Three Bad Printing Habits That Waste A Lot Of Paper – And What Office Managers Need To Do About Them

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Bad Printing Habits That Waste A Lot Of Paper – And What Office Managers Need To Do About Them

The average American office worker gets through 10,000 sheets of copy paper every year, which equates to 4 million tons. Despite their attempts to switch to paperless working, some companies still struggle to cut down on unnecessary waste, and office workers’ bad printing habits are a big part of the problem. However, with robust processes, tools and controls, you can slash the amount of paper waste your office workers produce. Learn more here. Misuse of headed paper When you need to send out important correspondence to your customers, it’s often important to use headed paper, but this specific type of stock can often lead to paper wastage. For example, if people load headed paper in the printer the wrong way or even put the paper in the wrong feed tray, people will print documents incorrectly, which ultimately ends up with unnecessary waste. Make sure your people know how to use headed paper. Put instructions (with pictures if necessary) above the printer to show people how to load headed paper in the right tray, the right way. Set up clear guidelines for when people should use this type of paper, and don’t leave expensive letterhead stock lying around that people may lazily or absent-mindedly use instead of plain paper. You may even decide to restrict access to headed paper to a few key teams or people, but you may need better technology to do this. Managed print services can help you eliminate unnecessary prints on headed paper, and with the right access controls to specialist printing like this, you can also cut the risk of financial fraud. For example, money laundering and advance fee scams often rely on correspondence that carries an official letterhead, so you need strict access controls to this valuable consumable. Failure to use print settings correctly Standard office software programs like Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word include a range of standard and advanced printer settings to help users create the documents they need. User print settings often include the following: Choice of color or black and white prints. Page set-up to allow a fit to one page. Addition of margins or frames on a page. Single or double-sided printing. If users make a mistake with these (and other) settings, the resulting document is likely to go in the trash. As such, it’s vital that you find ways to give workers access to guidance and training that will help them get their printing right first time. For example, workers will find it useful if you set up hints and tips documents on your intranet page. You should also talk to your system administrator about the print settings you can control. For example, it’s a good idea to restrict everyone to double-sided prints, and you can normally apply this setting centrally in standard office software programs. Excess print copies for business meetings Poor planning often means that people print far too many copies of office documents for meetings. For example, by assuming that every attendee in a presentation needs a paper copy of the slides, your workers can literally waste hundreds of sheets in one session. When you think about how many meetings people attend, you can see how that level of wastage can quickly escalate. It’s important to instill the right behaviors for people attending or facilitating meetings....

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4 Fun Ways To Put Your Used Packing Materials To Work

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Fun Ways To Put Your Used Packing Materials To Work

If you were extra careful to pack your important items for moving or shipping in strong, lightweight, shock-absorbing materials, you may now be wondering what are you supposed to do with all those boxes and fillers. You don’t have to clutter your garage with this stuff, nor do you have to throw it wastefully away. Here are four fun and interesting ways to repurpose your packing materials. 1. Foam Peanuts Foam packing peanuts do a great job of cushioning oddly-shaped items that might otherwise jostle around inside their boxes. Unfortunately, they’re a lot less convenient once they’re out of the box. Foam peanuts consist mostly of air, which may make them exceptionally light but also makes them relatively bulky. Unless you relish the thought of keeping a giant bag of the stuff in your closet or polluting the nearest landfill, you need to come up with some clever place to put your peanuts — and your garden just might be the perfect spot. Are the packing peanuts your shipping company uses made of corn-based starch instead of polystyrene? If so, then they’re biodegradable, and that means you can use them as compost. This product will return to Mother Earth naturally and safely, providing raw material for your flowers and plants. But even if the foam peanuts are made of polystyrene, your green thumb can still put them to useful work. Place them in the bottom of your planters as a cheap, lightweight method for improving the planters’ drainage. 2. Corrugated Boxes Cardboard is a staple material of the packing and shipping world, and for good reason. This lightweight, strong, versatile material can take on a wide range of sizes and forms. Corrugated boxes are especially useful — and not just for packing and shipping. The characteristic wavy sheet comes in several different sizes of waves, or flutes, which provide varying degrees of strength and flexibility. The kind most commonly used in standard packing and shipping applications is called single wall board. This material has a layer of fluting sandwiched between rigid inner and outer boards. You can also get moving boxes made of double wall or even triple wall corrugated cardboard. What makes corrugated boxes so useful after you’ve used them for your move or shipment? The air trapped inside the fluting serves as an effective thermal insulator, slowing the transmission of heat or cold between the inside and outside of the box. The thicker the corrugated cardboard, the more insulating power it possesses. Cut pieces off of your boxes and tape them around door frames, windows, vents and any other parts of your home that are permitting air to leak through. 3. Wine Crates If you used wooden wine or liquor crates to ship your prized beverage collection, you know how reassuring it is to have bottles safely secured by these robust open-ended boxes. But once the bottles have been moved to the bar or cellar, you’ll find that the crates can still serve a variety of useful purposes in an eye-catching way. One of the simplest applications is to hang them on the wall as shelves or bookcases. You can paint the crates in complementary colors to match your interior decor or leave the natural wood for a more rustic appearance. Cyclists may enjoy using a wooden wine...

