How SMEs Can Use An Office Refurbishment To Promote Health And Wellbeing
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 23rd July 2021
The subject of health and wellbeing in the workplace is associated by many to be the domain of large companies; they have all the space and resources to redesign their offices, install new equipment, even create in-work gyms and wellness facilities. However, even the smallest office refurbishment can support health and wellbeing, which is great news for small and medium-sized firms.
How To Get Searching For Your Ideal Office Space
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 23rd July 2021
Making the decision to move into a new working environment can potentially be the difference in your business being a success, or not. Different surroundings can give a company fresh energy; creating an exciting dynamic amongst staff as they work towards achieving their goals.
Why Branding Is So Important In Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 5th July 2021
Today’s workplaces are more than just environments ‘in which we work’; they are centres of learning, social hubs, even health and wellness improvement facilities. They are places that are designed to augment our skills; placing us in a constant culture of improvement so we get the best out of ourselves, our colleagues and the businesses we work for.
Hybrid And Agile Office Design – Which Method Is Best For Your Business?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 5th July 2021
As most office-based working has occurred from home throughout the last year, it has thrown up some interesting questions to ponder about the future of our workplaces – namely, how flexible and agile it can be to serve the needs of employees. However, ‘flexible office design’ has had a definition shift in recent years, especially due to the rise of the term ‘agile office design’ – but they are not the same.
Simple Office Design Techniques To Improve Mental Health In The Workplace
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 13th May 2021
With COVID-19 restrictions continuing to be rolled back, the arrival of Mental Health Awareness Week this year is a timely one; for many of us, the last 12 months would have harmed our health and wellbeing in some way. As we look forward to a positive, brighter year, this week gives us all an opportunity to assess and understand the effect our everyday lives have on our mental health, including a return to work.
Preparing For The Return To Work: Getting The Most Out Of Your Post-COVID Office
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 15th April 2021
With the roadmap out of lockdown and the continued roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine giving us all a much-needed boost of optimism, all eyes are pointed towards the goal of returning to the office. Many of us are itching to return to our workplaces, citing feelings of ‘fatigue’ with the work from home lifestyle and when possible, we all want the transition back to our offices to be smooth and enjoyable.
Office Design And Build During A Pandemic: Our 2020 Retrospective
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 14th January 2021
After a chaotic, Coronavirus-hit 2020, the fresh beginning that a New Year represents gives us all an opportunity to look ahead with positivity. Work, of course, has been one aspect of life that has been severely affected and with January’s lock down announcement for England, it may be some time yet before many firms are back in their physical offices.
Modular Workplaces: The Ideal Post-COVID Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 3rd December 2020
As workplaces around the country are slowly reopening again after two national lockdowns, much thought is being put into how office design can be transformed to abide by the ‘new normal’. Not only will businesses have government safe working guidance to follow, but they also face the difficult task of persuading people back to work after them spending most of 2020 working from home.
The Value Of Agile Office Design In A Post-COVID Workplace
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 24th August 2020
With many businesses either still furloughed or working from home, there has been much thought placed into the future of the workplace once things are ready to return to a version of the normality that was enjoyed before the Coronavirus lockdown. As there is certain guidance to abide by, some firms are using the opportunity to introduce new ways of working in their offices; making it a safe and productive place to work. One of these methods is agile office design.
Office Fit Out During Coronavirus; How It’s Achievable
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 24th August 2020
With the COVID-19 outbreak causing new considerations to be made in regards to social distancing at work, a business can be forgiven in thinking that any relocation and office fit out plans they had pre-lockdown need to be put on ice.That doesn’t have to be the case; even with the new measures, any business can still sufficiently plan for a move to a new office and still have the ability to fit it out in the custom way they’re seeking.
How To Plan For A "New Normal": Post COVID-19 Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 9th July 2020
As workplaces slowly reopen after the initial Coronavirus outbreak, many of us are looking forward to ‘returning to normal’; except it’s a ‘new normal’ that we will return to for the foreseeable future. To ensure that employees are safe in the workplace, businesses must put in place things like social distancing, specialist screens, modified cleaning regimes and make changes to working times/locations.
