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Office Furniture

Why Working in an Office is More Productive Than Working From Home

The ongoing pandemic conditions have forced communities to work from home. Traditional office operations have now shifted to remote work, but the sad fact is that employees are experiencing stress and anxiety in this new way of life. According to recent surveys, remote employees are working almost 1.4 more days per month compared to their traditional office routines; which means that they are spending more hours at work per week. Around 29% of the remote work employees reported that they find it difficult to maintain a work-life balance; almost 31% said that they needed a special day off to recover from mental health problems. 

Employees are now more dependent than ever on Zoom meetings to share their project reports and daily work updates, and these meetings usually start at any hour of the day. Many find them to be quite tiring—even more than in-person meetings. Furthermore, the increased pressure of deadlines during work from home increases stress levels and anxiety among employees. Although this new way of working has also reduced absenteeism while helping employees save the time and cost of daily traveling; people are rarely able to spare time to spend with families, which automatically led to increased emotional imbalances and a decreased quality of lifestyle. Management also reports that many employees find it difficult to engage with the new software tools and techniques to share files and reports with each other. Employees in a wide range of industries are waiting for the normal work-life balance again with the end of pandemic-led disturbances. 

Why cubicles are the safest way to work in an office during the pandemic

Although pandemic has made working from home a new trend, many employees are looking for opportunities to return to the office soon. But as the world remains protectively in a state of fear, companies need to adapt to something reliable in order to accommodate office employees safely during this quarantine. One of the best methods to consider is installing OC Cubicles and partitions to avoid the spread of virus in the office premises.

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In the past few decades, companies have designed workspaces using open office plans. But in this new era, managers need to ensure the reinstallation of dividers that may have been removed years ago to accommodate a higher number of employees in the space. These physical barriers are necessary to prevent further health crises while helping employees work in the office with more comfort and ease of mind. These cubicles can be designed with modular walls while ensuring a more comfortable work experience for the employees. 

Creative Cubicle Design is an excellent alternative to individual offices, as they do not require any doors, and the walls need not be too high. However, they are effective enough to create a safe space for all employees while offering them their own privacy at work. These personalized workspaces also allow employees to arrange their equipment and belongings to their liking. These divided seating arrangements are likely to help employees work with enhanced productivity levels and an all-around sense of safety.

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Turf Installation

Good afternoon, Sanbornians! I’m quite happy to report that the dust is finally settling from the crises over the previous few months, and an eerie calm has settled over our fair county.

With the termite menace receding, the citizens of our great county are returning to their houses to survey the damage done and decide how to move forward. The summer months are fast approaching, and many of us are wondering what we can do to prepare our properties to get the most out of this short window of peace and prosperity!

Unfortunately, with the recent chaos, many of us have been forced to neglect our landscaping, and with the unusual rate of growth for much of the plant life in our little piece of California, many are looking at their overgrown lawns with despair. Previously perfectly kept yards are looking like the properties have been abandoned for years and nature has reclaimed them as part of her domain.

After years of nearly daily upkeep for their lawns, many Sanbornians I have talked to on the matter feel that this is the last straw. The struggle between man and grass is just too much for them to continue any longer, and it is time to start looking at alternatives.

One must be careful about which alternative to choose for their natural turf lawns in Sanborn, however. Merely tearing out the grass to replace it with clovers or stones is not enough; somehow, no matter how much soil you remove, native Sanborn flora always finds a way to return, often destroying the new landscaping work you have installed in the process.

No, Sanbornians require a more permanent solution, and that means removing the nature and replacing it with the synthetic. Luckily, Sanborn is home to a field office of NoMow Turf, a city partner known for their high quality fake grass installations in Orange County.

Synthetic turf installation involves destroying the top layers of soil to install a base of stone and sand, meaning any natural plant life is going to have an extremely tough time reclaiming the yard space. With proper drainage control, any remaining soil is deprived almost completely of water, so any plants that manage to get a foothold are incapable of surviving for long.

Utilizing artificial turf gives you all the benefits of a well maintained lawn without the constant battle to either keep it alive or getting a little too lively and takin over the space. Fake grass is a one-and-done deal, meaning you only need to worry about a proper installation.

While it is possible to perform the installation yourself, if you truly want to be certain your yard will remain free of the destructive native flora, it’s always recommended you get the work done by a professional in the field. NoMow Turf have been in the game for decades, and the hundreds of properties they have worked on can attest to their skill and professionalism.

If you’re interested in a permanent solution to the struggles you face with natural turf, give NoMow Turf a call. They will ensure your yard remains perfect without a single bead of sweat required for years to come.

