The Future of Furniture in the Workplace

Advances are moving at such a rate it is only natural that it would eventually impact our working lives.

There is now an ever-growing demand for furniture with integrated technology. Many businesses are adapting to this change in a bid to create effective work environments that appeal to a multitude of generations. More and more businesses are looking to new technology to create a workforce that is more productive, more efficient, and more innovative. For the majority of job roles, technology now makes it easy to work effectively from anywhere in the world, creating a much more flexible method of working.

Productive, healthy and efficient workspaces encourage employees to move around. Furniture like SMS the electronic mobile sit-stand desk, for example, allow users to roll the desk to the location that suits, creating different working areas within the office. And having the option to stand to complete tasks keeps energy levels constant and the blood flowing to the brain. Standing up not only gives employees the opportunity to stretch their body, but also provides them with a change of scenery and that all-important variation.

We’re thus seeing an increase in demands for built-in chargers, music docking and power points. Paul Edward, Managing Director at British furniture manufacturer and solution specialist, Staverton, identifies that employees like to have a certain amount of control over their workspace and he believes a successful office is one that offers variety and agility.

Wellbeing has already become a natural addition to any forward thinking office design, office workers do not want to be sat in one chair, at one desk, for their entire day at work. By providing a variety of options for individuals and teams to work in, you enable the opportunity for them to keep active both physically and mentally.

The work environment is a space that employees spend a significant amount of time in, and it is therefore important to recognise its impact on their wellbeing and ultimately, receiving more productive, happier employees.

Once Again Celebrating Workplace Diversity

#PrideMonth is the perfect opportunity to celebrate Workplace Diversity. Join us!

We’re committed to providing a safe, inclusive workplace for all members of the Staverton family. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but it’s the unique perspectives of our workforce that helps develop our identity, form innovative ideas and ultimately, make a great team. Differences in religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age and disability shouldn’t just be respected – but celebrated. Because we all work better, together.

Get to know our team: https://staverton.co.uk/about/team/

 

Staverton to Open New Showroom for Clerkenwell Design Week

Staverton is pleased to announce that the opening of its new showroom will take place during the 10th anniversary celebrations of Clerkenwell Design Week (21st to 23rd May).

The showroom, located on the ground floor at 17-18 Haywards Place, Clerkenwell, includes furniture from all our main ranges as well as an array of innovative products to help clients find their ideal workspace solution.

We have put together a programme of events, workshops and talks to take place in our new showroom during each day of Clerkenwell Design Week. You can come and meet our artist in residence for the period – Richard Rochester – who will share his unique charcoal technique with visitors through workshops and talks. Campaigner and former BBC producer Jo Ruxton will be telling us how we can limit further damage to our oceans and wildlife, and Workplace Consultant Steve Dobson, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Overbury, will be speaking about the benefits of biophilia – bringing nature into the office.

The week will be topped off with an invite-only showroom-warming party with food, drinks and entertainment. If you’d like to come along, please email carlo@staverton.co.uk with your details.

Full Programme of Events

Tuesday 21 May

11:30 – 12:30 WORKSHOP
A Beginners’ Guide to Making Great Charcoal Art – artist Richard Rochester provides an inspiring and comprehensive overview of charcoal as an art-making material and guides you through the various techniques. Register Here 

13:30 – 14:15 TALK
Landscape Art in the Workplace – charcoal artist Richard Rochester talks about the importance of landscape art in the workplace and his approach to making large-scale and immersive artworks for this environment. Register Here 

Wednesday 22 May

11:30 – 12:30 WORKSHOP
A Beginners’ Guide to Making Great Charcoal Art – artist Richard Rochester provides an inspiring and comprehensive overview of charcoal as an art-making material and guides you through the various techniques. Register Here 

13:30 – 14:15 TALK
Biophilia in the Workplace – Steve Dobson, Head of Workplace Consultancy at Overbury, talks about bringing nature into the office and the associated benefits of biophilia. Register Here 

