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.
Concentration
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.
Reading
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.
Exams
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.
Reading
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.

Friday, 28 June 2013

Workplace Time Management: For Business Professionals & Students

Good time managers can keep tabs on all of their activities.
Time management is about mastering real time. There are only three ways to spend time: thoughts, conversations and actions. Regardless if you are an office worker or own your own business, these are the only ways in which you can spend time.

As a business furniture owner, I am frequently interrupted during the working day. That's fine. While you cannot eliminate interruptions, you do get a say on how much time you will spend on them and how much time you will spend on the thoughts, conversations and actions that will lead you to success. You are in control of your time and you can manage it if you choose to do so.

Businessmen, students, workers, and even housewives have relied on time management principles to achieve their daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.

Entrepreneurs have emphasized adequate time management skills to reap the financial benefits of a productive business. Students hustle to maintain a balance between their studies, social lives, and earning a living.

Successful time management enables all of these people to organize their workspace or home without getting sidetracked. In fact, an organized workspace and effective time management strategies work in tandem towards reaching a specific goal. A disorderly workspace will drastically slow down any productivity meant to move fluently without disruption.

Time Management For Professionals

Time Management for Students


Good time managers can keep tabs on everything they do. They plan their day. Tip: Take the first 30 minutes of every day to plan your day. Don't start your day until you complete your time plan. The most important time of your day is the time you schedule to schedule time.

They can finish the most important activities ahead of time, and follow-up to complete the lesser important tasks that were put off temporarily. Writing down ignored activities on an Email calendar or day-planner is very important. Not only will this help you remember what was put off earlier in the day, it will keep you focused to finish key tasks faster.

Most time management specialists agree that the most efficient to-do list will not replace a highly organized day planner. Effective workplace time management skills creates an organized, productive person who can obtain more out of life in the long run. Remember this: it's impossible to get everything done! Also remember that 20 % of your thoughts, conversations and activities at work produce 80 percent of your results. Focus on the 20 %.

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Friday, 21 June 2013

Job Hunting Tips and Strategies

As an employer, we get to see many applicants and browse through hundreds of resumes. The Internet and in particular the rise of social media websites such as Linkedin for example, has made the pool of potential job applicants much larger. Finding the right job applicant these days can take a lot of time and research.

With so many people now competing for so few jobs, what we are seeing is a savvy group of job seekers who are using multiple tactics and strategies to differentiate themselves from their competition and stand out to prospective employers in their job searches.

The use of the Internet has changed the way we search for work forever. However, one truth remains: the vast majority of job openings are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth. Networking is still alive and well. It might be called “Facebook”, “Linkedin” or “Social Networking” these days, but it remains your network of friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances. This is an incredibly valuable job search resource and will continue to be so in the future.

Here are some job hunting tips and a list of strategies and techniques to differentiate yourself from your competitors and help you land that perfect job.