5 Reasons To Use Glass WallsHeight Adjustable Desks20sixltd | SafeContractorFrom Open to Flexible

5 Reasons To Use Glass Walls

Using glass partitions in an office fit-out is a very successful way to seemingly reduce space whilst maintaining the appearance of openness. There are several benefits of using glass to divide up space within an office and we have come up with 5 reasons why you should consider incorporating glass walls within your commercial interior refurbishment.

5 Reasons To Use Glass Partitions In Your Office

The Acoustics: Glass has the benefit of being visually transparent and at the same time blocking noise. Utilising double glazing works as effectively within an office environment as it does in your home, letting the light filter through but cutting the noise levels out.

Open and Closed: Glass walls act as open barriers – on the one hand they divide physical space up, giving you a defined working space, whilst at the same time allow others visual access. Glass allows you to section off your office without losing the sense of openness.

Predicting the Future: We’re not claiming that glass partitions are akin to crystal balls, more that they are a great option of you are planning on redesigning your office space at some point in the future. Easily installed with minimum disruption and just as easily taken down or moved, glass wall partitions are a simple yet effective option.

The Light: We’ve already mentioned the importance of natural light on productivity in a previous blog post, and of course glass maximises the amount of natural light dispersed into a room, creating a sense of a bright and airy space. As an added bonus, the more natural light that you have within your work space, the less you will need to spend on artificial lighting costs.

The Look: Glass is a timeless design statement, and using glass walls within your work space will provide you with contemporary looking office with a bright, clean, and modern design. Glass partitions allow you to create a whole new space within your existing parameters, whilst simultaneously giving an instant sleek and elegant makeover.

If you are interested in finding out more about glass walls and glass partitioning solutions then please get in touch with us here at 20sixltd.

Height Adjustable Desks

When we moved into our fabulous new office suite earlier this year we had a lot of work to do. Several months later and we are very proud of work space, and have included as many different elements of commercial interior fit out as we could whilst maintaining a working and fluid aesthetic. We have done this because we practice what we preach – if we are going to recommend a solution for your business requirements we will only do so if we believe in that solution ourselves.

One such example of this is our use of height adjustable desks – having installed them for our own use we couldn’t imagine using anything else.

Should you be using a height adjustable desk? We’ve compiled 3 top reasons why we think that you should.

3 Reasons For Buying Height Adjustable Desks

More Than Just A Fad: Choices of commercial interiors, furniture, fixtures and fittings go in the same cycles as all other aspects of design trends. The adjustable desk is so much more than a fad. It may sound a rather dramatic claim that sitting will kill you but medical evidence has proved that a sedentary lifestyle is very bad for your health. If you are tied to your desk then making it one that you can easily vary the height of will go some way to reducing the amount of time you spend sitting still.

Lose Weight! Surely not – claiming that your adjustable desk will help you burn those calories sounds as outrageous as saying that your desk will kill you. But we kid you not – we have delved the archives of the internet to bring you a news story from way back in 2005. A US study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta concluded that “(By) Figuring out ways to increase physical activity - not necessarily getting people jogging every day but just building physical activity into a person's day - are reasonable strategies that have the promise to combat this epidemic of obesity.” And another study concluded that you can burn an additional 340 calories a day if you spend just two hours of your work day standing in lieu of sitting.

Stand Up Straight! Were you ever barked at to stand up straight in school? Does it really mean anything? Well whether it does or not, we do know that adjustable workstations will help to improve, or maintain, a good posture. The simple act of standing improves your core strength, leading to better overall posture.

If we look at the evolution of the human being this all makes more sense. It is only in recent modern working practices that so many of us find ourselves routed to our seats. We are naturally mobile creatures and sitting all day is alien to our constitution. We may not be able to escape our desks, but we can make sure that they are working with us rather than against us.

If you would like to learn more about height adjustable desks then please do get in touch with us for a chat.

20sixltd | SafeContractor

Top Safety Accreditation for 20sixltd

20sixltd are delighted to share with you the news that they have just been awarded accreditation from Alcumus SafeContractor for achieving excellence in health and safety in the workplace.

Alcumus SafeContractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises extremely rigorous standards in health and safety management amongst contractors. It is used by thousands of organisations in the UK including SMEs and FTSE 100 companies.

Gemma Archibald, Director of Alcumus SafeContractor said:

"Major organisations simply cannot afford to run the risk of employing contractors who are not able to prove that they have sound health and safety policies in place. More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that 20sixltd has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector. SafeContractor plays a vital role in supporting our clients in meeting their compliance needs, whilst working with their contractors as they progress through the accreditation process.”

Jeff Halls, MD of 20sixltd, said:

"Here at 20sixltd we are proud of the extremely high standards that we provide for all of our clients, no matter what type of project we are working on. Gaining the SafeContractor accreditation will give any future clients the added reassurance that 20sixltd will always work towards the best interests of their customers."

 

From Open to Flexible

Office Design Trends 2017 | Making your space work for you.

Part of the reason behind the rise to prominence of the open plan office was to do with cost. Open office plans resulted in leasing an overall smaller footprint, with employees’ room per square foot reduced to as little as 185 square feet from the average of 250 to 300 square feet. With business space often at a premium, reducing your square footage whilst maintaining your staff made for sound business investment – on paper.

In reality, workers didn’t find the open plan designs conducive to maximum productivity, with issues around noise, concentration levels, lack of personalisation and privacy being cited as the biggest bug-bears.

Moving Away From Uniform Cubicles

Employers and designers have begun to recognise these issues and the concept has evolved into something more intricate and informed than a simple, open plan office. Office design has moved from open to flexible.

There is still a case to be had for open plan office design – it can be beneficial for companies continuing to embrace the collaborative model – it’s just that it needs to be more thought through in the planning stages.

Through several businesses trailing various versions of the flexible open floor space, what has become clear is that to make it work for your staff it is essential to have a variety of spaces, from individual silent pods, to two-person quiet meetings, to cosy sofas, to large training, meeting rooms, to outside spaces.

Recognising Different Work Requirements

It is vital that you understand the different ways that groups and individuals work, both within their own departments and among others within the company. Creating a collaborative office requires a lot of planning, not just in where we place the office furniture or a simple case of “who gets to sit where.”

To ensure that the dynamics of the work force are at their best, you will need to locate complimentary departments next to each other and delve even deeper to ascertain individuals’ work personas and/or roles to ensure that you provide the right type of workstations suited for each worker’s needs.

The ‘flexible’ office space applies to the way that work-spaces are used and how they are physically designed. So, it makes economic sense to use office furniture, desks, and other installations that can be easily reorganised or reconfigured.

In summary, the best modern offices are flexible, adaptable, and are designed around the working requirements of those who regularly use them.