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The Communication Tip Every CEO Needs To Know

Feb 21, 2017 2:16:07 PM

Researchers recently surveyed 65,000 employees to evaluate the state of communications between CEOs and those who work for them. According to researcher Rodney Gray, the results were not good news to senior executives who fancy themselves good communicators. 90% of employees didn’t feel their leaders were even aware of their concerns while 85% deemed their executive’s communication ineffective.

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Office Moving Mistakes to Avoid

Feb 20, 2017 11:05:15 AM

When Scott Langdon was moving his company from one location to another, he learned a lot of lessons about office moving. Unfortunately, the owner and managing partner of HigherVisibility had to learn these lessons the hard way.

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Can Creativity & Innovation Be Planned?

Feb 20, 2017 11:01:30 AM

Busy work. The phrase itself conjures up sensations of boredom and frustration. According to Merriam-Webster, busy work is “work that usually appears productive or of intrinsic value but actually only keeps one occupied.” Unless you’re a creativity machine with nothing but innovation oozing out from your ears, you’re both familiar and fed up with busy work. 

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3 Tips You Need to Know Before You Move Offices

Feb 20, 2017 10:30:21 AM

There’s a popular bumper sticker that can be spotted on trucks throughout the country (particularly here in Texas). It says, “Yes, I drive a truck. No, I won’t help you move.” There’s a reason these bumper stickers sell so well: no one likes moving. Sure, moving your office might be a sign of growth, but figuring out the logistics of relocating all of your things to another location probably isn't atop your list of fun things to do.

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Topics: Office Moving

How to Keep Your Company Productive During an Office Move

Feb 20, 2017 9:30:33 AM

“Get through the move as quickly and seamlessly as possible, with minimal disruption.” That’s how Compare My Move’s expert Anna Athanasiadis defines the goal of any company going through an office move. Of course, a goal like this is easier said than done.

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Topics: office moves

5 Reasons An Office Relocation Company Will Save You Time, Money, and a Headache

Feb 20, 2017 9:04:54 AM

If you’ve ever moved from one home to another on your own, you understand that unexpected needs arise throughout the moving process. Now multiply those issues by the size of your company and you can see why moving offices can be a big headache.

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Topics: office relocation

Can An Office Relocation Create ROI?

Feb 20, 2017 9:04:21 AM

The short answer is yes. While any office move requires a budget, it doesn’t have to be a sunk cost. Your company funds can become an investment when you plan your office relocation correctly. Our years of experience with office moving have taught us the difference between spending money to get work done, and spending money that will eventually work for you. Here are 3 ways your office relocation can result in a great return on investment.

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Time is Money: 3 Ways to Save Both (according to expert Office Movers)

Dec 20, 2016 4:39:16 PM

Office movers will tell you that when it comes to commercial office relocation, time is money. How can you make sure you’re maximizing your time throughout your office move?

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2 Big Benefits from Your Office Move

Dec 19, 2016 1:27:24 PM

 There are 2 big benefits available to you and your company during an office move. You’ve heard the saying, “Out with the old, and in with the new.” Essentially, that’s the process your company is encountering when you move out of your old location and into the new one. 

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StartUp Culture Series Part 3: John Arenas of Serendipity Labs

Dec 16, 2016 12:29:25 PM

In our final StartUp Culture series article, John Arenas sat down to discuss the evolving workplace and how his company, Serendipity Labs Coworking, is helping steer the ship. Serendipity is creating co-working spaces throughout the country, including a new space in Houston's Esperson Building.

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Topics: startup culture

StartUp Culture Series - Part 2: Dean Strombom of Gensler

Dec 12, 2016 10:23:35 AM

Our event “Understanding StartUp Culture and its Impact on Businesses” featured panelists with unique perspectives on startup culture in today’s evolving office environment. One unique perspective is that the same entrepreneurial spirit driving small and medium businesses forward is also at work in the world of large corporations.           

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Walls: Why They Work at Work

Dec 5, 2016 2:48:53 PM

The walls in your office play a concrete role in your company. That’s the conclusion after a 10-year long study was conducted on the American workplace. Mithra Moezzi and John Goins are the researchers at the Center for the Built Environment at UC-Berkeley who initiated the survey and published their findings. 

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Topics: raco walls, Walls

Workplace Design: The One Thing Successful Offices Have In Common

Dec 2, 2016 5:36:49 PM

4,000 office workers across 11 different industries were surveyed to discover what successful, innovative, and creative workplaces look like in 2016. The evidence points to one major finding: creativity and innovation both follow great workplace design. When it comes to attaining great workplace design, Gensler’s 2016 Workplace Survey discovered which factors play the biggest role in an excellent workplace design.             

