How Green is the UK workplace?

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In the run up to Green Office Week starting on Monday 14th May, office stationery brand Avery has been finding out what customers from self-employed to working for small and large businesses think about green issues in the workplace…

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In the run up to Green Office Week starting on Monday 14th May, office stationery brand Avery has been finding out what customers – from self-employed to working for small and large businesses – think about green issues in the workplace.

Has your workplace got the ‘green’ factor? Be sure to join the conversation throughout Green Office Week from Monday 14th to Friday 18th May by using the #GreenOffice18 hashtag on Twitter and Instagram or by commenting on a Green Office Week Facebook post.
Here is a summary of the key facts and statistics from the survey:

4 Reasons for Choosing Glass Partitioning in the Office

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Glass partitions, although not a new concept, are enjoying a rise in popularity in offices, with solutions to suit all styles and budgets, from standard layouts to completely bespoke designs. So, besides the ‘wow’ factor that it may have, why…

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Glass partitions, although not a new concept, are enjoying a rise in popularity in offices, with solutions to suit all styles and budgets, from standard layouts to completely bespoke designs. So, besides the ‘wow’ factor that it may have, why is glass so attractive?

1. It’s all about the light…

Glass partitions are the ideal way to divide a large office space without compromising on natural light and sense of space, unlike with solid partitions and walls. The benefits of natural light and biophilic design in general on productivity and wellbeing have been highlighted in many research projects and championed by the interior design world in recent times, emphasizing what is probably the main reason for choosing glass partitions or doors.

2. Glass partitioning can be private!

You may be forgiven for assuming that glass spaces are anything but private, however technical advances in glass technology mean that the latest acoustic glass partitions are easily on a par with solid partitions for sound integrity. An impressive level of privacy can also be achieved by using frosted, tinted or coloured panels, or adding subtle vinyl manifestations to partially obscure the space without blocking the light. It’s even possible to produce a ‘now you see it, now you don’t’ effect by using a unique opaque film that switches on and off at the touch of a switch.

3. Flexible glass…

With glass, it’s very easy to create anything from a simple wall or room to a complete glass partitioned floor, with a choice of single, double glazed or specialist acoustic panels, slick frameless designs or chunky T-bar frames for an on-trend industrial look, faceted or curved panels and more. The layout, style and finishing touches can be fully tailored to your requirements. Glass partitioning really is that flexible!

4. What about cost?

Every project is different, of course, but glass partitioning can offer cost savings over solid walls or even an open plan space in the long run. Glass partitions have been proven to help reduce energy costs and are often a more future proof option should you need to expand or reconfigure your space at a later stage. They are also easier and quicker to install, however you should bear in mind that power, lighting, air conditioning etc may need to be moved, so you should always discuss what you have in mind with one of our experienced fit out specialists.

Contact the team at Egan Reid Office Environments and get your project started today!

Egan Reid Welcomes New Customers

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We are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Thomson Office Equipment in a deal that sees Egan Reid further strengthen its position in Greater Manchester.Thomson Office Equipment has a strong and loyal client base…

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We are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Thomson Office Equipment in a deal that sees Egan Reid further strengthen its position in Greater Manchester.

Thomson Office Equipment has a strong and loyal client base in and around Stalybridge, Tameside, developed over the past 30 years by Ian Thomson who has unfortunately had to pass the business on due to ill health. Egan Reid is offering customers continuity of local supply and customer service.

Andrew and Martin Reid, Egan Reid’s joint managing directors and owners, commented: “2017 saw the company celebrate 60 years in business, and this is another exciting step for Egan Reid. These are challenging times for the office supplies trade, even more so for the smaller independent resellers, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow through further acquisitions.”

Could your business benefit from a coffee break?

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Statistics show that 79% of employees consider coffee breaks as the most effective way to boost productivity and team morale. So, with employee engagement levels slumping, could embracing break room culture help employers give their business a pick me up?…

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Statistics show that 79% of employees consider coffee breaks as the most effective way to boost productivity and team morale. So, with employee engagement levels slumping, could embracing break room culture help employers give their business a pick me up?

