WHAT'S IN A NAME: The Vitrazza Brand History

When George Pardo bought a small-but-innovative Glass Office Chair Mat business back in 2012, he didn’t set out to rename the product itself. His intention was not to own one great product in a field of many mats. He set out to define—and redefine—the entire category. 

Now, Vitrazza is the market leader, selling the world’s only Glass Office Chair Mat that is both heat-treated for superior strength and protected with Invisible Shield Pro15 nano-tech coating to resist fine scratches.

With a Glass Office Chair Mat by Vitrazza, gone are the days of cracked, dented, dingy vinyl. No longer must customers buy a new, cheap plastic office chair mat every year—or twice each year—once their old mat inevitably becomes an eyesore. Style and quality are important to Vitrazza customers, and Vitrazza’s entire line of premium Glass Office Chair Mats makes a beautiful, durable addition to any office space, giving every rolling chair a smooth, easy glide. 

It’s this stylish aesthetic and unyielding quality that inspired George to select the name Vitrazza from a host of options. His wife Lezlee actually developed the brand name, mashing up a couple of great root words to produce the word Vitrazza. The word “Vitrum” derives from Latin, meaning “glass.” And “razza” comes from the Italian word, which translates to “ray of light.” Combine the two, and the name Vitrazza emerges—this hard, lustrous, glass manifestation of a superior office product. This metaphorical “ray of light” for today’s consumer breathes life into what might otherwise be a mundane and run-of-the-mill office environment. 

 

 

The carefully curated Vitrazza brand name embodies both the company and the product. As the world leader in Glass Office Chair Mats, Vitrazza promises unmatched quality and a lifetime warranty. A Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat will hold over 1,000 pounds and will never dent. And it’s the only product in the category protected with Invisible Shield Pro15, which resists fine scratches.  

LuminosoGlass Office Chair Mats by Vitrazza are truly a ray of light for any office space—enlightening the consumer to what’s possible. With its high-end design, complete with furniture-quality polished edges and rounded corners, the Vitrazza brand epitomizes ergonomic beauty. And with Luminoso™, the Vitrazza brand’s Low Iron Ultra Clear option, customers can get an even more statement-making look with enhanced clarity and brighter edges.   

So what’s in a name? Everything. With Vitrazza, you can get the look you deserve. Vitrazza defines the collective Glass Office Chair Mat category—both in brand name and market share. 


Protect & Enhance Your Hardwood Flooring With A Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat

You've just installed new hardwood flooring, maybe distressed wide plank, reclaimed pine or refinished vintage. Every detail is perfect, all your furniture is in place, and everything is complete. Or is it? If you’ve installed that wood floor in a home office or business, you’ll probably want to consider an office chair mat. Now, you might ask why you need an office chair mat on hardwood flooring. After all, an office chair rolls just fine on the wood floor, right? But office chair wheels will damage wood floors. Over time, the hard plastic casters that are included on office chairs will scuff and scratch your beautiful hardwood floors. So protect your investment; but not with any ordinary plastic chair mat.

Protect Your Wood FlooringInstead, consider a Glass Office Chair Mat by Vitrazza. Made of super-strong glass and protected with a nano-tech coating, Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are the premium alternative to worn-out plastic mats. Vinyl and polycarbonate desk office mats are opaque and won’t show your beautiful new floor. Worse, plastic mats end up dented and cracked, so soon enough you’ll need to replace it. And really, the plastic mat isn’t even protecting your brand new wood floor - it’s just flat grinding dust and debris into the wood. 

Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats on the other hand, are bright, clear, and stylish - just the look you deserve. They're far superior if you want to show off that Brazilian cherry floor! And Vitrazza Glass Chair Mats are super-strong, so they never dent - that’s our promise. In fact, each mat gets a lifetime warranty; you’ll never need to buy another one. Most importantly, you never have to worry about a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat creeping all over and flat grinding dust into your floor. We prevent that trouble with our Stabil-a-dot™ Bumper System. Every Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat comes with a set of clear, rubber bumpers designed specifically for use on hardwood floors. Clear and inconspicuous, these 'Stabil-a-dots' stick to the bottom of the mat but not the floor, and they keep the mat firmly in place through simple friction. We even include a diagram for how to position these on your mat. Installing the Stabil-a-dots™ raises the Glass Chair Mat slightly off of the floor (less than 1.5mm) which eliminates that flat grind issue.  

