Monthly Archives: May 2017

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

The Real Price Of Office Chairs:

We conducted a quick internet search today which demonstrated that you can buy a new office chair from as little as £15. There are several options if you want to be spending over a grand on a single chair and we even managed to find one (in our unscientific online search) for £27,896.00 – and a used, rather uncomfortable looking one at that!

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If you’re in a large office or have a small budget it’s tempting to go for the cheaper options. And why not? There are several reasons why buying cheap office chairs will backfire on you.

The Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

A recent study conducted by the British Council of Offices found a 23% increase in productivity when old or uncomfortable office furniture was replaced.

Or, to put it another way, people who said that their office furniture was “bad” were 3x more likely to claim that it directly affected their productivity.

In 2015 more than 23 million working days in the UK were lost due to office-related ill health, which includes 553,000 cases of work-related musculoskeletal disorders.

Now we’re not claiming that all work-related poor health is attributable to bad chairs, but what is known is that as we become increasingly deskbound, poor seating can be a pain in the backside, literally and financially.

If you think that you are keeping the budget in check by buying cheap office furniture, you need to weigh up that cost against lost productivity and sick-pay. Whilst we’re not advocating spending £27,000 on one chair, our work force does deserve to have the best tools for the job – and that includes where they park their rear ends.

Does Pink Work In The Office?

Does pink work in a business environment?

Millennial pink is hugely popular in fashion right now, and this year's Milan design week revealed that pink has also become the most sought-after colour in furniture design. Now we've trawled through our archives and our memories and we can't recall ever designing a pink office, but maybe we will be called upon to do so this year.

Apart from being the colour of the moment, does pink work in a business environment?

When talking about the colour pink, initial thoughts are usually that it is feminine and a softer colour; it is perceived as calming, reassuring and non-threatening.

Pink is a colour that works well with a wide palette of colours so can fit in with a lot of companies current branding. Combining it with darker colours such as dark blue, dark green, black or gray, adds strength and sophistication to pink. And if you're burdened with a drab, concrete building, pink may well be the right choice to lift the look, and the spirits, of your working environment.

An all-out pink office would be a real statement, but perhaps just accessorizing your current working environment with pink office furniture would provide you with a more subtle lift?

If you need help sourcing any colour, or type of office furniture then we'll be glad to help.

 

The Next New Thing?

What is the next new thing in office design?

Whatever market sector you're in, you're probably asked fairly frequently what you think will be the next innovation in your line of work.

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp - what's next?

Desktop, laptop, tablet - what's next?

Open plan, treadmill office desk, ergonomic office chair - what's next?

Well, if you believe what you read, the new must-have accessory at the smarter office is - or rather are - pet dogs.

Perhaps this isn't really surprising. There has been a shift in office design towards creating a more homely working environment; an acknowledgement that the better the workspace the better the employee. And what better way to ensure that your office feels as comfortable as your home than by bringing along your pooch?

"Pawternity Leave?"

The craft beer company BrewDog recently introduced Puppy Parental Leave, or "pawternity leave". Once the leave period has finished, staff are then welcome to bring their pets to work. Mars Petcare was one of the first companies to offer pawternity leave and BitSol Solutions, a tech company based in Manchester, offers its employees a full week of paid leave if they get a new pet.

Of course Google is part of this trend, with their code of conduct stating that “affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture”, and at Amazon, around 2,000 employees have registered their pets at its headquarters in Seattle so they can take them to work.

These are, at present, the exceptions to the rule. It is estimated that only 8% of UK and US employers allow dogs at work. Making it the norm for dogs in offices will entail company rules and guidelines such as dogs being vaccinated, designated exercise areas and general good behaviour. It does also throw up the issue of allergies and where this stands amongst the rest of the workforce.

Overall however, with stats found in a 2016 survey by Banfield pet hospital finding that 82% of employees feel a greater sense of loyalty to pet-friendly companies, 88% thinking that pets at work improve morale and 86% saying that they reduce stress, bringing Fido into work could well be the next new thing.