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General Office Issues | Health & Safety | Accessibility
Physical Environment | New Work Patterns | Accommodating Technology

General Office Issues

Tailoring the Gray Flannel Room--Why the Enclosed Office Remains and How It Is Changing Compares past and present perceptions of enclosed offices by examining themes of status, territory, and performance. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

How to Maximize Your Office Furniture Investment a Haworth, Inc. white paper covering financial aspects of and considerations regarding office furniture.

Better Use of Office Space Improves Profits. In recent years, companies have realized that profits do not come as easily as they used to. Everyone is being driven to reduce costs as a way to confront increased competition and lower margins.Reducing the rentable area of an office through the elimination of unneeded space is an effective way to lower overhead. Architech Notes, Davis Associates Architects & Consultants, Inc.

Beyond Four Walls and a Door--Understanding Privacy in the Office Discusses kinds and degrees of privacy needed, based on task or office type; suggests alternatives to current solutions. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Churn in the Workplace Summarizes how change in the organization causes significant changes in the work place. "The ability to respond quickly to change is one of the major challenges facing corporations in today's highly competitive global economy. Companies must constantly rethink and adjust their business strategies to meet the dynamic needs of the marketplace, and with each successive change they must rethink the ways in which they organize and carry out their work. These changes result in churn, the terminology used for moving people or equipment around within a facility or from one location to another. And while churn may ultimately have a positive impact on an organization's goals, its immediate effect can be both disruptive and costly, particularly for companies with multiple facilities and thousands of employees, if appropriate strategies are not implemented." Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

How to Move Your Business. This white paper provides an overview of the process to relocate an office. It provides helpful insights into the required tasks, considerations and methods. Haworth, Inc.

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Health & Safety

Ergonomic Standards, Regulations and Your Workplace examines regulations impacts on the design of the work setting. Haworth, Inc.

Is your job making you sick?> It has been estimated that 20 percent of the job force works in an building that are inadequately ventilated or have contents that emit irritants.Steelcase.

An Inside Job: Cleaning up Air Quality in the Workplace Identifies indoor air-quality problems, their impact on building occupants, and how owners and managers can improve the situation. Proposes changes in building and HVAC design, adopting voluntary standards, or new legislation. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Ergonomic Tips This paper describes measures that a company or a worker can take to improve comfort and reduce job related musculoskeletal disorders. Steelcase.

Lighting in the Healthy Office. Light has a powerful affect on office workers, yet the difference between good and bad lighting can be subtle. This paper outlines the factors that contribute to quality office lighting, such as hardware, window treatments, and workstation finishes. How successful is the lighting in your office? Complete the author's checklist and find out. Steelcase.

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the U.S. Office Workforce Can workstation ergonomics and repetitive computer tasks cause musculoskeletal disorders? If you're confused by the conflicting claims in the popular press, you are not alone. Read the conclusions of a dozen different studies. Steelcase.

Accessibility

Equal Opportunity Facilities: Designing for Universal Accommodation Summarizes the basic aims of the American with Disabilities Act (1992) and examines its effect on facility design, costs, and enforcement. Provides basic information about buildings, office layout, furniture, lighting, acoustics, computers, adjustability, management strategies, and emergency systems. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

The ADA and the Workplace Provides an overview of the American with Disabilities Act as it relates to the work setting. Haworth, Inc.

Americans With Disabilities Act. Companies creating or modifying buildings for workers with disabilities will find a simple description of what compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act entails. Steelcase.

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Physical Environment

It's an Inside Job -- Cleaning up Air Quality Examines how poor air quality effects health and productivity of office workers. Discusses how to address these factors; includes a glossary. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

It's a Matter of Balance--New Understandings of Open-Plan Acoustics Reviews three key problems of open-plan acoustics and examines four elements that must be addressed to improve acoustical privacy. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

 

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New Work Patterns

Office Environments--The North American Perspective Examines changes in office environments in North America; specifically discusses the relationship of people, production, and place. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Telecommuting -- Growing alternative work sites have been created by the implementation of computer technology. This report discusses the implication on office design and planning. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Supporting Collaborative Work -- Fostering Team Work Discusses measures that enhance teamwork in the office setting. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Virtual Office Demands Workplace Changes. Changes in the business environment and in technology are revolutionizing the nature of work and the demands placed on businesses This transformation is dramatically effecting the requirements placed on the office environment. Architech Notes, Davis Associates Architects & Consultants, Inc.


Accommodating Technology

Getting a Better Look at Your Computer Screen One computer device per person is common in offices today. Computers are revolutionizing how work gets done, as well as changing requirements placed on the workplace and its design. The most common complaints among office workers about their work environment have to do with lighting and difficulties in reading their video display terminal (VDT). Architech Notes, Davis Associates Architects & Consultants, Inc.

Utilities Management In the new workplace, people need more electrical power, different data connections and more flexibility in where they work. Now there's a challenge! Plug into this overview for some insights. Steelcase.

Vision and the Computerized Office Desribes in some detail vision problems in the computerized office and explores ways of correct them. Herman Miller, Inc. Research Report

Electronic Tools Faxes, modems, laser printers, wireless communications, lap tops with docks ... think of all the electronic tools common in most offices today that were unheard of 15 years ago. This informative paper focuses on the workplace implications of these new tools. Steelcase.

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