Monthly Archives: October 2016

Environmental Productivity

This weekend hails the clocks turning back and the closing in of winter. The days are shorter and colder and for many of us that means that we leave for work in the dark and return back home again in the dark.

In turn, this means that getting the office lighting and temperature spot on is more important than ever.

Environmental Productivity is the name given to the science of how your space supports, or limits, the work that you do.

So, what can you do to enhance the productivity of your work force in the coming winter months?

Go Natural: When scientist Mirjam Muench tried to find out what effect the difference between daylight and artificial light had upon work productivity, she came up with this conclusion:

"Compared to the afternoon, people who had daylight were significantly more alert at the beginning of the evening, and subjects who were exposed to artificial light were significantly sleepier at the end of the evening."

We've mentioned before how important it is to get your office lighting levels right from a design perspective, and science backs this up for employee productivity and engagement.

Keep Warm: In a similar vein to getting your office lighting right, a study by Professor Alan Hedge, of Cornell University, found that there were "clear associations" between office work performance and indoor environment conditions:

"When temperatures were low (68 degrees or 20 degrees Celsius), employees made 44% more mistakes than at optimal room temperature (77 degrees or 25 degrees Celsius)."

If you are cold sitting at your office desk, you will not be fully focused on your task at hand. In a nutshell, feeling cold means you'll be summoning energy to keep warm, rather than spending it on something more useful.

Environmental Productivity must be part of not only your office design and planning, but has to be looked at in terms of ongoing office maintenance as well. Get the working conditions right and you will get more out of your workforce.


Death Of The Office?

Where Are We Going With Office Design?

Here at 20six we like to keep up with all things shiny and new, in particular what's going out in the press and online about the evolution of both office design and office furniture. We all know that within every industry and market sector there is a certain amount of technical language, "jargonese" if you like. For example, we readily use the term fit-out. This applies to us as office specialists and will be used by other designers, but is limited to our industry.

Death Of The Office?

Then we came across this headline....

"Carving the Path From Traditional Office Design To Relationship-Driven Workspaces."


Relationship-Driven Workspaces.

Just wow.

Needless to say this elicited a few (no, many) raised eyebrows. Yes, we get the underlying premise of this terminology, but really? How many of us will be saying?

"I aim to get to the relationship-driven workspace by 8am tomorrow."

"Hi honey, I've had to work a little later tonight but am just leaving the relationship-driven workspace now."

Having an office that is designed to suit the needs of all who use it, and an office that encourages communication and collaboration is a great idea and at the heart of modern office design concepts. But it is still an office.

Personally, we'll still be popping by the office, having meetings in the office, and will be leaving the office once our working is day done.





Office Desk Accessories

Office Furniture | Desk Add Ons

Following on from our “It’s Just A Desk” blog, we thought we’d explore what additions you can have on the basic platform that is your office desk.

Three Options For Office Desk Accessories

Drawers: It used to be the case that all office desks came with drawers – where else were you to store your paper, pens and other desk paraphernalia? But with the rise of hot desks and freelance office spaces, drawers have been made redundant. If a desk is not dedicated to one particular worker, those using the work station will be bringing whatever they need with them, and taking it away again.

Mechanisms: Along with having drawers, desks were static. There was no need for movement – your desk was positioned and stayed put. As we have learned more about the negative impact on our health that a sedentary life style brings with it, so our desks have adapted. You can now have a desk where you just touch a button and the height alters from sitting to standing; there are treadmill desks; and there are even “cycling” desks. No longer just a beautiful piece of carved woodwork, desks these days can come with a whole host of mechanisms.

Covers: From fancy deskshields - desk covers decorated with any type of image, pattern, or pictures that you want to upload – to full-on hooded canopies that can fold up when you require privacy or back down when you’re after a more open environment, office desks can be adapted to every working situation.

These are just three examples of desk accessories, but all go to show that a office desk is more than just a surface to place your paper upon.

If you require office desks, or any other office furniture, we have next day delivery on selected furniture prodcuts if ordered before 12pm.

Orange Office Design

As October (or Pumpkin Spice Season) has rolled in and the leaves are turning golden and falling to the ground, all things are becoming orange. We know of at least one office in Brighton who have embraced the warm glow of autumn and have their office fixtures coloured orange. So what message does using this colour in your office design scheme give out to staff and clients?

Office Design: Is Orange The New Black?

The colour orange can safely jump onto the Marmite bandwagon – it's a polarising colour, you either "love it" or "hate it.” It elicits mixed responses from people, being bold, vivid, fun, and dynamic or interpreted as obnoxious and a non-serious, unprofessional colour choice.

One of the reasons that you may have noticed so much sportswear with orange on it is that this colour signifies activity. It is associated with the communication of energy, life, and motivation.

On the other hand, have you noticed how prevalent orange is say on our motorways? Think marker cones, tow truck lights, and other construction zone markers. Orange is used a symbol of safety, to set things apart from their surroundings.

So there's an element of contradiction here with it symbolising both activity and caution at the same time. But, love it or hate it, orange brings with it a sense of warmth and happiness, and colour therapists recommend including it more in our daily lives as it is deemed an optimistic and an uplifting choice.

The Brighton firm that we made earlier reference to seem to being doing very well with their orange theme - but what do you think? Does orange have a place in a professional working environment?