Office Fit-Out Glasgow

It can be hard to keep yourself and your staff motivated.  Every business has to contend with this, so you’re not alone. However, what really does help, is having the perfect work space.  Think about it. Would you rather worked in a cramped office with no windows and no break room, or a spacious office with lots of natural lighting and a staff room. Obviously, the latter. While you can always refurbish an office, it’s best to get it perfect from the start. If you’re a new business, or a business hoping to relocate, our office fit-out in Glasgow will provide you with a stunning interior space. However, it’s not just down to us. In order for us to provide you with a fantastic space, you need to let us know what you want.

Now, we know this can seem daunting. Ideally, you want to achieve the best office fit-out the first time. It will save you a lot of bother in the long run. However, this should be an exciting time rather than a stressful one. After all, you’re about to have the office of your dreams. There are a number of things you can do to make the process easier for yourself. So, here are four ways you can experience a stress-free office fit-out in Glasgow:

Plan Ahead

 

Are you looking to move office in the near future? Well, you should start the planning stages of your office fit-out in Glasgow now. You do not want to be in a position where you’re moving staff in while working is being completed. An office space rework requires time and work in order to be perfect. There’s a timeline that should be followed. Now, this can have one of two effects. Fitting this timeline in your workspace can either give you headaches or have little to no impact on your business operations. This will all be down to planning. We’d advise making sure you leave enough time for work to be done before you try to move in.

To get an idea of how long the timeline could be for your office fit-out in Glasgow, consider consulting with a firm first. If you decide to go with one of the highest-quality providers of office fit-outs (us), you can contact us and we’ll help you out with some timeline estimates.

Set a Goal

 

What kind of office culture do you want to establish? What kind of facilities will you need to achieve this? Where do you want your business to be next year? You should have a set goal in mind for the future of your office. A fit-out is a complicated affair, and in order to get it right, you will need to keep in mind your future goals. Do you want a more relaxed open space where anyone can work anywhere? Or a more efficient and organized one with set areas for set staff? Both are ideal for different businesses, but both are hard to change afterward. So it’s helpful to know what you want when speaking to your fit-out team.

The best way to figure out your goal is to have a sit-down with management and determine what you want from your fit-out, and what outcome you’d like to have.

Set Your Budget

 

Having a set budget is important. You need to be upfront with your fit-out team about your budget. This is so they can help you to plan in a realistic manner, what your future office could look like. Also, a fit-out usually involves other things, such as buying new office equipment, fixtures, and furniture, as well as lighting and IT needs. You’ll need to consider these as well so you won’t have to agonize over it when time comes.

Once you’ve determined the budget, make sure to leave a little extra available so you have some wriggle room. Our office fit-outs in Glasgow usually stay firm to a budget, but you never know what changes you may feel inspired to make while the work is ongoing.

Hire a Professional Firm

 

It’s definitely tempting to take a DIY approach to an office fit-out in Glasgow. Slap some paint on there and it’ll be fine; an okay approach to take to your spare room, but not an office where you want to produce your best work. As such, it’s best to leave the fit-out work to the professionals. A quick inspection will reveal what they intend to do with space and incorporate your goals to maximum effect.

To this end you’ll want to do your research on finding the right office fit-out team in Glasgow. They will have experience in fitting out offices in the same industry and have all the knowledge to complete the project from start to finish. Thankfully, we are one such team that can do this. Work Smart has years’ worth of experience in completing successful office fit-outs; a number of which you can view on our website.

Office space can either be a hindrance to your team’s productivity or a boon to them. Make sure you hire the right contractor and one that has your best interests on hand. For more information, please feel free to get in contact. We’re always happy to answer questions.

Fit-Out Glasgow

Are you struggling to keep your staff motivated? When it’s warm outside, it’s understandable that staff probably don’t want to be locked away in a dark office. Did you know that the work environment makes a big difference when it comes to productivity? It makes sense. Would you feel more inspired in a cramped workspace or a spacious and well-lit one? Every business or organization can benefit from an office fit-out, and not just for aesthetic and design reasons. We provide clients with a fit-out in Glasgow that will boost productivity and here’s why.

