Collaboration and Privacy: Where Two Workplaces Meet

In today’s workplace, it is becoming increasingly important for employees to be able to create their own personal spaces and maintain privacy. This is especially true in open-concept offices and other workspaces where coworkers may be in close proximity to others and their workplace furniture. Fortunately, there are many ways that employers and employees can establish personal space and privacy while still allowing employees to collaborate and interact with each other. Here are some of the different ways of creating personal space and privacy in the workplace to help improve both employee morale and overall productivity.


In today’s increasingly digital workplace, the need for privacy in the office has become more important than ever. With the implementation of physical partitions, employers can create a work environment that encourages collaboration while still allowing employees to maintain their own personal spaces. While this may seem like a step back to the cubicle of the late 20th century, the partitions of today have been modernized. With glass paneling, whiteboard paneling, sound proofing, and storage available, the partitions offered are state-of-the-art and will work well to create privacy in the workplace.


Fabric-covered panels can provide soundproofing and reduce noise levels between workstations, while laminate or metal panels can offer greater durability. Glass panels allow for visibility between workspaces, creating an airy and open atmosphere, while still providing a sense of privacy

The best part about using panels is that they can be easily moved around, stacked, or reconfigured as needed. So, you can always switch up the layout of your workspace furniture if you need more space or privacy. With the right panels, you can create a workspace that meets your needs without compromising on comfort or style.

Personalized Workspaces

By allowing for more permanent, dedicated workspaces, individuals are better able to focus on their tasks without interruption or distraction. Moving away from hot desking, also known as desk-hopping, is a great way to reduce distractions and allow each individual to have their own workspace. Instead of having multiple people share the same desk or workstation, each employee can have their own dedicated workspace that they can use on a regular basis, whether they’re hybrid workers or are in the office full time. This allows them to keep their belongings and materials organized, so they don’t have to worry about losing things or rearranging items when someone else uses their desk.

Touchdown Spaces

Improved touchdown spaces can also help employees stay productive in the workplace. Rather than having an assigned desk, some companies are now offering touchdown spaces where individuals can drop in, grab a chair, and start working. This type of flexible work area provides a dedicated space where employees can focus on their tasks while still enjoying the flexibility of being able to move around the office, which is especially attractive to hybrid workers.

By creating personalized workspaces and improved touchdown spaces, employers can help their employees maintain personal space and privacy. These workspaces will allow individuals to focus on their tasks without distractions and be more productive.

Sound Proofing the Workplace

To ensure employees feel comfortable and able to focus on their work, sound proofing has become a must-have feature. There are a variety of ways to achieve this, ranging from partitions to personalized workspaces. No matter what type of workspace you choose for your employees, it’s important to take sound proofing into consideration. This will help ensure everyone has the right amount of quiet space, creating a more comfortable and productive work environment.

With the right solutions in place, you can guarantee your staff will be able to work efficiently and effectively every day.

Seven Ways to Soundproof Your Office:

  • Sound Absorbent Wall and Desk Paneling
  • Dedicated Quiet Spaces
  • Private Meeting Areas
  • Textured Seating
  • Sound Absorbent Ceiling Tiles
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Dedicated Printer/Copier Rooms

The Dog Ate My School Supplies

School has been back in session for some time now. In that time, you might have missed a few items from our school supplies checklist or have run through your backstock of trash can liners. Whatever you need, Sundance Office has what you need to replenish your supplies or buy enough to get you through to the end of the year.

Keep It Clean

Without a doubt, cleaning and facility supplies are a necessity in schools. From keeping the whiteboards clean to mopping the floors or wiping down desks to eliminating odors, ensuring that you have the proper products for cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting, and sterilizing will keep your students, staff, and visitors healthy. With the winter often comes cold and flu season. Staving off sickness means fewer absences, more consistent schedules, and better prepared students.

What You May Need

  • Electrostatic Sprayers
  • Mop Heads
  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • Hand Sanitizer & Dispensers
  • Tissues

Teacher, Here’s an Apple

Teachers work hard; there’s no denying that. The time spent in school teaching, the time spent grading projects and papers, the time spent creating lesson plans, the time spent corresponding with parents and guardians; that doesn’t leave a lot of time for rest. Creating a space where teachers can grab a snack, a great cup of coffee, or somewhere they can work without distraction. Ensuring you have the right products for your breakroom can improve someone’s day immensely.

