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,

Egan Reid Launches New Workplace Supplies Catalogue

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Egan Reid have now launched their 60th anniversary edition 2017-2018 Workplace Supplies catalogue, a must-have packed with some 500 pages of office stationery and paper, furniture, office technology and accessories, workplace catering and hygiene supplies, workwear, site and safety supplies…

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Egan Reid have now launched their 60th anniversary edition 2017-2018 Workplace Supplies catalogue, a must-have packed with some 500 pages of office stationery and paper, furniture, office technology and accessories, workplace catering and hygiene supplies, workwear, site and safety supplies. As always, the publication features a vast range of money-saving ‘best buy’ products as well as well-known brands.

New to this publication is a core range of workwear and protective clothing including head, eye, ear and respiratory protection, gloves, disposable protective workwear, high visibility wear, everyday workwear and safety footwear.

Request your free copy of the Egan Reid catalogue here, or click here to view the digital version

The release of the catalogue comes only a matter of days before the launch of Egan Reid’s new online ordering platform for business clients. More information will follow soon.

How have offices modernised over the past 60 years?

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Since the inception of Egan Reid way back in 1957, we have been providing offices, businesses and schools with the necessary supplies and services required for day-to-day operations. Consequently, as we celebrate our 60th Birthday year, we recollect the numerous…

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Since the inception of Egan Reid way back in 1957, we have been providing offices, businesses and schools with the necessary supplies and services required for day-to-day operations. Consequently, as we celebrate our 60th Birthday year, we recollect the numerous office fit outs undertaken from the more traditional offices to much more modern, specialised workspaces. As such, here we discuss how offices have transformed over the past 60 years:

Creative & Collaborative Workspaces

Gone are the days of the grey, boring and uninspiring offices that are reminiscent of the popular TV show ‘The Office’. Today, businesses utilise their workspace to be functional, creative and attractive in order to get the most out of their staff and provide an appealing place to invite customers.

Over the past few decades, there have been a multitude of articles that demonstrate a positive correlation between creative office spaces and the productivity of workforces. From standing desks to office plants; creative and collaborative workspaces have become the norm and this trend is continuing to proliferate into the future.

Integration of Technology

Since entering the technological or digital age, the digitisation of data has meant that businesses no longer require space to house paper records. Moreover, the integration of technology into the workplace was an essential turning point for organisations, as the shift would prepare them for a global technological revolution.

Since this move from physical to digital operations, the inclusion of technology throughout office based businesses have streamlined their operations to maximise productivity and output. Inevitably, the introduction and growth of the internet has facilitated much of this, but there is also much more to come as the internet continues to mature.

Heightening Productivity & Output

In the 21st Century, there has been a great desire from organisations to improve the way their teams communicate and collaborate on team projects. As such, the introduction of cloud based computing, in addition to unified communications systems and devices, have paved the way for more meaningful cooperation where every member of the team is involved.

In the past, businesses would need to rely on communication via post or a landline phone, and it is only since the days of the internet that businesses have been able to bring themselves closer to their customers.

Global Communications

For businesses looking to make their way abroad, the past wasn’t so forgiving to them, as the logistical feasibility of uniting employees that do not work within the same room has always been a challenge. Until the introduction of the Internet, that is!

Through the utilisation of online communication tools, both employers and employees can communicate with consummate ease no matter where they are in the world. So when it comes down to accommodating larger workforces, in the past, employees would be crammed into offices like sardines, whereas now offices are generally more spacious. As such, this is no longer so much of a common issue, since the abundance of technology and use of the Internet has eradicated outdated communicational problems.

Summary

In short, offices have modernised to adapt with the changing of the times, but are almost always associated with the same goal in mind; to improve the way we work. In the past, this has never really been an issue as the sheer number of office based businesses has grown exponentially since the launch of the internet. However, in this day and age, offices need to be designed in a way that heightens productivity and raises morale in order to get the most out of employees.

 

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.