Workplace Wellbeing

Workplace Wellbeing

 

A full time employee  you will spend approximately 25 to 30 years of their life at work. An employee is your most prized asset so it is vital that you should invest in their health to ensure their well being in the office, keeping them healthy, happy and motivated. Too often employees don’t take enough care until it’s too late then an employee isn’t at work and rather than being a contributor to profits, they become a drain.

For architects and designers, the idea that buildings influence the health, wellbeing and productivity of their occupants is not new. But this type of thinking is still not influencing most design, financing and leasing decisions.

In 2014 the World Green Building Council convened 60 experts from 40 businesses and academic institutions, across 20 countries, to try to bring this issue into the mainstream. There is evidence that demonstrates the physical work environment has an impact on the health and productivity of the office worker. Of course, the terms health, wellbeing and productivity encompass a whole range of related and complex issues. Health encapsulates physical and mental health, wellbeing suggests feelings of satisfaction and happiness.

Good indoor air quality, thermal comfort, high quality views, daylight, good acoustics and indeed location and amenities – all play a crucial role in creating a healthy, productive workplace. Short term sick leave has also been found to be 35% lower in offices ventilated with greater supply rates of outdoor air. It has also been shown that  temperatures too high or too low can result in a 10% reduction in performance compared with the 21C to 23C baseline.  Lighting can also have an effect, with offices that have better daylight views taking 6.5% less sick days.

Jane Henley, chief executive of the World Green Building Council, said: “The evidence linking good office design and improved health, wellbeing and productivity of their staff is now overwhelming.

“There is unquestionably a clear business case for investing in, developing and occupying healthier, greener buildings.”

Academics from a handful of universities examined the impact of ‘lean’ and ‘green’ offices on staff’s perceptions of air quality, concentration, and workplace satisfaction, and monitored productivity levels over subsequent months in two large commercial offices in the UK and The Netherlands.

Lead researcher Marlon Nieuwenhuis from Cardiff University’s School of Psychology said: “Our research suggests that investing in landscaping the office with plants will pay off through an increase in office workers’ quality of life and productivity.

“Although previous laboratory research pointed in this direction, our research is, to our knowledge, the first to examine this in real offices, showing benefits over the long term. It directly challenges the widely accepted business philosophy that a lean office with clean desks is more productive.”

The research showed plants in the office significantly increased workplace satisfaction, self-reported levels of concentration, and perceived air quality. Analysis into the reasons why plants are beneficial suggests that a green office increases employees’ work engagement by making them more physically, cognitively, and emotionally involved in their work.

Many businesses are acutely aware of the importance of its staff remaining active, healthy and balanced within the workplace, and aim to develop work environments that not only attract new talent, but also nurture current staff while they are at work.

This is partly due to the diversification of working models; the term “agile working” is indicative of flexibility in more ways than one. Providing more options for staff means that employers can stimulate fitness, health and general mental wellbeing. This can mean offering anything from brighter spaces with bigger windows and open-plan offices with room to move around, or encouraging remote working.

Employers and developers are also increasingly locating leisure amenities in close proximity to office spaces, making sure that employees have improved access to gyms, entertainment, good food and green spaces, all of which can promote positivity and productivity at work. The challenge for employers is to create workplaces that slot easily into lives, accommodating family and home life, as well as entertainment and fitness activities.

As it becomes more and more evident that office wellbeing plays a vital role in staff productivity, many employers are making impressive headway into creating office environments that nurture and motivate. Make sure you’re one of those employers.

 

 

 

 

Reading, Move To Where Business Is Thriving.

Reading in Berkshire didn’t used to have a great reputation, one that it has worked hard to shake. But shake it has, and now Reading is thriving. Business is not just looking extremely good, the investment in business property and office space in the town has been phenomenal.  Reading is one of the UK’s fastest growing cities and one of Europe’s fastest growing investment destinations earning a reputation as an international centre of excellence for technology, innovation, research and development. Most recently at the end of April, the green light was lit for the development of Royal Elm Park, a £500 million landmark development.  The centrepiece of the 15.5 ha scheme will be a new landmark 28,000sq m convention centre, intended to provide a powerful attraction for future inward investment.  Known as The International, the centre will play host to a wide range of events, concerts, conferences, leisure pursuits and community uses, and will become the largest dedicated conference venue in the south of England. With a capacity of 6,000, The International will enable Reading to compete on a world stage, enabling it to host larger events than ever before, and will serve as a powerful catalyst for growth in Reading and Berkshire more widely. It will also deliver a new ice rink, which will be made available for both leisure use and competitive sport.

