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6 Tips for Choosing Office Furniture

Wednesday 15 November 2017 17:29:58 Europe/London

 

When it comes to choosing office furniture, you want to not only think about what your budget will allow, but about how the furniture will work to create a better environment in the office. Because the type of office furniture can either contribute to or take away from productivity, it’s important that you put some thought into what you furnish your office with.

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How Office Furniture Can Enhance Collaboration

Thursday 12 October 2017 14:03:40 Europe/London

 

When we picture the future of the office workplace, we have a tendency to think about how far technology can reach and wonder if we’ll sit in front of a holographic screen and be able to create documents with the wave of our hand or even a thought. But what we miss is the human aspect and what we forget is how important collaboration is to a business.

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Why Cheap Office Chairs are Not OK

Thursday 12 October 2017 12:37:29 Europe/London

Consider for a moment how much money you were willing to spend on your sofa compared to your office chair.

More than likely, you put some time and thought into picking out the most comfortable couch you could and shelled out thousands so you could relax on it for a couple hours every night. For your office chair, on the other hand, you likely picked out the cheapest model you could find and begrudgingly handed over a few tenners so you could sit in it 8+ hours a day, 5+ days a week.

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Remove Risk From Your Workspace.

Monday 14 September 2015 12:19:04 Europe/London

Fellowes at Needa Office

 

A recent study done by Fellowes found that 9 out of 10 people suffer from pain linked to the way they work at their desks. Hunching over a computer is one of the main reasons why four in five people end up with crippling back pain at some point in their lives. But they have outline a checklist of simple changes you can make in the four main problem zones.

 

Zone 1: Back Tension 

Almost 7 out of 10 people experience back pain while working at their desks.

The Solution:

If your chair does not provide proper lumbar support, use a backrest with a foot support to maintain correct posture.

CHECKLIST ZONE 1

Seating & Posture

-  Chair Height - Keep feet on the floor or on a foot support
-  Seat Pan Depth - Back of the knees should not touch the seat
-  Back Position - Back should contact as much of the chair as possible
-  Neutral Posture - Work in a position that requires the smallest amount of muscle activity

 

Zone 2: Wrist Pressure

Almost 4 out of 10 people experience pain in their wrists, hands &/or arms while working at their desks.

The Solution:

Wrist supports help to align your wrists and redistribute pressure points to help relieve pain and prevent potential injury.

CHECKLIST ZONE 2

Correct Keyboard & Mouse Position

-  Position keyboard and mouse closer and lower
-  Position keyboard flat or tilted away - negative slopes
-  Keep forearms approximately parallel to the floor with elbows at a 90-110o angle

 

Zone 3: Neck, Shoulder & Eye Strain

Almost 5 out of 10 people experience neck pain, eye strain, &/or headaches while working at their desks.

The Solution:

Keyboard managers position your keyboard and mouse lower and closer to your body, allowing you to adopt and maintain a neutral working posture. Monitor and laptop supports position your monitor or laptop at a comfortable viewing angle, while Document Holders place your documents in a more ergonomically correct viewing position.

CHECKLIST ZONE 3

Finding Your Optimal Viewing Range

-  Height: Position top section of the screen "just below eye level"
-  Distance: Viewing distance should be about "an arms length away" or approximately 500-800mm away from the screen

Document Placement - Avoid the following risk factors

-  Neck Flexion
-  Extreme Neck Rotation
-  Repetitive Eye Movements

Check Your Posture:

-  Head, neck and shoulders are positioned forward and upright (not bent or turned)
-  Shoulders and arms are approximately perpendicular to the floor; elbows are held close to the sides
-  Keep hands and wrist in a straight line with forearms (not bent up or down)

 

Zone 4: Environment:

Your Indoor Air may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors

The Solution:

Fellowes® air purifiers safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns, including pollen, ragweed and other allergens, viruses, germs, dust mites, mold spores and odors.

CHECKLIST ZONE 4

Indoor Air Quality Facts

-  Your indoor air may be 2 to 5 times more polluted than the air outdoors
-  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ranks indoor air pollution among the top 5 environmental risks to public health
-  The World Health Organization estimates that 30% of buildings in the United States may experience indoor air quality problems, which can lead to Sick Building Syndrome
-  The EPA estimates that Sick Building Syndrome costs businesses some $60 billion annually

 

0 Comments | Posted in News By Adam Hetherintgon

10 Reasons Why You Should Start Keeping A Diary!

Monday 7 September 2015 16:59:12 Europe/London

2016 diarys at Needa Office

 

With nearly everyone nowadays keeping a blog or vlog, and recording their lives on social media, very few of us put pen to paper and write down our experiences. Why not try it? Weather you're looking to stay on top of a busy schedule or record a month long travel journal from a backpacking trip, Needa Office has a diary to suit.

Here is 10 reasons why you should start keeping a diary:

1. You can record special events.
People take photos so they can remember days out, parties etc. A diary is like a completely personal, written photo, recording the things only you saw in as much or as little detail as you like.

