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Research showing that *any* office rearrangement improves productivity?

Some years ago, I read about a study on workplace productivity, set up to test the effect of a new office layout (or perhaps some other physical feature of work environment). They changed to the new layout, and productivity jumped up. Over the following months, however, productivity tailed off to the original levels. So they changed the layout back to the original one. Again, productivity spiked suddenly and gradually declined back to the baseline. It was concluded that, whatever the relative merits of different office arrangements, the very act of making a change causes a temporary productivity increase. Does anyone know where I can find this study? [more inside]
posted by pont on Mar 4, 2014 - 3 answers

 

Attractive and Reasonable Office Furniture

Hi, does anyone have recommendations for attractive, well-designed and relatively affordable office furniture? I am looking for something that is a step up from Stapes and Office Depot, especially for conference tables. This is for a true office, not a home office. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thanks.
posted by beisny on Feb 20, 2014 - 10 answers

iPad iDiot

Help me turn my iPad into a work productivity tool. [more inside]
posted by sardonyx on Feb 17, 2014 - 10 answers

How to Talk to My Boss

There was an incident last week. I have a 1-on-1 with my boss today, and I think I should bring it up with him. How should I bring it up, or is bringing it up a bad idea? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Garm on Dec 17, 2013 - 18 answers

Lost Skydrive Account, Lost OneNote Files

Updating to Office 2013 led to find that my recent notes had been stored on Microsoft Skydrive instead of locally... and that I can no longer access them. Oops. [more inside]
posted by Winnemac on Sep 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Need a vendor to come on-site at work and stop a squeaking chair?

My boss has asked me to have someone come on-site and stop the squeaking of the CEO's chair--I cannot think of what kind of vendor might perform this service. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Jun 17, 2013 - 13 answers

Kill the spam, keep the fuzzies.

Help me handle a growing intra-office "spam" problem without killing the camaraderie or antagonizing the team. [more inside]
posted by rada on May 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Fung shui in my office

Fung shui in my office [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on May 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Inexpensive desk lamp with adjustable brightness?

I'm looking for a nice, inexpensive task lamp to put on my desk at work. It should have adjustable brightness (low/high is fine) so that I can have either a little or a lot of light, as required. Free-standing, not clamp-on. $30 or less would be ideal. Help? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 9, 2013 - 8 answers

Calendar Editing and Syncing Between Two Mac Users

I'd like to sync a shared event/appointment calendar with a work colleague, which we both can edit (not just view) on our iMac computers, preferably without having to go to an external website to make edits, or paying for an outside service. Details within. [more inside]
posted by zarq on Mar 14, 2013 - 12 answers

Best white noise solution

What is the best white noise app or machine for a workplace that requires a more sound proof solution to normal ambient noise in an office. [more inside]
posted by MT on Feb 25, 2013 - 14 answers

How will the new web-based Office 365 affect my monthly data cap?

I have satellite internet service with a monthly download/upload allowance of 15 GB. I am a heavy Microsoft Office user. With Office 13, apparently there's a web-based subscription option, and it sounds great (5 licenses vs. 1). But will constant communication with the servers eat away at my monthly allowance? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Jan 30, 2013 - 1 answer

How weird is it for an office to lack a desk?

I would like to take the big, corner desk out of my office and instead have a couch, along with a laptop table that I can use as needed. Or maybe a small stand-up desk off to the side. I am wondering what the outside perception might be, as well as any potential problems I may not have considered. [more inside]
posted by cessair on Jan 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010?

Advice for help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system

How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland on Dec 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Help ID uniforms in an old drawing

Help me identify uniforms worn in an antique pencil watercolor. And maybe a guess as to where it was recorded. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

Existing Windows installation to Virtualbox. Avalanche inside.

How do I successfully take an existing Windows 7 installation from HDD and put it into Virtualbox on Debian, on an SSD? Avalanche inside. [more inside]
posted by Juso No Thankyou on Dec 5, 2012 - 5 answers

Inter-office conflict

Please help me manage/cope with this grad school inter-office conflict. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2012 - 12 answers

Can you help me find a unique foot rest for under my desk?

Help me find something comfortable, functional and maybe fun or unique to rest my feet on under my desk. [more inside]
posted by geeky on Oct 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Sick of the cite of this thing.

How do I cite a legal case in Microsoft Word? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Oct 18, 2012 - 7 answers

What is the best free (open source) Office software for Mac Snow Leopard?

I just installed a new hard drive in my older (early 2008, 4 GB ram) macbook pro laptop and installed Snow Leopard. I need an office application, something like Open Office. What's the best current "stable" version of this OSS software for Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard)? [more inside]
posted by jcdill on Oct 7, 2012 - 5 answers

Possible new job, help me leave the old one

References and a toxic job--Help me navigate workplace politics so's I can get myself into a better workplace. [more inside]
posted by socky mcsockerson on Sep 26, 2012 - 6 answers

What are the dates for the 9th and 20th business day for the rest of this year and all of next year?

I need to quickly figure the 9th and 20th business days of each month for the rest of 2012 and all of 2013. Preferably not in a manual fashion. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Sep 14, 2012 - 6 answers

What are these tiny white pellets on my desk?

What are these mystery pellets on my desk? [more inside]
posted by reverend cuttle on Aug 28, 2012 - 12 answers

Wait, did Bill Gates just walk into my house and card me?