A Complete Overhaul

The interior of an office is often seen as a low-priority concern when it comes to creating a new office space. For example, it’s essential to install the necessary power lines, internet, and lighting. However, what often happens after that though is that the interior becomes less of a concern. Desks and chairs are placed haphazardly and it’s called good enough. This isn’t how you create the best work environment. The interior deserves more consideration.

A fit-out in Glasgow will serve as the best opportunity to give your business the offices it deserves. It’s a lot easier to start off with the perfect office, rather than having to refurbish it later on.

Pass Legal Requirements

Getting a fit-out ensures your company is abiding by government regulations and legal requirements for workforces. Our expert fit-out team can inspect your workplace and recommend the necessary changes to make it 100 percent compliant.

Although legal requirements constantly change, you’re already one step ahead because you know the building is up to code. As a side bonus, your employees and management will know that you have their best interests in mind as you’ve had experts develop the space.

Also, keep in mind that there are sanctions when it’s found that a workplace is not meeting legal requirements. These include fees and possible downtime.

Faster and More Efficient Productivity

Not having an optimized workspace will add hours to employees’ tasks and cost you in the long run.

Every minute that a worker can’t get to his or her desk costs your business time. If a meeting room is so far away that it takes a few minutes for everyone to get inside, you lose time. If your employees are so uncomfortable in a dark space, that they need frequent breaks outside, this takes away from productivity. This adds up over time and equates to hours.

Proper organization is truly essential for productivity’s sake. When lighting, space, and areas are optimized your staff will be happy and they get a nice boost in productivity as a result.

Optimized Use of Space

One of the best reasons for having a fit-out is so you can maximize the space you’re given. We can help to tailor it to the everyday work involved in your organization.

Workspaces shouldn’t be too crowded nor uncomfortably open. Modern designs and creativity should go hand in hand, as well as functionality. Instead of having a second boardroom, you can make a second break room to improve employee morale. Details like this will make all the difference.

Show Off Your Company Culture

Incorporating your brand culture in an already existing space will prove to be near-impossible, not to mention costly.  It’s better to get the right start. You can get a fit-out in Glasgow that shapes out exactly how you want your office to look and feel.

Remember, a fit-out is important for business growth as it can give you these five benefits and many more. If you’re interested in a fit-out in Glasgow, make sure to contact us. Our team is always happy to help.

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Kross Glaze

If you want to do your best work, you really do need to have the best surroundings. Your workplace should be somewhere that your employees and clients should look forward to coming to and the interior impacts that in a big way. Are you feeling uninspired with your office interior? Our fit-out services in Glasgow will give your workplace a much-needed makeover. Office design has evolved from maximizing space to modern themes that boost productivity.

There are a number of changes that our fit-out services in Glasgow can make to your office that will transform it into a more productive and enjoyable space. Here are five changes you should consider when you begin the process of having a fit-out. Whether you’re a new or an established company, these small changes can make a huge impact on your workspace.

Change the Lighting

Lighting is probably the last thing in your mind when thinking about office redesign, but optimizing it goes a long way towards better productivity. While it’s often overlooked, lighting makes a big difference. It’s most especially noticed when you opt for the wrong lighting. For example, you know that you need to replace lighting if your employees are constantly complaining about eye strain, fatigue, headaches and the like. This only means that there’s not enough illumination.

Our fit-out services in Glasgow will help you to create a space that is optimally lit for both aesthetics and performance.

Allow for Greater Flexibility

Having an employee tied to a single desk is no longer acceptable, especially in today’s ever-changing roles in the workplace. The focus lies in creating office spaces where tasks can be achieved to their highest standard. For some tasks, a plain desk simply won’t do. Our fit-Out Services in Glasgow can make it so that employees can make adjustments to their space depending on the work they need to be done for the day.

An open-plan office can provide easy access to co-workers, with a dedicated private space for business calls and tasks that require focus and concentration. For brainstorming, you can dedicate a corner and set it with a whiteboard for collaboration and visualization.

Comfort and Ergonomics

All the furniture and layout should be optimized for ergonomics and comfort. Standing desks and comfortable office chairs should be your starting point when redesigning an office. This is something that we can advise on.

