Monthly Archives: November 2016

3 Areas Where You Should Spend On Office Furniture

The phenomemon that is Black Friday has exploded upon us over the last few years and it's all about the frantic fight to get the best deals out there. We all love a bargain, but just because something is cheap it doesn't necessarily mean that you're getting a good deal.

When it comes to furnishing offices, the majority of us are working to a tight budget. However, when you're setting the budget for your new office furniture, some pieces really are worth the expense.

Three Areas Where You Should Spend On Office Furniture

First Impressions: Having a shabby and cluttered reception desk immediately gives off a negative impression to clients. You cannot have the attitude that it's "only the receptionists workspace" because first impressions really do count. Spending more on this office desk will give your clients the right professional message about your company.

Customer Experience: Having steered your clients through your impressive reception area, you can't then take them into a pokey, ill-lit, uncomfortable conference room. To create a meeting space that’s attractive, impressive and comfortable, you need to be prepared to spend out on a suitable conference table.

Lasting Impressions: If you total up how many members of staff you have then multiply that by how many hours they are spending sat at their desks you will see how important it is that you have both the correct office chairs and suitbable workstations for each and every person within your company. Buy cheap, buy twice. Not just for the furniture but also for the health and wellbeing of your workforce.

When planning your office furniture budget it always pay to invest in the focal point of a room, such as the reception desk and conference tables, as well as on the people that you rely upon to move your business forward.

 

 

Is Office Noise Affecting Productivity?

A recent survey carried out by Oxford Economics on more than 1,200 senior executives and non-executive employees from a range of industries around the world, found that more than half of employees cited poor office acoustic design as reducing their satisfaction at work.

That’s a lot of unhappy people – not that you’d notice as the chances are if they tried to tell you, you wouldn’t be able to hear them.

Is Office Noise Affecting Productivity?

Are our modern offices really that bad? Is noise causing a threat to productivity and workers peace of mind?

The survey discovered that workers really want to be able to, well, work; and their ability to focus without interruptions is a top priority when it comes to office design. Much as we all love to fawn over the images of those offices that have slides, or cycle tracks, or games rooms, the results from this research suggested that access to amenities like these are far less important than being able to concentrate on the job at hand.

Improved office environments and workplace technology can enhance productivity, engagement, and happiness at work, both for executives and their employees. And there are a whole host of cost effective noise solutions out there that will stop workers from turning your conference rooms into de facto offices, defeating the purpose of both open-plan layouts and shared meeting spaces.

Maybe it’s time that you stopped to listen to the workspace that you inhabit – and to find out if you are able to hear what your work force are trying to say.

P.S In researching this blog post we discovered that there are some people who actually crave office noise. If you are one of those you may enjoy this:

 

 

3 Keys To Success

Project Management: Three Steps To Success

In any office design, refurbishment or move the key to success is thorough planning. Engaging the talents of an experienced project management firm to oversee everything should ensure that your ideas become reality with minimal headaches.

20six have decades of experience in successful project management and here are what we feel are the three most essential elements.

Office Project Management | 3 Keys To Success

The Key Is In The Detail: Ensuring that you are aware of the entire project before you start by creating an intricately detailed project scope will help a smooth transition. Include deliverable dates and a budget worksheet, but always allow for change requests that are inevitable on any given project.

The Key Is In The Clarity: It is essential that you have the right project management team in place. Be crystal clear about who is responsible for what and their individual deadlines. It is vital that each member of the team understands what is expected from them.

The Key Is In The Communication: Regular communication with all members of the project management team as well as the client is the best way to ensure a project is on track. Hold regular project status meetings if you can meet in person, or schedule regular calls to ensure open and clear communication for all concerned, but either way, keep them short.

Having the right project management team in place, with the experience and knowledge to help guide you through your office changes will make the process as stress-free and cost effective as possible.

 

 

Office Spaces | Lewes In The News

“Remember, remember the fifth of November of gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.”

Bonfire Night is celebrated throughout the UK but arguably one of the most renowned November 5th celebrations takes place just down the road from the 20sixltd offices in Lewes. Gaining national coverage, Lewes is always featured in the news at this time of year and boasts of being, "the biggest and the only proper bonfire night celebration left of its kind in the UK."

A Lewes based designer also featured in national press this week - but for something quite apart from explosions and carnivals. William Hardie, of Studio Hardie based in Lewes has been heavily involved in designing what Nissan claims as the "ultimate workspace for hipsters on the go."

Studio Hardie collaborated with Nissan to produce the world's first mobile electric office complete with a fold-down desk, touch screen computers, mini fridge and barista-quality beverages.

And the usually peaceful county town of Lewes featured in the news once again this past week (we're admitting to a somewhat spurious link here to Bonfire Night). The iconic, or as some would have it, ugly dominating building that is Lewes County Hall, caught fire. Ironically, County Hall's official unveiling occurred on 31/10/1968 - and was hit by fire on 31/10/2016, some 48 years later.

So, this week, we hail all things Lewesian; from their fantastic Bonfire celebrations, to their 1960's iconic office buildings, through to their innovative office designers.