Make A Positive Impression on Visitors With These 5 Reception Area Essentials

The importance of first impressions can never be underestimated, so we have a written a short 5-point list to offer our advice on how companies can make a great first impression on visitors with their reception areas alone. Enjoy…

modular-seating

1) A reception desk that makes a statement
The desk is the focal point for any reception. It is the first port of call for almost every visitor so should be conspicuous and make a strong statement about the company which it belongs to. A reception desk should reflect the corporate image and values of the company, so a creative agency might use bright colours with lots of quirky ornaments/ accessories on show whilst a large bank would have a much more minimal design.

2) Stylish & comfortable modular sofa(s)
After signing-in at reception, visitors usually then turn to find a seat. In order to make a great impression, guests should first be impressed by the style and design of the seating area, and then once again by the comfort factor when they take a seat. Modular seating is popular for a reason: it looks good, it’s far comfier than a chair and it’s more communal than a tub or armchair.

3) Large attention-drawing clock
While this might not be a suggestion you’d find in an interior design theory book, we’ve done enough projects in offices to say that one of the things that most impresses us in a reception area is a great big modern clock that draws the eye. A large clock doesn’t just look good, but, let’s point out the obvious here, it emphasises the importance of time and shows visitors the company is likely to value things like punctuality and organisation.

4) TV showing news channel
Another way of making a solid first impression is to have a large LED TV showing a news channel. It primarily entertains guests of course, but also create a very ‘current’ atmosphere rather than the horrible remote feeling you often get in large office buildings. It also shows the company and its employees like to keep up with current affairs which is a positive sign.

5) Coffee Machine
Need we explain this one? Office bods like coffee. Give them coffee.

And there you have it. The 5 staple things you need in your reception area to make a positive impression on visitors.

. . .

Cube Company

Advertisements

Leave the ‘Coffice’ and Get Back to the Office

The next time you’re in a centrally-located coffee shop, take a look around. You’ll notice the majority of people inside are either working on their laptops and tablets or hosting meetings. Enter the term ‘Coffice’ – a coffee shop being used as an office.

laptop-coffee-shoppers3

We think it’s great to get out of the office every now and then, sure. It’s fun, it helps us break up boring routines and we feel a sense of freedom. But what ever happened to building a community within the workplace? What happened to company culture?

We believe that if companies provided their staff with stimulating environments, employees wouldn’t want to escape the office at any given opportunity.

It’s obvious why people would want to work in coffee shops rather than worn out, tired canteen areas that have had no refurbishments carried out in years. Or perhaps it’s those grim cubicles that employees like to flee by heading out to work somewhere more sociable and stimulating.

Thankfully, we are seeing a shift away from fixed, old-fashioned individual workspaces such as cubicles towards larger areas being allocated to creative group spaces that cater for casual meetings, creative collaboration and comfortable relaxation.

Industry research is showing that these spaces are boosting company performance in so many ways including increased productivity, greater creativity and improved collaboration among colleagues.

Here at Cube, we hope to help companies in that sense by offering seating solutions that can create desirable working environments and breakout areas which will have employees bringing their mochas and macchiatos straight back to the office.

7 Must Have Office Gadgets to Make You Happier and More Productive at Work

Work can be tiring, stressful, tedious and often unproductive, but the following gadgets can help towards making your time in the office that much happier and more productive.

1) USB Mug Warmer
You’ve just made everyone in the team a coffee and sit down to drink yours… as you grasp for the handle you can almost taste the coffee, but mid-way through the cup’s ascent to your lips the phone goes; you put your mug down and end up tied into a 30-minute phone call. After the call has ended, you reach for your coffee only to find it is stone cold and needs replacing. This scenario will never happen again with a USB Mug Warmer.

