After the COVID-19 pandemic sparked rethinks of office designs across the globe, the main questions being asked revolved around how to make workplaces safer – yet still able to respond to specific working styles of employees.
The subject of health and wellbeing in the workplace is associated by many to be the domain of large companies; they have all the space and resources to redesign their offices, install new equipment, even create in-work gyms and wellness facilities. However, even the smallest office refurbishment can support health and wellbeing, which is great news for small and medium-sized firms.
It’s fair to assume that the 2020 coronavirus pandemic will change how we work forever as it places more emphasis on the physical, viral and mental health of us all. As a result, offices have been looking at ways to support wellness, without it harming productivity. One great way to achieve this is by adopting the practice of activity-based working.
Making the decision to move into a new working environment can potentially be the difference in your business being a success, or not. Different surroundings can give a company fresh energy; creating an exciting dynamic amongst staff as they work towards achieving their goals.
Moving home is one of life’s most stressful events, so imagine how those put in charge of an office relocation must feel! With a huge number of aspects to think about and juggle, business and employee disruption can easily rear its malevolent head; potentially causing harm to the company.
As most office-based working has occurred from home throughout the last year, it has thrown up some interesting questions to ponder about the future of our workplaces – namely, how flexible and agile it can be to serve the needs of employees. However, ‘flexible office design’ has had a definition shift in recent years, especially due to the rise of the term ‘agile office design’ – but they are not the same.
With offices around the world slowly reopening, the Coronavirus pandemic has made businesses rethink the set-up of their workspaces – both for short and long-term benefits. The focus has been placed around combining remote working with in-office working.
Today’s workplaces are more than just environments ‘in which we work’; they are centres of learning, social hubs, even health and wellness improvement facilities. They are places that are designed to augment our skills; placing us in a constant culture of improvement so we get the best out of ourselves, our colleagues and the businesses we work for.
Current industry research has suggested that, post-COVID, most employees will prefer a mix of office-based and remote working, primarily for the flexibility and balance it will provide for their work-life balance.
With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to be rolled back, the arrival of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is a timely one; for many of us, the last 12 months would have harmed our health and wellbeing in some way. As we look forward to a positive, brighter year, this week gives us all an opportunity to assess and understand the effect our everyday lives have on our mental health, including a return to work.
With the roadmap out of lockdown and the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine giving us all a much-needed boost of optimism, all eyes are pointed towards the goal of returning to the office. Many of us are itching to return to our workplaces, citing feelings of ‘fatigue’ with the work from home lifestyle and when possible, we all want the transition back to our offices to be smooth and enjoyable.
After 12 months of homeworking, the continuing rollout of the Coronavirus vaccine and the unveiling of a post-lockdown roadmap has given businesses renewed hope that they can get back to some semblance of the ‘normal’ they experienced pre-March 2020.
Whether you're staying in your current location or moving somewhere that will be better suited to the size of your workforce, you can design the space quickly and inexpensively with a few simple tricks and tips.
If you’re pondering the impact your current workplace has on your business, what steps do you need to take to make the best-informed decision about its future? Here is our office refurbishment checklist, outlining several key points:
After a chaotic, Coronavirus-hit 2020, the fresh beginning that a New Year represents gives us all an opportunity to look ahead with positivity. Work, of course, has been one aspect of life that has been severely affected and with January’s lock down announcement for England, it may be some time yet before many firms are back in their physical offices.
The Oaktree team is pleased to announce that we have been appointed to carry out an office refurbishment, within Farnborough airport's main terminal building. Previously occupied by a business jet manufacturing company, the second-floor office space will be reconfigured to accommodate Farnborough Airport's own management and operational teams.
As workplaces around the country are slowly reopening again after two national lockdowns, much thought is being put into how office design can be transformed to abide by the ‘new normal’. Not only will businesses have government safe working guidance to follow, but they also face the difficult task of persuading people back to work after them spending most of 2020 working from home.
As we approach the end of 2020, the thoughts of many people will be focused on better times ahead; the Coronavirus pandemic has dominated this year, closing many of our businesses, affecting our way of life. However, with potential vaccines in production, there’s much hope that better times lie ahead.
When it comes to bespoke interior design,the Oaktree team just don't assist the big businesses that have a regional,national or even a global reach; we are here to help small, local firms to getthe best out of their workplaces too.