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Topics: Design

StartUp Culture Series - Part 1: Matthew Hager of Poetic Systems

Nov 30, 2016 10:19:07 AM

In October of 2016, McCoy-Rockford hosted “Understanding Startup Culture and its Impact on Businesses” with our cohosts Turnstone and Cameron Management. The event included conversations with panelists possessing unique perspectives on startup culture in today’s evolving office environment.

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Is the Hot Desking Trend Right for Your Office? Part 2

Oct 26, 2016 1:40:46 PM

New office trends like Hot Desking don’t just take place at The Edge, Deloitte’s fully-optimized building in Amsterdam. At home in Houston, Texas, one company took a good look at their procedures and decided it was time to maximize their time and space more effectively.

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Is the Hot Desking Trend Right for Your Office? Part 1

Oct 26, 2016 1:40:18 PM

When the “smartest building in the world,” the “greenest building in the world,” and the “Uber of buildings” are all the same building, one can’t help but take notice. The Edge in Amsterdam is a futuristic office structure that takes care of details other office employees around the world have to manage every day. Among the innovative ideas being instituted at the Edge is a new trend called “Hot Desking.” This workplace trend has become a hot topic in office buildings around the world, but is it one you should consider?

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The Evolution of Law Firms & Their Offices: Part 2

Oct 25, 2016 4:05:40 PM

When Jeff Lesk and his team of lawyers at Nixon-Peabody in Washington D.C. were looking for a new office space, they decided to shake things up a bit. In the lawyer world, that doesn’t happen very often. What resulted was a complete overhaul of the way law offices approach corporate space across the country.

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Topics: Design

The Reward for Those Who Avoid Desk Eating

Oct 17, 2016 4:22:23 PM

 If you read our recent blog about eating at your desk, you know how awful it is to skip breaks and lunches throughout the workday. Desk eating is dangerous for your mental and physical health as well as for the quality of the work you think you’re getting done.

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Why You Should Avoid Desk Eating

Oct 11, 2016 1:49:04 PM

Are you happy to see your employees powering through lunchtime by eating at their desks, or skipping breaks altogether? Not so fast. Working through lunch seems like a sign of motivated workers, but research shows a dark side to this habit. A new study from Right Management shows that neglecting to take breaks throughout one’s workday decreases productivity, morale, and wellness. Another study conducted by the employment consultants at CareerBuilder found that only 20% of executives eat lunch at sit down restaurants while 40% brown bag their lunches in their office and 17% grab quick bites at fast food.

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5 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

Oct 7, 2016 3:55:25 PM

Workplace Engagement, according to The Roesler Group, is “the heightened emotional connection that an employee feels for his or her organization, that influences him or her to exert greater discretionary effort to his or her work.” In other words, an engaged employee is one who feels connected to their work and therefore performs better. This is what every business leader wants to cultivate.

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The Evolution of Law Firms & Their Offices

Sep 30, 2016 1:51:16 PM

1.2 million people work as lawyers in the United States. The majority of these legal professionals work in solo or small firms with fewer than six other lawyers. The number of large law firms, however, is growing. In fact, between 1980 and 2000, the number of firms with at least 100 lawyers doubled.

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Topics: trends

How The Brody WorkLounge Helps You Actually Get Work Done

Sep 26, 2016 11:28:40 AM

Distractions Compromise Innovation

Chances are, between the moment you clicked this article and when you began reading this sentence, you’ve been distracted by something or someone. Distractions at work are so common, they seem to be the whitespace surrounding most workplaces. To overcome distractions and actually get work done, you may want to meet Brody. We’ll introduce you later in this article. 

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Topics: Wellbeing

Questions Executives Should Ask About Working Remotely - Part 2

Sep 16, 2016 10:18:55 AM

Is it controversial to tell your workers they should be in the office? Answers from few high-tech CEOs may surprise you.

When Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo, banned her 12,000 employees from working at home, the outrage was immediate. New York Times Contributor Farhad Manjoo’s 2013 Slate article eviscerated Mayer for her dictatorial control over her employees’ lives. In one borderline personal attack on Mayer, Manjoo wrote, “Mayer is going to regret this decision. It’s myopic, unfriendly, and so boneheaded that I worry it’s the product of spending too much time at the office. (She did, after all, build a nursery next to her office to house her new baby).” Yahoo made the announcement to employees through a memo sent by Human Resources. 

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Topics: working remotely, efficiency

Questions Executives Should Ask About Working Remotely -Part 1

Sep 14, 2016 11:44:34 AM

Even though between 80%-90% of the U.S. workforce expresses interest in working remotely at least part of the time, only 2.8% of the workforce actually does. Based on those numbers, it’s likely your company has already had to address the option of remote work. So, how do you decide if working remotely is right for your workers?