Consider the beauty and durability of a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat, it will protect your wood floors better than anything else you can buy. We stock 12 popular sizes, or we can create a custom design just for your workspace. And you have an option of either Chiaro Standard Clear glass or top-shelf style with our Luminoso Low Iron Ultra-Clear glass. With a brighter, more clear look, Luminoso will give your office a feeling of luxury. And it’s the best choice when your Glass Chair Mat will be going down on a light-colored wood floor like a red oak. 

Get the look you deserve, protect your fine wood flooring with a Glass Office Chair Mat by Vitrazza.  

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A little bit of background on Vitrazza’s radio ads

In 2016 Vitrazza embarked on a national radio campaign that primarily ran commercials on Sirius XM radio. It really launched us from a local business to a successful national brand. In that time, using the power of what radio pros call ‘Theater of the Mind’, we’ve introduced millions of listeners to a concept they’d likely never heard of before - Glass Office Chair Mats. Over 40,000 of those radio listeners now use a Glass Chair Mat. Thank you if you’re already a customer! 

Along the way, we’ve worked with various scriptwriters and ad agencies, who’ve all contributed to our success. But somewhere along the line, our president, George Pardo, got the idea to record a few radio spots himself (maybe from an article in the Wall Street Journal he says). In-house, we jokingly refer to this genre of ads as “the George ads”. The audience has responded so enthusiastically that sometimes George really thinks he’s famous. 

After 3 years of crazy growth, George is still President of Vitrazza, and still recording radio commercials. In fact, yesterday he was at Coupe Studios in Boulder, CO – just 30 minutes from our national distribution center (in beautiful Golden, CO). Above is a short video of George saying ‘Hi’ from the recording studio. He was there to record new CTAs (that’s ‘call-to-action’ in advertising jargon) for one of our most recent Vitrazza radio commercials titled ‘The Look’. If you haven’t heard that Vitrazza radio ad, George begins by asking, “What does your office say about you?”. And for so many of our customers, the look they get with a new Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat is the look they’re going for – beautiful and ultra-clear, not dented and dingy. 

If you’re trying to get ‘The Look’ in a home office or business, a Vitrazza Glass Chair Mat is probably that finishing touch you need. We stock 12 popular sizes, or we can create a custom design just for your workspace. And a Glass Office Chair Mat by Vitrazza is backed by our written Lifetime Warranty and 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. Keep in mind, we ship throughout the US and Canada, and every shipment is insured. You can order online (use discount code ‘look’ to save 10%) Or call 1.800.711.8261 - you’ll talk to our super-helpful concierge-style customer service team, and who knows, on a busy day George Pardo might even answer the phone to take your order! 


Pros and Cons of Open Floor Plan Offices

Photo courtesy of Unsplash under Creative Commons 0 licenseOpen floor plan offices have become the norm, especially for startups and contemporary companies. The driving force behind removing cubicles is the idea that employees should feel free to collaborate and ask questions throughout the workday. If you’re thinking about converting to an open floor plan workplace, consider the pros and cons before making the transition. To learn more about the advantages and disadvantages of this popular layout, keep the following in mind:

 

The Pros

An open concept floor plan is often beneficial for improving communication and encouraging close relationships between team members. When there are no literal or metaphorical walls separating employees, they’re more likely to mingle throughout the day and seek help whenever it’s necessary. For some, the ability to move freely throughout the space has positive effects on productivity and well-being. Additionally, open floor plan offices remove the feeling of a hierarchy that may be present in buildings that reserve spacious offices for high-level personnel. With an open floor plan that’s free of individual, closed-off workspaces, everyone is out in the open and approachable, regardless of their position. This simple change in perception may encourage employees to share opinions more freely and promote a sense of equality.

The Cons

Although open concept floor plans have a host of advantages, it’s also important to consider the potential drawbacks. One study shows that within a well-known Fortune 500 company with an open concept floor plan, communication and productivity actually decreased. Instances of email communication and instant messaging were higher than face to face conversations in this instance, which usually isn’t the goal for open workplace layouts.  Researchers involved in this study hypothesize that employees may feel “on display” in an open floor plan, which leads to increased social pressure and a reduction in verbal conversations. Keep in mind that this study was conducted on a large company, so results may be different for small offices.

An open concept floor plan can be a great choice for employers that aim to encourage creativity and communication between teammates. Regardless of the layout that’s best for your office, providing your employees with high-quality, ergonomic equipment is a must. Vitrazza is proud to produce beautiful, super-strong Glass Office Chair Mats that complement any workspace. Each of our products is backed with a “forever” warranty, and the sleek design of our Glass Chair Mats add a touch of elegance to any room. We offer large-quantity discounts, so please visit us online at vitrazza.com to browse our inventory. If you have any questions, our concierge-style customer service team is happy to help you select the ideal product for your needs.

