HÅG CAPISCO: “THE DESIGN ICON – STILL GOING STRONG”

HÅG CAPISCO 8106

The HÅG 8106 chair by Flokk, is like no other, with its saddle-like seat and its cross-shaped backrest. The HÅG chair is the perfect choice if you’re looking to stand out from the crowd. HÅG offers flexibility and is customisable to suit the needs of your business. With any fabric colour of your choice, making it the perfect chair to use in collaboration and meeting areas.

Sitting for long periods of time is never a good idea. However, if your job requires you to be sat down, the HÅG 8106 is designed for maximum comfort and movement causing no stress to the body. The saddle seat is designed to keep an upright posture with the curved backrest, releasing pressure off your spine. There are varies ways in which you can use the chair by sitting forwards, backwards and sideways.

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HÅG lets you sit at any height you want, adapting to workstations at different heights. Having the option to move freely, keeping you active and focused whilst working. It is important to remember that everybody is different, so everyone will have different ways in which they feel comfortable to work. Offering this solution to your employees will keep them happy and productive, which will benefit your business in the long run.

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HÅG CAPISCO 8010

If your work is based in laboratories, the HÅG CAPISCO PULS 8010 is the plastic version of the HÅG 8106. The seat has a soft cushion, making it still comfortable to use. The seat and backrest can be adjusted like the HÅG CAPISCO 8106 allowing it to move freely and comfortably. The HÅG 8010 is great for laboratory use. It is lightweight and easy to clean, useful when working in clinical areas. A major benefit to using the 8010 chairs is that they are ESD (Electrostatic Dissipative) certified chairs, which means they are designed to minimize the static electric build-up. HÅG 8010 is only approved with black anti-static vinyl.

If you purchase 10 x HÅG CAPISCO chairs you get 1 free. This offer ends on the 1st December 2018!

“HÅG CAPISCO 8106 & 8010 are truly unique pieces of office furniture.”

The Office Changes team definitely approves!

If you would like more information on the HÅG CAPISCO 8106 or the 8010, please do get in touch.

BRIGHTEN UP THE WORKPLACE WITH THE NEW DESIGNER FINISHES!

Sven has designed a new range of bright and colourful finishings for your office furniture!

Autumn has arrived, which means the cold weather is approaching too. Making it harder for people to stay productive and focused. However, let’s not make that the case, especially at work. Sven’s new designer finishes simply help to brighten up your office furniture, keeping those smiles on your employee’s faces.

We have noticed that more and more clients are loving this colourful trend and rightly so – it looks amazing!

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These new designer finishes offer you plenty of choices. If you are looking for something smart or a bit edgier, there is something for everyone. It doesn’t stop there… you can also transform your pedestals and storage to match the rest of your office.

Using colour helps to divide up spaces in a workplace that may be used for different purposes. For more information on colour in the workplace, check out our other blog here for more details. Or if you would like to know more about office furniture get in touch, call us on 01444 474728 or email info@officechanges.com.

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WHY SHOULD YOUR OFFICE HAVE GLASS MANIFESTATIONS?

Glass manifestations are designed to be applied to windows, doors, partitions and any other large areas of clear glass. By law, offices with glass partitioning will need manifestations because it performs a safety role, as it shows that there is glass there and prevents any injuries from happening.

Manifestations aren’t just about being safe, it is a chance for you to be as creative as you want, adding patterns, colours, images and wording. Adding film work to glass partitioning is a perfect way for businesses to incorporate their branding into their design, for example, their logo. It’s such a simple yet effective way to help employees feel inspired and boost productivity, by giving the space a bit of character. 

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Glass manifestations can enhance a space in the office making it feel more open. This is great for office design because it can make an area feel more appealing and attractive, which can help draw in new potential customers/clients.

Manifestations are something a business should look into if you are thinking of installing glass partitions. If you would like to get in touch to discuss adding glass manifestations to spruce up your office design, please do not hesitate to get in touch, call on 01444 474728 or email sales@officechanges.com.

Written by Louise Fletcher – Work Experience.

IDEAS TO GET YOUR OFFICE SUMMER READY!

It’s true, the sun really does make people happier! But, for most people, working in an office on hot Summers day can have the reverse effect. Everyone would love to be outside soaking up the rays, but the reality is, you have to work!

