New Product Spotlight: Valde Reception Desks

valde-18Your reception area is the first point of contact with clients, so it is important that you make a good and impactful first impression.  With its premium quality, exquisite modern look, and the many different configurations that the Valde Reception Desks has to offer, you can do just that.

 

Superior Quality and Sustainable Materials

The Valde Reception Desk series is produced in Poland by a family owned business with over twenty years of family tradition.  They have a variety of clients including the Strong Project, smaller businesses like the salon pictured below, and have even had a chance to provide a reception desk to the White House.

Raw materials are carefully selected, and 100% of wood used comes from responsible forestry.  Finished products are certified according to European standards PN-EN.

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Modular Reception Desks

In addition to its high quality and premium materials, the Valde Reception Desk is designed to be completely versatile.  Sections can be added to create a different look, or to produce a desk as large or as small as your business needs, with endless configurations. A single desk makes a great workstation for receptionists in a small lobby, while larger desk configurations are ideal for bigger waiting rooms with more space to spare, and multiple receptionists to accommodate at once.

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*From left to right: Valde Beeline Reception Desk, Valde Semi-Circular Reception Desk, Valde Circular Reception Desk, and the Valde Wave Reception Desk

 

Unique Lighting & Creative Design

LED lighting is located under the upper desk top and at the bottom of the counter, making the reception desk stand out, with the added benefit of presenting perfectly in darker rooms.

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With such a wide variety of colors available, you are able to select something that is ideal for a bolder look, or you can choose a color that is more neutral and subdued:

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Need help finding a reception desk that will fit your needs?  Call our furniture experts at (800) 376-0652 or leave a comment below!

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Low Maintenance Plants to Enhance Your Executive Office

In the world of executive offices, there is sometimes a lack of connection with nature and the outside world. This separation has been proven to be detrimental to people on both mental and physical levels. As more research has been done to study office environments, time and time again, it becomes clear that the benefits of plants in the office are outstanding. From improving air quality, to stimulating productivity, plants can provide a wealth of benefits that are too good to ignore. One study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, “The relative benefits of green versus lean office space”, showed that “…when plants were brought into the offices – one plant per square meter – employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests improved substantially”

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Courtesy of Between Friends

 

Although many people may be wary to take on the responsibility of keeping an office plant alive, there are many plants that are beneficial, beautiful, and very hard to kill. Incorporating plants into your executive office is fairly easy, and the difference made by a few well-placed plants is astounding. By cultivating a collection of durable and low maintenance plants, any office dweller can reap the benefits that nature has to provide.

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Below are our 10 favorite plants that purify the air, are aesthetically pleasing, and require very little maintenance. Whether you choose to add a small English ivy plant on the corner of your executive desk, or use the taller Dragon Tree or Bamboo Palm as a natural room divider, these plants will incorporate easily into your office space and will instantly enhance your environment.

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Photos courtesy of The National Gardening Association

 

The relative benefits of green versus lean office space: Three field experiments. Nieuwenhuis, Marlon; Knight, Craig; Postmes, Tom; Haslam, S. Alexander. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, Vol 20(3), Sep 2014, 199-214.

Product of the Month: Qie B Modern Executive Desk

The Qie B Modern Executive Desk is one of our most impressive multi-functional L-Shaped desks. Not only does it make a statement with its unique design and smooth curved edges, it also has many practical features that make it outshine most modern desks.

The main desk itself provides plenty of workspace, storage, and power capabilities. The integrated leather pad features a brushed stainless steel lid that lifts up to reveal a hidden compartment. This compartment provides a space to store writing utensils, smart phones, and comes with a built-in multi-functional cable box. The cable box has 2 power plugs, 1 network, 1 phone, and 1 VGA plug, providing quick access to your power and data needs, without cluttering your desktop workspace.

The Qie B Modern Executive Desk can be ordered with the return section on the left or right side, as you are sitting at the desk. The return desk top sits about 4 1/3″ lower than the main desk, which allows ample space to place such things as a printer or phone, or other desktop accessories, close at hand, but not in the way of your work.

