5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Workspace

5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Workspace

  Whether you’re inspired by spring’s approach or your desk just needs a deep clean, it’s never a bad idea to freshen up your workspace. In a world where bad office chairs, fluorescent lighting, and stressful deadlines reign, extra care for your immediate surroundings can work wonders on your mood and focus.   Feng shui […]

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What Greater Working Flexibility Means for Equality

What Greater Working Flexibility Means for Equality

According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one third of American employees now work partially or completely from home. Millennials are increasingly avoiding 9-5 jobs and leaving positions after two or three years. They’re also generally more concerned about work-life balance than the previous generation, and willing to avoid opportunities or promotions at work […]

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WELL: The Make-Your-Workspace-Bearable Checklist

WELL: The Make-Your-Workspace-Bearable Checklist

If you’re fascinated by human-centered design like we are, you’ll appreciate the WELL Building Standard, a method for evaluating and adjusting physical environments for better health and wellness. The scientists, doctors, wellness experts and architects that helped draft the system agree: health and wellness should be at the center of design, construction, and development efforts. […]

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How The Focal Team Watches The Big Game

How The Focal Team Watches The Big Game

The “Superb Owl” (no, that’s not a typo) is coming on Feb 5, and the Focal fam is riddled with low-key rivalry. As marketing manager Melissa likes to say, however, “a marketing team divided cannot stand; so we lean.”   Instead of recognizing our intra-office competition, we’re taking a moment to observe our diversity of […]

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Standing Up for Better Learning

Standing Up for Better Learning

For most students, everyday life in the classroom involves hours of sitting still. It doesn’t take research to prove that this doesn’t feel good, though recent science shows that prolonged sitting does real harm to the body.   Some schools are enlisting standing desks to give students a healthy outlet for pent-up energy, and the […]

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6 Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

6 Famous People Who Used Standing Desks

  The standing desk fad hasn’t always been a fad; in fact, it has deep roots in the evolution of the workstations we know and use now. Standing desks surfaced in the 18th and 19th centuries–early proof can be found in an 1883 Popular Science article, advising professionals to get a “telescope-desk” at ”the first […]

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10 Ways to Enjoy January: It’s Possible

10 Ways to Enjoy January: It’s Possible

Seasonal Affective Disorder (commonly known, aptly, as SAD) is a type of depression that emerges in response to the change of the seasons. It affects about 4-6% of the American population, while another 10% to 20% experience a milder case of winter-onset depression, according to The American Academy of Family Physicians. And for anyone else […]

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Roundup: Top Office Design Trends for 2017

Roundup: Top Office Design Trends for 2017

  Sayonara, 2016. It’s time to move onto better things. After rounding up some pointers from our interior architect and design friends, this is what we learned about design’s future in 2017.   1. Trend Report from Kim Valente at Brick and Beam Studio Greenery Pantone’s 2017 color of the year, Greenery, is having its […]

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Two Tips for Sticking to Your 2017 Resolutions

Two Tips for Sticking to Your 2017 Resolutions

  Some 4,000 years ago, the ancient Babylonians held the first documented celebration of the New Year with rituals honoring the king and their covenant with the gods. During that period, they also vowed to pay off their debts and return borrowed items–an early version of the New Year’s resolution.   As we progressed to […]

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Focal’s Best Blog Hits of 2016

Focal’s Best Blog Hits of 2016

2016 was a hard year for the world, but not for our blog. Enlighten yourself with office cats, pro tips for killing it at workplace wellness, and our love for Mark Sisson.   Because it’s the Middle of the Day: 12 Office Cats Allowing furry friends in the workplace can boost morale and reduce stress […]

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