Glazed Partitioning Fitting Glasgow

Every employee wants to work in a modern, comfortable office. We offer a number of services that can help you to achieve this. Our glazed partitioning fitting in Glasgow is one such service that greatly enhances your workplace. Glass partitions are undoubtedly modern and a good way to design your office for maximum productivity and efficiency.

It’s not all about design, though. Here are 5 reasons why you should have them installed during your next fit-out.

Helps Lower Noise Levels

Glass partitions can come in glazed or clear but what most people don’t know is that they act as efficient barriers when it comes to noise.

To get the most of your fittings it’s recommended that you get glazed partitioning fitting in Glasgow, as it reduces noise pollution and helps with your employees’ concentration. Add in some soundproofing and you have a relatively quiet workspace even during its busiest hours.

Allows Natural Light to Pass-Through

Every office should have sufficient light during working hours. It’s best to have natural light as it can lessen eye strain and allow your employees to become more productive while keeping headaches at bay. Glass is the preferred choice as it allows light to pass through. The illusion it brings is an open and bright space, which is better than a cramped and tight area. If possible, you can design your office to let in as much natural light as possible to reduce stress levels and have your employees get much-needed vitamin D.

One more benefit of natural light is that it can lessen sick days and improve employee well-being, something that other partition materials can’t offer.

Save on Energy Costs

With our glazed partitioning fitting in Glasgow, you can achieve a brighter workspace without spending too much on lighting solutions. Glass is an excellent material for allowing light to pass through. Aside from natural light sources, you can supplement with energy-efficient solutions so your office stays brightly lit at all times.

When you choose glass as your partition you won’t have to spend as much on artificial light, and less wattage equals a lower energy bill every month.

Can Be Installed Easily

Glass office partitions are popular because it’s easy to set them up and are customizable enough that you can get them in the design and dimensions you want. This simple yet effective partitioning solution really shines in instances where you need to have them disassembled or re-assembled somewhere else. In this case, structural modifications will be minimal and there’s less disruption in your day to day affairs.

Unbeatable Aesthetic and Design

Last but not least, glass partitions are great for style and making a good first impression. This is important if you have a constant stream of customers or clients. A bright, clean and modern workspace is appealing not just for clients but for future employees alike. You can design them to your liking and have a range of options, including full or half frame, single to triple glazing and frameless or steel framed solutions. You can even have a custom made design and create a truly unique workspace you can call your own.

There are many reasons to invest in a glass partition for your office. The good news is that there are many design options available for those who want to refresh their workspaces. If you’re interested in a glazed partitioning fitting in Glasgow, make sure to get in contact

Fit-Out Services Glasgow

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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The Thoughts of a Worksmart Apprentice

Worksmart Contracts is always delighted to shout about the achievements of our apprentices. What better time to do so than Scottish Apprenticeship Week 2021.

All this week, companies across Scotland have been celebrating their young apprentices and highlighting their achievements. We’re very lucky to have such a talented and ambitious group of young men and women who come to Worksmart as apprentices and work their way up.

22-year-old Mackenzie Mackie is an apprentice joiner with Worksmart and has been generous enough to spare some time and write about his life as a Worksmart apprentice.

Over to you, Mackenzie:

My names Mackenzie Mackie, I’m 22 years old and i’m currently in my second year of my carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. My apprenticeship lasts for 4 years and time is flying by.

At school I always studied the ‘hands-on’ side of things from CDT, woodwork, graphic communication, product design and computing. These are the subjects I remember enjoying a lot more than others, so I’m glad I’m in this line of work, despite leaving school and not advancing in any other further education surrounding these topics.

I’ve always been highly interested in the creative side of things. I create a lot online for a podcast I do with my friends, as well a lot of physical media. I grew up around joiners, so it’s not something entirely new to me, but when I was younger I never saw myself doing it.

Worksmart’s Operations Manager Gary Robertson helps out a lot with my families dance company and would always ask me if it was something I was interested in. Off the cuff one day, he told me Worksmart were hiring apprentices and asked if it was something I’d be interested in.

Not thinking too much of it, I forwarded my CV over and waited for a reply. I didn’t think much of because I didn’t think I’d actually be lucky enough to be asked to meet for an interview. But thankfully it all went well and here I am one year into my apprenticeship.

I find it difficult to enjoy something when I’m constantly doing the same things everyday, but with Worksmart every day is different. Seeing new faces and learning each day on the sites or at college keeps me interested.

This apprenticeship has taught me a lot of skills and plenty about myself too. I enjoy the work and love my college course so I’m very excited for what the future brings. My main interest is the graphic design side of things, using CAD to design 3D models of products or technical drawings. Because of this I’m thinking in future maybe advancing on to complete my advance craft and trying my hand at a university course to become an architect.

Although it’s all quite far ahead in the future, it’s something I’ve occasionally thought about. I also believe it’s important to have a goal to aim towards in life. Another goal I’ve thought about is owning my own unit in either Falkirk or Stirling and opening an arcade. Games are my biggest passion and I’ve thought a lot about designing my own store/arcade.

Like I said though, all of these are thoughts for the future. Right now I’d be lucky to cut a piece of timber square!

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M&E Contractor Joins Worksmart Group

Worksmart Contracts are delighted to announce the creation of a separate branch of the Worksmart family. EMC Projects will operate under the Worksmart Group and provide mechanical and electrical services on our fit-out and refurbishment projects in Scotland and beyond.

EMC Projects provide building solutions services on electrical, mechanical and communications projects throughout Scotland and the UK. They operate in all market sectors of commercial office, industrial, retail, education, healthcare & hotel & leisure.

 

After some twenty years of successfully working together in the delivery of some fabulous and complex projects, Mick O`Brien and Steve Neilson, along with the Worksmart Contracts Ltd board, created EMC Projects Ltd as a new entity and brand to work as part of the Make It Worksmart Group.

The skilled engineers at EMC have the experience to improve the overall service offered by Worksmart. EMC are experts in all things electrical, communications and mechanical. They can offer a wide range of services such as: structured cabling network solutions to fibre splicing services, electrical testing/inspection, lighting, electrical supplies, cabling, air conditioning, ventilation, CCTV, Fire Alarms, A/V solutions, plumbing and heating.

This is just the tip of the iceberg with regards to the number of services EMC Projects specialise in and this addition to the Worksmart family will give us greater flexibility as an organisation. Worksmart will be able to offer better value to clients on future refurbishment and fit-out projects, being able to call upon EMC instead of bringing in other contractors.

This new partnership allows Worksmart to quote, plan and undertake projects in a more efficient manner. With everything in-house, the process will be shortened, and the result will be achieved faster for our clients.

The overall service will be of a higher standard too, as EMC will be working to the strict standards of everyone else in the Worksmart Group. This is an exciting development for Worksmart Contracts and we look forward to working closely with everyone at EMC over the course of this year and beyond.

We knew we needed the flexibility and focus of our own M&E business to work hand in glove with on our commercial refurbishment and fit-out projects.

Already with a successful first year under our belt during the pandemic, we have a solid foundation to build upon for our second year and beyond. In addition to our regular works, we have a significant level of Essential Working status projects on the go within markets such as retail and healthcare. We are very proud to be able to support our clients in such times.

Worksmart is constantly striving to achieve a higher standard of work for our clients. So far in 2021 we are continuing to work with our current and past clients while securing new work in the public and private sectors.

EMC have the experience, knowledge, and certification to ensure projects are successfully carried out. For further information on EMC Projects and examples of the types of projects they work on, you can click here.

To view past case studies click here.

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