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4 Smart Tips For Finding The Best Mattress For Chronic Back Pain

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Smart Tips For Finding The Best Mattress For Chronic Back Pain

If you have chronic low back pain, you understand the struggle when it comes to finding a comfortable mattress. When back pain is a daily issue, it seems that any type of mattress makes it worse. You wake up feeling like you have lain awake on a concrete floor all night. There is a mattress out there that can give you a good night’s sleep. Here are some tips to help you find it. Ask For an In-Home Trial An in-home trial is something is that many mattress stores offer but don’t always advertise. It’s definitely something that people with chronic low back pain should take advantage of. It’s difficult to know which type of mattress will work for you. You won’t know for sure until you sleep on it all night for about a week. Some people with low back pain do better with firm mattresses, while others do better with soft mattresses. If you get the wrong type, you could end up with worse pain than you had before you went mattress shopping. Consider an Adjustable Mattress Adjustable beds are always a great option for people with lower back pain. You can find beds that adjust from firm to soft and also adjust inclines like a hospital bed. With an adjustable bed, you won’t have to worry about it not being comfortable for you. If you sleep with a spouse or partner, you won’t have to worry about one of you not liking the mattress either. Most of these mattress adjust separately on each side, so you can both find the comfort that you need. If your pain changes often, this could be the perfect bed for you, because you can adjust the bed to relieve whatever particular pain you are having that night. Don’t Put Too Much Stock in Science If you decide to read studies about the best mattresses for chronic pain, take everything with a grain of salt. Chronic pain is an umbrella term for people with chronic conditions that cause them constant pain. Therefore, 10 people with chronic pain could all have completely different medical conditions. Someone with bursitis in their hips is not going to be comfortable in the same manner as someone with herniated discs in their spine. Another problem with studies about mattresses and chronic pain is that many of them contradict each other. For years, scientists said firm mattresses reduced lower back pain. In 2003, many scientists and came out and said medium mattresses were actually better and to ditch the firm ones. Now, you can find many memory foam mattresses that form to the contours of your back, which may end up being what you need to reduce the pain. Talk to Your Doctor If you’re still worried about purchasing the wrong mattress, talk to your doctor. Ask your doctor if he or she thinks your specific type of pain could benefit from a pillow top, a memory foam, or something else entirely. Your doctor may be able to tell you what type of bed can help relieve your pain and help you rest easy. The best mattress for chronic back pain is a subjective matter. In the end, it depends on your personal preference. Some people hate memory foam mattresses while others experience a large reduction of...

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5 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Urine-diverting Toilets

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things Homeowners Need to Know About Urine-diverting Toilets