Office Changes has come to your rescue, we have put together office design ideas to help your employees stay happy no matter what time of year it is.

Glass Partitioning

Glass partitioning is an excellent way to segregate a workplace whilst maintaining as much of the natural light transfer through a building as possible. Glass partitioning helps to give an overall feeling of space, unlike solid walls, which provide a more defined division between spaces, blocking natural light to flow through the office.

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Brighten the space up

A splash of colour helps to bring your office to life, but you need to ensure you incorporate the right colours. Many businesses like to use colours that match their branding, but if you want to add a little extra, colours such as:

Yellow – You might think yellow is very bright, but, used in the right way can really lift the space. The colour is connected to optimism and creativity, so what better places to incorporate the colour than in meeting rooms or breakout areas, where people come to collaborate.

Green – This colour is perfect for areas that adopt the calm and relaxing feel. If you are working with computers all day, the colour green helps to reduce eyestrain.

Air conditioning is a MUST have through Summer

Feeling hot and stuffy is uncomfortable for anyone, especially at work. It will lower productivity and the overall mood, which isn’t good for any business. Air conditioning systems are great, they remove the moisture in the room. This will stop people from feeling sleepy and lethargic.

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Create an open space

If you haven’t already, you should think about creating an open plan space in your office. Not only is it more modern nowadays, it helps sunlight to shine through, making the space more bright and airy – perfect for a Summers day!

Do you need help to get your office Summer ready? Please do not hesitate to get in touch, call us at 01444474728 or email us sales@officechanges.com.

TIPS TO HELP YOU FIND THE PERFECT OFFICE LOCATION!

For those businesses who are looking to expand or have simply outgrown their office space, it may be time to look for a new home for your business. We have put some simple tips together that can help you find the right office location…

1. What are your business needs?

Finding out exactly what your business needs are before moving, this will help you find the appropriate space for your business.

Consider these points:

  • What stationary and equipment do you need?
  • Do the existing utilities meet your requirements?
  • Are you looking to expand your business in the future or stay with the same number of employees?
  • How much space do you need to accommodate each employee?
  • Do you need an office that has space for meeting/training rooms?
  • Do you need furniture?

Thinking about these points beforehand will only make the relocation run smoothly and save you time.

2.The location

When it comes to location, you need somewhere that makes your business stand out, look professional and is easy for everyone to get to. You should base your decision on these points:

  • What image do you want your business to portray?
  • Is the location easily accessible to yourself, your employees and customers/clients?
  • Do you think the new location will attract new customers/clients?
  • If employees don’t travel by car, is the location close to public transport?
  • Is the location close to your competitors? Being close to your competitors may mean they have already got a lot of your new potential customers/clients in that area.
  • Are there amenities nearby for lunch breaks?
  • If employees do travel by car, is there parking available?

3. Redesigning the space

If you have found a location you really like, but the office layout isn’t quite how you would like it. A new office design will help you get the office you want, in the location you want. Think about what things would you like to change or add to the office:

  • What sort of rooms/spaces do you need?
  • Consider windows/lighting placement
  • If wanted, where will air conditioning, heating and ventilation be located?
  • Think branding, colour is important!

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4. Budgets

Money.

This is what it all comes down too… in every office design you can go as crazy as you want but do you really have the budgets for it. Before going ahead with any work, it is important that you have set a budget aside so you know what you’re working with. Office Changes will help you create the space you desire whether it be big or small within your budget. We also offer flexible finance and payment plans. With financing options to spread the cost of your project over a number of years, you can then shrink your initial outlay, stretch your budget and meet your business goals sooner.

Money saving tip:

A great way to save yourself money is to use an area for multiple reasons. For example; instead of having designated meeting rooms, create a soft seating area that can be used for both meetings and for people to chat when they’re taking a break.

If you are looking to relocate and design your new office, and need some help and advice. The Office Changes team can help you, get in touch with us today via sales@officechanges.com or 01444 474728.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE ERGONOMIC CHAIRS IN THE OFFICE?

When working in an office environment, people tend to spend a great deal of time sitting down at their desk. Without having the correct chair for support, this can cause problems for the lower part of the back, neck and to posture.

Here are a few reasons as to why you should purchase ergonomic chairs for the office…

1. Supporting your posture…

When sitting at a desk for more than 8 hours a day, the body will start to become very agitated and you may start to experience some pain in the lower back. Having a well designed ergonomic chair with good adjustability will allow most users of different sizes to achieve good support.

