Recycle Old Office Furniture Instead of Trashing It

Are you redoing your office decor, downsizing, moving, or shutting down an office? Every office change comes with office furniture left by the wayside. Often, companies will just call a junk collector to get it out of their hair quick and easy. Unfortunately this causes more harm than good. There are a variety of ways to get old office furniture out of your work space without putting it in the trash.

Why recycle?

Tons of old office furniture each year end up in landfills

The United States produces around 250 million tons of waste per year. Much of what we throw away can, in fact, be reused, recycled, or disposed of in a more responsible manner. Did you know that 80% of what America puts in the trash could actually be recycled? By reusing and recycling, we can preserve the ecosystem for further generations, reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are causing global warming, and save money and energy. Consider the following options before you throw all your old chairs away.

Where to recycle old office furniture

recycle old office furniture by donating it to an underserved community

Donate to a church, school, or non-profit if the items are still usable. These organizations are often in need of new supplies and furniture but don’t have the funds. They may also serve a community that is impoverished or underserved. These organizations can help facilitate the transfer of your old office furniture to families and organizations that need it. They get what they need, you get rid of your old furniture, and nothing is thrown into landfills!

Recycling services companies can take your used furniture and reintroduce the materials into the manufacturing cycle. This is a good option for damaged goods, as they cannot be reintroduced into the consumer market.

How a commercial moving company can help

Olympia deconstructing old office furnitureLiquidation services can help you sell your used or old office furniture. This puts the items back into the market, rather than dumping them in a landfill.

Hire logistics providers and commercial moving companies to manage your office furniture donation, liquidation, or recycling process. This ensures that the process is managed in a responsible and charitable way.

Check out Green Standards for more general education about the topic. Over the course of their company’s lifetime, they have diverted 40,000 tons of office furniture waste from landfills across both the US and Canada.

When you’re ready to get the old office furniture out of your space, give Olympia a call a  800.222.4744 or fill out our form to schedule your commercial move or hire us for logistics. 

Office Design Trends To Keep In Mind

Thinking about updating the office? Office design is essential whether you are you moving to a new space or just re-decorating the old. Whether you’re looking for a complete overhaul or small additions and touch ups, keep in mind these latest office design trends to increase productivity, retention, and efficiency.

Add Color to Your Office Design

colorful office design is stimulatingAdding color into the office will help keep employees engaged and mentally stimulated throughout the day. As a bonus, it is an opportunity to work in some internal branding. Adding chairs, tables, or wall decor in the company colors can be a positive bump to company spirit. This will also help the space become more welcoming for client meetings.

If maintaining a gray-scale design palette is important to your brand, try to mix in different textures to achieve a similar effect to colors, such as fabric, wood, or metal. The goal is to create a visually stimulating environment for your employees and clients, and contrasting textures with similar colors will help achieve this.

a plant can help the office design feel inviting

All Things Green

Both bio-features and sustainability are increasingly popular trends in modern office design. Green walls or plant features brighten up rooms and make the space more welcoming to work in. Be careful when moving plants between spaces, they need special attention during a move. Using desks and tables made with natural materials like wood or bamboo, as well as incorporating recycled or recyclable materials will help the office decrease its carbon footprint. To fully embrace sustainability, avoid stocking the fridge with one-use water bottles and encourage employees to use reusable cups and bottles for coffee and water.

bikes for the office - office design can support fitness

Another office transition can come from transportation. Providing showers and changing rooms in your office can also encourage your employees to get to work in a more sustainable manner, such as biking or running. Using the office design to accommodate fitness can encourage and help employees incorporate fitness into the workday. Lunch time walks, runs, or bike rides can improve mental well-being, and thus help with productivity. When employees are happy, work becomes more efficient. Committing to creating a more sustainable work place will help not only with global warming but with the reputation of your company.

Dynamic Spaces

When re-configuring your office, think about the type of space you need, both for your hardworking employees but also your clients. Do you hold events to inform or thank your clients? Do you throw annual parties for clients and members of your network? Creating a dynamic and convertible work space is essential for the well-connected business.

Open office designDesign working spaces so they can be both independent work stations or group collaboration environments. This way people can choose their space depending on how they work best. This will lead to more success and efficiency. It will also help with retention, because allowing people to choose their own work environment helps employees feel respected and accommodated for. Make every space as productive as possible, starting with the layout of the desks. See out post for more about how to Feng Shui your space.

Convertible spaces are also very useful. Create spaces that have day to day operations, but are also convertible into an area that can hold multiple clients for a reception or luncheon. This allows for budgeting as well as allowing the clients to see the headquarters of your company.

Did you learn about office design trends that you want to implement at your company? Once you’re ready to take the next step with your office space, give Olympia a call a  800.222.4744 or fill out our form to schedule your commercial move.

How Much Office Space Does Your Company Need?

Whether you’re opening your first business or you are expanding, you need to figure out where you’re going to work. When thinking about a new office space, it is important to think about a few essential questions.

