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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

photo source: Kimball brand

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/



Understanding acoustic design elements in the office

photo source: Snowsound

photo source: Snowsound

Cell phone conversations, co-workers talking too loud, typing keyboards…it can all be VERY distracting. Especially when in an office setting. With the Open Plan being the new norm of an office space plan, it may seem like things will never quiet down. Luckily, there are sound absorbing resources to alleviate some of those distracting noises.

What is an acoustic space? An acoustic space refers to an acoustic environment in which sound is heard by an observer. Not only is proper acoustical design vital in the importance of the functionality of a space, but it can directly effect tasks that take place in those spaces. It is an elemental area of design work and one that can also enhance the visual appeal of a scheme as well as the acoustic comfort. There are two ways to solve an acoustic problem in a space: sound masking and sound absorption.

photo source: Lencore

photo source: Lencore

Sound Masking

Sound masking systems use a soft unnoticeable background sound through a speaker. It muffles any sounds or distractions within a setting. Users can control this sound masking setting by depending on the amount of distracting noise. The disturbing noise can be measured by sound level sensors that are installed in the ceiling. Therefore, the sound masking level can be adjusted in real-time. For further information on how sound masking works, check out this short video by Lencore! Lencore Sound Masking



Sound Absorption

Sound absorption refers to wave lengths being soaked up by soft surfaces. Sound absorption absorbs unwanted noise within a room. Essentially, it converts the sound wave energy into a small amount of heat that reduces the amount of sound throughout the room. There are many different sound absorption products including acoustic panels, tiles, clouds, and ceiling baffles. Check out this short video about Snowsound’s incredible sound absorbing technology! Snowsound Acoustic Panel Demo

photo source: Snowsound

photo source: Snowsound

Choosing the right sound solution for your space will depend on whether you are looking to mask sound or absorb sound. It is possible to use both sound masking and sound absorption in a space. For example, sound masking or ‘white noise’ can be used in an open office plan to muffle colleague conversations and sound absorption solutions can be used in conference rooms to absorb meeting discussions. You will find that most modern offices use a combination of these solutions to reach an acoustically pleasing office setting.


Interested in hearing more about our sound solutions? Contact us for a quote and let us help you quiet your noisy office!



Sources:

https://www.teacherboards.co.uk/community/the-sound-of-success-how-acoustics-play-role-in-modern-office-designs/

https://www.acousticbulletin.com/how-architects-explain-acoustics

https://www.audimute.com/blog/sound-absorption-vs-soundproofing

https://speechprivacysystems.com/how-sound-masking-works/

https://www.snowsoundusa.com/why-snowsound/

Living Green Walls Bring Nature Inside the Workplace

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

The concept of bringing nature inside is circling back around as an important piece of workplace design. As cities grow larger and the push for healthier environments continues, elements of nature are being brought back into our workspaces and communities.

One example of this is the living green wall. Also known as vertical gardens or eco walls, these vertical panels of plants help restore the natural balance while also making a powerful design statement.

Plants are naturally beneficial by helping improve air quality, increasing positivity, and helping you feel more relaxed. Green walls also help reduce noise and provide benefits connected to biophilic design: the concept that people feel better when they have access to nature.

Research has shown that air quality and lighting at work can have significant effects on brain function and productivity. According to Ambius, a premier creator of ambiance for businesses, green walls incorporated into a biophilic design plan can help improve creativity, reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, and other workplace concerns. Just being close to plants can have a positive impact on an individual’s wellbeing. Simply seeing nature in the work environment can increase job satisfaction.

The installation of a structure like a green wall also sends a message to employees that they are employed at a company that is concerned with providing them with an enjoyable work environment. They can even earn buildings LEED points and WELL credits.

photo source: Kimball

photo source: Kimball

A Look Back at Kimball 2018 Products

It was a busy year at Kimball. We introduced a variety of exciting new products for office, school, and healthcare. So many in fact, that you might have missed one or two. So here’s a quick recap.