Drought is a major concern in the western United States, and with water in short supply, homeowners need to do everything they can to conserve water. The average American family flushes 27% of their household water down the toilet, so if you want to save water, you can start there. Standard flush toilets aren’t the only option any more, and replacing them with urine-diverting toilets can help you save water. Here are five things you need to know about urine-diverting toilets. What are urine-diverting toilets? Urine-diverting toilets are an alternative toilet type that were designed to use less water. They look similar to the standard flush toilets that you’re used to, except that the bowl is split into two compartments instead of just one. The urine is collected in the front portion of the bowl, while the feces is collected in the back portion. Both bowls have their own flush mechanism, drain, and pipes. The two compartments are designed to catch waste where it naturally falls, so you can sit on it the same way as you sit on your existing toilet. How do they use less water? According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, standard flush toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. This same amount of water is used regardless of the contents of the toilet bowl, which is unnecessary. With urine-diverting toilets, the urine and solids collection bowls are flushed separately. Gravity drains the urine collection bowl, and afterwards, about 0.05 gallons of water is used to rinse the bowl and prevent odors. The solids collection bowl is flushed with about one gallon of water, though some models use even less. Since people typically urinate more frequently than they defecate, this nearly-waterless urine flush saves a lot of water. How are urine-diverting toilets installed? Since urine-diverting toilets have two separate bowls and two drains, they require separate piping systems. One pipe is connected to the urine bowl, which takes the urine to an on-site storage tank. The other pipe is connected to the solids bowl, which takes the solids either to the city sewers or to your septic tank, depending on your existing set-up. Why is the urine diverted? Flushing the urine separately allows for much less water to be used, but water savings aren’t the only good thing about urine-diverting toilets. This diverted urine can be stored and later used as fertilizer for flowers, vegetables and lawns. Urine contains many of the same elements that traditional fertilizer does, like nitrogen and phosphorus, and studies in Finland have shown that it works just as well as traditional fertilizer. One person’s daily urine production is enough to fertilize one square meter (10.7 square feet) of soil, so a family can fertilize their garden in this way. Are you allowed to use urine as fertilizer? While urine may seem gross, it doesn’t pose any health risks, according to Scientific American. It’s feces that contains dangerous bacteria, like E. coli, and when urine is kept separate from feces, it remains safe. Since laws vary so much across the country, make sure to check your state and municipal laws to make sure that this safe practise is allowed in your area. If you aren’t allowed to fertilize with urine in your area, ask your plumber to connect both the...

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Make Sure Your New High-Efficiency Furnace Condensate Pipe Won’t Freeze Up

Posted by on Dec 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Make Sure Your New High-Efficiency Furnace Condensate Pipe Won’t Freeze Up

All types of furnaces have drain pipes, or condensate pipes. These pipes direct condensation that collects during the heating process out of the heater, and usually outdoors. In the Northern United States, it’s important to make sure the condensate pipe won’t freeze up during winter when you’re installing a new furnace — especially if you’re installing a high-efficiency furnace, as these models produce more condensation than regular furnaces. High-Efficiency Furnaces Produce Lots of Condensation High-efficiency furnaces produce lots of condensation, because condensation is created during the heating process and high-efficiency furnaces are extremely good at heating. In furnaces, heat is transferred from an exhaust product to the air (which is then directed to rooms). As the exhaust product cools, it produces condensation. High-efficiency furnaces extract as much heat from their exhaust products as possible, so the exhaust products in high-efficiency furnaces produce lots of condensation. HomeTips.com says a high-efficiency furnace can produce as much as 5 or 6 gallons of water from condensation each day. Condensate Pipes May Freeze Up in the Winter Most of the time, condensate pipes are set up to carry condensation outdoors through a hole in an exterior wall. The water is able to drain harmlessly into the ground. This system is fine for most of the year, but condensate pipes can freeze up in the winter. Ice builds up when the water in a pipe freezes faster than it drains. Once ice starts forming, it will continue to form until temperatures go above freezing and the pipe can thaw. Eventually, the pipe may freeze shut if the weather remains cold, as it does for long periods of time in much of the Northern U.S. The issue is compounded in extremely cold weather. Water will freeze quickly when temperatures are well below freezing, but this is also when you’ll most need your furnace. Running your furnace will generate more condensation, which will create more water that can freeze. If your condensate pipe freezes and temperatures don’t warm up, you’ll need to thaw the pipe out yourself. This is an easy do-it-yourself project, but it is a hassle nonetheless. A condensate pipe can be thawed by: wrapping warm towels around the pipe pouring hot water over the pipe securing heat tape to the pipe Condensate Pipes Can Be Installed to Reduce Freezing When installing a new furnace, a new condensate pipe can be installed so that the risk of freezing up is reduced. There are a few ways your furnace installation technician might set up the pipe so it’s less likely to freeze. To accommodate the increased amount of condensation that a new high-efficiency furnace will produce, your technician can do the following: install a vertical pipe, instead of a horizontal one, so water drains faster install an oversized pipe so ice is less likely to block the entire pipe insulate the pipe so ice won’t build up Prevent Your New High-Efficiency Furnace’s Pipe from Freezing Many times, new furnaces are installed using existing condensation pipes because pipes rarely wear out. If you’re having a high-efficiency furnace installed, though, your current furnace’s drain pipe might freeze up during the winter once you connect a model that produces more condensation. You may need a new pipe. So you don’t have to go out in the cold and...

