visitors
  • Brick-a-brack. Staplers, scissors and a pen caddy are examples

Once you have your own unique list, cross things off. You may find that a nearby bureau drawer was just as effective as a pen caddy for miscellaneous odds and ends. A filing cabinet may not be the absolute necessity you thought it was and smaller desks may meet your needs better than larger ones.

The goal is to make sure your home stays a home while still meeting the objectives of your business. You want to be comfortable there whether you are working or not.

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Office Furniture in 2015: Some expected trends

Office furniture in 2015 and the future!Some of the prominent design trends for office furniture in 2014 included allowing for open spaces, mobility in the sense of flexibility, work-spaces that promote collaboration, and colors.

The day of the cubicle, strictly demarcated working spaces, and drab two-tone office furniture has come and (thankfully) gone.

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Proper Office Secret Santa Etiquette

Office secret santa under the tree.Office Secret Santa is perfect and fun way to celebrate the upcoming holidays around the office. Unlike your usual holiday gift giving practices, this won’t break the bank, because you’re only required to purchase one present. If you’re not sure how to begin, first have everyone who wants to participate write their name on small pieces of paper. Each person should then fold their individual piece so that the name is facing inward and hidden. Then, gather all the slips into a basket. Ideally, you would have a holiday-themed basket. Once that’s done, have each employee pick out a slip at random. This will then be the colleague they are required to buy a gift for. It is a sure fire way to ensure that everyone at work gets a holiday present.

#1: The number one rule is to be creative!

If you are trying to impress someone, instead of quantity, offer quality. Be creative in the gifts that you choose, don’t try to overdo it by spending your yearly bonus here. If it’s the office clown, you can purchase him or her a gag gift. If it’s the colleague you’ve been dying to take out to dinner, buy him or her something unique and interesting that you know they’ll fall for. All you need is a reasonably-priced present that will stand out. Remember, in the immortal words of Maya Angelou, “People might not remember what you say, or what you did, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.” And there’s nothing like buying that paperback someone’s been dying to read to make them feel special.

#2: Stay within the lines

Even if your present is very unique, you still need to follow the rules that your boss laid out for the office holiday gift exchange. You can set rules for Office Secret Santa, and you must make sure that everyone adheres to them. Some sample rules are: no inappropriate presents, date of present exchange must be a day when you are all present, etc. You can also set a spending limit for the gifts. And that is one of the most important rules of Office Secret Santa: stick to the budget. Do not try to outshine your coworkers. If there is a limit of $20, stick to it, or things could get awkward

#3: Personalize!

So maybe you don’t know enough about your chosen recipient to personalize a gift for them. No matter! Here’s a list of things that everyone will love:

  • Chocolates (Disclaimer: you must be sure that they are NOT allergic to any foods)
  • Gift Cards to your local coffee shop or diner
  • Cookies
  • Any kind of Gift Card, really
  • Cupcakes
  • A stylish briefcase
  • A Laptop Sleeve (make sure they have a laptop, and it is the appropriate size)
  • An electric mug warmer
  • A messenger bag

If you aren’t satisfied with going the tried and truth path, the perhaps ask around to see who your “target” talks to the most. You can be a little sneaky and listen in on their conversation for a good cause. If you don’t mind blowing your cover, you can even ask around for advice.

Just don’t spoil the surprise by approaching your soon-to-be recipient and asking them what they want.

Pro tip: If all of this sounds too stressful and complicated, then you can always make an agreement to each buy a random gift, and then have everyone place them on a table. Then, one person at random can be the first to pick a gift. Once the present is unwrapped, and it’s revealed who provided the present, then that person can be next to pick a present, and so on. Whether you use this method or the one described above, no one gets hurt and everyone gets a nice present for the holidays.

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OFDC Was Featured in Gulfshore Business Magazine

Glass walls and staircaseThis month, OFDC is proud to be have been featured in “Putting the ‘fun’ in functional” by Phil Borchmann at Gulfshore Business Magazine.  Gulfshorebusiness.com featured OFDC as one example among three interior designers that are helping Southwest Florida companies to adopt more flexible office plans. In July 2014, OFDC did an office renovation project for InfiLaw System, an association of ABA-approved law schools and companies that provide many services including management solutions.
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How to Scare Your Coworker

It’s Halloween week again, and it’s the one time of the year that it is partially excusable to play dress-up as an adult. It’s always good to carry on fun traditions with you into adulthood, especially if you work a nine to five. The cubicle environment can become dreary for some, and there’s no better time than a holiday to spice things up with more than just the seasonal pumpkin spiced latte. You could surprise employees at Friday’s morning meeting and treat them to complimentary donuts, sweets, and other delights. But as you might suspect, it’s always more fun to gift your coworkers with a trick and scare the bejesus out of them. Yikes! Here’s some spooky ideas:

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