Numerous studies have shown that sitting for too long can be detrimental to one’s health. Companies are starting to realize the importance of standing up to take a break every now and then, which means space should be allocated for these types of activities.

Declutter with Storage Solutions

Productivity, whether it be in the home or office, is derailed when there’s too much clutter. Part of your office redesign should include storage solutions so clutter can be organized. Desks piled up with paperwork is not conducive for productivity. Filing cabinets, shelves and similar articles should be added nearby so workers can work better on a cleaner, clutter-free desk.

Solving the clutter problem not only leads to higher productivity but efficiency as well.

Greenify

Organic design is a must when it comes to improving your office. To this end plants are a welcome change as they clean the air and are good for improving employee mood and well-being.

Pick plants that are hardy and can survive low-light conditions. You should also strategically place them near windows so they can survive and continue to clear the air and provide eye candy for your employees. It also helps to reduce the carbon footprint of your office space! We’re working towards a more environmentally friendly future. So, this will be a fantastic look for your business. Especially when clients come to visit.

Don’t Forget the Break Room

Break rooms shouldn’t be an afterthought. It’s a space where your employees can spend their breaks relaxing and chatting with fellow colleagues. Studies show that breaks allow employees to restore their focus, concentration and motivation, as well as allow them to be more productive.

You wouldn’t want to miss out on these benefits, so consider enhancing your breakroom also.

So, if you’re looking to get these benefits and more, our fit-out services in Glasgow are something that you should definitely consider. Get in contact if you’d like to hear more.

Return to the Office – Are Flexible Fit Workplaces the Future?

We are interested in reading the various market sources’ opinions on the return to the office after COVID. At Worksmart, we have our own views as well as our own interpretations of what our clients and their design teams are saying on the matter. This is going to be one of the most important discussions in the coming months and years, so we are keen to share our thoughts with you. We also welcome your thoughts on the matter.

I think we can all say how relieved we are that after a year of the pandemic, we will have a choice of how we return to work. Whether it’s full time in the office, or some form of blended or hybrid way of work. We are considering each and every possibility for ourselves and our clients.

In our world of fast-track interior contracting fit out & refurbishment, we are ready to help our clients and their design teams get their staff back into their workplace. As we now enter the relaxation of government restrictions, we are seeing a strong demand from the larger PLCs and SMEs who are beginning to put plans in place to get their teams back into the office in some way.

Flexible Workplaces

A recent report from JLL stated that workplaces of the future will be versatile and hybrid, focusing on employee-centric solutions, as stated in a survey of more than 2000 office workers across ten countries. It is clear that employees are eager to maintain the flexibility of widespread remote working. This method has grown in popularity over the last year with the average work schedule being looked at as 2.5 days working from home. Interestingly, 80% of high performers have missed their office workplace greatly during lockdown.

With the downward pressures of COVID, recession and Brexit, we have seen extreme caution in development and preparation for getting teams back into the workplace. However, with the statistics and data in its current position, we can all see people and business being more positive. There’s light at the end of the tunnel. Confidence in the markets and the economic recovery is increasing, and business knows we need to get ready.

At the start of Lockdown, the popular opinion was for more remote working and less working from an office. As the pandemic progressed, wellbeing and the practicalities of the situation came more into focus and the scales rebalanced to show an appetite for a mix of both. This was mirrored across all sizes of business. However, in a recent KPMG report it was confirmed that most major global companies no longer plan to reduce the use of their office space after the coronavirus pandemic.

Just 17% of chief executives plan to cut back on offices, down from 69% in an August 2020 survey. Either downsizing has already taken place or plans have changed as the impact of extended, unplanned, remote working has taken a toll on some employees.

The new new normal?

Indeed, the efficiency and practicality of working from home with insufficient suitable and safe working conditions exist in both the physical boundaries of our homes, and also dealing with our families young and old in the restrictions.

The report also interestingly stated that more than 75% of chief executives also wanted the Government to encourage people to return to the office and workplaces before employers themselves started to request it. We have all seen the ghost town and city centres over the last few months and it is surreal.

People’s needs will be different than before the pandemic. It is up to us to facilitate solutions for the various market sectors in which Worksmart Contracts deliver throughout Scotland and the UK.