The latest client to return to us is Corsair, a PC components and peripherals company whose UK office is currently based in Wokingham. Due to their existing building being in line for demolition, they recently approached us to carry out their design and fit-out works for their new office.
With future of offices now likely to combine the remote/in-person attendance; if you're considering moving everyone back into the office in the next few weeks/months, undertaking an office refurbishment is the best way to prepare your working spaces.
As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to keep many of us out of the office, it's natural to assume that video calls and home working will be the future of our workplaces. In fact, the work environment was becoming a more complex case even before COVID.
With the COVID-19 outbreak causing new considerations to be made in regards to social distancing at work, a business can be forgiven in thinking that any relocation and office fit out plans they had pre-lockdown need to be put on ice.That doesn’t have to be the case; even with the new measures, any business can still sufficiently plan for a move to a new office and still have the ability to fit it out in the custom way they’re seeking.
As workplaces around the world are slowly beginning to re-open in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, there are measures that need to be implemented before anyone is able to take their seats. One of the major aspects is social distancing; as space is at a premium in many offices, a rethink on how it’s used will be required for businesses to operate safely.
With many businesses either still furloughed or working from home, there has been much thought placed into the future of the workplace once things are ready to return to a version of the normality that was enjoyed before the Coronavirus lockdown. As there is certain guidance to abide by, some firms are using the opportunity to introduce new ways of working in their offices; making it a safe and productive place to work. One of these methods is agile office design.
As workplaces slowly reopen after the initial Coronavirus outbreak, many of us are looking forward to ‘returning to normal’; except it’s a ‘new normal’ that we will return to for the foreseeable future. To ensure that employees are safe in the workplace, businesses must put in place things like social distancing, specialist screens, modified cleaning regimes and make changes to working times/locations.
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” is a classic quote that has been attributed to many different people over the years, which just goes to show that it’s a concept that is applicable in almost every aspect of life.
Being the facility that houses your employees every day (as well as acting as a marketing tool to impress clients), the need for the office to be functional, comfortable and inspiring is simply vital in modern-day business.
If you’ve recognised the need for an office refurbishment in London then it’s likely that you will be seeking the help of a professional office design company; with their expert knowledge, they will be able to transform your workplace into a space that encourages, informs and inspires employees and clients alike.
Here at Oaktree Interiors, we understand the effects that a well designed workplace and quality office interiors have on its workforce. It isn’t just a place for staff to exist in; it's a part of the working team.
The big trend at the moment with regards to working trends is ensuring that employees maintain a healthy work-life balance. However, there are fierce debate regarding how to achieve this, could office design and space planning be the solution?
When most people think about office space planning, they may have thoughts about the colours of the interiors, the styles and types of furniture, as well as the tools and tech needed to do the job. Whilst these things are certainly important, they each form aspects of a key that unlocks a motivated workforce; that key is the feeling of ‘happiness’.
When you next look around an office, really take in what you see. What do the interiors say to you? How does it make you feel? Who do you think it has been built for? What kinds of activities do you think it is designed to support?
On average, British employees spend around 35 hours a week at work. That’s well over 1,500 hours every year, working in the same environment, with the same people, often working on the same projects. So is it any wonder our experiences at work affect our lives outside of work?
Imagine, if you can, feeling comfortable at work. Does that picture you’ve created involve sitting at all? Helping our body to rest, it’s only natural that sitting down is seen as ‘comfortable’. However, studies undertaken in the last couple of years have indicated that sitting at work doesn’t actually offer as much comfort as what standing does.
It is understood that low productivity severely affects how successful a business is, so in order to solve the issue, many will undergo vast reviews of every aspect of their operation to find a solution.
In order to improve the standing of their company, many business owners may make investments in employees and the technology they use. Whilst this is certainly helpful to some degree, it’s often forgotten how crucial the environment is in bringing both of these elements together.
Did you know that with intelligent office space planning, any business could build a unique brand and a great in-work atmosphere?What is the one thing (aside from the massive chain of offices, the big branding and loads of money) that the most successful companies have? A happy and motivated workforce.
As the way we work has evolved immensely over the last 50 years, so have the spaces we work in. From tightly packed rows and cubicles of typists, to open space that takes advantage of wireless connectivity, giving employees the freedom to work as they please.
Whilst possessing a modern office design can help a business to better cater to the working practices of its employees and create for them, the ideal working environment, the design of the office also plays a part in how people perceive the business.
