Blog: Everything workplace

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 Agile and 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 New, 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

Furnishing the Agile Workplace: 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

The Workstation: Could it 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

Case Study: 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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