After such a prolonged period of restricted, reduced or removed revenue streams from our businesses, will we have the capital to make the investment required to get our teams back into the workplace? Businesses may need to look at funding or leasing measures. At Worksmart Contracts we have several options available that we can help introduce you to.

We need to look at building our future now in a different marketplace to what ourselves and generations before us knew.

Adaptive Workplaces

We need our workplace to be a Future Flexible Fit for our own business needs and to accommodate our teams. COVID has brought disastrous consequences to Scotland, the UK or indeed the World. We need to design with full flexibility in mind to protect our business and our teams.

Various reports tell us there are a minority who wish to work full time from home, a large percentage who want to return full time to the workplace and the majority believing a blended or hybrid way of working is the solution for them and the employer.

We believe this to be the case and with this in mind, businesses can look to work more flexibly and more efficiently in their current – adapted – workplace.

Flore Pradere, Research Director at JLL states: “the COVID-19 crisis has incited a massive paradigm shift in the world of work. To adapt to this new normal, the future of work must be reimagined to focus on the needs and preferences of a liquid workforce. This means offering employee-centric solutions that value choice and flexibility to optimise employee experiences and performance.”

The JLL report also states that traditional priorities have been deeply challenged during the pandemic. 72% of employees believe work life balance is more important than salary, and 69% indicate that living consciously and healthily is as important as finding purpose in their job

Over recent years people have wanted to change the workplace in so many ways. There has been a focus on greater wellbeing.

Some of the measures that have been pioneered are:

  • Breakout spaces
  • Collaborative spaces
  • Quiet zones
  • Coaching zones
  • Better air quality
  • Better lighting
  • Cleaner environments
  • More sustainable/environmentally friendly offices
  • Facilitating cycling and running to work
  • Showers, lockers etc
  • Car charging facilities
  • Workplaces which are close to public transport stations

We will explore these in more detail in future blogs which all tie into this series of focusing on our return to the office.

The Evening Standard confirmed at the end of March that the Chair of Planning Committee from City of London Corporation was seeing confidence in the city office market from developers, investors and occupiers. We can see in various reports and sources that this is not just in London, it’s throughout cities and towns across the UK and here in Scotland.

The Evening Standard also confirmed that in their poll of FTSE 100 businesses showed numerous chief executives are eying a more flexible working future.

However, let’s look at some of the areas which you need to be looking at and which we can support you in this journey. It has to be said that works should start as soon as possible as all businesses will be endeavouring to do the same to fit their specific requirements. There are only so many good quality interior contractors such as Worksmart Contracts who specialise in interior office fit out & refurbishment along with all other interior contracting in the various markets.

Things you’ll need to consider to prepare to return to the office:

  • Understanding what your team and business needs to go to the next level
  • Define and redefine the purpose and requirements of each space
  • Engage and discuss with your teams
  • Design with expert support and guidance
  • Share and communicate ambitions and plans with the teams and make final refinements
  • Engage with expert interior contractors who know and understand the requirements of fit out & refurbishment projects in tight demanding timescales and budgets
  • Complete the approach with reviews of how the spaces work and make final tweaks if required
  • Continue to engage and challenge each other in how best we can continue to develop our workplaces
  • Consider working with an expert interior contractor, consultant & furniture specialist company in a design & build (D&B) basis to accelerate and mitigate risk in cost and timescale with a one-stop turkey solution

The office and workplaces have changed. This is our chance to remove preconditioned restrictions which inhibit the development of ourselves and our businesses. There are better and more efficient ways of working which we need to develop and form as our new way of working when we return to the office.

Staff Expectations for Return to the Office

In Steelcase`s report for “Changing Expectations and the Future of Work”, they engaged with more than 30,000 people in 10 countries to poll what people need and expect from their return to the office.

New Health & Safety Priorities. To be safe and Feel safe.

