Office space is something that most businesses feel they never have enough of. Of course, renting or leasing a bigger place also translates to larger costs, and a business might not be willing or able to shoulder the additional expense.
People spend most of their adult lives at work, so office design is crucial not just in maintaining employees’ well-being but in improving their productivity as well. In recent years, companies have adapted the so-called “open-plan” layout to achieve these two goals, but as Alyesha Anderson of PerthNow.com.au reports, this scheme has some significant drawbacks:
Emergency Lighting – Testing and Inspection Australian Standard AS/NZS 2293.2 1995 relates to inspection and maintenance of Emergency and Evacuation lighting for buildings. Ensure compliance with Occupational Health and Safety obligations, as employers have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to ensure that Emergency and Exit Lights work adequately, in a power outage, or other emergency, so people are able to quickly exit their way out of the building. Emergency lighting is an essential service that is quite often forgotten, until an accident or catastrophe happens in the event the power fails in your building, your emergency and exit lights must […]
Baresque is a new product offered by Urban Group that provide a wide range of Designer Screen and Ceiling choices. The product range has the ability to mix and match colour and finish with core type and design. The screens have the ability to have a frameless progressive design and flush finish through biscuit joins between each panel. The tiles are designed to fit into a standard 600 x 600 or 600 x 1200 ceiling grid system. The easy to use systems make installation easy. There are hundreds of colours and finishes to […]
10 Ways to Reduce Workplace Injuries Here are 10 straight forward ways to reduce Workplace Injuries in your Business from the team at Urban Group. Communicate your health and safety policy to all staff. Every business is required to have one, and if you employ more than 5 staff, it must be in writing and available for employees to read. This might be by including it in induction packs, staff handbooks or posting it on a notice board. Assess the risks. All businesses are obliged to carry out a health and safety risk assessment. Consider all the potential hazards in […]
How to Avoid Repetitive Strain Injury ( RSI ) The work pattern of an office executive carries plenty of orthopedic issues – the main complaint is discomfort in the upper limbs, neck, shoulders, and back. Experts say that repetitive strain injury is an injury of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be the result of repetitive tasks, forceful exertions, vibrations, pressing against hard surfaces (mechanical compression), or sustained or awkward positions. Conditions such as RSI tend to be linked to both physical and psychosocial stress. Repetitive Strain Injury ( RSI ) is usually caused by repetitive use of a […]
Studies Show a Clean Desk Makes you 33% more Productive. 33% more profitable actually! Is it because you have less work to muddle up your desktop? Not Really! The study also measured productiveness and organisation talents, and those that stay better arranged not only have tidier offices, but they also waste less time searching for things through piles of documents and spend more time getting their work done. Whether you are naturally neat and clean or untidy could have a lot to do with how you were raised, and whether or not you are a right-brained or left-brained thinker. This […]
Personalise your workspace to meet your needs with Trak Workstations Urban Group offer a new selection of Trendy Workstations to meet new design needs and budget conscious fitouts. The innovative Trak workstation system makes personalising your office easy. Consisting of a simple desk mounted rail on which accessories are slid and fitted, customising your workspace is practical and exciting. Perspex panels in bright vibrant shades add a pop of colour and also separate work spaces, while handy storage boxes can be used to house files, stationery, phones and other essentials. With additional accessories including acoustic panels, monitor arms, shelves and […]
New Terminology under the Work Health and Safety Legislation: Hazardous Chemicals Chemicals are used for many purposes and are necessary in many Australian workplaces. They can also cause some very bad health effects for workers such as drowsiness, headache, nausea, loss of co-ordination, heart attack, coma and even death when risk controls are not established and implemented. Any persons conducting a businesses or undertaking has duties under work health and safety law to protect workers and others from risks associated with using, handling, generating or storing hazardous chemicals (WHS Regulation, 351). What are Hazardous Chemicals? Hazardous Chemicals is a term […]
Every company knows that employees are their greatest assets and that their needs should never be taken for granted. Apart from the compensation and benefits, workers do require reliable tools as well as a safe, comfortable, and clean working environment. Sadly, many companies have overlooked the latter, resulting in preventable losses. In an article for JustLuxe, lifestyle author Genelia discusses how a happy workplace can make for a happy employee.