Great Work Blog


How Office Design Affects Patient Experience

Nov 20, 2017 6:25:41 PM

The future of medical office interior design is trending towards comfort. Patients are becoming more discerning consumers when it comes to choosing where they go for their healthcare. As a result, spa-like waiting rooms, private patient accommodations, fancy technology and lavish interior design are all becoming more common sights when you visit the doctor’s office.

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Topics: Healthcare

4 Tips to Create the Best Office Environment for Your Medical Staff

Nov 20, 2017 6:25:12 PM

The medical field is one of the most stressful work environments around, so burnout for medical staff can be quite high. The work involved can be both emotionally and physically draining, but employees in the medical field always need to be performing at their best.

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Topics: Healthcare

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 6

Sep 25, 2017 12:22:49 PM

Design is always evolving, especially in our home town of Houston, Texas.  

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Topics: design in houston

Four Ways to Leverage the HCAHP and Optimize Customer Experience

Aug 17, 2017 8:15:14 AM

If you’ve worked in healthcare for any length of time, you’ve probably asked yourself how you can improve your patient satisfaction scores. HCAHPS scores are one of the most important benchmarks for patient satisfaction in the healthcare industry, and they can also have a significant financial impact on your medical clinic. HCAHPS stands for "Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems", and it is a survey that measures a patient’s experience at a medical facility, with 30 percent of Medicare re-imbursements tied to achieving satisfactory scores.

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Topics: Healthcare, hcaps scores, customer experience

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 5

Aug 17, 2017 8:03:51 AM

As a staple in the Houston design scene for 65 years, McCoy Rockford is invested in keeping ourselves and our clients up-to-date on the latest design trends and advances in our home city.

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Topics: design in houston, leveraging real estate

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 4

Aug 17, 2017 8:01:27 AM

At McCoy Rockford we’re fascinated to see how design is constantly evolving. Especially in Houston, Texas, our home of 65 years.

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Topics: design in houston, next generation in the workplace

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 3

Aug 17, 2017 7:59:41 AM

At McCoy Rockford we’re always interested in seeing how design is evolving. Especially in our home town of Houston, Texas.

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Topics: design in houston, global standards of design

Improve Patient Satisfaction by Reducing Patient Wait Times

Aug 11, 2017 12:52:15 PM

 Whether a medical office is an independent clinic or one department in a large hospital, addressing and treating patients in a timely manner is always a priority. Even though lengthy wait times are common, it should be no surprise they also have long been associated with low scores on patient satisfaction surveys. No one likes sitting in a waiting room for an hour while wondering if the person next to them has the sniffles or the plague. Interestingly, patient satisfaction scores are not the only metric negatively affected by long waits.

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Topics: Healthcare, patient satisfaction, waiting rooms, survey

How to Meet ADA Codes in Your Doctor’s Office.

Aug 11, 2017 11:07:01 AM

There are a lot of things to consider when you’re thinking of redesigning your medical office. You have to consider what budget and resources you can afford to dedicate to your redesign, for example. What décor and furniture will best suite your practice. And what changes will ultimately benefit your practice and your patients the most.

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Topics: Healthcare, ADA

Three Ways to Maximize Space in Your Doctor’s Office

Aug 11, 2017 9:17:20 AM

Medical clinics are often at a disadvantage when it comes to finding adequate office space. Most commercial space is designed with retail businesses or conventional offices in mind. Neither of those layouts is ideal for medical clinics. As a result, medical practices often have to improvise when it comes to their medical office design. Sometimes that can mean trying to adapt a less traditional layout to meet your clinic’s needs, or trying to make a smaller-than-ideal health space work for a growing practice.

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Topics: Healthcare, maximize space

How to Create a Budget for Waiting Room Furniture.

Aug 10, 2017 4:59:19 PM

There are a lot of factors that go into designing and buying furniture for your waiting room. It can be hard to know where to start. You probably have a general idea of how much money you can afford to spend, but no idea how prioritize or budget for each item. The best way to start planning your design and creating a furniture budget is to break it down into categories.

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Topics: Healthcare, medical office interior design

The Doctor’s Office of the Future in Houston and Austin?

Aug 10, 2017 1:19:33 PM

Since the field of healthcare is always advancing, experts often consider what the future of healthcare will look like. Usually, they address changes in diagnostics or treatment. But one of the most important answers to that question may be found in the way medical facilities adapt their spaces to better accommodate staff, patients, and their families.

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Topics: Healthcare, medical office interior design

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 2

Aug 10, 2017 10:57:52 AM

As a commercial interiors dealership with 65 years of experience in the industry, we’re always interested in seeing how design is evolving. Especially in our home state of Texas.

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Topics: design in houston

McCoy Rockford’s Houston AIA Power Hour - Part 1

Aug 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

At McCoy Rockford we’re always interested in seeing how design is evolving, especially in our own City of Houston. To help dive into some of the questions surrounding design in Houston, what the current trends are, and where future trends are going, we hosted a round panel discussion with principals from some of the best architecture and design firms in Houston.