How We’re Creating A Bespoke Office Design For Perforce In Bracknell
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 27th February 2020
We are very pleased to announce that we have been appointed to carry out an office design and build for Perforce Software at their new location at The Capitol Building in Bracknell. Taking place on the second floor, we are going to be fitting out over 7,000sqft of space to transform it into a bespoke environment that is geared towards improving all aspects of the working experience
Office Design Trends For 2020 And Beyond
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 17th January 2020
Designing a workplace today isn’t as straightforward as placing chairs and desks in a suitable formation inside a single room. As companies are becoming increasingly more complex and flexible in their operations, the environment created by their offices must be able to reflect that same concept to aid them in their work.
What Is Activity Based Working?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 13th January 2020
Here at Oaktree Interiors, we understand the effects that a well designed workplace and quality office interiors have on its workforce. It isn’t just a place for staff to exist in; it's a part of the working team.
Office Productivity In The UK
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 18th December 2019
Oaktree Interiors provide both office interiors planning and refurbishment services, but we do not have a ‘house style’. Every proposal we create is unique; designed to meet your business’ needs, so you can rest assured that an Oaktree Interiors office solution will provide your business with the tools and space it needs to best provide for the productivity and wellbeing needs of your business.
Office Design Trends For 2020 And Beyond
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 11th December 2019
Designing a workplace today isn’t as straightforward as placing furniture in a suitable formation inside a single room. As companies are becoming increasingly complex and flexible in terms of their functions and operations, their office design must be able to reflect that.
How Office Refurbishment In London Can Boost Employee Retention
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 10th December 2019
With the influence of the internet expanding the job market, making it easy for people and firms to connect, the ability to retain talented workers is as important to a business as ever before. This task is made harder if you’re located in such a big job market as the one in London; some businesses are able to retain employees longer than others, whilst others struggle to build a stable workforce that can pull the company forwards. So why is this the case?
How Office Design Affects The Wellbeing Of Your Employees
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 31st July 2019
Innovation is nothing new in the office design industry; even in the last 20 years, the office has gone through several evolutions. From the early 2000s that saw the end of the ‘cubicle farms’ and the rise of the open office, to more recent years that has seen social facilities, such as cafes, bars and games rooms’, created in workplaces.
Building An Agile Office Design For Productivity
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 24th May 2019
It isn’t just how we work that has changed over the years; with this global, increasingly digital-first economy, the needs of employees have changed too. Productivity is no longer about measuring whenever someone clocks in and out; it’s about how efficiently and effectively someone uses their hours. It’s all about working smarter, not necessarily harder.
Great Examples Of Bespoke Office Interiors In London
Here at Oaktree, we believe in creating office interiors in London that are bespoke to the businesses they serve. In the past, the design of many workplaces would dictate how the employees were able to work; placing them out of their comfort zones, affecting how they’re able to work.
Making An Office Design In London ‘Feel Like Home’
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 2nd May 2019
When it comes to office design in London, an increasing number of businesses are becoming aware of the need to make theirs reflect that same comfortable, homely feel. It makes plenty of sense; as we spend almost as much time at work than we do enjoying our home interiors, we should be able to feel safe and comfortable as we embark on our work.
How To Choose The Right Office Design For Your Business
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 25th April 2019
As the centre of your business operations, the office must be able to support the daily demands placed on your employees by the industry. A unique office design that responds to employee needs will be a great start; therefore, you must approach the process with an open mind to cater to the ideas of what to include.
Choosing The Right Furniture For An Agile Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 17th April 2019
Creating a working environment that is efficient, effective and responsive is the foundation of agile office design. Offering employees more choice in regards to the type of environment they are able to work in, an agile office is more likely to lead them in feeling more comfortable and catered for whilst in work; two elements that help to push along productivity and creativity.
