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Blog: Everything workplace

April 28, 2020

Social Distancing and the Open Plan

The open plan office, once a safe haven of free-wheeling collaboration and uninhibited roaming, has employers and their teams facing a new reality. The pandemic, COVID19, requires different behaviors and protocols to address social distancing. How we plan our workspaces could be a race back to the cubicle or we can try a more human-centered approach by bending space to people. Well-being does not thrive in extreme isolation. 

August 26, 2019

Privacy Screens for the Flexible & Open Office Design

Open office spaces have gone from being all the rage to a hotly debated topic, as more and more attention is paid to their lack of privacy. Our designers at Watson Furniture have worked to alleviate the negative aspects of open offices while preserving the benefits.

August 6, 2019

C9 - Behind the Scenes Q&A

Watson is excited to launch our all-new C9 desk, an innovative solution to evolving office needs. the C9 system was introduced at NeoCon 2019, where it won gold in its category. The revolutionary new system brings a new level of flexibility, perfect for the modern office.

July 8, 2019

Bringing Color to Your Office

Do you ever notice your mood shift when you walk inside a room? Whether it’s a dentist, salon, or your office, the colors you are surrounded by can make or break your experience. Guide yourself using this information to choose colors to enhance your comfort, productivity, and work environment.

June 4, 2019

Designs that last: Environmentally Responsible Office Furniture

Watson is honored to be named the 2017 Supplier of the Year Environmental Award from Boeing. We are proud to say that our environmental program and leadership have set us apart from more than 13,000 other active suppliers.

April 23, 2019

Finding the Right Fit: Furniture for Traditional and Open Offices

There has been a lot of conversation around the merits of traditional and open offices. Each type has different benefits and drawbacks, catering to different needs.

Open and traditional style offices look very different, but no matter what style your office is, offering a flexible workspace will keep your workers comfortable and productive.

April 17, 2019

Five Tips to Bring Comfort To Your Workspace

Tired of feeling fatigued and fidgety after working for hours on a project? Or feeling distracted as you sit in your beige-walled cubicle staring at spreadsheets? What if your workspace could be a comfortable, inviting place that encourages creativity rather than stifling it?

March 6, 2019

Supporting Good Ergonomics with Modern Height Adjustable Office Furniture

Offices have changed a lot over the years, and furniture has changed as well. As technology evolves, the importance of maintaining proper ergonomics and posture is increasingly critical. Learn more about how adjustable office furniture can help you achieve a healthy work environment.

May 25, 2018

Tia - Behind the Scenes

This year at NeoCon, Watson is excited to launch a new collection aimed to serve the evolving needs of private office and team spaces. “Interesting combination,” might be your first reaction. After all, aren’t the needs of private offices and teaming spaces at the opposite ends of the spectrum?

May 7, 2018

Designing a Clean Workspace: Cable Management Ideas for the Open Office

The contemporary open office work environment has to fulfill a plethora of needs, from function to comfort. Some offices offer employees more traditional, permanent workstations, while others opt for a high degree of mobility, and need a more creative workspace model.

April 4, 2018

 Thrive Digital - Vancouver BC

Thrive Digital is a performance marketing agency that plans, implements and optimizes online advertising campaigns seen by millions of people around the world. Thrive partnered with Bidgood + Co to design their new office space in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

February 26, 2018

VSP Global Offices - NYC

For their new Manhattan location, VSP Global, one of the world’s leading eyewear and eye care providers, tasked Kostow Greenwood Architects to design their NYC innovation lab that focuses on developing technologies for the physical and digital aspects of eyewear and eye care.

December 19, 2017

Cytracom's Dallas Office Gets an Energizing Update

Telecommunications provider, Cytracom, had recently outgrown its Dallas, TX headquarters and had secured a new, larger office space. They chose lauckgroup to help design the space in a way that would convey the company’s culture. 

September 26, 2017

Cirrus 10 Incorporates Dynamic Design In New High-Rise Location

Cirrus 10, a Seattle e-Commerce consulting firm, knew its new downtown high-rise location deserved a modern, visually interesting design. Miro desks and tables, Seven workbenches plus Bahn and ZO storage components helped achieve just that, with functionality and thoughtful details for a delightful user experience.

