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How to Avoid the Office Cold

Tips on how to avoid + prevent office germs from taking over!


Sneezing, sniffling, coughing…yikes! All warning signs that the office cold is upon us. It happens every year and spreads like wild fire. You might think to yourself, “Not me, not this year” and then BAM! You’re mouth breathing at your desk with a box of tissues.

However, this year could be different. Luckily we’ve come up with some tips + tricks to help prevent that pesky little cold that seems to make its way around every year.

photo source: COACH Magazine UK

photo source: COACH Magazine UK

  1. Two words: Sanitize EVERYTHING

    Germs are everywhere, and the worst part is you can’t see them. It’s important to make sure that you are keeping your hands and surfaces clean. Keep a mini bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk to apply throughout the day. You can also use sanitizing towelettes to wipe down your desk, phone, keyboard, cupboard handles, bathroom doors, and basically anything that anyone ever touches.

  2. Take your vitamins

    There are some great natural remedies that can be taken to help prevent the common cold. EmergenC packets are a dissolvable powder that you can put into your water and drink. Not only does it replenish your body with vitamin C, but the flavors are all delicious! Our favorite is the peach mango. Another helpful remedy is a homeopathic called Zicam. This is an all natural medicine and works best for preventative care. It can also be used when you have a cold to help reduce the sickness. EmergenC + Zicam can be bought at local health food and convenience stores.

  3. Hydration is key

    Drinking lots of fluids which means water. Not soda, not juice, not coffee. WATER.

  4. Pass on the office happy hours

    We all love a good happy hour, but if you’re trying to prevent getting sick, you should probably pass on the booze for a little bit. It’s important to keep your immune system in tip top shape and alcohol definitely doesn’t help.

  5. The obvious one: Sleep

    Getting plenty of sleep is a sure way to help prevent getting sick. Make sure you are getting yourself to bed at a reasonable hour (this means no late night Netflix binges.)

We hope you found our five simple preventative tricks helpful! Stay healthy this season friends.

Aidin | Height-Adjustable Table Features

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Flexible + Efficient

Aidin height-adjustable tables provide caregivers with the proper support they need to connect with patients and provide the highest level of care. With multiple top shapes and material options, Aidin supports flexibility and can be tailored to the environment to help deliver meaningful and efficient care.

photo source: Kimball Brand    Also shown Recliner: Greer / Patient Seating: Tucker / Modular Casegoods: Alterna

photo source: Kimball Brand

Also shown Recliner: Greer / Patient Seating: Tucker / Modular Casegoods: Alterna

Statement of Line

Depth: 18"

Width: 24*"

Height: 28½–44¼"

*Narrow end is 20"

Depth: 18"

Width: 24"

Height: 28½–44¼"


Features + Options:

• Tops available in soft rectangle or D-shape

• Top materials include ¾" thick TFL or HPL with matching 2MM rim, or 1" thick 3DL

• Spill groove with cup holder is optional on 3DL tops • Pneumatic height adjustment on base is 28½" - 44¼"

• Two locking/two non-locking white with grey, dual wheel casters

• Platinum metallic finish on base with a textured aluminum column

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photo source: Kimball brand

b + c is passionate about creating a healthy workplace environment that fuels employee productivity. We provide comprehensive resources to increase client satisfaction that results in long lasting relationships. We measure our accomplishments by exceeding your expectations. We take pride not only in the work we perform, but the relationships we build. We know your time is valuable, and that is why we are committed to providing you with quick response times and unparalleled service.

How Healthcare will Change the Future of Corporate Office Design

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2019

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2019

The world around us is quickly changing – people, technology, and medicine. The future of healthcare will focus more on maintaining overall well-being rather than masking illnesses. So how will this affect the corporate work environment? We can expect companies to begin integrating these health technologies in the future of office design.

 

Wearable devices

Advancing technologies will play a major role in the future of consumers health such as artificial intelligence and inter-operable data. Wearable devices like Fit Bits and Apple watches already have the capacity to track and monitor our steps, sleeping patterns, and heart rates. We can expect in the next 20 years to watch this trend grow according to Deloitte. Many medtech companies are already beginning to incorporate always-on biosensors and software into devices that can generate, gather, and share data (Deloitte). This will provide consumers with customized health plans and give them complete control over their well-being.