How Do You Know When Your Office Needs A Refurbishment?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 28th March 2019
It should really go without saying that a poor working environment will greatly damage a business and affect the productivity of its employees. Sometimes, issues with an office’s design aren’t immediately obvious; the busy nature of work will often mean that our focus is concentrated on the tasks-at-hand, rather than taking stock of the environment around us.
Office Space Planning On A Budget
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 25th February 2019
Improving the design of your office interiors has the great potential to improve productivity and enhance how people view your business. This may sound like an expensive exercise but there are certain steps that you can put in place to create a functional, effective office space whilst keeping costs down. Ideal, if you have strict budgets in place.
Office Design Magic: Making A Small Office Interior Design Seem BIGGER
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 11th February 2019
Your office is in the perfect location for your staff and clients to get to, it may also be present in an area with plenty of amenities around and it has an extremely favourable rental rate. The only thing that’s preventing it from being crowned with the ‘perfect office title’, is that it seems too small, affecting the functionalities and feelings of everyone inside.
Tips On Saving Energy Costs In Office Interiors
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 18th January 2019
With a well-designed office, a business can get the best out of its employees, which in turn helps to improve the quality of the services/products on offer; this is well known. One less-mentioned aspect of well-designed office interiors though, is that they can save the business much in operational costs – such as its regular energy bills.
Creating An Office Refurbishment Checklist
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 9th January 2019
Whether it’s for expansion, reorganisation, to upgrade facilities or to make an impression on clients, undergoing an office refurbishment will be one of the biggest investments you make for your business, so getting it right the first time around is crucial.
2019 Colour Trends In Office Interior Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 7th January 2019
Every passing year will bring with it new trends and tastes; the business world is no different. Trends inform us of what the company we’re meeting with is all about, what their beliefs are, if they’re professional and if they’re an authority on what they’re trying to sell.
The 7 Steps To Great Office Refurbishment In London
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 10th December 2018
It should go without saying that London is one of (if not THE) best places in the world to have a business. It is also caveated with the fact that it’s also one of (if not THE) most competitive places to do business. So how can an existing company find those small margins to get (and stay) ahead of the competition?
How Can Co-Working Make Employees Happier?
Co-working sees the usual barriers between different departments (and often, different companies who use shared offices) brought down so people can work side-by-side. Quickly growing in influence throughout the world, one of the core fundamentals behind this practice is to encourage interaction between workers; creating communities that would not otherwise exist.
2019 Trends In Office Design
By each passing year, the introduction of new technologies is informing new trends which are adopted in workplaces around the world. 2019 will be no different; so let’s take a look at what the next 12 months may bring, in regards to workplace design innovation.
Happiness: The Key To Great Office Space Planning
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 5th November 2018
When most people think about office space planning, they may have thoughts about the colours of the interiors, the styles and types of furniture, as well as the tools and tech needed to do the job. Whilst these things are certainly important, they each form aspects of a key that unlocks a motivated workforce; that key is the feeling of ‘happiness’.
Building A Community With Office Space Planning
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 25th October 2018
On average, British employees spend around 35 hours a week at work. That’s well over 1,500 hours every year, working in the same environment, with the same people, often working on the same projects. So is it any wonder our experiences at work affect our lives outside of work?
How Standing Desks Make Employees Feel More Engaged
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 24th October 2018
Imagine, if you can, feeling comfortable at work. Does that picture you’ve created involve sitting at all? Helping our body to rest, it’s only natural that sitting down is seen as ‘comfortable’. However, studies undertaken in the last couple of years have indicated that sitting at work doesn’t actually offer as much comfort as what standing does.
The Evolution Of Office Fit Outs
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 3rd October 2018
As the way we work has evolved immensely over the last 50 years, so have the spaces we work in. From tightly packed rows and cubicles of typists, to open space that takes advantage of wireless connectivity, giving employees the freedom to work as they please.
The benefits of millennial office design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 13th September 2018
Generation Y (otherwise known as ‘Millennials’, due to their coming of age in the early part of the 21st Century) is fast becoming the dominant group of people in the workplace. With a range of ages currently from 21 to around 35, Millennials represent a ‘middle generation’; people who have already established themselves in their particular roles and yet still have many more years to go until retirement.
