HOW TO INCORPORATE BRANDING INTO YOUR OFFICE DESIGN

You may already have a functional and practical office design, but does it really embody your brand?

Branding is important for any business, it gives you the opportunity to stand out from your competitors and to encourage pride within your employees. If you have clients, customers or prospective employees visiting your offices regularly, branding is crucial. You want people leaving your premises remembering who you are and being impressed by your corporate culture.

We have come up with 4 simple yet effective ways to help you incorporate branding into your office design…

Wall and glass vinyl artwork…

Your office walls and partitions are the perfect blank canvas to promote your brand and ethos. Glass partitions can be beautifully designed with manifestations which not only provide privacy but also add the wow factor. Similarly, productivity and staff morale can be increased by applying motivational quotes.

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There are certain regulatory requirements when it comes to glass partitioning, in a previous blog we explained the regulations in more detail, click here for more information.

Vinyl artwork is also a great way to emphasise a company’s mission’s statement or core values. Logos, keywords or images of products or the local area can inject some fun into the office. With clients and customers visiting the offices, vinyl graphics are quite the statement piece, which means they will leave an impression on visitors whilst brightening up the office space. If your organisation has particular links to the locality, images from the local area could be a good way to transform walls or a vinyl representation of the company’s history can convey your evolution from humble beginnings to present-day success.

Office furniture fabrics and carpet designs…

When going through the design process, office furniture plays a rather prominent part of the design and are a great way to use your brand colours. Furnishings tend to pull the design together but you will need to consider the fabric choices carefully because going overboard may be a little bit overwhelming. For every strong colour choice you make, choose a calmer colour to couple with it, that way there’s still bursts of colour but it’s not overpowering. Different fabrics can be used on screens, operator chairs, blinds, and carpets. A hint of colour can be incorporated into carpet tiles for a subtle effect or you can go bold with a contrasting border for example.

Painting…

It’s an obvious one, but being fun with paint can add interest to the design. In addition to neutral colours, which are generally preferable to create a light, bright office space, a splash of colour on feature walls or painting columns injects interest. Integrate shapes from the corporate logo into designs on the wall, geometric shapes work particularly well here.

Click here to find out more about the importance of colour in the workplace.

Statement signs in reception/waiting area…

A lot of businesses tend to neglect areas that should reflect their company’s brand. One area of the workplace that is vital for creating a good first impression, is the reception, or waiting area. This is a chance for your business to create a space that is inviting and pleasing on the eye, whilst promoting the corporate image you wish to convey, such as ‘professional’ or ‘creative’. Having a unique statement sign with your company name and/or logo helps to increase brand identity and makes a dramatic impact on arrival. Signs can be made of many different materials such as glass, metal or Perspex, or why not use a biophilic design for extra impact.

Click here to find out more on the importance of reception areas.

If you would like any help or advice about incorporating your brand into your office design, get in touch and the Office Changes team will be more than happy to help.

COMPLETED OFFICE FURNITURE INSTALLATION IN MARESFIELD, SUSSEX

Office Changes have recently completed an office furniture installation for a client in Maresfield. Keep reading to find out more! :)

Who was the project for?

GP Plumbing & Heating Engineers, who provide plumbing and heating services to new housing development, working alongside contractors across the South East.

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About the project

GP Plumbing selected Office Changes, to provide, install and space plan their new offices in Maresfield, Ashdown Business Park to make better use of the space. Having to keep in mind the number of employees we had fit in, we had quite an open design brief, we decided to choose fabric colours that matched GP Pluming’s branding to keep the furniture looking smart.

Office furniture we installed:

  • Visitor’s area/reception
  • Kitchen – table and stools
  • Desks
  • Storage
  • Desk for Managing Director and visitor table and chairs

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With the storage, we decided to go with a white finish to keep the office space smart and clinical, which works well with the overall design of the office. When it came to choosing the desktop finishes for the desks we decided to go with the new 3D MFC wood called White Halifax Oak, which is designed to have the visual appearance of wood, but it’s created from natural timber, such a beautiful finish!

We hope that GP Plumbing loves their new office furniture and get settled into their new home in no time! :)

If you are looking to upgrade your office furniture, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we will be more than happy to help.

