Douglas magazine Dec/Jan 2014 - page 16

16 Douglas
Business
Buzzword
Anticipointment:
The distinct feeling that
something did not live
up to its hype.
PREMIUM SEATS
Eames Aluminum Management Chair, $1,999
Available at Monk Office Supply
“You can’t go wrong with the timeless elegance of the Eames Aluminum
Management Chair. It’s available in a variety of finishes, colours, and
levels of adjustability, so you can personalize this chair to create your
own statement piece. With the amount of time we spend at our desks,
we might as well be comfortable
and
look good while doing it!”
— Tamara Bush, Associate, Interior Design, Stantec Consulting Inc.
Take
three
Does your office need a style makeover?
Victoria’s design-savvy tastemakers share
their style picks. Sleek, modern, and functional
are the buzzwords of the day.
TICK-TOCK
FIND TIME, SAVE TIME
GET SMART
Made possible
by a wildly successful
Kickstarter campaign, the
Pebble Smart Watch is
getting thumbs-up reviews
for putting critical apps and
notifications on your wrist.
Get messages, access voice
nav, track run speeds, and
tell time. IOS and Android
apps. (Futureshop, $149.99)
TIME WILL TELL
RescueTime
sends you weekly reports showing
you where you are wasting time.
(You may be shocked!) This sleek
app lets you block distracting
websites, track online and offline
time-eaters such as meetings
and phone calls, and set alerts to
notify you when you achieve your
goals. (
rescuetime.com
; basic, free
or $6 a month, premium)
SHHHH! Here’s a
Sound Solution
It’s a modern office dilemma:
shrinking square footage and
expanded open plans have
led to an increase in noise
and a drop in privacy levels.
That equals unhappy
employees and lower
productivity. How do you
solve the problem without
moving or redesigning?
Confidante
from Steelcase
has developed a distributed
audio system that masks
noise and increases privacy.
Steelcase says this in-ceiling
system is plug-and-play — no
tuning required — and it’s
ideal for smaller workplaces
or small “problem” areas
within a large workplace.
(Graphic Office, starting from $1.25
to $1.50 per square foot)
59%
Percentage of workers who
believe noise negatively
impacts their work.
— Steelcase/Ipsos Workplace Study, 2007
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