When you’re trying to evaluate if a service can help you to achieve whatever it is you’re aiming for, it can be frustrating when you’re met with a wall of jargon. How on earth can you make any decision if you don’t fully understand the process you’re investing in?
Generation Y (otherwise known as ‘Millennials’, due to their coming of age in the early part of the 21st Century) is fast becoming the dominant group of people in the workplace. With a range of ages currently from 21 to around 35, Millennials represent a ‘middle generation’; people who have already established themselves in their particular roles and yet still have many more years to go until retirement.
You’ve identified that your company would benefit from a redesign of the office but how do you begin to plan for one? Getting office refurbishment in London right is crucial; being such a competitive place to do business, you will probably need to refine every aspect of your operation to attract (and keep) new clients and talented employees.
Thanks to improvements in technology throughout the last decade, functionality has become increasingly important in the workplace of today. The flexible nature of new technology has made it easier for an employee to choose somewhere to work, rather than them being fixed to the same workstation.
The ‘classic view’ of the office space consisting of cubicles, in which workers simply got on with their work without much disturbance, has now long gone. Now, most office space planning projects provide an open plan view; bringing down those barriers that would otherwise leave workers feeling trapped, unable to chat and express themselves, and as a new study seems to indicate, be less active.
At the heart of every successful work environment, there are a number of key aspects that need to be finely balanced. Not every workplace or employee is the same, however; there is no uniform solution to creating successful office interiors.
One of the major aspects that well-defined office outfits can help with is to raise productivity levels. Productivity is, of course, the major factor in ensuring that the business is able to meet its targets and provide a service that will ultimately bring them success.
You’ve got great products/services in hand and you’ve got a talented team that creates and sells them but how can you ensure that both of these aspects are able to come together to make your business a success in the long term? Great office design in Berkshire will help.
Setting that great first impression matters; this is why we go to the expense of buying new smart clothes for a job interview, prepare notes and research for the big meeting or cleverly combine words with attractive images to create promotional materials to give to clients.
The best office fitouts are able to make use of the space they have at their disposal. Regardless of the size of the workforce or the facilities they need, they always seem to able to use every inch available to them.
One aspect of office space planning is the organisation it can bring to the, well, the organisation. The design of the office directly influences employee morale and engagement with your business. If you can make a few changes to improve all of the right areas of your office design, you will improve your business.
The meeting, so often held up to be an interrupter of a work day. This negative connotation that some people may hold against meetings, is perhaps born out of the fact that they usually take place in boring, uptight rooms that simply aren’t inspiring.
There’s much to think about if you run your own business; with the work needed to be put in on daily basis to make everything a success, it can be easy to go with the daily flow and not realise the long-term effects of the environment provided by your office.
You’re sat on a sun lounger on the beach, the sun is hot (but blocked out enough by the snazzy umbrella you’ve got up behind you, so it’s not too hot). You’ve got a cocktail (your choice) in one hand, an enjoyable book in the other and you’ve just popped your head up to watch the crystal-blue sea gently break into the beach before ebbing away again.
There have been countless studies undertaken in recent years about the positives of having more greenery in the workplace. Humans have a natural desire to be connected with nature – we are all children of nature after all; humans and plants. This innate feeling has been dubbed ‘biophilia’ by scientists and it is affecting office design in a massive way.
As one of the biggest decisions you will make in business, the prospect of relocating must be thought long and hard about. Costing so much time, money and possibly affecting the work you produce, each and every aspect of a relocation or office refurbishment can present a multitude of challenges that may leave you stumped for answers. So why do it?
If you’ve recognised that you’ve outgrown your current office, then congratulations must be in order because it means that your business is being successful! In order to progress further, meeting the demand your talented team has created, then a relocation is an absolute must.
The common sight of most offices is one of stationary desks, arranged in a uniform format for a workforce with different requirements. However, a new image is emerging; a picture of flexibility that is better suited to meeting those requirements.
Classically, the office has been portrayed as an arena of work; just a place where people go to do their tasks at a monotonous rate. In more recent years, it’s been noticed that productivity can be actually be raised if the office offered more with its atmosphere than the one produced by this ‘traditional workplace’.
Organisation and teamwork beats individual talent. Those were the words of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi in 2016. Sadly, his national team didn’t quite get the memo last week as they bowed out of the 2018 World Cup after a disappointing but nevertheless, brave defeat against standout favourites, France.
