Social distancing in the ‘new normal’ office

furniture & interiors

As more employers plan for the return of staff to the workplace, how can they adapt their office layout and furniture to ensure the safety of employees and alleviate any anxieties about busy offices? Here we look at effective ways to pandemic-proof offices and maintain social distancing without compromising on good overall design. Shielding, not …

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As more employers plan for the return of staff to the workplace, how can they adapt their office layout and furniture to ensure the safety of employees and alleviate any anxieties about busy offices? Here we look at effective ways to pandemic-proof offices and maintain social distancing without compromising on good overall design.

Shielding, not separating

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, most of us will naturally feel uncomfortable sitting too close to colleagues, which no doubt explains why, in a recent survey of UK workers by insurance provider Protectivity, only 31% said they felt safe at the prospect of being back in the workplace. Whether desk mounted or floorstanding, screens or sneeze guards are proving to be a successful solution, creating a physical barrier in high density spaces – and there’s a vast choice available, including upholstered, clear and printed options, straight, with return or three-sided, framed or unframed, with sizes and mounting to suit any requirements.

A new product category pretty much born out of the pandemic, clear acrylic panels which can be fitted on top of existing fabric screens are in high demand; not only can they be installed with very little disruption, they also provide that all essential protection without visual separation. Beyond plastic, upholstered screens will re-introduce some of the privacy and acoustic insulation that have been lost in large, open plan offices; mobile screens offer the flexibility to reconfigure spaces quickly and easily, while write-on screens are the ideal, dual-purpose backdrop for informal brainstorming and meeting spaces. With such variety of screens available, it is possible to achieve social distancing and shielding from germ spreading whilst promoting collaboration and communication.

Re-inventing spaces

Screens may be a great short-term fix to reassure concerned employees, however workplaces should also adopt a more long term, strategic approach to office design to facilitate social distancing. Think embracing the growing trend for ‘space within a space’ solutions, from the now well-established booth to newer concepts such as modular pods or curtain enclosures. Likewise, a clever use of storage walls or less obtrusive shelving, decorative hanging or freestanding acoustic panels, planters and living walls will result in natural distancing, zoning spaces rather than dividing too harshly.

Let’s not forget that Covid-proofing the workplace can come from re-configuring existing furniture too, be it a new layout to create wider or one-way walkways or splitting up clusters of desks. Our design and space planning team is here to provide personalised, expert advice and solutions.

Informing & educating

The pandemic has impacted how we work and where we work in so many ways that you’d be forgiven for overlooking the need to inform and educate if distancing and hygiene protocols are to be adhered to. With that in mind, the ‘new normal’ workplace should incorporate clear, informative displays and signage, including sanitisation stations, desk hygiene policies, floor markings etc.

Whether your staff have already started returning to the office or you are looking at how to do so safely in the future, make sure you contact our team to discuss how we can support you.

Team from Alderley Edge Cricket Club takes part in 100 mile charity cycling trip

Sales director completes charity bike ride

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A few days ago, Egan Reid Group sales director Charlie Reid took part in a gruelling charity bike ride on one of the hottest days this year so far. The challenge took 14 friends from Alderley Edge Cricket Club on the 100 mile round trip to Neston Cricket Club on the Wirral and back in …

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A few days ago, Egan Reid Group sales director Charlie Reid took part in a gruelling charity bike ride on one of the hottest days this year so far.

The challenge took 14 friends from Alderley Edge Cricket Club on the 100 mile round trip to Neston Cricket Club on the Wirral and back in one day. Headed by Ben Lambert, they were raising funds for East Cheshire Hospice and highlighting the amazing care and support the hospice provides to communities in Macclesfield, Buxton, Congleton, High Legh, High Peak, Knutsford, Poynton, Wilmslow and the surrounding areas. East Cheshire Hospice has helped people with life limiting illnesses and their families for over 30 years and relies heavily on charitable donations and fundraising activities. As well as an inpatient unit, the hospice also offers a range of home services, complementary therapies, children’s services, counselling and a 24/7 palliative careline.

To date, the team has raised over £5,000 and you can still donate via the dedicated JustGiving page.

East Cheshire Hospice is a registered charity. Registered Charity No: 515104.

Man's back hurting without a sit-stand desk

Invest in your team’s wellbeing with sit-stand desking

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With more and more businesses adapting their workspaces to benefit their team, the pressure to provide a cutting-edge work environment for your employees has never been higher – and for good reason. Say gooodbye to those aches and pains On the forefront of this need to create better environments for staff, sit-stand desks provide an …

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With more and more businesses adapting their workspaces to benefit their team, the pressure to provide a cutting-edge work environment for your employees has never been higher – and for good reason.

Say gooodbye to those aches and pains

On the forefront of this need to create better environments for staff, sit-stand desks provide an innovative and simple solution to many long-recognised issues commonly found in the average workplace, such as neck pain, back ache, and wrist strain.