2. You can record normal events too.
You might think that normal days are boring, until you start writing. I’ve started seeing the special aspects of normal events, such as funny remarks or interesting things I’ve seen.

3. You can record your thoughts and feelings.
You remember how things made you feel on certain days or in certain places, so your memory is more detailed.

4. This is a kind of therapy after bad days.
Getting your feelings written down on paper feels much better than keeping them to yourself. It can also help you think about things more clearly, and maybe even help decide how you feel about things if you are unsure.

5. In fact, it’s therapeutic even on good days!
Make a hot drink, snuggle into a comfy chair, and take half an hour just for you and your diary. It feels great!

6. You can improve your writing skills.
Practice makes perfect! Seeing your writing develop is very rewarding.

7. Why not try a foreign language?
Practise your language skills and improve your vocab, without worrying about mistakes – it’s for you, not for anyone else!

8. Appreciate your successes.
Sometimes, we don’t appreciate what we achieve – writing down a challenge you overcame and how you did it makes you realise this!

9. Assess your mistakes.
On the other hand, you can understand things you could have done better, if you have to write something down and consider it.

10. Leave the future You something to look back on!
In a year or so, you can see how you have developed as a person. If you revisit a place, you can read what you saw or felt last time. Maybe you’ll even show future generations what you used to be like!

 

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Improve Productivity With A Clean Office

Monday 24 August 2015 14:45:39 Europe/London

Messy Office at NeedaOffice.ie

 

The last thing anyone wants to have to do before clocking off for the day is clean a dirty office, but offices that cut corners on cleaning or allow employees to work in a messy, disorganised working environment are far less productive than clean, well-ordered offices. ContractCleaning.co.uk says that people employed in offices with a low emphasis on a clean working environment spend less time in the workplace and don’t work as hard when they do sit at their desks. Simple things like organising and filing the ever growing stack of documents on your desk or emptying overflowing recycling bins can make a dramatic difference. Most people would spend just as much time (if not more) in the office as they would at home, so why do a lot of companies fail to see that it is important to have an office that you enjoy being in.

 

A study carried out by contractcleaning.co.uk found that:

-  72% of people said their surroundings made them less productive.
-  46% said they took longer lunch breaks and spent less time in the office.
-  25% said they took sick leave because the surroundings depressed them.

 

No Matter how bad your messy office is, anytime you spend to improve it will have a positive effect on how you feel, how you function and your time management at work. Don’t fool yourself do, making piles does not reduce clutter. The issue isn’t space it’s too much stuff. If you’re filing cabinet starts to overflow, throw out or digitally archive anything older than a year. This attitude should extend further than your own workspace, the same rules apply to clean toilets and kitchen area. It takes less than 5 minutes to give the kitchen surfaces a wipe down with some antibacterial wipes or spray or to throw a splash of bleach into the toilet.

With an extensive range of cleaning products from floor cleaning to washroom supplies available at NeedaOffice.ie, you’ll be able to boost office morale and improve productivity in no time.

 

 

 

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Filing & Storage Gets Personal

Friday 21 August 2015 14:42:08 Europe/London

Fellowes Bankers Box At NeedaOffice.ie

 

The average employee spends the equivalent of over two and a half working weeks a year filing paperwork and 52 percent of businesses spend 1 – 2 hours each week filing. Fellowes, a leading manufacturer of storage units, found in a recent poll that almost 50% of people said that lack of a formal filing system led to negative situations within the office, like loss of contracts. Fellowes recently worked with Dr. Matt Davis, lecturer in socio technical systems at the University of Leeds to investigate this love of filing and have identified four typologies; ‘The Architect’, ‘The Boffin’, ‘The Nester’ and ‘The Neat Freak’.

Which one are you?

The Boffin: As a Boffin you bring science and logic to your organisation systems. Your storage style favours the category within a category approach.

The Neat Freak: If someone moves something from your desk, you (and they) will know about it. As a Neat Freak you’re almost obsessive in your desire to make your world uniformed and orderly.

The Architect: Tall towers of papers dominate your office landscape. Colleagues have been known to stop at the door to your office and back off slowly, for fear of disrupting your mountain of materials.

The Nester: Surrounding yourself with things that make you smile keeps you happy in your work. Your Desk is an extension of your own home, with all your personal favourites close.

Daryl Brunt, UK & Ireland sales & marketing Director at Fellowes says: “It is light hearted but there is a clear message here – the way we file is important.”

 

Bankers box by Fellowes are stackable, designed to complement other products and come in large labelling areas and allow people to personalise their storage system in a way that makes sense to them. So whether you’re a Neat Freak or a Boffin there is a Bankers Box product that is right for you.

