Getting Started: What to expect


The space you work in, and the stuff you work with, has a pretty big impact on what your organization accomplishes. It can also be the difference between enjoying the time you spend at the office and dreading the sound of Monday morning’s alarm clock. So, given the amount of time that many of us spend at work during any given week, we think this is all pretty important.

When it comes to making your physical office space work, there are a lot of different and interconnected components. We used to tell people that we provided comprehensive workplace solutions, which was, I suppose, a fancy term for doing most everything inside (and including) the walls of your office space. That can seem like a lot. So, to make everything easier to digest, we think of it in terms of five categories: Furniture, Copiers and Printers, Interior Modular Construction, Mailing Systems, and Supplies. Plus all of the services that go along with making this stuff do exactly what you need.

With all of this on the go, the obvious question is: Why start a blog? Here’s my attempt at answering that question, and I hope it provides you with a brief outline of what to expect, dear reader, as we get going:

– This is a pretty fast moving industry. Business owners, facilities managers, corporate services executives, etc. are all trying to keep up with the latest trends. Trends like Cradle-to-Cradle, LEED, and many others. I’ll do my best to keep you up to date with the most current workplace thinking and try to decipher which trends are worth paying attention to and which ones are simply fads that will come and go. After all, investments in office furnishings, equipment, etc. are not insignificant – and you have every right to expect that they’ll last for a good period of time.

– We try hard to hire the absolute best sales professionals possible. People who can work with clients to find the right mix of products and services custom-tailored to their unique business requirements. The good news is, I think we generally do a pretty good job of it – and many of our sales professionals are among the longest serving in the industry. Unfortunately, the industry’s history has had its fair share of salespeople that have served as nothing more than a highly biased source of corporate brochures. In contrast, I hope that this blog can provide you with the information you need to get the job done that you want done. If we bring in a cool new chair that I think you might be interested in, then I’ll mention it. If a competitor launches an innovative product or service that is moving workplaces forward, then I’ll mention that too. There are a lot of great people out there doing fantastic things to make the workplace better. And we’re at least smart enough to know that they don’t all work here.

– We’re lucky enough to be able to call many of Atlantic Canada’s top organizations clients and we learn from them every day. In addition to being a source of information on making your workplace do more for your organization, I hope this blog becomes a truly two-way conversation and exchange of ideas.

Lastly, I want to say thank you for taking the time to read.  Time and attention are among the scarcest things in this world, and I’ll always be grateful and respectful of your investment of both in reading this blog. Thank you.

Jim Mills
President & CEO