August 23, 2017

Partners by Design Brings Their Expertise Home to New Headquarters

For 24 years, the Chicago-based architecture and design practice has been creating functional, design-forward spaces for clients around the U.S. and the world. Its open, energetic team of industry-leading architects and designers mobilizes to shape clients’ visions into environments that are functional, sustainable, and inspired by people. After all, Partners by Design believes that “outstanding work spaces begin with outstanding people.”

August 10, 2017

Five Tips for Staying Productive in the Open Office

There’s a lot to love about an optimized open office. The setup can promote collaboration, communication and innovation at fast-paced companies, and provide a perfect physical space for organizations that have strong virtual components to their operations. Tech companies in particular – including Apple, whose new $5 billion headquarters is designed around open-concept seating – are often strong proponents of the idea.

March 1, 2017

It’s Time to Rethink Personal Storage for the Open Office

The open office is here to stay; that much is a given. Workstations have adapted with height-adjustability, mobility, and modularity. But storage it seems is still stuck in the 90's. 

February 28, 2017

Open Office: Meet Compact Storage

All the function. Compact form. 

Space is at a premium in today’s workplace, creating the need for mobile, versatile storage and organization solutions – in compact sizes. Watson’s NEW collection of compact storage products offer a smaller form without sacrificing function.

January 3, 2017

Chasing Serendipity — From Wall-less Cubicles to Activity Based Working

Watch an old movie from the 1940s that features an office and you’re likely to see what looks like an open office concept: rows and rows of desks, typewriters clacking away, no walls in sight. Were the office designers of the 40s ahead of their time?

November 21, 2016

5 Rising Architectural Firms Designing Innovative Office Spaces

Effective office design has so many benefits. It promotes employee creativity, conveys organization identity, and instills a sense of confidence in all who enter. While many offices are organized and professional, few go the extra mile and really seek to leave a lasting impression. The five following architectural firms do just that—and do so with flair, functionality, style, and heaps of creativity.

November 15, 2016

How Open Office Furniture Systems Have Changed the Way We Work

Open-plan office designs have been utilized for many years by companies and organizations across all spaces and industries. While every type of office plan comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages, many of today’s most progressive companies have implemented open office furniture systems as a means of creating a more social work environment.

October 11, 2016

The Three Most Important Criteria in Selecting an Office Furniture System

Office furniture systems contribute to a company’s brand, office culture, and employees’ productivity. As a preliminary step to choosing furniture, it is important for management to outline objectives and then choose the furniture that can support those objectives.

September 27, 2016

Five Essential Design Considerations for the Modern Office

For those who travel to an office space to work each day, it’s easy to take for granted the overall design or appearance of their work environment. The fact is, designing an office isn’t something that happens overnight, and there are a number of different factors that need to be taken into consideration by facilities managers and designers to ensure a successful space.

September 14, 2016

Is Your Workplace Flexible? If Not, Maybe You Need Different Furniture

Fostering Workplace Agility with Flexible Office Furniture

“Agile” and “flexible” are considered buzz words by some. However, to experts studying the evolution of workplace culture, they are concrete descriptions of both how people want to work, and key attributes of today’s strongest, creative and competitive teams.

August 19, 2016

Watson Converts all Core Material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF)

Watson and Watson Dispatch are taking an industry-leading environmental position by converting all core material to No Added Formaldehyde (NAF) board.

August 18, 2016

Formaldehyde in Office Furniture: Something to Be Concerned About?

What is Formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a naturally occurring organic compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. It is produced and broken down by the normal metabolic processes of living organisms and is present even in the human breath. 

August 18, 2016

The Truth About Formaldehyde in the Workplace

We previously shared that formaldehyde has been subject to heightened public concern for its potential to off-gas from commercial products into indoor air. Despite the fact that studies about long-term exposure are not yet conclusive, we do know that clean air supports a healthier workplace and boosts individual and team focus.

