Insights into Office and Workspace Design

Top 5 Classroom Products of 2020

2020 has been a year of some big changes, but one thing has remained constant – the need for students and children to get the full value out of their education. Student learning is not a one size fits all model, and neither are classrooms. Over the last 30 years, CDI Spaces has been dedicated to providing educational and classroom furniture that supports the psychological findings behind child learning and development. We sat down with Craig Ward, our Classroom Consultant, to put together a list of our top five classroom products that have helped both students and teachers do their best over the last year.  



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Office Furniture for Introverts & Extroverts

More and more companies nowadays have torn down walls, eliminated private offices, and replaced cubicles with open and activity-based spaces to make people more connected, encouraging collaboration and innovation. However, this office design is not a one-fit-all solution. Because an office is a mixture of extroverted and introverted individuals and they each thrive in different work environments. An open-office concept may work for extroverts who tend to be productive in environments where they can bounce off ideas with others. It, nonetheless, can be a nightmare for many introverts who crave quiet and alone time during the day.

How to design and furnish a workspace that attracts both introverts and extroverts and allows them to operate comfortably, read more below!

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Do you clean and disinfect your furniture properly?

Evidence shows that coronavirus is most likely to last on surfaces we frequently touch with our hands and it can live on surfaces from a few hours to days. High touch surfaces in workplaces, including desks, phones, keypads, work surfaces, etc. are prime places for the spread of viruses and bacteria. It is highly recommended to clean and disinfect regularly to lower the chance of COVID-19 transmitting in your office. However, do you know how to clean and disinfect your furniture properly?

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The Benefits of Returning to the Office

Many of us have worked from home, whether we wanted to or not during this current global pandemic. You may have saved time commuting. You may have enjoyed more time with your family. You may have enjoyed the flexibility of working from home. However, you might not be seeing the benefits of returning to the office now that your workplace is transitioning away from remote working. So, why return to the office?

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Available Government Grants for Alberta Schools

As announced in late July, the Government of Alberta has released that schools will be opening under Scenario One conditions in September 2020. With only a few more weeks to go before schools are open and running, this might be an opportune moment to explore your options for funding beyond the district sanctioned amounts. Schools are unpredictable, and unanticipated costs can arise almost daily. That being said, having an additional float in your budget can give you the preparedness to navigate unforeseen costs, the flexibility to quickly adapt, and the means to make improvements where you see fit. We’ve put together a quick, comprehensive guide on understanding government grants for schools in Alberta, along with some helpful links below.

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Setting Up a Home Office

For the foreseeable future, working between the corporate and home office is projected to be the new normal. Remote working has been a popular idea even before the COVID-19 outbreak. Think of your typical businessmen and women – after a long day at the office, most of them will return to a home office where they’ll pick up where they’ve left off. While the modern office has shifted to a focus on flexibility, comfort, and atmosphere, no less should be expected from your ‘home away from the office’. When considering home office design, you’ll want to take into account all the aspects that keep you productive at your regular office. Not all home offices are created equal. Your personal office should accommodate your best and most productive working habits.

Here are some points to consider:

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Working From Home in Comfort

Like it or not, home offices are projected to be our sanctuary for the short term, and possibly long term, as well as healthcare officials, have expressed uncertainty as to when Canadians will be able to resume businesses as usual. With Alberta declaring a state of emergency, more offices are being shut down and a large headcount of employees are working from home. Schools, academies and daycares have shut down all physical operations, leaving students learning online, and academic staff working from home. So, if you haven’t already, it’s time to make a home office.

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