What You May Need

  • Coffee
  • Snacks
  • Microwave
  • Hot Plate
  • Bottled Water

Back to Basics

We run through things quickly, but we also tend to take for granted certain supplies that we always think we have enough of, but rarely do. Purchasing things in bulk will ensure that you rarely run out of them. Think of the holidays coming up: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanza, New Year’s, etc. These all come with decorations. Do you have enough tape? Enough push pins? Enough extension cords? We’ve got you covered.

What You May Need

  • Extension Cords
  • Pens, Pencils, Highlighters
  • Crayons and Markers
  • Tape and Glue
  • Push Pins

Winter Is Coming

Winter is right around the corner and winter means snow, ice, and freezing rain. Make sure you’ve got what you need to keep students, teachers, visitors, drivers, etc., safe. Remember to get the right kind of ice melt, proper facility matting, proper signage, air purifiers, and more to keep everyone safe, warm, and healthy. Ensure your crossing guards are staying warm, are wearing their high-visibility clothing, and have weather-appropriate clothing.

What You May Need

  • Facility Matting
  • Ice Melt
  • Air Purifiers
  • Batteries
  • Wet Floor Signage

The Doctor Is In

School nurses can often run through certain supplies faster than others. Students come in with cuts, bruises, aches, and fevers. They can run through bandages, heat and ice packs, parent-approved medicine, and more rather quickly. By keeping your medical staff well prepared, you are ensuring the safety and wellness of not only your students, but also your staff and visitors.

What You May Need

  • Bandages
  • Face Shields
  • Ice and Heat Packs
  • Medicine
  • Latex or Other Gloves

How to Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

Employee productivity, employee morale, and company culture go hand-in-hand — if your employees are productive and happy, they’re more likely to remain with your company and do their jobs to the best of their ability. This ensures you retain top talent and keep other companies from luring them away. Boosting employee productivity and morale is instrumental in the success of your business, but it won’t happen overnight.

Happy Employees Means Happy Customers

happy employees gathered around a conference table working

Boosting employee morale and productivity will increase the efficiency of your workforce, improve work-life balance for you and your employees, and help with focus. If you want to see an improvement in your business, start by noticing any signs that employees are unhappy. You can then take steps to address those issues head-on, such as by listening to and receiving suggestions for how they might improve their work-life balance and offering more flexible schedules or hybrid working. Asking for input from your staff is a great way to find out what’s going on and try to fix things before they get worse.

Recognize Performance

Boss shaking hands with his employee acknowledging his hard work

Make sure you’re recognizing your employees’ accomplishments. Recognizing performance can lead to improved focus, higher efficiency, and greater employee engagement. Consider these tips for creating a positive work environment where people feel appreciated and motivated:

  • Office Awards – give out awards to celebrate anniversaries, recognition of anniversaries, or recognition of success.
  • Appreciate Hard Work – thank employees for their hard work with handwritten cards, phone calls, bonuses, gifts, or even by giving them coffee or lunch on the house.
  • Recognize Collaboration – get everyone together in one room at least once per week to brainstorm new ideas and come up with solutions to problems.

Listen and Learn

Boss meeting and listening to Employee

There’s a lot of potential to improve employee morale and productivity by implementing these four suggestions:

  1. Ask Questions
  2. Listen
  3. Implement Suggestions
  4. Improve the Work Environment

The first step is learning to listen and the next is learning to ask questions. It’s important for employers to not only listen but also ask questions so they can find out what their employees need from them in order to be more engaged.

Next, it is vital for employers to implement suggestions from their employees and make changes that will improve the work environment, like adding more breaks or providing a healthier workplace.

Finally, encourage your employees to enjoy the balance between work life and personal life; this will help you maintain high levels of employee engagement while improving overall happiness and productivity in the workplace.

Allow for Freedom

Office Open Space

Some of the best ways to boost employee morale are to allow for creativity and freedom, encourage nontraditional approaches, promote philanthropy, celebrate employee successes and implement a hybrid work environment.

