In the offices of today, it is a lot more than just a bank of desks with monitors and PC’s/Mac’s being installed on each. You want it to inspire! Inspire your colleagues to push that extra bit further, think that little bit harder for that spark of creativity that gives you that one fantastic idea.
When clients enter your office you want them to be impressed. You want your office environment to represent your business. You want the look of the office to nail how you choose to market your business. Want to be seen as the cool kids on the block? Get inventive with your office design. Want to be seen as the retro kids who live for the 70’s/80’s? Where are the arcade machines? It is also true that it is the people who adopt these office spaces as their own are the ones who bring the office to life. While this is most certainly true, you must make sure that your colleagues are comfortable at their work stations to increase productivity. The best way to boost productivity in your office environments is to make sure your colleagues have the space to; eat together, play together and hang out together. The happier the colleagues, the more productive you will work.
A popular concept that small firms as well as large ones such as Microsoft, Macquarie Bank & Ernst & Young is ‘hot desking’. Hot desking is simply bring your laptop and working essentials, plunk them anywhere and you are good to go. Multiple employees can, in this arrangement, use the same desk at different hours during a day.
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The brain. The body. How often we mentally, verbally and symbolically draw a distinction between these two things which are, ipso facto, two parts of the unique, unified you. Sit/stand desks are almost exclusively associated with beneficial effects on the body and, though these do lead to beneficial mental effects as well, the results of a new study appear to show a much more direct, organic and potentially-groundbreaking link. Ready to improve your neurocognition? Let’s take the journey together.
The most recent edition of respected scientific publication The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health contained the results of a year-long study carried out at a high school in Texas, USA. Led by Ranjana Mehta, a team of researchers followed a group of 27 young people through a year at school, administering neurocognitive tests at the beginning and end. In the interim, the students underwent a transition to ‘standing-biased’ classrooms, having never experienced such a thing prior to the study.
Five cognitive tests (evaluating decision-making, reasoning, memory, modification of cognitive strategy and cognitive flexibility) were given before and after the 27 students had been exposed to sit/stand desk options. Results of the tests, which were inspired by observational data and combined with data from a portable brain-imaging machine, indicated that using a sit/stand desk:
Caused or contributed to a general improvement in participants’ test scores of between 7-14%. It appears highly unlikely that education received during the year could have caused such a leap as scores from these standard tests are usually fixed around the age of 12
Increased activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with working memory and high-level problem-solving/decision-making
Is worthy of further, more detailed studies with a seated control group and including average grades and standardised test scores
Concluding, the authors of the study said: “These findings provide the first preliminary evidence on the neurocognitive benefits of standing desks, which to date have focused largely on energy expenditure. If the results are backed up in further studies, it could mean that a simple furniture swap to standing desks could lead to a rise in outstanding students.”
We have embraced the sit/stand desk concept since it emerged and can now offer a wide selection of designs to suit any office space. Start browsing the collection HERE and call us to get a fast, competitive quote!
Modern design can no longer treat carefully-implemented office ergonomics as an option. Awareness of the many health implications suffered by people as a result of their jobs continues to rise and those companies who fail to provide adequate ergonomic care for their employees lose out in a number of ways.
Here we look at three ways in which optimised office ergonomics can improve the health of both your employees and your business.
Health & Wellbeing
Numerous studies have all shown the same thing – sitting down for too long is bad for you, particularly when the chair you’re sitting on is poorly-designed for the individual.
Back and neck pain are among the most frequent health problems reported by office employees, with stress and depression naturally following.
Contemporary office furniture is designed to minimise the health risks of working in an office by personalising the experience for each user.
Adjustable flexibility is key and this ethos extends across everything from desking and chairs to dedicated task lighting. Every employee should have access to the best office furniture possible and many items have an extremely reasonable price tag attached so you don’t have to break the bank to improve the health and morale of your employees for good.
Productivity & Reputation
As employee comfort increases, productivity goes up right along with it.
This is true only up to a certain point – make the office too comfortable and you might send everyone to sleep!
Chairs should be firm and supportive, creating good posture and reducing exertion by restricting motions and extending reach.
Height-adjustable sit/stand desks are the perfect complement to ergonomic office chairs and further enhance productivity.
Happy employees are more optimistic, directly affecting the planning and execution of their work. As work improves, so too does the reputation of your company.
Legality and Liability
Employers have the responsibility to provide a safe working environment for their employees and an extensive amount of older office furniture is really no longer fit for purpose.
As knowledge of the health problems directly caused by poor office ergonomics increases, we could very soon see the amount of employer liability cases sharply rise.
In a recent news article, we looked at the results of the most recent study into how sitting down for extended periods of time can have hugely-negative effects on human health, including an increased risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
More and more organisations are taking the step towards modernity, creating dynamic, flexible and agile working environments that improve the health, happiness and productivity of their employees – sit/stand desks, now available directly from us, offer immediate benefits and are a major step forward in contemporary office design.
Throughout our history, we have maintained a sharp focus on office ergonomics and have always been among the first to supply the latest technological innovations with our extremely-discerning clients. We continue to develop and enhance our close working relationships with the very best manufacturers of office furniture and are proud to add sit/stand desks to our comprehensive collection.
Our latest space planning and office furniture supply/installation project was recently completed, leaving specialist insurance company Integro Doodson with a contemporary workspace of superior functionality and professional aesthetic appearance. With a skilled, dedicated and forward-thinking team from DBI working on the project, everything went without a hitch and the new office is already having beneficial effects on the company’s numerous staff members.
Integro Doodson, a Manchester-based company, has been established since 1984. Since that time, a programme of constant reinvestment and optimisation has allowed it to grow and evolve – Integro Doodson now provide specialist insurance services to large corporate entities and a number of individuals, many of whom are high-profile (and highly-paid!) stars of the sport and entertainment worlds.
As an insurance group operating globally, Integro Doodson represent the UK as one of its leading independent brokers. Recent successes internationally have meant that the company’s old premises have simply become too small to comfortably accommodate the staff, which currently totals over 130 individuals. To reflect the growing prestige, importance and influence of Integro Doodson, it was obvious to decision-makers that office furniture of the very highest quality and expert space-planning services were essential to properly kit out the new, larger office facilities.
The new office furniture supplied by us to Integro Doodson included products from:
Senator Office Furniture
Senator furniture really needs no introduction – as one of the most well-recognised brands in the field and with a comprehensive portfolio of products designed to suit a multitude of applications, Senator are a force to be reckoned with. In the open-plan areas of the new Integro Doodson office, we installed Senator Freeway bench desking to improve the comfort, health and productivity of the company’s busy staff, whose many diverse roles will be ably facilitated by the innovative desking system.
Sven Christiansen Furniture
The boardroom always calls for something extra-special in terms of furnishings and this project was no exception. Several pieces of executive office furniture, designed to bespoke specification, were supplied to create just the right atmosphere – professional, intelligent, focused – for this space, which is the very hub of the company’s operations.
The Sven Christiansen brand, often shortened familiarly to Sven, has been making waves in the furniture sector since it was established in 1974 as a cabinet maker. From this specialised beginning, the company grew and diversified quickly to become what it is now – one of the UK’s most respected manufacturers of office furniture. Hand-finished at the Sven factory in the West Midlands, products made by the company today still reflect that original dedication to fine craftsmanship.
We will keep in close contact with Integro Doodson to ensure that everything is functioning to optimum levels, providing fast and effective solutions if required due to the ever-changing needs of the company’s large staff.
Planning on refurbishing your office space to bring it in line with modern standards and reflect the quality of your business? Contact our team now and let us do all the hard work for you.