To view our full range of Fellowes filling supplies click HERE

You can also find out more about what Fellowes has to offer on their site at www.Fellowes.com 

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Back To School Supplies At NeedaOffice.ie

Wednesday 19 August 2015 12:18:54 Europe/London

Back To School Supplies At NeedaOffice

 

Unbeatable Value On School Supplies at NeedaOffice.ie

Welcome to Needa Office school supplies section where we have carefully selected the best school stationery that offers unbeatable value. If you’re looking to shop for school supplies in a quick and hassle free way, you are in the right place. It’s no secret that kids will often share pens and pencils and you can’t expect them to value them too highly so it’s important to avoid anything expensive.

Here you will find basic stationery school supplies that are a must have for students whether it’s your first day in secondary school or college, or if your just looking to stock up for school staff. Product ranges within this section include pencils, highlighters, Pens, paper scissors, staplers, glue sticks, Blue Tac, Tip ex, Pads and lots more of useful school stationery products. A lot of the selected products are available in assorted packs for individual students as well as large bulk packs that will suit the whole classroom. 

To visit our back to school section click  Here

0 Comments | Posted in News By Adam Hetherintgon

30 Of The Most Annoying Office Habits

Monday 17 August 2015 09:22:47 Europe/London

 

There are millions of offices all around the world, with tens of millions of workers in them, but they all have one thing in common: the annoying colleague.


You know the one. Or if you don't, you might be the one who's always:


1. Talking loudly on the phone or using speaker phone to the annoyance of everyone else.
2. Sharing TMI (too much information) about personal things.
3. Asking for help with the same tech problems again and again, instead of simply taking the time to learn to do it properly.
4. Walking into meetings late, so that things have to be repeated.
5. Leaving messes in the break room or other common areas and not cleaning them up.
6. Writing passive-aggressive signs or post-its and leaving them around the office, instead of just speaking to someone to address an issue.
7. Using the last of the coffee or tea and not fixing a new pot.
8. Hoarding office supplies.
9. Gossiping about everyone and everything around.
10. Listening to music loudly or -- worse -- singing and whistling along.
11. Peeking over the cubicle tops to start a conversation.
12. Sending "funny" emails constantly to everyone in the office.
13. Acting as the self-appointed office police (when they are not the manager or boss).
14. Bringing, preparing, and eating incredibly stinky food to the office.
15. Changing the heat or air conditioning with no regard to anyone else's comfort.
16. Taking care of personal business at work.
17. Leaving your phone notifications dinging and pinging all day long.
18. Stealing food from the community fridge.
19. Coming to work when you're obviously, contagiously ill.
20. Taking care of personal hygiene at your desk.
21. Or not taking care of personal hygiene at all....
22. Wearing too much cologne or perfume, or spraying it at work.
23. Organising pointless meetings.
24. Not taking responsibility for mistakes -- or worse, blaming others.
25. Asking for donations for gifts, charities, or selling your kids' school fundraiser stuff.
26. Asking inappropriately personal questions as your version of small talk.
27. Telling inappropriately personal stories about what you did last night/last weekend.
28. Bringing treats into the office, even when you know your coworkers are on a diet.
29. Eating the last of the treats.
30. Agreeing with the boss, no matter what, to look better.

Most of these annoyances boil down to simply being inconsiderate of others in the workspace. In truth, you probably spend more time with your co-workers than almost anyone else in your life, so it pays to be thoughtful and kind.

 

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The Shrinking Paper Market

Thursday 13 August 2015 10:17:53 Europe/London

Needa Office - The Decline in Paper

 

With paper mills across North America closing and letting thousands of workers go it raises the question, is the paper industry dying? It almost feels as if each day another mill shuts its doors, leaving less company’s competing for a shrinking market. Although there is no sign of paper ever completely disappearing, the demand is most definitely thinning out and analysts predict demand will fall at least another 18 percent by 2024.

So what is the cause for this? Kindles, iPads, e-mail, PDFs, the decline of first-class mail, and waning newspaper and magazine circulations are all to blame. Instead of buying the latest tabloid magazine at the local newsagents, people are now downloading it in digital format straight to their phone or tablet. With each generation being more tech savvy than the last it seems this is a trend that will only grow.

Ask anyone from an older generation who loves to read and they will tell you that there is no better feeling than turning over the last couple of pages of a book, but diminishing sales of physical books will suggest that this is no longer the case with sales of printed books falling by more than £150m in five years from 2009. This shift is causing paper mills to rethink their future with paper companies trying to handle the sinking demand for their product by cutting production. 117 paper mills have closed across America since 2000, with 223,000 jobs being lost as a result, a move that is being mirrored across the globe.

Even though the consumption of some papers (printer paper, newspapers, books, magazines, etc.) is declining, the demand for papers for the packaging industry keeps growing. This will give little comfort however to companies such as HP, Epson, Samsung, Oki, & Brother whose laser & inkjet printer sales depend heavily on peoples need for printer and copier paper!

If however you do prefer to print out a document for those on the fly notes scribbled all over the sheet then don't panic because at NeedaOffice.ie we have no intention of reducing our extensive range of printer paper any time soon. With brands such as Logic, Xerox, HP & Conqueror to name a few we have paper to suit every budget.

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