The return section also features an impressive storage system that really sets this desk apart from others. The drawer closest to the main desk slides out and provides a perfect place to store a personal safe. The next section is open and can be used to store a computer tower out of sight from others, but within reach for the user. The next section features a small storage drawer and a file drawer below. The last section is a cabinet for storage, which can be utilized best to suit your needs. If you enjoy having a mini fridge close at hand, this is the perfect spot.

For additional information, please visit our website: https://www.edeskco.com/executive-desk/qie-b-executive-desk.cfm

Office Beach Getaway

 

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It’s official, summertime is almost over.  Many people might be enjoying a last minute beach vacation.  Others might be daydreaming about their vacations past. If you find yourself daydreaming about the beach, there may be some options for you.  Below are some ideas people have implemented to make it feel more like a vacation in their very own office, just by adding some creative features to their modern executive desk.

 

 Your Own Private Beach

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*Photo courtesy of Lifehacker.com

How would you feel having a giant patch of sand beneath your designer office desk, being able to dip your toes in the sand?  According to the website, Lifehacker, Justin Kemp was inspired to create this personalized office environment from the band, The Beach Boys.  Justin explains the concept of his desk set-up:

“The sand is relaxing, but for me, it’s more a symbol of my permanent vacation.  It’s the design of a lifestyle where ‘work’ becomes so satisfying that vacation and retirement become undesirable.”

 

Play in the Sand

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If you don’t want the hassle of changing your entire desk set-up, or want to avoid the inevitable mess of sand all over your floor, how about a mini version of the beach right on top of your modern executive desk?  According to the website, Beach Break comes with everything you need for a pretend miniature day at the beach. Relax and imagine you are sitting on the white beach chair under the blue umbrella as you rake the ultra fine sand, collect seashells, and fill the miniature sand pail.

 

Make a Splash

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Typically you should avoid mixing water and electronics, so how about a beach inspired tabletop mat for your desk instead?  This vacation inspired mat might just be the perfect addition to your designer office desk.

  

A Picture Perfect Window

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*Picture courtesy of Amazon.com

Here in San Diego, we are known for our surfing culture.  And nothing says summer like a surf beach scene. This wall decal can be easily cleaned, as well as removed and repositioned.  Available from Amazon.com.

Inspiring Offices From Around the World

Don’t want to work in a typical office with fluorescent lighting, bright white walls, and cubicles as far as the eye can see?  These companies use some very unique and creative ways to inspire their workers, and in turn create an interesting and engaging work environment.

 

Google, Tel Aviv Office

Who wouldn’t want a slide in their office?  This part of the Google Tel Aviv offices is known as the “beach floor”.

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Courtesy of Bored Panda & Officesnapshot.com

 

Google’s lobby features a satellite view of the world.  Here you can move the globe into any part of the world that you want.

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                               Courtesy of Business Insider

 

Inventionland Offices;  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

For those not familiar, Inventionland is a company that specializes in inventing and licensing new products.  Their facility is about 70,000 square feet, with 15 different and unique settings.  These settings include pirate ships, race tracks, faux caves, red carpet walkways, castles, as well as a giant robot.

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Lego Offices, Denmark

Imagine being surrounded by everything Lego at your job, doesn’t sound so bad does it?  Lego’s entire office is designed so that anyone is able to play with Lego materials and come up with new innovative ideas.  This still while being productive, and thoroughly enjoying their work.

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Zynga Offices, San Francisco

If you have ever played the famous games “Farmville” or “Words with Friends”, then you will be familiar with the company Zynga who produces them.  The offices, located in San Francisco, has six floors, with a huge atrium space spanning through the middle.  The company has excellent benefits such as providing breakfast, lunch, and dinner for their employees free of charge.  They are also extremely dog friendly, and have dedicated areas for everyone’s pooches.

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Lobby entrance, courtesy of Business Insider

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Dog Park Area, courtesy of Office Snapshots

 

Determining your Conference Table Seating Capacity

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                         Yi Conference Table, Edeskco.com

 

When selecting a conference room table, one of the first things you need to determine is the size and seating capacity that is required.  In order to do this, there are many factors that need to be determined.

