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An Old, Unhealthy Office Environment?

Unhealthy Office Environment

Are you working in an old, unhealthy office environment? It is not to say that paper and boxes are scattered all over your floor.  Your calculator may not be buried somewhere on your desk.  It is not that last Friday’s plastic lunch tray is still in the garbage can.  It may simply be that the workplace is changing.  There’s a new way of doing things.

Join E.A.S.P.D. – Employees Against Standard, Plain, and Dull

First of all, Ed Bonner, speaking of the Staples Business Advantage 2016 Workplace Index, shares, “the majority of respondents describe their office as standard, plain, and dull.”  Wow!  Talk about diminishing employee morale. Think about it.  Have you ever tried to get work done when your computer was five years old?  Simply can’t get much done.  Your business offices may be more than outdated.  They may be unhealthy as well.

Stand up!  Don’t take ergonomic issues sitting down.

Did you ever see the commercial about standing up while working?  Sure it looks like just the new wave.  However, does it have any basis for improving health?  Ergonomics is real.  It is important to coordinate “the design of … physical working conditions with the capacities and requirements of the worker.”

Furthermore, consider the height of your chair.  Is it at the proper height?  Sitting and typing on the computer all day can impact us just as bad as a tennis player getting tennis elbow.  Work can be more than a pain in the neck.  “While you might not think of it, sitting down all day can be a very stressful position to maintain, especially on your joints like those in your back and knees.”

It’s Time to Get Smart

Consequently, employers are going to have to get smart.  It is time to develop a new strategy for productivity.  They will have to do more than drive employees to work harder.  It is important to provide an environment where employees can work smarter.  Schools are taking notice!  “Scientists have discovered using standing desks can improve the cognitive function of children by between seven and 14 per cent.”

Out with the Outdated and Unhealthy Office Environment

It is not about being “with it.”  It is more about productivity. It is time to get healthy! Let’s get smart! Let’s strategically update our work environments.

Has the Time Come?

Has the Time Come?
Just as it pierced my soul upon reading the following quote by Martin Luther King, Jr, I ask you, Has the time Come?

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.” ― Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

Read it! Read it again. Now listen. Listen quietly and hear a still small voice assisting your conscience, sharpening your moral aptitude. I cannot and do not need to know; the voice speaks only to you. “Patience!” Do not let the silence hurry you. It is the rush that robs us from the beauty of Divine counsel. He begs you, “Take a stand.”

It’s Not Safe

No! Hush the one who would threaten with fear. That it is right, you are so certain. Together, right and certainty, with courage, forms a cord with which to bind “now” to the action that is needed. The essence calls for you to ignore safety. Herald responsibility and accountability instead. He whispers, “Be strong.”

It’s Not Politic

Since when has an expedient warning come with dignity and tactfulness. “Cry aloud” supersedes poise. How quickly the moment can pass. The minutes wasted. The never returning seconds disappear like a vapor. Alas, those hanging in the balance might perish. He implores you, “Act!”

It’s Not Popular

Is not popularity fleeting? Rather, those who stand alone are those who stand tall. Even still, many more hesitant than you delight in your courage. Yes, they even are encouraged. Another voice is needed. Will we wait for one more year? Will we simply recall the former words? He commands us, “Stand Alone!”

Has The Time Come?

Be it the rehearsing of the quote of Martin Luther King, Jr. or the still small voice of the Spirit, hear now and take a position.


O Come Let Us … Ponder

O Come Let Us, Core Values

O Come Let Us Adore Him is a song phrase, among many, that traditionally adorns the Holiday season. The melodies are playing throughout the stores. Yet, many are busily seeking to get the best deal on a big screen TV or the perfect gift for the Mrs. Do these ballads hold deeper meanings for business owners like Angelo McEachin?1

O Come Let Us Consider A Few Songs

In keeping with the season and reflecting upon the entrepreneurial core values of Top Shelf Installerz, Inc., ponder a few Christmas Carol ideas2:

  • Ambition – an earnest desire for distinctive service: The Twelve Days of Christmas (True love in action)
  • Professional -acting in accordance with the profession: Frosty the Snowman (Dressed for success)
  • Original – authentic and true: Dominick The Italian Christmas Donkey (Authentically Italian)
  • Collaborate – Work with and not against: Go Tell It on The Mountain (The Shepherd Working Together)
  • Community – Esteeming Others: O Little Town of Bethlehem (Small city, significant results)
  • Altruistic – charitable and benevolent: Joy to the World (The greatest gift was given)

Let Us Reflect

The end of the year or any cyclic completion proves to be very beneficial. The closing of a period affords the sole proprietors or department managers three cognitive events: reflection, celebration, and preparation. First of all, in reflection, we may ask, where did we succeed and where did we fail? Did we reach our goals?