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Topics: productivity, remote working,

Smart Phone, Smart Home, Smart Office - Part 2

Sep 6, 2016 8:42:47 AM

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. We have smart phones, smart cars, and smart homes. Everywhere you look, technology is making our lives a little more convenient. The office is the one place that is currently lagging behind in the “smart” trend. While we have cars that can give us directions to wherever we want to go, and smart phones that allow us to work, communicate and check our schedules on the move, most offices are still missing out on the same kind of technology that would make them more efficient and automated.

In a recent episode of Steelcase’s podcast 360 Real Time, Scott Sadler, Manager of Integrated Technologies at Steelcase, discussed some of the possibilities for smart offices, how in the future they will be able to unify and improve your office, and some of the products that Steelcase is introducing to help make that vision a reality.

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Topics: Workplace, smart office, technology

3 Ways to Help Employees Think (and Work) Better

Sep 1, 2016 5:36:40 PM

6,000 workers were recently asked, “Where do you do your best thinking?” The study was conducted by David Rock’s NeuroLeadership Group, an institute formed to help people and companies better understand how the brain functions. Findings from the study spell bad news for executives who need their employees to think critically: only 10% of employees tend to do their best thinking while at work.

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Topics: Wellbeing, awareness, privacy

Smart Phone, Smart Home, Smart Office - Part 1

Aug 31, 2016 12:14:11 PM

The office is still one place currently lagging behind the “smart” trend. Our coffee makers can wake up before we do in order to get us our coffee quickly. Our cars can steer themselves. But the same kind of technology that would make offices more efficient and automated seems to be missing. Not to be harsh, but our offices can be a little, well…dumb.

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Wellness Programs & Mid-sized Businesses

Aug 29, 2016 11:39:14 AM

Healthy employees cost you less--that’s the conclusion of Harvard Business Review’s recent investigation of companies who’ve implemented wellness programs. Organizations like Johnson & Johnson and MD Anderson Cancer Center, both gigantic facilities with a large amount of employees (and an even larger amount of bills) decided several years ago they’d do something about the rising cost of health care for their employees.

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Topics: open office, benching, workstations

Designing for Wellbeing in the Workplace

Aug 25, 2016 1:46:07 PM

At McCoy-Rockford, our commitment to enhancing the overall wellbeing and productivity of our customers’ employees starts at the very beginning of the design process. We understand that planning and designing for spaces that promote employee wellbeing through interaction, movement and productivity across different types of tasks, can help employees function at a higher level, building engagement. Employee engagement leads to innovation, creativity, and ultimately better business results for organizations with lower turnover and less absenteeism.

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Topics: Wellbeing

Boomers & Millennials in the Workplace

Aug 18, 2016 3:31:05 PM

The workplace is undergoing some major generational changes, which are manifesting themselves both in office design and culture. These changes we’re seeing are happening as the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement and the number of Millennials in the workforce grows.

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Topics: millennials, boomers, generational transitions, workstations

Cubicles, Workstations, & Benching - Open and Private Offices Part 2

Aug 11, 2016 10:49:23 AM

Previously, we took a look at closed office designs. We listed their pros and cons, and how you can incorporate some of those ideas into your office. We discussed how this provides your employees with spaces that provide privacy and allows them to concentrate and focus on tasks requiring quiet concentration. In this article, we’ll look at open office designs and the advantages they provide for businesses that want to use their space more efficiently, boost collaboration, and create healthier environments for their employees.

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Topics: open office, benching, workstations

Cubicles, Workstations, & Benching - Open and Private Offices Part 1

Aug 11, 2016 10:49:00 AM

When you break it down to the most basic concepts, there are two approaches to office design: Closed Office Design, and Open Office Design.

Both design strategies have unique pros and cons, but they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive. These concepts can be used together in the same office, each complementing the other’s strengths. In other cases, one strategy can take precedence over the other.

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Topics: open office, benching, cubicles

How to Calculate Square Feet Per Employee

Aug 2, 2016 9:21:42 AM

The modern office is shrinking. According to a report by Property Portfolio Research, over the last decade, the size of the average office has decreased by 21 percent. When it’s time to sign a lease for your businesswhether you’re considering making better use of existing space, expanding, or just starting upconsider the many advantages that come from maximizing your use of space in an office. Optimizing your workspace, instead of just increasing the amount of space you lease, can produce savings in your business’ operating costs, improve workplace productivity, and increase employee satisfaction if you do it right.

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Topics: Workplace, open office

5 Signs It's Time for an Office Update

Jul 28, 2016 6:35:18 PM

Buying office furniture can be a substantial investment, but eventually furniture needs to be replaced. Items become dated, wear out, or don’t allow your office to function as efficiently. There are lots of advantages to updating your business’s furniture, but it’s important to have criteria for deciding when it’s time to make the investment. Here are five key indications it’s time for an office update.