We’re almost two decades into the 21st Century (where has the time gone?); did you know that in many workplaces there could be as many as FOUR different generations working in them? From the vastly experienced veterans approaching the twilight of their careers, to the education leavers, tentatively placing their foot on the professional ladder for the first time.
Possessing a positive attitude can help to push us on to achieve great things; being positive allows us to flower on the strengths of our situations, cutting out the negative weeds to reveal the path to go forward. The problem is that sometimes, we are unable to control our feelings; whether through emotions or simply because the environment we’re in doesn’t lend itself to our needs.
The modern period was a very eventful period of time, not just with regards to historic events such as the first world war, but also within terms of art and architecture. Perhaps one of the most notable schools was The Bauhaus which was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and combined crafts and fine arts. Indeed, The Bauhaus had a large influence on areas such as typography, graphic design, and interior design.
In 2012 Google set out on a journey to discover the best way to boost workplace productivity, Years later, they discovered that the ‘secret’ was to be nice. Does this mean that office design has no affect on productivity, or could it still affect the psychology and productivity of your workforce?
Office interiors and commercial interior design can be difficult and challenging for many people to understand. However, the Oaktree team have nearly 30 years of industry experience, so if you need a professional interior solution for office refurbishment or space planning, get in touch with our friendly team by calling 0345 2186955.
When considering your office design and space planning, there’s much more to it than thinking about how many desks you need to fit in and leaving enough space for expansion. There are philosophical questions to think about, namely how the design of the office is having an effect on the work produced, those who create it and the clients/customers who ultimately receive the finished product.
The business community in Hertfordshire has been booming in recent years. Its proximity to London and its comparatively low rental rates has seen many a development take place in the county. As a result, many talented people are looking towards its towns to live and work.
Teamwork is the cornerstone of a successful business; it helps to strengthen the links in the chain that pulls together to get the business moving in the right direction. It’s probable that if you run a business, then the ability of someone to complete their tasks is affected by how they’re able to work with others.
The nature of work will mean that we’re constantly busy; job after job, project after project, it can be easy to not stand still and consider the impact that the workplace has on our working lives. The truth is that our work is influenced by the set-up and condition of these spaces; if they aren’t up to scratch, then they could severely affect the work we produce.
The definition of ‘Love’ is a strong feeling of affection – not exactly a combination of words that you’ll normally associate with the necessary activity of ‘work’! That’s precisely the point, however; when we think about our working lives, they can be made so much more enjoyable if we are able to love the environment in which we earn our livings in. This is where office interior services can help.
When we look to improve things, like everything in life we look at what the big names do. Whether that’s anything from celebrities and their fitness routines to successful businesses who make the big bucks; we all wait at the bottom of this well, just for a drop of their success.
There’s something inspiring about the summer; the bright days, the greenery, many a plant in full bloom, people out, enjoying themselves, as laughter and joy entwines itself around the rays of sunshine. Well, IF there is warm weather; this is Britain we’re talking about!
When your current office environment is no longer fit for purpose, the decision to refurbish your workplace with an office refurbishment service, or relocate and design a new office environment with an office space planning service can be a difficult decision to make.
If you’re thinking about improving your workplace with an office refurbishment in Maidenhead, then thinking about the impact it can have in the future should be one of the primary aspects to nail down. After all, creating new interiors will be somewhat of an investment and its longevity, along with the impact it can have on the working practices of the business, will define whether it offers true value for money.
Over the years in our office design blogs, perhaps one of the most common threads we’ve talked about is how a well-designed office can improve the productivity levels of the business. Productivity is what drives us forward, creating not just a large amount of work but also a high-quality large amount of work. As a result, the service that the company is able to offer will be better, giving its clients a great product; helping the business to be a success. This is success that can be attainable with an office refurbishment in Cambridge.
Mention the words office interiors in Slough and for many people, thoughts will immediately go towards the hilarity caused by The Office, the BBC Two mockumentary, set in the town that made household names out of Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Martin Freeman, Lucy Davis and Mackenzie Crook, amongst others.
Open office design is nothing new. In fact, the concept of pulling down the barriers between workers has been around for many years now. Practised by companies of all sizes, the belief behind open office design is that it helps to increase productivity, whilst creating a more collaborative and social working experience.
Be it through a need to expand, to install new technology or simply to give the workspace a refresh, implementing a new office design can help to improve the look and feel of your office space. How do you know when the time is right to improve your office design in Hemel Hempstead though?
