Posts tagged “office furniture”

A new poll from MoreySmith (as featured in Mix Interiors) has revealed that half of British employees want specially designed areas in the office for socialising if they are to stop working from home. The survey of 1017 UK adults (in full or part time work) commissioned by the leading designers asked the public about their new expectations of work, following 14 months of COVID restrictions and working from home. 
This has been a trend for a while now of offices and working space wanting and demanding to be more homely in look and feel. Of course the space still needs to remain functional and productive to work in, but the social aspect of working is prevalent still. Another Mix Interiors article from April suggested that companies needed to take steps to consider what the future office looks like. It won’t be pre-pandemic in style and layout, but it will need to incorporate new ways of working. The article and other articles on this subject also say that wellbeing in the workplace is becoming more vital and needs to be factored into the work setting. 
So, how can working spaces and breakout areas be designed for open plan working as well as space for those needing privacy? 
Some time back, around 70% of office or office space were open plan. Is yours? Was yours? 
Could the return to the office see more open plan spaces or could it see closed off sections with doors, screens and other layout options? ... 
These words were said by Abraham Lincoln when he became the 16th president, which was a long time ago, but these words are still very relevant today. At this current time, whilst the end is hopefully in sight, we don’t know when we will be back to normal and what this new normal will be. 
Talking with customers and colleagues, it seems some are working from home for the first time or back to working from home after Christmas and some are going into the office on a rota, part time or skeleton staff basis. According to The Telegraph, one in four people are to work from home permanently with companies planning for ongoing change to employment patterns even after the pandemic is over as flexible working becomes commonplace. And according to TechRadar and their research, 75% of UK office workers would accept, or have accepted, a pay cut in exchange for a fully remote role. What are your thoughts? What are you doing in your business or workplace? 
 
So, how can we help you? And help get you and your teams through this period? 
In today’s ever changing working world, being ready could mean almost anything. In our world and the world of office interiors and furniture, it means getting ready for the year ahead in terms of our space, our safety, and our surroundings. 
Some of you may be already back in the office. Some may be part office and part home based. Some may be permanently home based now. But there will be a lot of businesses like yours get ready to make some kind of a significant return in the new year, after the festive break. 
As we adapt to our working space and working environment, wherever and whatever that may look like, meetings with customers and colleagues and bosses and suppliers will continue to be happening. They may look and sound different, but they will be happening as we continue to work and be productive as best we can. 
Welcome to our Q&A style blog with Camira Fabrics, a supplier to Sygnus. We asked about cleaning and treating office/workplace based seating, especially at this time, as well as asking about anti-microbial fabrics, fabrics per workplace setting, shades of fabric, when to replace or upholster, fire regulations and their HiP award.  
We hope this finds you safe and well. As lockdown is slowly easing, we are all wondering what the new normal is when it comes to how and where we work. Is it continuing to work from home with its perks and downsides, or is it getting back into the office whilst using screens for protection and creating new layouts and using all the space available to accommodate a safe return? There is no right and wrong here and it's acceptable to work in the kitchen or the canteen and in the boardroom or the spare bedroom, as long as you are of course within the Government guidelines. 
We would like to recap for you what we can offer and how we can help you, your workspace and your teams find a new normal that works best for YOU all! 
Mention collaboration in the workplace and many people think that means open plan spaces filled with ‘funky’, expensive furniture and pool tables! The reality is that companies can achieve a truly versatile working environment which seeks to nurture employees as well as supporting different working practices without spending a fortune. 
 
Drew Barker, Marketing Officer at Lee & Plumpton, examines how to create a modern, interactive workplace without blowing the budget! 
You and your business have 7 seconds to make a first impression, according to Forbes! Tie this in with the phrase of "You never get a second chance to make a first impression!" and it highlights the need for an on point Reception area. 
There is no accounting for taste as the saying goes as well as having the freedom of choice when it comes to personal preference on colour, design, materials and style. With this in mind, Sygnus is here to create the office space and to design your optimum workplace and this blog will give you some food for thought in terms of design tips and things to consider and think about for your own office design ... 
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