In an effort to boost morale, some employers have been implementing a hybrid work environment where employees can choose the hours that they want to work in order to accommodate their personal needs. In addition to getting more done in less time than in traditional workplaces, this also helps with improving focus. To improve focus, some employers encourage nontraditional approaches like flexibility and open-space layouts so employees can make better use of their time.

Encourage Boundaries and Work-Life Balance

A healthy work/life balance is important for both employers and employees because when people spend too much time at work or obsess over every minute detail, productivity suffers, and mental health declines. When people feel unappreciated by bosses or when they’re bored from repetitive tasks day after day, it’s easy to get burned out quickly.

Communication is Key

There are many ways to keep employees informed about what is happening in the company. Having an all-hands meeting once a week to check in with each other is vital. This allows you, the boss, to know what is and is not working. Additionally, help your team.

For example, managers should not ask an employee to do something that they, the manager, are not willing to do. Communicate and work in tandem with employees to make sure everyone is following your lead when it comes to how you want the company to operate. After all, you’re the expert.

Communicate openly with your team, respect their time, and allow for feedback from them as well. Respect starts at the top and trickles down to everyone.

Sundance Cares: KIPP Tulsa and KIPP OKC

KIPP Tulsa and OKC and Student

Sundance is proud to announce that we have joined with our partner Essendant to take part in the 2022 Backpack Program. Our recipients this year are KIPP Tulsa and KIPP OKC, two local charter schools that help students from the local Tulsa and Oklahoma City communities. Sundance is awarding each of them with 50 backpacks stuffed to the brim with school supplies like glue, erasers, scissors, notebooks, pens, and more.  

About KIPP 

KIPP, which stands for “Knowledge Is Power Program” was started in 1994 by Mike Feinberg and Dave Levin, who had previously worked for Teach For America. They created KIPP, “to create a classroom that helped children develop the knowledge, skills, character, and habits necessary to succeed in college and build a better tomorrow for their communities.”

Not only did they succeed in that, but KIPP now has 270 schools in 21 states across the nation. There are no admission requirements, no tuition fees, and students are taught to be critical thinkers, creative souls, and inquisitive scholars.  

About KIPP Tulsa and KIPP OKC

KIPP TULSA Public Charter Schools logo.

KIPP Tulsa, founded in 2004, is a college prep program for students in grades 5 through 12. They are strongly rooted in Tulsa, with many teachers and leaders being native Tulsans, themselves. One of their educators, in fact, is a graduate of the very first class of students from KIPP Tulsa. KIPP Tulsa is proud to have an award-winning Showtime Marching Band.  

KIPP OKC Public Schools logo.

KIPP OKC, founded in 2002, teaches students from grade 4 through 8, with a special focus on social emotional learning. Their campus core values are Creativity, Voice, Hope, Community, and Love. They, and every other KIPP school, have a high expectation of their scholars and reach those goals through personalized learning approaches and support.  

What Is Forward-Thinking Office Furniture?

Forward-Thinking Office Furniture: Sundance Office

Forward-thinking office furniture looks past what we’ve always used and towards what we will use in years to come. It sets us up for success by decreasing cost, increasing quality, and improving overall usability. By focusing on antimicrobial fabrics, modular products, flexible solutions and touchdown spaces, forward-thinking office furniture is the new frontier in workplace furniture solutions.

Antimicrobial Fabrics

Office chair from Sundance Office

Antimicrobial fabrics have become the norm and for great reason. Not only is the fabric durable but it creates a defensive barrier between your furniture and bacteria, mildew, mold, viruses and odors. These furniture pieces not only need fewer washes, but don’t suffer from the normal wear and tear of other fabrics due to the coatings designed to stop microbes from attaching themselves to your products in the first place.

Modular Furniture

Office furniture in an open space

By using modular, adjustable furniture, you are able to create off-shoot spaces within the workplace. This can not only help with collaboration, but also storage, flexibility, and mobility. You can tailor your furniture to the needs and aesthetics of your brand and business. With modular furniture, you have full creative control over how things look and where they go in the office. Even better, you can move it around! If you need to redesign or move, you can use the same modular pieces to adjust to new designs or spaces.

