Even if all you need to work with is a laptop, a desk and a chair, sometimes you need a little helping hand to keep you focused throughout the day. With that in mind, we give you eight of the best office gadgets and knick knacks that you need to include in your next office refurb. Did someone say improved organisation and productivity? Read More
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The world of work is changing rapidly. Even five years ago, the traditional office consisted of cubicles, people working a 9-5 with employee engagement at the very bottom of a list of priorities, if at all. The explosion in technology and a shift in focus for those in charge has led to more and more people working from anywhere but the main office. Read More
Lighting is one of the most important elements of your office, but it’s also one of the most overlooked. Poor quality lighting can have a detrimental impact on the mental wellbeing and overall productivity of you and your employees, and it’s actually so simple to get right. So if you’re ready for better moods, higher morale and even a higher quality of sleep, then follow these five tips below for better office lighting. Read More
The time has come to find new office space. Whether you’re setting up shop for the first time or branching out to a new location, it’s undoubtedly an exciting chapter for your business. But it’s not a task that should be undertaken lightly, in fact there’s a lot more to consider than you probably realise. But not to worry, by taking your time and asking the right questions, you’ll be able to find office space that ticks all of your boxes. Read More
Open plan office environments are more popular than ever. Without walls and cubicles to get in the way, creativity and collaboration are made effortless and business culture can thrive, which is why employers opt for a modern, open-plan layout when designing their offices. Read More
In modern business circles, advice groups and seminars, having a “growth mindset” is lauded as a vital part of doing business well. It’s even become a way of life for some entrepreneurs. It’s been the maxim of all those who dare to dream they could be the next Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Arianna Huffington: those leaders whose companies grew fast and took over the world.
But is it really that simple?
Over the last decade, one of the most exciting developments in office design has been incorporating greenery into the workplace. Bringing the outdoors indoors has revitalised the once-drab spaces in which employees were once confined. It’s even been proven to boost staff performance, well-being and happiness.
So, what is it about incorporating nature into our work environment that has such a positive impact?
Cultivating a positive workplace environment is not something achieved by a select few – everyone brings something of their own to the table. Forgive the cliché, but the modern office space is such a hive of activity that it is almost impossible for it to be led by a single presence. Everyone pitches in.
And, if your business is to reap the sweet benefits of growth, increased revenue and industry recognition then the employer must embrace this. Personalities are what make a successful business tick – for better or worse.
Across a diverse range of businesses, there is one recurring problem for office workers in the UK. With long periods spent sitting down, sedentary lifestyles are putting employees’ health at risk.
Never has there been such an urgent need for employee exercise programs – but just how much exercise are we talking, here?
According to physical activity guidelines from the NHS, adults aged 19-64 require at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week to stay healthy, as well as a minimum of two day’s strength training per week.
This is more than doable, even if you are stuck in an office all day.
With some simple steps and a little encouragement, employers can easily promote an hour of daily exercise for staff. After all, it’s in the business’ best interests to ensure that all employees are fit and healthy, given that long-term sickness absences cost UK companies an eye-watering £4.17 billion EVERY YEAR!
Promoting exercise and a healthy lifestyle is a win-win situation for both sides. We can reduce the risks of sedentary living for employees, whilst saving businesses billions and improving the economy in the process.
Here’s how you can do it…
Last year 34,973 visitors attended London’s most important commercial design festival: The Clerkenwell Design Week. The Clerkenwell Design Week is the home to more creative businesses and architects to be found anywhere else, it is at the forefront of renovation and creativity. With each year it surpasses the previous year with even more talented architects and designers creating true masterpieces to behold.