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Office Organizing the Marie Kondo Way

Photo courtesy of Unsplash under Creative Commons 0 licenseIt’s the perfect time of year to get a little spring cleaning done. If you’d like to give the office a complete overhaul, you may enjoy the principles espoused by Marie Kondo. The Kondo Way has captured the attention of millions, and this lifestyle is especially well-suited for minimalists or those who prefer to keep clutter to a minimum. When you’d like to start with a clean slate and ensure that each object in the office serves a purpose, consider the Marie Kondo-style tips we share here:

Start with a Vision

It will be difficult to achieve a workspace that inspires happiness if you don’t have a goal in mind. If you embark on the decluttering journey without a clear vision of what you’d like, you may become frustrated or overwhelmed with the process. Before you begin looking up office inspiration photos, start by thinking about what your ideal work area feels like. If you’re looking for a Zen space that’s as clean as possible, you may choose to avoid excess decorations and mementos. For those who’d prefer a cozy, comforting office, it may be best to include a few family photos or meaningful knickknacks.

Sort Through Possessions by Category

Cleaning out your workspace can be daunting, especially if you attempt to multitask and jump between projects. You’ll be more likely to follow through with your organization efforts when you take Marie Kondo’s advice and tackle just one category at a time. For example, it may be beneficial to start by sorting through books and magazines in your office. Be sure to avoid cracking open a book for a trip down memory lane, as this may encourage you to hang on to items that no longer bring true joy. After you’ve sorted through books and magazines, work your way through paperwork and miscellaneous items until you’re satisfied with the contents of your workspace.

Get Creative with Storage

When organizing the workplace, you may not be able to remove every item that doesn’t spark joy. If you need to keep tabs on paperwork, feel free to get creative with storage solutions. Colorful or personalized file folders and eye-catching containers could be an excellent solution for keeping your office tidy in a way that’s aesthetically pleasing. You should feel happy and at ease in your workspace, and personalizing the area is a great step toward designing a peaceful environment.

Creating a workplace that fosters creativity and productivity starts with paring down to the essentials. If you’re currently using a plastic chair mat, make the switch to the premium alternative: Glass Office Chair Mats by Vitrazza. Beautiful Glass Chair Mats will perfectly complement any office and they’re more ergonomic and stylish than worn-out plastic mats. Vitrazza stocks 12 popular sizes and sells direct to home office and business customers throughout US and Canada. Learn more at vitrazza.com.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the Office

St. Patty's DayLooking for fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at work? This Irish cultural holiday is widely celebrated throughout the United States, and your team may enjoy the chance to get festive at the office. If you’d like to honor this special day with work-appropriate activities, take a look at the options we share here: 

Offer a Prize for Wearing Green

The color green is a well-known symbol of St. Patrick’s Day, and this tradition comes from Ireland’s nickname: The Emerald Isle. Wearing green is one of the most popular nods to the holiday, and it can be fun to hold a prize drawing for those who don this color. An Amazon gift card or similar reward is a great option for the lucky winner, and the prize drawing will add some excitement to the workday.

Play Irish Tunes

Playing some lively Irish tunes will invigorate the office and set the tone for an entertaining day. If your workplace has access to a Spotify account, browse the selection of playlists designed for St. Patrick’s Day. From traditional Irish folk music to iconic songs from the Irish band U2, you’ll find a host of Irish-themed music on streaming apps like Spotify or Amazon Music.

Host an Irish-Inspired Potluck

Hosting a potluck is a classic way to bring the office together, and St. Patrick’s Day offers a special opportunity to sample Irish-inspired dishes. Traditional fare like slow-cooked Irish stew and Irish coddled pork with cider are simple to prepare and transport, if employees are looking for inspiration on what to bring. Or, opt for the customary bangers and mash or corned beef sandwiches.

Go Out for Happy Hour as a Group

If your team would prefer to skip the pot luck, head out as a group for happy hour at a local pub or bar. St. Patrick’s Day is an excellent opportunity to have some fun outside the office, and sipping on green beer can be a stress-free method for relationship building.

Celebrating holidays in the office can boost team morale and encourage employees to become closer as friends and colleagues. In addition to having a little fun on special occasions, management can improve the workplace by investing in equipment to enhance employee comfort. If your office currently uses flimsy plastic chair mats, consider making the switch to superior Glass Office Chair Mats. Vitrazza produces beautiful, super-strong Glass Office Chair Mats with an emphasis on ergonomics and aesthetics. We offer 12 in-stock options to fit most workspaces, or we can work with you to create a customized product. We back each of our Glass Office Chair Mats with a limited “Forever” warranty, so you can feel confident that your Vitrazza product will go the distance. To browse our selection, please visit us online at vitrazza.com.