WHAT IS AGILE & FLEXIBLE WORKING AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Has the term “agile working” got you thinking about introducing this way of working to your business?

Designing an agile working environment will help benefit both the business and employees. By creating different zones within the office, allows your employees the freedom to work where, and however they want, enabling all work to be completed efficiently.

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The main reason agile working has become a popular way of working is that it allows employees to work in a space or area that they feel comfortable in, improving productivity, allowing employees to do their job with maximum flexibility. It may be necessary for some businesses to be sat at a desk all day, but if you can help it, introducing agile working to your business, will be very beneficial.

Other employee advantages for agile working, may include:

  • Improves staff morale
  • More freedom
  • Increases staff collaboration
  • Removes the hierarchy within the office

Advantages for the business:

  • Reduces tardiness
  • Increases employees commitment to the company
  • Higher employee engagement

Flexible working

There are many benefits employees when it comes to flexible working. Giving employees the opportunity to work around personal life that suits their individual needs, will only want people to work for your business even more.

Other benefits for employees:

  • Money saving – commuting to work less in the week will save money, either being spent on public or own transport
  • Working with your strengths – whether you’re a morning or afternoon person, having the option to work when you want, will help you approach your job in a positive way

However, the question you may be looking for is, “but how does this benefit the business?”

  • Reduces absenteeism
  • Improves retention – people are less likely to leave the company, as employees feel more valued and appreciated when you’re willing to schedule work around them
  • A higher number of people are likely to apply for jobs for your company
  • May reduce overheads – hot-desking environment, no need for lots of furniture

If you are thinking of introducing agile or flexible working to your business, get in touch today. Office Changes can help you create an office design that will benefit both the businesses and employee needs.

OUR TOP THREE FAVOURITE PRODUCTS FROM OCEE’S NEW WINTER COLLECTION!

In Ocee Design’s winter collection, we have been introduced to a beautiful new range of products from their Scandinavian designers. The latest collection is highly functional, durable and perfect for any workplace. The new products have been made predominantly using metal and wood, which have become increasingly popular materials to use in office design. It is clear to see with this range that Ocee has focused on saving space and being environmentally friendly, which is always a bonus, as Office Changes is all about helping the environment!

We have had a look through the collection and chosen our three favourite products that we think will add superb finishing touches to your office design

  1. FourReal®A

This product is definitely a new favourite of ours. If you’re designing a space to be used for multiple purposes, the FourReal®A product is perfect for collaboration, socialising and informal meetings. The best feature of the A-Frame is that you can add plants, lights or any other accessories you may want to create a visually appealing piece of furniture that can be transformed into a central feature within the space.

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  1. Four®Stools

The new Four®Stool range can be completely tailored to suit your office. With options of oak or steel legs and upholstered seat pads in any colour or fabric, you can design the stools to complement the overall concept within the environment. The great thing about the Four®Stools is that you are not limited to one seat. There are three different height options, allowing the stools to be used in different office environments. Four®Stools can also be mixed and matched with the rest of Four product family.

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  1. FourUs®Work Booth

Last, but not least, we have chosen the FourUs®Work Booth to be in our top three. This product was chosen again for its multi-purpose design. The booth promotes a space for collaboration and meetings. The high backs act as a sound barrier, providing a space for more private conversations or a space for people to concentrate. The FourUs®Work Booth has a pivot table, which has been designed with easy access in mind.

If you would like to find out more information about the Four Family get in touch today!

WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN MOVING INTO YOUR NEW OFFICE

Moving offices isn’t always that easy, it’s a good idea to start planning your move well in advance to ensure that you face no major problems and the office relocation runs as smoothly as possible.

Office Relocation gives you the flexibility to employ more people and it’s a great opportunity for your business to grow and improve.

This infographic tells you what you should consider when moving offices:

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With over 15 years of experience relocating companies on budget and on time. The Office Changes team can help you find the right office for your business.

If you would like to find out more information please do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01444 474728 or email info@officechanges.com.

COMPLETE OFFICE FIT-OUT PROJECT IN RICHMOND, SURREY

Who are Stopgap?

Stopgap is a marketing recruitment agency, which started in 1993. They were the first recruitment company to focus on the diverse and dynamic world of marketing and digital.

