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If you’ve binned the nine to five in favour of working for yourself, good on you. But here’s your next big challenge; creating a home office which not only works well for you but in which you can greet and meet with your clients in a professional manner. Dirty dishes, pet hair and laundry baskets … Read the full post …

Flexible office space on a budget

September 5th, 2018

Thinking about the way people work in your organisation is crucial to your bottom line. Research has shown that a more flexible working environment inevitably leads to happier employees, increased productivity and a more dynamic business. Technology is often the driving force behind a more flexible working ethos, and it’s becoming increasingly common to see … Read the full post …

It’s a catch 22 situation; you want your office to look plush and you want your employees to feel valued, but you’re up against a tight budget and can’t splash the cash on designer touches. What can you do? Thankfully there are some ways to give the impression of a more luxurious working environment, without … Read the full post …

Just as our natural environment can have an impact on how we feel, so the environment of an office can affect the mood, motivation and inspiration of those inside it. While it’s not always possible to take your staff for a walk on the beach to relax them during the day, it is achievable to … Read the full post …

Unless you’re in a trendy start up or cutting-edge tech firm, chances are your office is a little bit boring. We’ve all seen the images of Google and Co, with their pool tables and slides between floors, and thought how we wish our own offices could be so fun. And not just because we want … Read the full post …

We spend a third of our lives at work, so it’s important we learn how to be able to enjoy our time at the office more. It doesn’t have to be all deadlines, targets and workloads, you know. Here are ten top tips for making the office more fun. Implement even some of them and … Read the full post …

You might not realise this, but the office furniture you supply your staff with could be harmful to their health and safety. As an employer, you have a duty of care to ensure that you take all appropriate action to keep your staff from coming to harm during the course of their work. In the … Read the full post …

There are a number of small changes you can make to be happier at work, ranging from renewing your sense of purpose to getting a new workstation. Here’s a look at the ten best ways to improve workplace happiness. 10 tips to a happier workplace 1-   Sense of purpose: Re-orient your goals. When you start … Read the full post …

The two buzzwords in call centre recruitment are ‘performance’ and ‘retention’. As a call centre manager or owner you need to get the best performance from your staff so that your business can thrive in this competitive sector. You also need to retain your best staff and stop them leaving to work for your competitors. … Read the full post …

Encouraging productivity in your workforce rarely stems from a top-down approach. Targets may help to gauge productivity levels, certainly, while also helping to give direction to staff. However, you’ll find that productivity is often self-generated – contended staff will always work harder. If you create the right environment, one which empowers and inspires your team, … Read the full post …

As an employer, you’re tasked with an array of responsibilities. However, one of the most crucial is looking after your staff. It’s not only a good thing to look after the people who work for you, it’s also important to your bottom line. High employee satisfaction means better retention rates and less money spent on … Read the full post …

Office design trends come and go like any other fashion, but some top trends are likely to last more than others. Office interior design trends are often driven as much by new business cultures and HR practices as they are by more general fashion and style fads, which means there are some office trends worth … Read the full post …

Silicon Valley tech startups, as well as many creative industries, have ushered in an entirely new way of looking at the office space. Once infamous for the dreaded cubicle or shuttering teams away in separate rooms, the office space of the future is flexible, open and spacious. This highlights a trend for many employers to … Read the full post …

The workspace has changed a lot over the years. We’ve seen office spaces move from private office set ups to the dreaded cubicle and finally, in recent years, to the trend for open plan spaces. Each of these has their advantages and disadvantages (although most workers would argue that the cubicle has many advantages) and … Read the full post …

We live in a highly image-conscious age and what we look like is sometimes valued more highly than what we do. Whatever you feel about the modern focus on appearances, you need to be aware that the concept also applies to the work environment. These days a business has to worry about its appearance just … Read the full post …

The importance of a stylish, professional and ergonomic office cannot be underestimated. The way your office is designed can have a big impact on productivity levels and employee engagement. As well as designing an office as a pleasant place to spend time, it’s important to keep up with the latest trends and fashions in interior … Read the full post …

Did you know that the design of the office you work in can actually affect your productivity in a variety of positive and negative ways? Peldon Rose, a very successful office refurb and design agency based in London, carried out a wide-ranging survey of workplaces in the capital to see how different factors in the … Read the full post …

Have you been thinking of setting up a small office as your business grows, but unsure how you decide on the right office set-up? What about furniture? Well, there’s good news: with careful planning and consideration, you could have the perfect office space set up in no time, with furniture that suits all your business … Read the full post …

Working from home is fantastic. You get to be your own boss, set your own hours and set up your working space specifically for you. Your own territory. Problem is, if you need help with that, you’ve probably been bombarded with search results on “setting up a home office” that reveal cute little desks, pastel … Read the full post …

Staff recruitment is an expensive business. You have the outlay of searching for, shortlisting, interviewing and selecting candidates. Then you spend months training them up and equipping them with the skills to do the job effectively. It’s a financial and business disaster if they promptly leave you, taking precious skills and knowledge to a competitor. … Read the full post …

As a new start-up you may not have a huge budget for kitting out your office but this does not mean that you want to compromise on design. It is essential that you get the look and feel of your workspace just right so that you can attract the staff that you need and impress … Read the full post …

Sky Central, the communication company’s newly upgraded headquarters, is setting the standard for innovative office design that encourages collaboration and time management. It arises from fairly humble beginnings; a low rise modish steel exterior set. However, if you try to walk around it, you soon realise that the building is huge and one side of … Read the full post …

Perhaps luxury is the way forward if you want to retain your employees and keep them working hard for you? The time for budget office design may be well and truly over and it could be the moment to search for some Sven Fulcrum Accent Real Wood Veneer office furniture. Just how luxurious can London … Read the full post …

Small businesses ignore the influence that the working environment has on their employee’s motivation and productivity at their peril. This is an opportunity that is too good to miss and that costs little to exploit. Part of the problem is that employees do not feel able to voice concerns about the office design to their … Read the full post …

The correlation between employee satisfaction and business productivity was established several years ago. Hugh profile leaders of the tech industry, such as Apple, Google and Facebook, blazed the trail in employee-centred workplaces and work cultures. Gone were the highly rigid and sterile office environments. The structured, desk-bound working day was ditched in favour of socialization … Read the full post …

We are in a gadget-mad age and the office workspace has not escaped! Every time you open up your social media feeds you will be bombarded with the latest innovative, and sometimes whacky, trends in workplace paraphernalia. Are new fads in office furniture, such as Sit-Stand Office Desks, simply there for our entertainment or do … Read the full post …

Of all the office trends that have come and gone over the last decade, the most persistent, and most applied, is the open office. Employers jumped on this trend, citing expectations of increased collaboration, creative thinking and productivity. However, the benefit for employers themselves was usually the main reason for opening up the workspace, as … Read the full post …

According to a recent report by conference call provider Powwownow, business based in London are increasingly moving towards flexible working. With flexible working a big draw for young people and graduates, businesses are seeing the benefit of allowing workers the freedom to work between the office, home and out in the field. 76% of young … Read the full post …

Feeling regular eye strain at work? Getting constant migraines and pressure headaches? Often feeling drowsy and lacking in concentration? You’re not alone – employees the world over report these systems when working in an office and the reason might be a surprising one – lighting. Poor office lighting is responsible for a vast range of … Read the full post …

Working in a busy office can be incredibly distracting – especially if the business has converted to the popular open plan layout. Visibility equals availability in many people’s eyes, which means there’s nothing to stop constant intrusions while you’re in the middle of important tasks. Even being distracted for a few minutes can eat into … Read the full post …

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