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2. Comfortability…

Ergonomic chairs have all the necessary adjustable features that fit your needs and will support your body, preventing any long-term health issues from occurring.

3. Reducing neck problems…

Sitting for a long time not only affects the lower back but also the neck and without any neck support, it is possible to develop a stiff neck and shoulder. Ergonomic chairs can have headrests that help to support your head and neck and thereby reduce any stiffness or injury that may occur.

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4. Reducing the risk of back pain…

Traditional chairs tend to leave you feeling uncomfortable, which puts a lot of pressure and stress on your back.  The correct ergonomic chair will help to support the natural curve of your spine and should be designed with enough height so that they support the whole of your back. They also allow you to move back 90 degrees allowing you to stretch and move comfortably.

5. Headrests…

Headrests are particularly helpful for users that suffer from neck and shoulder problems, allowing the muscles in this area to relax and helping to increase the blood flow.

6. Moveable armrests…

Having armrests that can be adjusted helps support the weight of your arms, enabling the reduction of a muscle strain in the shoulders and upper arms. Armrests are a benefit when using the keyboard or mouse, but if they are not height adjustable, they can cause problems when the armrest hit the edge of the desk, which can cause users to perch on the edge of their seat with no back support.

The features that an ergonomic chair has to offer, accommodate your everyday needs. If you need any help or advice on types of an ergonomic chair or other ergonomic furniture, Office Changes can help you.

5 SUCCESSFUL TIPS FOR YOUR OFFICE FIT-OUT

Before you commit to relocating to new premises, have a look at what you can do with your existing office space. If you are hoping to expand your business, things can be done at your current office that allows for more room, such as; knocking down a wall or introduce bench desks.

Here are our 5 top tips for a successful office fit-out!

1. Planning is a crucial part when fitting out your office…

To help start things off smoothly, set all deadlines with your chosen fit-out partner, it helps to give you an idea of what will be done and when it will be completed. When all deadlines are discussed, this allows you to plan any other tasks that need to be completed, for example, phone lines and broadband.

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2. Finding the right fit-out partner…

Finding an experienced office fit-out specialist for your project, not only can save you time but money and stress as well. Office Changes will guide you in making right decisions, encourage whats best for the business and ensure you avoid any major problems. Ensure your fit-out partner is clear of your vision for your refurbishment and understands what it is you’re trying to achieve.

3. Know your budget…

Depending on what you want for your office fit-out the price will vary. To avoid escalating costs, make sure you’re happy with your office design concept. Ensure you get quotes for absolutely everything to get the best price but also the best quality of work. It can be easy to go over budget if you’re not careful, make sure you know exactly what budget you have to play with.

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4. Managing the office fit-out…

Once you have sorted out all finance and legal issues, start to declutter your office in doing this, you can assess whether you will need all current storage and furniture or whether you are in need of some more. Preparing early will only help to run things as smoothly as possible.

5. Communication…

Plan to have meetings with your office fit-out partner regularly, it is important that you know exactly what is going on and when it is happening.

Planning an office fit out can be stressful if you need any help or advice for your project, Office Changes can help, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

5 PRODUCTIVITY INDUCING DESIGN OBJECTIVES FOR YOUR REFIT

1. The correct office furniture

Invest in well-designed workstations and ergonomic office chairs, which in turn promote productivity and reduce fatigue and discomfort. Modern and stylish office furniture not only looks great but can really have a positive impact on staff performance. If workstations are poorly designed, dated and uncomfortable to work at, staff are likely to feel unmotivated.

2. Office lighting makes “a world of difference”.

Incorporate full-spectrum lighting that mimics natural daylight as much as possible, replacing traditional fluorescent office lights that can cause headaches. Our eyes respond better to artificial light that closely replicates the intensity and range of colours found in natural daylight, and as such eye strain and tiredness are reduced.

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3. Keep it fresh!

Ensure that fresh air is circulating in the office to both prevent the build-up and spread of germs and bacteria, and also to prevent fatigue. A hot, stuffy office reduces productivity and whether incorporated into an air conditioning system, introduced manually as a fresh air supply, or through opening a window, fresh air is absolutely essential to a highly productive office.

