Why Moveable Walls May Be Right For You

If you’re looking at building fixed, full-height walls, it might pay to take a look at modular walls.

Modular wall systems were first introduced in the late 60’s and for many years, mostly large corporations with big construction budgets and high churn rates were the only ones that could cost justify them. At two to three times the initial cost of standard construction, movable wall systems were difficult to justify. Just in the last decade, things have changed and movable wall systems are gaining wide acceptance with designers, corporations as well as construction companies.

As organizations of all sizes look for ways to adapt to a constantly changing workplace, the case for modular walls has become stronger.

Before you invest in standard construction walls, consider 8 advantages of a modular wall system:

Flexibility – Modular wall systems are relatively easy to move and reconfigure. There’s little down time and waste when you need to move and change.

Reduced Construction Time – Wall systems save 3-4 weeks on a typical construction project compared to dry wall.

Fewer Disruptions – Modular walls are fairly easy to move and reconfigure and there is no construction.

Tax savings – Wall systems are depreciated on a 7-year furniture schedule.

Superior Aesthetic– Wall systems can be specified with glass, laminates, wood veneer and other materials that can create a beautiful image. Teknion’s Optos is a glass storefront system that features a gorgeous seamless look.

More Options – Wall systems include many options such as white boards and fabric tack boards.

Connectivity – Most wall systems can connect with modular furniture systems allowing for even more flexibility and furniture integration.

Better for the Environment – Modular wall systems all but eliminate waste and provide a sustainable solution.

If you’re planning to build walls, you might consider a modular wall system. Team Office sells and installs Teknion’s award-winning wall systems. Teknion offers four different moveable wall systems. Each system offers unique features designed for even the most demanding workplace requirements. Teknion wall systems include: Altos, Optos, Tek Vue and Focus. You can see more here.

Call or email Brad Justice, the Team Office Wall Systems Consultant at bjustice@teamoffice.us or 816-777-1460 and set up your free private consultation.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider a More Open Workplace

For the last ten years or so, the workplace environment has gone through a radical face lift. Cubicle walls have come down and in many cases been eliminated altogether. The coffee maker has turned into a full bistro and moved from the back room to front and center of the workplace. Break out and lounge areas once reserved for the lobby and CEO offices are now sprinkled throughout the open office area.


So why are so many employers investing all that valuable real estate and expense just to create a more open and collaborative workplace?

Because an open workspace encourages workers to engage and communicate and employers know engaged workers are happier and happier workers are much more productive. The department of economics at Warwick found that happy workers are 12 percent more productive than the average worker and unhappy workers are 10 percent less productive. All those unhappy workers cost American businesses over $300 billion each year. It pays to have happy workers.

Here are 5 more reasons you should consider a more open and collaborative workspace:

1. An open and inviting workplace allows workers to more freely communicate. With fewer walls and panels, it’s easier for workers to communicate and build relationships with each other. Meaningful work relationships have a great influence on worker happiness and fulfillment.
2. More engaged employees are also less likely to leave for another company. A study by the University of Columbia shows that the likelihood of job turnover at an organization with a positive culture are only 13.9% compared to 48.4% at companies with a negative or low culture.
3. Unhappy and disengaged workers can also affect your bottom line. Low-level engagement within companies results in a 33 percent decrease in operating income and 11 percent decrease in earnings growth. Companies with high-level engagement see a 19 percent increase in operating income and a 28 percent increase in earnings growth.
4. An open and positive workplace is also a company asset and recruiting tool. Candidates get a feel for your culture as they walk through your space.
5. Happier, more engaged workers also have fewer sick days. Unhappy workers take fifteen more sick days each year than the average worker.

The link between an open and engaging workplace and happier workers is clear. Shifting to a more open workplace doesn’t always mean a major investment in new furniture, either. Often, just rearranging what you already have can help you create a more open and inviting space.

If your workplace interior doesn’t fit the culture you desire, give us a call.

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The A,B,C’s of Office Acoustics

According to a recent survey by ASID, over 70 % of workers in the open plan design say they would be more productive if they had less noise in their workplace.

Unwanted noise and distractions can reduce worker productivity and hurt morale. Research consistently shows unwanted noise remains a top ten complaint in the workplace. This issue has been exacerbated by the trend towards the open plan and lower cubicle walls.

If acoustics are an issue in your workplace, it might help to understand the A, B, C’s of solving acoustical issues.

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Absorb: Sound can be absorbed by acoustical ceiling tile and to a lesser degree, carpet. Soft materials above and below the source of sound will absorb a portion of that noise.

Block: Cubicle walls can block sound waves and direct a portion up to the ceiling tile. acoustical cubicle panels can absorb sound as well.

Cover: Sound that isn’t blocked and absorbed should be “covered” by “white noise” or sound masking.

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Team Office is proud to represent Lencore, the industry leader in sound masking, mass notification and paging systems. If you’re concerned with the acoustics in your office, call Team Office today and schedule your FREE acoustical analysis.

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More Than Just Wayfinding

branding space. improve experience. drive preference. moving people.

Great spaces are an extension of great brands. They are a vital link among spaces, people and brands. At Takeform, brand and wayfinding are dynamic allies with the power to move people in the built environment.

Team Office is proud to partner with Takeform, the industry leader in branding, wayfinding and signage.

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Wayfinding isn’t about signage – although that’s part of it. It’s about the customer experience.

Consider this before choosing your sign company.

At takeform, their experience is deep and wide. So, they understand your unique desires and needs. Take a closer look at what takeform can do for you.

