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Healthy Workspace?

How Do We Create A Healthier Workspace?

There have been various studies carried out that demonstrate the link between staff morale and well being, and a company’s productivity. In the simplest terms, it has been proven that  happy, healthy employees make for a happy, healthy business.

How do you create a healthy workspace for your staff? We’ve come up with five ideas that will be beneficial to all who work in your offices.

5 Ways To Create A Healthier Workspace:

Clean And Shiny: Research carried out by the University of Arizona discovered that the average desktop has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. How often do we clean our keyboards and desks? We may have an office cleaner in at the end of the day to empty the bins and vacuum the floors, but what about our office desks? Perhaps we need to start thinking about our personal work stations and add cleaning them down as part of our end of day routines.

Green Fingers: Quite apart from buying into the biophilic trend for office design, adding plants has been proven to enhance the well being of staff and will contribute to cleaner air. Having plants in the office also demonstrates to clients that as a company you are capable of nurturing and caring for others, an additional trust building factor for customers.

Natural Lighting: Studies carried out by the scientist Mirjam Muench demonstrated that natural daylight levels directly affected workers productivity. The less natural light, the more tired workers were. Getting your work place lighting levels correct is essential for both the health and the well being of your staff.

Office Noise: Another work place study carried out by Oxford Economics found that more than half of employees surveyed cited poor office acoustic design as reducing their productivity at work. Offices are sometimes designed as beautiful work spaces, without enough consideration given to the acoustics. Glass walls, sheet rock or open ceilings and tiled floors are trendy with designers at the moment, but they don’t do much for noise levels in an office. Making sure your work space has optimal acoustics for all who work there will contribute to a healthy environment.

Ergonomic Furniture: Have you ever totted up how many hours a day you are sat at your desk? We would hazard a guess that it’s quite a few – and for a lot of people, they sit for longer periods that they are active. Getting your office chairs and desks to be as supportive and comfortable as possible is essential for all of your workers. There are a wide variety of options for ergonomic office furniture solutions and we are happy to advise as to the best options for your needs.

We have extensive, hands-on experience of helping a wide range of businesses develop a healthier commercial environment for their employees. If you would like help making your workspace more productive, please get in touch with us and see how we can help.

email: info@20sixltd.com call Sussex Office 01273 303001 or London Office 02030340476

Options For Desk Materials

Whilst not all work stations are classified as desks, the concept of the work table is omnipresent in business establishments across the globe. The office desk can come in a myriad of shapes, sizes and materials and be designed specifically for one purpose or be multi-functional.

We thought we’d go through your options for materials for desks, or work stations, as there are several that you can chose from depending upon design, function and budget.

5 Options For Office Desk Materials

Hardwood: The traditional high-end status symbol desk was made from hardwood such as mahogany or oak. These types of wood are naturally enhanced with durability and strength. But they’re not just strong; they can be crafted into the most beautiful items of furniture and because of the natural patterns no two hardwoods will be the same, providing you with a unique desk. The downside? Hardwoods are expensive – but you do get what you pay for. A desk made from oak, mahogany or mango will be able to withstand the odd scratch and last for years to come.

Softwood: We’re talking woods such as pine here. These are easier to work with and faster to process which will suit a business wanting to furnish a large office area with multiple desks on a budget. They also come in more reliable sizes and qualities than hardwoods, are easy to cut and shape and, especially in the cases of redwood and cedar, weather-resistant. Softwood desks can be painted or stained to match your colour schemes and depending upon the type of softwood can be more budget friendly than hardwood.

Bamboo: With a tensile strength that is 28,000 per square inch versus 23,000 for steel, bamboo is surprisingly strong and when laminated bamboo’s strength is enhanced, providing another layer against the wear and tear of use. It also is a genuinely renewable resource as bamboo is one of the fastest-growing plants and is the quickest absorbers of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Glass: Moving away from the wood options, glass desks possess a lightweight, more contemporary look to them. In contrast to the sometimes-cumbersome wooden desks, glass top desks make areas appear larger than they actually are. Elegant, classy, refined, glass desks can make an office look fresh, modern and light. Perhaps the biggest drawback with glass desks is that they can be delicately fragile and chips and dents show up easily.

