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The A B C Of Design | Pt 2

We're on week two of our personal challenge to cover 20six different aspects of commercial interior design and the office is buzzing with ideas. Moving on now to letters G through to L:

Week Two - G to L

G: G is for Growth, something all businesses hope to achieve. The only problem with being successful and growing your business is that you can outgrow your work space. This leaves you with the dilemma or whether to make better use of the space that you currently inhabit or face the upheaval of relocating. If you are thinking of moving offices it is well worth your while talking to a company who specialises in office relocations from the outset to make your transition as pain free as possible.

H: H is for Hive. We introduced you to this innovative and award-winning modular furniture system way back in March 2016 - and we still love it. This is a truly flexible piece of office furniture that adapts to your bespoke needs. Check out our previous blog post on Hive to see how it could solve a whole host of space issues in your office.

J: J is for Jaded a state a great many offices are in. Let's face it, for most business owners getting on with the work that generates the sales has to be your top priority and checking to see how your office looks is way down the check list. If you've neglected your working environment and it has become somewhat jaded it has repecussions beyond just the look. If you’re not happy letting clients see your office, your office design is letting you down.

K: K is for Kitchens. The office kitchen area is often a rather grim space full of semi-clean mugs, strange unidentified organisms thriving in the little fridge, and a sponge that could quite possible get up and walk off on its own. Larger organisations have recognised the importance of getting the office kitchen up to spec and making it a place we would want to spend time in, to mingle with fellow employees we may not come across in our usual working day, and to provide healthy, nutritional sustenance to increase employees health and wellbeing.

L: L is for Lighting. Getting the balance of light right in your offices has a considerable impact on your staff's health and productivity. In addition to the affect upon the well-being of your employees, your office lighting levels will have an impact upon the impression that your work space has to any visiting clients, and plays a contributory factor on your electricity bills. We dedicated a blog post to getting your office lighting levels spot on which will give you more information.

Coming next week: Office Design ideas from M to R…..

The A B C Of Design | Pt 1

There are multiple facets to office design and commercial interior fit outs – and with this in mind, for our summer blogs, we are going to challenge ourselves to cover 20six different aspects.

With 20six letters in the alphabet, we’re breaking down the office interior into the ABC of commercial design.

Week One – A to F

A: A is for Air Con. A necessity if the summer ever hits the UK but always controversial. The old adage that you can’t please all of the people all of the time is never more applicable than when it refers to office temperatures. That being said, productivity levels will decline as the temperature goes up so it is imperative that your workspace is at an ambient temperature.

B: B is for boardroom. Having a meeting space that is a pleasure to be in will encourage more collaboration between employees. It is well documented that the more your workforce engage with each other, the more productive they become, so if you can ensure the boardroom is a welcoming environment it will benefit your company as a whole.

C: C is for chair. Office based workers still spend the majority of their working days sat on their backsides. If you have a large office requiring a lot of office chairs it can be tempting to buy economy versions. But with 23 million working days lost due to office-related ill health in 2015, buying chairs that do not support your body will have a knock-on cost elsewhere within your business.

D: D is for desk; and a direct follow on from the office chair, it is as important that the desks that your staff are working on are the correct ones for both posture and for the work they are required to undertake. There are a range of different styles, surfaces and uses and it is imperative that you provide your employees with a desk that suits their needs.

E: E is for energy. If you are in serviced offices it can be a little more difficult to incorporate energy saving changes, but as a business it is worth considering ways in which you can save money on your energy costs. Access to natural light is a productivity booster as well as a money saver; insulation, water saving, temperature controls, all areas that can be looked at to see if energy savings can be made. And if you are in services offices, it makes sense for the managing agents to be more energy efficient as well.

F: F Is for fit-out. Whether you are moving into new premises or if you are refurbishing your existing workspace, a new office fit-out can be stressful, costly and time consuming for any business. It is essential that you get it right from the outset so ensure that you use the services of a highly experienced office fit-out firm who can walk you through the process from initial design ideas through to full project management and office furniture and accessory sourcing, provision and installation.

Coming next week: Office Design ideas from G to L…..

Meeting Room Design

Is It Time To Rethink The Meeting Room?

Advances in communication technology have enabled us to chat with others wherever we, or they, may be. There is no longer the need to meet up face-to-face as we can chat over Skype, or email, or groups in WhatsApp – who needs meeting rooms anymore?

Communication technology shouldn’t be used as a substitute for meeting face-to-face, but to compliment. US based studies on the behaviour of employees discovered that roughly 80 – 90% of emails between colleagues mirrored face-to-face contact. Put in simple terms, we email those people more frequently that we also frequently meet face-to-face.

In the same study, it was also discovered that meeting rooms were occupied at a rate of less than 40%.

Time To Revisit The Meeting Room?

We’ve spoken before about how you can utilise office design for more effective workplace communication, and of the benefits that this bestows upon a company’s overall productivity. Part of the issue has been that meeting rooms are synonymous with bland, stuffy, yawn-inducing spaces. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even if you’re not looking at a total office redesign, it could be worth your while looking at how your meeting rooms are used, how often, and how anybody feels when they’re in them. A well designed communal room will help to bring your employees together – and as we’ve outlined above, the more they come together in person, the more they communicate electronically – and the more productive your employees become.

There are no one size fits all blue prints for the perfect boardroom, meeting room or communal spaces, your spaces need to blend seamlessly with the rest of your workspaces, your company brand, and your own unique business culture.

If you would like help in making your meetings rooms places where your employees actually want to go then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd.

Sustainable Office Design

How Can I Make My Office Greener?

If you have the luxury of setting up new offices you can ensure that all aspects of design, fit out, and office furniture and fixings are green – but what can you do to make your current workplace more sustainable?

We’ve come up with four ways that you can help make your office greener.

4 Ways To Make Your Office More Sustainable:

Water: There’s the obvious not leaving the taps running, but you can also adapt your current set up by incorporating low-flow taps and toilets. New systems for managing the flow of water are always evolving so it’s worth checking every now and then if there are more things that you can do to help conserve water.

Lighting: Again, the obvious is to use natural light where possible, but sometimes that just isn’t possible. It is estimated that a total of 15 to 30% of energy costs are used up by office lighting. Switching to LED light bulbs is an instant energy-saver as they consume just 10% of the energy of incandescent bulbs and last as much as 40 times longer.

Recycling: In addition to recycling your waste products wherever possible, you can go green on your office furniture and fittings. More sustainable materials such as recycled wood, cork, and natural fabrics can be incorporated in your office furniture, flooring and more.

Insulation: This plays a part in temperature control, keeping your workspace at an ambient temperature, but also for acoustics. Internal partitioning can help manage temperatures, as well as helping to reduce noise. A properly insulated office can significantly reduce energy costs.

Creating a more sustainable working environment will benefit your business directly by reducing your overheads and keeping your employees happy. If you would like some help or advice on making your office greener then please get in touch with us.