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Which famous face’s workspace would you work best in?

By | Chameleon

The way your workspace looks, from the number of desks to the colour of the walls, could be having an impact on your career.

Whether your workspace hasn’t changed for years or is at the cutting edge of office trends, its style could be having an impact on your success! While a light-filled, white open plan space could be the key to one person’s creativity, another may prefer a nature-filled oasis to keep them motivated.

We’ve created this quiz for you to discover the perfect style match for your personal productivity.

We want to show you that there is not one route to success when it comes to style.

This is why businesses need to think about how their workspace fits with their company culture and how it could be updated to deliver better results.

Click below to find out which celebrity office you should be taking inspo from!

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Chameleon Business Interiors reaffirm commitment to Hull to mark 20th anniversary

By | Chameleon

We mark our 20th anniversary by renewing our 10-year lease, reaffirming our commitment to the city.

Based at Humber Quays in the city centre, we have spent 20 years completing office designs, fit-outs and refurbishment projects.  We have a wide range of high-profile clients, including IT@Spectrum, Integra and most recently Hugh Rice. The workspaces we create are focused on collaboration, agile working and team culture. We use the workplace as a powerful tool to help our clients to attract, motivate and improve the wellbeing of their employees.

 

As the name suggests, we have continuously adapted and evolved over our two decades in business. To further celebrate this milestone our team are inviting employees, clients, suppliers, and friends to our 20-year anniversary event. Here we will announce the company’s refreshed brand values. Additionally, we are also working alongside office equipment supplier Senator to give a ‘Tour De Yorkshire’ of commercial spaces. We will be travelling through Yorkshire, displaying the finest of our furniture offerings.

 

Our Chairman, Shaun Watts, says:

‘We’re extremely proud to be reaching our 20th anniversary as a business, and look forward to spending the next 20 in our hometown of Hull. We pride ourselves on creating people inspired workspaces, and we hope to be able to work with more clients to achieve our goal.’

 

We are pioneers of a ‘People Inspired Workspace’, with a strong focus on health and wellbeing at the forefront of our mission. Therefore, we will also be treating employees to ’20 days of fun’, celebrating their dedication and commitment to our business. Additionally this will include raising money for charity and taking part in team building days. Some members of our team will be running the Hull 10k to raise funds for HEY Children’s University.

First founded in 1998, we have expanded to five locations across the UK and Canada. You can find our offices in Hull, Leeds, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Toronto. To find out how we can help you create a ‘People Inspired Workspace’ get in touch.

 

 

How office design can improve mental health

By | Chameleon

Mental health is becoming a concern for employers across the UK, and nearly a third of UK businesses state that mental health and well-being is more important than physical illness. By creating opportunities for breaks or developing more open-plan spaces, employers can positively impact the lives of people working for them.

Why is mental health important?

Your employees’ mental wellbeing matters. Not only does it have an impact on their ability to work productively, but looking after employees is part of a business’ role in society.

Mental health is continuously talked about throughout the country, however, there is still a stigma associated suffering. As a society, we must do everything we can to help those in need. Evaluating the way we work and trying to understand how it affects employees is part of that process.

What are businesses getting wrong?

Interior design and layout can have both a positive and negative impact on mental health. Have you ever thought about how your office could be affecting staff morale and mental wellbeing?

A noisy work environment caused by poor acoustics can be distracting for workers, and those exposed to excessive noise for long periods of time are more likely to show symptoms of stress. In the long term, this stress can lead to issues such as depression and anxiety.

Cluttered, closed off or confined work areas mean employees lack personal space, which can inhibit concentration and productivity.

On top of this, restricting natural light can be linked to seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a form of depression associated with the change in weather and climate, particularly common in winter.

How improving your office design and layout can help

The benefits of redesigning an office can be both quantitative and qualitative. A more motivated workforce can lead to greater productivity, and fulfilled staff are less likely to suffer from mental health issues.

Not all mental health problems are linked to a person’s place of work, but a well-designed office can create a positive environment to talk about issues with management or peers.

Absenteeism can be improved too. A report by Bupa found that an estimated 743,000 employees in the UK took long-term absence in the last 12 months, due to mental health issues.

How do we improve employee mental health?

As part of the process of office redesigns, refurbishments and fit-outs, we aim to create more open environments, giving your workers enough personal space and freedom.

Another component of our design process is workplace analysis, which accounts for the amount of light in an office as well as space, material and service optimisation.

To find out how we can help you make your workplace more employee-friendly, contact us here.