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Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you spend in your office chair? Take an average work week of 40 hours, multiply that by 52 weeks, and you rack up approximately 2,080 hours over the course of a year. Multiply that by the number of years the average person works, and it’s easy to see that a large portion of one’s life is spent in an office chair.

40 hours a week  |  52 weeks a year |  45 years working

ON AVERAGE PEOPLE SPEND 96,600 HOURS
OF THEIR LIFE SITTING IN AN OFFICE CHAIR

As surprising as these numbers are, even more, surprising is that more money is often spent purchasing a desk over an office chair. Same holds true for home office setups. Some spend more time in front of a computer than sleeping, so it only makes sense to have an office chair for both the office and the home, that is both supportive and comfortable.

A great ergonomic chair can increase productivity and efficiency of the person sitting in it, on the other hand, a bad office chair can lead to major back and leg problems or carpal tunnel, which causes lost time at work and a decrease in productivity and efficiency. Most consumers shop based on decor and neglect the importance of design and ergonomics. Luckily, there are some great options that are both aesthetically pleasing, as well as provide amazing ergonomic features.

OfficeSource has a great chair that checks all these boxes and then some.

WHAT ARE THE TOP FEATURES YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHEN PURCHASING AN ERGONOMIC OFFICE CHAIR?

LUMBAR SUPPORT

Consistent lumbar support
that follows your waist at all times

ADJUSTABLITY

A synchronized back and seat
with multiple position options.

SEAT SUPPORT

High density foam

BODY WEIGHT CONTROLS

No need to adjust
tension for different users.

MID BACK MESH CHAIR WITH TWO-TONE FRAME AND ALUMINUM BASE

The Luna Collection will make your office look out of this world. With the collection’s mid-back, mesh chairs with a two-tone frame and aluminum base, you’ll look both good and comfortable while you sit and get work done. It is also height adjustable and mobile, with its attached casters. Say hello to a neat twist on a typical mesh chair, when you choose the Luna Collection.

SKU: 88222AGRY
List Price: $1,149.00
Upholstery/Colors: Black Seat with Gray Back

  • Pneumatic Seat Height 
  • 360-Degree Swivel
  • Tilt-Tension
  • Synchronous Control 
  • Lumbar Adjustment 
  • Height/Width Adjustable Arms 

Always keep in mind when you are searching for your ideal chair that there really isn’t a “one size fits all” for every body type. For more seating options, visit officesource.com

After all the excitement and Congratulations were said we had a chance to sit down with Donna and asked her thoughts on recieving the honor of being Employee of the Quarter and here is what she said.

With customer satisfaction being one of COE’s core values and top priorities in the day-to-day operation, it is a true accomplishment when you are recognized for playing a significant role in helping the company grow. It isn’t just me who aides in COE’s growth, but rather every single employee in every single department. When yourself and the team around you work together and see the benefits of your hard work through growth, you feel a sense of accomplishment within yourself.

I am truly blessed with an excellent team of Customer Care Representatives that support both me and our customers daily. And while it is an honor to be nominated and win Employee of the Quarter, knowing that the leadership team and peers have sincere appreciation for team members like myself going above and beyond each and every day, I know that my team also deserves recognition and a round of applause for all that they do as well.

However, it is an honor knowing that I am considered one of COE’s “ideal team players.” I feel that I give my all to assist every single person in my department with the training tools needed to succeed to provide our customers with the utmost service every day. It is always a great feeling knowing you are appreciated and seeing your hard work pay off in the day-to-day operation.

Working for COE, a company who encourages employee creativity, innovation and growth, it is hard not to do your best every day and have the drive to succeed. I will continue to be a strong leader and give support to both my team and all the other team members around me.

Great CEOs are not born, they are made.

How are they made you ask? There are many components that go into becoming a great CEO, and one of them is to be a life-long learner. Gaining knowledge to keep taking you up the ladder of success can be found in different avenues, including joining a peer or Mastermind group, getting feedback from team members, and by reading books. While all ways of collecting knowledge are valuable, I am going to focus on books, and give you an inside look at what CEOs like myself are reading, and why I believe books are an essential part of any great CEOs tool-kit.

To many people, books are just words strung together to create a story. To great CEOs, books are inspiration. Books are powerful tools that have the lessons and messages within the pages to help catapult those, who take the time to really dive in deep, to a higher level of success and potential. When CEOs are continuously learning and growing through reading books, these practices trickle down to the rest of the team. When you have both a CEO and team that continuously grow and learn, a more engaged culture and a more successful business is formed.