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The town has also seen a number of new office space developments attracting international businesses. Reading Bridge is a nine storey office building, remodelled to accommodate modern office living. Forbury Place Estate is comprises of two new office buildings and an upgrade to Three Forbury Place to create a new estate alongside Reading Station. One Forbury Place will be the new UK headquarters for SSE in 2017.  The list goes on, with new office space or refurbished office space in Reading at The Blade, Phoenix House, Station Hill, Apex Plaza and Thames Tower. There are also numerous business parks attracting the likes of businesses such as Cisco Systems, Symantec Software and Logica, and widely recognised names such as Regus and HSBC.

Reading is an opportunity not to be missed for your business and Ozone Interiors is perfectly placed as a commercial office fit out and refurbishment company to assist you in your office move or refurbishment. Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.

Ortopaedica Office Furniture Collection

Newly launched from our furniture supplier is the Ortopaedica office furniture collection which offers a comprehensive ergonomically designed solution including seat-slide, inflatable lumbar, inflatable thorax coccyx cut out and Airtech technology. If you wish to experience Ortopaedica in more detail we would be delighted to arrange for the Ortopaedica mobile showroom to visit you. The mobile showroom shows all models fitted with a selection of features and benefits to aid postural support.

Orthopaedica_OC94HA_Black_SynergySerendipity_Synergy_Chemistry_R1 The range is designed to meet the challenging conditions found in today’s commercial environment. Ortopaedica provides the user with the ultimate level of postural support. sculptured seat and back cushions make it an ideal choice for those with back problems. A simple push of a button allows air to flow through a two-way valve, this enables the seat to adjust to the fit of your natural shape and deliver a unique, tailor made seat just for you.

Click here for details of the full range and if you would like a demonstration from the mobile showroom please contact us .

An Office Fit Out & Relocation Guide

An office fit-out or refurbishment can benefit you, your staff and your business in many ways but it should be thoroughly researched and carefully planned to ensure that you are making the correct decisions for the future of your business, that the end result is as you envisioned and your budget hasn’t been exceeded.

A relocation is a huge upheaval and very costly so consider whether it is really necessary. It may be that an office refurbishment is what you require. Are your current offices designed in such a way that it is making the best possible use of the space available to you? An office space planner can redesign your office space on CAD, maximizing the office space available to you by using innovative storage solutions and office partitions. You may be surprised by what can be achieved with some creative thinking!

Consider the following points before deciding whether you need to relocate or whether you can update your current offices. Is your office space enough for company expansion in the future? Is your current office location suitable for the growth of your company? Is it easily accessible for your staff and customers? When does your lease expire and what are the stipulations of your lease? Are your current offices projecting a positive image? What is your budget?

If you have to relocate because your lease has expired or because of business expansion, carefully consider what you need for the future before making any final decisions on a new building. What are you growth expectations for your business over the next 5 to 10 years? What does that mean in terms of office space required? Is the location of your offices vital for staff and customer retention? What are the lease options on the new building?

When you move to a new offices this would require a Cat B fit out which means the offices have basic amenities such as carpets and ceilings and lighting. Our space planner will design your new office space for you but you have a blank page to create exactly what you require for now and the future so get creative with your vision. We can interpret this into practical, creative solutions. However, you should consider the costs carefully. Expenditures will include the office fit-out, office furniture, IT equipment, mechanical and electric systems, phone systems and security. Other costs to consider are business rates, insurance, surveys, rental deposits and service charges.

We understand these are major decisions and they can seem daunting but that is why we are here. We will guide you through all the options and solutions so your office relocation, refurbishment or fit out will run seamlessly.

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Why Use Office Partitioning?

It is a big decision to make dramatic changes to your office layout, and for that reason a number of organisations have previously preferred to put up with the problems caused by an inefficient office layout rather than face the cost and disruption caused by making changes. In short, they have felt that it is just not worth it. However, one simple but effective solution to the problems caused by ineffective use of office space could be office partitions. Office partitioning is a practical, cost effective way of dividing office space and, creating meeting rooms and boardrooms. There are many partitioning options to choose from as, they can come in any colour you desire or they can be made of glass.

An office partitioning system has many benefits as it maximizing the light distribution in an office, which can cut down on energy expenditure which is better for the environment. It can also create the illusion of space compare to solid walls and give the effect of an open plan office. No matter what sector your business is in, at some point you will need private space. By using partitions to allocate areas of private space, businesses are likely to benefit from the added privacy offered to individuals, thereby improving both the quality of meetings and giving the exclusivity needed.

Other benefits of office partitioning is the relative easiness with which it can be installed and if you decide in the future that you need to change your office layout the partitioning can be altered with little structural modifications which is a cost saver and will mean minimal disruption to your business.