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COVID-19 Office Cleaning Recommendations.

Mar 18, 2020 2:51:03 PM

While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has offered extensive cleaning and disinfection recommendations, along with hand washing direction to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, McCoy Rockford and Steelcase also want to offer assistance and service to businesses at this time.

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Topics: employee wellbeing, customer service, client focused

McCoy Rockford Cares

Mar 16, 2020 9:35:35 AM

McCoy Rockford is open for business and will continue to serve our clients in the best way possible. We care deeply about our people, our customers and the community. With that in mind, we do believe that it is important to help slow the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to run our business.

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Topics: employee wellbeing, customer service, client focused

Why You Should Consider Sustainable Design: Protect the planet, increase well-being and save money.

Feb 24, 2020 3:26:49 PM

When it comes to sustainable design, the benefits are plenty — your sustainable design can help keep the blue planet green, but it can also increase the health and happiness of your employees and save you money. Luckily, technological advances of the 21st century have made it easier to make sustainable choices. From upcycling and choosing environmentally friendly materials to opting for an innovative office interior, learn how sustainable design can save you money, increase the wellbeing of your employees and help keep the earth spinning round.

Protect the Planet
Being aware of materials is the first step to creating a sustainable design. Choose items made with the environment in mind and buy from companies that value sustainability. Steelcase, our primary furniture manufacturing partner, works hard to effect positive change and runs a materials chemistry practice used to understand the effects of what goes into their products. They are phasing out anything of concern as they create alternatives and teamed up with companies that share similar beliefs.
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Topics: employee wellbeing, sustainability, sustainable design, upcycling

How to Keep Your Corporate Office Current

Jan 29, 2020 4:14:38 PM

Learn how to keep your corporate office current through commercial interior design. With a workplace that is constantly evolving, you must adapt if you hope to create a corporate office that encourages efficiency and keeps employees happy. Improve productivity and increase engagement when you opt for an innovative corporate office design.

The Way People Work is Changing 
While there is still a need for personal office space, there has also been an increase in the demand for collaborative spaces. Create a corporate office with the ability to support all kinds of work — offer pods for deep, individualized thought alongside workspaces with room for many. Multipurposed designs built for teamwork enable staff to work together with ease. For furniture that fosters collaboration and offers a contemporary aesthetic, turn to Orangebox, a designer and manufacturer working hard to create pieces for the changing workplace. Their cutting-edge Air³ is proof — transforming from a modular meeting room into a private space, phone booth or touchdown room.

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Topics: teamwork, office design, inspire, energize, office trends, current office trends

Top Three Trending Office Colors for 2020

Jan 17, 2020 3:34:46 PM

Breathe life into the workplace with the top three trending office colors for 2020. Studies show that different colors have different effects. Whether choosing furniture pieces for the office or putting paint on the wall, the colors you choose matter — some colors are comforting and refreshing while others cause agitation. Use color wisely when you pick hues to uplift employees and enhance mood.

Green to Relax
Think seafoam and celadon — natural shades of green that offer an air of calm. Employees will feel at ease with the serenity these colors provide. Usher in relaxation when you choose furniture pieces of this hue like the West Elm Work Belle or West Elm Work Boardwalk, perfect for any lounge area or place of respite. Both pieces are modular and can be reconfigured to fit your space.
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Topics: employee wellbeing, teamwork, focus, office design, inspire, trending office colors, energize

Custom Workplace Designs Promote Employee Wellbeing

Oct 24, 2019 4:10:18 PM

Personalizing your workplace helps employees feel comfortable and can increase efficiency and productivity. Your healing, learning or working environment becomes a happier and healthier space for all when employee wellbeing is a priority. Ready to learn more? McCoy Rockford reveals three easy ways to achieve a custom workplace design where your employees will thrive.

Environments 
Email alerts and ringing telephones can keep employees from finding the focus they desire. For situations that call for peace and quiet, tune out the world around you with enclaves and focus spaces — private areas that allow for deep concentration. Incorporating the use of the Brody WorkLounge by Steelcase makes it easy to provide employees shelter from interruption.
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Topics: efficiency, employee wellbeing, flexible seating, teamwork, focus, natural lighting, office design, reduce distraction

Designing a Classroom Environment That Sparks Creative Minds

Jul 15, 2019 11:54:41 AM

According to Edutopia’s latest video “A Child-First Approach to Classroom Design,” flexible classrooms give students choice over where and how they work. Adaptable learning spaces focus on the importance of a child feeling a sense of freedom in the environment, and furniture, technology, wall solutions and flooring can play an extensive role in the comfort and engagement that a room may provide.

Natural Light Can Brighten More Than Just the Room
Both students and teachers spend most of their day inside a classroom. To that end, creating the right environment where all can thrive is crucial. When trying to spark creativity and grow innovative minds, academic settings should have an energetic atmosphere, made possible by inviting natural light in with glass walls. Dividing walls can then be used to create more personal, quiet learning spaces. Learn more about establishing a flexible space with architectural walls.

