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How Ergonomic Furniture Inspires Active Learning

Alex Forrester

BY Alex Forrester /

Active learning is described as a “teaching method that strives to more directly involve students in the learning process.” This is contrasted with passive learning, in which students simply sit and listen to a teacher speak, or watch some sort of presentation or video. There is a place for passive learning, but more and more teachers are experimenting with active learning to boost their students’ educational attainment.

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Topics: Furniture, Learning Spaces

Marburn Academy: Paving the Way for Intentional Learning Spaces

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

Marburn Academy is an independent day school and a visionary leader in the education of bright students with learning differences, such as dyslexia and attention difficulties. Their conviction is that every child is capable of succeeding. For the past 30 years, Marburn resided in a former elementary school in the Northland area of Columbus, Ohio. For the past decade, this space was overcrowded and cramped, with a configuration that was less than ideal for a learning environment.

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Topics: All Areas, Learning Spaces

Why We Ride: Our Journey with Pelotonia

Jason Berwanger

BY Jason Berwanger /

Pelotonia is a grassroots organization that was founded in Columbus, Ohio to raise money for one supreme goal: to end cancer. Continental Office was one of its founding corporate members and pelotons (a “peloton” is a group of cyclists). In fact, you can see our original jersey on display in Pelotonia’s office. To date, we’ve ridden over 18,000 miles and raised over $550,000 as an organization to help end cancer. This is my 4th year as captain of the Continental peloton and my 7th year as a participant. Also, did I mention that I’m terrible at riding a bike?

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Topics: All Areas, Events

What We Can Learn by Working Together

Megan Tighe

BY Megan Tighe /

Last month I attended a Creative Mornings Columbus event featuring street artist, Stephanie Rond. At first I was unsure what I could learn about street art that I could apply to my own profession. And I think that was largely the point of this event, and of this forward-thinking organization in general. We all have talents and knowledge to share with one another, to get our creative juices flowing, and we should be doing this much more frequently.

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Topics: All Areas, Space Planning and Design

Why the Associate Experience is Important

Chanel Nelson

BY Chanel Nelson /

I’m currently reading a book entitled, “The ONE Thing” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, which talks about identifying and implementing one thing that in turn makes everything else easier. As a HR professional, I immediately began to think about what this one thing could be from a company’s standpoint. To me, it’s pretty clear that if the associate experience you provide to your employees is a positive one, everything else comes much, much easier, whether that translates to sales, happy customers, or any number of things. In particular, I believe there are three areas where the associate experience is especially important.

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Topics: All Areas, Workplace Wellness

How to Successfully Recruit Talent (Within a Budget)

Hugh Benning

BY Hugh Benning /

In the world of athletics, just as much as in the world of business, recruiting top talent is of high importance. You can’t have a successful company, or team, without the best players. But recruitment isn’t easy, and it can be downright difficult if the look and feel of your space doesn’t resonate with your potential recruits. So how does one put their best foot forward?

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Topics: Branding, Experiential Design

The ABCs of Commercial Floors

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

When it comes to commercial flooring, you may come across some unfamiliar terms when researching or beginning a project with professionals. To help, we've compiled a handy list that you can reference whenever you need a refresh on these commonly used terms in the world of floors.

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Topics: Commercial Flooring, Floors

The 4 Pillars of Continental Office

Ira Sharfin

BY Ira Sharfin /

We have four pillars here at Continental Office that symbolize what we stand for as a company. They are associate experience, client experience, one team, and community and environment. These four pillars together tell our story. Allow me to explain.

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Topics: All Areas, Workplace Wellness

8 Types of Spaces Where You’ll Do Great Work

Continental Office

BY Continental Office /

Providing a variety of spaces allows associates to choose where they’ll work best, which makes for a happy and productive team. But, it can be difficult to know where to start and where your associates will do great work.

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Topics: All Areas, Space Planning and Design

How to Drive Creativity and Culture in the Workplace

Colleen McLaughlin

BY Colleen McLaughlin /

The design of your space impacts both the creativity of your associates and your workplace culture. Where do you even begin when choosing how to design your space to cultivate these two important pieces of your workplace puzzle? Below are just a few key ways to jumpstart your space planning and design.

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Topics: All Areas, Space Planning and Design

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FEATURED AUTHORS

Chanel Nelson

CHANEL NELSON

HR GENERALIST
Colleen McLaughlin

COLLEEN MCLAUGHLIN

DESIGN SERVICES MANAGER
Hugh Benning

HUGH BENNING

DIRECTOR SALES
Jason Berwanger

JASON BERWANGER

VP INFORMATION SYSTEMS & BUSINESS OPERATIONS
Kim Keyse

KIM KEYSE

VP DESIGN AND SERVICES
Lisa Welch

LISA WELCH

VP SALES
Malik Malone

MALIK MALONE

DIRECTOR SALES
Mark White

MARK WHITE

CO-AUTHOR "WHAT'S IN YOUR SPACE?"
Megan Tighe

MEGAN TIGHE

CONTENT MARKETING MANAGER