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Suffering from Presenteeism? Metric can help!

Cited as being the biggest threat to workplace productivity ‘presenteeism’ is making the news this week. It is estimated to be costing European businesses a staggering 73 billion Euros per annum so it is an issue well worth addressing – and an investment which is likely to reap huge rewards.

Brits are amongst the worst affected in Europe with 52% of UK workers going to work when their performance is negatively affected by work related health issues or other illnesses. In effect, their productivity is compromised as they are unable to function properly resulting in the quality and volume of their work being impacted.

UK employees suffer predominantly with backache, neck aches and headaches as a result of unhealthy working practices. The main bad work habits contributing to to their health are poor posture (sitting at desks), not drinking enough water and sitting for too long.

So, to address the resulting reduction in work out put it is crucial to address workplace health to achieve e a happier, engaged and more productive workforce.

Here’s how Metric can help! Ergonomic products from chairs to foot rests can support and improve an employee’s posture while they work. Not only do we perform workplace health checks but we also have a showroom with a plethora of sensibly priced ergonomic chairs to suit all body types. We can advise you on the best products to achieve postural health to suit any budget.

It is reported that two thirds of managers believe that their teams would feel more motivated and engaged by having sit-stand desks (enabling them to vary their working posture during the day). We supply a vast array of products made by various manufacturers which will fit any brief and budget that you might have.

Get in touch with us and one of our workplace experts will happily assess and advise on your requirements.

New Year’s Resolutions- we’ve got your back!

So the party’s over and we are well and truly back to the office after the over-indulgence of the festive period. If your office is anything like ours you will have binned the chocolate, be wearing your ‘Fitbits’ and counting your steps in a bid to shed the Christmas excess and get fit!

Promoting a healthier workplace is most certainly a new year’s resolution to be encouraged! A healthier workplace is a happier and more productive one which benefits both employees and employers. So perhaps now is the time to make some changes to your office environment which will help your staff to achieve their new year goals! Keeping employees on the move is vital to their health, productivity and creativity.

Obviously a huge refurbishment budget is not always readily available but there are a number of inexpensive means by which you can re-energise your business environment!

1 Re-organise your layout – Try ‘zoning’ your workspace so that different spaces are created for different kinds of work and they encourage your staff to move around the office. Office environments which incorporate ‘break out’ areas in the form of meet or work ‘away-from-the-desk’ areas optimise space and provide a healthy working atmosphere. Break out spaces can be quiet, collaborative, formal, informal, fixed, flexible and functional, the optimal blend will vary by company.

2 Consider your ergonomics – Ergonomics and orthopaedic seating options are no longer an expensive option with more and more manufacturers producing posture improving office chairs. Sit-stand desks enable us to stand and not sit whilst we are working. We have a great collection of ergonomic chairs in our showroom we would be happy to show you around, lend you a chair and do workstation health checks.
TO BOOK YOUR FREE WORKPLACE HEALTH CHECK MESSAGE US AT [email protected]

3 Brighten up your environment- add accent colours on walls and into flooring or clever lighting techniques. Digital printing allows you to create personalised feature areas which give your business real personality for minimal expenditure and can seriously boost your staff motivation.

Whatever your remit or budget give us a call! We are now all back in the office and ready to help with all your workplace improvements! Happy 2018 everyone! We look forward to working with you soon!

Take a tag. Buy a gift. Make a smile


Instead of sending out elaborate Christmas messages this year we intend to give something back by doing something far more meaningful.

This year we will be taking part in Kid’s Out’s Giving Tree. Whilst kids all over the country receive dozens of presents more than 7,000 are in refuge homes escaping domestic violence and don’t even expect to receive one gift! Your participation is of course optional but by getting involved we can help make a difference and ensure that these children do not miss out on the festivities.

Our Christmas tree is decorated with gift tags – each tag has the name of a child, their age and a gift request (£5-£10). If you would like to take part then simply email us; [email protected] we will alocate you with a tag. All you then need to do is buy the gift and send it to us (by 13th December). We will pop it under the tree and then deliver them to the depot (by 15th December) from where they will be distributed to children’s refuge homes all over the country.
If you dont have time to go shopping then there are cash donation tags available too.
Really hope that you will get behind this worthy cause!