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Does Your Home Smell Like Dirty Socks? It Could Be Your Heat Pump

Posted by on Nov 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Does Your Home Smell Like Dirty Socks? It Could Be Your Heat Pump

If your home smells like a locker room or dirty socks, the odor may be coming from microbial life forms in your heat pump. It’s a phenomenon that occurs in heat pumps to the extent that it’s been given the name dirty sock syndrome. If your heat pump suffers from a case of dirty sock syndrome, there are a few things that you can do. Here’s what you need to know. What Is Living On the Coils In Your Heat Pump Think about how your pet’s water dish gets slimy around the edges and on the surface after it’s been sitting for too long. Any stagnant water can produce this slime, including the condensation on the coils of your heat pump and in the condensate drain pan.  Heat pumps work by producing condensation that can accumulate on the coils and pan. The slime contains microbial life forms, which includes bacteria and mold. Therefore, the stench of dirty socks actually comes from microbial life and mold that is living in the slime inside your heat pump. When the defrost mode turns on and heats the coils, along with all the life forms growing on it, the heat causes the microbial life to give off an odor.  What Are the Risks of Dirty Sock Syndrome While the bacteria that causes dirty sock syndrome doesn’t pose a health risk, the mold could, especially for those who suffer from mold allergies and/or asthma, does. However, even healthy individuals can suffer from mold exposure. In fact, the Institute of Medicine has linked indoor mold exposure to upper respiratory tract symptoms and illnesses and hypersensitivity pneumonitis.  When the heat pump forces air into your home, it can force mold spores into your home as well. These mold spores will grow when they land on damp or wet surfaces and feed from organic substances inside your home, such as wood, wallboard, carpeting, and clothing. Take a look at the registers in your home that are connected to the heat pump, and you may find mold growing around them if your heat pump has dirty sock syndrome.  How to Get Rid of the Stench  The only cure for this syndrome is to clean your heat pump and ducts thoroughly with an anti-microbial cleaning solution. Given the extensive amount of work that is involved, especially in cleaning the ducts, it’s a good idea to hire a heating and air conditioning service to do the cleaning.  It’s also important to determine if your heat pump and ducts are appropriately-sized for your house, which can help control the number of times your heat pump goes into defrost mode. Speak with your heating and air conditioning service to make sure your system is the right size to accommodate the living areas in your home. How to Prevent It from Happening Again  Fortunately, there are several ways to prevent your heat pump from making your house smell like a locker room again.  Retrofit your heat pump with a UV light that is specifically designed to kill microbial life. Your HVAC service can order this device and install it for you.  Replace the old coil with a new tin-plated one to help with a fresh start the next time you turn your heat pump on. Ask your HVAC service which type of coil is the best for...

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Pressured To Use Your Washer More? 3 Unique Things To Clean With Your Pressure Washer

Posted by on Sep 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Pressured To Use Your Washer More? 3 Unique Things To Clean With Your Pressure Washer

As a homeowner, you most likely have a good amount of supplies, tools, and equipment in your garage or shed. From gardening shears and socket sets to hammers and compressors, these items are necessary for maintaining your home’s appeal, value, and function, but they take up a lot of space. You may be tempted to get rid of items you don’t use often, like your pressure washer. But before you do that, take a look at these three ways to get more use out of it. Outdoor Units While surprising to hear, half of your home’s total energy usage stems from heating and cooling. Although changing filters and cleaning out your ducts can increase the efficiency of your system, washing your outdoor units is also smart. Leaves, mulch, pine straw, and other debris quickly trap inside your outdoor units, locking air flow into your home. This buildup not only decreases the efficiency of your system, but trapped debris can also cause your units to malfunction or break. Thankfully, you can use the following steps to clean the outdoor units with your pressure washer: Turn off all electricity going to your outdoor units. Locate the electrical controls box, mounted to your home’s exterior near the units, and flip the switch to the off position. Use a screwdriver and ratchet to remove the metal cage around the units. Place the cage to the side. Attach your washer’s hose to the outdoor spigot. Stand a few feet away from the exterior of your and begin spraying. Use side-sweeping motions to wash away trapped debris. Locate the fan blades inside the units and aim your sprayer nozzle to the area since this is a common area for trapped debris. Use the washer to rinse off the exterior cage. Reattach the exterior cage to your units. Allow time for your outdoor units to dry before turning the power supply back on. Grill If you are like many homeowners, you use your outdoor gas or charcoal grill to cookout all through the year. While great for efficient cooking, your grill can become really dirty very quickly, leading to bugs, rodents, and unappealing flavors in your food. To clean out your grills without stress, use your pressure washer. If cleaning a gas grill, disconnect the propane tank and electrical supply before washing. Remove grates from your charcoal grill. Remove and dispose any leftover items inside the grill such as trash, food, or charcoal. Spray the interior of your grill with a degreasing solution. Allow the solution to sit and soak for 30 minutes. Attach your washer’s hose to your outdoor spigot and begin spraying down the interior of your grill. Hold the sprayer nozzle a few feet above the interior of the grill to apply water pressure to the inside. For areas with stubborn, caked on food and grease, move the nozzle closer to the grill’s interior for a more effective wash. Trash Bins Over time, heavy residue, mold, and insects can build up on and inside your outdoor trash and recycling bins. Using your garden hose may seem sufficient for cleaning out these bins. However, light-duty pressure washers offer a maximum of 2,000 PSI, or pounds per square inch, of water pressure. This amount of pressure will remove heavier residue without damaging your bins. Consider washing the bins...