Most conference room chairs will be 24″-30″ in width.  Typically a width of 30″ per person is recommended as a minimum.  This is most commonly used when the size of the room limits the size of the conference room table that can be used.  If you have extra room to spare, 36″ is very comfortable, and is an appropriate size for boardroom use.

For situations that require more space (if each employee is using their own laptop computer, for example) a larger space of 42″ may be preferable.

 

Shape and Seating Capacity

The shape of your conference table also determines the amount of seating space per person that can be used.

Rectangular, Square, or Boat Shaped:  These tend to be the most commonly used conference table shapes, as they also provide the most space.  To determine the seating capacity of these table shapes, use the following simple formula:

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 *Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

Racetrack Shape:  This shape consists of a rectangular center with half circle ends.  Because of this, you will not be able to fit quite as many people.  For this shape, the following formula can be used:

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 *Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

Round Shape:  This shape is also popular, but can be somewhat inefficient when one is concerned about space.  It is also important to make sure to not crowd the user’s leg space.  When determining the seating capacity, this shape tends to have the easiest formula:

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 *Courtesy of Paul Downs Custom Conference Tables

 

Keystone Shape:  This shape is used primarily for video conferencing, and therefore the wide end part of the table is not typically used for seating.  Because of this, it has one less person for the seating capacity.  The formula can be used below:

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U-Shaped, V-Shaped, and Other Unique Shapes:  Because these shapes can be very unique and often depend on how the manufacturer constructs them, it is best to use the manufacturer’s guidelines to determine the seating capacity.

 

*If you still questions regarding the potential seating capacity for a conference table, our friendly staff at Executive Desk Company will be happy to help.  You are able to contact us anytime between the hours of 8am – 5pm PST, Monday – Friday.

 

The Basics of Workplace Email Etiquette

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In today’s workplace, we have to deal with a high volume of email on a daily basis.  In fact, the average worker receives almost 130 emails a day.  In order to be able to handle these incoming messages to your increasingly full inbox; here are some basic guidelines to help you sort through and respond to those many emails:

 

Proofread every message

Nothing can be more embarrassing as having a very obvious spelling mistake in your email.  Always make sure to proofread and double check your emails before sending.  According to an article in Business Insider, one worker noticed one of their bosses spelling errors:   “One supervisor intended to write ‘Sorry for the inconvenience.’ But he relied on his spell-check and ended up writing ‘Sorry for the incontinence.'”

 

Be direct; include a clear subject line

Many people need to scan through their emails quickly, and having a clear and direct title in your subject line will help one understand the purpose of your email.  Subject lines like, “Meeting Time Changed” or “Question regarding your meeting”, are very effective.  People often decide to open emails based on the subject line.

 

Add the email address LAST

This is a good tip that I had not considered previously.  In order to prevent mistakes and to prevent sending the email before it’s ready, include the email of the recipient ONLY when you are ready to finalize and send the email.

 

Avoid colored or eccentric fonts

Using an eccentric or a colored font may be fun, however it may look unprofessional to those you are emailing.  It is best to stick to a traditional font such as Arial or Calibri in black so it is easy to read and decipher.

 

Do not use slang or abbreviations

Using a short cut, such as a “u” instead of spelling out “you” or “2” instead of “too” can be a nice and easy way to abbreviate your words, but it’s best to keep this between your family and friends than your co-workers.  Using short cuts such as this can seem unprofessional and even rude to those receiving your email.

 

Limit your exclamation points

Try to limit yourself to ONE exclamation point to express excitement!  If you use too many exclamation points, you may appear immature or a bit too passionate!  As you can see by my example above, it may come across as odd or overzealous.

 

Double check your recipient

Always make sure to check the recipient of your email.  Often times your email program may auto fill an address, and it may not always be the correct one.  If an email does not go to the correct person, it can be an embarrassing situation for yourself, and to the person who receives the email.  Especially if the email is a private matter.

Make sure to follow these basic tips to ensure your emails are always composed in a professional manner, and embarrassing situations are avoided.