The Office Furniture Glossary
Glossaries can be extremely helpful, we all know this, and especially advantageous if they include pictures! In fact, think of how many articles that have a reference to a picture that’s included with a description so that there‘s no question about what‘s being talked about. Super easy to understand, right?
Today is another proud moment for CSS Office Solutions Inc., as we’ve recently created our very own GLOSSARY of terms! This reference is a beginner’s guide to basic terms related to office furniture, and office moving. The glossary of items can be found within our website’s Resources page.
When I first started working in the office furniture industry early in 2005, I had no idea what an overhead was, or a hutch, or a ped. What “hand” on a desk meant, right or left, I thought maybe it was the hand that was most dominant for the worker, little did I know back then that it refers to an L-shape desk and what side the return is on. And even further learning that deciding on what hand to use in your office has a lot to do with your office door! Who knows these things? Fast forward and here I am, someone that knows these things! I’ve learned a whole new set of terms specific to the industry of office moving. And truth be told, I can still be seen referencing our own glossary to ensure I’m following along. Not like Brent, he really does know all these terms, and maybe even better than the back of his hand! He’s one of those naturals that has worked in the industry for long enough, that these terms become second nature to know and reference. But that’s not the case for everyone.
At CSS Office Solutions we’re very much the provider of all sorts of solutions, so when it became clear that we could assist our clients a little more in the terminology we use, we happily sought out to solve a problem! We’re natural problem solvers, in all aspects!
Industry terms are titled industry terms for the obvious reason that they’re specific to an industry. If you’re not in the industry, or know someone in the industry, chances are there may be a lack of knowledge or understanding around the terms being used within that industry. There are times when we get so wrapped up in our own knowledge, that we forget to slow down and ensure our clients are familiar with the terms we’re using.
We love educating our clients and providing them with the necessary tools to make them successful in their role. And so, after seeing the gap ourselves in trying to conduct a general search for the common terms we at CSS use consistently, or the right definitions we would expect to see, and having an even harder time finding pictures of all the terms we use, we decided to use our internal expertise. So, we did it! We created a glossary of definitions ourselves!
Our glossary includes the common terms you would expect to find in a furniture database. Plus, it covers everything from what variety of equipment you’d see CSS use, plus included pictures or diagrams and definitions that showcase the difference between a lateral file cabinet and a vertical filing cabinet. Not too sure of the difference yourself? Check it out on the glossary!
It also includes some terms and items that are not commonly known, or that have different terminology used depending on the provider. For instance, what CSS refers to as a file cart, can also be known and used as an electronic cart – same, but different.
There is a total (as at today) of 29 items listed in the glossary, which of course is nowhere near an exhaustive list we could create! If there’s a term that is still unclear, or perhaps there’s a term that you would love to see included in this list that isn’t currently included – call us, email us, contact us and let us know! After all, this list is for YOU, the customer (and, has also been a great tool for onboarding new staff to the industry!).
CSS is known as subject matter experts and trusted advisors in the office furniture industry. This is one piece of the industry puzzle that we can help our clients and customers put together to grow their knowledge and understanding of the terms we’ve learned, and not just take for granted that we know!
Creating this glossary also helps with common language and dialogue. When common dialogue prevails, we’re all winners! Common language is a key component and necessary for efficient communications. With our clients, with our co-workers, and even with our suppliers, having a common dialogue is really important to us, and we’re happy to be filling in the gaps so that our clients are showcased as the superstars that they are!
Do you have a question, or would like to see a particular phrase or term included in the glossary? Reach out and let’s start a conversation! At CSS, we’re always going the extra mile for our clients, and this is just one example of what that means. Happy reading!
Cheers to closing the terminology gap!