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How to Waterproof the Intersection Between a Pond Liner & an Electrical Cable

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Waterproof the Intersection Between a Pond Liner & an Electrical Cable

Using a flexible pond liner is an easy way to create a custom pond in the homeowner’s choice of size and shape. Pond liners made from EPDM rubber, a tough, waterproof material commonly used for flat roofs, will hold up for a long time and resist damage caused by sunlight, temperature changes and aquatic life. Installing pond lighting or filtration often requires penetrating the EPDM liner, though, and this can be a source of leaks if not properly done. Below is how you can run an electrical cable through an EPDM liner and seal the site to maintain watertight integrity: Tools and materials needed Scrap pieces of EPDM Tube of urethane adhesive Caulk gun Scissors Cable ties Utility knife Wooden stake Mallet Step-by-step procedure 1. Secure the cable behind the liner—It is important to immobilize the electrical cable so it does not shift when the pond is filled or during settling of the surrounding material. Too much movement of the cable after it has been installed can cause the waterproof connection to be damaged and result in a leak. To secure the cable, partially drive a 12-inch wooden stake into the soil beneath the liner but near the top of the pond. Next, measure out your electrical cable so you know exactly how much needs to be extended down the side of the pond under the liner. Where the cable passes the wooden stake, use a couple of cable ties to secure it to the protruding part of the stake, then drive the remainder of the stake into the ground until it is flush with the surface. 2. Make an opening through the liner—Once the cable is secured, determine exactly where you wish to pass it through the liner. At that point, make a small, straight incision with a utility knife; it is important to keep the length of the cut as minimal as possible, so remove plugs or other fixtures or fittings to decrease the diameter of the cable that needs to pass through the opening. 3.Insert the cord and build up reinforcement—After you have cut a slit in the liner, carefully push the cable through the opening so as not to enlarge the hole. Once the cable is pushed through and is in its final position, you need to install reinforcing layers of EPDM rubber around the cable. To do so, use scissors to cut four circles from a scrap piece of EPDM that measure at least two inches larger in diameter than the length of the slit. Next, make straight cuts from the edges of the circles to the centers of the circles. Slip the circle cutouts around the cable where it passes through the pond liner, one on each side, and align the cable so it is in the center of the circles. Secure the circles to the liner using urethane adhesive, and also be sure to put a generous amount of urethane around the cable where it penetrates the lining. Repeat this same process with the remaining two circles so that the area surrounding the cable on each side of the liner is built-up with two additional reinforcers. 4. Finish waterproofing the location—Cut two, 8-inch long pieces of EPDM rubber in 1-inch wide strips. Apply urethane adhesive to the electrical cable on both sides...