I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 12, 2012 - 17 answers

Help this Mac user learn PC software for job hunt

How can I improve my computer skills for job hunt when I use a Mac and the software is for PC? [more inside]
posted by hrj on Aug 9, 2012 - 24 answers

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing.

Help me time-warp my home office into something amazing. [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Aug 7, 2012 - 10 answers

Printers. With frikkin' lasers.

Should I move to a laser printer? [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 30, 2012 - 23 answers

Carpenter/Handyman in Arlington, VA

Trying to find a reliable and reasonably priced carpenter/handyman in Arlington, Virginia [more inside]
posted by gemmy on Feb 22, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me deskercise!

I sit at my desk all day and forget to move, focus elsewhere, stand up, drink water, stretch. You get the idea. I want a regular reminder to take a moment to do these things. I've searched apps and freeware and have come up empty. Help? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on Feb 16, 2012 - 25 answers

Gluten Intolerant in a gluten filled work environment

I am Gluten Free, work in a small office, we all bring our lunch, but others' lunches make me sick! What do I do??? [more inside]
posted by glitrqn on Feb 15, 2012 - 61 answers

24 drawings per second x 60 seconds per minute = one huge mess!

What's a good system for keeping lots of papers visible, without spreading them all over the desk, and without pushpins? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jan 26, 2012 - 23 answers

Too Old For A Freaking Booster Seat

Hive mind, I poll your collective wisdom to reccomend me some sort of cushion that I can use for my office chair so I can be closer to the proper height above my desk to avoid computer-related RSIs. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 14, 2011 - 12 answers

Looking For A Poster From Seinfeld

On Seinfeld, Elaine worked at J. Peterman's place and had an office with This Large Photo of a dock or some such thing on a lake. Can anyone identify that poster/print, photographer/artist name, and maybe point to a place to buy?
posted by Blake on Nov 22, 2011 - 14 answers

How to have my open floor plan cake and also eat the cake without distracting everybody else.

How can I create some privacy from noise in an open floor plan office (700 sq. feet) while keeping it a really cool, collaborative place? Weird ideas totally welcome! [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Oct 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Word won't type my square brackets and more!

Microsoft Word 2010 doesn't seem to recognize some of my keyboard inputs. Maybe due to the language my keyboard is set. Can't figure how to customize or otherwise tell it that a [set keyboard shortcut] is already equated to a [set character]. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find (and change color of) similar data in Excel!

Excel 2007 issue: I'm trying to have Excel mark matching data in two columns with some kind of color or formatting. [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Oct 10, 2011 - 3 answers

Automate this form!

Endless paperwork! How do I automate filling out a .doc form? Challenge: cannot involve downloading/installing any new software [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 5, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I communicate with a person in HR who's been a bit misleading?

How do I deal with H.R.-related courtesy shenanigans? Are these even shenanigans? I'm not very experienced with H.R. departments, so I've come to you, oh hive mind. [more inside]
posted by fantodstic on Aug 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Not in the basement yet...

I got moved to a much smaller desk at work (I kinda feel like Milton) and now everything feels really crowded. How can I increase the empty space on my desktop? What can I move or rearrange? Is there any magical desk accessory that can help me? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Aug 7, 2011 - 13 answers

How to handle uncommunicative colleage?

How to handle a colleague who has raised an interpersonal issue with me via email? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Jul 30, 2011 - 23 answers

...no bumpits please.

Adult looking hair styles for work? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Jul 29, 2011 - 43 answers

Someone stole items from our mailbox!

Someone apparently opened a package in my mailbox and stole the mp4 player I had ordered from e-bay. There was no indication on the mailing envelope what the contents were: The person must have felt the package and guessed what it contained. They left the ripped open package on our porch, along with some other mail, and two Netflix envelopes, ripped open also, for a person further up the street. What do we do about this?
posted by ragtimepiano on Jun 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Help with Microsoft Word 2007 Space Formatting

Help with default space formatting on Microsoft Office 2007. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Where in Osaka can I print a poster?

I'm in Osaka, Japan, at a conference at the Rihga Royal NCB. I need to print off a poster this afternoon. Is there a Kinko's-like print shop nearby I could use?
posted by olinerd on Jun 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me not move my office into a dank cave

What’s the cheapest way to make an unfinished basement work as usable living/working space? [more inside]
posted by victoriab on Jun 3, 2011 - 11 answers

office plant identification

could you help me identify these two species of plants I picked up? they were sold to me as hardy office plants: image. That’s an indoor bamboo on the top left but there’s two of the same species on the bottom left that I’d like to identify, and one on the bottom right. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by the mad poster! on May 22, 2011 - 9 answers

Heating up milk at the office

How can I heat up milk for my coffee at work and without a microwave or stovetop? Is there some kind of stand-alone gadget that will heat (not just froth) milk, while being office-appropriate? [more inside]
posted by pourtant on May 19, 2011 - 31 answers

Upgrade from Outlook 2003 or no?

Should I upgrade from Outlook 2003 or just keep using it forever? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Apr 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Basic HTML Knowledge of New Employees

Is it unreasonable to expect most knowledge workers entering the job market today to have basic HTML knowledge? [more inside]
posted by tuzy2k on Apr 19, 2011 - 97 answers

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