Monthly Archives: June 2017

Office Upgrade?

Time for an office upgrade?

If the excitement of moving into your new office has waned; if when you look around you the place looks tired, worn, even a little shabby; if you are bursting at the seams and struggling to find space; if you're embarrassed to bring clients to your work place, then maybe the time has come for an office upgrade.

Having an office that you are proud of and that you enjoy being in can have a huge impact on your company's overall productivity and output. So if you feel it could be time you put a little love back into your working environment, what options do you have?

Make Do And Mend: If budgets are tight, there is the option to repair and replace the essentials around you. A lick of paint, a big spring clean, some updated pictures on the walls and some new office furniture will get the ball rolling to refreshing your workspace.

Total Re-Design: Spreading your budget further will help you to create a better designed office. Professional office design companies can help you with this, from suggesting the best equipment, furniture, colour schemes, acoustics and lighting factors, through to complete project management, maintenance and professional fit-out of the final design.

Pack-up And Move: If you have been successful in your ventures the time may have come when no amount of colour changes or jiggling of office layouts will accommodate your ever-growing company. If this is the case, it's probably time to relocate. Moving offices is a complicated and time-involved process so once again it may be worth your while calling in professional help to ensure that you chose the right location and to help in all aspects of the physical move.

Whatever your situation or budget, improving your working environment has been proven to improve employees productivity - investing in your office space can help bring about a very healthy R.O.I.

If you would like any assistance in improving your own offices or commercial premises then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd. Call our Sussex Office on 01273 303001, our London Office on 02030340476, or E-mail: info@20sixltd.com

 

The Wealthiest Offices?

The £1 billion club

We read an interesting piece recently about the UK's biggest regional offices, those regional offices where assets have been gathered that are over £1bn. And we thought we'd like to see how that translated in a visual format; more specifically, as a map. So please see below, a Google maps visualisation of some of the offices that have made the £1 billion club. (Click on the map for more details)

 

Biophilic Office Design

Biophilic Office Design

We’ve discussed the effect that interior design elements have upon employee productivity and performance in several of our blog posts now. This isn’t a new “fad”, it’s supported by scientific studies – and common sense. Creating an office environment that you enjoy being in will naturally enhance your workday.

What Is Biophilic Design?

One way in which to make your workspace more amenable is to incorporate biophilic design concepts, be that for the entire office or just including elements within your space. Put simply, biophilic design integrates natural elements such as plants, wood, stone and water.

How To Add Biophilic Elements To Office Design

There are a whole host of ways in which you can enhance your working environment by bringing in natural elements. We've come up with four ways in which you can bring biophilic design into your offices.

Lighting: Studies have shown that employees who have access to natural light at work remain more alert and more productive than those who have only artificial lighting around them. Natural light is important to our circadian rhythm, so where possible use natural light in a controlled fashion to enhance and compliment any artificial illumination.

Flooring: Whilst we need to bear longevity, sustainability and costs in mind, a wooden floor brings elements of natural warmth to a room. There are good reasons why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Plants: From a simple pot plant here and there to an entire living wall, plants will help make your office environment appear less sterile. Having real plants dotted about your office is something most businesses can achieve relatively cheaply, and demonstrates to your clients that you have the ability and the desire to care for things.

Furniture: Your office furniture can take on biophilic elements as well – office desks, chairs and other items can incorporate natural materials such as cotton canvas, linen, leather and wood.

Making your working environment feel more welcoming doesn’t need to cost the earth – we’ve listed just four elements that can assist, but if you would like any more help and advice for your office revamp then please do get in touch with us.

Top 4 Office Design Tips

Four Office Design Ideas:

How many of you look forward to getting to the office on a Monday morning? Monday Morning Blues is a well-known phenomena, and whilst we can't offer a total solution we can offer advice on getting your office design spot on. There is concrete evidence that the better the physical work environment is the happier your employees are - so with this in mind we've come up with four office design tips to help minimize Monday Morning Blues.

Think In Colour: People are influenced by and experience psychological changes when exposed to different colours, so the choices you make for your office colours, be that walls, furniture or accessories, will have an impact upon your work force. For example, using orange in your office brings with it a sense of warmth and happiness; yellow is creative, the colour of new ideas, assisting us to find new ways of doing things; the blue office indicates confidence, reliability and responsibility. And could you work in a pink office?

Bring People Together: Within the working environment the more that the “team” work together, the stronger the results. Collaboration between colleagues and across departments becomes more difficult if you don't provide the physical space in which to come together. Employees who use co-working spaces on a regular basis feel like they’re part of a community and see their work as meaningful, so ensure that you have areas within the office where people can come together to mingle.

Provide Suitable Furniture: Last month we wrote about the hidden costs of buying cheap office chairs - but it's not just about the costs. You need to provide office furniture that is comfortable, can be moved easily and has multiple uses, enabling collaboration without sacrificing focus and worker well-being. And of course, referencing our first point above, your choice of office furniture needs to complement your choice of office colours.

Get Green Fingers: Studies have concluded that when plants were brought into offices – one plant per square metre, or, to be more precise, where everybody can see a plant from their desk – employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests improved substantially. Adding in real plants also demonstrates to your clients that you have the ability and the desire to care for things.

Ensuring that your work spaces are well designed will enhance your workforce's overall productivity and happiness. Office design is never just about how your office looks - it is about designing the most suitable environment for your business's needs.