Flexible Furniture Solutions

Office furniture with portability offers many options

Say you have a meeting in your office and have run out of available seating. But you have a rolling file cabinet where you have storage for files, pens, workplace necessities, and more. This cabinet happens to have a cushioned top and has now turned into additional seating, allowing for both comfort and convenience.

Touchdown Spaces

Touchdown Spaces are gaining in popularity
Creating spaces within your workplace that are non-traditional will encourage everyone to work where they work best. Optimal work environments create optimal work output. Having flexible workstations available to your team means that they will spend their time wisely and well, raising the bar on their productivity levels. Touchdown spaces also encourage collaboration and teamwork.

Put some WOW into your workplace furniture!

Learn about the Sundance Solutions for your office today!

Back to School Before You Know It

Back to School Before You Know It: Get What You Need

Every year, we think summer lasts a little longer than it truly does. Be ready for the start of the school year with all the supplies you’ll need for a strong semester.

Checklist for Teachers

    Label Maker
    Pens, Pencils, Highlighters
    Crayons and Markers
    Cleaning Supplies
    Band Aids
    Hand Sanitizer
    Bulletin Boards

Checklist for Students

    Pens, Pencils, Highlighters

    Crayons and Markers



    Hand Sanitizer



    Index Cards


Checklist for Administration & Management



    Printing Supplies

    Ink & Toner

    Chargers, Surge Protectors, Extension Cords, and Cables

    Sanitizing Stations

    Mops, Buckets, and Brooms

    Air Purifiers and Air Fresheners

    Toilet Paper and Paper Towels

    Trash Cans and Liners

    Cleaning Supplies

    Storage Solutions

    Breakroom Supplies

    Promotional Materials

Are you ready to WOW the school year with Sundance? Contact Us today!

Sundance Cares: Giving WOW to Restore OKC

Sundance Cares: Restore OKC

Earlier this year, Sundance Cares donated a percentage of all orders to Restore OKC, a nearby non-profit organization that supports Northeast Oklahoma City neighborhoods.

About Restore OKC

Restore OKC Logo

Restore OKC is determined to build relationships of reconciliation for restorative justice in Northeast Oklahoma City. They work with community leaders, neighbors, volunteers, and partners to support schools, businesses, neighborhoods, and communities in need of a little more love.

“RestoreOKC is a place where friendship can be cultivated across “dividing lines” so that we can see a more just, merciful & reconciled community. We aren’t relief (though we have some great partners who are), we are relationship based, community-driven redevelopment based on the principals of CCDA focused in Northeast Oklahoma City a place of great beauty, history & also injustice.” – Restore OKC’s website

About Sundance Cares

We bring WOW to our community through our Sundance Cares program. We choose a charity and WOW them with a percentage of all orders for our Sundance Cares program. Since 2011, we’ve donated over $50,000 to Oklahoma charities and community strengthening organizations in need.

Whiteboards, Glassboards, Dry Erase Boards: What’s the Difference? 

Person writing on whiteboard.

Whiteboards – also referred to as Dry Erase Boards, Markerboards, Glassboards, etc. – have become one of the easiest ways to teach, brainstorm, schedule and assign tasks, track calendars, visualize thoughts, and so much more. Think of when you were in school – did you have a chalkboard? That’s now been replaced by a whiteboard. What about when you’re in a meeting trying to troubleshoot a problem? Throw ideas up on the whiteboard. Are you looking to assign certain tasks to certain employees? Putting these assignments on a whiteboard is an easy way to communicate. Keep track of schedules with a whiteboard calendar.

What to Consider When Buying

When you’re looking for a whiteboard, there are several things to consider:

1. Use- What are you using it for? Does it need to be mobile?

2. Size- How big does it need to be?

3. Material- We’ll go into this further, but what material do you prefer?

4. Durability- How well does it need to hold up?

5. Magnetism- Do you want it to be magnetic or not?

6. Features- Does it have a tray? A light? Is it a smart board?

7. Upkeep- What is the maintenance like for this board?


When choosing a whiteboard, material matters. There are several distinct types, each with their advantages. We’ll cover these four materials: melamine, porcelain, painted steel, and glass. The surface will determine the stain resistance, durability, and price of a whiteboard, among others.


