What are your workers really saying about your office?

May 22, 2017
It can be tricky to know what your employees are saying about their work environment. Even if no one is speaking up, you shouldn’t assume that everything is fine. To help you figure out what your workers truly think, keep reading.   It’s messy and unorganised A messy and unorganised office is a huge no-no for many members of staff. A workspace that’s chaotic and unkempt can cause workers to feel unsettled, leaving them unhappy and dissatisfied - which can mean their productivity ...

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4 things you only realise when setting up your first office

May 12, 2017
Moving into a commercial workspace for the first time is an important milestone for many fledgling firms. So, if you’re planning to move into offices in the near future, you’re no doubt excited about what lies ahead. However, there’s a lot to get to grips with when you make this transition, so it’s essential that you’re prepared. In this blog, we look at four things that many bosses only realise when they’re setting up their first office.   Finding a suitable ...

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Tidy desk or messy desk: does it matter?

May 10, 2017
Are you a stickler for neatness when it comes to your office desk? Or do you have a more laissez-faire attitude to your workspace? Does being an everything-in-its-place kind of person make you a better, more organised worker? Or does having a relaxed attitude to the leaning tower of documents on your desk free you up to focus on more important things? Here we explore whether it’s better to be a neat freak or a slob in the office.   Vohs’ study While ...

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The Basics of Health and Safety in the Workplace

May 5, 2017
When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, it can seem like there is a lot to get your head around. However, despite this being a complex and extremely important topic, it’s not necessarily as difficult to suss out as you might think. In this blog, we go back to basics to help you make sure your workspace is a safe, healthy and pleasant place for both you and your employees. Create a safe, comfortable environment First and foremost, you’ll ...

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How to make your reception area more inviting in 5 simple steps

April 26, 2017
It might be a cliché, but it’s true that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. This means that when you’re designing your office, it pays to put some extra time and effort into getting your reception area just right. This is the first thing that visitors to your premises will see. Whether they’re prospective employees, customers or investors, they are bound to make judgements about your business based on the look and feel of this ...

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How to harness creativity through office design

April 18, 2017
  Creativity can be vital to a business’s stability and growth. Creative thinking can help solve problems, come up with improved ways of doing things and innovate new and unique products and services. You may have hired workers based on their cool video CVs and lateral-thinking responses to your interview questions, but are you really getting the most from them on a day-to-day basis? One way to ensure they’re living up to their potential is to review your office design. Start ...

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Are managers and employees at odds over office noise?

March 30, 2017
When it comes to office design, open plan remains by far the most popular layout - and it’s not hard to understand why. This style of work area represents a highly efficient use of space, and it’s also effective at encouraging collaboration between colleagues. However, open plan offices do have their drawbacks, and it seems as though executives and employees may be somewhat at odds when it comes to what works and doesn’t work in these environments.   Study findings that may ...

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5 easy ways to motivate your staff

March 22, 2017
Having a motivated workforce is a must for all organisations, so if you think your personnel are lacking purpose and inspiration, now’s the time to take action. There are many different ways to give your employees a morale boost, and here are five of the simplest and best.   Make your office an enjoyable, stimulating place to be   Office design is about much more than simply providing enough workstations for your personnel to use. With a few clever touches, you can create ...

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Could ‘healing offices’ be the holy grail of workspace design?

March 15, 2017
From the purely functional and often drab to the imaginative, attractive and airy, the world of office design is undergoing a period of profound change. Bosses are increasingly switching onto the benefits of providing appealing and stimulating environments for their personnel. By being more responsive to the needs and preferences of their workers in this way, organisations hope to achieve a range of goals, from enhancing morale to reducing sickness absence and boosting productivity.   One of the latest and arguably most ...

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5 office design trends you’ll see in 2017

March 9, 2017
There’s no denying the importance of effective office design. Get the setup of your workspace right and you stand to raise morale among your employees, increase productivity and even reduce absenteeism. A practical and stylish space could also help you recruit and retain the best workers. Highlighting this fact, in a global study of nearly 8,000 workers conducted on behalf of Robertson Cooper, a third of respondents revealed that the design of an office would influence whether they decided to ...

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