Building the Office of the Future
Building the office of the future
What does the office of the future look like?
This is a question many enterprises are asking themselves as they attempt to reshape and reinvent their workplaces for a technology-oriented future. With most of today’s offices designed for a vanishing era, where workstations, cubicles and corner offices dominated, the move has real implications for employee satisfaction, productivity and company culture.
With this in mind, here are some megatrends that will define the offices of tomorrow.
A lot more like home
Numerous studies have shown that people are more engaged and productive if they can choose how they work. That means the office of the future is going to look a lot less like a traditional office and more like home, or at least like a hybrid of the two. Commercial architects will place more emphasis on natural light, ergonomics and functional furniture that you might expect to see in residential settings.
Rest, work, play
The office of the future is all about creating flexible, collaborative workspaces suitable for a range of functions – not just work. Say goodbye to generic cookie-cutter workstations and conventional meeting rooms, and make way for open spaces for work, rest and play. Office interiors need to be rethought, with areas designed with particular activities in mind. The goal is to create an atmosphere that promotes conversation, encourages collaboration and inspires innovation.
Millennials, or #GenMobile, will dominate the office of the future, so workplaces need to meet their needs and expectations. They are fun loving, tech savvy and expect a connected, flexible (hot-desking) and collaborative working environment. They also want the ability to work from anywhere without restriction, so office technology should facilitate this. Video conferencing capabilities that enable communication across a global workforce are another must, as are high-performance mobile networks and an all-wireless workplace.
The branded workplace
How an office looks and feels also has a direct impact on the way employees perform, which is why forward-thinking businesses need to focus on internal branding. Workplace branding shapes the design and aesthetics of the work environment, with the goal of fostering a positive workplace culture. This branding should reflect the organization’s cultural values, with a strong emphasis on employee needs.
The upside of this evolution in office design is that staff are more likely to perform at the top of their game, so organizations will ultimately benefit.
Meet the Team: James Byrd
You’ve seen him around town behind the wheel of our fancy, Big Orange ‘S’ Business Products trucks, or perhaps he knows you by first name and greets you with a smile and a case of copy paper each week- our Strickland Star, James Byrd let me ride along on his morning route and here’s what I’ve found:
EM: Thanks for letting me ride along, James; I love the mornings. You’ve been a Business Products delivery driver here at Strickland for a little over 2 years- where and who were you before you joined the company?
JB: My wife and I have three children- the two younger play softball and the older is in college. My very first job was at a McDonald’s and I’ve been in the delivery driving business for the past 12 1/2 years. When I’m not driving, I enjoy coaching my girls and being a handyman around the house.
EM: Glad to hear you’re a family man. My favorite part of being with family is the food. Do you have a favorite home-cooked meal?
JB: Baked chicken, chicken and dressing, macaroni cheese, and corn bread.
EM: You’re stranded on a desert island. You have one companion and three items; who and what are they?
JB: Sandra Bullock, cooking pot, fire starter, and machete
EM: You said Sandra Bullock but you meant your wife, right?
EM: Although I suspect you’ll be doing all four soon, which would you rather do: wash dishes, mow the lawn, clean the bathroom or vacuum the house?
JB: Mow the lawn
EM: What else do you want the world to know about you, James?
JB: My family motivates me to work hard and I don’t sing karaoke, although I do prefer the Rolling Stones over the Beatles. I like to get out of Alabama on family vacations, and learning a different language and being debt free are two items on my bucket list.
To ride on a morning business products route you have to be at the Strickland warehouse at 6:30am. I’ve been described as a bit of a morning grouch more than once in my life, but I can say James’ smile and genuine love of his job are infectious and leave little wonder in my mind as to why he’s our Strickland Star. We’re lucky to have you, James!
Thought-Provoking Facts on Paper, Forests and Recycling
1. Forest area in the U.S. increased by 5,800 NFL football fields per day between 2007 and 2012.
2. The volume of wood (trees!) on U.S. timberland increased by the equivalent of 159 Empire State Buildings per year between 2007 and 2012.
3. In 2015, the U.S. recovered enough paper (for recycling) to fill 125 Empire State Buildings.
4. From 2005 to 2015, U.S. forests stored the equivalent in carbon to taking 137 million cars off the road each year.
 Forest area grew by 14 million acres between 2007 (752 million acres) and 2012 (766 million acres) (USDA Forest Service, 2014). A full football field including the end zones is 360 ft by 160 ft or 1.32 acres (http://www.sportsknowhow.com/football/field-dimensions/nfl-football-field-dimensions.html). Forest area grew by 10.6 million football fields (14 million acres of forest area/1.32 acres in a field) in five years = 2.1 million per year = 5,811 football field per day.
 Net volume growing stock on timberland in the U.S. grew from 942,949 to 972,397 million ft3 between 2007 and 2012 (USDA Forest Service, 2014) – an increase of 29,448 million ft3 = 5,890 million ft3 per year = 16 million ft3 per day. The volume of the Empire State Building is 37 million ft3 (http://www.esbnyc.com/sites/default/files/esb_fact_sheet_4_9_14_4.pdf )
 Recycling one ton of paper saves 3.3 cubic yards (89.1 cubic feet) of landfill space (http://www.isri.org/docs/default-source/commodities/fact-sheet—paper.pdf ). Empire State Building = 37 million ft3 (its space saves 415,264 tons of paper). Paper recovery data was obtained from www.paperrecycles.org .