This is most commonly found in whiteboards used for personal, infrequent use. You’ll find them on door room doors, study rooms, laundry rooms, etc. While they aren’t the most durable option available, with proper cleaning and upkeep, melamine whiteboards can last quite a while. The best performing ones have a second coating to improve the eraseability and prevent staining.


Porcelain whiteboards are non-porous, meaning the ink doesn’t penetrate the surface of the board, allowing for easy cleaning. They do not scratch, dent, or stain, extending the life and use of the whiteboard. They are best suited to conference rooms, schools, shared spaces, etc. — anywhere it is being used frequently. Be sure to choose a sturdy wall on which to hang these boards, as they are quite heavy.

Painted Steel

While melamine whiteboards are commonly found in personal use, painted steel whiteboards are the most typically used dry erase style across the board. They are made with a steel backing which is then painted with a white base and a clear performance coat, which allows for the dry eraseability. Because they are steel, these boards are naturally magnetic. While they don’t last as long as others, consistent cleaning will extend the life of your board.


Glass whiteboards offer a modern look and feel. They are made with tempered glass and do not scratch or dent. One of the best features of these is that they do not stain or leave “ghost letters”. Glass boards can be made magnetic if you prefer but are also available in non-magnetic. They are a high-quality investment and offer extreme durability and longevity.


In the modern workplace functionality is imperative, but mobility and form are quickly becoming important as well. We must be adaptable in our environments. What do you do when you want to turn a tabletop or desk into a whiteboard? With Flex Write technology, you can simply unroll the material, peel & stick it to a surface, and write freely.

Looking to WOW your whiteboard?

The Psychology of Smell

As employees come back to the office, consumers are shopping more, and restaurants are getting busier, it’s important to think about your olfactory branding. What is your scent? From bathroom to breakroom, your scent is a direct reflection of your brand.

It can be argued that many of the reasons we act the way we do is because of our sense of smell. This sense can affect almost every aspect of our lives and is a main part of how we experience our lives and determine our preferences. Without scent, we would only be able to taste that ice cream is sweet, not that it’s chocolate, or that pretzels are salty, not that they’re buttery. Our tastebuds tell us the taste and our noses tell us the flavor.

Scent is directly connected to the emotional hardwiring of our brains. Memories are tied to our experience of emotions and our emotional memory is tied to our sense of smell. This is one of the main reasons companies use olfactory branding. If you have a positive interaction with a brand and they have a signature scent, you’re going to have a positive reaction every time you smell that scent, whether you’re conscious of the reaction or not. And everyone wants to be remembered positively.

How Can Scent Improve Your Mood?

Have you ever walked past something – a burger joint, a freshly-mown lawn, a lilac bush – and gotten a great whiff? You know the smells. As soon as you read them, you knew them. Those smells can make you hungry, can remind you of your childhood, or remind you of a particular person. There are a few specific smells that are known to improve a person’s mood just from an aroma.


Two bees pollinating lavender.

We often use lavender as a calming scent. Perhaps you put it on your wrists before a flight. Or maybe you drink a stress relieving lavender tea after a tough day. However you use it, lavender is great to help relieve stress and improve mood.


Flowering jasmine plant.

Similar to lavender, jasmine can calm someone down. It’s also known for its cheerfulness. This rich, sweet flavor can induce feelings of optimism and strength, allowing you to tackle the day’s tasks.


Sprigs of rosemary.

Did you know that rosemary increases brain function, improves blood circulation, and boosts the immune system? So much good comes from one small herb.


Fresh lemons.

Lemon has antiviral properties that help you fight both sickness and sadness. This cheerful, bright scent is a “pick me up” in the day. A small sniff of lemon will wake you up and keep you focused and strong.

Ways to Bring Scent into the Office

Known for their “Smellitizers,” Disney parks have specific smells for a specific areas. This kind of olfactory branding is used to equate a good experience with a good smell. How can you bring this kind of technology into your office? Quite easily. Metered Dispensers will emit a scent according to an internal timer. Every 90 seconds, a small burst of Lavender-Chamomile will waft into the room, improving mood, focus, and output. Or perhaps you prefer Crisp Linen or Sandalwood. Whatever scent you choose, be sure to remember that smell sensitivities and allergies are important to consider.