It may become apparent to the business manager that the strategies did not quite match the objective. Also, we may need to celebrate that the intended net profit margin exceeded expectation.

Let Us Celebrate

It never hurts to celebrate! Most noteworthy, workplace celebration3 affords a time for recognition. Such recognition enhances a sense of team unity, and serves to build morale and motivation. Somewhere I remember the phrase, “Let’s get our work done; then we go play!” Consequently, these words provide the impetus to work hard knowing that a reward awaits.

Let Us Prepare

Especially relevant, with any cyclic processes, preparation is the best follow-up act for celebration. When spirits are high, teams have been motivated, and morale has been built, the planning senses are potent with success ideology. Now is the time, using the notes taken during reflection and the latest technology, paradigms, and best of breed system, prepare for 2017 successes.

O Come Let Us Adore Him

In conclusion, the song phrase, taken from the hymn, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’, has a much deeper meaning than just a holiday ditty. The lyrics speak of One that made and makes all things happen. Deliverance is herald! Peace is characterized. Joy overflows. Salvation is available. Though the material advertisements threaten to lull our minds, let us reflect on the real reason for the season. Let us celebrate the Babe born in Bethlehem. Let us prepare our hearts for His entrance. O Come! Let Us Adore Him, Christ the Lord.

3Frost, Shelley. Benefits to Workplace Celebrations. Retrieved from

What Did We Learn from Election 2016?

Apathy in Election 2016

So, what did we learn from Election 2016? Your reading of this post comforts me. Why? You did not just say, “Oh, another blog about the elections; what difference does it make now?” Whether you voted or not, you did not take an apathetic approach to this post. Nevertheless, many individuals were apathetic with regards to the elections. Why?

The Ostrich Approach?

Were people taking an approach like the ostrich, burying their head in the sand? “Contrary to popular belief, ostriches do not bury their heads in the sand.”1 An ostrich, when frightened, may sometimes lay flat with their neck and head level with the ground for camouflage. The ostrich primarily practices this to protect its eggs. It never buries its head in the ground.

The strategy to not vote because one did not like the choice of either candidate does not imitate the wise actions of the ostrich. Per Plato, “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.”2 A lot worse could end up governing you. Will apathy benefit future generations?

Election 2016 – So, what did we learn?

I learned that apathy is not the answer. As a spiritual person, I learned that there are times we can be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. A friend clearly said to me “the gospel is all about social justice.” I learned that I need to, first and foremost, vote; if not for the candidate, at least, for the person that will give me more time. More time for what, you ask?

We need to vote for more time to build up, encourage, and develop leaders we can support. I leave with you this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.,

“And so we shall have to do more than register and more than vote; we shall have to create leaders who embody virtues we can respect, who have moral and ethical principles we can applaud with enthusiasm.”3 What did we learn? #CreateLeaders


Serious Hang Time — No Kidding!

Basketball Hang Time
I did a search on the internet for the words ‘hang time.’ Amazingly, it yielded meanings I would never have considered. The search produced the definition, “the time it takes for a paper airplane to come back down after being thrown in the air.” Another read, “the amount of hair left ‘hanging’ off the scalp after a cornrow.” Most noteworthy, the famed use of the term would be “the amount of time a person floats in the air,” especially related to sports. Remembering Michael Jordan’s most famous dunk, it is not a surprise to know that his longest hang time recorded is 0.92 seconds.1

A New Hang Time Meaning

Would you be willing to consider another more serious meaning of “hang time”? I honestly believe that such players in a more remarkable occupation record in the hours. Not in seconds, but they record hours a day several inches above the ground. How often do we consider the amount of time such workers in the moving and installation industry spend in the air? Nevertheless, many businesses benefit from having the right skilled installer. Corporate and small businesses, and even families moving to new homes, benefit from the placing a picture or a chandelier.