The problem has often been that no matter how healthy your lifestyle is outside work, your efforts are often lost when you step into the office, and you remain susceptible to injuries and conditions such as back pain or even elevated cholesterol. In fact, according to research committed by Fellowes, for every two hours of sitting, you cancel out a substantial 20 minutes of exercise, and with a full office working day potentially eight hours long you stand to undo over an hour of exercise (equal to an average session at the gym or perhaps a long run).

This is the least of your worries, however, as prolonged periods of sitting over time can lead to higher blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, which in turn can lead to unwanted health consequences. With a sit-stand desk, you remove these prolonged periods of remaining seated, and also reap the benefits of standing up to work. For example, whilst standing up to work, you burn 30% more calories than when sitting down. This may not seem like a lot, but this extra activity can actually reverse the effects of staying seated for too long.

The health benefits don’t end there…

Of course, physical health isn’t the only concern for an office space, and rightly so. The mental wellbeing of any team is crucial to a positive working environment. Research shows that workplace productivity sees a significantly valuable increase of 46% simply with the ongoing use of sit-stand desks. With that level of additional work rate and yield, the challenges your business faces can be easily overcome, allowing for a more resourceful and efficient team atmosphere.

Considering all of the above, are sit-stand desks for you? With benefits including reducing health risks and increasing workplace productivity, there’s a clear argument for integrating sit-stand desking into your workplace. For more information, get in touch with our team today and we can discuss how sit stand desks can help you and your team today!

Egan Reid grows with further acquisition

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Egan Reid are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Burslem Stationery Supplies following owners David and Karen Armstrong’s retirement in a deal that sees the leading independent dealer further strengthen its position in the North West. Burslem Stationery Supplies has a strong and loyal client base in and around …

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Egan Reid are proud to announce the acquisition of the goodwill and customer base of Burslem Stationery Supplies following owners David and Karen Armstrong’s retirement in a deal that sees the leading independent dealer further strengthen its position in the North West.

Burslem Stationery Supplies has a strong and loyal client base in and around Alsager, Cheshire, developed over the past 40 years by David and Karen Armstrong.

Andrew and Martin Reid, Egan Reid’s joint managing directors and owners, commented:

“This is Egan Reid’s second acquisition this year, the 6th in the last 7 years. These are challenging times for the office supplies trade, even more so for the smaller independent dealers who may not be able to offer the complete range of products and services we do, and we are always looking for opportunities to grow through further acquisitions.”

Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid Team Up to Help Out!

Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid Team Up to Help Out!

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Swagelok Manchester and it’s stationery supplier, Egan Reid, teamed up to help local school Cadishead Primary with a £400 donation of much-needed craft supplies. Speaking about the support from the two local businesses, Headteacher Neil Hargreaves said, “Cadishead Primary is extremely grateful to Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid for donating these materials to us. This …

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Swagelok Manchester and it’s stationery supplier, Egan Reid, teamed up to help local school Cadishead Primary with a £400 donation of much-needed craft supplies.

Speaking about the support from the two local businesses, Headteacher Neil Hargreaves said,

“Cadishead Primary is extremely grateful to Swagelok Manchester and Egan Reid for donating these materials to us. This will help us to make learning even more fun for our children. We are always trying to give the children the best possible experience in school but we cannot always afford the resources we need.”

Managing Director of Swagelok Manchester, Jon Hall, said,

“We are delighted to be able to help local children have access to materials that will inspire creativity and contribute to a fun learning environment. Special thanks must go to Charlie Reid and the team at Egan Reid, who have been fantastic in helping us to support the school.”

Egan Reid Welcome Todds into the Group

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We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in Todds Group, the Lincoln-based office supplies, furniture and fit-out specialist. This deal will be our 4th in 7 years and is a significant step in our group’s growth strategy as turnover heads towards £20 million. It brings together nearly two centuries of expertise …

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We are pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority stake in Todds Group, the Lincoln-based office supplies, furniture and fit-out specialist.

This deal will be our 4th in 7 years and is a significant step in our group’s growth strategy as turnover heads towards £20 million. It brings together nearly two centuries of expertise and innovation in workplace supplies and interiors, guaranteeing a bright and exciting future for both businesses. Shane Beesley will continue as Managing Director and shareholder of Todds Group.

Shane commented:

“I am really excited to become part of the larger Egan Reid Group and continue to develop Todds working with my existing team in Lincoln.”

Andrew and Martin Reid, our joint Managing Directors and owners, commented:

“This is another exciting stage in the company’s history. TODDS Group and Egan Reid complement each other very well, with the same values and aspirations. The acquisition is about much more than geographical expansion, it’s also an opportunity for our teams in Stockport, Bradford, the Isle of Man and now Lincoln to share knowledge and best practice and grow stronger together.”