If you are revamping the office there is a lot to think about - good quality office furniture, appropriate decor, the layout of the office and what about going green?
Every business is different and the look and feel will be determined by the office location and the nature of what your company does - from creative media companies in converted barns in the country who want a funky look, to banks in modern high street premises with the minimalist feel.
Egg and swan office chairs may help to achieve that more creative and relaxed feel in the office. Leather or mesh chairs may provide a more formal look. There is so much to choose from these days. If you decide on the style of furniture you want, then that will help to determine the decor.
So, what about going green in your new-look office space? Recycling printer cartridges, mobile phones and paper are easy wins, so give your employees the opportunity to do their bit by providing recycling opportunities around the office and arranging regular collections.
For recycling to be successful, you need to be buying recycled goods as well as recycling old office supplies. Did you know that by buying back recycled goods less energy is expended to create new products from raw materials? For example, recycled paper can use up to 90% less water and 50% less energy than making paper from scratch.
Improving your company's energy efficiency can improve your position as an eco friendly business and save the company money.
Always make sure you get electrical equipment with good energy efficiency ratings and introduce an energy saving policy among your employees, asking them to turn off computers, printers, lights and other equipment when they are not being used.
Computer monitors can use up to 10% of energy when on standby, so turning them off could make a huge difference. Office equipment alone accounts for around 20% of a company's energy usage and even as much as 70%. Did you know that a computer left running 24/7 will cost £70 to run?
And, did you know that lighting an empty office overnight wastes enough energy to heat the water for 1,000 cups of coffee. Encourage everyone to turn the lights off as they leave a room and at the end of the day and try using energy efficient light bulbs.
Reducing the amount of paper you use will also help. Did you know the average worker uses up to 100 sheets per day? Some ways to reduce paper usage include: reading on screen, more emailing rather than printing out or posting, reduce the font size or margins and print on both sides so less paper is needed. Have you thought of using a virtual storage space for files rather than paper filing?
Turning the heating down by just one degree could save you 10 per cent on your heating bill and will drastically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions.
Find out more about an energy efficient office space from the British Assessment Bureau. Margolis office furniture specialists can help you to choose the right furniture for your budget and office space.