  • 73% Air Quality
  • 73% Adherence to Safety Protocols
  • 72% Facility Cleanliness
  • 71% Physical Distancing
  • 69% Density
  • 66% Visitor Protocols
  • 59% Food & Drinks safety

Feeling isolated from remote home working is the biggest concern people identified and the top reason for wanting to return to the workplace. People want to connect with colleagues and reconnect to the organisation, helping to rekindle that shared purpose sense of belonging. Feeling a strong sense of community is the top indicator of people’s productivity, engagement, innovation and commitment to an organisation.

A lot of workplaces are dated and too rigid in their current form and we need Risk Assessments and Method Statements in how we now work with COVID in the workplace. This will include looking at areas such as social distancing, screening, one way routes, ventilation, cleaning regimes, rota and booking in systems to control volume of persons working in each zone.

How visitors attend the workplace, deliveries to the workplace, accidents in the workplace, additional hygiene stations and many more aspects will need to be considered.

Please note a helpful guide to a lot of these is through the HSE and can be found at www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/index.htm

Looking at some of the main areas of focus we need to look at the following where we can work with you to getting back to your workplaces:

  • Design Safer Workplaces
  • Design for Productivity
  • Design to Inspire
  • Design for Flexibility
  • Design for Wellbeing
  • Design for Sustainability
  • Design for Future Flexible Fit Workplaces

Urban Realms featured an interesting piece on Post Pandemic Offices and  stress that the office must evolve in order to hold onto its crown as the default environment for productivity. According to them, the office will evolve to meet the needs and wants of a population celebrating a new found sense of freedom.

To close, flexible working is here to stay for many years to come. It will help us to return to the workplace and stand us in a strong position to develop our teams and business. We may see a trend of decentralisation to an extent in larger organisations, with more smaller local suburban hubs being formed as part of the overall solution in our new ways of working.

As Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives, it is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

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Is Clean Air the Key to the Return to Office?

Office Space after refurbishment

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to examine aspects of our lives that we previously wouldn’t have given much notice to. We are much more in tune with our health and the effect of bacteria, viruses and other contagions. Post-pandemic, is office air filtration the key to a more sanitary and productive office?

It seems hard to believe now, but pre-pandemic it was the norm for people to go to work despite suffering from cold or flu.

This type of behaviour is now simply unimaginable, with everyone much more conscious of sanitary measures.

There’s one technology that has been greatly overlooked in office buildings that could play a major role in our post-pandemic recovery. Not only that, but it could also improve people’s moods and boost workplace productivity.

Air Quality in the Office

The cleanliness of the air we breathe in our office buildings, restaurants, schools, and any other place where people gather is going to be a major factor in years to come.

The quality of the indoor air we breathe determines the levels of contaminants being passed from person to person in a room.

This can include COVID-19, but also common colds and other airborne viruses. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) systems scrub the air. This process filters out the viruses and other contaminants at a molecular level.

What remains is clean, fresh air that can be pumped around buildings, offices, supermarkets, classrooms and more.

What might be even more interesting to business owners and office workers are the other benefits of clean air.

When we inhale oxygen, we exhale carbon dioxide. This CO2 can’t be used by our body the way we use oxygen. So the more CO2 in a room, the less oxygen we are breathing.

Raefer Wallis is a leading global expert on creating ‘healthier’ buildings. Talking to the BBC, he said: “Imagine three people sitting in a mid-sized conference room,” says Mr Wallis. “[Without proper ventilation] it can take 45 minutes for CO2 to reach a level whereby the brain starts to be impaired.

This can decrease productivity, cause headaches, negatively impact our mood and make us more susceptible to health problems.

With HVAC systems, all of the air in a building will be replaced every 20-30 minutes. This constant stream of fresh air will leave those inhaling it feeling better all-round.

HVAC & HEPA Office Air Filtration Systems

Worksmart Contracts is committed to the overall improvement of air quality within offices and workspaces.

Systems like these are going to be crucial for everyone to return to the office and maintain a healthy environment. Not only that, but staff will be more confident to return to the office knowing that they are breathing in clean air all day long.

We can supply air filtration systems to ensure clean air is circulating around your office all day long. This will have many positive benefits on your staff and your business.

These measures will also be crucial when it comes to returning workers to the office after the pandemic.

Whether you need a full office refurbishment or like the sound of the ventilation systems mentioned in this blog, get in touch.

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