The majority of your furniture purchases throughout the year may be sporadic. Maybe you choose to use any extra money at the end of the fiscal year to buy furniture products that you need but haven’t made a priority. Unless your procurement team has a major building renovation or school project, you likely haven’t dedicated the time and resources to budgeting for furniture needs that eventually always pop up.
Dynamic learning environments are more active and engaging for students than the traditional, factory-era model in which students sit facing the front of the classroom while the teacher speaks. They are more likely to help students learn key 21st-century skills that are necessary for success in the workplace today, such as communication, collaboration, innovation, critical thinking, and creativity—and they can lead to better academic outcomes as well.
Organizations are reevaluating their workplace strategies as we acclimate to a post-pandemic future. Office interiors, outdoor furniture and classroom furniture designs continue to evolve to accommodate the changing needs of employees and students. Your agency or school may be embarking on a complex renovation or new project and as a procurement leader, you’re tasked with facilitating diverse requirements and working to source innovative design solutions and installation project management.
As your procurement team looks at trends in higher education institutions and K-12 school districts, we’re seeing a growing emphasis on adding esports programs into the curriculum. The emergence of the competitive gaming scene has advanced in recent months, and school administrators in all levels of education are looking at how to incorporate esports into academic and sporting programs.
With the wealth of information on air purifying and disinfecting available for school safety and sanitation today, many administrators are looking for guidance on best practices to utilize in and out of the classroom.
By leveraging cooperative purchasing, participants of OMNIA Partners can benefit from our cooperative contract with MeTEOR Education to ensure their schools are operating at maximum safety for students and faculty alike.
Loud spaces can negatively impact concentration, memory, productivity, comprehension, and lower morale. Long-term exposure to noise can even increase heart rates and quicken breathing, leading to higher levels of stress hormones. In educational environments, common ambient noise levels decrease intelligibility significantly — in some cases by as much as half. Continue reading to discover the positive impact a quiet environment can have on your organization and a few steps to help optimize the acoustics in your space.
Even before the pandemic, education was undergoing a transformation that will go on long after the virus threat subsides. The experiences students, educators and administrators have had during the pandemic has to have accelerated and amplified trends in education that were already in motion.
As more and more people return to the office, it’s increasingly crucial to ensure that your organization has safe disinfection practices in place. When it comes to protecting desk spaces, organizations are turning to products such as disinfection task lights to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria. Our supplier partners, such as OFS, provide these solutions through their cooperative contracts with OMNIA Partners, Public Sector.
When given the choice, people are drawn to the places that make them feel the best and most productive. Why do people value being in the workplace? To collaborate, create, and innovate. To connect socially. To leverage the teams, networks, and processes that help them perform their best. To be inspired. Its purpose has shifted from where we had to work to a place that’s more dynamic and experiential than ever.
The COVID pandemic has presented all of us with unprecedented challenges. Continuing to serve the critical needs of schools and students has called for innovative solutions and new ways of thinking.