Essential Office Design Trends For 2017

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Creating an inviting and welcoming office environment for your employee’s to work in is one of the best investments you can make as a business owner, since integrating certain fixtures can improve the productivity and output of your workforce. As…

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Creating an inviting and welcoming office environment for your employee’s to work in is one of the best investments you can make as a business owner, since integrating certain fixtures can improve the productivity and output of your workforce. As more businesses look to modernise their offices into attractive workspaces, there are a number of recurring themes that seem to be exploited as business owners look to invigorate and inspire their workforce.

Not only that, but with offices now filling with prospective millennials looking to make their way in the world, office workspaces and its inclusions within must now move with the times. So if you’re thinking of undertaking an office fit-out or refurbishment, then here are some of this year’s latest office design trends that have been taking the country by storm!

Collaborative Spaces

The way we work, communicate and collaborate, has become under scrutiny recently as it’s suggested that many standard office designs limit the effectiveness of communication and collaboration on projects. As such, to combat this, business owners are integrating collaborative spaces or huddle rooms into their office space to offer dedicated areas where teams can communicate and collaborate together. These collaborative spaces enable employees to take a break from their desk yet remain productive, and will generally include comfortable seating, meeting room or presentation technology, and a selection of different sized desks.

Standing Desks

For years now offices have been attached with the stigma that employees will become generally unhealthy after working in offices over longer periods of time. There are myriad health warnings broadcasted to office workforces warning them of the risks of sitting at a desk for too long; carpal tunnel, deep vein thrombosis, back / posture problems, among others. Because of this, one positive solution that businesses are taking advantage of is by adding standing desks to their office as an alternative space for employees to work. Rather than sitting at their computer all day, employees are offered the opportunity to work at standing desks which pose significantly less health risks and can increase productivity.

Relaxation areas

Providing a playful space for your workforce to relax during dinner, or before or after work is one of the greatest liberties that you can offer to your employees – and they’ll likely love you for it! By offering a place for your employees to unwind, you’ll bring them closer together as a team which can only bring about an added benefit when working together on projects. Not only that, but even during working hours, if your team is struggling for creativity and inspiration then an area to relax in could be just what they need.

Greenery

There’s no better way to boost office productivity or morale than with the inclusion of some beautiful plants to add some greenery to your workspace. By purifying the air – rather than simply circulating like air conditioning units – your employees will feel full of energy when working in the office, but they’ll also help to make your office space look fresh and appealing to both employees and visitors.

In short, there are literally hundreds of ways to improve your office’s appearance to boost the productivity or morale of your staff, but it’s all about understanding what works best for you and your team. While these office essentials are trending throughout 2017, it’s worth discussing with your team what might help them work more efficiently before restructuring.

Choosing The Perfect Office Chairs

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When considering buying new office furniture, investing in a new office fit-out or moving to a different location you need to make sure that you do not forget the most important part of your office, the chairs.You want your staff…

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When considering buying new office furniture, investing in a new office fit-out or moving to a different location you need to make sure that you do not forget the most important part of your office, the chairs.

You want your staff come to work knowing they can sit on comfortable chairs, get on with their work and not have to worry about their backs hurting, their posture suffering or becoming stiff because of the chairs they sit on.

If you are considering a re-vamp of your office or simply looking for new office chairs then Egan Reid are here to help:

Desk Chairs Perfect for any Desk

The most important chair in the office is of course the desk chair. Providing a seat to your staff most probably from 9 until 5 means it has to be comfortable, supportive and fits under the desk.

When it comes to choosing desk chairs you can choose from wheeled, stationary, back supportive, curved or even straight back plastic chairs. The only hard thing is trying to get every chair right for each person so instead it could be a good option to try out the chairs yourself and decide which work best for you in your office.

Break Out Seating

Break out seating is necessary for offices that have lunch in the office, casual team meetings and space for people to have a break on during a long day at work. You need these chairs to be comfortable, relaxed and not as formal as the desk chairs are.

In this section of the office you can choose upholstered seating which comes in many different forms. It might be a chair, bench or even with a right arm that acts as a cosy corner seat. These seats are designed to be relaxed and offer as much comfort as possible away from your desk.

Meeting Room Chairs

The final area in which getting the office chairs right is very important is the meeting room. This is the place deals are made, teams discuss the plans for the future and discussions are had.

In this area you can choose from a variety of different chairs that offer something different to a very formal area of the office. These chairs include comfortable reception chairs and supportive boardroom chairs that will work perfectly in your office.

For more information on these products and to discuss your plan with a project manager, contact Egan Reid today.

How to improve your office productivity this summer?

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When the summer months arrive and the weather finally includes a bit of sun every now and then, you might find that your office becomes very distracted or that productivity levels hit an all-time low. This could be because of…

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When the summer months arrive and the weather finally includes a bit of sun every now and then, you might find that your office becomes very distracted or that productivity levels hit an all-time low. This could be because of several reasons including daydreaming about summer, clients already on holiday and your employees wanting to be outside instead of at their desk.

As an employer, it is up to you to make sure that your employees get back on track and have a productive month no matter what time of year it is.

So how do you improve office productivity ready for the summer?

Create A Productive Office Environment

Here at Egan Reid we believe that having the right office environment is the key to any successful and productive office. Without comfortable desks, space to work and areas for creative thinking, you may find that your office is hard to work in.

Try updating the office furniture with standing desks, small seating areas and desks that can help your employees work together as a team. On top of this you can also consider introducing features such as desk fans, and access to water coolers so that your employers can work in a more comfortable environment.

Take Regular Breaks

Although this may not sound productive, taking regular breaks means you can give your thoughts a rest, clear your head and then go back to a subject with a clearer view. These breaks can also be a time to eat a snack, reboot some of your used energy and even chat to a co-worker.

This doesn’t mean take a whole afternoon off but regular breaks away from your desk can help you to work more productively.

Limit The Amount Of Time Spent On Each Task

Your office furniture might be perfectly comfy and you may be remembering to take regular breaks but if after all this time you are spending too long on each task then you may find you still don’t get anywhere.

Take time to plan the work your employees do and if a project is not progressing how you would like it to then you can always switch the team around. This will keep fresh eyes on the project at all time.

For more information on creating a productive office environment and the office furniture you may need to do that, contact Egan Reid.