Whiteboard vs Glassboard – Which is Right for You?


So you want to update your workspace, or you’re looking to add some collaboration tools to your office.  A board for writing down ideas or to-do lists is just what you need! With many choices now available for dry-erase boards, it can be hard to determine which one is right for you.  Here, we’ve broken down the differences in all the options available and describe the pros and cons of each to help you narrow down the best option for you. 

Whiteboards

First we start with the more traditional, Whiteboards.  You may be surprised to learn that not every whiteboard is made equal.  Here you have 3 different material options:

  1. Porcelain – these durable boards have a smooth porcelain surface and steel-backing to make the board magnetic. The porcelain is non-porous, which prevents ink from penetrating the surface and permanently staining. Porcelain boards are heavier than the other options, which will require a sturdy place to mount the board and multiple people to help with the installation.
  2. Painted Steel – these are your classic-style whiteboards and most commonly found.  Made with a steel-backing, then coated with a white base colour and clear coating which gives the board its dry-erase ability.  These boards do not last as long as porcelain, but with consistent cleaning the life of the surface can be extended.
  3. Melamine – these are the most cost effective whiteboards and ideal for personal or occasional use.  Melamine boards are not magnetic and the surface coating is not as durable as the other whiteboard options. 

Glassboards

Glassboards tend to be more expensive than whiteboards but glassboards are generally longer lasting, more durable and have a premium look within an office environment.

Made with tempered glass, these boards are extremely durable and will not scratch or dent.  The smooth glass surface will not leave stains or ghosted writing behind.

Although they are the more expensive option, their longevity and high quality make them a good investment.


Board Comparison Chart

Source:  https://www.quartet.com/quartet-blog/buyers-guide/the-difference-between-whiteboard-surface-types/

Complete Guide to Office Chair Features


There is no question that if you’re most likely spending a good chunk of your day sitting on one – it should be the right one for you. Choosing the right office chair is critical for many reasons including comfort and health, but it isn’t always easy. With the many different features available you want to make sure you’re getting everything you need in a chair. That’s why we are here to help outline the different features in office chairs so that you can make the right choice!

First, start by noting your specific chair needs and any areas of concern you may have. This could be certain tilt motions if you need you chair to move in specific directions, or health concerns such as lower back pains. Take note of these needs and it will help you filter through the features below to find your perfect chair.

Seat Height

Most ergonomic chairs have the ability to adjust the height of the seat. You want to make sure your feet are flat on the ground when your knees are bent in a ninety degree angle. In order to do so, make sure you chair offers a seated height range that corresponds with your own height. Seated heights from 15″ to 22″ will accommodate users from 5’0″ tall to 6’4″ tall. Not all chairs offer such a large range of seating height, so make sure you pay close attention of the height range of the chair you are considering.

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Seat Size

When you sit back in your chair, the back of your knees should not make contact with the seat. The gap between the back of your knees and the chair seat should be approximately 3 fingers wide. If the gap is too small and the seat is too long, there is a risk of experiencing an increase in pressure on the back and knees, which can lead to blood flow issues. If the gap is too big and the seat is too short, there is a risk of getting too little support from the chair and therefore increasing pressure on the back of the mid-thigh.

Back Height

There are three different back height options for chairs: low-back, mid-back and high-back.

Low-Back Chair: This height usually ends at the users shoulder blades. This type of chair is great for one who needs lower back support or is active at their desks and constantly leaning forward.

Medium-Back Chair: This height focuses on the support of the mid-lower back. The back of the chair will come up to the user’s shoulders or slightly below. The medium-back chair is great for someone who needs a good deal of back support and is usually at a computer for most of the day.

High-Back Chair: This option offers more support for the shoulder blades. The seat will come up over the shoulders and may feature a headrest. This option is great for those who suffer from shoulder problems and need additional support.

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Armrest Modifications

First you need to choose if you want armrests on your chair or not. Those who need assistance getting in or out of their chair, or need arm support for certain tasks, such as reading, should make sure their chair has armrests. These armrests can be height and width adjustable, allowing you to lock the armrests in certain positions.

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Chair Tilt Mechanisms

A chair mechanism is what helps control how the seat and back move. There are two mechanisms that are the most popular among office seating:

Synchro-Tilt Mechanism: This option connects the seat and back in order to tilt simultaneously as you lean back. The synchro-tilt offers a few less adjustability settings than the multi-function mechanism, and does not allow the seat and back to tilt independently of each other. However, this option is suitable for someone who is comfortable in fewer positions or lesser movements.