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5 Audible Security Upgrades For A Close Knit Nieghborhood

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Audible Security Upgrades For A Close Knit Nieghborhood

Living in a tight knit neighborhood not only comes with the benefits of friends and picnics, but there is also a sense of safety and protection. When neighbors look out for each other, it can increase safety and help deter criminal activity on homes. To help add extra protection to your neighborhood, it’s a good idea to install a variety of audible products to your security system. Not only can these audio security products deter criminals and scare them from your home, but they can also be installed to alert your neighbors. Browse through the following five products to see how they can work on your home and adapt to a close knit neighborhood. Window Sensors One of the more vulnerable places in your home are the first floor windows. When left unlocked, these windows create easy access points. By having a security system installed with window sensors, you can have alarms and sirens go off at any sign of an intruder. If the window is smashed or lifted, the alarm can heard by neighbors close by. This can help them contact proper authorities, keep their own windows locked, and have a proper look out for any signs of intruders. Window sensors can be installed by professionals on every window in the home, and during the warmer months, they can easily be deactivated to move fresh air through the home. Front Door Siren When consulting about your security system, it’s a good idea to request a high decibel front-door siren. If the front door is broken open, a siren located just above the exterior door can release a sound that travels all around the block. This is another great indicator for neighbors in the area. By recognizing the loud sound, it can indicate to them that the front door was the spot broken into. When working together with other neighbors, it’s good for everyone to have the same front door siren. The universal sound can help indicate an emergency around the block. Motion Sensor Garage Alarms The garage is another entry point that can be protected with alarms. Motion activated alarms can go off to indicate if someone is getting too close to the garage. This will help prevent criminals from actually breaking into the garage before an alarm goes off. Along with the security company, you neighbors will be able to hear to alarm as it goes off. Sensors can be placed on both the large garage doors and any side entrances on the home. Rock Speakers Intelligent criminals may be looking for ways to disable or shut off alarms. Stay one step ahead by keeping your audio alarms incognito. One way of doing this is by having the alarms wired to an item like rock speakers. These speakers look like ordinary garden rocks, but they have a speaker component installed on the back side. Once installed, the speakers can send audio alarms towards your neighbor’s home. Speakers in a rock design are available in both wired and wireless designs. The type you choose depends on your exterior layout and the budget you have for a security system. Bluetooth Intercom System During an emergency, getting instant access to your neighbor can be crucial to helping each other. Instead of waiting for a phone call or relying on cell...

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3 Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture & Office Layout to Create a Successful Call Center

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Choosing the Right Furniture & Office Layout to Create a Successful Call Center

If you are designing and furnishing your very first call center or revamping one you have managed or owned for years, then don’t take office furniture and layout choices lightly. The right office layout can help keep each and every employee performing at their best, minimize the chances of noise from one employee affecting another, and keep employees comfortable. Follow these three tips to building an efficient call center.  1. Know Who Needs an Escape from an Open-office Setup Many of the most successful call centers in the world are run in an open-office setup. An open office is simply an office where each employee does not have his or her own room with a door to work in. However, it may benefit you to provide a full office to employees assigned to different tasks that are best performed in solitude, such as supervisors and IT staff.  If you have a supervisor that needs to make important decisions on the spot, such as when a customer  deserves a pricey refund for a service-gone-wrong or faulty product, then their decision-making process may be hindered by the distraction of being out in the open office with the other representatives. Many experts also believe that IT professionals work best in a quiet office, and your noisy call center may hinder their ability to perform important tasks efficiently.  If you simply don’t have room in your office to provide separate spaces for supervisors and IT staff, then placing them in an area that is as far away from the rest of your workers as possible in high-wall cubicles can help give them the solitude they need to concentrate and make tough decisions.  2. Choose Your Employee Seating Arrangement and Workstations Wisely Once you have decided where to put other miscellaneous workers, it is time to focus on arranging the main office of your call center representatives that make up the bulk of your operation. First, no matter how you decide to arrange your desks, always mix senior and newer call center reps together in seating much as possible. This can help new employees learn from the senior employees by enabling them to watch and listen to them easily. New employees can then also ask the senior employee sitting next to them for help when they need help instead of having to walk across the room to do so.  When choosing workstations, often still called cubicles, wall height is one choice you will have to make. Cubicle wall heights range from about 42-inches to about 80-inches, and remember the measurements are from the floor to the top of the walls.  If you have given employees enough personal space to minimize noise distractions, then you can go with a lower wall height. You should ideally give each employee at least 120 square-feet of their own space to keep the sound of other employees’ voices from distracting them from their own conversations with customers. However, if you have representatives packed tightly together, then high cubicle walls may be your best option to minimize noise pollution throughout your call center and help each employee focus on their own conversation with customers 3. Increase Employee Comfort and Morale with Chair Choices When choosing chairs for your employees, remember that they don’t get much time on their feet and will be sitting in them for many...

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