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Monday, March 30, 2015

7 Office Furniture Trends & Ideas

Out with the old and in with the new - is it time to update your workspace with new trends and ideas on office furniture? Companies are adapting to their business and employee needs by developing innovative work environments that foster productivity, creativity, and collaboration. The following are seven popular office furniture trends being adapted across the board.

  1. Shared Workstations – Collaborating and working in teams is essential in today’s work model. Instead of individual cubicles and offices, employees have their own desks in shared spaces that give the opportunity to share ideas while working, easily ask questions, and have impromptu conferences.
  2. Eco-friendly designs – With companies and individuals becoming more environment-conscious, sustainable office furniture is becoming popular. At Tiger Leasing, we work with equipment vendors from a number of brands that offer a wide-selection of sustainable office solutions.
  3. Efficiency desks – Employees who are away from their desk can be just as productive as those tied to their desk. These mobile employees needs a smaller, more open and more efficient base to return to that doesn’t require “settling in” time. This saves space and time.
  4. Desks on wheels – Who said your desk had to be nailed to the floor? Wheels with locks allow your workstation to be portable and thus adjustable to improve your work flow. New environments can be inspiring and increase creativity.
  5. Open floor plan – According to CCIM, many offices have transitioned from the standard of having 40% of staff behind doors to around 17% to cut down on construction and tenant improvement costs. It also fosters a more collaborative environment.
  6. Movable walls – these allow companies to interchange the look, feel, and flow of an office to adapt to different project teams or employments shifts.
  7. Bringing the outdoors indoors – Integrating elements from nature, like plants can not only improve air quality, but boost morale and productivity. According to recent studies, plants in the office enhance productivity and decrease stress by 12%.

Looking to improve your office space but not sure it will fit in your budget? Tiger Leasing provides a variety of equipment leasing programs that can help you give your office a major face-lift without breaking the bank. Contact our team to learn more about how we can help you with all your equipment leasing needs. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter to stay connected on the latest Tiger Leasing has to offer.

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Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring Office Party Ideas

After a long winter, your employees are looking to re-energize and re-vitalize with the changing season. Office parties are a fun way to show employee appreciation, improve relations, and boost morale. With spring arriving, take a break to informally regroup and have fun. The Tiger Leasing team found some ideas to get you started with planning your own office event in honor of the warmer weather on the horizon.

  • Have a spring-themed potluck - Opt for a potluck-style celebration of the new season by suggesting that employees bring spring-themed dishes to share for lunch. Fresh fruits and vegetables, pastel-colored baked goods, light sides, and lemonade are just a few examples.
  • Play games - Loosen up with a few games to lighten the mood and provide some laughs. Check out these “25 HR Approved Office Party Ideas” from HRPeople to brainstorm games everyone will love. If the weather is warm enough, venture outdoors to get some fresh air!
  • Do a scavenger hunt - Whether or not you celebrate Easter, scavenger hunts are a competitive favorite that get people moving and thinking creatively. Hide eggs with candy, cash, or other prizes around the office. Incentivize employees to search well by having additional prizes for those who find the most eggs.
  • Host a spring cleaning competition - Spring cleaning can be a major mood boost and fun office activity. The first week of spring, employees are challenged to clean up and de-clutter. Awards for “most improved” and “best decorated” can be given during the office party at the end of the week with fun prizes.
  • Travel to an out-of-office destination - With temperatures rising, getting out of the office can be a much-needed break. Try looking for local attractions that promote a team-environment such as bowling or miniature golf. Unique restaurants, brewery or restaurant tours, cooking classes, sight-seeing and nature excursions are also great out-of-the-box ideas to celebrate spring.
  • Volunteer - Spring is a great time to get involved with your community and help out at local food banks, shelters, non-profits and more. Get to know each other while making a difference and celebrate spring in a positive, productive manner.

What other ideas do you have about hosting a spring office event? Comment to let us know how your office celebrates and be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Google+, and Twitter!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Energy Efficient Lighting and other Energy Reduction Options for the Office

Did you know that according to the National Institute of Building Sciences, lighting alone in commercial buildings accounts for over 30% of the total consumed electrical energy? The EPA estimates that idle electronics have an annual output of 12 power plants! It’s clear that energy efficient lighting and energy reduction options are a bight idea for any office. Here are some cost and energy-saving ideas for your office:

  1. Make use of natural light - Assuming your office has windows, natural light can be a great asset to energy savings. Try strategically installing blinds and window coverings to block the sun’s rays in warmer weather and keep your office cool. Then in cooler months, allow light in to help heat your office and keep it bright.
  2. Turn off all equipment at the end of the day - Although this may be a no-brainer, turning off your electronics overnight can greatly reduce energy consumption. Use power strips to easily turn off multiple units at once. If possible, unplug units to ensure that no energy leakage occurs. Remember that equipment on standby is different than equipment that is completely turned off.
  3. Invest in ENERGY STAR-qualified products - Consider equipment leasing or financing of office products that are equipped with energy-efficient designs. There are a wide variety of products including things like computers, copiers, printers, and commercial appliances.
  4. Switch to energy-efficient lighting - The WBDG found that lighting equipment such as soft-start electronic ballasts and compact fluorescent bulbs can cut lighting costs 30-60% while “enhancing lighting quality, reducing environmental impacts, and promoting health and work productivity.” The following are examples of great energy efficient lighting options for your office:
    • Fluorescent lamps
    • High-intensity discharge lamps (HID)
    • Incandescent lamps
    • LED lamps
    • Energy-efficient ballasts
    • Luminaries
If you think you’re ready finance or lease energy-saving office equipment and lighting, we can structure a finance solution for you. Check out our leasing programs to learn more about the process. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions.

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