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The A B C Of Design | Pt 3

Racing through the summer, we're already on part three of our intrepid adventure to get through the ABC of commercial interiors. As August slips through our hands, we've moved forward to the letters M through to R:

Week Three - M to R

M: M is for Modular: Here at 20six we specialise in supplying a wide range of business sectors with office furniture that fits their exact requirements. Modular pieces have several advantages, including improving the flexibility of your office space, decreasing the overall cost of office furniture pieces, and providing additional space whilst increasing productivity.

N: N is for Noise: Have you ever received a call from someone who is obviously in a large room full of other people also making telephone calls? It's difficult enough as the end user not to be distracted by all of the other noise in the background, but imagine trying to work in that environment? Even in large, open plan offices there are solutions that can be implemented such as insulation and panelling.

O: O is for Open Plan: There has long been talk in the design world that the open plan office has had its day, backed up by scientific studies telling us that it "kills productivity". From what we're hearing, design gurus Apple have gone against the grain and the new Apple Park has a large open floor plan with long tables for programmers, engineers, and other employees to work at. The result? Apple staff are saying that they may well quit rather than have to work in an open plan office. Perhaps this heralds the demise of the open plan space....

P: P is for Productivity. There is such a thing as the "science of the workplace" and it has come about to ensure that all aspects of work place design produce a satisfactory result for all involved within the business. One of the key aspects is that office design plays an integral part in workers productivity. Far from just being an aesthetic nicety, or a budget capped exercise, getting your office environment right for all who use it will help to increase your businesses profits by making your workforce more productive.

Q: Q is for Quiet. Amongst the recent studies carried out in both the US and the UK, employees have unanimously said that they need quite areas in which to retreat to improve their working days. In one such study, more than half of employees cited poor office acoustic design as reducing their satisfaction at work. And another found that the second most important aspect of office design that employees craved were private, quiet areas to work.

R: R is for Relocation: As your business grows and expands it may be time to think about relocating - here at 20six we've recently had to move offices ourselves. Our own company was bursting at the seams in our previous office space, and we needed more from our work space including separate meeting rooms and office furniture storage options. It's now over a year since we looked into the cost of office spaces across the UK, but this has to be one of the factors you take into consideration if you are considering relocating.

Coming next week, our final instalment! Office Design ideas from S to Z…..

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…..

Meeting Room Design

Is It Time To Rethink The Meeting Room?

Advances in communication technology have enabled us to chat with others wherever we, or they, may be. There is no longer the need to meet up face-to-face as we can chat over Skype, or email, or groups in WhatsApp – who needs meeting rooms anymore?

Communication technology shouldn’t be used as a substitute for meeting face-to-face, but to compliment. US based studies on the behaviour of employees discovered that roughly 80 – 90% of emails between colleagues mirrored face-to-face contact. Put in simple terms, we email those people more frequently that we also frequently meet face-to-face.

In the same study, it was also discovered that meeting rooms were occupied at a rate of less than 40%.

Time To Revisit The Meeting Room?

We’ve spoken before about how you can utilise office design for more effective workplace communication, and of the benefits that this bestows upon a company’s overall productivity. Part of the issue has been that meeting rooms are synonymous with bland, stuffy, yawn-inducing spaces. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Even if you’re not looking at a total office redesign, it could be worth your while looking at how your meeting rooms are used, how often, and how anybody feels when they’re in them. A well designed communal room will help to bring your employees together – and as we’ve outlined above, the more they come together in person, the more they communicate electronically – and the more productive your employees become.

There are no one size fits all blue prints for the perfect boardroom, meeting room or communal spaces, your spaces need to blend seamlessly with the rest of your workspaces, your company brand, and your own unique business culture.

If you would like help in making your meetings rooms places where your employees actually want to go then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd.