Friday, 18 April 2014

Chairs to AVOID: Review of IKEA, Officeworks Boardroom Executive Office Chairs

Here is a picture of a typical boardroom chair or "executive" type chair which you can buy from the IKEA or Officeworks website. The price of this chair is $149 and is typical of the "value" chairs they sell.

This one is actually advertised on Milan Direct - who are in fact very similar to Officeworks in that they are not a commercial furniture specialist. Rather they are a big furniture company (Officeworks is an office supplies specialist) who use their buying power to get extremely cheap rates from Chinese factories. They then flood the Australian market with these cheap chairs and sell to people & businesses who want a "affordable" and value solution.

The problem is, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. No where is this more evident than in office / boardroom chairs.

Here's why you should avoid these IKEA, Milan Direct or Officeworks boardroom /executive chairs.

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Office Work: Now vs 50 Years Ago

Lucy Kellaway via

Which is worse: office life now or 50 years ago? When this question was put to me last week by a TV researcher I didn’t need to think for more than two seconds before producing an answer. Obviously, it is worse now.

We have no job security. We work unbearably long hours. Competition has destroyed the collegiate spirit: every man is for himself. We only turn off when asleep and are still checking emails with one hand as we clean our teeth with the other. The result is stress, exhaustion and alienation.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Office Space Planning Guide

Modern office space may be leading to a lack of communication between employees. You aim to keep an effective workflow in the office while keeping up the communication between employees for enhanced productivity.

Here is a short guide for the effective planning of your office space by making the most of the area you have.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Office Workstation Ergonomics: Checklist for Correct Setup

Ergonomics is defined as those human factors that are essential for interaction with a system. In other words, ergonomics of your office workstation are rules, guidelines and checklists that you have to adhere when you sit on your workstations for long hours of work.

When buying furniture for office, these ergonomics checklists should be kept in mind. It will prevent long-term damage to the spine of the worker as well as the muscles of the arms and neck. Keeping these rules in check will also increase productivity in the office.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Conference Room Layouts + Designs Tips & Examples

While conferences encourage employees to exchange ideas and information, conference rooms are also perfect for training sessions and brainstorming. With rising travel and accommodation costs, it’s common to find an increasing number of companies opting to have their own designated area for meetings and conferences.

Moreover, conferences are not restricted only to employees; you can organize meetings with partners, suppliers or customers – all in the comfort, elegance and privacy of your office conference room. Apart from important contributing factors like the size, furniture, design and layout, it’s equally crucial that your conference area be able to trigger a friendly vibe among participants.

It’s a very simple concept; the more your employees communicate, the better is going to be your bottom line at the end of the day. So how do you design your conference room or meeting space to reflect your company image and what your business stands for? Conferences can be excellent morale boosters and can help employees to know each other better.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Hotel Conference Room Furniture

A well-designed and fully-equipped hotel conference room can make guests feel comfortable while transacting business at the same time. Investing time, effort and money into creating an attractive conference venue can attract a number of potential users, fortify your hotel image and eventually spike profits. You might want to ensure that your hotel conference room boasts robust audio-visual technology as well as speedy WiFi in addition to a welcoming and pleasing general ambience.

A number of contributing factors such as stylish d├ęcor, attractive and elegant furniture and the latest conference technology can add serious value to your hotel as a conference venue. The ideal hotel conference room must be able to offer excellent value for money as well as all incorporate all the latest modern facilities.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Office Refurbishment and Makeover Tips & Ideas

Office Refurbishment Ideas in the Modern Business Environment

The role of employees is slowly undergoing a fundamental change from earlier days. Workers were primarily perceived as ‘doers’. They were expected to do tasks assigned to them and were seen as implementers rather than thinkers. However, businesses today view their employees as sources of original ideas and thoughts.

The level of participation of employees and communication between people working for a business is now dramatically higher than it ever used to be. So how do you change your old (and probably boring) office social and physical structure without having to uproot yourself and relocate (an expensive and often impractical option)?

Friday, 5 July 2013

Workstations Melbourne - Save 20%+ on Modern Workstation Designs Melbourne

The essence of good workstation design is creating an office environment that balances employee satisfaction, increased productivity while at the same time being cost effective.

At JP, our core expertise is modern workstation design which focuses on open, cubicle-less workspaces and that foster a creative, collaborative workplace. By focusing on open plan design, we can typically save our clients 20% or more on their office fit-out costs.

This doesn't mean that we ever compromise on fun and a bit of flair! Check out some of our clutter-free, fresh and funky designs...

Groove 4 Person Workstation - view details.