When it comes to improving office interiors in London, things are changing. There is no getting away from the fact that artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies are already influencing the ways in which we live. This can already be seen with things like voice (or ‘virtual’) assistants such as Siri and Alexa, which help to find us information, record reminders, monitor the weather and so much more.
You can’t help but to have noticed that we’re living in a fast-changing, flexible society these days. No matter the task, technology has improved everything we do. As such, people are now expecting their places of work to be modern and to provide everything they need, in order to demonstrate their particular talents in the work they do.
It’s no secret that Milton Keynes is a modern town. The area that MK is now comprised of was designated as a ‘New Town’ in 1967, combining the existing small towns and villages into one unitary authority that was designed to expand. Despite its relative age and through its vibrant business community, this new town is constantly striving forwards, not pausing to stand still. For existing businesses, office design in Milton Keynes is set to become a major focus for improvement in the coming years, as thanks to plans for a new university, MK will soon be able to attract the brightest and the best.
The nature of work is busy; regardless of the industry, the need to complete certain tasks for a certain time will naturally push down other tasks that aren’t seen as vital at that moment in time. As such, if we’re constantly kept busy, those ‘non-vital’ tasks that we’ve pushed down will pressurise and suddenly ‘spring up’ like a jack-in-the-box when we’re least expecting it.
When it comes to talking about ‘comfort’ in the office, it can be easy for our thoughts to immediately go towards the furniture that we sit on or the desks that we work from. Whilst these indeed play a massive role in giving us comfort at work, another (sometimes, overlooked) aspect of producing comfort, is the atmosphere within the office space.
It can be easy just to think about furniture as something to sit on, somewhere to work off or something to use as storage. Not much thought needs to be placed in them, other than their function, right? Wrong.
If you’re thinking about undertaking an office refurbishment in Guildford in order to improve the functioning of your workplace, have you ever considered how you use your available space? So often businesses will possess space that they don’t use; not only will this mean that they’re paying for empty space, it also means that they’re possibly missing out utilising it for other means. Being able to account for every square foot of your floor space will mean that you’ll be able to cater for new technologies, meet the expectations of a modern workforce, plan for future expansion and of course, get better value for money.
The recent Snowmageddon/Beast From The East monikers, to describe the weather in recent weeks, has underlined the need to make offices welcoming places for employees. After battling through difficult weather, through large volumes of traffic or on late-running public transport, a bad start to the working day will probably see that mood carried through into the office. Negative feelings will doubtless affect an employee’s productivity, so it could spell disaster for the business.
Pushing aside the jungle undergrowth, in order to take a seat at your desk are two activities that may previously have sounded at odds with each other. However, the usage of nature in the workplace is an office refurbishment trend that is growing.
When the time comes to think about improving your office interiors in Oxford, you may come to the conclusion that in order to realise your perfect set-up, you will need to relocate. Whether you want to make room for expansion, to downsize, take advantage of a more favourable location, even to benefit from a better rental rate; there are many good reasons that would make a relocation worthwhile.
The design of your office environment and its layout can be very influential with regards to office productivity and employee wellbeing. So If you’re searching for a strategy to improve the productivity and the wellbeing of your employees, get in touch with the friendly and talented team at Oaktree Interiors and enquire about our professional office interior services.
Whilst Dolly Parton once sang that 9-to-5 was a way to make a living, the truth is that the workplace of today has to be much more flexible with its hours than that. With an increasing number of talented people finding traditional shift work difficult to fit around their personal lives and not to mention, locations of clients being widespread (even over international borders), the need to change their working practices and the set-up of their office design, could be vital for certain businesses.
It can be easy to assume that an office is just simply ‘a place to work in’; it’s so much more than that. Every office, no matter its industry or location will have its own unique purpose. As such, the best office interiors in London are shaped towards the needs of the people who use them; helping them to produce better work and upping their rates of productivity.
As the first point of contact that anyone would have with your business, the reception area or lobby will need to set a great impression. You wouldn’t attend an important meeting or interview in your casual home attire, would you? You know that first impressions matter – people will get an opinion of something at first glance. This is why the same should apply to your office design. It will need to give off that professional, yet unique look; summing up the ethos of your company.
As most of us exist in the same environment during the working week, we should be able to get on with our jobs in a safe and comfortable manner, without any undue worry about our health and safety. Accidents do happen though and most of the time, these incidents can be avoided by establishing a safe environment for employees to work in, constantly carrying out and reviewing health and safety procedures.