Welcoming employees back to the workplace - In a New Way.

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A successful return to the office post quarantine is not an event, it’s a process. The return involves both transition and transformation. The team at COE has developed solutions for a safe and healthy return to the workplace. 

The workplace has changed dramatically in the past few months. Office layouts had to quickly transition from open space collaboration areas to office layouts that encourage social distancing and privacy.

Let your employees know you care about their safety and help by upgrading your office to promote a stress-free environment as employees adjust to the new normal. See all of the Post Covid-19 Office Product Suggestions in these Brochures. 

Increase Personal Space

Reconfiguring Open Space Offices

If space allows, create a 6 ft distance between employees & workspaces. Add Panels & Screens to open concept work areas to give each person their own personal space to call their own. Acrylic Panels are great for separating work stations in high volume areas. Assigning workspaces is a great way to limit the number of people using specific spaces. 

To help free up space in high volume offices, consider a phased transition of bringing back the workforce, or create varying schedules to help limit the number of people in the office at one time. 

For workspaces that do not have traditional desk set ups providing storage for each employee to store their personal items will keep personal belonging separate from other employees’ things. 

OS & Fuse Collection Panels

Everyone needs their privacy and individuality within the business environment. The layout and functionality of our OS panel and Fuse Collection systems offers just the right amount of personal space while allowing others to freely contribute ideas together at a productive rate.

Mobile Whiteboards

Constructed of durable lightweight materials, the aluminum frame adds style to any presentation or shared work environment. Use alone or join together with the optional ganging hardware to create a semi-private space. Featuring two locking casters and a magnetic surface that you can display any important documents and not worry about the board moving anywhere.

Privacy Screens

Give your workspace more privacy and protection from office distractions in open office spaces without eliminating the ability to interact with coworkers with the new extended frosted & clear acrylic screens or fabric & whiteboard screens by OfficeSource. 

Create A Healthy Work Environment

Mobile Check-in Station
Update Signage

Update signage for directions, social distancing, cleaning, hand-washing & occupancy. 

Modify Lobby Areas

Determine if a check-in station is needed or required. Modify lobby area with protective screens & limiting the number of guests permitted at one time. Individual seating space that allows for social distancing without the feeling of being separated from others. 

Adjust Cleaning Schedules

Increase cleaning schedules that include disinfecting. Check out our Jumpstart to Reopening your Workspace Blog Post for more information about Cleaning & Care of Office Source Products. 

Reception Desk w/Screens
Modify Shared Spaces

Modify the use of shared spaces such as break rooms, conference, & training rooms. Single person seating with tablet arms is a great way to create distance without feeling isolated. 

Millennial Collection
Tribeca Collection
Rosie Collection

Make Employees Health & Wellness A Priority

Provide & standardize work from home solutions

Provide & standardize work from home solutions for those employees who are able to work remotely. We’ve gathered some of the best tips on Setting Up a Small Home Office on our blog to help you kick start the process. For inspiration be sure to check out our Work From Home Solutions page. 

Standup Standing Desk
Epitome Collection
Identify PPE needs & establish guidelines

Make sure the proper guidelines are in place and you supply your employees with the PPE needed to make them feel secure. If team members can work from home, encourage them to do so, but supply them with the tools needed for success.

Encourage employees to stay home when sick

Here are 5 good reasons to stay at home when you are sick.

  1. To avoid making your colleagues sick. By going to work when you are sick, you increase the risk of spreading illness to those around you.

  2. To stop the spread of illness. It is not only your colleagues who may be affected by your illness: how many other people do you come into contact with each day – on your coffee run, picking up work supplies or on your commute to and from home?

  3. To recover properly. By attending work, you could exacerbate your health problems and later have to take a longer period of sick leave to recover.

  4. To avoid wasting time at work. By going to work when sick, you are not working to your full capacity. One study found that going to work when sick had a more negative impact overall than simply taking those days off.

  5. To minimize disruption for your employer. 
    More time off work due to not allowing your body to recover properly, more sick co-workers and none of you working efficiently is not good for business.
Communicate with empathy & transparency

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to keep team members engaged, connected, and positive. With so many unknowns it is essential for employees to feel like they have normalcy, safety, and an outlet for communication within the workplace and among peers.

Provide Support to Employees
Provide programs that support both physical & mental health.​

At COE Distributing, we are continuously growing. With fast and big growth, comes the need and opportunity to hire new team members. However, COE is not just interested in any new team members; we are interested in hiring A Players. So, what does being an A Player mean at COE Distributing? It means being dedicated and committed to both the company and oneself, and putting in the work each and every day that is needed to propel forward into success. An A Player is someone who is humble, hungry, and smart and someone who deeply believes in and showcases the company’s core values every single day. An A Player is someone who checks all the boxes on their specific job scorecard, but it also someone who checks the boxes for the company culture as well. With JD Ewing, President and CEO of COE Distributing, believing in the culture and showcasing the core values is something that is vital to the success of the business, and is something that he has worked hard to instill within the walls of COE.

Let’s walk through a few attributes that make someone an A Player at COE Distributing.

1. Be Humble – This means being a person who is quick to point out the contributions of his/her fellow team members; a person who doesn’t seek praise selfishly. At COE Distributing one of our core values is Teamwork! We want to hire people who believe that every single person adds value to the company, no matter what the role.

