Making sure your office furniture works for you

July 30, 2012

When you’re planning to invest in new office furniture, it can pay off to think about the bigger picture. As well as buying individual items that fulfil practical criteria, it may help to consider the overall effects you’re trying to create.

After all, the furniture you have in your working space can have a massive impact on how successfully your personnel function. If you get this right, productivity can go up and your bottom line will benefit.

Collaboration and cooperation

For example, you might benefit from selecting meeting room tables and so on that encourage interaction between your employees. Writing on the Independent Online, sales and marketing director at Giant Leap Linda Trim claimed that offices are becoming more dynamic and open. This helps executives, managers and staff to “mill about and interact with confidence and ease”, she added.

The specialist went on to state: “In today’s hyper-connected world, it is no longer frowned upon to gather around the coffee bar/water fountain to chat and touch base with your colleagues.
Work is no longer a dull, paper-filled, zoned-in, compartmentalised task. Instead, collaboration and cooperation are the new buzzwords among top-level executives.”

The role of socialisation

Ms Trim went on to claim that collaborative working has distinct benefits. She remarked: “Success is linked to the strength and abilities of the team, as opposed to a handful of isolated individuals.
Consequently, socialisation now plays a critical role in the growth of a company and its brand.

“This involves building trust among leaders and co-workers, spreading knowledge and fostering a culture of innovation at the workplace. Unsurprisingly, top-performing companies are found to do more socialising than others.”

Anyone for coffee

Cups of coffee are certainly not new to the office scene, but the ways in which people drink them may be. Ms Trim suggested that it can pay off to introduce a coffee bar area in the middle of offices.

About these areas, she stated: “This type of social hub often becomes the psychological centre of the workplace, and an important source of relaxation.”

How we can help

Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a whole range of items of furniture that may come in handy in your office. Whether you want leather office chairs, desks, workstations, lockers, screens, bookcases, cupboards or anything else, we should be able to help you.

As long as you think carefully about the effects you’re trying to create and make sure the products you source help you to achieve your aims, you should be thrilled with the results.

Great value for money

Of course, it’s important that your furniture falls within your budget and so you may be pleased to note that we provide superb deals on our items. We are price leaders and you might be surprised by how little many of our products cost.

In addition, we offer big discounts for bulk orders and can provide you with instant quotes over the phone. We also offer credit facilities for government departments. So, when you’re on the lookout for items like this, we can be your go-to firm.

 

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Creating flexible working environments with office furniture

July 25, 2012

To help ensure your firm benefits from continued success, it’s important to ensure you’re flexible and able to adapt to ever-changing circumstances. Nothing stays the same for long these days and in order to maintain a competitive edge, it’s vital your company is always poised to respond to market developments.

Having a working area that is adaptable is therefore vital. This is why it’s so important to choose your furniture carefully. Thankfully, these days there is plenty of contemporary office furniture for you to take your pick from and, with a little thought, you should be able to ensure you buy the best possible items.

Modularity and flexibility

Commenting on this issue, PSFK recently suggested that furniture and equipment is increasingly being designed with “modularity and flexibility” in mind. This allows “spaces to be customised in the moment to suit the immediate needs of employees,” it claimed.

The firm went on to remark: “These designs can shift to accommodate solo work spaces or be expanded into larger arrangements for team meetings, giving workers the option of changing the office environment to match their current work style. These adaptable floor plans enable both privacy and openness for any task.”

The benefits of moveable screens

For example, it pointed to moveable screens that provide personal spaces for users. These can be used to help create informal meeting areas, private workspace and pop-up spaces for temporary projects, the organisation pointed out.

These days, it’s possible to source a whole range of desk and floor screens, so you shouldn’t struggle to get your hands on the perfect versions for you. Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a variety of screens and should have just what you’re looking for.

A good investment

Meanwhile, items like this can represent a sound investment, PSFK claimed. It stated: “Organisations can implement modular workstations that are able to be adjusted to suit the various working styles of their employees. Flexible workstations that are built to reconfigure as workplace needs change and evolve can provide a continuing return on investment.”

How we can help

When you’re on the lookout for new office furniture UK, you might benefit from taking a look around the rest of our website. We’re passionate about offering the very best products around. As well as screens, we offer chairs, cabinets, lockers, bookcases, cupboards, shelving and much more. Indeed, you can see us as your one-stop-shop for items like this.

The hassle-free approach

Also, because of our commitment to customer service, you can rest assured that you’ll benefit from a hassle-free ordering and installation process. For example, you can request fully assembled products and our friendly and professional team will bring the items to any floor.

Meanwhile, to save you the bother, we will remove all packaging and we also offer a collection service. This means that you don’t have to worry about such tasks yourself and you can start making use of your new furniture immediately. To find out more, just take a look around the rest of our website.

 

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July 20, 2012

The importance of effective office screens

Offices come in all shapes and sizes, but one thing that many of these working spaces have in common is dividers. Office screens are handy and cost-effective. They help ensure that personnel are able to concentrate on what they’re doing in large, open-plan spaces.

The good news is, it’s now easy to source superb quality dividers for minimal cost and hassle. By choosing the right versions, you stand to boost the productivity of your employees and promote a good working environment.

Creating the perfect conditions

Commenting on the ways in which workers tend to seek out privacy when they are based in open-plan spaces, the New York Times noted that while the “walls have come tumbling down in offices everywhere”, people are putting up new ones.

As well as crafting physical barriers to provide them with more privacy and peace and quiet, they are now using technology to boost their efforts, it suggested. The publication quoted Raj Udeshi, who shares an open office with fellow software entrepreneurs.

Creating a sound barrier

According to Mr Udeshi, people are using headphones to block out the sounds around them while they are at work. He stated that “headphones are the new wall”.

Meanwhile, companies are increasingly switching on to the potential problems associated with excessive noise and distraction in large offices, the newspaper claimed. It remarked: “Companies are redesigning offices, piping in special background noise to improve the acoustics and bringing in engineers to solve volume issues.” Indeed, “sound masking” has become a buzz phrase, it added.

Unwelcome interruptions

Also commenting on the issue of office noise, energy consultant Jonathan McClelland said: “You talk to more people in an open office, but I think you have fewer meaningful conversations. You end up getting interrupted a lot by people’s random thoughts.”

Choosing the perfect furniture

The good news is, it’s now easy to source superb items of office furniture online that can help you to control the level of noise and minimise any distractions experienced by workers.

For example, by selecting appropriate screens, you can block out certain sounds. You might decide that individual desk screens would be suitable for your working space. On the other hand, perhaps larger versions that stand on the floor would be preferable.

Flexibility is key

The great thing is, these screens are highly flexible. They are easy to store and can be fitted into place within a matter of moments. This means you can move them around and use them as and when you see fit.

You might opt to remove them when you want to foster a more collaborative spirit among your personnel and, when you’re keen to encourage staff members to focus on their individual tasks, you can reinstate them. Meanwhile, it’s also easy to create temporary meeting areas, interview spaces and so on with the help of a few strategically placed screens.

Sourcing items with ease

Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a range of these products and should have exactly what you’re looking for. Our prices might also bring a smile to your face.

 

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Arranging your office to suit your needs

July 10, 2012

No two firms are exactly the same. Every organisation has its own agenda, ways of operating and so on. It’s no surprise then that the layouts of different working environments vary considerably. After all, it’s important that office furniture and the general design of these spaces reflects the precise needs of the enterprises that use them.

The good news is, there is now more choice than ever before when it comes to chairs, screens, desks and so on. This means that if you are on the lookout for new products to help alter the way your environment looks and functions, you shouldn’t struggle to find what you’re after.

Collaborative working

For example, you might be eager to stock up on new meeting room tables in order to encourage more communal working among your employees. Indeed, according to an article by PSFK, businesses are embracing a more communal attitude when it comes to office design.

The firm suggested that this is an effective way to “cater to the shift toward mobile work styles and to encourage greater workplace transparency”. It added: “By removing walls and cubicles in favour of more open floor plans, businesses are hoping to stimulate productivity and innovation in a communicative environment where spontaneous interactions can happen across disciplines and teams. This new approach to office flow is also meant to empower individual employees by giving them the flexibility to work wherever, however and with whomever they choose.”

A case in point

It pointed to a newly renovated office occupied by internet phone company Skype that features a series of shared spaces designed principally for collaboration. The premises contains a series of shared activity spaces at its core, with quieter “concentration zones” out towards its perimeter. These areas are quieter.

Sourcing the perfect items

Of course, if you’re to realise your design ambitions and create the ideal space for you and your workers, it’s vital that you’re able to get your hands on the right furniture.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we pride ourselves on offering a wide range of items and should have just what you need. Whether you’re keen to get your hands on flat pack or assembled office furniture, we can help.

Perfect solutions for open plan areas

For example, if you want to make the most of open plan working but require flexibility to transform spaces into smaller, private workstations, you may wish to take a look at the array of screens and dividers we have to offer. These can be moved around and used as and when you require them.

Free thinking

By opening up your mind to the various possibilities and thinking freely about how you can best use the space available to you, you may be able to provide your firm with a real boost.

Making sure that your personnel have access to the ideal equipment and furniture and that they feel stimulated by their environments could make a huge difference to productivity and to the general success of your business.

 

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Sourcing cheap office furniture during difficult times

July 1, 2012

There’s no escaping the importance of furniture. It’s impossible to run an office without having access to the right chairs, desks and other products. Meanwhile, it’s no good relying on substandard or unsuitable versions. If you do, your personnel will not be comfortable and their ability to operate will be compromised. Furthermore, you have certain responsibilities under health and safety laws to ensure you provide adequate and appropriate furniture for your staff members.

However, if you’re operating on a limited budget, it can be tricky to find the right computer chairs and other items. Unless you know where to look, you may find yourself overspending.

Money’s tight

The latest Employment Trends Survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Harvey Nash highlighted the financial pressures that many enterprises are facing. It noted that many organisations remain wary when it comes to worker remuneration.

Nearly half of the companies it polled were planning below-inflation pay awards for their employees or targeted pay rises. Meanwhile, one fifth of respondents were planning a pay freeze in order to remain competitive.

Tumultuous times

Responding to the figures, director general of the CBI John Cridland said: “Hiring plans are cautious, and pay awards in particular remain low as businesses look to make sure they stay competitive in tumultuous times.

“We have to accept this constraint as the new normal – we will only be able to afford to pay ourselves more in the long-term by improving productivity and competing more effectively around the world.”

Sourcing superb value furniture

Thankfully, if you’re on the lookout for new wooden filing cabinets and so on, you can come here to us at Furniture At Work™. By doing so, you can benefit from superb deals. Indeed, you should be able to find excellent quality products that meet all your needs without exceeding your spending limit in the process. We pride ourselves on providing a wide range of cheap office furniture.

Whether you’re after cupboards, bookcases, seating, screens or anything else, we should have the ideal solution. Our array of discount products is impressive and you might be surprised by just how inexpensive many of our items are. It’s certainly worth perusing our website to find out more.

Going that extra mile

Also, to help make your life easier, we offer next day delivery and we can provide fully assembled furniture to any floor. In addition, we will remove and recycle packaging and we also offer a collection service.

We even provide flexible payment terms and government departments can benefit from instant credit facilities.

Get in touch

So, if you are eager to discover more about the products and services we provide, just take a look around our website. You can also get in touch with our team by phone. Our furniture specialists are on hand to take your call and answer any questions you may have regarding our range of furniture.

When it comes to great value and accessible chairs, tables, lockers and so on, we’re leaders of the pack.

 

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