Things We Hang

We at Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc. enjoy the challenge of meeting our customers’ needs. Here are a few hang time projects, things we may hang from time to time:

First of all, we hang Hotel Furniture. Tired from traveling or checking in for a business conference, you enter your hotel room to find the cozy home away from home atmosphere. Just this year one of our projects included the placing of hotel headboards, lights, and TV Stands.

In addition, Blinds. A simple scroll through some of our Facebook post and you will notice the Allen + Roth blinds we installed.2

Most of all, Wall-mounted Office Furniture. Our skilled installers are masters of the task of mounting office furniture. Business after business has become recurring clients because of this specialty.3

Also, Art. One of the most fulfilling projects is that of hanging art. It is always a pleasure to place an extraordinary piece of work in the perfect location. In minutes the room comes to life.hangtimeart

The list of our ‘hang time’ projects can go on and on. We at Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc. would consider it an honor to place your next wall mount or your flat screen TV. Rather, we could place a book rack or an accordion drying rack, or an oversized art piece. Contact us at Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc. Call us at +1 (919) 519-4847 or visit our website Today!


Good Job, City of Medicine!

Durham, City Of Medicine

Durham notoriety as the City of Medicine is by no means a misnomer.

This great city owns the bragging rights as being the “Bull City,” based on the rich history of the manufacturing of Bull Durham Tobacco.  It now flaunts its housing of over 70 business headquarters, including IBM, Cree, and of course, Duke University. Nevertheless, “the City of Medicine” mystique holds the economic key to employment.

Most noteworthy, two of six modern hospitals that lie at the heart of Durham’s reputation are in the top ten of Durham’s largest employers. Duke University & Duke Univ. Health System employing more than 34,863; and Durham VA Medical Center more than 2,162.1

Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc. can testify to the significance that “healthcare has become Durham’s largest employment cluster.”2 Beyond the employees working directly for the hospitals, many individuals also benefit when employed by companies providing services to hospitals. Topshelf has handled many projects for Durham VA Medical.

Efficiency in the City of Medicine

Efficiency is paramount for the processes and structures contributing to the healing and saving of lives. The placing of whiteboards for nurses, the installation of office spaces and exam rooms, the transfer of items from warehouse to hospital labs, or simply the adjustment of a patient’s chair, are critical aspects of medical center work life.

Especially relevant, we are proud to be a Durham installation and moving company, participating in the work of saving lives, caring for the many veterans who have given their all for our country. We also delight in our contribution to employment to Durham citizens, providing jobs to the City of Medicine. Good jobs!

So, are you moving to or from Durham County or in need of office installation and assembly? Are you looking for a good job? Contact us at Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc. Call or visit our website Today!

1“Economic Profile – Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce | Large Employers/Manufacturers and Headquarters”.  Retrieved 2016-09-14. 
2“City of Medicine – Durham North Carolina Newcomers”, Retrieved 2016-09-14.

Unsung Heroes of the Durham Innovation District and Beyond

Durham Innovation District

As recent as July 14, 2016, The News & Observer heralded the unveiling of plans for two seven-story buildings to be built downtown as part of the continued development of the Durham Innovation District. Several elements of the article captivated my attention; items that were present in the material and items that were not.

Durham Innovation District

Naturally, the article image (above, Courtesy of Duda Paine Architects), rendering the two new buildings to be named North and South and capturing the beauty of the anticipated landscape, enticed my gaze. What also intrigued my thoughts was how the post skillfully included various “making it happen” contributors, those who might be considered the “heroes” of development. In addition to Duda Paine Architects, the post included Longfellow Real Estate Partners, Measurement Inc., and Duke University. As a lessee of the new development, the article also announced Duke Clinical Research Institute. With appreciation for their contribution–and rightly so they should receive recognition–I paused.

So what elements, not included, beg for attention? Amazingly, that which the article mentions inspires a beyond the surface exploration. Look through the windows of the two office buildings. See rooms, technology space, the retail businesses, the restaurants. Did you see it? Yes, imagine the employers, employees, managers, store owners, waiters, and waitresses, and chefs diligently engaged in service in their varied workspaces. Yes, workspaces! How did those workspaces come about?