2. Be Hungry – This is a person who is always putting in effort every single day and is looking ahead at what they can work on and accomplish next. They have the more mindset; where they always want more responsibility and they want to keep learning more and as much as possible. Hungry people are self-motivated and show tremendous dedication and motivation every single day.

3. Be Smart- This is a person who has good intuition on the people around them and can work with anybody.” Someone who not only contributes to the conversation, but also sits back and listens to others. A person who is always fully engaged in any situation or discussion.

4. A Problem Solver – At COE Distributing, we want team members who are always coming up with solutions. It is one thing to bring a question or problem to the team, but it is a whole other thing to present a question or problem with ways to answer or solve them. The leadership team is always wanting to hear ideas and thoughts from the team members, so be someone who is always thinking and ready to share. Afterall, transparency and being open and honest is another core value at COE.

5. Be Engaged – Eat, live and breathe our culture and core values every single day. Be eager to participate in all employee engagement opportunities at COE, including book groups, employee of the quarter luncheons, birthday celebrations, potlucks, Warrior Helmet ceremonies, etc. Coming to work should be something to look forward to. If you are engaged every single day and believe in the culture, then you will love and have fun with what you do. Being engaged also presents opportunities to learn more and grow. At COE, we want team members who desire to gain knowledge every single day, team members who put in the work towards finishing and succeeding in all goals and dreams, and team members who are always willing to grow and step out of their comfort zone to become better than they were yesterday!

COE Distributing is a company that continues to grow and does not have any plans of slowing down anytime soon, so we are looking for new team members to join our amazing team. If you are an A Player, which is someone who is humble, hungry, smart, a problem solver, and fully engaged, then you will fit in perfectly and we want you! At COE Distributing, our leaders encourage growth and transparency and they believe that every single team member, no matter what the role is vital to the success of the company. 

Check out all our open positions at https://www.coedistributing.com/careers/ and come be a part of a fun and fully engaged team.

COE Distributing is Keeping Employee Engagement a Top Priority During Global Pandemic

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to keep team members engaged, connected, and positive. With so many unknowns spiraling around in the world, especially during this global pandemic, it is essential for employees to feel like they have normalcy, safety, and an outlet for communication within the workplace and among peers.

JD Ewing, CEO, and President of COE Distributing has created this engaged and positive environment and an outlet for his team, and he wants to share his expertise so that more companies can do the same.

Below are some suggestions on how JD Ewing has been helping his team cope with their stressors while keeping them engaged and positive:

1. Be fully transparent with the team. Tell them how the business is doing, whether it is good or bad. Also, be open and honest with how you are personally feeling, to build a strong connection. Ewing sends out daily emails full of business updates and numbers, ideas for the company that he wants input on, and positive messages. He also sends out two video recordings each week that let the team members know what is happening in the company.

2. Stay in constant communication with your team members. Have daily huddles every single day between departments, facilities, and the entire company as a whole. Use these huddles to discuss problems, find solutions, and just to check-in. Daily huddles are critical for a department and business to run efficiently, and they are even more critical during this time, because they are the only way team members working from home can have face-to-face interactions.

3. Have fun with your team members. At COE, Ewing has been offering two Live Breakaway with JD sessions each week, where the COE team members and Sales Reps can come together and talk about anything from what shows they are binge-watching to anything business-related. Ewing also hosts Happy Hours every Friday evening.

4. Bring your team members in on ideas and solutions. Allow them to share their opinions and offer suggestions. You never know how many great suggestions you will get that you can use to help the business grow!

5. Keep your employee engagement opportunities in full swing. At COE Distributing, book groups are still being done virtually, along with birthday celebrations, Warrior Helmet ceremonies, Employee of the Quarter announcements, and the Rising Stars Program meetings and projects. COE Distributing is also the first Proud Employee Engagement Partner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, so the company has hosted webinars and book groups with the partners at the Penguins as well.

6. While the world is definitely experiencing a new normal, there are still ways to keep the old normal in your company. Provide your team members with stability, transparency, and engagement, and you will be surprised with how much your company still flourishes, even through a pandemic.

7. Help them feel safe! If they are coming into the workplace every day, make sure the proper guidelines are in place and you supply them with the PPE needed to make them feel secure. If team members can work from home, encourage them to do so, but supply them with the tools needed for success and once again COMMUNICATE ALWAYS!

While the world is definitely experiencing a new normal, there are still ways to keep the old normal in your company. Provide your team members with stability, transparency, and engagement, and you will be surprised with how much your company still flourishes, even through a pandemic.

Room-By-Room Furniture Solutions

Homes are once again a focal point in people’s everyday lives. Buying trends over the past six weeks reveal that more than 19% of the new WFH workforce is not only refreshing their office space with new furniture but by also showing some furniture LOVE to other living spaces.

- Living Room -

Clean lines and soft linen fabric,
the Partridge Collection is a fresh
take on mid-century furniture.

- Dining Room -

Dine on some industrial style
with this square or rectangular
dining table and benches.

- Sitting Room -

With statement seating like the
Chesterfield, decorating your sitting
area becomes a whole lot easier.

- Ottoman & Pouf Seating -

Some call it a cushion, some an ottoman, some a pouf. These versatile pieces are perfect for extra seating, used for a side table or footrest duty.

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