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Topics: office update

Top 3 Trends from Neocon 2016

Jul 26, 2016 3:24:18 PM

It turns out NeoCon 2016 in Chicago had nothing to do with the Matrix films. Sorry Keanu fans, it's not that kind of "Neo." For the rest of us though, the event this past June was the next best thing—a window into the future of interior design. The window itself was rather large, 350,000 square feet to be exact. Our team (Heather, Monica and Rebecca) put on their Fitbits and walked every step for you. They noticed some trends you should know about when making any office design or furniture decisions, or when evaluating the furniture you currently have.

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Topics: gesture, best office chair, office chair

The Open Office, Distraction and Millennials

Jul 8, 2016 9:23:19 AM

The modern concept of what an office should look like is always growing and changing according to the needs of your company, and the needs of the people who work with you. Millennials are a growing force in the workplace, and businesses and managers are increasingly interested in learning how to get the best work out of this new generation of employees. Millennials have grown up in an age of booming technology and communication, and, appropriately, they have shown a greater interest in workplaces that allow them to collaborate and socialize with their coworkers. As a result, open office spaces have started to make a comeback over the last 10 years or so. (2)

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Topics: open office, millennials

2 Key Spaces in Every Creative Workplace

Jul 5, 2016 4:15:34 PM

Why a Creative Workplace?

Creative thinking can be a company's biggest asset in the business world. Start-ups are a great example of this principle. Look at a given marketplace with established encumbents who have the money, manpower, and infrastructure to corner that market. It can seem impossible for a little business to get off the ground, but every day successful businesses launch and grow. They do it by carving out a unique niche, or by providing customers with new and better services. As a result, bigger companies who lose that outside-the-box thinking lose market share and risk being pushed out of a marketplace they once dominated.

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Topics: creative workspace

5 Keys to Choosing the Best Office Chair for Your Team

Jun 30, 2016 8:53:31 AM

Office workers spend the majority of their time sitting. Over the past few years, there have been more and more studies coming out that show sitting can cause or exacerbate any number of health issues, especially back problems. Sitting for long periods of time puts a large amount of pressure on our spine and hip bones, pressure that our body just wasn’t designed to handle. How you sit and how your work station is positioned can also put strain on other joints and inhibit good blood circulation in the limbs and back. One of the best fixes for these problems is simply making sure you or your employees have the opportunity to get up and walk around throughout the day. Unfortunately, some jobs make it hard to avoid sitting for long stretches. That’s why choosing the right office chair is so important. A well designed ergonomic chair can do a lot to help minimize the strain placed on our bodies and have a big impact on an office worker’s health and productivity. (1)

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Topics: gesture, best office chair, office chair

Office Wellbeing | The Pros and Cons of a Treadmill Desk

Jun 22, 2016 9:37:28 AM

There’s a new saying these days: “Sitting is the new smoking.” Over the last decade, new studies have come out to tell us just how bad sitting is for our health. According to these studies, Office workers who sit for extended periods of time are more likely to be obese, and to suffer from back pain, diabetes, and heart disease. In fact, those who sit for more than 11 hours a day have up to a 40% higher chance of dying prematurely than peers who sit for under 4 hours a day! (1, 2)

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Topics: the pros and cons of treadmill desks, treadmill desk

Green Office: How Office Plants boost Productivity & Satisfaction

Jun 21, 2016 1:40:40 PM

In many offices today, a “clean” aesthetic is in vogue, and it’s easy to see why. When you walk into an office with bare desks and lots of straight lines, it looks efficient and modern. This can lead you to believe the no-nonsense design style of the office might imbue its employees with those same qualities. As a result, business owners who are eager to boost their employees’ productivity want to adopt this look. The truth, however, is that businesses aiming for a sparse, clean office design in the hopes of boosting productivity could actually be shooting themselves in the foot.

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Topics: Green Office, Office Plants

How to Establish a Budget for Your Next Office Furniture Upgrade

Jun 13, 2016 2:52:10 PM

Buying furniture can be a confusing process. There are hundreds of manufacturers offering products that range in style, durability, and price. If you’ve never purchased commercial-grade office furniture, you may not know exactly what you need or what you should spend. The good news is that working with a professional team can clear up the confusion. 

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Topics: office furniture, office furniture upgrade, office furniture budget

Three Mistakes to Avoid When Redesigning Your Office

Jun 3, 2016 4:11:36 PM

You lead a young, growing company, and you’ve outgrown your mismatched furniture, awkward layout, and hand-me-down cubicles.  You’ve gathered feedback from your team, and they are excited about a fresh look, better equipment, and more comfortable chairs. Still, you want to get the most out of your investment. You want your new, improved office to represent your brand and its growing culture, increase individual productivity, and facilitate team collaboration.

