Monthly Archives: August 2016

Open Plan Office Etiquette

If you have even a passing interest in office design you can’t fail to have noticed headlines such as “The Demise Of The Open Plan Office”. Whether we have seen the back of the open plan office or not, if you are stuck working in one at the moment you need to know how to make the best if the environment that you have.

Top 5 Rules of Open-Plan Office Etiquette:

Ssshhhh....: Keep the noise level to a minimum. This is the number one rule in an open plan environment. Don’t raise your voice during in-person conversations or whilst on the telephone. Take conversations (especially extended ones) away from the work area. If music helps you work, listen with headphones.

Pongtastic? Keep the smell level to a minimum. Of course it is up to you what you choose to eat, but remember that foods with strong smells, such as fish, eggs, oranges etc can make colleagues a little uncomfortable. Keep perfumes or after shaves to a minimum as well as pungent air fresheners. On the other end of the scale, nobody wants to sit next to someone who hasn't washed for a while....

Can't Find It: Keep your desk tidy. A disorganised and untidy desk is distracting and unprofessional. Apart from being an eyesore for others who share your space, clutter can be stressful. An open space might mean you have to forgo your own storage space, but there are other ways to stay organised. You should treat your work station as if it were a hot desk - at a moment's notice someone else could jump into your space and have the ability to work there.

Add Doors: Keep personal spatial barriers. Just because everyone is sitting out in the open it doesn’t follow that everyone is available at all times. People are under deadlines and are trying to focus. Imagine that there are office doors between people, and don’t just approach somebody for conversation (work related or otherwise) without first ask whether he or she is available.

Outside Your Box: Keep communal spaces in mind. Working in an open office requires you to share more than just space. There are printers and scanners; waste receptacles and drinks machines; kitchen areas and lights. Don't leave it to "someone else" when the paper needs refilling, the ink needs changing, the lights need to go out or the bin is overflowing. Don't leave piles of washing up in the sink, or the coffee pot on when it's empty. Be the kind of office worker that you would like to work alongside.

20sixltd can help optimise your current office space or assist in a total redesign - please get in touch to see how we can help you to make the most of the work space that you have.



Office Desk Options

"What Are My Office Desk Surface Options"

When the time comes to replace your office desk, there are several important factors that you need to consider to ensure that you buy the best desk for your work needs.

Does the desk fit well within the parameters and constraints of your office or work space? Is it comfortable, ergonomic, practical and stylish? And will the work surface withstand the daily-use demands of your particular job and work environment?

In this week’s blog post we are going to look at the options available for your office desk surface.

The Popular Option 

Laminate Work Surface: With a plastic finish that is applied to a wood core, laminate is affordable, durable, and withstands more than pure wood or veneer. You also get a choice of a wide array of colours and wood grain patterns. For a quality laminate that will better withstand daily use and abuse, look for a desk with a thick, high pressure laminate.

The Durable Option

Metal: Whilst you run the risk of not appearing as smart and professional as other desk surface options are, metal or steel desks can be reasonably priced and are ideal for work stations that will be sustain long-term heavy use or for high-traffic areas. To ensure that you are getting quality metal desks you should assess the overall weight, finish and feel.

The Elegant Option

Wooden: Wood looks attractive and elegant, more so than other types of desk, but it is typically more expensive and considerably more delicate; wooden desks can nick and stain more easily and are not suited for rough or heavy use. Veneer desks incorporate a thin surface layer of wood glued to a more inferior base and are therefore cheaper than solid wood.

The right choice of desk surface for you will depend upon what you will be using the desk for, your budget, and upon your available space.

20sixltd have considerable experience of supplying office furniture and of office fit-outs: if you require any more information about sourcing the right office desk for your work environment please get in touch.


Types of Office Flooring

The selection and installation of quality office flooring is a complex process that starts with design and affects the longevity of the office appearance and functionality. Choosing the correct flooring for your board room, reception area or open plan office helps create a stylish and inspiring working environment.

In addition to the aesthetics, price and colour, having the right office flooring installed as part of your office refurbishment or office fit out could make a real difference to comfort and productivity.

So what are your options for different types of office flooring?

Types of Office Flooring:

Carpet: This is a good budget-friendly choice but as it can easily get stained carpets will need to be professionally cleaned from time to time and can sometimes create a bit of a dated feel. On the plus side, this type of flooring is ideal in an office environment that requires some kind of noise insulation. Carpet tiles can also be used in areas with computer-raised floor systems where underfloor access is regularly required, provide flexibility as individual tiles can be replaced and as they can come in different styles and patterns, they give you a range of choices that reflect your company branding.

Vinyl: Popular with commercial business, vinyl flooring offers long-lasting performance and is ideal for offices that have high traffic as well as hospitals and retail stores. Resilient and resistant to damage, vinyl flooring comes in a variety of colours and designs and is easy to clean with minimal maintenance.

Wood: We have dedicated a blog to wooden flooring options before, but in summary wooden floors have the advantage of being more environmentally-friendly and with choices from laminates, through engineered to solid wood, wood flooring speaks for itself in terms of quality and desirability. And there is a reason why vinyl flooring comes in wood ‘effect’: wooden office flooring is a timeless classic, and is a hard-wearing, low-maintenance investment.

Laminate: A more inexpensive alternative to wood flooring, tiles or stone, laminate flooring is simple to install, does not scratch or dent easily, is durable, easy to clean and to maintain. It also comes with various options to choose from; smooth laminate, embossed laminate, patina laminate and wood grain laminate.

Tiles: Tiles can last for a really long time, do not wear out and can look very striking. This office flooring option provides you with an almost limitless choice of colours and designs, including glass tiles that are water resistant and are also stain resistant.

Getting your floor right will depend on a whole host of variables: if you would like further help or advice on this process then please get in touch with us here at 20six as we have extensive hands-on experience of advising, supplying and installing the right type of office flooring.