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ALL OF US ON THE METRIC TEAM!!!!

Bringing the outdoors indoors

 

Living walls are no longer exclusive to architectural companies looking to win design awards, nowadays they are gaining attention from businesses of all types and sizes and it’s not all about aesthetics either.

It has long been established that people feel instinctively more relaxed and calm around greenery and that plants promote positive psychological responses so it makes absolute sense to include them in the workplace environment. Doing so is likely to improve the productivity and efficiency of the workforce and increase its general well-being. Furthermore green walls have acoustic properties. They dampen noise and absorb acoustic energy so can be used strategically to mask sound in noisy areas.

Then there are the aesthetics … Making a wall literally come to life has the most stunning of effects ideal for reception areas, boardrooms and breakout areas. Walls can be living or artificial. Artificial walls offer the greatest flexibility and customisable options without the requirement for water or maintenance. They come in a range of finishes too – moss, bark and grass to mention just a few!

Speak to us about the many options available and how we can connect your workforce with nature!

Call us on 01784 456850.

Rapid Progress at Conexus

Since we moved them into their Basingstoke offices 3 years ago Conexus have grown! We originally installed 54 workstations but in order to cope with their rapid expansion they asked us to restructure their European call centre with a brief to maximise its capacity. By reconfiguring their existing space and converting to bench desking we managed to fit 84 new workstations comfortably into the space. What’s more our team was able to complete the entire installation in just 1 day!

The sun comes out for Metric Golf Day 2017

Metric would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody that came to our annual golf day last Friday. I think that it is true to say that weather-wise it couldn’t have been better! Beautiful Harleyford Golf Club didn’t disappoint either! After a hearty breakfast we teed off in the glorious sunshine with temperatures reaching into the high 20’s. It was a welcome sight to see the girls in the buggy bringing us cold beers and although some might still be feeling a little tender from over-exposure (Mike Jones remember your sun cream next year!) most of us returned unscathed to clubhouse to enjoy a further few beers on the terrace before dinner!

Some great golf was played too. Congratulations to the day’s winners;

Overall winner of the Barry Want Trophy this year was Richard Clark. Second place went to Steve Day  and third to Sam Harris. Nearest to the pin were Vince Gardiner and Lol Hatcher and winner of Longest Drive was Andy Parker! Winning team was Richard Clark, Mike Jones, Mark Hart and Jess Palmer.

Well done everybody – look forward to taking you all on again next year!

Barry Wickington gets a special mention again this year for his particularly bad language! I hear that the air was blue and that his cussing could be heard far and wide!

On your marks, get set to win!!!

On your marks, get set to win tickets to the worlds biggest sporting event of 2017!

August 2017 will see the IAAF Athletic World Championships cross the line at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London – and you could be there to cheer on the world’s sporting elite!

The Summer of World Athletics starts on 4th August and we have 2  pairs of tickets to be given away to the opening session. In what is set to be a scorching evening of sport you could be enjoying the men’s 100m preliminaries and qualifiers for discus, long jump and pole vault – all from your front tier seats!

To be in with a chance of winning a pair, all you have to do is answer four simple questions.  All correct answers will be entered into a prize draw, with winners being announced on Monday 24th July!

Answer the questions below to be in with a chance.

 

 

Terms and conditions:

The competition is open to residents of the United Kingdom aged 16 years or over except employees of Metric Office and their close relatives and anyone otherwise connected with the organisation or judging of the competition.

There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary in order to enter the competition.

By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

Only one entry will be accepted per person. Multiple entries from the same person will be disqualified.

Closing date for entry will be 23rd July 2017. After this date the no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

Winners are responsible for their own travel and accomodation.

The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.The prizes are not transferable.

Winners will be chosen by an independent adjudicator or panel of judges appointed by Metric Office Furniture.

