Tips for Working From Home

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We took a look at some of the bad habits that may have crept in for those working from home, and suggest five tips to help improve health, wellbeing and happiness in the home workspace. 
For many of us, 2020 was a year of significant change, not least the way we worked. Those of us lucky enough to have been able to carry on our roles while working from home may now have been doing so for over 10 months, and what started as a novelty has become routine, blurring the lines between your work life and home life, and letting bad habits set in.
Here are our Home Office Tips, to help you improve your health and wellbeing, increase productivity, and reclaim a better work-life balance. 

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Keep it tidy 

If you are anything like us, your home office desk serves as a multi-functional space with clutter from the previous year. Without regular cleaning, it is all too easy to let your home workstation slide. 

Give your workstation a deep clean, sorting the trash from the treasured, and make a concerted effort to keep it that way. Set yourself the goal of either a daily or weekly cleaning of your desk, including wiping down all the surfaces and sorting out your work equipment. A clean desk is energizing and inspiring and will help you stay focused and ultimately be more productive at your tasks. 

 

Move more

One of the biggest problems with working from home is inactivity. When facing a heavy workload, our natural reaction is to sit at our desk until it’s done, leading to hours and hours of inactivity. Without the commute to work and with all meetings and calls taken at your desk, the amount of movement and activity in our lives can take a drastic decline. 

2021 is the year to put that activity back into your daily routine. Once an hour you should get up and move for a couple of minutes. The classic example is to get up and do a set of stretches to reset your body. For some people it’s hard to keep to such routines, so another way of keeping moving is to write out a list of short chores you need to do, and every hour do one of those. 

Watering your desk plant, putting a load in the washing machine, taking the trash out, emptying the dishwasher, playing with your dog – these are all tasks that take a couple of minutes, but require you to take a step back from your work and get your body moving. What’s more, they are useful tasks that help you keep on top of your domestic life.   

Fewer video calls – More audio calls 

With much of the world going through various stages of lockdown over the past year, video calls have become the de-facto meeting format for many, and not just for work, but for socializing too. There is no doubt that they have been incredibly useful for replacing face to face meetings, but their increasing usage has led to what has been dubbed “zoom fatigue”. 

This idea stems from how we process information over video. The only way we can show we’re paying attention to video is to look into the camera, but in real life, we rarely stand 3 feet away from a colleague and stare into their face. Having to engage in a constant gaze makes us uncomfortable and tired, leading to fatigue. 

For 2021, we recommend reducing the Zoom meetings, keeping them to the conversations when they are necessary, and try and engage in more traditional phone calls, or keep your camera switched off when you converse via your messaging platform. 

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Assess your workstation 

By now you should be all too familiar with the way you are working from home, and if you haven’t already, your workspace is long overdue for an assessment. Is the layout of your equipment optimized for your comfort, performance and wellbeing? Is your furniture suitable for the long hours you are spending at your desk? 

If the answer is no to these, we strongly recommend assessing your options. Having your chair at the right height is very important when it comes to lasting comfort and wellbeing, as is ensuring your keyboard, monitor and various equipment you use is set up to help combat poor posture and the effects of sedentary behavior. 

Other ideas you could look at are sit-stand desks, which can really have a positive impact on your overall health, and active seating such as the Sol task chair, which offers a greater range of flexibility and movement, promoting more movement while seated, without any effect on your focus and productivity. Sol’s pivot-back technology enables torsion rotation and side-to-side movement, making each sit an experience that’s catered to-and unique to-each user. 

Take your lunch away from your desk 

We’ve all done it. Meetings extending into your allocated lunch hour, a stack of work to get through… It’s all too easy to grab your lunch and eat at your desk as you continue with your work. This isn’t a new phenomenon either.   

There are huge benefits from taking your lunch break away from your desk – not only will it help you keep moving and keep your desk tidy, but it also helps to relieve stress and give your brain a break from your work tasks, allowing you to refocus in the afternoon and be more productive. 

If this was you in 2020, then try and take a step back this year and have your lunch somewhere else in your house, away from the distractions of work, and leave your phone and laptop behind so no one can disturb you. 

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Do you have any other suggestions for our Tips for Working at Home? Comment on our social posts on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram. 