 

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon Chicago 2019

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon Chicago 2019

Supporting spaces

Today’s work culture is all about employee well-being and it goes beyond fancy amenities like a pool table or kegerator. It is important to promote movement and creative flow within the office. This includes creating both physical and mental supporting spaces. The wearable devices can provide active information to manage user’s health and wellness (WorkDesign Mag).

Physical supporting spaces can include sit-to-stand desks or defined walkways for “walk and talk” meetings. There is a serious lack of physical activity within an office environment which can lead to several health issues. It is important for workplace designers to find design solutions that promote health and wellness for employees.

It is also vital to create mental supporting spaces that goes beyond collaboration. Although the Open Plan concept promotes more collaboration between employees, it can be a distraction. Mental supportive spaces can include “quiet zones” which are separate rooms/areas filled with comfortable furniture and calming aesthetics to unwind and regroup.

 

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2018

image source: Kimball brand NeoCon 2018

The future of Office Design

We can expect to see a lot more changes in the office environment. As employee health and wellness becomes the center of a company’s focus, workplace designers will begin to incorporate technology into

into every aspect of the office from our chairs, monitors, and even computer mouse which will monitor vitals and let employees know when they should take a break or walk around (WorkDesign Mag). Office design will also begin to focus more on stress-management and promote more physical activity within the workplace.



https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/industry/health-care/forces-of-change-health-care.html

https://workdesign.com/2019/07/healthcare-advancements-that-will-redefine-office-design-in-2020-and-beyond/



New Employee Spotlight | Halie Romasco

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A career sales professional, Halie enjoys over 10 years of experience in the sales field.
Starting in industrial distribution, then as a manufacturer's representative and now in commercial interiors, she has truly worked in all aspects of the selling world. After working in several job fields, she understands what it takes to be successful in the sales world. Her strength is providing an exceptional customer experience while striving for teamwork, profitability and efficiency. 

Can’t get enough of Halie?! Let’s get to know her a little better…

Fun Facts…

What are you most looking forward to in the next 10 years? 

More kids and a yard! 

 What’s your dream car?

Free with no maintenance or gas required 😊

 What is the most annoying question that people ask you?

Where would you like to eat? - the answer is everywhere and nowhere at the same time 

 How do you relax after a hard day of work?

I have a newborn... 

 What songs have you completely memorized?

Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot

The Sustainability Movement: Techniques & Trends | Kimball

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As our population continues to grow and climate change becomes a more prominent issue, the need for sustainability has never been greater. No matter how big or small the action, any act helps in the collective goal to create healthy, safe and sustainable environments. This movement toward sustainability is creating new techniques and materials that are now being used in constructing “green” buildings, redesigning or fitting-out existing ones, managing resource consumption, and reducing harmful emissions.
 

But making sustainable choices doesn’t just stop with the external components of a building, it moves inside as well. Spacestor identified sustainability as one of the Top 8 Workplace Trends for 2019, with an upward trend of combining wellness culture with sustainable design. These are some of the trends surfacing in each of the primary areas in architectural and interior design.

Building & Materials
Today, there are new artificial materials that are more environmentally safe than traditional materials. Since 2015, the Dubai Municipality has required the use of sustainable “green” concrete in all new construction which uses environmentally friendly materials that have low-energy costs, high durability and low-maintenance requirements, and contains a large proportion of recycled or recyclable materials.[1] Many new buildings are being constructed as multi-use spaces or structured for modular interior design, which will be more sustainable over time because it can change and adapt to new occupant needs. Instead of building spaces for specific functions, architects and designers are creating buildings that can serve a wide range of uses.

Water Usage
With water, the goal is to use less and reuse more. From high-efficiency fixtures, automatic sensors, metering and flow controls, to reduced flow toilets and urinals, low consumption fixtures for sinks and showers, and dual flush water closets, there are numerous options to help us become sustainable with water consumption.

