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Businesses, corporations and employers/employees, like the rest of us, are very aware of sustainability and reducing our impact on the environment. May sees the national awareness days of National clean air month and Water saving week. And June is World environment day and World oceans day to name but a few. 
Currently, there is a renewed focus on workspace design in the wake of Covid. Pretty much everyone is agreed that workspace has to change, but there is also an assumption that such change will be hugely expensive and disruptive. Nook is helping to re-shape this thinking. 
As the flow of employees gradually increases, businesses are being challenged to provide spaces that work both in terms of social distancing and everyday productivity. Furthermore, with greater numbers opting to work remotely – at least for part of the week - the workspace has already started to evolve with a greater focus on collaboration and social functions. 
 
Nook, a family of personal pods, exists to help make positive changes – to workplaces, to event space, to hospitals, to schools – in fact anywhere where people gather. Read more ... 
You must have sat in a reception or waiting area of an office or workplace on the past that didn’t strike the right chord or leave you feeling enthused at the meeting or appointment ahead. Perhaps there was a rip in the seat covers or the fabric wasn’t overly clean? Or perhaps the furniture was scratched or scuffed with out of date reading material, dying plants and a water machine that was empty! This is not the memory that you want any visitors to your workplace to have. 
With Schools and Universities returning, we are also pleased and encouraged to see a slowly but surely style return to offices and workplaces. We are pleased for many reasons as this could see a boost for the economy and the knock on effect this will have, signs of a more positive outlook and attitude and the hopeful lift for local and small businesses too. 
So what next for offices and workspaces? 
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.  
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