The winners will be notified by email and/or DM on Twitter/Facebook and/or letter within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

The promoter will notify the winner when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.

The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

For a healthy workplace – get on your feet Britain!

As we all know sitting is officially the new smoking! In recent years, research on sedentary behaviour has revealed that a multitude of serious health risks (heart disease, cancer & dementia to name but a few) are connected to prolonged and excessive sitting.

British people sit for 8.9 hours each day (on average). An average of 6 are spent sitting at their desks! This level of inactivity has been proven to decrease a man’s life span by 20% and a woman’s by 40%! Work related back pain is the leading cause of sickness absence from work costing British businesses £5 billion per year (a total of 4.9 million days).

With stats like these in mind it has never been more important to consider workplace health when designing the layout of your office. A healthier workplace is a happier and more productive one which benefits both employees and employers.

Ergonomics and orthopaedic seating options are no longer an expensive option with more and more manufacturers producing posture improving office chairs. Sit-stand desks enable us to stand and not sit whilst we are working. Standing for just 3 hours a day makes an incredible difference to our posture and overall well-being. Standing for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week burns an additional 750 calories a week. That’s 30,000 extra calories a year which is attributable to 8lbs of fat or running 10 marathons!

Impressive as this is it is only half the battle and the real key to workplace health is movement. We should all walk a recommended 10,000 steps a day but a sedentary person may only walk an average of 1,000 to 3,000. Completing 10,000 steps a day burns an extra 2,000 to 3,500 calories a week (3,500 calories equates to 1 pound of body weight). And so we see how important it is to lure our employees away from their desks!

Open plan office environments which incorporate ‘break out’ areas in the form of  meet or work ‘away-from-the-desk’ areas optimise space and provide a healthy working atmosphere. Break out spaces can be quiet, collaborative, formal, informal, fixed, flexible and functional, the optimal blend will vary by company.

At Metric we are 100% customer focused. We know that every business is unique and so we create and deliver custom workplaces that actually work. We consider each and every business and create and fit together the ideal combination of task specific areas for that business.

By creating task specific areas people are encouraged to move around and adopt a variety of postures over the course of the day which is essential to workplace health . Keeping employees on the move is vital to their health, productivity and creativity.

To find out more or to talk to our workplace design experts call us on 01784 4456850.

Metric Rides the Rapids

On Saturday some of the team took off to Lea Valley White Water Rafting. It was an amazing experience and we were blessed with the most perfect weather conditions.

Having been fitted with wetsuits and briefed as to the safety requirements we undertook an intensive course as to how to ride the rapids. It was fairly daunting to start with and our first outing was not the most successful – in fact we lost our instructor!

We came good though and slowly mastered our craft getting better and better with every circuit. It was most certainly a great day out. An unforgettable and exhilarating experience. Many thanks to every body who came and made it such a special event. A special mention goes to our Pauline who overcame her fears and saw the whole experience through from start to finish!

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Let’s Talk about AV!

 

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Did you know we provide a whole range of audio-visual services?

  • Site specific audio-visual system design
  • Independent advice
  • Custom-made audio-visual furniture
  • Project management
  • Installation
  • After sales service and maintenance
  • Equipment hire for presentations and events

In today’s contemporary workplace clear communication is crucial. Technological advances in AV systems are making working environments more productive and facilitating positive business relationships. A well thought out AV system can future proof your office.

We carry out all sizes of audio visual installation from a single TV or monitor in a meeting room or reception to multi-room installations with a mixture of meeting rooms, breakout areas and large presentation areas.

Give us a call. We will happily offer you the benefit of our expert advice and even supply you with a no-obligation quote.

CALL US NOW 01784 456 850

Smartening up at Smart Cells

 

Smart Cells is one of the world’s leading umbilical cord blood stem cell storage companies. They approached us to refurbish their headquarters based in West Drayton and we jumped at the opportunity.

A fresh and inspiring office environment was required befitting of this exciting, forward-thinking company.