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Topics: office relocation, office redesign

3 Resources for Creating A Great Workplace

May 18, 2016 2:20:27 PM

Being a great place to work is more than winning a “Best Place to Work” competition and displaying the trophy in your reception area. Organizations are discovering they need a great workplace to create and maintain a competitive advantage in their market. Great places to work differentiate themselves by attracting exceptional talent and outperforming the competition.

Every company and organization wants that, right?

We recognize this in our tagline: Great Work Deserves Its Place.TM It’s what drives us to create exceptional environments where our clients can perform their great work. And we want you to have a great place to work. Even if you’re not a client of ours, you can use the resources below to improve your workplace.

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Topics: engaging talent, creating a great place to work, great place to work, open concept office

3 Tips for Creating an Entrepreneurial Office

May 11, 2016 4:10:19 PM

Today's business climate is competitive and volatile. Leaders are looking for ways to scale growth, while fighting to attract and retain talent from competitors of all sizes. Knowing many workers find entrepreneurial environments appealing, small businesses are looking to leverage their nimble structure. Meanwhile, many larger organizations see the benefit of corporate entrepreneurship, or "intrapreneurship." This Wall Street Journal article outlines a several reasons why established companies need to foster intrapreneurship. Here are a few.

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Topics: startup culture, Culture, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial spirit, entrepreneurship, innovation

How to Create (Sound) Privacy in an Open Office

May 4, 2016 11:30:00 AM

In a previous article, we discussed whether an open office is right for you. We mentioned how workers benefit when they have a choice of privacy options. But what if you already have an open office? How do you create office privacy in a layout where coworkers are in each other’s line-of-sight and are within earshot of every conversation? 

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Topics: privacy, acoustical privacy, sound masking, sound privacy, open concept office

Tips for Relocating Your Office

Apr 27, 2016 4:38:03 PM

We like to say "Great work deserves its place.TM" Sometimes that place is somewhere new. If you're planning on relocating your office, there are a few things you should consider. Moving your home is no small undertaking, but moving your business can create a whole new level of complexity. The biggest concern for leaders is understanding how disruptive an office move will be to operating their business. In order to maintain the optimal level of uptime, here are a few tips for a smooth office relocation:

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Topics: moving office, office relocation, relocating office, office relocation tips, office moves, relocation tips

Is an Open Office Concept Right for You?

Apr 20, 2016 3:09:44 PM

The open office concept has been around for a long time. Industrialists like Frederick Taylor and Henry Ford popularized the efficient floor plan in the early 20th century. Later, the increase of knowledge workers brought about an evolution where open plans included cubicles and panels. Mobile technology now allows workers to be nomadic. Instead of "owning" a specific workstation, some coworkers share space as they are in and out of the office. At one time, even the mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, promoted an open plan to signal his accessibility, encourage collaboration and promote a more egalitarian workplace.

But the open office concept has received pushback recently. In Susan Cain's popular TED talk, she spoke for many introverts who find open offices challenging.

Now, most of us work in open plan offices, without walls, where we are subject to the constant noise and gaze of our coworkers

Introverts aren't the only ones complaining. Many of us need focus time during the day away from distractions and interruptions. So, is the open office concept right for you and your office? Here are a few tips to help you answer that question.

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Topics: Brody WorkLounge, glass-front offices, office layouts, office floor plans, open office concept

How to Design a Workplace for Employee Engagement

Apr 13, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Employee engagement has received a lot of press over the last several years. There's a good reason. Roughly one-third of the global workforce is disengaged. Leaders cannot ignore this because it translates into a bottom line issue for companies. According to a study by Towers Watson, this results in a 32.7% decline in operating income for companies with low levels of employee engagement. Meanwhile, companies with high levels of employee engagement enjoyed a 19% increase in operating income.

What can we do about this trend? It turns out, how we design the spaces we work in can affect employee engagement. Christine Congdon, Editor of 360 Magazine & Director, Global Research Communications, discusses new data from the Steelcase Global Report and how leaders should create a Resilient Workplace to help employees become more engaged.

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Topics: trends, resiliency, engaging talent, retaining talent, Workplace Issues, attracting talent, Employee Engagement

How Your Workplace Performs: Personal Wellbeing

Apr 6, 2016 12:27:42 PM

 

Workplace issue #5: Personal Wellbeing

Help Improve Personal Wellbeing

According to a study conducted by Ohio State University and the National Institute of Mental Health in the U.S., the physical work environment dramatically influences emotional and physical wellbeing. They found that workers in unappealing office environments (low ceilings, limited natural light, unattractive views) had significantly higher levels of stress hormones and heart-rate variability than workers in more open, spacious, well-lit offices. Researchers concluded a bad work environment may actually be a risk factor for heart disease. Companies can improve employee wellbeing in four areas: 