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Topics: classroom furniture, learning types, flexible seating, education settings, classroom design, groupwork, student engagement, teamwork

A Word with the Austin Operations Team

Jul 12, 2019 3:16:01 PM

What departments make up the Austin operations team?

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Topics: department spotlight, operations team

McCoy Rockford Counterpoint Series: Resimercial vs. Corporate Environment

Jul 12, 2019 3:09:25 PM

As the debate over office space environment continues, McCoy Rockford brings you both sides of the discussion. This month, we’re focusing on the argument for corporate environments and how more traditional workspaces can drive professional behavior.

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Topics: Collaboration, attracting talent, Employee Engagement, creating a great place to work, branding, innovation, standing desk, productivity, employee satisfaction, workstations, open office concept, commercial design, maximize space, customer experience, next generation in the workplace, workplace trends, employee wellbeing, new brand, brand launch, mccoy rockford, agile, agileworkteam, flexcollection, corporateenvironment

Support Agile Teams with the Right Furniture & Technology Combination.

Jul 9, 2019 4:39:02 PM

As seen in the IFMA Houston Chapter newsletter!

Although agile principles have guided the software development industry since 2001, non-tech companies have adopted agile best practices to guide their own projects. From increasing synergy and creating a culture of hyper-connectedness to improving efficiency and empowering employees, organizations are seeing the impact of agile work teams. In fact, the 2017 Forbes Achieving Greater Agility Report found:

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Topics: Collaboration, attracting talent, Employee Engagement, creating a great place to work, branding, innovation, standing desk, productivity, employee satisfaction, workstations, open office concept, commercial design, maximize space, customer experience, next generation in the workplace, workplace trends, employee wellbeing, new brand, brand launch, mccoy rockford, agile, agileworkteam, flexcollection

Introducing Our New Brand!

Jun 7, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Commercial Interiors Tailored to How People Live & Work

Let’s face it, people get more done when they’re engaged and energized as opposed to when they’re uncomfortable and restricted. To break from routine, McCoy Rockford unveiled our new brand to show the world (or at least the Austin and Houston marketplaces) that when you create lively and comfortable workspaces that include more than just your typical furnishings, people can be themselves and thrive.  

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Topics: creating a great place to work, branding, commercial design, customer experience, workplace trends, new brand, brand launch, mccoy rockford

McCoy Rockford Counterpoint Series: Resimercial vs. Corporate Environment

Apr 1, 2019 8:42:06 AM

As the debate over office space environment continues, McCoy Rockford brings you both sides of the discussion. This month, we’re focusing on the argument for resimercial, or home-inspired, spaces. Read on for our team’s thoughts and don’t forget to check back in May for the counterpoint.

Contemporary Workspaces Highlight Aspects of Home to Increase Employee Comfort
The lines have never been more blurred between work and home. As employee needs and wants evolve, forward-thinking designs blend the best of residential and commercial furnishings to create a workspace that is comfortable and familiar, while being flexible and inspiring. The reality is that most people are putting in longer hours at work, so why not provide them a space they actually want to live and work in?

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Topics: Employee Engagement, employee satisfaction, creative workspace, resimercial design, workplace trends, employee wellbeing, resimercial-inpsired design

A Word with the Houston Operations Team

Mar 6, 2019 9:26:49 AM

How many people make up the Houston operations team?
58 people

How do clients benefit from your experience?
Our team operates like a well-oiled machine. We have great teamwork and trust each other, which helps us work seamlessly. Because most team members have been in the business for a while, our knowledge and experience are vast which is an asset to our clients. Our team is also made up of a lot of tenured employees, which is important for building and investing in relationships with our clients. We’re familiar and clients will often ask for us by name.

 

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Topics: department spotlight, operations team

Top Annoying Workplace Habits Solved with Office Furniture, Flooring, Architectural Walls & Technology

Feb 8, 2019 3:35:23 PM

In a recent article, the top 12 most annoying workplace habits were listed from most to least irritating. While it was a pretty comprehensive list, nowhere in the article were solutions to these everyday workplace anguishes. As the McCoy-Rockford team read on, we couldn’t help but realize the commercial interior products we recommend to our clients would assuage these common annoyances. In fact, three of the most agreed upon annoyances – loud talking, interruptions and complaining – can all be solved by incorporating the right office furniture, flooring, architectural walls and technology. Read on for our solutions.

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Topics: Workplace Issues, Interconnected Workplace, Employee Engagement, office layouts, workstations, commercial design

3 Ways Inspiration from Home Can Improve Your Commercial Workspace

Jan 15, 2019 2:44:38 PM

While work somehow always finds its way home with us, a recent trend has made it possible for home to come to work. With the lines between home and work becoming more blurred, resimercial design blends the best of residential and commercial furnishings to create workspaces that are comfortable and familiar, while still being engaging.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Employee Engagement, office layouts, resimercial design

Introducing SILQ: An Innovative Seating Design from Steelcase

Feb 1, 2018 6:09:32 PM

Yesterday in New York, Steelcase revealed their revolutionary new seating design, SILQ. Using a pioneering development in materials science and a patent-pending process, Steelcase’s team of material scientists, designers, and engineers have created a truly unique product.

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Topics: silq

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