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The Best Office Chair?

How To Choose The Best Office Chair

Business budgets are tight for most companies, and allocating funds to yield the maximum return is a priority for any successful enterprise. If your priority as a business is to bring in more sales, perhaps you’re not looking at splurging on office chairs – but then again, perhaps you should.

Given that the average office worker will spend as much, if not more, time sat on their office chair as they will in their bed, you owe it to your staff to provide them with a piece of office furniture that will have the least adverse effect on their health.

What, then, should you be taking into consideration when choosing the right office chairs for your employees?

Top 3 Tips For Choosing The Best Office Chair

Adjustable: The best chairs have the option to adapt to your personal shape. Just take a look around your office, we’re all different. Different heights, weights, shapes and sizes, so trying to buy a one-chair-fits-all is unlikely to suit the majority of your work force. The most comfortable chairs have adjustable arm rests, seat height, backrests and upright/reclining positions.

Movable: If you’ve ever sat in a chair that seems to stick to the carpet, you’ll know how difficult it can be to move once you are seated. This doesn’t have to be the case, there are chairs on the market that glide effortlessly across hard floors or carpeted flooring, and chairs that offer enough rotation to allow you to twist almost all of the way round and still have great back support.

Temperature: As we move away from summer, heat may not be your first consideration – but if you’ve ever got stuck to a covered chair you’ll know how uncomfortable it can be. We have to make reference to perhaps one of the most iconic desk chairs, the Herman Miller Aeron here, that has done away with foam, padding and leather. Instead it is made predominantly from woven mesh that allows air to circulate and provides initiative support. Look for chairs that won't "glue" your staff to their seats.

Referencing back to the start of this article, of course budget is going to be a big factor in choosing the right chairs for your office – but investing in your staff will help your business move forward, and with so many health implications associated with our now sedentary working life, it’s worth choosing the best office furniture that your budget will stretch to.

Branded Office Design

Companies can spend huge amounts on getting their logo design spot on – and so they should, as logos are the easiest way of recognising what the brand is. Along with the colour and design of your logo, you’ll also get your business cards to match, your website and your social media. If you’re in a physical business, you’ll probably have branded workwear, liveried, sign written vehicles – anything that potential and current clients can see, you’ll be sure they know it’s your company.

All well and good, all well known, all well done.

Now sit back and take a look at your workspace, your offices, the environment where your business operates from. Does it too match your branding, your business culture? Does it give off the same messages that you have invested so heavily in for all other aspects of your company profile?

You could argue that this is only relevant to the “big boys” – of course Google has offices that match their brand, they’ve got the money to invest. But there are ways that every business can incorporate their company branding, and colours, into their office design.

At the most basic level get at least some of your walls the same colour as your logo. If you’re not in a position to redecorate, then have a look at your furniture and fittings. Can you change your office chairs to a branded colour? How about office partitions? These can come in a huge variety of colours including partitions that can have customised images printed on them.

Designing your offices to match your branding should be as important to you as getting your logo right – having a consistent message across the board makes your message clearer to both customers and to staff.

If you would like any help in ensuring that you get this message right, please get in touch with here at 20six.

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.

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