Category Archives: comfort and productivity

The Right Office Fans For A Comfortable Workplace

 

office fansIt’s summer, and time to choose the right office fans for a comfortable workplace. You may not need them every day in the UK, which is why most offices don’t have air conditioning. But when it gets hot and steamy, you’ll be glad you have them…

Last weekend, we got a preview of what’s to come! With temperatures in the very high 20s and up, now is the season for time on the beach. And I will definitely be enjoying some beach time myself… whenever the weather cooperates… cooling off with a swim and enjoying the breeze…

But what to do when Monday rolls around? Clearly, we can’t bring the ocean (or the pool) to the office. But we CAN bring the breeze… That’s when it’s time to bring out the office fans!

How to choose the right office fans

Check the fans you still have from last year, make sure they’re in good working order, set them up and turn them on. You’ll have a chance to put them to the test on Monday! Do they have enough cooling power, or will you have to supplement?

Depending on how your office is set up, you may need several types of fans – large fans designed for keeping entire rooms at a comfortable temperature, and smaller fans to provide some additional cooling power for teammates who need an extra breeze to feel comfortable.

Large office fans for a comfortable workplace

When it comes to large fans, you have several options, depending on the layout of your office. First there are floor fans! They’re efficient, effective, and you can move them around to focus the breeze where it’s most needed.

Their only drawback is that they take up valuable floor space. If that’s the case, you can also opt for ceiling fans, wall-mounted fans, and tower fans. Tower fans work much like floor fans, but they take up a lot less space while keeping the office well ventilated.

Personal office fans

In addition, having smaller fans available that can be placed where they’re most needed, including on individual desks, will be much appreciated.

Branded fans help you reach prospects and clients

Want to take advantage of the heat to reach your prospects and clients? Branded fans, especially personal ones, are ideal for putting your name front and center right on your prospects’ desks… and making them think of you fondly. We have several types of branded fans, some fairly inexpensive, and some quite spectacular. Check them out here:

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For promotional fans that really stand out, take a look at this one:

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Other ways to stay cool

In addition to fans, access to plenty of cold water and other beverages will help everyone stay cool. Run a quick check to make sure your ice maker is in good working condition, and you have lots of water, either in a special water cooler or in bottles. And those bottles should be kept cold… Take stock to make sure you have enough space in the fridge or in coolers.

Helping everyone in your office stay cool and comfortable will not only keep your staff happy but also ensure that productivity stays high even as temperatures go up.

You’ll find more information about fans and how to choose the right ones for your office in my article here:

http://www.officesuppliesexpert.co.uk/comfort-and-productivity-staying-cool-in-summer/

And if you’d like some help with selecting the best fans for your office, just give us a call on 0800 007 5566, or contact us on our Live Chat! We’re always happy to assist you!

Get Your Office Ready For Spring

get your office ready for springA look at the calendar tells you it’s spring even if it doesn’t feel like it quite yet. No matter, the time is right to get your office ready for spring. A fresh new look and more comfortable furniture can really enhance everyone’s mood and productivity.

That’s right! Research has shown that being comfortable not only makes people feel better, but it also reduces time away from work for health reasons and increases their productivity when they are in the office.

Pay attention to functionality and comfort

So take a look around. Check out all the office chairs and make sure they’re still working properly. Sometimes, the mechanism that lets you adjust the height can break. Sometimes, those chairs start to wobble, or maybe the seat back no longer stays in place.

You may also find some rather worn padding where a formerly cushy seat cushion has been flattened into a hard surface. Any of these can make the chairs quite uncomfortable, and a lack of comfort results in distraction and lower productivity. That’s bad news.

If you find that your furniture is still comfortable and looks great, you’re in luck. If not, you may want to consider replacing some or all of the chairs that no longer live up to your standards. But before you run out and get new chairs, consider this…

Get your office ready for spring with the right look

Functionality and comfort are important. However, does your office have a look you can be proud of? Does it look modern and professional? Or do you prefer a classic look? As you consider upgrading your office furniture, why not make sure to upgrade your office to a more consistent appearance too.

In addition, why not add some spring colours? They could be incorporated into your overall decorative scheme, the furniture, or even added in the form of plants on desks and window sills. Flowers lift everyone’s mood, especially yellow ones, like daffodils and tulips and other spring flowers. Adding some will go a long way as you get your office ready for spring.

And when clients visit your office, you want them to be impressed, or at least reassured, by your office’s professional look. And if your uplifting decorations put a smile on their face, so much the better.

