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Choosing between bundled & integrated conferencing systems

With the pressing need to drive innovation and creativity, tools to support collaboration are more important now than ever. Organizations are optimizing their real estate footprints, reducing the square footage per person in order to maximize the number of collaboration spaces. With most meetings at 8 people or less, larger boardrooms are being repurposed and…

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How to support three collaboration styles with technology + furniture

As machines have replaced much of the repetitive work we used to do, today’s work is increasingly creative and collaborative. Now more than ever, we are working in groups, both face-to-face and virtually with remote colleagues, and incorporating meeting room technology. Just as the kind of work we do varies, not all collaboration is the…

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Is your workplace compliant with breastfeeding laws?

Did you know that a woman’s right to breastfeed is protected by both state and federal laws? The 2010 Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) “Break Time for Nursing Mothers” ensures that breastfeeding protections also extend to the workplace. Is your organization in compliance with the law? Federal law requires businesses with 50 or more employees…

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A glossary of terms for demountable wall systems

Demountable wall systems, also called movable walls, are incredible solutions for creating flexible enclosed environments that can adapt over time. With these products come a number of terms that you may or may not be familiar with. We created this handy glossary of terms to help you better understand the nuances of these solutions and…

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What are demountable walls and why use them?

Demountable walls, also known as movable walls are architectural products used to construct enclosed environments. They can be detached from their ceiling and floor tracks and moved to another location. They eliminate the mess and disruption of traditional construction while remaining reusable and reconfigurable for future changes to your work environment. Types of demountable walls…

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5 Custom furniture pieces that showcase your personality

With Millennials making up more than 1 in 3 adult Americans by 2020 and 75% of the workforce by 2025, it is critical for today’s workspaces to attract and retain younger generations. Millennials are looking for more than a paycheck – they want to feel inspired and supported in doing their best work, and part…

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5 Reasons to consider custom furniture

In an increasingly competitive landscape, every organization wants to differentiate itself from its competitors. At the same time, in order to attract and retain younger generations, your work environment needs to feel inspiring, collaborative and creative. As you look for office furniture to meet these needs, sometimes off-the-shelf solutions just don’t work. Did you know…

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Red Thread’s Portland refresh supports new ways of working

Work continues to evolve, and our spaces must follow suit. After three years in our Portland space, we realized we needed to completely rethink the form and function. We split the project into two phases to make the best use of our time and resources, and having completed phase two, we couldn’t be happier. Here…

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Supporting creativity through wellbeing at work

The trend towards addressing wellness at work has broadened; today the focus is on wellbeing at work. It’s a subtle shift, but the idea is that wellbeing goes beyond things like ergonomics and encompasses the cognitive and the emotional aspects of being “well”. Employees that are static, overloaded with information, and feeling constantly stressed are…

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Improving the remote worker experience

With our increased reliance on technology and a distributed workforce, today’s employees are challenged when it comes to remote team collaboration. As someone who almost exclusively relies on web conferencing to collaborate with my team, I have experienced many of the struggles firsthand. Here are some of the key ways to create a productive and…

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6 Key features of Microsoft Surface Hub

Imagine video conferencing that’s easy. No more struggling to connect, searching for the right cable, figuring out why the hardware is not playing nice together, or adjusting the camera so that everyone is included. Picture walking up to the Surface Hub and joining a Skype for Business meeting with a single tap, and sharing content effortlessly. Collaborating…

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5 Ways to foster a creative workplace culture

A creative workplace culture is essential to being innovative in today’s global, 24/7 business climate. The work we perform today has become increasingly complex, making creative work more and more critical to long-term business success. We aren’t talking about artists, musicians and writers, although they are incredibly important! By creative work we mean problem solving, alone…

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5 Ways to create an engaged workplace culture

An engaged workplace culture creates higher levels of employee satisfaction, wellbeing and productivity. Being engaged at work is a paramount issue in today’s workplace. A recent report by Steelcase showed that worldwide, two-thirds of employed people are “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work, meaning that they’re emotionally disconnected from their workplaces and less likely to…

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5 Ways to build an innovative workplace culture

An innovative workplace culture is a must for organizations in highly competitive industries, where they battle for the best and brightest talent. Your workspace is an opportunity to showcase your brand, and nothing manifests an organization’s brand like its workplace culture. “Go into any office in any part of the world and within minutes you…

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What is a workplace transformation and why is it important?

What is workplace transformation? The kind of work we do today is radically different than the work we pre-pandemic. Corporate office design has to adapt and change to meet evolving workplace strategies and drive corporate growth. A workplace transformation is the rethinking of flexible workspaces to accommodate different kinds of work, workers, and technology. Hybrid…

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What is a resilient workplace?

What is a resilient workplace? You may be asking yourself – what is a resilient workplace? The world is changing every day – from the multiple generations at work to rapid advances in technology to the kinds of innovative creative outputs employers are looking for. The workplace needs to not only meet our needs today,…

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Walls 101: Demountable, Movable or Traditional

I know, you may think ‘a wall is a wall is a wall’. But when designing a new workspace, it’s important to realize that the differences can have a major impact on the long-term bottom line. The main considerations include price, flexibility and acoustical privacy, and it is essential to make an educated comparison. Demountable…

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5 Private space ideas with movable walls

Enclosed private spaces are a necessity for any workplace, and movable walls offer the perfect framework to support focused work and rejuvenation. THE CHALLENGE The rise of the open floorplan created challenges for many employees. Did you know that we are interrupted every 3 minutes at work, and it can take up to 23 minutes…

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