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How To Design A Home Office Setup That’s Right For You

How To Design A Home Office Setup That’s Right For You

Businesses have grown accustomed to their employees working from home over the past several months. But are their employees entirely comfortable with their work-from-home arrangements? Although cozy, your living room sofa doesn’t necessarily promote long-term productivity.

Creating a functional workspace is the first step to setting up a successful home office. But there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for doing so. That means your design doesn’t have to be austere or exclusively utilitarian. It can — and should — accommodate the tasks you need to accomplish, be tailored to your preferences, and enrich your relationship to your immediate environment.

Read on to learn which best practices GL Seaman & Company’s business furniture and office design solutions experts recommend following as you optimize your home office.

How Will America’s Cities Recover From COVID-19 And Thrive In A Post-Pandemic Economy?

How Will America’s Cities Recover From COVID-19 And Thrive In A Post-Pandemic Economy?

COVID-19 has had a profound impact on our health and overall well-being. But the pandemic has also altered the material conditions of daily life. Nowhere is this more evident than in the United States’ urban centers.

According to Hugh Kelly, Chair of the Fordham Real Estate Institute, COVID-19 is already forcing city planners to rethink how best to accommodate their citizens’ needs. “In the near-term, it’s clear that things like density, mass transit dependence, [and] high-rise building forms are disadvantageous in the midst of the height of the pandemic,” he writes. “For the short-term, metropolitan areas that are more sprawling, more low-rise, automobile-dependent, and have the ability to have the built-in equivalent of social distancing have the advantage, and that’s probably the case for the next 12 months or so.”

What does this mean for a region like the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex — one defined by a mix of characteristics Kelly (and experts like him) identify as advantageous and disadvantageous? Uncertainty obtains, but business leaders across D-FW would benefit from closely following these three emerging trends.

What Measures Can Businesses Take Now To Future-Proof Themselves Against The Next Pandemic?

What Measures Can Businesses Take Now To Future-Proof Themselves Against The Next Pandemic?

The human race is currently engaged in a daily struggle with its own impatience. However necessary it may be to helping control the spread of COVID-19, social distancing has taken both a financial and psychological toll on individuals, corporations, governments, and even entire nations. Many of us will be making peace with the idea that there is no returning the way things were before March 2020 for months to come.

How Can Businesses Reopening Across North Texas Ensure The Health And Safety Of Their Employees?

How Can Businesses Reopening Across North Texas Ensure The Health And Safety Of Their Employees?

On July 3, 2020, the Lone Star State entered what Governor Greg Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas describes as “Phase III.” A key provision of Phase III is Executive Order 29, “requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.”

At the same time, however, Gov. Abbott also issued a formal disaster proclamation “giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions” above and beyond those recommended by his office. Clearly, businesses in Texas have many things to consider as they begin reopening. Employee health and safety remain of paramount concern, but business leaders will have to address additional questions and rise to other challenges to implement appropriate safeguards.

There’s no shortage of information available online on how to plan for a seamless and successful reopening. But, in the absence of a strong framework, that wealth of information can quickly become a patchwork of conjecture, opinion, fact, and mandate. That’s why the business furniture, office design solutions, and interior construction experts at GL Seaman & Company have consulted with the most authoritative sources for the third installment of this content series. Read on to learn where you can turn for reopening guidance, how welcoming your employees back to the office is as much an art as it is a science, and why now is the opportune time to review both your operating and capital expenses.

Which Workplace Trends Has COVID-19 Accelerated?

Which Workplace Trends Has COVID-19 Accelerated?

March 2020 marks a turning point in the history of the modern workplace. As discussed in the first installment of this content series, the most boundary-pushing features of the open office concept are now little more than anachronisms. At the same time, COVID-19 has forced architects, designers, and business leaders in virtually every industry to reassess supposedly outmoded infrastructure such as high-walled cubicles and thicker layers of middle management.

 

GL Seaman's COVID-19 Update

At GL Seaman & Company we remain vigilant in the global fight against COVID-19.  Please see the update below from our leadership regarding our newest policies, following the State of Texas and CDC Guidelines.