5 C’s for Designing Well Offices


Many companies have recently introduced workplace wellness programs to promote healthy living amongst employees. These include perks ranging from free gym memberships to stocking the fridge with healthy snacks. But these days, workplace wellness is not enough.  The most forward thinking companies are embracing a more integrated notion of workplace well-being. A well office supports its employees beyond offering  perks - a well office fosters the idea of wellness holistically. Sally Augustin, PhD, a practicing environmental psychologist, outlines the 5 elemental aspects that all well offices should have:   1. Comfort The workplace should enable the … [Read more...]

Thanks, Chicago!


  Last week in Chicago was a huge success (and not only because the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup!) Our first-ever Upright Concept Shop took Chicago by storm. With flexible walls by molo design, a full wall of dry erasable Idea Paint, and a variety of Upright workstations, hundreds of visitors experienced our vision for the future of the workplace. From lawyers, to back-end developers, to interior designers, the shop attracted a wide array of visitors. But our resounding conclusion: no matter what you do, the upright lifestyle could be for you! In the coming weeks, we’ll be writing about our collaborations with molo and Idea Paint, taking a peek at … [Read more...]

Hey Chicago! Stop by the Upright Concept Shop

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Hey Chicago! After you’re done celebrating the Blackhawks’ historic win, be sure to swing over to the Focal Upright Concept Shop for even more fun.  Come check out all of our latest designs, meet our team, and of course, have a libation or two on us.   What: The Focal Upright Concept Shop Where: 225 LaSalle St (corner of Wacker & LaSalle) When: 8am - 6pm Tuesday June 16 and Wednesday June 17 … [Read more...]

3 Science-Backed Benefits of Office Yoga


Can office yoga really make you healthier and happier at work? The answer is yes! With a little intention, you can bring the mental and physical benefits of yoga to your workday.   The office culture is defined by chronic stress These days, most deskbound workers are overstressed, overburdened, and overworked.  According to the American Psychological Association, more than ⅓ of all American workers suffer from chronic stress at work. In fact, the APA estimates that workplace stress is a factor in nearly half of work-performance issues, costing US businesses an estimated $300 billion a year through absenteeism, diminished productivity, employee … [Read more...]

Announcing the first-ever Upright Concept Shop!


Focal Upright invites you to Chicago to experience firsthand the future of the workplace. Focal’s first pop up Upright Concept Shop will debut in the Windy City during NeoCon 2015 in a completely transformed space on the river overlooking the Merchandise Mart. In partnership with molo, Koncept, Idea Paint, and Allagash Brewery (because everyone gets thirsty), the Upright Concept Shop will present an ultra-modern co-working space that highlights Focal’s radical leaning seats, adaptable standing desks, and fully height-adjustable conference tables. The Upright Concept Shop will feature the debut of a new product from Focal designed to greatly enhance the comfort and … [Read more...]

Infographic: Productivity Prohibitors and How to Stop Them in Their Tracks


Here at Focal, we believe that a productive workplace is vital to success (and that an upright office can help you achieve this!) But despite our best efforts, there are many obstacles that stand in the way of productivity - social media, too many meetings, inefficient communication, etc. SurePayroll and Ghergich & Co agree, so they put together this infographic to highlight the biggest productivity prohibitors and teach you how to stop them in their tracks. Our suggestion for helping eliminate the cost of health and engagement issues - get upright! … [Read more...]

3 Tips To Organize Your Office From Startup Founders


Have you ever wondered how successful CEOs organize their workspaces?  Here, we share 3 tips from successful CEOS to optimize your office design.   Get a Bigger Trashcan Neil Patel, Co-Founder Crazy Egg Neil Patel, Co-Founder of tech startup Crazy Egg has a simple way for staying organized- using a bigger trashcan.   According to Patel, an extra large trash can acts as a subtle visual reminder to keep your workspace tidy. Patel states, “because a large trash can is more visible, you tend to think of it more often. When unnecessary paper comes into your workspace, you're more likely to place it in the trashcan than to stack it in a disheveled paper … [Read more...]