Energy Efficiency
According to a recent study by Harvard based researchers, buildings consume nearly 40% of primary energy production around the world. Any cuts in energy consumption can have a tremendous impact on carbon emissions, which is the main source of climate change. One method of reducing energy consumption is increasing natural light through sky lights, sloped ceilings, light shelves, or solar harvesting. Other options include automatic lighting control, timers to turn lights on or off during office hours, and energy-saving lighting like LED, T5 and HE fluorescent.

Waste Management
Tracking your waste, generating less waste, and recycling provide the key foundation for a successful waste management program. For existing businesses and buildings, tracking it is the first step to knowing the type and amount of waste your company creates. With this knowledge in hand, you can determine the best sustainable practices to implement for reducing waste.

Changing from single-use to multi-use cups, switching to paperless documents where possible, donating items that are no longer needed, reusing items that you already have in new ways, and implementing a recycling program are just a few of the ways to become more sustainable with waste in the workspace.

The EPA's guide to managing and reducing waste in commercial buildings also shares that organizations that sign up as a partner in WasteWise, the Food Recovery Challenge or the Federal Green Challenge can use the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Data Management System hosted in Re-TRAC Connect. Through the SMM Data Management System, partners can track and report to EPA their annual waste management and green purchasing activities, set annual goals and apply for recognition.

Air Quality
When it comes to air quality, the EPA also states that indoor pollutants are often two to five times greater than those encountered outdoors. To create a healthier and more sustainable workplace, improvements to air quality can be made by integrating plants inside, selecting low-emission materials, creating separate spaces for high-emission equipment, and ensuring fresh air through windows or ventilation.

Sustainable Interior Design Elements
Design elements such as wood, cork, bamboo, and linoleum are all low-maintenance, durable and renewable. Countertops made from recycled materials, sustainable textiles and natural fibers such as soy, wool, hemp or flax are also eco-friendly options in sustainable design planning.

Seattle’s Bullitt Center, a six-story office space is billed as the “Greenest Commercial Building.” It is outfitted with solar panels, rainwater treatment systems, and a ground-source heat exchange system, all of which result in a net-positive energy environment. Additionally, the building materials were carefully handpicked so as to avoid 14 categories of chemicals. Impressively, as of 2015, the Bullitt was the world’s largest certified Living Building Challenge (LBC) facility. (Living Proof: Building the Bullitt Center from Brad Kahn on Vimeo.)

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Sustainability is also becoming more important to the employees that are, or will be, working in the spaces being designed. According to a recent Nielson study, Millennials and Generation Z will be the first generations willing to pay more for sustainable products and view sustainability as a critical component in the company culture they want to join for their career.

At Kimball, we are proud of our environmental stewardship we have been practicing since the founding of the company and are committed to not only meeting current environmental standards, but also setting new ones. Kimball works diligently to improve our understanding of our impact on the environment. We partner with companies and certifying bodies such as LEED and WELL that can help us monitor and reduce our overall impact so we can continue to be a responsible steward of resources. We continue to bring products to market that are not only innovative, but sustainable. It’s part of our heritage to take initiative, reduce waste, conserve energy, commit fully and lead by example. It’s not enough to simply sustain. We strive to enhance our world. And we hope you’ll join us.

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Can natural light affect productivity?

photo source: Kimball Brand 

photo source: Kimball Brand 

Believe it or not, windows play a big role in an employee's satisfaction with a work space. That's because lighting doesn't just affect how well we are able to see, it also affects our mood + behavior. 

But while it's true that natural light can result in happier workers, less absenteeism, reduced stress, + fewer illnesses, there's also a compelling economic reason to bring more light into the workplace - A greater dose of daylight can also increase employee productivity + alertness. And the best part is, it doesn't matter if the natural light is coming through windows or filtered through translucent materials, you + your employees will experience the same benefits. 

But what about the employees who aren't lucky enough to work near a window? Don't worry, you don't have to leave them sitting in the dark. Glass panels, glazed movable walls, lower panel heights, + translucent or mesh partitions/walls can improve their access to daylight, too. Plus, some of these solutions even provide the added benefit of acoustic privacy. 

 

Why does daylight matter? 

- reduces stress, increases productivity, + alertness 

- workers overwhelmingly prefer working near windows 

- natural light provides variety + stimulation during the day 

- tapping natural light resource reduces energy use 

 

 

 

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