 A conventional gas vehicle in the U.S. emits 2,720 lbs of carbon (10,000 lbs of CO2 eq. per year) (https://www3.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/420f08024.pdf ). There are 2204.62 lbs/metric tonne therefore an average car emits 1.23 metric tonne of carbon/y. Between 2005 and 2015, carbon stock in the forest rose from 87,271 to 88,961 million MT of carbon – an increase of 1,690 million MT over 10 years or 169 million MT/y (equivalent to 137 million cars) (https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-04/documents/us-ghg-inventory-2016-main-text.pdf – Table 6-12)
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Meet the Team – Kara Crook
Meet Kara! Our newest, wonderful sales representative based out of our location down south: Mobile. This lady has been with us for one year and one week, and is constantly driving all over the coast and the panhandle of Florida searching for opportunities and solutions to help her customers’ businesses run efficiently.
I was able to catch up with our youngster and pick her brain about what in the world she did before working for Strickland and what it means to bring innovative, fresh thinking to a billion year old paper house.
EM: So Kara, I heard you have a family. Would you bring them with you if you were stranded on a middle-of-nowhere island?
Kara: No. Although my family is very close and we love spending time at the beach, their competitive card games would be the end of me. I’d bring my dog Bear as a companion, a fire starter kit, an umbrella and a boat.
EM: Boats! Yes. You recently graduated from the University of South Alabama, way to go! How does it feel being an adult and knowing that your mom will never iron your clothes again?
Kara: No one irons anymore, that’s why the dryer was invented. I will miss eating her spaghetti often.
EM: I’ve heard that people around your age think they know everything. Is there anything you don’t know and would like to learn?
Kara: Learning a new language would be nice. I’d like to learn Italian so I could travel there and be able to communicate easily with the locals.
EM: I bet they’ll teach you to make spaghetti- if you ask nicely in Italian. I heard you singing in the car the other day and will skip the question about having a favorite karaoke song, as I’m not sure if they’d allow you on stage. Do you prefer the Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
EM: Hm. I’ve enjoyed having a coworker who brings innovative, fresh ideas to this industry. Besides confusing the older people with Excel functions, what motivates you to work hard?
Kara: Watching my name climb the sales charts has been inspiring, but helping new customers set up programs that will truly benefit them keeps me in the game.
Thanks for keeping us young, Kara!
We’ve Joined the Two-Sides Network!
Strickland Companies Joins Two Sides
Submitted by: Pamela Watters 08/25/2014
Two Sides North America Press Release
CHICAGO (August 25, 2014) – Strickland Companies has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper.
“We are very pleased to have Strickland Companies join our organization and look forward to working with them to promote the many benefits provided by the use of sustainably produced print and paper,” says Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel.
“Strickland Companies is delighted to join Two Sides. At Strickland, we very much embrace the mission of addressing the issues of sustainability in the Paper and Forest Products industry with straight forward facts and transparency,” says Bayard Tynes, President, Strickland Companies.
About Strickland Companies
Since 1928, Strickland Companies has been a leader in innovative paper products and services. We have six locations that represent and distribute products for hundreds of manufacturers throughout the Southeast. Still privately owned and rapidly growing, our services have expanded to include: fine paper, flexible packaging, business products, furniture and facility supplies. Strickland Companies is proud to be a charter member of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants as well as a member of Afflink and Trimega. For more information please visit the Strickland Companies website atstricklybiz.com.
About Two Sides
Two Sides is an independent, non-profit organization created to promote the responsible production, use and sustainability of print and paper. Two Sides is active globally in North America, Europe, Australia, South Africa and Brazil. Our members span the entire print and paper value chain, including forestry, pulp, paper, inks and chemicals, pre-press, press, finishing, publishing, printing, envelopes and postal operators. For more information about Two Sides North America, please contact Phil Riebel at 1-855-896-7433 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Two Sides website at www.twosidesna.org.
Myths and Facts: When it Comes to Paper, Some People Can’t See the Forest for the Trees
Paper has been around for more than 2000 years, and for good reason. It’s a highly effective and versatile means of communication. Even in today’s digital age with the vast array of alternative media to choose from, paper’s unique aesthetic qualifies and practical appeal are unmatched.
Paper is highly sustainable, too. But as attention to the environment has increased in recent years, so have myths and misconceptions that the paper industry is responsible for large-scale deforestation and adverse impacts on the environment. As always, there are two sides to every debate, and paper has a great environmental story to tell.
Two Sides presents the facts about paper production, use and recycling to dispel the myths, promote well-informed, confident media buying decisions and encourage greater responsibility throughout the life of paper products.
To get the facts about the sustainability of Print and Paper click below:
MYTH: Making paper consumers a lot of energy.
FACT: Paper production supports sustainable forest management.
MYTH: Making paper is bad for the environment.
FACT: Paper is one of the few truly sustainable products.
MYTH: Electronic information is more environmentally friendly than print and paper.
FACT: Not necessarily. E-media also has environmental impacts.
For this article and other paper-truths visit www.twosidesna.org