Looking Beyond

Thinking of such construction projects, we may expectedly picture the abled excavators, electricians, and plumbers, as well as those contractors handling the framing, priming, and painting. After the laying of the carpet, and perhaps while completing the landscaping, the work of the unsung heroes must take place to make the project usable. Yes, the work of the workspace movers and installers.

Top Shelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc., owned by Angelo McEachin, of Durham, NC, is one such company. It exists “to provide, through installation, moving, and general maintenance services, the perfect workspace for businesses in the hospitality, commercial and residential markets.”1 Moreover, while providing this essential service to the incoming lessees, the moving and installation industry assist in providing employment for The Bull City, even for those needing a second chance at life.

The line of products may carry the name Steelcase, Herman Mills, Knoll, Teknion, National Office Furniture, or Hon. Whatever the product, whoever the lessee, while applauding the movers and the shakers, we must sing a song in concert with the words, “Let the work begin!” Let us sing a song of gratitude for an industry that will faithfully serve as this development project closer. Let us applaud the movers and the installers serving Durham, the Triangle, and beyond.

1McEachin, Angelo. July 14, 2016,

Proving Lives Matter

Lives Matter, Empowered, Dignified, Independent

Proving Lives Matter One Project at a Time

Whether the terms inspire you or offend you, the country is experiencing a division regarding the terms “Black Lives Matter” versus “All Lives Matter.” Many raise questions about the intention of the user of either term. Is anybody listening to the voices of the community? There are some who are listening; they are acting with sincere intention.

There are entrepreneurs in the community, though not as visible or verbal, who prove every day that lives matter. The often overlooked small business such as staffing companies or moving and installation companies are in the trenches supporting the community through the altruistic avenue of employment. If there is ever a way to prove that lives matter, it is to hire somebody.

Consider Jason, the day he receives his first paycheck! See him walking into the credit union to make the deposit with a pleasing smile on his face and his head slightly tilted in the “I earned this” position; the thrill of independence is all too noticeable. Day after day, he gains confidence as his work ethic and acumen in his position increase.

One community-minded entrepreneur, Angelo McEachin, owner of Topshelf Installerz and Moverz, Inc., a moving and installation company, is listening. “We take pride in our furniture technicians being courteous and well-dressed and trained to handle projects in a professional way,” he says. “The belief is that a win-win opportunity exists when our workers experience achievements that reward persistence or when the community benefits when our business is involved in a community volunteer project.”1 Such entrepreneurs are making a difference every day, project by project, in the lives of people like Jason.

The act of protest is an instrument of change; a means of bringing to the front a voice that has not yet been heard. Employment is also a tool of change; a method of creating within the heart of despair a pulse of dignity, a sense that “my life matters.”

1McEachin, Angelo. July 14, 2016,

Are You a Risky Subcontractor?

Red Rock Canyon

Of recent, while reviewing the tips for visitors hiking through a canyon in Nevada, my eyes zeroed in on the warning of snakes. It read “Watch out for snakes under or on top of rocks.” While the warning did not cause me to turn around and go home, my focus was more concentrated as I walked the narrow, sometimes rocky, path. Even more recent, when reading a thought about workers’ compensation, I came across a warning concerning subcontractors. It read “Watch out for uninsured subcontractors.” Seriously? Is there an actual risk to be avoided?

The presence of mind that crafty, coiling creatures could verily be waiting around every bend of the trail admittedly created a somewhat peeked adventurous excitement to the canyon trek. However, for the business or general contractor, reading a caution about a subcontractor who cannot provide a valid certificate of insurance, a somewhat concerning unsettled ambivalence may be felt. Such ambivalence could lower your perceived value in the eyes of the employer, engendering fewer opportunities. The subcontractor that has her own workers’ compensation certainly has more safety appeal.

Consider Jack the contractor, who can provide a valid certificate of insurance any time he responds to a project advertisement. He shares with Artie, the general contractor, “I am certainly a less liability to you having my insurance!” This adds value to Jack’s pitch for employment. Artie sees Jack as a prudent partner in business, a responsible person. Artie faces insurance audits with confidence; he is happy. Artie consistently calls upon Jack for different projects; Jack is happy.

So, what about the adventurous excitement of completing a project with a sense of security that there is available coverage for any job mishap? Is it possible your employer will experience such excitement? Alternatively, will people like Artie see you as a risky contractor? Along with references, having workers’ compensation adds great value to subcontractors when seeking employment.