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Topics: design in houston, commercial design

How to Make Your Medical Office More Inviting (and Less Creepy)

Jul 24, 2017 8:33:46 AM

When you were growing up, your mother probably told you first impressions are the most important. She was right. And when it comes to the field of healthcare, the waiting room makes the first impression patients have of your medical office, and the services you provide. Today, a medical clinic’s first impression and its waiting room are more important than ever.

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Topics: Healthcare

3 Steps to an Efficient Office Move Meeting

May 22, 2017 9:03:00 AM

It seems everyone has a horror story (or several) about an office meeting that gone awry, gone awkward, or just gone on too long. When meeting with your office moving project team, you don't want to waste time (yours or theirs). If the details of your office move aren't figured out far enough in advance, you’ll suffer delays and costs that could’ve been avoided.

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Topics: Office Moving

3 Tips for Medical (or any kind of) Office Move

May 19, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Every office move has some unique quirks. Some industries, however, require more than just your average office mover. For example, when you work in a medical office your move won’t be as simple as packing up chairs, desks and filing cabinets. Healthcare moves are in a category all their own.

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Topics: Office Moving, Healthcare

Creating an Office Relocation Project Team, Pt. 2

May 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In “Creating an Office Relocation Project Team, Pt. 1,” we outlined three key roles in the office relocation process. Delegating a relocation coordinator, an office telecommunications coordinator, and partnering with office movers are all important steps in making sure your office relocation goes smoothly.

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Topics: Office Moving

Overcoming Conflict After an Office Move

May 15, 2017 9:00:00 AM

You may think your office relocation is done once you’ve arrived in your new location and set up your offices, but that’s not the case. After a hectic office move, conflict is practically inevitable. Relocations bring a large dose of change, and employees will react with different expectations for what that change means to them and the company. According to Tamara Lytle of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), conflict takes place when differences over varied expectations attempt to coexist.

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Topics: Office Moving

When Your Office Move Means Less Space: Strategic Downsizing

May 11, 2017 4:07:36 PM

Most of the time, growing your business means moving your office into a space with more square feet, not fewer. Most of the time, "downsizing” describes a low point in a company’s history. Most of the time, increasing productivity just means everyone has enough space to work alone quietly. As you'll see... today’s workplace seems to no longer care about “most of the time.”

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Topics: Office Moving

4 Tips for Building Your Office Moving Budget

May 11, 2017 3:28:35 PM

Your office moving budget comes down to more than just rentals and packing supplies. According to Geoff Williams at US News, the average mover tends to underestimate the cost of their move. By building a budget based on cheaper vendors rather than the best service, many companies assume they’ll recover from any downtime without a significant dip in revenue. But our many years of experience with office relocations has caused us to know better when it comes to making a move affordable.

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Topics: Office Moving

Here’s Proof that Furniture Providers Make the Best Office Movers

May 11, 2017 12:12:47 PM

Furniture providers make the best office movers. Think about it: who would you rather have moving heavy, fragile–not to mention expensive–equipment besides those whose day-in-day-out business involves moving heavy, fragile, and expensive equipment?

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Topics: Office Moving

3 Ways to Know It’s Time to Move Your Business

May 11, 2017 10:23:18 AM

Running a business is tough but rewarding work. Every day as a business leader, you’re forced to make decisions that will prove beneficial or detrimental to you, your employees, and your clients/customers. Among these difficult decisions rests the ever-important answer to the question, "When is it the right time to move my business?"

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Smooth Move – How to Avoid Stress During Your Office Move

May 11, 2017 10:04:27 AM

75% of employees who follow their company in an office move will consider their move stressful. In fact, a study conducted by the medical researchers at Health Status found that along with the death of a loved one, divorce, a major illness, and the loss of a job... moving is among the 5 most stressful events in a person’s life.

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Topics: moving office, Office Moving

5 Reasons to Choose McCoy-Rockford for Your Office Move

May 2, 2017 2:38:47 PM

Office relocation is costly. And many times, the cost is more than just financial. According to the International Facility Management Association (headquartered in Houston, Texas), 66% of employees tasked with spearheading an office relocation process are either fired or quit within 6 months of the move. 

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Topics: moving office, office relocation

Creating an Office Relocation Project Team, Pt. 1

May 2, 2017 2:16:53 PM

Dennis A. Attwood is an office environment expert who literally wrote the book on Office Relocation. Filled with information on everything from floor layout and space planning to managing employees and outside vendors, Attwood’s sourcebook serves as an in-depth and practical guide for those looking to move offices due to company growth or downsizing.

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Topics: office relocation

Southwestern Energy: An Office Relocation Case Study

Apr 27, 2017 1:20:14 PM

We’ve been a part of quite a bit of office relocation, so you can imagine how excited we were to recently partner with Southwestern Energy when they decided to move their 1000+ employees from across 5 campuses into one centralized location.

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How to Plan Your New Space for Office Moving

Feb 23, 2017 4:25:35 PM

Relocating from one office to another is a hectic time. After you’ve hired the best office moving partners and followed the guidelines in our Office Moving Checklist, there’s still one more important step: Organizing your furniture and equipment in your new office.

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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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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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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 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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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 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

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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