The Wealthiest Offices?Biophilic Office DesignTop 4 Office Design TipsThe Cost Of Cheap Office Chairs

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.

 

 

 

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.