2) Desktop Fan
Never fear a hot summers day stuck in the office again with your own desktop fan. Heat and humidity is known to cause drowsiness and affect productivity levels, so keep cool and stay on the ball.

stress_ball
3) Stressball
We’re sure some of you might like to use your boss’ head as a stressball, but we really do advise against that kind of thing. Get yourself a little stressball to fidget with when you’re feeling anxious or restless and you’ll find yourself much calmer and focused in your performance overall at work.

4) Mobile Device Charging Station
So, you’ve had a long day at work and are looking forward to letting off a bit of steam at the gym after, but you realise your iPod has no battery, or even worse your phone has died so you can’t make plans for after. Get yourself a mobile device charging station to keep everything topped up with charge to avoid those annoying scenarios.

5) Mood Lighting
Whether it be a little lamp on your desk or some form of quirky USB led lighting gadget, mood lighting will make your desk feel more personalized and comfortable. You might even find you work better in your new atmosphere.

 

usb-retro-vacuum_1
6) Desktop Vacuum Cleaner
If you’re one of those workers who barely has time to stop for lunch and has to scoff a couple of sandwiches at your desk, then a USB vacuum cleaner is the thing for you. Keeping your workspace clean and organised is one of the easiest ways to make a great impression on your colleagues and employer(s).

7) Silent Mouse
This is arguably the most expendable item from this list, but a silent mouse will rid you of that familiar, mundane clicking sound that you have to put up with second after second, minute after minute, day after day. You might even find you feel more relaxed with it gone.

. . .

Cube Company is a designer and manufacturer of soft seating and modular seating for offices and reception areas. Visit our official website to view our extensive ranges of furniture.

Office Interior Design: 5 Brilliant Ways to Give Your Office a Makeover

Is your office in desperate need of a bit of interior design? Is it worn and tired? Perhaps it’s just overly minimalistic and boring? Use these 5 simple ideas to reinvigorate your office and, with that, your workforce.

1) Give the walls a lick of paint

paint-chart
Most offices tend to have bland, neutral coloured walls like whites, magnolias and greys which can make the workplace feel dull, lifeless and boring. Jazz up your walls with some vivid colour to inject some life into the place and even boost creativity and productivity. Blues are said to increase productivity whilst yellows and oranges are supposed to work wonders for creativity.

2) Recover dull, worn office chairs

Add even more accents of colour to your office with reupholstered seat pads on all your office chairs. Either choose your company colours or go for a random eclectic mix of vivid tones to create a fresh and quirky look.

3) Create a cool breakout room with innovative modular seating

curved-modular
Give your staff somewhere to go to either relax or get creative for tasks and projects. Breakout rooms are appearing in more and more offices and modular seating is the key ingredient. Modular seating can be configured into almost any layout – some even venture to say that it is only restricted by your imagination. Anyway, it’s flexibility makes it great for team tasks and it is essential for forward-thinking companies and modern offices. We specialise in modular seating, so feel free to visit our official website.

4) Throw in a pool table, football table or ping-pong table

Let your staff have some fun when they’re away from their desks. Putting in a games table will boost office-wide morale and allow colleagues to form bonds on their breaks – this can only be good for a company. Obviously, if your office is a call center then it is best not to put a ping-pong table in the middle of the workfloor, but there’s usually always a bit of space going spare somewhere else.

5) Put up some wall art

As well as painting the walls, you can put up some canvasses and pictures to bring your office to life that little bit more. Whether it be dramatic landscapes, great sporting moments or inspirational quotes and adages, use your walls to positively affect your workforce.

. . .

Cube Company

It’s Time to Make a Stand: Push Away Your Chair and Work on Your Feet

Offices could look very different in the near future after exercise experts have said people should get rid of their chairs and stand up at work in order to lead a healthier lifestyle.

According to research, sitting down at work all day every day for the majority of your career can be as detrimental to your health as smoking, whilst standing for just 3 hours per day can can benefit you greatly by burning off up to 12lbs of fat per year.

With that in mind, employers are beginning to transform their traditional offices with new and innovative standing stations and desks.

