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Flexible work is on the rise, but at what cost?

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Flexible working hours for many people is a dream come true. The ability to decide when and where you do you work is very appealing, and if disciplined, has been shown to increase productivity, efficiency and happiness.

However, with more and more people turning to remote working, ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals not in the office will become harder to measure, and new policies harder to enforce.

In today’s blog we examine how two major trends in the workplace - flexible working & employee wellbeing – appear to be on a collision course, and what we can do about it.

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Topics: Design, Ergonomics

Trends & Traditions 2017: A different approach to trade shows

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 26, 2017 9:38:04 AM

 

Trends & Traditions Copenhagen is not your typical trade fair. Hosted by Holmris.designbrokers, key players across the industry meet up to understand and discuss the latest, well, trends and traditions, in the world of furniture design. Lasting only one day, it’s a brief coming together of ideas that leaves a lasting impression.

For the third consecutive year, SB Seating was invited to showcase our latest designs from across all of our brands, and join the conversation.

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Topics: Design

CDW2017 - How much could you get across in 400 seconds?

Posted by Stacey Turner on Apr 24, 2017 11:58:30 AM


How many times have you fallen asleep during someone’s presentation? Probably not that many actually, but I bet you’ve wanted to more times than you’d care to admit. Your internal monologue screaming “just get to the point.”

In response to regular doses of “Death by PowerPoint”, Two Tokyo architects developed a presentation style that encourages speakers to be concise and input as much energy into a short a space of time as possible; to get to the point.

Known as PechaKucha, this format has taken the world by storm, and we invite you to come and experience it for yourself at Clerkenwell Design Week next month.

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Topics: Design

Annual event unites human factor specialists - Next week!

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 19, 2017 9:27:37 AM

 

Do plants improve office wellbeing? How do you effective deal with health issues in the workplace? How do you measure it? These are just some of the questions being asked at EHF2017, the annual event held by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors, sponsored by RH.

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Topics: Productivity, Ergonomics

CDW2017 - Spot the future & furnish it! Ft. Liselotte Lyngsø

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 14, 2017 11:00:00 AM

For millennia people have claimed to be able to foresee the future. Most famous of all is probably Nostradamus, whose 16th century predictions have echoed through the ages. To most, the future is an enigma. Not for all though.

Liselotte Lyngsø is a futurist, and she spends her time predicting the future. Or more precisely, future trends in the world of work and beyond. A founding partner of Future Navigator, she is employed by organisations (past clients include Greenpeace, Specsavers & Red Bull) to help them understand emerging technology, ways of thinking and ideologies, in order to harness their power and take advantage of the benefits before it’s too late.

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Topics: Design

Understanding how your company culture is your brand

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 12, 2017 12:45:00 PM

Earlier this year we saw how many organisations are unaware of how to instigate effective workplace benefit & amenity schemes. A lack of understanding when it comes to aligning perks with company values means that facilities at best go unused, and at worst have a negative effect on employee productivity and wellbeing. This isn’t always the case, and many companies successfully create a perk scheme which reflects and reinforces the company culture.

Today we look at some success stories from around the world, showing how a little bit of thought can create an effective amenity strategy which benefits everyone whilst also increasing the attractiveness of working within the company.

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Topics: Wellbeing, Facilities Management

HÅG team up with mind benders for Clerkenwell Design Week 2017

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 10, 2017 11:33:14 AM

This year, challenge your senses at Clerkenwell Design Week with a range of playful and interactive encounters brought to you by HÅG and science communication and immersive experience design collective Hack The Senses.

From the 23nd – 25th of May, we invite you to take part in this unique experiential event at our London showroom as part of the capital’s most important design event of the year.

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Topics: Design

How the way you sit can change the way you work

Posted by Richard Ferris on Apr 5, 2017 12:44:32 PM

One of the biggest barriers to productivity in the workplace is a breakdown in communication. Without regular dialogue, teams can lose focus on the bigger picture, strategies can get muddled, and individuals are more likely to be misunderstood. Whilst recent advances in technology have made it easier than ever for people to communicate quickly and across vast distances, it has reduced the amount of face-to-face contact people have, and in the workplace multiple studies have shown this to have an adverse effect on productivity. Productivity isn’t the only benefit of Face-to-Face time. Getting people talking in real life can increase happiness and creativity, and instil a sense of belonging.

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Topics: Productivity, Design

Clerkenwell Design Week to see launch of RBM x FEATHR collaboration

Posted by Stacey Turner on Apr 3, 2017 9:30:47 AM

Scandinavian design brands RBM and FEATHR are set to collaborate on an exclusive new seating range. Bringing together Nordic seating brand RBM and Finnish wallpaper and fabric house FEATHR, the collaboration will marry the modern classic RBM Noor chair range with FEATHR’s vibrant artist-designed fabrics.

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Topics: Design

HÅG feature in one month exhibit at the Biennale of Design in Saint Etienne

Posted by Richard Ferris on Mar 24, 2017 11:13:29 AM

The 10th Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne kicked off earlier this month, with over 200,000 expected to visit during the month long event which features an exciting array of installations and events across the UNESCO City of Design, transforming the city into an experimental laboratory of Innovation.

T&P Work Unit are the design & architect firm behind one of the central exhibits, which explores the links between design and work in the office industry, with the HÅG Capisco selected to feature as the office chair of choice.

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Topics: Design