NoMow Turf

+18559688873

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Office Furniture

Creativity In The Workplace

The nature of work has been completely revolutionized over the last mere decade. The way we work has evolved to prioritize the well-being of the human mind and body and fostering collaboration and productivity. Work-life balance, burnout, and mental health have become primary topics as of late.

We typically think of cool, modern, and hip millennialism when we think of the “anti-cubicle” philosophy and attitude of work. Silicon Valley tech giants like Google were the first to popularize open and creative office spaces. However, the concept was invented before cubicles.

American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was known for his beautiful open concept homes and offices. He felt that physical barriers were oppressive. “Boxes are fascist,” Wright once noted. He famously and meticulously designed an open office with employees sitting at their own desks with plenty of space between one another. For the managers, Wright had private offices built on an upper mezzanine.

In 1960, Herman Miller created a corporation dedicated to furniture research. It was he who was the first to create the office cubicle. The cubicle became a cost-effective and convenient way to create organization and separation, which is a benefit that still holds true today.

Wright’s idea became copied and renditioned into the many open offices we see today, but without his genius. The problem wasn’t that the open office concept is flawed, but that companies did not take creative design into consideration when assembling the spaces. They simply assumed that arranging desks and chairs of any kind on an open floor would achieve the same result as Wright.

Open floor offices are thought to foster ease of communication. However, this intention doesn’t seem to serve an actual need. In fact, studies have shown that open offices may be overrated. Employees don’t feel as though physical separation prevents them from interacting with one another. It was discovered that employees were frustrated by the lack of noise and visual privacy. Although visibility and transparency are key to any workplace, a lack of privacy and structure can promote feelings of anxiety and hopelessness.

Before you design your new office layout, speak with your employees to get a sense of the environment that they would ideally thrive in. Instead of choosing a layout based on its popularity or trendiness, take your employees’ suggestions into real consideration. Studies suggest that the open office trend promotes a false sense of productivity.

Office furniture such as cubicles, desks, tables, and chairs don’t have to be boring. You can revamp your office affordably by purchasing used office furniture from Creative Office Furniture, based in Los Angeles and Orange County. They offer a wide selection of office furniture and interior services along at competitive prices.

You can visit the Office Furniture Design showroom in Los Angeles. Their services include space planning, furniture configuration and relocations, custom woodwork, and custom refinishing. Their catalog includes new, used, and refurbished furniture.

You can give them a call to book an appointment at their showroom.

Creative Office Design
5230 Pacific Concourse Dr #105, Los Angeles, CA 90045, United States

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Contractor

How To Plan Your Home Renovation

In Improving America’s Housing 2019, Harvard reports the home remodelling market to be worth $450 billion.

Anyone who has ever been through a home remodelling project knows that it always ends up taking longer and costing more than expected. We gathered our top tips for planning your renovation that you can be as prepared as possible.

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  1. Choose a contractor with excellent communication – Communication should be your most important decision factor when choosing a contractor. Imagine you taking a day off work to welcome your new contractor. You agree to that they will arrive at your home at 10:00am that day. It’s 10:30am and they haven’t appeared. They haven’t called or texted you. You have tried calling multiple times, and there is no answer, and now an hour has passed. Yikes!
  2. Focus on value rather than cost – Home remodelling expenditures appear to be increasing more than ever before. This is likely due to the fact that home owners are willing to invest in the best service and experience they can find. You want to find someone who is punctual, skilled, experienced, and hard-working. These qualities will save you from unnecessary headaches and should be more important to you than getting the cheapest quote.
  3. Read reviews on contractors – Not all contractors come equal. Be sure to review their portfolio and reviews so that you can choose someone with a reputation for quality, excellence, and care. Melissa Alesi found herself in a nightmare of a home renovation after the contractor had not only failed to meet her requirements, but also left her with a mess to clean up. Had she chosen someone with a proven track record rather than her first Google Search, she could have found someone who would have delivered a beautiful end result, right from the start.
  4. Expect there to be dust – If you are allergic, be sure to stock up on your medicine and dust masks! It will be virtually impossible to clean up while the renovation is in progress. You will have to bear with a lot of dust, but it will be worth it in the end!
  5. Store everything in sealed boxes and bags – This will protect your belongings from dust and accidental damages. You also want to give your contractor a clean and tidy workspace so that they can work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Contracting requires physical labour and time, which will go directly to your invoice. Clear out the clutter and remove anything that can slow down your renovation.
  6. Communicate with your contractor – This ties back to the first point, as communication must take place in both directions. You cannot expect your contractor to know exactly what you want unless you have explained it to them in detail, and shown photos or examples, if possible. As much detail as possible will give your contractor a better understanding of exactly how you want your home to end up.

