The traditional office is disintegrating, being replaced by new creative ways of working that focus on the team as well as the individual.
A lot of business owners and managers now work in an open-plan office. The benefits are obvious – all team members can work together in an open, social environment and talk to each other more freely than if they were segmented in different offices and rooms.
It’s a great way for people to share ideas and support each other throughout the working day. Though, as creative and social as that may all seem, not everybody enjoys working in that way. For the person that enjoys leaning over their desk for a quick chat with a colleague is someone else swamped with work that could do without the distraction and needs a bit of peace and quiet to complete their tasks.
For those that have invested in the open-plan formula but need to consider the individual an office partition is a fantastic way to create privacy without segregating people and going back on the working philosophy.
An office partition is a temporary wall that can be raised and joined with other partitions to section new areas off and create a new room. Office partitions are typically cost-effective, sturdy, and very easy to set up.
No one person is the same and office managers shouldn’t expect all of their employees to work as one unit all the time.
Office partitions are a great way to create privacy, and if managers are looking for a longer-term solution then there are all manner of materials and partitions they can invest in.
Solid partitions are available in glass, for instance, to let people know that managers are still more than approachable despite the new wall being there.
Partitions are also available in a range of heights. If people are looking to only section their desk off then smaller partitions are a great option, however there are partitions that can reach the ceiling if they need to create an entirely new room without commissioning builders.
It’s the casual nature of partitioning that makes it so popular with managers and business owners. Especially for those that are renting office space – why go through the hassle of liaising with landlords and builders for a new room when a partition is a more than adequate solution?
Managers are only limited by their requirements and imagination when they’re looking to invest in office partitioning.
The main thing to remember though is the workforce. If partitions are going to improve people’s work rates and keep them happy at the same time then installing them is an excellent idea.
Especially in offices that can be noisy at times. Putting everything in its place with office partitions is a brilliant way to improve an office and the morale of the people that help run it all day long.
Learn more about office partitions and how to create the perfect working environment for staff by contacting the Planscape team today.
Warehouse space is expensive, therefore it’s vital that you get the most out of it. Wasting space is equal to wasting money. It’s that simple. Obviously the storage solutions you choose will depend on the type of stock you carry, as well your needs for adaptability and expansion in the future. If you’re struggling for ways to make the most of your warehouse unit, it might pay to talk to a professional like Elbowroom . After-all, the last thing you want is to pay for extra space, when there is every possibility of creating more room in the one you have.
To maximise your warehouse space you need to think creatively about storage. Here are some innovative storage options to help you do just that.
Open bins and trays are excellent storage options for large quantities of small stock or parts. Things like screws and small fittings will be best stored in trays while larger small parts will work well in open bins. Bins and trays can be easily incorporated with shelving and racking systems for larger stock storage.
Vertical dividers can be utilised to help organise stock on shelves, keeping like items together and stopping stock from spilling out over the shelf. Vertical dividers are an excellent way of organising stock on shelves and make for easy access to correct stock items.
Sick of your products being that little bit too big to fit in your shelving unit? There’s no need to suffer any longer when your shelves can be tailor made. You may require some shelving at 25 centimetres high and the next shelf at 50 centimetres high. Adjusting shelving heights is easy, so if your stock comes in a variety of heights so should your shelving. Likewise you don’t need widely spaced shelves for smaller products. Space is too expensive to be housing air!
Don’t waste the ends of storage racks and shelves. Utilise ends for extra storage space. You can purchase storage systems, containers, louvered shelves or hooks to make use of this space. It is a good idea to store things that you use frequently in these spots.
While fixed shelving is the most common form of storage, mobile shelving is becoming an increasingly popular space saver. If you can move shelving around, you will not need to have the same amount of space between rows of shelving and you can almost double the amount of shelving you can fit into your floor space. Lateral sliding shelves are another excellent space saving option and can double your storage space in the same floor area.
The best way to maximise warehouse space is to customise storage space to suit your particular needs. Don’t opt for standard solutions. The best storage solution for one type of business will not necessarily be the best for you. Tailor design a storage system for your needs and you will make the very best use of your warehouse space.
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A clean workplace is essential for any business with the desire to thrive (which I’m assuming is all of you), regardless of the industry. Along with establishing a sense of structure and order, a clean working environment promotes team spirit, benefits healthy and safety requirements, and makes for more productive staff. Bringing up the issue of workplace hygiene with your workers can sometimes pose a difficult issue, with some employers being lax on pushing the subject too hard.
In our workplace, for example, if we don’t tidy up after ourselves, the ping pong table (the light and major entertainment during lunch breaks) gets banned for a week. If you don’t have a ping pong table to barter with, here are some other suggestions you might want to bear in mind, when discussing the idea of workplace cleanliness.
There’s that old saying that people strive in chaos, however that doesn’t necessarily apply to the cleanliness of the office. When the office is no less than chaotic, the efficiency tends to drop and subsequently lowers morale. An organised and streamlined workplace encourages workers to be more productive with their time and less stressed – especially because they aren’t spending dead time sifting through files. Once a structured system is set up, your workers will be more inclined to take pride in their environment by cleaning up after themselves, maintaining the in-place filing systems, and work effectively with one another.
Have you ever walked into an office space and felt daunted by the potential of working with a business who keeps a messy space? I know I have. As someone who deals with clients on a regular basis, I will immediately question the company’s credibility and productivity if their space is dirty – even if they are a reputable brand. It’s understandable why offices become messy, with business owners and staff getting so caught up in their daily schedule that office cleanliness slides down the priority ladder. So if you feel like you don’t have the time, there’s no shame in hiring someone to manage the up-keep of your space.
A shambolic business workspace can present a multitude of safety concerns. It could be from old food kept in the fridge too long spreading into other people’s food, causing workers to become ill, or objects piling up causing a trip hazard, or liquids on the ground raising the likelihood of a slip. Remove the clutter, and you’ll have an organised workplace that reduces accidents and the hassle associated with compensation claims.
This may not be an issue for corporate buildings, however for small businesses based in rural areas, pests are a serious issue. I used to have an office that constantly came down with a colony of ants every time the season changed. Messy offices are a breeding ground for creepy crawlies, cockroaches, and fruit flies. You can either clean up after your mess in the kitchen, or if it becomes a problem, you can always call on companies like Trusted Pest Management Australia to prevent any further attacks.
Have you ever worked in a messy office? What was the vibe like? Tell us your story and suggestions in the comments below.
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