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Tips for Running a Productive Virtual Meeting

Virtual MeetingIf your company employs remote workers or offers frequent work-from-home days, you may be on the search for virtual meeting solutions. Keeping the team connected can be a challenge when everyone’s in different locations, but virtual conferencing technology makes it possible to keep in touch and stay productive. If you’ve never facilitated a virtual meeting before, consider the tips we share here to ensure an effective online gathering. 

Utilize Video Conferencing 

Chat rooms are great for staying in constant communication, but when a meeting is needed, video conferencing will add value to the collaboration. Connecting via video chat humanizes the interaction, and there are several tools that you’ll find helpful. Slack is a must-have for team communication and organization, and it has recently launched video conferencing capabilities. For groups of 12 or less, Slack’s video chat is an excellent option. If you need to include more participants without compromising video and audio quality, Zoom offers crystal-clear, glitch-free video conferencing and webinar solutions. 

Send Out Agendas Ahead of Time

Both in-person and virtual meetings can turn into aimless conversation if attendees don’t have a schedule to follow. While you’ll want to avoid simply reading off a script, it’s often helpful to send out an agenda in advance. This doesn’t have to include a strict schedule—simply highlighting a few key points to discuss can make a difference in the fruitfulness and progression of the meeting. 

Open with Personal and Professional Check-Ins 

It’s possible to have a tight-knit team of remote employees, but it’s usually challenging to encourage interpersonal relationships when team members don’t see each other on a daily basis. Virtual meetings offer a valuable opportunity to connect as a group, so you may want to try opening the meeting with personal and professional check-ins. Offering each team member a few minutes to bring the group up to speed on the latest developments in their personal life and professional realm serves as a great ice-breaker, and may provide a jumping off point into the next topic on the agenda. 

Whether your business is based in a traditional or virtual setting (or a combination of both), meetings are an excellent tool for bringing the team together. Comfortable office equipment is a must-have for employees, and can make a significant impact on productivity and happiness. If you’d like to upgrade the workplace or home office, consider replacing flimsy plastic mats with premium Glass Office Chair Mats. Vitrazza offers beautiful, super-strong Glass Office Chair Mats in a variety of in-stock sizes, and we also offer custom options. If you’d like to explore our inventory, please visit us online at vitrazza.comIf you have any questions, our customer service team is always here to help you find the perfect fit. 

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What Millennials Want in the Workplace

What Millennials Want in the WorkplaceMillennials currently account for one-third of the workforce in America. They are no longer the youngest generation in the office, and many are highly educated with numerous years of experience. If you’re hoping to attract and retain the best-qualified talent, you’ll need to have an understanding of what this generation wants from the workplace. Workplace trends are ever-changing, but recent developments show that millennials are defining a new normal when it comes to office policies. If you’d like to learn more about what this age group expects from employers, consider the insight we share here:  

1:1 Meetings Geared Toward Growth 

Millennials appreciate managers who prioritize low-pressure, career path-oriented meetings and chats. This generation tends to be career-focused, so it’s especially important for them to understand what they’re doing well and what can be improved upon. Check-ins with managers and teammates should include individualized attention and occur on a consistent basis. Many top-rated managers make time for 1:1 meetings on a weekly basis, but once a month is a great target to strive for. 

Flexible Working Conditions 

Younger generations recognize the importance of finding a work/life balance, and many modern offices are implementing policies to encourage self-care and flexibility. As technology improves, more companies are moving toward virtual workplaces or offering plenty of opportunities to work from home. Additionally, generous vacation policies and paid time off are becoming the norm to keep employees satisfied with the company culture. If you’re interested in providing more favorable working conditions for your valuable team members, consider offering alternative schedules or the ability to work from home part-time. 

Upward Career Mobility 

Millennials are often high-achieving individuals and aren’t afraid to find work elsewhere if their current position isn’t progressing quickly enough. When you create a position, be sure to think about career progression and upward mobility within the company. Ambitious, high-performing employees are an asset to any business, and should be rewarded with opportunities to grow. 

Since Millennials are a driving force of the American economy, it’s crucial to have an understanding of what this generation looks for in the workplace. Regardless of the demographics of your team, we recommend providing favorable working conditions to show your appreciation. If you’re planning to upgrade the office to improve employee comfort, make the switch from flimsy plastic chair mats to premium Glass Office Chair Mats. Vitrazza takes pride in crafting beautiful, super-strong Glass Office Chair Mats that suit a variety of office shapes. Our 12 in-stock sizes are suitable for most workspaces, and custom options are also available. To browse our inventory, please visit us online at vitrazza.com. If you have any questions, our concierge-style customer service team is always happy to help. 