Thursday 23 May

11:30 – 12:30 WORKSHOP
A Beginners’ Guide to Making Great Charcoal Art – artist Richard Rochester provides an inspiring and comprehensive overview of charcoal as an art-making material and guides you through the various techniques. Register Here 

13:30 – 14:15 TALK (in partnership with Humanscale)
Plastic Through the Camera Lens – campaigner and former BBC producer for Blue Planet  Jo Ruxton will discuss the hot topic of sustainability and what each of us can do to limit further damage to our oceans and wildlife. Register Here 

16:00 – 21:00 PARTY
Showroom-warming Party *Invitation only* – we are holding a showroom-warming party with food, drinks and entertainment. If you would like to attend, please email Carlo at carlo@staverton.co.uk with your details.

All events will take place at the new Staverton showroom: 17-18 Haywards Place, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0EQ.

For more information please email info@staverton.co.uk or visit clerkenwelldesignweek.com/showroom/staverton/

Click on this link to download a PDF copy of the programme. 

Q&A with Paul Edward, Staverton’s Managing Director

In conjunction with independent business adviser Cowgills, Paul Edward gives his thoughts on a number of issues facing office space transformations and the regular challenges we encounter.

With the vast capital sums invested in design, refurbishment and relocation fit-out projects, leadership teams should rightfully expect them to deliver significant operational benefit. But evidence shows this isn’t always the case, with just 34 per cent of projects delivering high performance results according to Leesman data.

Why do you think such a high number of workplace transformation projects fail?

“I believe this comes down to those involved assuming that one size fits all. Fancy furniture, games rooms, coffee provisions and beer taps aren’t for everyone. You can’t use a template for all. It’s so important to create and design a workplace that works for your particular employees. That means providing the most effective furniture, variety of spaces and overall atmosphere. Any furniture suppliers, designers, change management consultants and in-house teams should work together from an early stage, to create a plan that is bespoke to the organisation.”

For the workplaces that are getting it right; what have the design teams done differently? What solutions have they provided that have broken down the barriers that impede employees working effectively?

“When workplace transformation projects go well, it’s almost always down to the fact the designers have worked in collaboration with the various other parties. They hear from the employees themselves, the facilities management teams, the senior leadership teams and then create a solution working with the suppliers and contractors.”

How can designers work with their clients to determine what employees need to be productive – and how can this learning be applied to design proposals?

“Open and early communication will always pay dividends. Design that is research based always seems to be the most successful, and it’s no wonder. If you’re designing a space and you don’t know anything about the people who will use it, how could it possibly work? The results of carrying out surveys and focus groups enable designers to pinpoint what a workplace, and it’s workers, really needs, and design accordingly.”

85 per cent of Leesman respondents agree that the design of the workplace is important to them. Other research suggests that employees who are highly satisfied with various aspects of their workplace also demonstrate higher levels of engagement.

How can design support social cohesion, information sharing, trust, engagement and productivity?

“I think desking is still incredibly important. The office is certainly not dead and although open plan hot desking is really taking off, it’s important to provide personal desks too, when and where needed. A variety of spaces in which to work is key. Spaces that feel and can be used differently can really aid collaborative working.”

What are the business benefits of getting this right?

“If your workplace works and performs at its best, then your employees, who use the space, will mirror this. We all want our employees to arrive to work able to perform at their best. A workplace that supports the tasks they complete and the particular way in which they work will mean businesses reap the rewards of having a productive and effective workforce.”

Based on your experience in the sector, what are the key components of an effective work environment?

“Variety is the key. When a workplace is effective it’s usually down to the designers giving employees choice over where (and how) they work. Whether that’s the incorporation of mobile sit stand desks, acoustically treated ‘dens’ or ‘pods’ for quiet focused work and phone calls, or just breaking up an otherwise open plan office with work-wall dividers, it’s crucial to have a range of environments that make up your space.”

Click on this link to read the article online.

Join Us at Our Social ‘Bullseye’ Event in Manchester

We would like to invite professionals from the Interiors industry to an open event on Thursday 21st March from 6.00 to 9.00pm.

