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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

 

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.

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!

Chair

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.