Ways to Deodorize Your Office

Now, we know not all scents are good. So, we have things that can clean, cover up, or deodorize the air. The scent of something that is freshly cleaned can improve mood, as knowing you’re being kept safe is a great mood enhancer. You can also improve the air quality of your office with an Air Purifier.

Contact your Sundance Office account rep to order today!

The Best Bag for Your Trash

Which Trash Can Liner Is Best For You?

Do you find yourself wondering why your garbage bag always leaks or tears? Are you double bagging your trash because you’re unsure which bag you should be using? It all comes down to the density, size, and seal of your garbage bag.

Finding the best bag for your trash doesn’t have to be confusing. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know to ensure you’re purchasing the best liners for your receptacles. From microns to mils and the difference between high and low density trash bags, you will be ready to get what you need.

Low Density versus High Density

There are several key differences between low and high density bags. They are used for vastly different things, have varying weight allowances, and are measured differently. Low density trash bags are more commonly used than high density bags, but only in specific ways. Let us explain.

Low Density Trash Bags

Low density trash bags, or linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE) trash bags, are made from high quality resins. These allow the bags to be thicker, flexible, and more resistant to tears or punctures. LLDPE bags are incredibly durable and great for outdoor trash cans, bars, demolition & construction debris, kitchen trash, and more. They are ideal for trash that contains:

  • Cardboard
  • Wood
  • Metal
  • Sharp Food Waste
  • Glass
  • Irregularly Shaped or Jagged Items
Low density bags are measured in mils, which is 1/1000 of an inch. A higher mil count will equate to a thicker bag. For instance, a standard kitchen trash bag is .9 mil, while a contractor bag can be as high as 6.0 mil. The mil size will vary depending on the use of the bag itself.
Trash and recycling cans outside to be picked up

High Density Trash Bags

While LLDPE are more commonly found in receptacles, you will find high density polyethylene trash bags (HDPE) widely available, as well. These are produced from high molecular density resins in tightly packed straight molecules. They are directionally strong because of those straight molecules only facing one direction. However, they are thinner and therefore not as puncture resistant. This makes them ideal for carrying soft, yet heavy loads that do not have rough edges, like:

  • Dirt
  • Towels
  • Shredded Paper
  • Restroom Waste
  • Office Waste
  • Smooth, Heavy Objects
  • Clothing

High density bags are measured in microns, which is 1/1000 of a millimeter. Generally, high density bags vary from 5 to 24 microns in width, also dependent upon the use of the bag.

How To Tell Them Apart

While both high and low density trash bags have their similarities – they’re both used for trash, after all, there are two key differences to help you determine the density; all you must do is touch them and listen to how they sound. HDPE will be stiffer and sound “crustier”. LLDPE trash bags are quieter and smoother to the touch.  


The bottom of the bag is crucial to both how it fits into the receptacle and the ability to prevent leaks. There are three distinct types of seals, all useful for specific kinds of garbage disposal.

Flat Seal

The flat seal is exactly that: flat. It resembles a pillowcase. Flat Seal bags are generally leak proof but can be clumsy to handle, as they do not usually conform well to the insides of most trash receptacles. Home kitchen garbage bags are usually flat seal, as they are easily packaged to save space in a home. They are sized in 2 dimensions.

Star Seal

Star seal bags are most widely used, as the bottom can easily conform to any shape garbage can. They are sealed in a central spot on the bottom, with the folds of the bag coming out to form a star shape. They eliminate gaps along the seal where leaks can occur and are, therefore, able to distribute weight evenly and maximize carrying capacity, virtually eliminating leaks. They are sized in two dimensions.

How to Identify What You Need

Proper fit and size are necessary when choosing a trash can bag or liner. You want to ensue you’re not wasting precious plastic, so be sure to measure your trash can to find out which gallon size and length bags are best for you.

Remember the three things you need to consider when purchasing your bags:

  • Density
  • Seal
  • Size