This informal event will be an ideal opportunity for people in the industry to network with fellow professionals, meet potential partners, and find out more about products we currently offer.

The event will be held at Flight Club Darts in Ship Canal House, 98 King Street, Manchester M2 4WU. There will be a buffet and drinks reception.

If you would like to attend, please email David at david@staverton.co.uk with your name, company details and the number of guests you will be bringing.

We hope to see you there!

Staverton Signs Up a New Showroom in the Heart of Clerkenwell

Following an extensive search for the ideal showroom space, Staverton are excited to announce they have secured the ground floor lease of 17-18 Haywards Place. A newly refurbished, warehouse-style development, it sits between St. John Street and Clerkenwell Green.

As experts in innovative design, we pride ourselves in helping clients achieve their perfect workspace solution. We’ve designed our own to inspire creativity, reflecting the many possibilities for the modern workplace. We’ve included furniture from all our main ranges, together with interactive sketchbooks, video presentation screens and a sample wall for clients to browse our full range of finishes. We understand the importance of a connected, social workspace and have a dedicated social area to host immersive talks and educational classes.

Paul Edward, Staverton’s Managing Director says: ‘We have worked with creative designer Giuseppe Boscherini to help us deliver an engaging space that will provide a full brand experience for all our visitors. Our investment in the new space is significant and reflects our very positive view of the UK Office Furniture industry over the coming years’.

We intend to unveil our new showroom in early April, presented as a fully agile working environment for our own staff and visitors alike. We’ll be hosting an office-warming event during Clerkenwell Design Week ­– we’d love to see you there.

Showroom Address: 17-18 Haywards Place, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 0EQ.

For more information contact Carlo on 0203 7941200 or email carlo@staverton.co.uk

 

Introducing BX lockers, the latest storage solution from Staverton

BX is designed for the agile, ever-changing workplace. it is our most customisable range of lockers yet.

From integrated lower drawers to minimise bending and backache and various locking options to safeguard contents, to a wide range of door and carcase colours that help your storage suit your scheme – you can make BX your own.

View and download the BX Brochure here

 

Staverton Proud to be a Mixology North18 Sponsor

The Staverton team is delighted to be taking part in Mixology North 2018, the industry’s leading award ceremony and winter ball, an inspiring night aimed at the vibrant and creative interior design community.

As category sponsors, we will be presenting this year’s award for ‘Medium Project of the Year’, a distinction which recognises the best and most original commercial interior ranging from 15,000 to 50,000 sq ft.

The black-tie event will take place at Manchester Central on Thursday 6th, December 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information about this event, please email info@staverton.co.uk or find out more at www.mixology-awards.com

 

Staverton Continues to Grow and Strengthen Its Team

We are very pleased to announce that Andy Huckerby has been appointed Sales Director of Staverton (UK) Ltd.

This appointment has been made to strengthen the business significantly and to ensure the continued growth of Staverton.

Andy joined us from Humanscale and brings with him 17 years industry experience and expertise.

Structuring a New Sales Team
Andy has already strengthened the Sales Team by recruiting two regional sales managers and a junior sales support position.

In the positions of regional sales managers, Martin Anderson will be responsible for developing Scotland and Ireland, and Richard Hussey will develop sales in the Midlands and Southwest. Our new junior salesperson, Emma Willis, joins the team working in sales process support.

If you would like to know more about Andy Huckerby or any other of our UK team members, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Provide Creative Spaces to Reap the Rewards of Wellbeing at Work

Employers’ approaches to workplaces are changing. More and more, we are seeing new, inventive and creative ways for employees to work, and better spaces for them to be working in. Thankfully, as a generation, we are fast departing from the bland, four-white-walls style of workspaces, and are beginning to really push ourselves to create the most imaginative and unique of environments.