  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Corporate 
  • Libraries
  • Senior Living
  • Government
  • A & D

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Ready to learn more about what takeform can do for you?

Call or email us and we’ll introduce you to our takeform specialist.

info@teamoffice.us | 816-221-9155

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A Better Way to Get Rid of Old Office Furniture

According to the EPA, nearly 9 million tons of usable office equipment ends up in landfills every year.

Unfortunately, there comes a time when every organization needs to get rid of excess office furniture and equipment. Office updates and renovations, closings and downsizing are the most common events that create excess office furniture. In most of these cases, there’s a limited amount of time to dispose of the equipment. For many years, there wasn’t a good solution and businesses had no choice except to dump it in the landfill.

In 1999, Team Office developed an efficient 4-step process for getting rid of excess office furniture and equipment and the best part is little to nothing ends up in the landfill. During the last 19 years, this process has become a valuable community resource for business owners, facilities managers, non-profits, commercial real estate professionals, and others who need to get rid of excess office furniture and equipment and do it in an environmentally responsible way.

How does it work?

– Furniture trade-ins – A perfect solution for organizations looking to upgrade their existing furniture. The old furniture is removed right before the new furniture is installed.

– Furniture repurposing – When planning new space, every effort is made to reuse existing furniture. Any excess pieces are placed in storage and reused on future projects.

– Recycling – Anything that can’t be sold, repurposed or donated is recycled.

– Donations – Team Office has donated hundreds of offices, cubicles and chairs to area non-profits.

If you have excess office furniture and equipment and you’d like to get rid of it in a responsible way – call 816-221-9155 today or send us an email for more information.

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Team Office is a Little Bit Different…

If you’re looking for an office furniture provider with a huge showroom, lots of people and a really fancy website, you might not like Team Office. Even though we love our home in the historic Crossroads District (we like to say we were here before it was cool) and our showroom is full of the latest furniture introductions from Teknion, it’s not huge and our 100 plus year old building certainly isn’t fancy. We like it that way because it not only fits our personality, it also helps us keep our overhead low and allows us to save our clients money.

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For the last 19 years, we’ve kept things simple and efficient. Our owners work directly with our clients – on a daily basis. No layers and no board meetings. That’s given us the opportunity to focus on our clients and their needs instead of on ourselves. We’re available to give our clients the time and attention to detail they deserve. Instead of building furniture museums, we invest our time and resources into our clients and their workspace. That’s why we named the company Team Office, because we believe office furniture is all about people and making them feel like the most important people in our world – instead of another “project”.

Team Office isn’t an audio-visual company, a technology company or a general contractor. We’re a full service office furniture company with great products and a team of people who care deeply about our clients and what they want and need.

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Why a $75 Task Chair is the Most Expensive Chair You Can Buy

With a simple google search, you can find a decent looking task chair for your office for as little as $75. While on the surface this sounds like a great deal and in most cases, the chairs look attractive and well made, the truth is these imported chairs might just be the most expensive chairs you can buy.

This is true because of the cost of ownership. Even for a small company, no one buys a chair or any other product for that matter, hoping that it will last for a year or less. But, that is the case for a $75 task chair. The typical failure rate for a well-made, mid to upper end task chair should be 1 – 2 percent within the first 5 years. The vast majority of those failures will be the pneumatic cylinder that makes the chair go up and down. Those cylinders are a quick and inexpensive repair and almost always fully covered under the chair warranty.

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The same isn’t true with the imported $75 task chair. In many cases, these chair parts are not even replaceable. Here’s a list of reasons why a $75 task chair is the most expensive task chair you can buy:

 

  • You get what you pay for. A $75 task chair is worth $75. The cost of manufacturing that chair was likely around $25. How long would you expect a $25 chair to last?
  • We’re all different shapes and sizes. Just like a car seat, we need our office chairs to adjust to our bodies, not the other way around. A $75 chair does not adjust.
  • The foam used in these chairs is the cheapest available. It’s a single layer, low density foam that will “bottom out” in about a year of constant use. That means you’ll be sitting on plywood in about a year.
  • According to the Workers Compensation Research Institute, the average cost of a worker’s compensation claim in 2017 was almost $30,000. People in task intensive jobs need a chair built to support the user throughout the 40 hour work week. This is when a $75 task chair can get mighty expensive. 
  • $75 task chairs will break and when they do, you’ll pay at least $75 for a service call just to have the technician look at the chair. This is particularly problematic if you’re shipping these chairs to out-of-state offices. Don’t forget to factor in the time spent coordinating the service calls and tracking them to make sure the chairs are fixed properly. This combined cost far exceeds the original cost of the chair.
  • When the chair does break, you may just throw it away and buy another. That is both bad for the environment and expensive. Plus, it costs time and money to cut another purchase order, expedite it and coordinate delivery. 
  • Most $75 task chairs come in black. If you have a lot of employees, all that black can make for a pretty drab looking office. 
  • Employee attraction and retention are major issues for many companies. A $75 task chair isn’t exactly a recruiting tool. 

While inexpensive task chairs may seem like a good idea on the surface, they are easily the most expensive chair you can buy. The cost of ownership alone will end up costing you more money than you wanted to spend for a chair in the first place. When you factor in worker comfort, health and safety, a $75 task chair might also be a dangerous choice.

At Team Office, we sell high-quality, good-looking task chairs that are built to last. Our task chairs start at $175 and when you sit in one, you’ll feel the difference. Contact us today and we’ll send you a chair to try for yourself.

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