August 17, 2016

Healthier Work Environments with Low and No Formaldehyde Added Materials

In our previous post we explored formaldehyde over-exposure risk in the workplace. Though formaldehyde over-exposure in the workplace is rare, companies need to take precautions when a multitude of new materials (carpeting, furniture, partitioning) are being installed in active work environments. 

June 10, 2016

Tonic Benching Brings Flexibility to Airbnb's Headquarters

Tonic Benching by Watson was specified throughout the main headquarters building for permanent and touchdown workstations.  A variety of component infills and privacy screens help users adapt their environment to a variety of workmodes.

June 10, 2016

Smith Optics Creates Collaborative Space in New Portland Office

When it came time to move the company’s design and development teams from Sun Valley to a renovated Salvation Army building in Portland, the design mandate for the new office was clear--create an open, collaborative office environment that feels as authentic and ‘un-corporate’ as the Smith brand and culture.

June 10, 2016

KEXP Radio Breathes Life Into New Seattle Center Location

Founded in 1972, KEXP is an iconic Seattle public radio station that provides rich music experiences on the air, online, and on the streets. Watson height adjustable Seven benching and modular Zo storage helped transform KEXP's offices into an open and collaborative workspace. 

May 25, 2016

Embracing the "Uncorporate" Office

Giving up Trends, Embracing What's Real

For nearly ten years we have worked with customers to co-create furniture that meets the unique needs of the teams and people who use them. Time and again we observe that connected teams expect their environments and tools to boost productivity, creativity and the bottom line.

May 14, 2016

Etch Mobile Markerboard at Nike's Blue Ribbon Design Studio

This refined yet highly functional workspace is characterized by its extensive use of exposed birch ply, white walls, and black accents. Large windowed garage doors soften the utilitarian space with daylighting, and a mix of mobile tables and stools as well as Watson Etch boards characterize a highly creative and re-configurable space.

March 1, 2016

Can Your Office Furniture Keep Pace With Business Change?

In today’s ever-changing work environments, office reconfigurations are more frequent and necessary than ever.

January 26, 2016

An Innovative Cabinet for Today's Worksettings

The Watson team successfully innovated a European favorite to North American needs. This Side Tower is great next to sit-stand desks and features a unique reversible back panel that eliminates handedness inventory issues. Big space for coats, bags, shoes and convenient USB charging. Super smooth concealed runners create dreamy UX quality. The competitors are scrambling!

October 27, 2015

6 Task Chair Alternatives to Keep You Moving Throughout the Day

Last week, we established that  the workstation may be the most important factor in health at work, and explored how a sit-to-stand adjustable workstation could have a substantial positive impact on employee productivity, happiness, and even long term health.

October 20, 2015

Could Workstation be the Most Important Factor in Your Health at Work?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve reviewed the fact base around sitting and inactivity, discussed its negative effects on health, and most recently, presented ways that organizations can create healthier, more active workplaces.

October 14, 2015

8 Ways Organizations Can Create Healthier, More Active Workplaces

Recent findings in health research indicate that individuals can reap many benefits simply from increasing their physical activity throughout the day -- especially at work. But getting healthier at the office isn’t just a win for individuals. Entire teams, organizations and facilities can benefit from a healthier, more active workplace as well.

October 6, 2015

The Negative Health Effects of Sitting at Work and How to Combat Them

Last week we reviewed the recent media hype surrounding America’s “sitting epidemic,” and explored various facts and figures that establish we are indeed sitting more.

Thanks to our many modern conveniences, today’s lifestyles consist of more opportunities to sit and fewer opportunities to move.

September 22, 2015

The Truth About Sitting: Hype vs Fact

Over the past year or so, virtually every major media outlet has popularized findings from health researchers on the hazards of prolonged sitting.

September 21, 2015

Flexible Workspaces for the Next Generation Office

Introducing BAHN

Bahn is a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promote heads down focus and team interaction. Watson has taken what we call the "kit of parts" to a new level with BAHN, offering over 2000 configurations.

November 13, 2014

Twitch Combines Serious Productivity with Serious Fun in New Headquarters

Top gaming company combines productivity with fun in collaborative new office space

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