If you are looking for a reputable and experienced home contractor, we highly recommend Inspired Remodels.

Inspired Remodels
21098 Bake Pkwy
Ste 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

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Divorce Mediation

Avoid the Heartache and Mediate

Divorce is expensive. It hurts. It’s the end of a union that at once was thought to be for forever. Not only is it an entire change of life for the people that are involved, but it’s also only made worse when other people become involved. First, it’s close family and friends. Then, extended family. And, when you’re in a small town, everyone knows. Not only do they know, but they have an opinion. That’s where rumors and drama come in. 

I’ve once heard of a young couple who were seeking a divorce in the early 1990s. They made a mistake getting married and they knew it. The young woman didn’t want anything. Just a simple, clean divorce. The young man listened to his family and friends, and hired an expensive lawyer in a silk suit, refusing to even speak to his soon-to-be ex-wife. Only to walk into the courtroom to find that his ex-wife had indeed not hired an Orange County family law lawyer, and instead just stood there plain-clothed and honest. “I don’t want your money. I just want to be free.”

That could have all been avoided if there were more communication. The young man could have saved possibly hundreds of dollars and just consulted a divorce mediator. A divorce mediator is someone who acts as a moderator for discussion between the couple about the division of assets and marriage. A much cheaper option, the couple usually saves money and heartache from having a long and drawn-out legal battle. 

McNamee Mediations could have saved this couple. The thing is they, save couples like this all the time from the difficult divorce battles that we hear about so often. Just a few months ago, Beth B. writes, “Colleen is seriously a miracle worker!  Our divorce had been dragging on for nearly four years, and we had made very little headway using other mediation and divorce professionals without success.”

Another client, Craig G. says, “Colleen was great to work with and made a very difficult and emotional situation manageable. … The cost was very reasonable and a fraction of what it could have been taking other legal options.” This is just another example of where McNamee Mediations have stepped in, saving another family from the long, costly, drawn-out process of divorce. 

Because of the high divorce rates they grew up with, millennial couples are getting married later and later. Millennials are lowering the divorce rate nationally. An article by the USA Today says, “University of Maryland professor Philip Cohen found that from 2008 to 2016, the U.S. divorce rate dropped by 18 percent. … To measure the divorce rate, Cohen compared the number of divorces to married women. When controlling for other factors like an aging population, the results show only an 8 percent drop, “but the pattern is the same,” Cohen notes.” The article by the USA Today summarizes it to say that it’s likely the divorce rate will continue to drop because people are waiting until they’re older, more financially secure, and better educated.

So, it looks like millennials are paving a new path to marriage. It makes sense that they’re taking the less traditional path to a more amicable, communicative divorce as well. For instance, in high-cost of living areas like Irvine, divorce mediation may seem impossible, but with a great mediator like McNamee, it’s certainly possible in even the most complicated of cases.

If you are in need of a mediator, please reach out to:

McNamee Mediations

4590 MacArthur Blvd Suite 500, Newport Beach, CA 92660

(949) 223-3836

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Turf Installation

The Best Turf Installation in Town

Dale cruised down the road in his Toyota Tundra with the radio playing country music. The song ended moving into an advertisement for NoMow Turf Installation. “For years NoMow Turf Installation has provided Orange County with excellent service. We’ve created beautiful lawns and saved the drought-prone community tons on water. Why? Because we care! Call us today for a free quote and see what NoMow Turf Installation can do to make your world more stunning!” Dale mimicked the last sentence of the radio ad. It was, in fact, his voice.

It was true, he really did care about the community. He was born and raised in Orange County and NoMow Turf had thrived here, he wanted to make sure he gave back to the place that had given him so much. He pulled into a spot along the town square and made his way to the Orange Coffee Café. As he walked in the door, Sarah an eager blogger smiled brightly and waved. “Hi, Dale! Over here!” she motioned for him to sit. There was a coffee already on the table. “Double shot with skim, right? Sorry, I hope that’s not creepy! I asked your assistant what your coffee of choice was when we set the meeting. I like to be prepared. I also Googled you,” she smiled like that was the most normal thing in the world.

“Great!” Dale said, taking a seat and shifting around a little. He enjoyed her enthusiasm. “So, what would you like to know?” he asked.

“Yes, great, let’s dive right in. I like your style Dale. So, what was your inspiration for opening NoMow Turf Installation? You know, what made you fall in love with turf?”