A guide to planning for an office refurbishment in London
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 10th September 2018
You’ve identified that your company would benefit from a redesign of the office but how do you begin to plan for one? Getting office refurbishment in London right is crucial; being such a competitive place to do business, you will probably need to refine every aspect of your operation to attract (and keep) new clients and talented employees.
Office space planning: open plan vs. closed space offices
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 30th August 2018
The ‘classic view’ of the office space consisting of cubicles, in which workers simply got on with their work without much disturbance, has now long gone. Now, most office space planning projects provide an open plan view; bringing down those barriers that would otherwise leave workers feeling trapped, unable to chat and express themselves, and as a new study seems to indicate, be less active.
The benefits of greenery in office design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 20th July 2018
There have been countless studies undertaken in recent years about the positives of having more greenery in the workplace. Humans have a natural desire to be connected with nature – we are all children of nature after all; humans and plants. This innate feeling has been dubbed ‘biophilia’ by scientists and it is affecting office design in a massive way.
How to create a winning team with office interior services
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 9th July 2018
Organisation and teamwork beats individual talent. Those were the words of Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi in 2016. Sadly, his national team didn’t quite get the memo last week as they bowed out of the 2018 World Cup after a disappointing but nevertheless, brave defeat against standout favourites, France.
How can office fitters cater for a generational workplace?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 4th July 2018
We’re almost two decades into the 21st Century (where has the time gone?); did you know that in many workplaces there could be as many as FOUR different generations working in them? From the vastly experienced veterans approaching the twilight of their careers, to the education leavers, tentatively placing their foot on the professional ladder for the first time.
Creating Positivity At Work: How Office Interior Design Can Help
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 25th June 2018
Possessing a positive attitude can help to push us on to achieve great things; being positive allows us to flower on the strengths of our situations, cutting out the negative weeds to reveal the path to go forward. The problem is that sometimes, we are unable to control our feelings; whether through emotions or simply because the environment we’re in doesn’t lend itself to our needs.
What is modernism? Could your office benefit from modern office design?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 14th June 2018
The modern period was a very eventful period of time, not just with regards to historic events such as the first world war, but also within terms of art and architecture. Perhaps one of the most notable schools was The Bauhaus which was founded by Walter Gropius in 1919 and combined crafts and fine arts. Indeed, The Bauhaus had a large influence on areas such as typography, graphic design, and interior design.
The importance of comfort in commercial interior design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 7th June 2018
Office interiors and commercial interior design can be difficult and challenging for many people to understand. However, the Oaktree team have nearly 30 years of industry experience, so if you need a professional interior solution for office refurbishment or space planning, get in touch with our friendly team by calling 0345 2186955.
What Impact Could Virtual Reality Have On Our Offices?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 18th April 2018
If you’re thinking about improving your workplace with an office refurbishment in Maidenhead, then thinking about the impact it can have in the future should be one of the primary aspects to nail down. After all, creating new interiors will be somewhat of an investment and its longevity, along with the impact it can have on the working practices of the business, will define whether it offers true value for money.
How Can An Office Refurbishment help To Curb Productivity Affecting Distractions?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 16th April 2018
Over the years in our office design blogs, perhaps one of the most common threads we’ve talked about is how a well-designed office can improve the productivity levels of the business. Productivity is what drives us forward, creating not just a large amount of work but also a high-quality large amount of work. As a result, the service that the company is able to offer will be better, giving its clients a great product; helping the business to be a success. This is success that can be attainable with an office refurbishment in Cambridge.
When Is The Time Right For A New Office Design?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 3rd April 2018
Be it through a need to expand, to install new technology or simply to give the workspace a refresh, implementing a new office design can help to improve the look and feel of your office space. How do you know when the time is right to improve your office design in Hemel Hempstead though?