2018 EdSpaces & Healthcare Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9to5 Seating is excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at EdSpaces and Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.

EDspaces is the conference advancing the conversation about the future of learning environments. It is where innovations are unveiled and collaborations form, bringing together education’s creative change agents who plan, design and manage innovative learning spaces. Leaders from school districts and colleges, architects, interior designers, distributors and exhibitors will engage and participate in the ongoing transformation of educational environments in Tampa, Florida, November 7-9, 2018. Visit the 9to5 Seating Booth #340. 

Healthcare Design Expo & Conference is the ultimate networking, education, and product-sourcing event for the healthcare industry. You can see the newest products from 250+ exhibitors and learn about the latest research, trends, and strategies from both peers and experts. Healthcare Design is in Phoenix, AZ, November 10-13, 2018. Visit the 9to5 Seating Booth #301. 

Follow us on social media for live updates from both shows. See you there!

Lilly, Luna and Neo Launches

We are excited to announce the launch of three new chair series to add to our task and lounge collections: Luna, Neo and Lilly.

The Luna and Neo are two additions to the task/work seating category, focusing on function, ergonomics and long-lasting comfort. The Lilly is the second lounge seating collection being introduced by 9to5 Seating. The Lilly focuses on classic sophisticated design and comfort for collaborative and public spaces.

“We listened to our customers and the marketplace and decided to expand our task and lounge collections. Based on our market research, the response to these new series proves that listening to our customers always works,” said Dara Mir, President of 9to5 Seating. “The quality, comfort, ergonomics and high designs make the Luna, Neo and Lilly great additions to our portfolio, but it’s the starting prices that makes them stand out from the competition.”

Luna Key Features:
– Fully loaded ergonomic chair
– Broad back and full seat fits full range of population
– Standard ergonomic features including multiple synchro controls, fixed arms, adjustable 4-way arms and seat slider
– Optional adjustable height lumbar
– Starting price $475, without arms

Neo Key Features:
– Simple, clean design lines
– Standard ergonomic features including multiple synchro controls, fixed arms, adjustable 6-way arms, height adjustable lumbar and seat slider
– Fixed loop arms ideal for meetings available
– Starting price $375, without arms

Lilly Key Features:
– Sophisticated and versatile design ideal for collaborative and public spaces
– Comfortable roomy back
– Lightweight for easy mobility
– Four leg options: 4-leg, W-leg, wood legs and swivel base
– Starting price $1250, 4-leg model

The series will be orderable through the 9to5 Seating contract dealer network, beginning Spring 2018.

2018 Price List Now Available

The 9to5 Seating Price List is now available online at 9to5Seating.com\downloads.

Effective January 1, 2018, there will be a price increase for various chair series. The increase is an average of 1%. A price increase is necessary due to higher global cost of raw materials and components. The price increase will not affect all of 9to5 Seating chair series. The following chair series will not increase: Brio, Cosmo, Logic, Shuttle, Strata, Theory, @NCE, Acclaim, Core, Diddy, Sophie and Zoom.

Orders using the 2017 pricing will be accepted through December 31, 2017. Registration for old price protection will be accepted through December 31, 2017 for orders that can be shipped no later than March 31, 2108.

The new Price Book also includes the launch of five new products for 2018: Lilly lounge seating, Luna task seating, Neo task seating, Mimi guest & stacking and Sol executive seating. These five new introductions expand upon 9to5 Seating’s dedication to making workplaces more comfortable, one chair at a time.

There are also a number of product enhancements and expansions. 9to5 Seating understands that changes and additions can lead to questions that may need clarification. You can contact your sales representative or one of our sales support specialists at 888-925-SEAT (7328) with any questions.

The 2018 Price Book is ready for download at www.9to5Seating.com\downloads.   Printed versions will be distributed starting week of December 11, 2017.

Pricing, changes and additions will be updated in the 20/20 CAP/Giza/Worksheet December DVD/Web release. The Chair Designer on 9to5 Seating’s website will be updated January 1,2018.

Sophie Series Receives GSA Approval

 

D3 Inc. d/b/a 9to5 Seating receives General Services Administration addition to their contract GS-28F-0013X for Sophie Lounge and Table Series.
SIN 711-16: Upholstered Seating
SIN 711-11: Tables and Accessories

Sophie lounge series includes guest, multi-seating, bariatric, hip chair, bench and table models. The robust design is built for the most rigorous high traffic public areas and built with spacious clean-out and wall-saver frame.