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace, Workplace Issues

How Your Workplace Performs: Brand & Culture

Mar 30, 2016 12:24:19 PM

Workplace issue #4: Building the Company Brand

Build the Company Brand and Culture
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Topics: Workplace, Workplace Issues, Culture

How Your Workplace Performs: Engaging Talent

Mar 23, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Workplace issue #3: Engaging Talent

Attract, Develop, and Engage Great Talent

Successful businesses today need a place where people really want to work. Without that, they will struggle to draw and keep their top talent. So, what makes an office engaging? Skype surveyed users and decision makers in the U.S. to measure how companies are using workspace and technology to engage with highly sought-after tech pros:

  • 62% of firms say about a third of their employees spend 40% of their time working remotely
  • Decision makers say flexible and remote work options help them attract the best talent and keep them on staff
  • The top three factors determining job satisfaction are salary (identified by 55% of respondents), the quality of the work environment (37%), and flexibility to work outside the office or at home (33%)
The chart below shows the rest of the survey results.
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Topics: Workplace, engaging talent, retaining talent, Workplace Issues, attracting talent

How Your Workplace Performs: Enhancing Collaboration

Mar 15, 2016 7:30:00 AM

Workplace issue #2: Enhancing Collaboration

Enhance Collaboration as a Natural Way of Working

Leaders today want innovative teams. That innovation is the result of collaboration when people work together solving problems and developing new insights and solutions.

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Topics: Workplace Issues, Collaboration, Interconnected Workplace

How Your Workplace Performs: Real Estate Optimization

Mar 10, 2016 10:51:00 AM

Workplace ISSUE #1: Real Estate Optimization

With the rising cost of real estate and volatility of today's economy, offices need to be flexible to grow and shrink accordingly. At the same time, workers need their workplace to help them remain productive. In order to accomplish this, many are reducing individual workstation space, but are also reconfiguring to include more team spaces, work cafés, meeting spaces and other alternative work-settings. The results can be more functional space that help people work most effectively.

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Topics: Workplace, Real Estate Optimization, Workplace Issues, Interconnected Workplace

Put the “General” Back in “General Contracting”

Mar 1, 2016 4:08:38 PM

A few years ago, I heard George W. Bush’s Chief of Staff Andrew Card speak.  The way he described his job responsibility really resonated with me. He mentioned, ”I didn't want him [Pres. Bush] worried about the details or small things. I wanted him focused so he could make big decisions. Not hungry, angry, or tired because I didn't want him to make a decision in that state of mind.”

This is a lesson for those of us in construction-related fields. If you're a general contractor, you have a big picture to manage. Getting into the weeds will wreck your productivity and your ability to produce a happy client.  You can’t get caught in the details, but how do you get the job done?

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Topics: glass-front offices, architectural solutions, raco walls

Starting with Safety: Free Tool Box Content & Templates

Feb 19, 2016 1:17:13 PM

Great places to work are also safe places to work. For construction companies, facilities departments or anyone trying to manage site safety -  starting each shift with a 5 to 10 minute toolbox meeting is good practice to prevent injuries on the job site. 

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Topics: Workplace Safety

StartUp Culture: An Evening with 3 Founders

Feb 11, 2016 8:35:44 AM

We recently hosted a panel discussion in Houston about startup culture to address how it differs from corporate culture and discuss what all businesses can learn from it. An energetic crowd of attendees readily absorbed the insights that flowed from our three panelists. If you were unable to attend the event, below is a recap of the discussion.

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Topics: startup culture

Gadget Site Names Gesture Best Office Chair

Feb 4, 2016 3:50:36 PM

 

After a year of rigorously testing some of the top office chairs in the world, The Wirecutter has named the Steelcase Gesture the best office chair. A primary reason for this selection is Gesture's range of adjustability, which is greater than any other task chair. This helps users find a fit that works for them and the way they sit.

Why did these experts on gadgets and gear choose Gesture? 

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Topics: gesture, best task chair, office furniture, best office chair, task chair

Boom or Bust: Competing Businesses and the Interconnected Workplace

Jan 29, 2016 4:26:44 PM
 

Our Story is Part of Your Story

After more than 50 years serving businesses in Houston and Austin, Texas, we have seen a lot of changes occur in our markets and in workplace culture. Since 1962, the workplace has changed dramatically, but one thing has stayed the same. 

Businesses face a laundry list of challenges.

In Houston right now, many businesses are dealing with the drop in oil prices. The Houston economy is more resilient than it once was. Higher education, medical and technology industries continue to grow, but there is still a ripple effect from the decline in upstream oil and gas. In Austin, our customers are facing an entirely different challenge: the battle for talent and quality office space. While residential and commercial development is still strong in Houston, it is BOOMING in Austin. Companies are vying for talented workers and premium square footage as startups continue to grow and west coast businesses flood into the state's capitol.