Forecast Growth

First, do you have a plan for how quickly you want your company to grow? Depending on how many new employees you are planning on hiring each year, you might have to sign a lease on an office that is larger than what you currently need. The extra space will give you the flexibility to grow, but could also be a budget killer if you don’t expand as you planned.

Open Concept vs. Cubicles

Another important question is considering any industry specific needs. What type of space does your company need? While a sales based company might want individual spaces for each of its agents to conduct their own business, a marketing or social media agency might want an open style office to encourage collaboration.

Depending on what type of company you are, consider what type of space you need. An open office space averages less square footage per employee (125-150 sq ft. per person), while cubicle style requires more (150-175 sq ft. per person). Once you know your projected number of employees, you will be able to come up with a rough estimate of how much space you need.

Needs for Other Spaces

Next, consider other needs for your space. Will you be holding office-wide meetings or client meetings in this space? Consider whether or not you need a conference room, what size you might need, or how many. Check out this Conference Room Rundown for more.

Do you need storage? A kitchen? A lounge or lobby? Deciding on what additional features you need can help you narrow down locations that would work and help you itemize the additional square footage you may need.

Talk to your employees and see what their ideas are, then work from that.

The key to finding a new space is to have a plan outlining what you need now as well as what you will potentially need in the future.

Once you’re ready to take the next step with your business, give Olympia a call a  800.222.4744 or fill out our form to schedule your commercial move.

Moving Office? Feng Shui Your New Space

When moving into a new office space it’s the perfect time to reorganize and decorate. These are some tips to help your transition and plan an office that will generate positive energy and inspiration.

Trash the clutter.

Businesswoman watering plant at desk

Go through all of the loose paper and random sticky notes and trash anything that isn’t relevant! The tricky part about this is keeping it de-cluttered; try to get into a habit of leaving your desk clean at the end of the day and don’t over crowd items . If it’s still feeling cramped, possibly invest in a mirror to open up the space.

Get some plants.

Encourage your coworkers to give the office some green and fresh air by adding plants to the office. This will spruce up your desk space and improve what you are feeding your brain while at work.

Give your desk a “commanding position.”

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Orient yourself so that you can see out the window and people in front of you; this creates a safe space. People working behind you can often be distracting and you may get the feeling that someone is always looking over your shoulder.

Harmonize the layout of your desk.

The left side of your desk has to do with wisdom, relationships and wealth. You should decorate this area with cooler colors, family photos and plants. The center of your desk should be clutter free and clear, this area aligns with your career, health and reputation. You can fill this space with motivational quotes, business cards and colors like yellow, black and red. The right side of your desk promotes creativity, love and compassion. Bring in the colors gold, white and silver, a mantra or flowers for inspiration in these aspects of your life.

Bagua-horz-pageOnce you have established a work environment that allows you to be productive, reach goals and enjoy every minute of it, you can then begin expanding Feng Shui techniques into other areas of your life.

Before you can Feng Shui your office space, you need to move there! Request a free office moving estimate online or by calling us at 800.222.4744

3 Tips For Preparing Employees For A Relocation

Deciding to relocate your business is a big deal. There are a ton of aspects to consider, so how much should you include your employees in the decision-making and how should you be preparing them for a move?

Your employees are a huge part of your business, so it’s important to ask yourself if you know what’s important to them. You may want to create a communication plan ensure you’re in touch with their needs and get organized for the relocation.

While there are countless things you need to convey while preparing your employees for a relocation, we understand that you’ve got plenty on your plate.  We’ll keep it short with these 3 tips:

  1. The size of the new space and what they can bring

    Whether an employee has worked at a company for 6 months or 6 years it’s more than likely that their desk has accumulated more junk than they realistically need or want. You’ll want to keep this in mind when planning a relocation due to the change in space. Let your employees know if their new work spaces will be larger or smaller than the area they’re currently occupying so that they prepare for their own relocation accordingly and they aren’t over-packing.

  2. Commute Logisticspreparing your employees

    Another commonly overlooked, but important, aspect to take into account is the geography of your new office. Preparing your employees for a change is important because you run the risk of losing employees based on commute time and accessibility. Once you have a space in mind it’s important to factor in how your employees will be getting there. Have an open conversation about how commutes will change and let your employees know the best routes, transit lines, and parking options so that they feel comfortable and valued during the upcoming change.

  3. Area Amenities

    Whether or not we like to admit it, food is a huge culture builder in and out of the office. One of the main complaints from employees is lack of accessible food or coffee options in the areas surrounding their offices. Do a little bit of research on the food, drink, and fitness options new area. Let your employees know that you care by sharing a list of top spots in close proximity to your new space. They’ll appreciate your attention to detail and their caffeine needs and they’ll feel better about preparing themselves for their first day in your new office.

No matter what your reason may be for relocation, the best course of action is to keep everyone involved well informed and preparing employees is a huge part of that.

Looking to move your office or have more questions about preparing for an office move? Give us a call today at 800.222.4744 to discuss your options or request an estimate.

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