Metal: The workhorse of the desk world, metal is renowned to be more durable than other materials and it can last a lifetime if looked after correctly. Durable and flame-resistant, metal desks and work stations are commonly used in schools, institutions, busy kitchens and cafeterias. Metal also has the advantage of being more weather resistant and can be kept and used outside.

Which desk is best?

Which office desk material is best for you? Ultimately, the choice will be yours but the three main deciding factors when choosing come down to your budget, the design you like and the work that will carried out at the desk.

20sixltd can provide you with any type of office desk as well as other types of office furniture so please do get in touch with us for further help and advice.

Can Art Boost Productivity?

The Art of Design?

How do you feel about your employees popping open a new tab and taking a look at Facebook during the working day? We imagine that, unless they are your social media marketing department, you’d be none too pleased. We’re used to the theory that distractions are bad things in the work place and as such office fit outs have reflected this stark, get-on-with-your-job theory within work space design.

But what if distraction was a good thing – if it helped boost morale and increase productivity?

Dr Knight, a specialist in the psychology of working environments at the University of Exeter, believes that far from having a negative impact, some forms of distraction have positive outcomes: “If you enrich a space people feel much happier and work better; and a very good way of doing this is by using art.”

Knight arrived at this conclusion after carrying out studies whereby he placed the same set of workers into three different work environments for an hour at a time. When the workers were in an environment where they not only had plants and art around them, but where they could also choose where the plants and the art should be placed, there was a whopping 30% increase in productivity.

Can you imagine how much more your company could achieve if your employees were 30% more productive? And you could achieve this increase by altering the little touches within your office? We think this is a great idea and we actively encourage all our clients to include aspects of greenery in their fit outs and refurbishments. And now we’re off into bustling Brighton to have a look at some inspirational pieces of local art to enhance the commercial interiors of our new projects.

Solar Glass In Commercial Design

Beautiful, sustainable and cost efficient? Increasing your commercial property’s ROI.

Smart city business centres are populated by buildings with beautiful glass facades. The look allows for the light to get in to the workers inside, reflects the sky and surrounding area and lends itself to a sleek, smart exterior.

Whilst a desirable building material, it’s had its issues – energy efficiency being one of the big problems.

One way around this is the use of solar glass.

5 Reasons To Use Solar Glass In Commercial Property Design:

The Glass That Gives: Number one in our list has to go to the most obvious reason for choosing solar glass – it generates electricity. The types of glass and power generation can be designed to your particular building and requirements, but glass that gives you power is going to help the finances in the long term.

Moderating Light and Dark: Solar glass can help you achieve industry regulation light transmission levels, shading and glare control. By utilising thin-film modules, UV wavelengths can be absorbed, whilst also reducing bleaching and other negative effects the sun light can have shining through glass.

Wired For Sound: Solar glass has to have a multi-layered structure, and this necessity of design makes for great sound insulation.  If you are in a really busy and noisy area, the sound protection levels can be adjusted by increasing the thickness of the glazing and their component layers.

Running Hot and Cold: We’ve all experienced times when we are sat next to a glass window in the summer and it has been way too hot, or in winter where we can almost feel the cold creeping into us from the glass – solar glass negates this and has great heat transmission control. The thermal insulation can be used to provide heating as well as to enhance ventilation systems.

Beauty Without The Beast: Glass is a timeless, classic, beautiful material, but has always had its drawbacks. We’ve covered how solar glass can out perform standard glass above, but there is the added element of aesthetic design. Solar glass can come in a variety of colours, shades and effects enabling you to maintain the consistency of your branding even with your external commercial design.

There is a definite trend in commercial design to incorporate glass, be it external or for internal divisions. Utilising solar glass will help you achieve the look you want, a more sustainable work place environment, and will help lower your energy bills in the long-term.