Office culture has changed

These days there’s a new growing trend in lunch breaks; 80% of employees are no longer taking them. Lunch as we know it has changed and employees are opting to stay at their desks or take shorter breaks in order to get work done.  Whilst most employees believe that staying at their desks will mean they are using their spare time productively, this isn’t actually the case; engagement at work currently sits at around 34% and it’s dropping. This is because skipping breaks at work results in disengagement, dissatisfaction and inefficiency.

Whilst you can’t force employees to take lunch away from the office, you can encourage them to take structured breaks throughout the day. Encouraging a break-friendly culture allows employees to recharge, reduce stress and increase focus which, in return, can increase productivity and employee satisfaction while improving the quality of work produced.

The importance of coffee breaks

For many of us, coffee and the workplace go hand-in-hand as it provides a welcome wake-up in the morning. However, taking structured breaks throughout the day offers a socially acceptable time-out between tasks. It gives employees the opportunity and environment to break from the sedentary rhythm of office life, socialise with colleagues, improve working relationships, share perspectives and ideas, gain new insights and knowledge and deal with stress and emotional pressure.

A survey conducted by Nespresso shows that coffee breaks reinforce the feeling of belonging. In fact, 79% of employees consider these breaks as the most efficient way to boost team spirit, whilst improving productivity and easing conflicts. For 91% of employees these are ideal moments to build personal exchanges with colleagues.

Ultimately, coffee breaks improve job satisfaction, with 67% of employees stating that it makes them “extremely” or “very” happy. As 86% of full-time workers drink tea and coffee daily, it’s a valuable incentive to provide and a tangible way companies can show their employees they appreciate them and recognize their hard work.

Britain doesn’t break

So if taking breaks has so many benefits, why aren’t we doing it regularly? A recent study which looked at UK office workers discovered that more than 25% of workers don’t take a break other than lunch. There’s a stigma built around breaks that assumes workers are lazy or unproductive if they take them regularly. If employees don’t see their managers or other colleagues taking breaks they assume they also shouldn’t do so. 1 in 5 workers agree, with guilt being the main reason they don’t step away from their workspaces.

Embracing the coffee break culture

The next step for businesses is to break the stigma by embracing and investing in the coffee break culture. We should learn a lesson from the Scandinavian lifestyle trend called ‘fika’. Put simply, fika is a coffee break; to take time out of the work day to eat, drink and relax. It’s often practised in Swedish workplaces and now UK companies are boiling their kettles and following suit. This is because a coffee break in Sweden isn’t just a quick coffee consumed in front of the computer; it’s a time to step away from work, relax and converse with colleagues.

With fika, UK employers can see changes in many aspect of their work culture:

Employee productivity – taking occasional breaks can improve energy, memory and concentration. Having the ability to recharge also helps to reduce the number of errors made by workers, making it a go-to option for improving productivity

Job satisfaction – coffee breaks away from the computer can help improve job satisfaction. A step out of the work environment stimulates creativity and fresh ideas – setting the stage for a more relaxed atmosphere and inviting alternate conversation for a laid back agenda

Impressing prospective – fika is also a way to differentiate your company in the marketplace and impress prospective clients

Here to help

Wake up and smell the coffee! Embracing coffee break culture can help you give your business a well-deserved pick me up and improve the productivity and well-being of your employees. If you want to reap the many business benefits associated with coffee breaks, we are here to help.

At Egan Reid, we offer a full range of beverages, food and kitchenware to match your budget and requirements. Contact one of our specialists today to discuss how we can help you embrace coffee break culture in the workplace.

