How to create a productive office team

1. Don’t be afraid to try something new One of the most obvious ways to create a productive workplace is to ensure that employees have access to the tools and resources they need. However, it’s just as important to think outside of the box. Every office has standard industry equipment and systems that they tend to stick to, so why … Read More

Back to the office? Science reveals the best desks to grab

If you are heading back to the office and get a chance to pick where you sit, choose wisely, say researchers who have been studying the science behind desk location and productivity. The University College London team visited the HQ of a large global tech company in the city to quiz staff about their experiences of open-plan working. Window desks … Read More

Is it time to invest in a new home office chair?

The WFH novelty has worn off and your body will suffer if you continue perching on a kitchen stool, so the time has come to invest in a chair built to support you for hours. Whether you manage a military-issue straight back or slouch like the rest of us, sitting still for long periods is not good for the body … Read More

Office layouts for workplaces post-coronavirus

Australian architecture firm Woods Bagot has created four proposals for workplace design following coronavirus that merge working from home and office life to “strengthen culture and performance”. The Working from Home, Working from Work project was created by the architecture firm to move beyond health and safety measures, which are a given, and focus on encouraging collaboration and creativity during and after the … Read More

7 Tips for Productive Home Working

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As more and more companies implement work-from-home policies due to the spread of COVID-19, employees are now tasked with trying to be just as productive without their normal resources and routines. While working from home sounds like a luxury in theory, it’s certainly no vacation and being productive is easier said than done. Every job is different and the amount you’re … Read More

Biophilic design in the workplace and how to reap the benefits

Various studies have concluded that we now spend about 90 percent of our time indoors, and a recent survey of 1,000 office workers commissioned by Ambius found that 35 percent don’t get more than 15 minutes of outdoor time during the typical workday. With many Americans putting in more than 40 hours at work each week, that adds up to … Read More

What does a biophilic office look like?

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Tim Hanwell at Officeworks looks at the how the use of nature in a biophilic office can help to reduce stress and maximise productivity in Part 2 of an article recently published in Connect Magazine from Cardinus Risk Management. Biophilic design is more than a ‘nice to have’. The use of nature to harness employees full potential is becoming an … Read More

Improving health and wellbeing in the built environment

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Tim Hanwell at Officeworks reimagines the office through biophilic design to aid in reducing stress and maximising productivity in Part1 of an article recently published in Connect Magazine from Cardinus risk management. At Officeworks we firmly believe that employers should be embracing a design approach that puts the wellbeing of office workers at its core. Biophilic design can reduce stress, … Read More

5 steps to help employees beat the winter blues

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Thirty-four per cent of office workers believe that winter affects their productivity, according to the results of a survey by workplace consultant Peldon Rose. The survey found that the workplace contributes to the ‘depressed mood’ with most employees (56 per cent) saying “they feel unappreciated or only sometimes appreciated by their company” and 31 per cent believe their office environment … Read More

The rise of the sit stand desk

Sit stand desk

Renowned for being the healthier alternative to traditional sedentary desks we take a look at the rise of the sit stand desk, some of the benefits of standing while working, and also share some tips on how to best use your sit stand desk. Sitting is the new smoking – blamed for increasing the risk of heart disease and cancer, … Read More

How to get back to work after a summer holiday

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The summer holiday season is coming to an end and for many of us that September ‘back to school’ feeling has arrived. Saying goodbye to the sun and freedom not to look at your emails can feel desperately hard so here are our top tips for beating the back to work blues in the face of the British Autumn. 1. … Read More

How office lighting affects productivity

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There are certain factors that everyone knows affect workplace productivity but did you know that employees sitting closer to windows are more likely to go to work? Being happy at work is not just about the people, the job and the money. The data gathered by Leesman, the world’s largest independent assessor of workplace effectiveness, indicates that the physical work … Read More

New certification for healthier existing buildings launched

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A cost-effective certification system for promoting healthy workplaces in existing buildings has been launched in the UK. The Fitwel Certification System, created as a joint initiative led by the USA’s General Services Administration (GSA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was piloted in 89 public buildings across America for five years before launching in the UK. There is … Read More

The WELL Building Standard: designing healthy places to work

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The WELL Building Standard (WELL) is a performance based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of buildings that impact human health and wellbeing. WELL is grounded in a body of medical research that explores the connection between health and well-being and the buildings where we spend more than 90 percent of our time. We spend 90% of our time … Read More

Boosting productivity with biophilic office design

biophilic office design

At Officeworks we firmly believe that employers should be embracing a design approach that puts the wellbeing of office workers at its core. Here we explain the benefits of a biophilic design in the workplace and why a growing number of employers are bringing nature into the workplace. Biophilia is a concept first popularised by Edward O. Wilson in 1984, … Read More

Workplace stress: a mindful approach

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According to the 2016 Labour Force Survey, 17.11 million working days were lost during 2015/2016 due to stress, accounting for 45% of sickness absence. These figures are startling enough, but the impact of workplace stress is not restricted to sickness absence alone. Stressed employees may be tired, demotivated, complaining, indecisive, irritable, unable to concentrate and forgetful. They may also experience … Read More

Does your workplace smell like productivity?

workplace scent for better productivity

Over the last decade organisations have become increasingly aware of the effect that the work environment has on productivity and in recent years, we have seen an increased interest in the working conditions of employees and how this affects productivity. In particular, office designers have looked at the impact of the senses, paying close attention to lighting, temperature control and … Read More

The Healthy Workplace: Noise

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Is noise a problem in your open plan office? In the second of our Healthy Workplace series we share our tips to reduce noise and distraction. Open plan offices are a popular trend as they promote collaborative working and a beautifully designed office can be a useful factor in recruiting and retaining talent. However, whilst they undoubtedly have many benefits … Read More

Top 10 tips for a healthy workstation

healthy workstation tips

Here is our guide to some simple changes you can make to survive sitting in an office all day. Move your chair close to the desk. Adjust the seat height to ensure your thighs are slightly above your knee with your feet flat on the floor or a footrest. Recline and relax into your chair to make the most of … Read More

The Healthy Workplace: Workstation Design – Desks

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Welcome to the first in our series of posts focusing on the constituent elements that combined together create a healthy workplace, the benefits of which we at Officeworks are passionate about. Creating an office design and layout for a healthy office space can boost employee productivity and enhance employee health and wellness – it’s all interrelated – and smart organisations … Read More

Sensory integration for the perfect office match

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What would the perfect office look like? Do you prefer a quiet room all on your own or the hubbub of a big open space office? Do you do your best work in silence or prefer working to music or other background sounds? What about the lighting, do you like to be looking out of a window, or find the … Read More

Healthy Workplaces make for happy and effective employees

health workplace design for happy employees

Promoting a culture that improves the health and wellbeing of employees is good management practice and leads to a healthy and productive workplace, according to the Department of Health. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a new set of guidelines calling for employers to do more to address the challenge of creating a productive and … Read More