How to find the right furniture?

You may be wondering just how you’ll find furniture that looks good AND feels good. You want furniture that keeps your team comfortable while they work. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell whether a chair is comfortable and the right fit when you’re just looking at a catalogue.

Instead, to ensure that you’ll find the right furniture go see it in person. Sit on the chairs, try the sofas for the reception area, and make sure the desks work for you. Bring some of your team members too! And yes, you may also want to see the actual colours as they look in real life.

Should you get ergonomic office furniture

Should you go all the way out and get ergonomic office furniture? You may want to consider it.  It’s a lot more expensive, but it will go a long way to prevent occupational hazards such as back pain, neck pain, hip problems, and more.

What if you want to go part of the way even though you’re not quite ready to go all in? You could explore ergonomic office chairs and find out what makes them special. Then look for similar features in the not-quite ergonomic office chair and furniture options and choose versions that come closest. The key to making chairs ergonomically correct lies in fit and adjustability.

You’ll find many options in our several showrooms around London. Which ones feature the exact kind of furniture that’s best for you? Call us on 0800 007 5566 or use our Live Chat and let us know what you’re looking for.

We’ll be happy to point you to the right showroom(s) where you can find the perfect new chairs, desks, sofas, and other office furniture. Have a cup of coffee or tea on us while you decide which chair and sofa offers the best fit.

Once you find what you like, we’ll make sure you get your new furniture right away, generally within a few days at most. Add some potted plants or even fresh flowers, and get your office ready for spring in no time.

Comfort and Productivity – Staying Cool In The Office

Staying cool in the officeHow productive are you really when you’re uncomfortable at work? Perhaps your back hurts because your chair doesn’t fit you – or you’ve spent too much time at your desk. Maybe the room temperature is too hot or too cold. Either way, thoughts about your discomfort are likely to distract you from the task at hand.

And you’re not alone. There’s been quite a bit of research on the effects of uncomfortable temperatures on work performance, and the results show that employers can benefit greatly from going to extra mile to keep their staff comfortable.

I’ve written elsewhere on how to choose furniture for comfort. Today, I’d like to focus on room temperature…

Staying Cool In The Office

In summer, you can get quite uncomfortable when you have to sit in a hot, stuffy office. Since summers tend to be brief and not excessively hot in the UK, A/C is relatively uncommon. This makes fans all the more important to keep the air circulating and maintain a comfortable room temperature. But which fan should you choose for your particular situation?

Start by considering what fans do… They circulate the air so it won’t get stuffy, and they generate a nice, refreshing breeze. Here are some of the options to consider:

How To Choose The Right Fan

Floor fans are the classic approach, and they work well even for larger spaces. They can be moved easily to adjust for changing needs. Of course, they also take up quite a bit of floor space, depending on their size.

When floor space is at a premium, you have alternative options: wall-mounted fans, ceiling fans, and tower fans. Wall mounted fans and ceiling fans will provide cooling without taking up any floor space. They also cover a larger area with their breeze because of their elevated position.

Tower fans, which are much less bulky than regular fans because of their thin, vertical design, are another great option. They’re powerful, surprisingly quiet, and can freshen up the air in even a large office quickly. They can also be moved to where they’re needed most.

There are also industrial-sized solutions available for very large spaces such as manufacturing facilities and warehouses. But for the purposes of this article, I’ll focus on the type of fans used mostly by offices of various sizes.

Of course, not everyone thrives at the same temperature and loves the same type of breeze, so some of your team members will appreciate it if you provide them with smaller desk fans for a bit of extra cooling power. Your team members will be happier and much more productive if they are comfortable.

Comfort and Productivity

In fact, comfort is key.  Does it really make a difference when it comes to productivity? Yes, for several reasons. Employees feel that their employer cares if their workspace is kept at a comfortable temperature. And their focus is better if they’re not distracted by feeling too hot or too cold.

In fact, research has shown that people make more mistakes with each degree that temperature deviates from the comfortable level, while productivity goes down as well. So it really pays to make sure all employees are comfortable.

How do you feel about the importance of being comfortable in the office? Is your office too hot, too cold, or just right, and do you find that your productivity varies with the temperature? What about that of your team members?

And if you’d like some help with figuring out which type of fan will work best for your particular office situation, we’ll be glad to assist you. Just call us on 0800 007 5566 or visit us at http://CraneBusinessSolutions.com