With open plan designs, you do not need partitions and you can typically fit more people in per square meter. You can save money on office furniture fitouts as well as on office rent.

Urban 6 Person Workstation - view details.

While focusing on collaboration with a contemporary, open plan design, we also try to balance that openness with spaces that help employees focus, relax and get away from distractions.

Employees also need a place where they can get away and get some quiet time and escape from constant distractions from nearby conversations and other noise.

Training and breakout room design

Good Workstation Design Characteristics

Good workstation design does the following:
  • Creates a sense of community and team spirit
  • Encourages collaboration, teamwork and improves productivity
  • Allows for free flow of communication and exchange of ideas
  • Fosters a team dynamic
  • Allows an increased ability for managers to know what’s “going on” in the office.

Most Popular Modern Workstation Designs

The most popular workstation designs our Melbourne clients choose are Bench style workstations, followed by the 120 degree or Pod style workstations and  the 90 degree or cluster layout workstations.

Bench Style Workstations

Bench style workstation - view details.
Typically, the bench type workstation system layout can save you up to 20% in your office fitout costs. You can fit more people per square meter, while still keeping things modern and fresh.

Cluster Workstation Layout

Call center workstations - view details.
This type of workstation design is very popular with small teams as well as call center workplaces and environments.

Pod Style Workstations

Pod style workstation layout - view details.

Pod style workstations are perfect for open plan office designs where teamwork and communication are key. The benefits of this type of layout is being able to create a communal work culture, reduce energy use and costs and improve employee communication.

Increase Morale, Productivity & Reduce Stress

As we spend more time than ever at the workplace, the boundaries between the work-life balance becoming more blurred. For some people, the office is becoming more of a home than home and sitting at a desk all day staring at a monitor is more dangerous than it looks...

As an employer, thinking about your employees health and well-being can also lead to positive economic performance.

Height Adjustable desks - view details.

These height adjustable desks are great as they encourage employees to move around more and sit less. By doing so, they'll feel more energetic, active and productive throughout the day. In addition to the health benefits, they can really improve office mood and creativity!

Innovative & Healthy Workplace 


An innovative and healthy office means thinking about encouraging movement, getting people out of their chairs and around the office, bumping into colleagues in casual meeting places and breakout rooms. It should be the duty of any socially responsible employer to create a healthy, engaging environment for their staff.

Want help in designing an office environment that stimulates people and creates a workplace atmosphere that people will love?

Contact us today for a free workplace design service and let our expert Designers add a touch of sophistication and style to your work place. Call us on 1300 735 310. We design, deliver and install office workstations Melbourne wide.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Study Skills Checklist

The purpose of this checklist is to find out about your own study habits and attitudes. 
Time Scheduling
Yes No -- I spend too much time studying for what I am learning.
Yes No -- I usually spend hours cramming the night before an exam.
Yes No -- If I spend as much time on my social activities as I want to, I don't have enough time left to study, or when I study enough, I don't have time for a social life.
Yes No -- I usually try to study with the radio and TV turned on.
Yes No -- I can't sit and study for long periods of time without becoming tired or distracted.
Yes No -- I go to class, but I usually doodle, daydream, or fall asleep.
Listening & Note Taking
Yes No -- My class notes are sometimes difficult to understand later.
Yes No -- I usually seem to get the wrong material into my class notes.
Yes No -- I don't review my class notes periodically throughout the semester in preparation for tests.
Yes No -- When I get to the end of a chapter, I can't remember what I've just read.
Yes No -- I don't know how to pick out what is important in the text.
Yes No -- I can't keep up with my reading assignments, and then I have to cram the night before a test.
Yes No -- I lose a lot of points on essay tests even when I know the material well.
Yes No -- I study enough for my test, but when I get there my mind goes blank.
Yes No -- I often study in a haphazard, disorganized way under the threat of the next test.
Yes No -- I often wish that I could read faster.
Yes No -- I often find myself getting lost in the details of reading and have trouble identifying the main ideas.
Yes No -- I rarely change my reading speed in response to the difficulty level of the selection, or my familiarity with the content.
Writing Skills
Yes No -- When my teachers assign papers I feel so overwhelmed that I can't get started.
Yes No -- I usually write my papers the night before they are due.
Yes No -- I can't seem to organize my thoughts into a paper that makes sense.
If you have answered "yes" to two or more questions in any category, do some research on how you can improve on them. If you have one "yes" or less in a category, you are probably proficient enough in these areas that you don't need self-help information. Feel free, however, to get information in areas that you may have special interests, even if you scored well.