January 2018 - Alterna
Alterna was designed to meet the changing needs of today’s work, learning and healing environments. Offering a broad spectrum of caseworks in different widths and heights, Alterna can be easily configured to suit any need — from public spaces to clinical areas, workspaces, break rooms, and more. And if your needs ever change, Alterna can easily be reconfigured.

Alterna is ADA compliant and comes in a variety of finishes and materials. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/storage/alterna/

February 2018 - Sycamore Metal
Our popular Sycamore collection has been expanded to include a metal frame. It offers medical facilities all the quality and comfort of Sycamore with the durability of metal. The Sycamore Metal collection includes single guest, tandem two-seat, tandem three-seat, bariatric, and patient seating options. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/sycamore-metal/

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March 2018 - Pep
Playful and simple in design, Pep adds a little fun to any space. Its contour shape provides comfort all day long while its durable structure ensures that it will be a part of your space for a long time to come. Available in multiple color, frame, and leg options. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/pep/

March 2018 - fiXt
With its sturdy metal trusses, fiXt brings urban design into a workspace. Available as occasional tables, worktables, bookcases, and benches, fiXt can be used to enhance the look of any space, while its variety of surface materials makes it as functional as it is stylish. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/fiXt/

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June 2018 - Joelle and Spruce Behavioral Wellness
Thoughtfully designed, Joelle and Spruce offer a solution to meet the unique and critical needs of today’s behavioral wellness facilities. Joelle’s ottomans and tables and Spruce’s single-seat lounge blend together to create safe environments that are both serene and comfortable, while still offering modern aesthetics and functional value.
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/joelle-behavioral-wellness/
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/spruce-behavioral-wellness/

August 2018 - Wilder
With its unique design, the Wilder collection invites visitors to sit down and relax. Its sophisticated style will make anyone who sits down almost forget that they’re in a medical facility. Available in lounge, guest and bench solutions, the Wilder Collection offers 360º cleanout design, wallsaver legs, and optional moisture barrier on seat and back. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/wilder/

September 2018 - KORE Work Cart
With complete mobility, the KORE Work Cart allows you to move your workspace wherever you need to. Featuring a rechargeable battery pack for technology integration and optional height-adjustable work table, the KORE Work Cart is ready to go to work whenever, and wherever, you are. Available with optional storage cabinet. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/KORE-Work-Cart/

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September 2018 Flip Upholstered Back
Flip has been enhanced to include an upholstered back and left-hand tablet. The same unique style with a thin profile and a seat that folds up to allow for convenient nesting and storage. Flip is available in all graded-in Kimball fabrics as well as COM on a new upholstered back. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/flip/

October 2018 - Poly Enhancements
Now available with arms and a counter-height stool, Poly brings mobility and lightness to a variety of spaces. Stackable and available in mesh or plastic with a wide variety of colors, Poly stands out in a crowd but fits right in any application. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/poly/

November 2018 - Xsede Height Adjust Enhancements and Power Beam/Panels
Enhanced for greater flexibility with enriched options, Xsede Height Adjust provides acoustic separation and privacy to support different work styles that foster creativity, well-being, and engagement. The new offerings of Xsede Power Beam and Power Panel enable complete connection by delivering power, data, and voice while creating integrated work surfaces and storage support.
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/Xsede-Height-Adjust/
https://www.kimball.com/furniture/Xsede-Power-Beam/

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December 2018 - Pep Counter-Height Stool
Pep has been expanded to include a counter-height stool. Constructed of tubular steel for increased strength, a multitude of shell colors are available to give personality and character to any work or play area. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/pep/

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December 2018 - Joya Counter-Height Stool
Now available in a counter-height stool, Joya has a 3½” seat cushion designed for increased comfort. The wallsaver leg keeps it from damaging the area while maximizing space. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/seating/joya/

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December 2018 - Footprint Pullout Storage
Footprint’s extensive portfolio now includes a pullout cabinet that has space for personal storage with expandable privacy and technology integration. https://www.kimball.com/furniture/storage/footprint-pull-out/