9to5 Seating offers quality office furniture combined with unbeatable customer service and some of the best prices and warranties in the industry, which have always been a focus for 9to5 Seating. With numerous features, additional options and thousands of upholstery options, 9to5 Seating strives to provide the best experience at every opportunity.

Almost all of 9to5 Seating products are GSA approved including Multi-Purpose Seating, Upholstered Seating, Stacking Chairs and Tables & Accessories. Go to the website for more information, or begin customizing a chair for your next project with the new Chair Designer.

USC Viterbi Alumnus Feature

 

President Dara Mir, was recently featured in the Fall 2017 issue of the USC Viterbi magazine. Dara Mir, a 2002 Industrial & Systems Engineering graduate, shares the unique vertical integration story of 9to5 Seating and features the major reshoring effort we have focused on for the past five years.

“‘We’re bringing back manufacturing to the States,’ said Mir, whom Ernst & Young selected as a ‘2016 Entrepreneur of the Year’ for Greater Los Angeles.”

Read the full article here.

Navy BPA at 9to5 Seating

The U.S. Department of Navy (DON) has awarded 9to5 Seating a Blanket Purchase Agreement. The Navy’s Furniture BPA program went into effect October 1, 2017 and is set to expire in five years.

Department of Navy (NAVSUP FLC Norfolk) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA for D3 Inc. d/b/a 9to5 Seating): N00189-17-A-0014. 

9to5 Seating’s Furniture BPA pertains to the following GSA SINs: 711-18: Multi-purpose Seating

All branches of the DoD can use this BPA, but they must cite the BPA on their purchase order. If you have any additional questions please contact Mike Paar at 563-940-9703 or mike.paar@9to5Seating.com

 

Go behind the scenes

How does one chair manufacturer provide a quality product and deliver value? By controlling the internal supply chain from manufacturing to end sales, in order to improve every detail of the chair manufacturing process. Check out the video and go on a tour of our facilities to experience how we have more than 10 operations under one roof. In the video, you’ll be able to take a glimpse at how the difference is in the details here at 9to5 Seating.

 

9to5 Seating Launches New Brand Campaign

 

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9to5 Seating launches new brand campaign to underline its dedicated approach to providing quality and value to its customers, by ingraining the approach in every aspect of its operation.

The objective of the brand campaign is to communicate the company’s new tagline, “The difference is in the details” both internally and externally. 9to5 Seating worked with a Los Angeles boutique marketing agency to explore the company’s culture, mission, values and positioning. An internal brand campaign will be launched to staff, while consumers will experience a campaign that allows them to visualize the brand’s new tagline.

Dara Mir, President of 9to5 Seating said, “Our new company tagline emphasizes how 9to5 Seating is steadfastly committed, at every point in our operation, to provide the best quality and value for our customers. We believe that by sweating the small stuff and doing all the little things right, we’re able to offer a better chair at a better value. We think that’s pretty huge.”

This campaign follows the success of the latest advertising campaign, “The Secret is Out,” which focused on the unique company history, its vertical integration and reshoring priority of 9to5 Seating. The campaign was launched in Business of Furniture magazine and was also featured at this year’s NeoCon. The new brand campaign includes digital and social media promotion.

For more information and view our new video.

 

 

What’s New at NeoCon 2017

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We had a great NeoCon and want to thank our staff and everyone who visited the showroom. NeoCon requires a lot of planning and work but our dedicated team helped bring it all together.

This year, we launched our “The Secret is Out” campaign and from the traffic in the showroom, we can tell the message was well received. We wanted showroom visitors to learn more about what makes up our secret: our unique story, our reshoring effort, the vertical integration of our manufacturing process, forward thinking in terms of design and operations, and, of course, our people.

From our showroom update, display of new 2018 products and updated 2017 products, brand video playing on the showroom monitors, launch of our brand new website and Chair Designer 2.0 the unique story and positioning of 9to5 Seating was definitely loud and clear!

If you missed us at NeoCon, you view some of the event’s highlights below and download our “What’s New at NeoCon” brochure here, to view our upcoming 2018 products.

Till next time!

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