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Best of NeoCon 2016

The displays at NeoCon 2016 were amazing. Congratulations to all of our manufacturers! We can't wait to try out your new products!

This years Best of NeoCon winners include:

Hover Benching by DeskMakers, Inc.

Gold Award in Furniture: Benching

High Density Storage by Steelcase

Gold Award in Files & Mobile Storage Systems

We can't wait to see what you have in store for us next year!

A Better Work Environment

----- There are many benching systems, and at 180 Office we can provide you with the best fit for your office type! Systems can be modified and customized. -----

Within the past decade, benching has become the ultimate solution to a company's evolving financial and cultural needs. The recent economic downturn caused businesses to focus on cost saving and real estate flexibility. And the cultural shift towards collaboration and team-work also created a need for more open work spaces. While a traditional office space may have worked a few years ago, benching offers a more efficient and adaptable alternative.

Darran NOT SO Square Open Workstation

The recession forced many companies to reevaluate their real estate needs. According to Reis, a real estate research firm, "companies have given up 137.8 million square feet nationwide" since 2008; space allocated to each employee decreased significantly. In exchange for cubicles and closed off work spaces, offices are turning towards open-plan layouts and benching.

         AIS Oxygen

A 2008 U.S. Workplace Survey found that collaboration has become a major factor of success among top companies. Now that the workforce is comprised of mainly "knowledge workers," it is vital that they can quickly communicate and receive feedback from coworkers. A recent Harvard Business Review article stated that, in a traditional cubicle-based office, it takes "knowledge workers" 4.7 hours to get a response from a colleague and 8.8 hours from a manager. On the other hand, benching allows for an immediate exchange of information and collaboration.

     Mayline e5

Additionally, companies must be able to adapt to evolving worker profiles. While there are still traditional workers who do both interactive and independent work, many workforces look very different. Benching is a great option for teams and transient workers.

Mayline C.I.T.E.

Benching can also help with new sustainability initiatives; companies can earn up to three Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-Commercial Interior (LEED CI) points dependent on the extent daylight views.

            AIS Oxygen

However, benching systems means less privacy and more possible distractions. To combat this, you can set up small meeting areas and conference rooms that employees can use for privacy. Also, sound masking and speech privacy systems are an easy way to reduce auditory distractions in any office set up. Check out our last blog post for more information on sound masking!

Get started with benching! Call for free space planning!

Stand up Austin

Do you feel that incessant ache and annoying strain in your lower back? Most people know by now that staying seated for an 8 hour work day leads to muscle stiffness, back pain, and other more serious disorders. However, just taking a small break isn't going to cut it. According to experts, the best option is to "sit for 20 minutes, then stand for 20 minutes, and after 2 hours take a 15-minute break. This is closer to the natural rhythm of human physical activity."

That's where we come in! Many of our clients have already made the switch to sit-to-stand desks. Choose from any of our amazing sit-to-stand manufacturers, and make your life better today!

·       Special T

·       AIS

·       DARRAN

·       Surface Works

·       Groupe Lacasse

·       Right Angle

·       Mayline

·       EFI

·       ABC