 

Books also help move your business forward into the demands and expectations of the future. The world is ever-changing and growing; technology is everywhere. Because of wanting to stay ahead of the times and stay on the level with other successful businesses, I have most recently been reading Exponential Organizations by Salim Ismail. This book offers an expert look into the new form of company organization that will soon become an industry standard, and how your company can accelerate growth by leveraging opportunities such as technology, community, algorithms, staff on demand and many more. For your business to survive, you will need to continue to adapt and be open-minded to new ways of doing things. COE is always working to be innovative and modern, which is what helps set us up for growth and and success now and in the future. 
 
 
I also choose books that help me learn what to look for in successful team members. In the book The Ideal Team Player, written by Patrick Lencioni, the three essential characteristics that all employers must look for in new hires is laid out and explained - Humble, Hungry, and Smart. After reading through this book by myself, with the leadership team, and later within the book group, implemented with all team members of COE, I realized that in order for my business to continue to grow and succeed, I need the right people in the right positions. Now when interviewing new candidates for a job at COE, they are evaluated using the Humble, Hungry and Smart chart. Current team members are also evaluated, and given the help to grow within all three characteristics. 
Even when you hire team members that hold the characteristics of humble, hungry and smart, there are still sometimes areas or "dysfunctions" that will need fixed. Teamwork starts from the top, with the leadership team, and works its way down to the bottom. When executives are not working together, the rest of the organization is effected in a negative way. In the book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, written by Patrick Lencioni, we learn the five areas where teams often struggle, and how to address them individually to become a stronger unit from top to bottom. Identifying that absence of trust, fear of conflict. lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability, and inattention to results are all areas that need groomed and maintained. 
Becoming Your Best, written by Steven Shallenberger, is also a must read for any leader that has the desire to reach his/her full potential and the drive to turn good companies into great companies. This book was one of the first I read, along with the leadership team. I got so much out of this book, that all COE team members read the book twice, in small groups, to really gain as much as they could. One of the main take-a-ways from this book is that you can succeed in business and still live a happy life. This goes along with one of COE's core values of work/life balance. This book also gives you the insight on how to create a strong work culture, that is essential for any successful company, which include being true to your character, leading with a vision, prioritizing  your time, innovating through imagination, being accountable, living in peace and balance, and being an effective communicator. 
The Executive Team and myself have also worked our way through Scaling Up, by Verne Harnish. This book was also what inspired me to join a Mastermind group and work my way through the first Growth Institute program, which I graduated from recently. This book goes through the four areas of business that are most important, including hiring and keeping the right people, creating a truly differential strategy, directing flawless execution, and keeping cash reserves to weather the storms. This book also helped COE to develop their very own One-Page Stategic Plan, that helps keep the company on track to fulfilling all goals. 
I am one of those people that truly believe that books are more than just words. Throughout the last two years, I have been inspired by the books above and have believed in their messages. These books have changed the course of both the company and my life.

I have also seen the effects these powerful tools have on the entire team and culture. Working for COE, you are pushed to becoming your best everyday, and you are given the tools necessary to turn into the ideal team player. And while there will sometimes be dysfunctions and confusion within a team, if you work together, starting from top to bottom, you will scale up the ladder of success and become an exponential organization that is ready for the demands of the future. 

I will leave you with this final thought:
"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers."
Take a look at the rest of my book collection. Maybe you will find some inspiration for both your business and your life. 

Open workspaces have been a trend for many years, and they continue to steadily grow in popularity. In fact, more than 70% of employees in the United States now work in an open office environment. Open layouts foster communication, teamwork, and approachability. I work daily on researching what the top trends are in the office furniture world, and the open plan concept continues to cultivate its place in the business environments. In short, just like rock and roll, it’s here to stay! Though the benefits of this concept can be felt throughout a company, this layout is especially attracting attention within specific departments.

Marketing and sales are just a couple of examples, where an open environment allows teams to bounce ideas off one another and more efficiently share information. Beyond departments, more executives are endorsing the open office strategy as they watch it increase communication and help make a team more cohesive, as well as provide them, as leaders, with a better, clearer picture of what’s going on within their company.
 
Just like every other trend, this concept does receive its fair share of criticism. The two most common complaints about an open office concept are distractions and privacy. However, make no mistake that the benefits by far outweigh the negatives. There are solutions to better mitigate distractions and secure employee privacy, that allow everyone to succeed in their space. 

With open offices on the rise, the re-birth of breakout rooms also happened. Typically break rooms were known as places to eat lunch in or a hub to enjoy a hot cup of coffee in. However, break rooms have now become a spot for employees to get a moment away to clear their minds, make a personal call, hold a small group meeting and of course enjoy a snack or meal.