About the project

Stopgap chose to partner with Office Changes, who completely revamped their old, tired office into a bright, modern space in Richmond, Surrey.

Wanting to stay in their office, Stopgap wanted to create a space showcasing their branding and add some character to the office. Office Changes was able to design and create a functional, modern office that accommodated to all employees, completed with sit-stand desks with a concrete MFC desktop finish, complimented with Perspex desk screens and pink fabric. Opting for sit-stand desks creates a more flexible space for staff, giving them the option to sit or stand while working.

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We incorporated lockers into the design, where employees can store away personal items and any equipment they may have to lock away overnight. We decided to finish the lockers with a random lay design using Stopgaps branding colours on some of the doors, so it wouldn’t overpower the rest of the office design. Finishing the design off with a brand new drinks area, for the Stopgappers to enjoy their Friday afternoon drinks!

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The Office Changes team thoroughly enjoyed taking on this office fit-out project for Stopgap, we are so happy with the end result and we hope that Stopgap enjoys their new home!

If you are looking to fit-out your office space and you need some help and guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch, call us on 01444 474278 or email info@officechanges.com.

TIPS TO KEEP YOURSELF & OFFICE COOL DURING SUMMER

It is very important for your office to be cool during the summer months. Especially, as temperatures have rocketed over the last month and are looking to stay high throughout the rest of summer.

We have put together some tips that you can use to help keep your office cool…

Food

Your body creates metabolic heat when it’s breaking down foods, so when you have larger meals, your body produces more heat. So to compromise, eat smaller meals but more frequent so your body doesn’t produce loads of heat.

Stay Hydrated

A lot of people are guilty of not drinking enough water throughout the day, however, during the summer, it is even more important to consume enough water. Every day you should aim for 2-3 litres. This is because you usually sweat more, so make sure you drink plenty of cold water.

A simple way of planning out and keeping track of the amount you drink is putting a bottle of water in the freezer and as it melts throughout the day then you take sips of the cold water.

Keep them closed

If your office isn’t equipped with air conditioning, keep the blinds or curtains closed during the day, this helps to prevent the greenhouse effect.

Heat rises, so depending on your window layout, keep the top windows open as the hot air will leave through the top window, keeping the office cooler.

Still feeling hot?

If you’re still feeling hot and bothered, try running your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds every couple of hours or splash a bit of water on the back of your neck, as the cold water cools down the central veins by your pulse points.

Switch it off

Electrical equipment gives out a lot of heat. If you are not using a certain piece of equipment, turn it off. It not only stops producing unnecessary heat, but it will keep the energy bill down too.

If you would like any further help or advice on how to keep your office cool during the summer periods, please do not hesitate to get in touch, call us on 01444 474278 or email sales@officechanges.com.

Written by Louise Fletcher – Work experience!

IS THE OFFICE KITCHEN THE HEART OF YOUR WORKPLACE?

The office kitchen has become an important area in the workplace. It’s an area where employees come together and communicate on a more regular basis!

Without a doubt, the office kitchen has evolved over the years, with a lot of inspiration being taken from home interiors.

Everyone knows the saying “the kitchen is the heart of the home” but is it the heart of the workplace as well?

We have put together some points as to why we think the office kitchen may be the heart of the workplace…

Informal meetings!

Being the central point of any office. The kitchen is the perfect place for an informal meeting, it’s a great place to invite clients to help them feel relaxed and welcome. It’s also a good way to gather your team together for any quick updates or announcements.

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Building work relationships!

Allowing colleagues to go to an area and interact with those who on a day-to-day basis usually wouldn’t work closely with, will create a stronger workforce and will help the business to grow.

Eating healthier!

Providing an area where employees can store and prepare their meals, may prevent them from buying food every day from a shop. A kitchen helps to assist your employees to maintain a healthier diet throughout the day and saves them money.

Chill time!

The office kitchen can be used for some downtime so employees can re-energise and regain more focus before heading back to work. Adding games to the kitchen such as; pool tables and game consoles is a great way to get everyone away from their desks and helps to increase morale and productivity.

If you would like any help or advice on how to create the perfect kitchen for your business, then get in touch and the Office Changes team will be more than happy to help.