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4. Bring the outdoors inside.

There have been countless studies that have concluded that applying elements of the natural world to working spaces promotes calmness and relaxation. Whilst employees are required to work it is absolutely essential that the work environment decreases stress wherever possible. Planters, living walls, graphics, images and raw, natural products stimulate people and keep them grounded.

5. Encourage collaboration and teamwork.

For any business, getting employees to engage in conversation, help one another and to share information is crucial, improving productivity. Well-designed breakout areas allow employees to come together more informally than in a meeting room, which boosts communication, creativity and initiative, along with a stronger “team” ethic. Many companies now immerse themselves in providing spaces that are highly informal, bright and colourful, where staff can socialise and meet in groups for open discussion.

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Keeping your employees happy and healthy, with a productivity induced working environment is a must. Why not try these simple steps to reduce absenteeism and stress, and promote hard work!  Here at Office Changes, we can help you.

TOP 5 OFFICE DESIGN TRENDS YOU SHOULD HAVE IN THE WORKPLACE…

Businesses are really trying to keep their employees engaged, improve productivity, and morale, by creating a flexible workspace. At Office Changes, we understand the importance of office design and how it can affect your employees.

Here are our top 5 office design trends…

Open plan offices…

Open plan offices have become increasingly popular. However, some people hesitate when an open plan is mentioned, due to the fact that there might be an increase in noise levels. Employers are always looking for ways that increase collaboration but without affecting the performance, or productivity of their employees. Open plan is the perfect option for businesses that want this.

With over 17 years’ experience, we have come across this many times before. We can help assist you with choosing the correct soft furnishings, acoustic barriers, partitioning and flooring that will help to stop any potential noise that may interfere and disrupt employees’ from working in an open plan office space.

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Sit-stand desks…

Any employee that works in an office environment knows that sitting at a desk for 8 years a day is not only difficult but is unhealthy. It can also be very difficult to keep motivated when you really need to get up and stretch your legs. Sit-stand desks are a great piece of office furniture that allows you to get up and change your posture whilst continuing to work.

Non-permanent layout…

With modern offices, flexibility is key. As businesses grow, shrink or restructure, each office space can be used differently, and open plan office spaces can be configured as a hot desk environment, meaning employees are to change their view at any time.

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Breakout areas…

Having a breakout area is a vital part of an office, it provides a place for employees to move away from their desk and engage in conversation. A short break absolutely helps to increase productivity, but it helps increase creativity and a strong work ethic, which are all important to have a business to keep moving forward.

Bringing the outside in…

Adding natural elements to the workplace is another trend that has become increasingly popular. From natural products to living walls, indoor water features, and rooftop gardens. Being around plants and natural products helps employees feel calm, happy and relaxed.

If you’re looking to redesign your office space and need any help or advice, the Office Changes team can help.

USE RANDOM ACT OF KINDNESS DAY TO BE KIND TO OUR PLANET…

The environment is immensely important to us at Office Changes. Here are 4 simple ways that you can be kind to it in the office:-

Reduce, reuse & recycle…

Reduce your use of paper products. Ensure all photocopying and printing is produced in a double-sided format. Send documents electronically and encourage recipients to not print them. Use one-sided redundant documents as scrap paper before recycling. Shred and recycle confidential papers. Provide recycling stations for various recyclable goods with clear notices for what is expected of employees.

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Reduce power usage…

Power is constantly in use in an office environment. Install motion activation sensors on lighting circuits to ensure light sources only activated in parts of the building being used. Encourage staff to turn off appliances not in constant use and at the end of the day to fully shutdown computers, monitors and office equipment.

Use energy efficient lighting…

If you haven’t already changed to LED lighting, look to do so! LED lighting is far more energy efficient than traditional office lighting, with considerably lower running costs. LED lights produce a powerful light source, last up to ten years without any maintenance and, at the end of their life, are eco-friendly to dispose of.

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Bring the outside in…

Apart from the process of helping with oxygenation, plants absorb pollution from the local environment. The presence of plants also promotes the notion of bringing the outside in, along with the calmness and purity it provides. At Office Changes, we believe the promotion of the environment is key to a balanced office workspace.

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If you would like any other tips on how to reduce your carbon footprint, and on promoting the protection of our environment, please do get in touch and we should be delighted to offer advice.