Multi-Function Mechanism: This option is the preferred option due to the wide range of adjustability it offers. The back and seat tilts can adjust independently of each other or together and you are able to lock the chair in many different positions.

Task: This is the most basic mechanism to choose and is usually limited to just the adjustability of the seat height and/or seat depth. Task chairs do not feature a tilt option and therefore discourages movement, making this chair best suited for a more simplistic use such as in a home office or conference room.

Fabric

Mesh: Mesh office chairs are quite popular and also very modern looking. The mesh fabric allows for maximum ventilation along the users back. This fabric keeps you cool while you work and is also very durable due to the strong weaves of fabric it takes to create the mesh.

Leather: The leather office chair gives off a prestige, executive image. It may not be the most affordable of the chair fabrics, but the durability makes it worth it. Leather can last a very long time and is very easy to clean. Spilled coffee or tea? Nothing a simple wipe can’t fix.

Wool: This is one of the more popular choices of chair fabric due to the endless amount of colours, designs and textures that are available. Wool also tends to be much more affordable, especially compared to leather. However, the fabric is not as easy to clean and therefore requires regular maintenance to keep it looking good as new.

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As you can see, there are many different features and options when considering a new office chair. After noting all your chair needs, it will be easy to identify which chair has the right features for you.

Ways to Show Your Gratitude at Work


November is National Gratitude Month and we’re kicking off the month by sharing a list of ways which you can express your gratitude in the workplace!

From enhanced mood, improved productivity, stronger relationships and a happier workforce, gratitude plays an important role in any organization’s success.  According to a study, employees are 50 percent more successful when leaders show gratitude for their efforts. It’s a win-win.  So, here’s some ideas to get your started!

Greet your colleagues when they arrive each morning

This simple gesture shows your colleagues you acknowledge them and helps break down any barriers to communication which is key to any successful relationship.   

Say ‘thank you’ often

It’s that simple.  And take the time to be specific in telling them why you appreciate them at that particular moment. Too often we equate gratitude with gifts, and what people really want, or need is to hear that they are contributing and are valued.

Surprise your team with lunch, coffee, or another treat

Who doesn’t appreciate free food and surprises?!  This 2-in-1 effort goes a long way while not costing a whole lot.   

Be respectful of each other’s time

You may be thinking, of course I respect my colleague’s time.  But do you tell them? Don’t just assume they know, make sure they know by telling them. 

Recognize efforts even when things go wrong

We often know to point out people’s achievements, but don’t forget about doing this also when things don’t go quiet as planned.  In any situation, you can always find something that was done well.  Acknowledging those efforts will help your colleagues move on and overcome the challenges, as opposed to them focusing on what they did wrong.

Unsolicited gratitude

Sending an unexpected quick message that says something like “Thanks for everything you do!” shows people that you are thinking about them and value their contributions. Unsolicited positive feedback can lift someone’s mood, increase motivation, and build loyalty.

Be there to help when they need it

Being there to help someone when they need you is a good way to show gratitude. This gesture shows them that you are appreciative and dependable, which means you both will grow mutual trust.

Write them a note

It’s simple but effective. It shows that you really do care and appreciate their hard work by taking the time to write a personal note.

Implement a ‘Cheers’ system

Create a company-wide system for colleagues to give praise to each other for all to see.  Could be as simple as a bulletin board in the lunchroom, an opportunity at team meetings to “cheers” or a place on your company digital communication platform. 

Offer acts of service

Consider expressing thanks by doing something to help out the people you work with. There are many ways to say thanks with an act of service, such as:

  • Offer to do a little extra work so that your colleague can leave early to run an errand or pick up a child from school, etc.
  • Give a colleague with car or transportation issues a ride to or from work.
  • Write a glowing recommendation for someone who deserves it.
  • Be a good listener to someone who needs to vent or wants your feedback on a new idea.

Gratitude is a powerful concept. One of the greatest things about expressing gratitude is that it can be contagious. Meaning, a simple ‘thank you’ can change the way employees interact, feel and perform.   How do you show gratitude in your workplace?  Leave your comments below and share!


Sources:

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/13-simple-ways-of-expressing-gratitude-at-work/

https://www.benefitexpress.info/blog/gratitude-in-the-workplace

https://chopra.com/articles/5-ways-to-show-gratitude-in-your-workplace