Dale had to think about that one for a minute. He loved what he did and was good at it, but he realized it wasn’t so much the turf he loved, but the people. “I guess I’m not in love with turf,” he said, “I am, however, in love with helping make the community a more beautiful place. I enjoy saving people money on their water bill, and helping the area save water!”

“Wow,” Sarah replied, “Insightful! So, Dale, any other love in your life right now?” her eyebrow shot up.

Dale smiled, “With all your Googling I figured you would already know the answer to this one. I have a beautiful wife and wonderful kids.”

“Ha, I did know that,” she said, I just wanted to get some more quotes for the article.” Sarah continued, “Well, what’s next for the business? Expansion? Selling? Please tell me you aren’t selling!”

“Of Course not, I plan on keeping this business locally and family owned for a long time,” Dale said with confidence.

“That’s great, I mean, the other option would have made a good story too. I can see it now Local Business Owner Goes Big Time, Leaving Orange County in the Dust. That would be hard-hitting stuff!” She said.

“Haha, you sure have a lot of energy” Dale replied.

“I know, I think I got an extra shot of espresso in my coffee this morning. Just one more question, how do you feel about winning the town business of the year award? It’s your first year winning such a prestigious award. I’m sure you must be proud. Any other thoughts, emotions, feelings?” Sarah leaned forward.

Dale was surprised. How did she know he had won the award? He had his hopes, but he didn’t even know for sure himself. “How do you,” he started but she cut him off.

“Oh, I’ve got sources. Sources on the inside, if you know what I mean?” She replied winking at him.

He had no idea what she meant but nonetheless, he was excited!

I had a wonderful time meeting with Dale. If you are in the market for turf, please check out:

NoMow Turf
26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630
(855) 968-8873

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Immigration Lawyer

The Lawyer Who Cared

Joan Midler had been on her way to work that Wednesday when she caught sight of something that seemed very interesting.

‘What is that?’ Her blue eyes widened and her brows knotted together. The young immigration lawyer from Orange County had a thing for helping foreigners. She loved interacting with people from other countries, who had different cultures and beliefs, working with them had widened her horizon.

She quickly parked her car to one side of the road and got out of it.

Of recent, there had been an influx of about twenty thousand refugees from Syria and they were having a hard time fitting into the small Californian city.

A mischievous smile pricked her lips as she recalled the complaints she had gotten from some of the refugees who could speak English. Language was a big problem here, and they had no choice but to begin ESL classes.

“Hello!” She called out to the three children and a middle-aged woman on the other side of the road. They seemed to be in some kind of fix, and they really looked confused.

Joan straightened her skirt and marched confidently in her black pumps towards them. They were arguing with a bus conductor who had begun yelling. And from his filthy lips, a dozen curse words fled into the air.

Joan noticed that the woman and the children who were obviously hers because of the strong resemblance seemed confused. They looked at the angry guy in bewilderment.

They were thinking, “Why is this guy yelling on such a sunny day?”

When she arrived at the scene, Joan couldn’t help but admire their colorful dresses which reminded her of some Indian movies she had seen when she was a kid. The girls covered their head with a little scarf, while the woman veiled herself with a Hijab.

“Hello” Joan flashed a smile at them.

The woman quickly shifted and pulled her children away from the stranger. Her swift action didn’t go unnoticed. It only made Joan laugh.

“Look, I am here to help you.” Joan pressed a hand on her chest, a gesture most people understood as love or peace. Obviously, they were new to the area and they needed some help.

Joan heard the kids whispering something in a language similar to Arabic, which she understood partially. Due to the nature of her job, Joan had learned to adapt to languages quickly. She knew how to speak French, German, Russian, Spanish and Turkish fluently. Other languages came in bits.

“What do you want here lady? Are you coming on the bus or what?” The angry conductor fired at her.

“Um, not really,” Joan paused and ran her eyes over the woman and her kids.

“Don’t look at them. They got on the bus and won’t pay, even after we dropped everyone at the last bus stop.” The man was still annoyed.

At that point, Joan understood what was going on.

“Whoa, did you care to find out where they were going or you were just yelling?” Joan wondered.

“I work on a bus, not some interview company.”

Joan ignored him and moved towards the woman and her kids who were about running when she raised her hands in the air and screamed, “Salam!” At once, they all stopped and stared at her in wonder.

“Salam?” A smile split the chubby face of the mother, as “Salam,” was the call for peace. It was a welcome. It was an invitation.