In our everyday lives, we sit down at work, sit down in the car and sit down to watch television in the evenings. It isn’t natural and it isn’t healthy: sitting down for long periods is proven to slow down our metabolic rates. Standing up for just a few hours a day, however, can reduce obesity and improve circulation, so it can only benefit employees who are able to lead healthier lifestyles and be more productive thus making employers happier too.

And if you think exercising is enough to counter the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle, you’re wrong. According to the experts, one couldn’t physically do enough, nor have the time to do the amount required to make up for all the sitting they do throughout the week. Therefore, standing stations at work are the only way to go and office managers are becoming more and more aware of that with each newly-published report on the matter.

The detriments of sitting down all day are now seeping into public consciousness, so you can expect the landscape of offices to look drastically different in the next 5-10 years.

But eventually, with employees standing for long periods during the day, more and more offices will feature break-out rooms or relaxation rooms with sofas and modular seating so that staff can have short breaks to take the weight off their feet for a little while.

Is your office prepared for change?

Cube Company

Things to Consider When Looking for the Perfect Piece of Reception Seating…

We’ve all walked into an office and made a split-second judgement about the organisation it belongs to based on what we see in the reception area. It’s natural. First impressions are most often made in the reception area, so it is vital to convey positive messages to visitors from the moment they enter the building.

We’re here to share with you our thoughts and experiences on what you need to consider when trying to choose the perfect piece(s) of seating to best present your company’s identity and brand image.

reception-imp

1) Colour
Make no mistake about it, colour is right up there with the first couple of things we take in when looking at almost anything. We all form connotations with certain colours in our minds, so this is where companies can make an instant statement about themselves and their brand(s). Typically, creative agencies tend to go with (as you’d expect) bold, bright and exciting colours – we’ve kitted out reception areas in lime greens, magentas and electric blues many a time. For the more formal organisation, though, blacks, greys, browns and other neutrals such as cream and beige tend to be popular.

2) Seating Style
Fixed or modular seating? Fixed seating (pictured above) is more often used in restaurants, but can present a very grand look if the space is available. Fixed seating is available in a variety of back styles and can be customised to create all kinds of shapes and features to really grab your visitor’s attention.

modular seating

modular seating

Modular seating is freely-moveable and widely-configurable which  means various different seating layouts can be configured with ease. Therefore, it is incredibly easy to create a new atmosphere or look in your reception area and you can do this as often as you like. Modular seating is a modern alternative to fixed seating and even though units come in standard shapes and sizes, it can be customised to an extent with various different arm and leg styles.

3) Back Styles
Even that which you may consider minor details, such as back styles, can make a big statement about your company. Deep button back seating says ‘luxury’ to most people. You could expect to find this seating in the offices of a high-end fashion label with a rich and proud heritage. Contrasting coloured vertical fluted seating, however, may be found in a more modern and innovative company. Colours and back styles should always be used to reflect the organisation’s personality and brand image.

4) Fabrics
When choosing fabrics, it wise to consider the intended use of the seating as well as purely its look and feel.  Wools are among the most desirable fabrics to use as they not only look great, they are also soft and comfortable, faux leather is the most hard-wearing and can be cleaned with the mere wipe of a cloth, while woven fabrics are a nice compromise between the two. If the seating is only to be used sparingly, wools may be ideal. However, if there will be a steady stream of people on and off the seating every day of every week, then the long-lasting properties of faux leather would be a wiser choice.

5) Layout/ Seating Arrangements

Lastly, the layout of seating can say a lot about a company. Individual seats looks very professional and give off a very professional and corporate feel, whilst curved sofas and group configurations tend to suggest a more relaxed and informal company culture is held. Again, like with back styles, layouts alone do not necessarily convey one particular image, but combined with colour and fabric can make a strong statement about the organisation and its personality.

3curv_app_pur_pink_tab_web

curved modular seating

What do you think about seating in reception areas? Has anything ever wowed you and, if so, what was it?

Cube Company

%d bloggers like this: