Office screens: a good investment for your firm?

March 5, 2015

You don’t get to be successful in business by splashing cash unnecessarily. However, certain purchases are well worth making, and office screens could be among them. Depending on the layout and size of your working environment, these simple products could represent a savvy investment. If you’re unsure as to whether such screens could benefit your business, keep reading.
The perils of the open plan office
Open plan offices certainly have their advantages. Chiefly, they represent an efficient use of space. In addition, they can foster collaboration between colleagues. Given these two major benefits, it’s no surprise that such setups have proved popular over recent decades. However, open plan design is not without its flaws. One major drawback of these environments is the fact that noise levels can quickly build up within them, distracting employees and reducing productivity.
Highlighting this problem, an international study of workers conducted by a team at the University of Sydney found that more than half of individuals based in open plan spaces were dissatisfied with their lack of sound privacy. The team behind the research, which was published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, remarked: “Distraction by noise and loss of privacy were identified as the major causes of workspace dissatisfaction in open plan office layouts.” They added: “Even though occupants are satisfied with interactions in open plan layouts, their overall workspace satisfaction will eventually decrease unless a certain level of privacy and acoustical quality are provided.”
A simple, cost-effective and flexible solution
Of course, one way to limit noise levels would be to up sticks and move to a new workspace that offers enclosed areas and private offices. However, you might not wish to do this, or it could stretch your budget too far. This is where office screens come into their own. These inexpensive yet highly effective products can dramatically reduce distractions within larger work environments.
We offer both floor and desk screens, and for maximum noise reduction, you can select versions that feature foam cushioning. Screens work in a number of ways. Most importantly, they limit the amount of sound that travels across offices, keeping volume levels under control. They also discourage employees from holding conversations with colleagues located far away from where they’re sitting. In addition, they offer added privacy.
The products are highly flexible too. You can use them to divide up your office as you see fit. Perhaps you’ll separate different teams or departments, or maybe you’ll partition individual workstations. You also have the option of creating enclosed areas for meetings and discussions.
The best thing is, whenever you feel in need of a change in your workspace, you can shift your screens around with total ease. You can even put them in storage for a while if you find they’re temporarily surplus to requirements.
Once you’ve got used to using these design features, you might wonder how you ever managed without them. If you think office screens could make a valuable addition to your work area, just take a look at our range. You might be surprised by how affordable these items are, and you can rest assured they’ll represent a shrew investment.

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How can office furniture help with brand awareness?

March 4, 2015

In the modern business world, image matters. This means that if your firm’s to stand a chance of achieving long-term success, you’ll need to establish a recognisable brand that appeals to your target audience. For the best results, it’s important to showcase your brand in all aspects of your business, including your workspace. This brief guide explains how you can reflect your company ethos through the design of your office, and why doing so is a good idea.
Choosing the perfect furnishings
Of course, the furnishings you select for your work environment serve a crucial practical purpose. However, they can also help to drive home your brand message. There are now a host of chairs, desks, storage solutions and other products to choose from, meaning you shouldn’t struggle to find versions that perfectly reflect your firm’s style. For instance, if you’re keen to present your business as traditional, conventional items of furniture may work best. Executive leather chairs and square-edged wooden desks are good examples. On the other hand, if you want to present your firm as modern and forward looking, you can turn to the chic, contemporary creations now available. Curved desks and angular mesh chairs are classic cases in point.
It’s also important to think about colour. Ideally, elements of your office should reflect your corporate hues, and this is something to bear in mind when you’re selecting seating, office screens and other products. As well as your furnishings, pay careful attention to the decor in your workspace. Simply adding a splash of paint in the appropriate colours could transform the look of your office and help ensure it showcases your company’s style. It’s also a good idea to use branded signage where possible, both inside and outside your workspace.
By focussing on these details, you can ensure your working area embodies your business’ philosophy.
Impressing your customers
This can play an important role in impressing customers and other third-parties when they come to visit you in your office. It helps to drive home your brand message and give your firm a professional appearance. After all, it demonstrates that you pay attention to detail and it helps to give a reassuring sense of consistency. Ultimately, this could lead to increased sales, which is good news for your bottom line.
Galvanising your staff
As well as impressing your customers, a well branded workspace can help to drive your company message home to your employees. This is crucial because your workers are your firms’ ambassadors, so they must be on board with your philosophy. Such working environments can also increase the sense of team spirit among your personnel because they reaffirm the fact that everyone is working for the same cause.
If you’re on the lookout for furnishings that could serve to reinforce your brand, you’ve come to the right place. Just take a look around our website and you’re bound to find an array of products that fit the bill. Meanwhile, if you’d like further information or advice about our offerings, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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Money-saving tips for office start-ups

February 2, 2015

Starting up a new business can be tough, and one of the first hurdles you may face as a budding entrepreneur is the potentially daunting task of setting up an office. If you’re not careful, costs can quickly spiral and you might find yourself in financial strife. The good news is, there are some simple ways to save money when you’re establishing a workspace.


Be savvy when selecting your office


First and foremost, you’ll need to select a suitable office. When money’s hard to come by, it’s vital that you keep your overheads to a minimum, and this means finding a space that’s affordable. You might have to forgo offices in the most trendy and desirable parts of town, at least to begin with, and instead focus on postcodes where you can get better value for money. Also, don’t be tempted to sign a contract for a space that’s too sizeable for your needs. We’d all like large working environments, but unfortunately they don’t make sense from a financial point of view.


Get a great deal on your furniture  


No office is complete without good quality seating, desks and storage products. However, there is no need to spend a fortune on these items of furniture. By purchasing the provisions from us, you can rest assured you’re getting a great deal. As well featuring attractive price tags, our items are designed and finished to the highest standards, helping to ensure they will stand the test of time.


Shop around for supplies and services


Of course, you can’t rest at bagging a bargain on your office furniture. You’ll need a host of other supplies and services as well, and it’s crucial that you seek the best possible deals in each case. From your stationery to your web services, there is cash to be spared if you’re prepared to shop around. Even seemingly small financial savings can mount up over time, so it’s well worth making the effort.


Take advantage of cost-effective technology


It’s vital that you’re savvy when you’re selecting your technology too. There is now a dizzying array of devices to choose from, including desktops, laptops, tablets and smartphones. However, don’t let your enthusiasm for gleaming gadgets get the better of you. You should assess the business case for each product before you spend any money on them.


You might also benefit from arranging cloud computing solutions for your company. These services can be accessed on a pay-as-you-use basis and they remove the need for major capital expenditure on IT systems.


Consider hiring interns


The jobs market remains competitive for candidates, which is good news for companies. As well as making it easier to hire skilled personnel, this means there are many students and recent graduates out there who are looking to offer their services for free. In return for providing them with useful industry experience and contacts, you can benefit from the hard work of these enterprising jobseekers.


These are just some of the ways in which you stand to save your company cash when you’re setting up a new office.

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How To Improve Concentration Levels In Your Office

January 20, 2015

We’ve all been there. You’re desperately trying to focus on a task, but despite your best efforts, your mind keeps wandering. If you’re sitting at a desk for long periods of time, remaining productive can often prove to be a challenge. Couple that with an open plan office and your concentration levels are bound to dwindle from time to time. If a noisy colleague is preventing you from getting the job done, or you find yourself constantly daydreaming about what you’re having for lunch, here’s a few simple ways to help keep daily distractions under control:
Office screens
No matter what size the office, having your own space is essential if you are to remain focused throughout the day. Office screens offer an easy and effective way to section-off an open plan room and provide workers with the privacy they need to focus on their tasks. From room dividers that can be used to group departments together, to individual desk screens that can shut out distractions and reduce noise levels, there are a host of office screens and partitions available. And, because they are only a temporary solution, the screens can easily be taken down or moved around to suit your changing needs.
Declutter your workspace
Your personal environment can have a huge impact on your ability to concentrate. Having a neat, tidy desk can help you to feel more organised and relaxed while working, which can in turn boost your attentiveness. The easiest way to de-clutter is to assess your workstation and determine what you really need. Make sure that all your equipment and office supplies have a proper home and throw away any unnecessary paperwork. Investing in shelves or desk tidies is a great way to help you organise your working day and encourage you to stay on task.
Take regular breaks
As well as your environment, mindset can also play an important role when it comes to attention span. Taking regular breaks throughout the day is essential if you want to bounce back from stressful work demands. Whether you’re going for a walk, doing gentle exercises at your desk or taking a quick coffee break with a colleague, giving yourself time to regroup every now and then can work wonders for your concentration levels. Be careful though – don’t let a rest from work turn into procrastination – try to keep your breaks short and frequent.
Increase your comfort levels
Improving your physical environment can also help to boost productivity. If your desk is too high, or your chair is too low, it can cause your mind to stray from work and instead focus on your discomfort. Make sure that your chair, desk and computer screen are in a position that allows you to work comfortably – you’ll be surprised at how much longer you are able to concentrate for.

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How to improve your posture at work

September 1, 2014

Sitting in front of a computer all day can lead to all manner of different health problems, from eye strain through to a lack of fitness. We have evolved over thousands of years to spend our days engaging in strenuous physical activities, yet over the past few decades technology and our evolving social structure have lead us to a point where we now spend the majority of our time inactive.


With new studies showing that spending too much time sitting down can be as detrimental to our health as smoking, it may well be time for businesses to think harder about how they structure their workspace and indeed their workforce’s time to keep them as healthy as possible.


One of the most detrimental aspects of office work to human health is the fact that so many of us will adopt the wrong posture when sitting down, slouching into our chairs or hunching ourselves over our keyboards. Bad posture can reduce energy levels, cut off circulation and cause many different muscular issues, from stiff necks through to bad backs. However, by sourcing the right ergonomic furniture solutions and spending a little time focussing on posture, individuals could find they are a great deal more energised, have higher morale and are far less likely to be plagued by muscular niggles.


Posture tips


If you don’t want sitting at your desk to become a literal pain in the neck, you will first need to source the right furniture and ensure that your chair is positioned in the right way. At Furniture at Work™, we stock a range of adjustable posture chairs that help align the body, allowing you to get into the right position without effort. If you prefer to go for more traditional work chairs, then choose options that are extremely flexible. The desk chairs you use should allow you to easily change the height of the chair, the seat position and the angle of the backrest.


If you are too far back, or too far forward, your body position will be off and your muscles will be forced to overcompensate. Your ears should stay in line with your shoulders, resting directly above them. If you have to crane your neck closer to the screen to see what you are doing, consider enlarging the content so you can sit further back. Likewise, if the screen seems blindingly bright and leaves you wanting to lean away from it, reduce the contrast to make it more comfortable for you to remain sitting up straight.


Keep your feet flat on the ground, and ensure you are not crossing your legs. While it may feel more comfortable to splay your legs out in front of you, always try to keep them flat on the floor and uncrossed. It is also important to keep your shoulder blades back so that you do not slump your shoulders. Try looking down – If your chest is not out in front of you, there is a chance you are not sitting correctly.


If you struggle to make the necessary changes to your posture by yourself, try using a lumbar support to do the hard work for you. You may also want to consider looking up some desk exercises on the internet that will help you prepare your body for the rigours of stillness.


Keep moving

No matter how much time and energy you put into adopting the right body position, sitting at a desk all day can still cause your body problems, both in the short-term and the long. Try to incorporate as many breaks as possible into your daily routine. This doesn’t mean that you have to stop working, but merely that you should schedule in some time to move around. To do this, you may want to take all your calls while moving around inside or outside of the office, or you may just want to take a break every hour to make yourself a drink. Either way, it is not just your body that will benefit from the break – your morale and concentration levels are both likely to be boosted too.

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Tips for keeping your office organised

August 27, 2014

Keeping your office tidy may seem straightforward but, as anyone who has ever had deadlines to meet will attest, it is not always that easy. Many businesses spend hours every few weeks sorting out the clutter they seem to have inexplicably accrued only to find that within a day or two the workspace is back in a state of chaos.

It doesn’t have to be this way though. By subtly changing processes and ensuring you have the right storage solutions within your office, you could keep your workplace organised and tidy at all times, and your personnel as efficient as possible as a result.




The first thing to do when you want to create an organised workspace is to rationalise the items you have within the office. This will involve sorting clutter on both macro and micro scales. Utilising floor space efficiently is vital. Freeing up large sections of the room to use more effectively will be a huge part of keeping a space organised. However, if you don’t focus on the small things as well, the mess within your space will quickly get out of control.


This means that as well as organising your room to accommodate your workforce in a more suitable manner, it is also important to minimise the clutter found on each individual workstation. Be thorough and ruthless when streamlining the items within your office and remember there will be little room for sentiment.


Once you know exactly what you wish to keep and what will be winging its way to the skip, you need to find a home for each item you choose to hang on to. It is important to find storage solutions that suit the shape, size and style of your room, but it is also necessary to ensure that these storage units are right for the specific items you wish to store. Not utilising shelves to their full potential wastes a great deal of space within a workspace and often leaves staff unable to easily locate the things they need, when they need them. Finding taller storage units and utilising more vertical space within your office may alone significantly improve your organisation.


New processes


Forcing your staff to clear their desks at the end of each day may not be a great way to boost morale. Instead you should ensure they have the tools to take the initiative themselves. This will almost certainly allow you to get the same results without the need for nagging. The most organised workplaces will have processes in place that prompt workers to spend a few minutes at the end of each day tidying up and rebooting the office space.


The most important part of keeping an office organised and tidy will be the implementation of an effective organisation plan. If your offices are laid out correctly and every item in your space has its own designated spot in which to live, it will be easier to ensure that employees put things back where they belong once they have finished using them.


The more ordered and tidy your workspace is, the safer, more efficient and less distracted your workforce will be. You may therefore want to set times to review the state of your office. By checking how organised your premises is on a weekly basis, you should find that you are able to stop disorder in its tracks.

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‘Furniture city’ planned in Pakistan

July 28, 2014

Like many industries, furniture manufacturing is a global market, with finished products and components coming from all areas of the world. If recent developments are anything to go by, a much larger percentage of those products could be coming from Pakistan in the near future.


Home and office furnishings have been extensively manufactured in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad for a long time, but this has been mainly for the local and regional market. Lack of regulation and inconsistent products have thus far impeded its attempts to reach a global market. But there are plans to turn this around, with the Faisalabad Industrial Estate Development and Management Company currently developing a ‘furniture city’ within Faisalabad’s industrial heartland.


Bringing Pakistani products up to international standards


The furniture city will see the transformation of the city’s production skills and resources into a cogent effort to produce and export products to an international standard. The project will see the creation of wood seasoning plants for imported wood, training centres and furniture showrooms where international clients can examine finished products and place orders.


Depending on the effectiveness of the city and others like it, such developments overseas may have significant impacts on the UK industry. For manufacturers it may result in further competition from countries where labour and material costs are lower. But for UK retailers on the other hand, it may have a positive effect, providing a wider choice of finished products.


Trade body growing


Closer to home, the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) has attracted many new members over the past year. According to trade magazine Furniture Production, 18 new members have joined over the past year, including 14 full members, an associate number and number of international members.


The non-profit organisation was created more than half a century ago and exists to provide support for all aspects of the industry. FIRA’s association director Phil Reynolds commented that, “we are delighted to welcome so many new members to the association… we have found that companies are actively seeking out the type of support and expertise that we offer.”

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The simple approach to setting up an office

July 23, 2014

Setting up an office can seem like a daunting task. After all, there is a lot to think about and the stakes are high. However, as long as you’re methodical in your approach, you will achieve your aims. This basic guide should help to make the task simple and stress-free.


Set a budget


Firstly, set a budget. It’s easy for costs to spiral when you’re buying items for your office, so it’s important to know your limits from the outset.

Before you start buying items, draw up a list of the products you’ll need along with their prices. This way, you can see if your budget will cover everything. If it doesn’t, you may need to prioritise certain items over others.


Decide on layout


The furniture you need for your working space will depend on the layout you go for. When deciding on the design of your office, it can help to draw up simple to-scale illustrations showing where your desks and seating will go.


Invest in the essentials


Once you’ve set your layout, you can start choosing furniture to populate the area. Essential items include good quality desks and chairs. Bear in mind that your personnel may spend a long time at their workstations, so it’s really important that they are comfortable.

Plentiful storage is another office must-have. You’ll need enough shelving, cabinets and so on to help keep your working space tidy and organised.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer an impressive selection of desks, chairs and storage items and should have exactly what you’re after.


Choose your technology


No modern office is complete without the right technology. You’ll need to think carefully about the equipment your firm needs to function properly. For example, you’ll have to decide on the computers that would best suit your workers and select the most appropriate printer and scanner. You’ll also need to choose phone and internet systems.


Get the best lighting


An often overlooked detail in office is lighting. Of course, all working environments have lights, but the quality of these products is not always high. Bear in mind that the way in which your office is illuminated can have a huge impact on its overall look and feel.

It’s important that your employees have enough light, but ideally this shouldn’t be too harsh. If possible, you should give your workers some control over the level of light they have. This can be done with the help of desk lamps.


Now for some extras


Once you’ve decided on the essentials, it’s time to pay attention to those little extras that could really boost the appeal of your office. For example, if your budget will stretch to it, why not invest in a water cooler and hot drinks machine?

Also, some artwork for the walls can add colour and personality to your office, and plants make a great addition too.

When your new office is finally complete, you can encourage your personnel to add their own personal touches to their workstations too.

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Preparing for business presentations

July 21, 2014

Having great ideas in the world of business is nothing if you can’t persuade others of their merits. This is why it’s so important to be able to deliver presentations confidently and effectively.

If you’re affected by nerves when you stand up to address a group, rest assured you’re not alone. The good news is, there are ways to improve your presentations. Next time you’re gearing up for such an occasion, it’s worth bearing these top tips in mind.


Invest in the right equipment

Firstly, it’s important to make sure you have access to all the equipment you need. Here at Furniture At Work™ we offer a host of products that could be just what you’re looking for, including notice boards, display boards, lecterns and more. Simply take a look around our website to check out the various options.


If you don’t have all the items you need to give presentations and you end up having to improvise, you risk looking amateur. Also, knowing that you’re lacking the right gear could increase your nerves and mean you’re not as effective in delivering the information.


Getting suitable items may require you to spend a bit of money. However, this should prove to be a savvy investment. After all, you will be able to use the products time after time and they could make a big difference to your presentations.


Know your stuff

There is nothing more terrifying than standing in front of a group of people and having to pretend you know what you’re talking about when in fact you don’t. Before any presentation, it’s crucial that you get to grips with all of the information you intend to share. Being well versed in the details should give your confidence a lift.


Bear in mind that you might be asked questions during or after your presentation and it’s worth anticipating these and preparing possible responses beforehand. This will help ensure your talk comes across as slick and polished.


Prepare your materials

If you plan to turn to specific pages in books or leaflets during your talk, or you’re presenting something on a laptop, make sure you prepare your materials effectively. If you find you’re struggling to locate the right information during your talk, your confidence will take a real knock and you’re unlikely to make a good impression.


Practice makes perfect

It can also help to do one or more practice run before your presentation. You could do this at home in front of your family or friends, or in the office with your colleagues. By reading through your talk, you can identify any issues with timings or content.


You’ll also ensure that when it comes time to give the presentation for real, you’re more familiar with the details. This will mean you don’t have to refer to your notes as much and you should find it easier to make eye contact with the people you are addressing. Engaging with your audience like this can make a huge difference to the way in which they respond.

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How to reduce noise levels in your office

July 18, 2014

Total silence in workplaces can be stifling, but there is a fine line between encouraging a reassuring level of background noise in your office and allowing sound levels to rise too high. Excessive noise can prevent employees from concentrating and it can also lead to increased tension.

If you think your working environment is too loud, you might benefit from following these simple yet effective noise reduction tips.


Create soft surfaces

Hard surfaces can look great and they’re big news in modern, minimalist interior design. For example, many carpets have been ripped out in favour of wood, laminate or even concrete flooring. However, hard surfaces like these don’t absorb sound well.

If you want to dim the noise levels in your working space, it’s worth turning to softer surfaces such as carpet and acoustic ceiling tiles.


Use screens

Like most offices, yours may be predominantly open plan in layout. By introducing desk and floor screens into the space, you can cut noise. Fabric-covered partitions are great at soaking up sound.

They can prove especially useful if the various departments within your firm create different noise levels. For example, you might want to separate your sales department from your accounts team.

The great thing about these items is they are lightweight and easy to assemble, meaning you can rearrange them whenever you need to.

Here at Furniture At Work™ we stock a variety of office screens. You can take your pick from a selection of different sizes, styles and colours, meaning you shouldn’t struggle to find exactly what you’re after.


Go green

Another top tip is to introduce more greenery into your office. Plants help to absorb noise and they also add some cheer to working spaces. If you want to take this to the next level, you could invest in green walls for your office. These creations make a real style statement and they are great as a means of soaking up sound.


Some careful planning

Some planning in terms of where you situate your staff is also important. If possible, you should avoid placing personnel near to loud equipment or by throughways. Especially if you’re limited in terms of the space available to you, this can take some careful calculations. However, it’s well worth making the effort.


Speak to your workers

If you adopt these measures and still find that volume levels are unacceptably high, it’s time to talk to your employees. It’s important that they play their part in combating excessive noise too. By lowering their voices and walking over to colleagues to chat rather than simply shouting across the room, they can help to control sound levels.


Boosting your bottom line

Tackling volume problems in your office does take a little effort and potentially money. However, this should prove to be a savvy investment. After all, it could may productivity among your staff members, which is great news for your bottom line.

It could also help to ensure that you and your employees benefit from a pleasant working environment.

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