A newer trend is bookable rooms, which are pretty self-explanatory based on their name. Bookable rooms are locations that can be used on either a first-come, first serve basis or scheduled in advance for a specific time. There are many options of software, that can assist with bookable room scheduling and availability. 
Finding a private space is easier for companies to manage than the issue of distractions. More than 10,000 workers from across 14 countries were recently surveyed, and the findings showed that office workers are losing approximately 80 minutes a day due to distractions. If solutions aren’t provided to lessen these distractions, many employees find themselves unmotivated, unproductive and overly stressed. 

It’s no surprise that having an open office layout can allow noise levels to rapidly escalate, which once again points to another great benefit to having a company breakout room(s). While distractions in the office lead to unproductiveness from employees, a breakout room can help create a more dynamic space where people have the freedom to enjoy the peace and quiet or chat to their colleagues in specially designed zones. These rooms not only mitigate distractions but are effective in helping boost the mood or morale of your employees.
Simply allowing more personal control over the physical workspace (e.g. open office or breakout rooms) and providing easy access to meeting places, encourages group cohesiveness and job satisfaction. Knowing there are private, quiet rooms available, where you won’t get kicked out when you’re focused, promotes a strong psychological sense of privacy and control. This will keep employees from worrying about a workplace environment where they are abruptly shoved out of a space or invaded by sudden, interruptive discussions. Knowing they can focus and complete tasks that require concentration, streamlines productivity.

There are many products to help with finding that balance of openness and privacy. Featured below are just a few of the many options OfficeSource has to offer. 
VARIANT COLLECTION
PRIVACY SCREENS
Our Variant Collection offers an array of options that can be built to suit for open office layouts while still having the ability to offer some privacy. With the privacy panels that can be mounted to both the top and underside of desks you will have the feel of an open office but with the privacy of a traditional layout. 
 

 
MILLENNIAL COLLECTION
PRIVACY CHAIR CUBBY
Trendy, modern, and comfortable furniture that not only looks good but makes a great space to work privately, eliminating any surrounding distractions.  Create unique seating solutions in your workspace that can serve more than one purpose. 


SPRY MOBILE WHITEBOARD
Durable and lightweight, the Spry Mobile Whiteboards are great to use as mobile dividers in open office spaces. Go from a collaboration session to individual spaces in a matter of minutes with locking casters and a magnetic surface.




OS PANEL SYSTEMS
Explore the endless possibilities of configuring your office space through the use of office partitions, office dividers, and panel systems.
Now that you have the common spaces up to date, why not look at some break-out room options? With all the options out there it may be hard to decide what you would like your breakout spaces to look like. OfficeSource offers many options that are multifunctional that are perfect! 
Choose a base style, color and even the chairs and accessories you would like, but we don’t just have options when it comes to tables, we also have many styles of chairs that will work in anything from break room to boardroom. 

One of the easiest ways to transform a room into feeling larger is with mirrors.

Prior to my education as an interior designer, I thought mirrors were only useful as standbys over the fireplace, in bedrooms, or in bathrooms. However, as I began to work in the design field, I found that their presence in homes and offices made a dramatic impact on the way a room feels, in regards to the size.
When used in the right areas, and creatively, mirrors can create quite the optical illusion. Creating light, texture, space, and character, mirrors instantly open up what feels like a cramped area, and also gives any room the ultimate WOW factor. Aside from soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows, there is no better friend to a small space than a well-placed mirror.
BEHIND FURNITURE
Large mirrors, either hung or propped up, can brilliantly boost the sense of space. Placing furniture in front of the mirror will soften any glare and enhance the reflections. The bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to create. A pair of large, window-like mirrors bring a sense of balance to a neutral space.

 Bowery Collection.
CREATE A “WINDOW”

Small spaces are not usually packed with windows, so why not a fake one! Place a mirror in an area you wish had a window. Create ‘multiple’ windows in a room by placing a mirror next to or across from a real window. The reflection maximizes the effect of natural light and exposure, creating pleasant door views, that can be appreciated from multiple angles.
BEYOND WALLS
Mirrors don’t have to be hung on the walls to reflect light. You can brighten your interior spaces by placing them in other areas. Lining the back of a bookshelf can add great reflection and depth to a room. Adding glass to a table top, and then placing a candle or lamp on top of the glass, is one of the quickest ways to add reflective light to brighten a space.
Heritage Collection 
Norsons Collection Bookcases
So, don’t just limit your mirrors to the obvious bathroom, bedroom and fireplace; branch out and use them to enhance and compliment your office space, or give any room a sophisticated and brightened appeal. After all, mirrors are always a good idea!
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