Boost your team's morale with these 4 convenient services

Posted by Becca Cachion

My clients are often surprised to learn that we at TurningArt can handle an entire corporate art outfit remotely. And even though I enjoy touring spaces and meeting clients in person, I find that our ability to leverage technology and provide a high-touch, convenient service remotely is of immense value.

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Topics: Art & Company Culture

4 Essential Steps To Creating a Healthier Workplace

Posted by Mari Silipo

We’ve all seen the headline “Sitting Is the New Smoking.” Last year, the Los Angeles Times published an interview with Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, in which he declared that the bad habits of many working-age adults – including sitting for hours at a time behind computer screens – were causing irreversible damage, equivalent to losing “two hours of life for every hour we sit.”

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Topics: Art & Company Culture

Serenity Now! How To Minimize Distractions In An Open Office

Posted by Mari Silipo

Cubicles have long been the ubiquitous symbol of drab nine-to-five office life, but now the solitary gray workstations are being seen in a new light as open office floor plans receive increasingly negative press. With companies opting to seat clusters of employees at long tables in lieu of sequestered cubes, many workers are complaining of constant interruption and distraction, causing concern with managers over dips in  productivity and overall employee satisfaction.

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Topics: Workplace Design

TurningArt Staff Picks: Thanksgiving Edition

Posted by Katie Olson

And just like that, the holiday season is upon us!

We love all social and food-centric occasions at TurningArt, but Thanksgiving has an especially infectious warmth to it that’s worth celebrating on its own. For many of us, it isn’t a warmth in the air (especially not for those of us in Boston) but even better, it’s a collective warmth of spirit that sparks in friends, family, coworkers, and strangers alike.

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Topics: Staff Favorites

5 Awesome Offices to Inspire Your Redesign

Posted by Becca Cachion

When redesigning an office, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. There are countless websites and blogs devoted to showcasing impressive office designs. But with so many factors to consider, how do you determine what will work best for your space and company?

Studies show that an office’s design has a direct impact on employee satisfaction and productivity, making the key to any successful workplace makeover a synthesis of function and aesthetics. But no matter how many design industry reports you read, it won’t change the fact that because every space and company are different, there is no right or wrong way to design an office.

To help you narrow in on what will be right for your redesign, we've pulled together five interiors we love, with tips on how to emulate their design successes in your own space.

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Topics: Workplace Design

Flexible Workspaces: What They Are and Why You Need Them

Posted by Mari Silipo

 There’s a lot of talk out there about how office design can motivate employees and improve their productivity. As a result, companies are investing more and more in creating interesting, custom-branded spaces. However, even if your office has been professionally decorated, you may not be getting the most out of your space when it comes to employee comfort and workflow.

Technology continues to increase mobility and flexibility in the way we work. Our offices should be designed accordingly. By creating a flexible, fluid space that support our mobile workdays, you can better utilize each square foot in your office while actively facilitating employee productivity and well-being.

In this post, we’ll breakdown why flexible workspaces matter and how you can create one in your office.

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Topics: Workplace Design

How to Use Natural Elements to Create a Productive Office Space

Posted by Mari Silipo

There are tons of ideas flying around about what makes workers productive. Is it what we eat, how we organize our workspaces, or is it more about where we work?

It turns out, our work environments influence our productivity and general well-being. Employees who work in offices with biophilic design elements report a 13% higher well-being and are 8% more productive than those who work in environments without them, according to a report commissioned by Interface, a modular flooring company.

Bringing elements of nature into the workplace can have lasting results for employees. Here's how to incorporate them into your space:

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Topics: Workplace Design

Office Sweet Office: 3 Ways to Bring the Comforts of Home into the Workplace

Posted by Mari Silipo

With our mobile workforce estimated to reach 1.3 billion globally in 2015, the 9 to 5 workday is poised to join floppy disks and cubicle farms as a relic of our professional past. However, despite the fact that workers don’t need to be in the office to do their job, it remains generally true that they are most productive when they are.

To strike a balance between these two professional realities, employers are undertaking a fundamental shift in their approach to office design: if the workplace is no longer a place people have to be, it should be a place they want to be.

Likewise, as technology continues to make how, where, and when we do our jobs more flexible, employer expectations must follow suit. From Facebook chatting during office hours to answering work emails at 10pm on a Saturday, the distinctions between work life and personal life are becoming increasingly difficult to discern, and as a result, modern offices are reflecting this more integrated work-life approach in a design trend dubbed “domesticating the workplace.”

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Topics: Workplace Design

6 Ways to Dramatically Improve Company Culture

Posted by Mari Silipo

You’ve probably heard hiring managers, startup founders, and office managers talk about company culture. Maybe you’ve talked about it yourself.

As companies fight for top talent, many have jumped on the company-culture bandwagon, believing that adding a pool table, or buying more snacks, will make employees happy.

But employees don’t want to work at companies because they can play video games on their lunch break. Employees choose companies—and stay with them—because they’re part of a thriving community that feels like home.

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Topics: Art & Company Culture

3 Employer Branding Tips for Hiring Top Talent

Posted by Mari Silipo

        Recruiting is a forefront concern for companies of any size, and building a well-tuned recruitment strategy is now more essential than ever. In LinkedIn’s 2015 Global Recruitment Trend report, 53% of US companies cited competition as their greatest recruitment obstacle. In answering the follow-up question “What are the things that your competitors have done or may plan on doing that would make you most nervous?” companies reported “investing in their employer brand” (or in other words, their reputation for being a good place to work) as the greatest threat.

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Topics: Art & Company Culture

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