BIOPHILIA DESIGN: WHY YOUR OFFICE SHOULD HAVE IT!

What is Biophilia design?

Biophilia office design is focused on the connection between humans and nature within the working environment and when applied it helps to improve the space employees work in. Having numerous benefits to their health.

Why should it be incorporated into the workplace?

Biophilia isn’t about bringing plants into the office to make it look more aesthetically pleasing, it’s a lot more involved than that. Most people who work, work inside and may be restricted to natural light and nature. Bringing in natural elements into an office environment has been known to help reduce stress. Whilst also helping to increase productivity, creativity and well-being.

Does it improve the air quality?

Biophilia office design allows for better ventilation making it easier to breathe. Having plants placed around the office improves the level of oxygen, removing any bacteria or smells that may be trapped in the office. It helps to fight fatigue and helps employees to stay refreshed and focused.

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It’s not just about having plants!

There are plenty of other ways you can bring nature to your office design, such as natural materials like wood or stones. You don’t have to go overboard, but you can be creative with how you bring those elements in. You can create wooden shelving or have stone decorative pieces.

A trend that seems to be on the rise in the office are living walls. If you would rather have one main feature for the office instead of lots of plants, this is the perfect option to choose without taking up too much floor or desk space.

Other ways you can bring in biophilia design:

  • Water features
  • Use earthy textures and patterns
  • Incorporate wooden furniture

If you are looking to improve your office space through Biophilia design, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Please call on 01444 474278 or email us at sales@officechanges.com.

WHAT IS ERGONOMICS AND WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Ergonomics is the process of designing or arranging workplaces, products and systems so that they fit the people who use them.

Good ergonomics will help to maximise comfort, safety and performance thereby increasing productivity and staff well-being and attendance levels. Assessments and collaboration with employees to ascertain areas requiring improvement are an important part of managing a workplace.

5 proven benefits of an ergonomic office environment:

  • Reduced costs, due to less sick days, and increased productivity
  • Improved work ethic and job satisfaction
  • Higher employee engagement
  • Increased performance and better quality of work
  • Better health and safety – creates a better safety culture

In an office environment, an ergonomic workstation layout is vital for employeesFrequently used items should be easy to operate and reach. Desks should be the correct size and height so that they are functional and provide enough space for employees’ legs, thus minimising discomfort. Chairs should be adjustable to take into account different body sizes and heights. Thought should be given to lighting; inadequate lighting or glare can cause eye strain and headaches. Temperature, humidity and noise levels are all key aspects to be considered when creating the ideal workspace. Too hot impairs concentration, too cold and employees can become stiff. Low humidity can cause dry eyes and throat, whilst high humidity can cause perspiration.

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  • Office employees can be seated for an average of 8 hours a day. A well-designed chair can alleviate bad posture whilst regular breaks can improve circulation and concentration.
  • Height-adjustable desks are increasingly popular as they allow the user to sit or stand as and when necessary whilst working.
  • LED lights are known to reduce eyestrain and headaches.
  • A zoned heating / air-conditioning unit will enable employees to adapt the temperature to their needs.
  • Screens and acoustic panels provide privacy and can eliminate excessive noise. Partitions can provide quiet work areas and meeting spaces.

Top 5 tips for a comfortable workstation:

  • Sit upright in your chair close to the workstation and ensure your body is supported by the chair’s back support. Tilt the seat 5-10° downwards and sit with feet flat on the floor, or supported by a footstool if the floor cannot be reached.
  • Sit directly in front of the computer screen and keyboard to avoid neck twisting. Take regular breaks to stand up and stretch your legs.
  • Ensure all items are within easy reach so that you aren’t twisting or bending in an unnatural position at your desk.
  • Position screens at eye level (laptops should be raised and use a separate keyboard) and look away from the screen every few minutes to vary focal length and avoid eyestrain. Move the screens to avoid any glare or reflections.
  • Relax shoulders, and regularly check that they do not become tense or hunched. Arms should hang down naturally from shoulders and there should be a right angle at your elbow when using your keyboard. Avoid using keyboard or mouse wrist rests for permanently resting your wrists on while you are working.

If you are interested in bringing ergonomics into your office design, do not hesitate to get in touch. Call us on 01444 474278 or email sales@officechanges.com