Wellness issues are finding their way higher up the priority ladder for businesses. It should come as no surprise that happy employees who work in a workplace where they are free to be imaginative and creative tend to engage better and provide better results for the business and boost their team morale. Unfortunately, however, some employers are still reluctant to invest in their company’s wellness and wellbeing, due to the uncertainty of receiving direct results back from the costs it can often incur.

A successful workspace is one that literally works for its employees. At Staverton, we firmly believe that a successful office offers variety, agility and collaboration. Items like sit-stand desks, private working Dens and clustered desk groupings all enable one of the key factors in effective working – choice. Sedentary lifestyles are a significant problem for office workers, but a workspace that has been designed to encourage movement and various ways and locations to work in, really helps in the endeavour to keep the blood pumping and productivity levels flowing – as does flexible furniture that can adapt to the needs of the worker.

By creating different spaces for employees to do their work, you are offering them a chance to freshen their environments, move their bodies, and boost that all important creativity and consequently, productivity. Our mobile sit-stand desks are among some of our most popular products, and that comes as no surprise. Office workers and employers are waking up to the effects that being sat down in one position for eight hours a day can have detrimental effects on your body, and are finally acting on it. Having the option to stand up at a desk for even just 15 minutes can give you the much-needed opportunity to stretch your legs and back, but it also gives you a change of scenery. Similarly, if you have a one-on-one or small group meeting, utilising a private working space or ‘Den’ can provide the chance to change up your environment, work collaboratively – which is important for creating working relationships – and ultimately, make you work in a more effective way.

Creative spaces do not have to be constrained just to varieties of workstations either. Think outside the box when you are designing kitchen and relaxation/breakout areas too. The more variety and change you can offer to your staff, the better results you will see. Installing a breakfast bar type environment with bar stools, for example, will encourage employees to adopt better posture as well as creating another space to be social in and eat lunch at (away from desks!). You could even go so far as to consider other items of furniture that encourage movement when away from the desk – running machines, table football / tennis tables and exercise mats/balls are all appearing in the latest innovative workplaces.
While some may palm them off as trivial, they really are incredibly simple and relatively cheap solutions, which can provide some great results on employee wellbeing and productivity.

Leesman, the world’s leading assessor of workplace effectiveness, which has surveyed over quarter of a million employees worldwide, recently issued a report that states that less than half of UK offices are actually fit for purpose, with 46% of all employees saying that their spaces do not enhance productivity. Given the intrinsic link between wellbeing, productivity and workplace design, and the pressures this entails; businesses obviously have a challenge to face. But with simple tricks such as installing varied furnishings, comfortable yet practical break-out spaces, and vibrant, well-designed workspaces, it is becoming increasingly easy for employers to really create the workplace environments their staff need, that enhance wellbeing and productivity, rather than restricting it.

An important factor to bear in mind, however, is ensuring what you plan, create and install, actually works for you. It’s all very well planning these vast, open plan and creative spaces, but if you’re a relatively small team that works independently most of the time, that is clearly not the appropriate space for you. To avoid this, make sure you are always in tune with your employees, their wants, needs and requirements, and make sure that their office truly reflects this, and also your company’s culture.

It is so important to correctly implement change. Often, employers make drastic changes to workspaces, and expect to see immediate results almost overnight. This is simply not going to be the case. When altering, redesigning, refitting or even relocating to a new workspace. You must allow time for employees to adjust to the new environment, and the appliances offered within it. Do what you can, of course, to make this process smoother, engage with your employees at an early stage, not only to find out their ideas and thoughts, but to keep them involved in the process. For example, demonstrate how to use sit-stand desks at the best height, show them how to use the new smart TV in the Den, and schedule in meetings in the new collaborative spaces, to get people used to them.

There are countless options available to provide flexible, creative and productivity-enhancing workspaces for your employees. My main tip for achieving this though, is variety. Office workers do not want to be sat in one chair, at one desk, for their entire day at work. By providing a variety of options for individuals and teams to work in, you enable the opportunity for them to keep active both physically and mentally, thus contributing to their wellbeing and ultimately, receiving more productive, happier employees.