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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…..

Five Ways Your Office Design Is Letting You Down

Is Your Office Design Letting You Down?

Do you have an office that you feel proud of? Would you feel happy bringing new clients into your work space? Would you rather meet your current clients in a neutral environment?

Your office design can highlight your disorganisation, show a sense of apathy, or display strength and power. If you’re not happy letting clients see your office, your office design is letting you down.

5 Ways Your Office Design Lets You Down:

Out-dated Décor: When did your office last see a lick of paint? In fact, what colour are your office walls? A shady Magnolia? A grubby beige? What about any pictures or paintings you may have? A certificate congratulating your company on being runner up in the 1998 Business Of The Year Award? It may seem a daunting task to redecorate your work place surroundings, but believe us, it could make a real difference.

Dust and Dirt: When did you last have a thorough clean of your office space? We understand that the most important side of your work is running your business, and spending time cleaning your offices is not top of your priorities. But an unclean office speaks of disorganisation, apathy and leaves a bad impression on the general state of your company.

Dark & Dingy: When did you have to switch the office lights on this morning? Natural light heightens productivity, conveys a sense of health and makes people feel more productive, and conversely dimly lit offices bring with them a feeling of depression. Getting your office lighting levels correct is essential not only to your overall design, but also to the well-being of your employees.

Stuffed Full: When did you last have a clear out of your office furniture and checked whether you really needed everything on your overflowing shelves? An over-crowded, bursting at the seams office conveys the same messages as an unclean office. If you can’t bear to part with your office furniture then consider storing it until you do need it again – a clutter free office will speak volumes to your client base about your professionalism.

Office Furniture: When did you last upgrade your office chairs? Or your office desks? An unnecessary expense if they are functional? Maybe, but if your office furniture is as out-dated and grubby as your interior décor who would want to sit on it and chat over the desk? Investing in a few quality pieces of office furniture and ditching the threadbare, scratched and stained items will demonstrate that your company is a business going places.

Your office shouldn’t just be the place you go to work – it should be an environment that you are happy to be in and that you are proud to show off to your business contacts. If you would like any help in getting your work space looking more professional then please do get in touch with us.

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Communication in the Workplace |

If you want to improve worker productivity within your business premises, one of the best ways in which to do so is to consider the design and layout of your workspace.

We touched on this on our previous blog post, Human Before Design, how taking into account organisational behavioural patterns of your workforce can determine the best layout for your offices. Empirical evidence has shown that effective lateral and work group communication leads to an improvement in overall company performance. So how do you incorporate this into your office and workplace designs?

Utilising Office Design For More Effective Workplace Communication

Communal Seating: Whilst it is imperative to ensure that workers have areas where they can work quietly and alone, it is also important to create seating spaces where people will come together to chat. For many of you the offices that you have will have limitations on interior layouts – nonetheless, there are ways to ensure that your workforce isn’t cut off completely from one another and there are opportunities to come together and chat in an informal environment. This doesn’t limit you to formal meetings in the boardroom – for example, there are office furniture solutions such as seating pods that can create a more private communal area within a larger open plan area.

On The Move: One striking fact that we mentioned in our Human Before Design blog was that people who were on different floors in the same building rarely communicated with each other. On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that people are more innovative and open to ideas when in motion. Rather than seeing spaces within your buildings as “just a corridor”, try to envisage hallways and staircases as extensions of the workspace. For example, create hallways that are wider and furnish with sofas, whiteboards and other items to encourage conversation.

The Green Workspace: Almost a year ago, we published our blog on Urban Office Garden Design which garnered a lot of interest. Rooftop gardens are becoming more prevalent and businesses are seeing the advantage of having an outside area for employees to come together. An exterior space comes across as more informal than the stuffy boardroom and can be an inclusive shared area for employees from every level within the company. Rather than have your workforce dissipate to the park down the road, an outside space for them would facilitate more natural communication and meetings onsite.

"If you would like help in creating a more collaborative environment in your office then please give us a call on either 020 3034 0476 or 01273 303001 or you can email us at info@20sixltd.com "