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Interior Space Planning For Your Office

From desks to coat hangers, it is highly important to ensure that each item of furniture in your office is placed appropriately. Not only so your office looks great for any potential clients but also so that your workforce can work efficiently.

Appropriate office furniture looks professional; it puts employees in work mode, and boosts productivity which in turn boosts profits it also shows customers that you are running a professional business. Here are more reasons why interior space planning for your office is important.

Office furniture

Office workers often complain of bad backs and strain injuries, therefore having the right type of furniture in your office is highly important. The most comfortable looking chairs can often be the ones that cause bad posture; something that results is repetitive strain injuries.

While it’s wise to choose office furniture that is stylish it is also important to take the functionality into consideration. Mesh office chairs are comfortable and lightweight so make for great office furniture.

Staff room

If you supply a staff break room it is important to make the design different from the office area. This is so that employees can distinguish between a rest break and work time. Also ensure that the furniture in the staff room is comfortable. This is so employees can return to their des feeling refreshed and ready to work again.

First impressions

The first impressions of your company are the difference between them purchasing your goods or services or taking their custom elsewhere. Show visitors that you mean business and you are professionals. If your office space is a mess then your visitors will take note of this and will see it as tough you have an unorganised work force.

Eliminate hazards

When it comes to interior space planning one of the main concerns you should have is safety. It is important to eliminate hazards such as wires running along the floor. It is also highly important not the block fire exits. Blocked fire exits are also in breach of health and safety regulations.


For nearly all office based businesses storage is highly important. Make sure you work sufficient storage facilities into your planning ideas. Under desk storage is a great way to organise employees and clear up desk space.

When choosing storage think about usability. You will need to locate files quickly whenever they are needed; have labelled folders in organised cupboards for maximum efficiency.

Jade works on behalf of coming up with efficient interior space planning for offices.


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Top 5 Tips To Improve The Office Environment

Many people think that those who work in an office have it easy but only those people who sit in that same place for 8 hours a day know how difficult it can be, mentally and physically. Therefore it is vital that the environment in the office is the best it can be.

Here are the top 5 tips to improve the office environment:


Organisation is an integral part in ensuring that your business runs smoothly. Therefore have procedures in place to designate tasks and handle paperwork. Monthly planner display boards are great for having a visual on the tasks that have been delegated to different members of staff. For larger companies CRM systems are a form of organising tasks electronically.

Ensure that paperwork is filed and stored so that it can be accessed easily and quickly.


If your staff are sitting in the same place staring at a computer screen for the whole duration of the day then it is important that they have ‘rest breaks’ where refreshments are available for them throughout the day. Their brain will need to be kept active so having hot and cold drinks is important. Dehydration will have an effect on their productivity. The law for rest breaks is 20 minutes for every 6 hours work.


Office workers are known to suffer from back problems. Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. This can cause long term pain and health problems, therefore it is vital that your staff are comfortable at their desk. Ensure that the mouse wire is long enough so that staff don’t have to stretch for it and that the chair height and seating position can be adjusted for optimum comfort. Foot stools and arm rests can also be added.


The office space can have a great effect on the atmosphere in your office. An office fit out company will ensure that desks and other furniture are arranged so that space is utilised effectively. They will also ensure that you have enough storage for your business requirements.


It is important that your employees are rewarded. People are more than likely encouraged to work harder if they know there will be a reward for their hard work. There are many ways in which you can reward your staff, anything from staff bonuses to afternoon cakes on a Friday afternoon will make a difference.

All of the above tips will ensure that your office environment is the best it can be and if you put in place any of the recommendations you are bound to notice an improvement in productivity.

Jade is employed at an online markeing company in Birmingham she enjoys blogging about various topics from health and safety to gardening.


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Top Three Office Perks

There are some things about certain offices that really make you jealous. Whether it’s the fancy modern glass building or the person they hire to bring round food at lunch time, other offices always seem to have things in – or visiting them – that you want. Heck, yours might even actually have better facilities and yet the grass will still always look greener on the other side. But what are the most popular perks available in the contemporary office, and would your working life actually be dramatically improved by having one – or all – of them at your disposal? Read ’em and weep…

  • Sandwich delivery

This is great for those of us who find ourselves short of time or, worse yet, working into our lunch breaks. Local bakeries and cafés in big cities often offer a sandwich delivery service (or perhaps the building canteen if your company is based in one big enough), which generally involves staff coming round the office with baskets or trolleys full of food. Frequently – and especially if the company in question is a bakery – other foods are available (sometimes drinks as well), typically other kinds of baked goods such as cakes and cookies.

When the boss books you and your coworkers monthly massages in the comfort of your own office then you know you’ve got it good. Aside from being great for more obvious problems such as aches and pains, they can also help relieve stress, lessen the risk of repetitive strain injuries and leave you feeling relaxed yet energised enough to take on the rest of the day. Today there are a number of companies that offer on site massage services, which usually take place in a quiet room in a special massage chair with no need for any messy oils or even removal of clothing. Bliss.

  • Office cleaners

You may think this hardly worthy of being called a perk at all, but without cleaners life at your office would be far less pleasant. As such, you should show them a suitable amount of courtesy should you encounter them in their day to day work. Without cleaners – who probably get paid much less than you – you wouldn’t have nice, clean staff bathrooms, desks and carpets (despite the fact that you’re the one who spews crumbs all over your office space in the first place). However, if your office is really trendy then maybe you have a Roomba.

Mark Johnson worked as an office cleaner while he was at uni, but now he’s one of the annoying desk workers that gets in the way of those long suffering folk.


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