New University Plans: A Talent Pool That Great Office Design Milton Keynes Can Help To Attract
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 21st March 2018
It’s no secret that Milton Keynes is a modern town. The area that MK is now comprised of was designated as a ‘New Town’ in 1967, combining the existing small towns and villages into one unitary authority that was designed to expand. Despite its relative age and through its vibrant business community, this new town is constantly striving forwards, not pausing to stand still. For existing businesses, office design in Milton Keynes is set to become a major focus for improvement in the coming years, as thanks to plans for a new university, MK will soon be able to attract the brightest and the best.
Storage Solutions: The key To Maintaining Great Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 19th March 2018
The nature of work is busy; regardless of the industry, the need to complete certain tasks for a certain time will naturally push down other tasks that aren’t seen as vital at that moment in time. As such, if we’re constantly kept busy, those ‘non-vital’ tasks that we’ve pushed down will pressurise and suddenly ‘spring up’ like a jack-in-the-box when we’re least expecting it.
Using Empty Space To Create An Effective, Modern Office Refurbishment In Guildford
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 8th March 2018
If you’re thinking about undertaking an office refurbishment in Guildford in order to improve the functioning of your workplace, have you ever considered how you use your available space? So often businesses will possess space that they don’t use; not only will this mean that they’re paying for empty space, it also means that they’re possibly missing out utilising it for other means. Being able to account for every square foot of your floor space will mean that you’ll be able to cater for new technologies, meet the expectations of a modern workforce, plan for future expansion and of course, get better value for money.
Making Your Office Refurbishment In Hungerford More Welcoming
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 1st March 2018
The recent Snowmageddon/Beast From The East monikers, to describe the weather in recent weeks, has underlined the need to make offices welcoming places for employees. After battling through difficult weather, through large volumes of traffic or on late-running public transport, a bad start to the working day will probably see that mood carried through into the office. Negative feelings will doubtless affect an employee’s productivity, so it could spell disaster for the business.
How To Create Your Perfect Office Interiors In Oxford
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 16th February 2018
When the time comes to think about improving your office interiors in Oxford, you may come to the conclusion that in order to realise your perfect set-up, you will need to relocate. Whether you want to make room for expansion, to downsize, take advantage of a more favourable location, even to benefit from a better rental rate; there are many good reasons that would make a relocation worthwhile.
Does Your Office Space Promote Productivity & Wellbeing?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 13th February 2018
The design of your office environment and its layout can be very influential with regards to office productivity and employee wellbeing. So If you’re searching for a strategy to improve the productivity and the wellbeing of your employees, get in touch with the friendly and talented team at Oaktree Interiors and enquire about our professional office interior services.
Balancing The Flexible Needs Of Today’s Office Design
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 29th January 2018
Whilst Dolly Parton once sang that 9-to-5 was a way to make a living, the truth is that the workplace of today has to be much more flexible with its hours than that. With an increasing number of talented people finding traditional shift work difficult to fit around their personal lives and not to mention, locations of clients being widespread (even over international borders), the need to change their working practices and the set-up of their office design, could be vital for certain businesses.
What Do Your Office Interiors In London Say About Your Business?
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 25th January 2018
It can be easy to assume that an office is just simply ‘a place to work in’; it’s so much more than that. Every office, no matter its industry or location will have its own unique purpose. As such, the best office interiors in London are shaped towards the needs of the people who use them; helping them to produce better work and upping their rates of productivity.
Top Tips On Creating The Perfect Office Reception Area
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 29th September 2017
As the first point of contact that anyone would have with your business, the reception area or lobby will need to set a great impression. You wouldn’t attend an important meeting or interview in your casual home attire, would you? You know that first impressions matter – people will get an opinion of something at first glance. This is why the same should apply to your office design. It will need to give off that professional, yet unique look; summing up the ethos of your company.
Avoiding Health And Safety Disasters In The Workplace!
Posted in Thought Leadership by Oaktree Interiors on 8th September 2017
As most of us exist in the same environment during the working week, we should be able to get on with our jobs in a safe and comfortable manner, without any undue worry about our health and safety. Accidents do happen though and most of the time, these incidents can be avoided by establishing a safe environment for employees to work in, constantly carrying out and reviewing health and safety procedures.