Workplace Design & Management March / April 2016

This article was originally emailed as our monthly Workplace Design & Management newsletter at 11:00 on 17/03/2016. You can view older newsletters here and register to receive them monthly.

SMART WORKING

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Almost weekly, we hear about a Smart/Agile Working programme that is failing to meet expectations. There is obvious corporate appeal in reducing estates and the associated overheads but many organisations fail to address all the associated issues such as manager training and the sense of detachment that may arise from home working. Our January newsletter pointed to some useful free resources or you can contact us for a more hands-on approach. Either directly or through partners, we can offer support for all elements of your programme.

SPIRA PLUS

SpiraPlus250pxThe Spira Plus chair offers great ergonomics at a manageable price. Its range of adjustments exceed many models at significantly higher prices, ensuring excellent comfort and support in a stylish, modern design. It meets the brief, whether you need a highly flexible project solution, a specialist occupational health provision or a default preventative chair. Features include adjustable pelvic and lumbar support with independent back-angle adjustment. Options include 4d armrests and extra quilt wrap seat for even greater comfort. For petite users, a shallower seat pan is also available.

OFFICE PODS

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Are open plan offices the most effective way to create a dynamic, collaborative environment or the easiest way to ensure impaired productivity? As the debate continues, pods provide a flexible way to break up open spaces with dedicated concentration, contemplation, private or meeting rooms. Rather than ‘what should it look like?’, it is always better to start with ‘what are we going to use it for?’ – not always such an easy question. From telephone box to meeting room, contact us for assistance.

SIT-STAND WORKSTATIONS NOT BEING USED?

sit-stand-no-training250pxAlmost every office furniture supplier now offers sit-stand desks in their portfolio. Most of them have no understanding of the potential culture change that they bring and many provide no proper training in their use. If you have started a sit-stand programme and failed to see the benefits or installed sit-stand options but nobody is using them, we provide training and education to put that right. Contact us to find out how we can help.  If you would like an overview of how we see the UK market, view my recent blog here.

WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY & THE INTERNET OF THINGS

WearableTechAt the Wearable Technology Show, I was stunned by the pace of recent development. We know a few employers are already running health and wellbeing projects with watch-style monitors. I believe that the workplace revolution will come when other technologies, such as smart textiles, are combined with elite sport methodologies to produce demonstrable business benefits. As yet, I am not really sure what format this may take but I am observing with interest! If you know more about this, want to know more about this or have already run project(s), I would love to hear from you.

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