Companies and organizations in both Austin and Houston are looking for answers to their differing business dilemmas. If you're one of them, some of these answers can come from looking within the four walls of your office. We have a couple of articles that will show you how.  

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Topics: Real Estate Optimization, resiliency, engaging talent, retaining talent, recession, attracting talent

Transform A Carpeted Floor into a Power Source with Thread

Jan 14, 2016 9:30:00 AM

A recent survey of office workers reported that 73% of people used three or more devices throughout their day to get work done. Similarly, 73% of students now report that they cannot study without the help of technology.

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Topics: Floor Covering, Real Estate Optimization, Thread, power distribution, Construction

7 Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

Jan 13, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Consider this statistic: Eight out of every ten accidents are attributed to actions or in-actions of the person involved in the incident.  Unsafe acts cause four times as many accidents & injuries as unsafe conditions.

Workplace safety incidents occur for many reasons.  In most industries, people tend to look for "things" to blame when an accident happens, because it's easier than looking for "root causes," such as those listed below.  Consider these descriptions of underlying causes of workplace accidents.  Have you been guilty of any of these attitudes or behaviors?

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Topics: Workplace Safety

Workplace Trends for 2016

Jan 6, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Happy New Year!

We're excited about what 2016 will bring. Folks are talking about what will be going on in the workplace this year, so we thought we would share a few of their predictions so you can be prepared. Take a look at what's in store for 2016...

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Topics: Design, Real Estate Optimization, trends

McCoy brings home IFMA Awards

Dec 18, 2015 3:28:47 PM

Last week, three separate projects by McCoy-Rockford teams won Best Practice Awards during the 4th Annual Awards of Excellence held by the Houston Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).  We were honored to be selected and are ecstatic for our clients who can say they have award-winning facilities! Accolades are great, but what is even better is knowing we helped create remarkable places where our clients can do truly great work.

The award-winning projects were for the following clients:

  • NDT Global
  • Jetco Delivery
  • Global Shop Solutions
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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace, News

Introducing the Brody Worklounge

Dec 11, 2015 10:20:57 AM

THE BRODY WORKLOUNGETM:  DESIGNED FOR YOUR BODY AND YOUR BRAIN

Today’s offices and universities are often open and exposed, providing little to no control over visual distractions. Students and workers need comfortable places they can turn off these distractions and still have what they need to support work and learning.

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Topics: Brody WorkLounge

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #6 Vitality

Dec 3, 2015 1:57:23 PM

As the modern workforce has tranformed from being physical laborers to knowledge workers, our minds are asked to be very active while our bodies sit in one place. In order to perform well, workers need a variety physical activity and stimulation. How do you create an environment that encourages activity and improves workers' vitality? As part of our series on office wellbeing, the article below from Steelcase addresses the sixth - and final - dimension of wellbeing, meaning. You'll learn how organizations can communicate a sense of meaning to employees. This culture inspires workers to be passionate about what they do and can improve performance and results.  We'll also share some tips and design considerations that helps cultivate a sense of meaning in the workplace.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace, vitality

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #5 Meaning

Nov 25, 2015 11:27:42 AM

Brands have been an emphasis for much of the past century.  One of the reasons is brands communicate meaning to consumers, creating a sense of loyalty and trust. These values are just as important - maybe even more important - to cultivate with employees. As part of our series on office wellbeing, the article below from Steelcase addresses the fifth dimension of wellbeing, meaning. You'll learn how organizations can communicate a sense of meaning to employees. This culture inspires workers to be passionate about what they do and can improve performance and results.  We'll also share some tips and design considerations that helps cultivate a sense of meaning in the workplace.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #4 Belonging

Nov 20, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Last year, the U.S. workforce turnover rate was nearly 15.7%, up from 14.4% in 2011. Workforce turnover can carry a hefty cost. A report from CBS News calculated the additional cost of of replacing a mid-level employee at 20% of the worker's annual salary (and replacing executives could cost up to 213% of their salary). So how do you retain the talent you worked so hard to attract? As part of our series on office wellbeing, the article below from Steelcase addresses the fourth dimension of wellbeing, belonging. You'll learn how creating a sense of belonging for employees helps anchor them and makes them feel valued by their organization. We'll also share some tips and design considerations that helps cultivate a sense of belonging in the workplace.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #3 Authenticity

Nov 12, 2015 7:54:49 AM

What happens when workers feel like they can’t be themselves at the workplace? What can we do to help workers feel comfortable and connected, so they bring their best selves to the work they do? As part of our series on office wellbeing, the article below from Steelcase addresses the third dimension of wellbeing, authenticity. You'll learn how connections and customizable environments help cultivate authenticity in the workplace. We'll also share some tips and design considerations that help workers feel more comfortable and connected.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #2 Mindfulness