Joan hoped the woman wouldn’t gush out more Arabic, because she would be totally lost.

“Um, where were you going?” Joan gestured with her hands hoping they would understand, and they did.

The youngest kid screamed, “Arsadia…”

“Just hear that, ain’t no place like Arsadia!” The conductor yelled.

Joan laughed as she realized they meant, “Arcadia,” but their accent had caused a little confusion.

“I have a car; I can take you wherever you want. You can trust me, Salam.” She pressed her hands together and bowed her head like she was in prayer.

The woman moved closer to Joan. Apart from the fact that the woman spoke a word she understood, there was something about her sapphire eyes. They were calm, considerate and friendly. She could trust this woman.

“If you are thinking of leaving without paying…”

Joan flipped her purse open and handed him a few dollars.

She grabbed one of the kids and raised him into her arms.

“Next time, learn to be nicer to strangers. You don’t know when you’ll find yourself in need of help.” She waved a finger across the man’s face.

Five minutes after, her new friends were already in her car heading to her office where she would bring in a translator and help get them the assistance they needed.

They drove off to:

K Nair Law Group
31897 Del Obispo St Suite 225, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 493-4150

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Personal Injury Attorney

The Sanborn Accident Awards

One of the perks of living in a small town is that life generally is pretty calm and quite. Most people move here because they want away from the hustle, bustle, and chaos that comes with the big city. However, even in our little town, we have our share of mishaps. Now, you may have heard of the Darwin Awards, unfortunate, silly stories of how people have met their demise. Our little town has a similar yearly award for the most unique accident that took place that year. Every year on October 31st the whole town votes to decide on a winner. That person ends up getting a little embarrassed but also gets a $100 gift certificate to any restaurant in town that they would like. In honor of the upcoming vote, I wanted to highlight a few winners from years past.

A quick disclaimer, this is all done in jest. We hope the best for everyone who wins this award. If anyone is seriously injured in an accident, we highly recommend that they get a highly qualified personal injury attorney like these guys in Orange County. They can help you with any type of accident and make sure that your family is taken care of!

With that, onto some of our favorite accidents from over the years:

3 – The Horse and Buggy – 1836

The was the first-ever accident award and goes all the way back to 1836. The Smith’s were getting the wheels on their buggy replaced. As the buggy repairman was taking off the second wheel a snake crawled out from the bush and frightened the horse. The horse, who unfortunately was still tied to the buggy, took off running and was dragging the wheel-less buggy behind him. He went right down Main Street knocking over food and flower stands. Luckily, nobody was injured, but a lot of those stands had to be rebuilt and the buggy itself was pretty damaged. The horse eventually got worn down by dragging that buggy around town and finally settled for a rest under the apple tree at the end of the way.

2 – The Golf Ball Surprise – 1994

This one was a classic. In the summer of ‘93, the chicken population exploded in the town, which led to a huge surplus of eggs the following year. There were so many eggs nobody knew what to do with all of them. It became a running gag in town to replace common objects with eggs. Well, at the big summer golf tournament, one of the caddies was going to surprise his golfer by placing an egg on the tee instead of a golf ball. He thought everyone would get a good laugh seeing the egg exploded when it was hit. Unbeknownst to him, his wife had replaced all of his normal eggs with hard boiled ones! So when the golfer hit it, instead of exploding, it shot off of the tee like a rocket! He ended up getting a hole-in-one! It is still the greatest golf shot this town has ever seen.

1 – The Apple Pie – 1961

As you all know, this town is known for our great apple trees and every fall there is the town favorite Apple Pie Cook Off.  Well, back in 1961, it was tradition to bake the apple pie and then place it on the window sill to cool off. There are so many pies sitting out that the whole town smells simply delicious. On this fateful day, Mrs. Johnson (the one that lives on Main Street) had her pie sitting out on the window for everyone to see and smell. Jimmy Olson just happened to be riding his skateboard down the sidewalk and trip on a crack right in front of the window. His arms were flailing as he tried to catch his balance and he smacked that apple pie sending it flying out into the street. Just as that happened, Mayor Humphrey was walking by and the pie hit him straight in the face! It was a one in a million shot! Thankfully everyone was okay. Mrs. Johnson made a new pie and ended up taking 2nd place that year!

I hope you enjoyed these stories! We’re all excited to see who the winner this year is going to be! Good luck (or not) to everyone!

And remember if you do get in an accident, make sure you go to the best attorney you can find.

You can meet with the ones we mentioned earlier here:
Guldjian & Fasel Accident Attorneys
600 Anton Blvd #1700, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(800) 385-4838