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Best Online Collaboration Tools For Remote Workers

Tools for Remote WorkersModern businesses are all about flexibility, and many are moving toward an entirely remote operation or offering generous work-from-home policies. If you’re working with or managing a team of remote employees, you may be on the search for online tools to enhance communication and performance. As the market responds to new workplace trends, you’ll have the ability to choose from an impressive variety of technology to incorporate into the team’s daily routine. Here, we share a few of our favorite online tools that are ideal for connecting remote workers. 

 

Slack 

Slack is widely regarded as the ultimate collaboration tool. This software allows teammates to customize communication channels and search for conversations by keywords. When you’re looking for a comprehensive tool to streamline communication and keep tasks organized, Slack is an excellent choice and easily integrates with other tools. 

Trello

Whether your employees work in close quarters in an office or are hundreds of miles apart, Trello can maximize organization. This project management tool functions like a virtual corkboard, and users can organize by boards, lists, and cards. A simple glance at the board can bring employees up to speed on the latest notes or ideas and help teammates visualize a path to success. 

Zoom

Slack and Trello are excellent options for staying in touch and improving organization, but face-to-face meetings are occasionally necessary. If you’re looking for top notch video conferencing, Zoom fits the bill. This tool is well known for stunning video quality, crystal clear audio, and glitch-free user experience. Whether you’re conferencing with just one other person or 60+ employees, Zoom is a reliable choice. 

Google Drive 

Google Drive is considered the best file management system available, and is a must for file-sharing and collaboration between remote workers. Google Drive is easy to use from any device, and its instant syncing offers peace of mind and unparalleled organization for users. There’s a reason Google’s products reign supreme in the business world: they’re affordable, user friendly, and among the best options on the market. 

Collaboration is crucial to foster strong teamwork, whether your office operates in a traditional or remote setting. If you’re hoping to treat employees for a job well done, consider gifting them a premium Glass Office Chair Mat from Vitrazza. Most home offices aren’t properly equipped with comfortable and ergonomic features, and our Glass Chair Mats provide unprecedented floor protection and maneuverability. Our 12 in-stock options fit most offices, and custom options are also available. When you’re ready to explore our inventory to find the perfect fit, visit us online at vitrazza.com. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our concierge-style customer service team. 

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Tips For Going Paperless in the Office

Going Paperless in the OfficeMany modern offices are making the transition toward an environmentally-friendly business model. Going paperless is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint, and you can start taking steps immediately to reduce or eliminate paper usage. Here, we share practical tips for transitioning to a paperless workplace. 

Digitize Your Files

Still printing and storing papers for your records? If so, it’s time to make the switch to digital filing. Digital storage is a streamlined way to store and access information, and saving space and paper are additional perks. However, it’s crucial to ensure that your company’s vital information is securely stored, so consider using a reputable cloud solution such as Dropbox. 

Reduce the Number of Printers 

Employees generally print more than necessary if there’s a printer in every office. To lower the amount of paper used in the office, consider reducing the number of printers in the workplace. When there’s only one printer in the building, employees will be more motivated to cut down on paper usage. 

Implement Paperless Meetings 

Meetings are a great way to get the team on the same page, but they’re notorious for being paper-wasters. Next time you’re in the planning process for a gathering, skip the paper and opt for technology, instead. TeamViewer is an excellent choice for sharing information during meetings: just ask employees to bring their laptops so you can screen share. When the meeting is over, employees can download a copy of the information for future reference. 

Switch to Paperless Statements and Bill Pay 

Running a busy office comes with a host of associated costs. If you’re tired of receiving traditional paper statements and bills, take a few minutes to switch to online versions. Most financial institutions and service providers offer paperless statements and bills, but you’ll need to opt in to receive them. This should be a simple process, and you can even implement this strategy in your personal life to cut down on paper clutter. 

Making the transition toward a more sustainable office is a rewarding process. To reduce both plastic and paper in the workplace, consider replacing flimsy plastic chair mats with superior glass mats. We’re proud to produce beautiful, super-strong Glass Office Chair Mats that last for decades. We back our products with a never-dent promise and forever warranty, so you can feel confident that your Vitrazza product will last for years to come. When you’re ready to explore our inventory, please visit us online at vitrazza.com. Custom options are also available, and we’d love to help you create the ideal mat.

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