Nov 5, 2015 4:15:39 PM

Continuing our series on office wellbeing, this article from Steelcase focuses on the second dimension of wellbeing, mindfulness. You'll learn about the challenges to mindfulness in today's workplace and why it's important to create an environment that encourages employees to be fully engaged with their work and more easily enter a state of flow. We'll also share some tips and design considerations to cultivate mindfulness in your workplace.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Workplace, engage

The 6 Dimensions of Office Wellbeing: #1 Optimism

Oct 30, 2015 9:30:00 AM

Last week we discussed how office wellbeing affects productivity. This week, we will share the first of 6 Dimensions of Wellbeing. These are 6 dimensions Steelcase identified that can be impacted by the design of the physical environment. So, the design of your space - the furniture, walls, flooring and architecture - can improve your office wellbeing and ultimately improve performance. But what does that look like and how do you do it? This article from Steelcase will explain the first Dimension of Wellbeing: Optimism. We'll also give you tips and considerations to help improve optimism through design.

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Topics: Wellbeing

How Office Wellbeing Affects Performance

Oct 23, 2015 4:01:50 PM

If you're a business leader or manager, you may be wondering, "What's the big deal about wellbeing?" As a leader, you probably want to help your employees be healthier and more fulfilled.

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Topics: Wellbeing

Giving Back to Humanity

Jul 31, 2015 11:26:52 AM

In the month of July, McCoy-Rockford was grateful to have two opportunities to donate to Habitat for Humanity. The pictures below show our second shipment of carpet being loaded for delivery by Darris Amos and Henry Jefferson.

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Topics: Community, News, Floor Covering, Donation, Houston, McCoy-Rockford Values, Internal

MCCOY HOSTS A NIGHT OF WACKY BOWLING!!!

Sep 10, 2013 1:22:40 PM

Houston Design Firms gathered for food, fun, and bowling at McCoy's Annual Wacky Bowl. Forty-four teams, adorned in their 50's era poodle skirts and leather jackets, competed for the coveted bowling pin trophy. Congrats to the winning teams!! Check out the photos of everyone having a great time.

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Topics: News

McCoy-Rockford Named 2013 Steelcase Platinum Partner

Aug 28, 2013 4:06:52 PM

McCoy-Rockford is proud to announce it has earned the distinction of being a 2013 Steelcase Platinum Partner. McCoy-Rockford is 1 of just 25 Steelcase dealers to receive this honor. There are more than 650 Steelcase dealerships across the U.S. and Canada.

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Topics: News

MCCOY'S FLOORING GROUP BRINGS A LITTLE NEOCON HOME

Jul 29, 2013 5:23:49 AM

McCoy's Flooring group brought a piece of Chicago back to Houston! Architects and designers from around the city gathered in our showroom to explore the latest trends and styles from NeoCon 2013 while enjoying appetizing refreshments and energizing networking.

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Topics: News

McCoy-Rockford Launches New Website.

Jun 6, 2013 4:00:08 AM

Our new web presence is here! If you're reading this, you've probably noticed you landed on a new and improved website. In addition to offering information about McCoy-Rockford, the markets we serve, the products we sell and services we provide - the goal of the site is to serve as a resource to clients and prospects looking for in-depth, applicable information. What do you think? We'd love to hear from you.

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Topics: News

Spring Fling Fun.

Mar 28, 2013 4:00:09 AM

The luck of the Irish carried beyond St. Patrick's Day for the clan invited to the Annual Crawfish Spring Fling hosted by McCoy's Flooring Group. This annual event has developed a reputation as a good time to be had by all. This year was no exception.

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Topics: News

Introducing Gesture

Feb 25, 2013 3:00:41 AM

Steelcase has announced the upcoming fall release of the first chair designed to support our interactions with today's technologies.

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Topics: News

Inspiration Found at Diverse Works

Jan 18, 2013 3:00:41 AM

McCoy Workplace Solutions hosted a reception for artist Tony Feher at DiverseWorks in Houston, January 18, 2013. Attendees enjoyed viewing a choreographed performance that incorporated the artist’s installation being unveiled the same evening. The event provided the design community with inspiration to find “art in the every”—a theme closely tied to the artist’s work known to incorporate plastic water bottles and grocery bags.

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Topics: News

Rockford Business Interiors Unveils Newly Renovated Showroom

Dec 12, 2012 3:00:28 AM

The Rockford business interiors family welcomed more than 200 local executives and design community influentials to an Alice in Wonderland themed open house on December 12, 2012. The showroom, located on Riverside Drive near Congress Avenue in Austin, features the latest in office interior trends including furniture, flooring, demountable walls and functional technology. Get a glimpse here.

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Topics: News

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