Sources:

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jun/29/desk-lunch-power-lunches-ubereats-maple-soylent

https://inews.co.uk/essentials/lifestyle/wellbeing/fika-coffee-break-work-swedish-uk-companies/

http://www.posturegroup.co.uk/blog/benefits-of-regular-screen-breaks-from-your-computer

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/office-workers-spend-40000-tea-biscuits-and-whip-round-pub-work-drinks-careers-jobs-a7516981.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/10918137/Workers-spend-more-than-2500-a-year-on-lunch-and-snacks-report-says.html

http://www.snacknation.com/blog/employee-happiness/

https://medium.com/@speakizi/the-last-thing-you-ever-thought-would-increase-employee-productivity-8223b5d46095

Design Assembly Manchester: Meet The Speakers

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by…

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If there is one professional development and networking event that architects, designers, facilities managers – in fact all professionals involved in the specification of office and commercial interiors – need to attend this Autumn, it’s Manchester’s first Design Assembly, held by Egan Reid Office Environments and Edge Design at the People’s History Museum on 17th October.

Design Assembly includes CPD presentations by RIBA approved speakers and also offers the opportunity to engage with industry experts covering a wide range of topics pertinent to the world of working and interior design. Similar events have taken place all over the UK and we’re now bringing the successful format to the North West.

About the speakers…

Oliver Heath – Oliver Heath Design & Interface

Oliver Heath is an industry recognised expert in sustainable architectural and interior design. An author and TV presenter and designer, Oliver is a regular host and speaker at industry events and will be championing biophilic design, or how to design with human nature in mind, at Design Assembly Manchester.

Martin Kessell – Atrium Lighting

Martin Kessell has worked in lighting for close to 20 years. Fulfilling a variety of roles from components and controls support to luminaires sales has given him a strong and current knowledge along with the enthusiasm to educate on the subject. Don’t miss his presentation on unlocking the code of colour…

Sean Mccormick – BRE

Speaking on understanding BIM Level 2, Sean McCormick is a Senior BIM consultant at BRE, a guest-lecturer on Middlesex University’s BIM MSc course and has a key role in a number of European BIM related research projects.

Don’t miss out…

Come and meet our headline speakers, plus experts from Tektura wallcoverings, Panaz fabrics, Soundtect acoustics, Edge Design and Imperial furniture, plus our very own team from Egan Reid Office Environments. The event is free to attend, very flexible and designed to fit with your busy schedule, so you and your team are welcome to join us for the whole morning or just those areas you are most interested in. What’s more, architects will be validating RIBA CPD points, there’s a free networking lunch and participants can make the most of the day to have a wander around the renowned Museum (free entry).

Places are limited and filling up fast! Go to the registration page now to guarantee your place, and remember to share the event with colleagues you think would like to join us.

Egan Reid Announces Design Assembly Training & Networki

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place…

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Egan Reid, together with furniture designers and manufacturers Edge Design, is holding a free Design Assembly training and networking event for architects and designers on Tuesday 17th October.

Design Assembly Manchester is the first event of its kind to take place in the North West, coming to The People’s History Museum in Manchester’s Spinningfields from 8.45am to 2.15pm on Tuesday 17th October. Aimed at all professionals involved in interior commercial design from architects to facilities managers and interior/workplace designers, the event is based around a series of seminars presented by well-known industry figures including design consultant Oliver Heath, with accredited RIBA CPD points on offer for each session.

In addition to the seminars covering topics such as biophilic design, lighting design and BIM level 2 compliance, there is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and network with a panel of experts who will be discussing and answering questions on wallcoverings, fabric specification, acoustics and workplace design. Attendees are welcome to attend as many or as few of the CPD and ‘Meet The Experts’ sessions as they want.

“After the success of Design Assembly events in other parts of the country, we identified there was great interest from interior design professionals in the Manchester area for this type of event,” said Kim Findlay, National A&D Development Manager at Edge Design. “It offers a great opportunity to improve knowledge and skills and spark interesting discussions about where current industry trends and technology are going.” Egan Reid Managing Director Martin Reid added: “We’re thrilled to be hosting this unique event with Edge Design at the People’s History Museum and looking forward to welcoming the region’s leading commercial design professionals. At Egan Reid, we aim to improve the lives of office workers everywhere and believe that great innovative design is the key to enhancing business success and productivity.”

Design Assembly Manchester is free to attend, with refreshments and lunch provided. See the full programme here, or go straight to the registration page. Spaces are limited.