A recent report citing research from scientist John Buckley of the University of Chester claims that office workers can burn calories and lose weight by standing up in the office, rather than sitting down behind their desk all day.
According to the research, standing up on the job for an extra three hours a day could help to improve circulation and potentially burn up to 144 calories per day, or 8lb (3.6kg) of fat each year. This could be particularly beneficial for office workers who are chained to their desk, either because of excessive workloads or bad weather, and who rarely get out and about during the working day.
Top tips to avoid ending up with an office you don’t like or one that gives the wrong impression about your business.
The second part of our guide to renting an office space that’s ideal for you looks at how to keep costs down and how higher rents might not always make you worse off in the long run.
Having the right office will define your business, it is where your greatest business ideas are generated, where best practices are developed and where potential clients get an insight into your businesses.
Don’t let expenses get in the way of functionality and practicality, It is easy to get caught up in the costs that are involved when looking for office space for rent. It’s always easy, especially in times of austerity to go for the cheapest option. A business decision made poorly can end up in affecting your company for the worst in the long term.
You may often find that the most economical offices may have slightly higher rent, but offer a better location, greater flexibility and have all the facilities you require in one place. You also need to consider fit out costs, incurred travel expenses and additional space requirements such as meeting rooms all need to be considered with your office lease.
It may sound obvious but it’s essential never to forget that your staff are a vital asset to your business. Always consider their needs when looking at potential office spaces to rent.
It’s important to ask whether your new office has the equipment necessary for all your business activities, and if it doesn’t how easy is it to put the required infrastructure in place.
Perhaps most importantly don’t get trapped into only thinking about the present state of your business. Furthermore, the majority of companies are looking to grow so consider how your new office space will cater to all future business needs you may have.
It would also be wise to consider the other end of the spectrum that if you require it will your new space allow you to downsize.
By avoiding and following these pitfalls you can prevent unnecessary conflicts that can be associated with renting office space.
We look at the best way to go about renting a new commercial property and how to avoid pitfalls that could be disastrous.
Renting an office space that is suitable for you can make or break your company, these tips on how to do it the smart way could make or break your business.
Making the decision to move your business and find new offices can be a time consuming and daunting experience. It’s not a process that you will want to rush, you’ll need to choose an office space which suits your flourishing business, accommodates your future needs and is well-matched to your working practices.
Advice on your well being in the office.
Ways to stay healthy and focused at work.
There are many factors that can affect us during our daily lives from pollution caused by cars on the commute in to the kinds of food that we eat. However, what we probably don’t realise is the way we act in the office can really affect our personal health and the health of others around us. With this in mind here are a few tips on ensuring you don’t get ill in the office.
The first thing that affects people’s general health and well being is the actual environment itself. Unnatural lighting and ineffective air conditioning systems can have a huge effect on people’s health. Whilst this might not seem much at a glance imagine that you spend 8 hours a day there for a year and all that time your skin is under artificial light, your eyes adjust to it and artificial air is all you breathe. (more…)
Advice on making the most of your office lunch break.
A few tips on ensuring that you don’t waste your lunch break.
When you work in an office its important that you make the most of your lunch break. Being in an enclosed environment with false lighting and air conditioning all day can actually affect your health and it is important that you make the most of your time away from work during the day. With that in mind here are a few tips on making the most of your lunch break and making sure that you stay happy and healthy in the office.
Firstly take a trip outside. Whether you’re walking down to the nearest park or just heading out for a stroll around town it is essential that you get some fresh air and time away from thecomputer. It is also important for your mental wellbeing as being stuck in one space for at least 8 hours a day will take its toll. Going outside will also mean that you get some exercise and time away from your chair. This is important as most office work requires very little physical activity and you could find yourself gaining weight. (more…)
A few tips on keeping a good diet in the office.
How to eat healthy whilst working in an office environment.
Many people fall into the same daily routine when it comes to food in the office. More and more office workers are choosing to skip a proper lunch and instead eat pre-packaged snacks or sandwiches. Surprisingly a great deal of packaged sandwiches can actually be worse for you than a more satisfying meal that you could make for yourself at home. With all of this in mind here are a few tips on which foods to avoid throughout the day and which foods can improve your mood and productivity at work.
Firstly, try to avoid the vending machine altogether. Unless there is a fruit option vending machines tend to contain high fat and high sugar snacks such as crisps, chocolate and fizzy drinks. Instead take in your own snacks such as low fat biscuits, fruits and nuts or seeds. This way you can stop yourself from overeating on impulse and cut down on the amount of fat and sugar you ingest every day. (more…)
Advice on working from home.
Some tips for working outside of the office.
Occasionally if there has been an internal office problem such as the internet failing or a sickness you will need to work from home. However, this can be more difficult than it sounds. There are a great many distractions and temptations available and its important that you remain disciplined in order to complete your work on time. With that in mind here are a few tips on keeping on top of your projects if you’re working from home.
Firstly, stay away from the television and the Xbox. Whilst you may think you are purely putting these on as background noise they can be highly distracting. Remember to also avoid the idea that you’ll only watch a little bit and then get on with your work, this never happens. If you don’t want to sit in silence choose instead to listen to music. Try something with a steady beat and no overly dramatic melodies, this will in fact aid your concentration and improve your efficiency. (more…)
Ways to reduce the cost of office computing.
Ideas on lowering the cost of using computers in the office.
Technology such as laptops and PCs have long been an integral part of working in an office. However, with the cost of running a business increasing at a steady rate it might be worth looking at a few ways of reducing the costs. With that in mind here are a few tips on lowering the costs associated with using technology in the workplace.
Firstly, you could consider allowing employees to use their own laptops or computers from home. This would instantly reduce the amount of money that you had to spend on purchasing the machines in the first place. It would also mean that you would most likely avoid the cost of buying the relevant software for each machine. (more…)
The advantages of virtual office space.
Advice on what a virtual office consists of and how it can help your business.
With the cost of running a business constantly rising more and more companies are searching for ways to save some money. One obvious solution that is often overlooked is virtual office space. With most digital and modern media companies most of the work is done on laptops and PCs. The level of work completed online or using cloud computing means that a great deal of the work can be done from home by most employees. However, it seems unprofessional to have a company with no offices and clients are unlikely to trust a business with no clear location.
Virtual offices allow you an off site address and optional communication services. This means that you can have a business address whilst still being able to work from home. Another advantage is that all of your business mail can be sent to the post code associated with the office. What’s more, most virtual office space in the UK comes with far more flexible lease terms than that of traditional office properties. (more…)
How to eat healthy in the office.
Tips on keeping your diet in control whilst working in an office.
The foods that you choose to eat during your working day can really affect your productivity levels and the way you feel. It is always important that you watch what you eat but it is also essential that you think about how it might affect the way you work in the office. With this in mind here are a few tips on keeping a healthy diet whilst working through the day.
Many people find it difficult to find the time to eat properly when working in an office and more often than not people will snack and skip the meal altogether. However, skipping dinner will subsequently cause you to eat more in the evening and most likely consume more than you would usually. If you can’t find the time to go out to a restaurant or café try taking your own lunch into work as an alternative. This way you can choose healthy foods and save time by not leaving the office to collect food. (more…)