Firstly we had to set the office team up in temporary working space so that we could strip out the entire first floor. Glass partitioning then created a kitchen/breakout area and separate office for the Accounts team. New carpeting, blinds, decoration and data cabling throughout created the backdrop for the new ‘zebrano’ finish desking and storage. Orangebox Joy chairs completed the new, modern look.

A dramatic change in a short period of time – from start to finish the project took just five weeks. We are pleased to report that we left behind an extremely happy customer; “We have moved into our lovely new offices today and can’t thank Metric enough. Your staff were quick, thorough & professional and have delivered on time. Special thanks to Mike who went above and beyond the call of duty to deliver! We are thrilled!” Fehmina Ahmed, Chief Operating Officer.

Smart Cells were a delight to work with and we wish them every success in their new office.

 

Dnata prepares South Point

 

On behalf of our client Dnata we have prepared the 1st floor of South Point cargo facility  in preparation for the arrival of their client.

A clean, modern and stylish finish was required for their Cargo team and that is what they got! White bench desking coupled with mesh backed seating, monitor arms and desk screening optimise use of the open plan area and glass partitioning creates two executive offices. With the addition of 2 further meeting rooms and a kitchen/breakout area the 1st floor office suite has been transformed into a smart, practical working environment.

“We have worked with Metric for many years and as usual they did not disappoint. Their practical advice and attention to detail from concept to completion is always flawless. The entire project was delivered efficiently on-time and with a smile!” – Clive Flemming, Facilities Manager

Classroom Collaboration

We have been working in the education sector since 2004. We have been involved with multi-million pound school building projects and continue to be part of school development programmes. Much like the office environment we have seen the classroom change beyond recognition thanks largely to advances in technology.

So much of our childhood is spent at school and in a classroom. Our school days are our formative years and play an intrinsic part in the growth and development of every child. Of course teaching is key but intelligent choices about learning spaces are important too. The learning environment needs to be one that helps a student thrive! Thus it is essential to understand ways in which we can affect the environment for maximum effect!

Whereas learning used to be concentrated in the classroom now the entire school is one big learning environment. The key word is ‘collaborative’. Where we used to strive for quiet in the classroom nowadays a vibrant, noisy engagement in learning is encouraged. Rather than pupils being sat at assigned desks you are just as likely to see then sprawled in groups on the floor – learning collaboratively has been proven to encourage creativity.

Many of the educational projects that we have been involved with recently have called on us to bring some real creativity into the mix! Functionality and practicality continue to play a key role too but the integration of colourful, quirky furniture and storage solutions create inspirational learning areas or zones. Imaginative use of often ‘dead’ space can deliver much needed additional study space which can be tailored to requirement – reading areas, libraries or group discussion areas. With space always a determinant, the demand for multi-usage areas is also on the increase – we can turn dining halls into sports halls into exam rooms in a matter of minutes!

Whatever your requirement give us a call and set us the challenge! We understand and have a proven track record in the educational sector. Whatever your budget and time frame we are sure that we can deliver!

Rain didn’t stop play!

Metric would like to extend a huge thank you to everybody that came to our annual golf day last week. I think that is is true to say that weather-wise it was officially the first day of Autumn but the weather most certainly didn’t seem to dampen spirits. Beautiful Harleyford Golf Club didn’t disappoint either! After a hearty breakfast we teed off in the teeming rain but by the ninth or tenth hole the sun crept out from behind the thick, grey clouds. It was a welcome sight and we completed the course in the sunshine and had dried off by the time we got back to the clubhouse. In fact we even managed to enjoy a few beers on the terrace before dinner!

Some great golf was played too. Congratulations to the day’s winners;

Overall winner of the Barry Want Trophy this year was Gary Andrews. Second place went to Andy Reynolds and third to John Flynn. Nearest to the pin were Dave Rooney and our own Ben Roydhouse and winner of Longest Drive was Simon Cripps! Well done everybody – look forward to taking you all on again next year!

A special mention has to go to Barry Wickington for having an especially bad game! There’s always next year Barry!!