In the arena of interior design, there’s an understated elegance to starting with the humble pencil sketch before venturing into the digital realm with Computer Aided Drafting (CAD). This initial step, rooted in tradition, holds its ground as a crucial part of the creative process, despite the technological leaps in design tools.
As we enter the year 2024, there will be significant changes in office design. The highly anticipated “Great Return to Work” is altering our understanding and creation of workspaces. This article explores the shifting landscape and important trends that will shape office interiors in the upcoming year.
The sound quality of an office might not always be the first thing you consider, but it is crucial in shaping an optimal and efficient workspace. The acoustics of your workplace can greatly influence how you and your coworkers function, interact, and, most importantly, affect your general wellness.
Undoubtedly, there have been social issues accompanying the shift to remote work. This article discusses the potential for both success and drawbacks in remote working, particularly concerning the potential impact on work-life balance when the boundaries between work and personal life become unclear.
In today’s workplace, hybrid meetings have become commonplace, blending in-person and remote participation. While these meetings offer flexibility, they also bring challenges related to inclusivity. In this article we look at 5 steps you can take to ensure your hybrid meetings are both successful and inclusive.
Contour Interiors presents a comprehensive guide to the often time-consuming and complex issue of commercial leases. In this How-To guide, Contour outlines the critical areas you must cover in order to save time and money, and how your new office fitout can be included in a new prospective lease.
In this article, we’ll explore the significance of workplace mental health, its impact on productivity, and provide practical strategies to foster a mentally healthy work environment. Join us as we leverage Contour Interiors’ experience and expertise to create workspaces that inspire creativity, collaboration, and support the mental well-being of your employees.
There are so many moving parts in an office fitout and design project, and a multitude of factors that can negatively influence the outcome. Presenting the ultimate guide to getting your commercial interior design project right the First Time, brought to you by Contour Interiors.
In the modern world of work – especially post-Covid – hybrid meetings have become increasingly common. This can create challenges in terms of communication, engagement, and productivity. Here are some tips from Contour Interiors for running effective hybrid meetings between home and remote workers.
In recent years, ESG has become an increasingly important factor in influencing workplace decisions. ESG, which stands for Environmental, Social, and Governance, is a set of criteria used to measure the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment or business.
In recent years, there has been an increasing focus on sustainability, with individuals, companies, and governments alike recognising the need to take action to protect our planet. One area where sustainability is particularly important in the workplace. Here’s why it matters and how your company can achieve it.
In today’s post-Covid world, hybrid workplaces are becoming increasingly more common. Finding the right balance of collaboration and focus in a workplace can encourage employees to return to the office and allow them to appreciate the environment and become more productive.
If you’re looking for an office space that fulfils your true wants and needs as a company, you need to make sure you cover every angle. What you need is an office space that reflects your brand as a company, fulfils the needs of the company, and inspires and invigorates your workforce.
Here are some common sense precautions to take with your next office relocation project – especially when it comes to timing. Making a comprehensive office relocation plan is all about time invested, deadlines, and pre-preparation… Let us clue you in.
Even in the so-called “post-covid world,” covid safety remains a critical issue for any office interior design. It can be a challenge to ensure that you have a covid-safe office design because there are multiple factors that contribute to this.
The modern office has evolved to adapt to the different ways that individuals like to work. Many companies have been re-evaluating their position on open-plan offices to consider whether this type of office layout is the best overall for workplace productivity.
Workplace strategy has evolved from a metric mechanism to one which is an integral part of the development around business, talent and the broader economy — a conversation often driven by headlines focused on place, ways of working and flexibility. The world has reshaped and workplaces have flipped from the traditional view of an assigned desk within a heavy siloed workplace.
The goal of applying ergonomics in the workplace is to enhance product design and the layout of workstations in order to reduce the negative effects of exhaustion, fatigue, and minor injuries. Ergonomically designed workstations reduce the likelihood of experiencing pain in the muscles and joints as well as the likelihood of straining and slouching, both of which can be contributors to the development of more serious health issues. In this article we examine the many benefits of workplace economics and how they can be applied holistically as part of a workplace strategy.
Collaborative workplaces have a myriad of benefits. When colleagues work together effectively, they get the opportunity to share their own knowledge, experience, and skills. This provides employees with the opportunity to discuss their own processes, and it makes them feel as though they are an integral part of the team. This article discusses collaborative workplaces, and the advantages of cross-functional teams and the resultant increased productivity.
The COVID-19 pandemic left most employees rethinking their jobs. While the cost of living keeps rising, their wages remain as is. In comparison to other companies and employers, they get lower pay, less opportunities, and a lack of work-life balance that continue to affect employees. More personal reasons like feeling disrespected at work, having childcare issues (for those who have children), being provided with bad or insufficient benefits, wanting to relocate to a different area, and even employers requiring COVID-19 vaccines contribute to the “quit rate”.
Workplace Strategy is a terminology increasingly used in business circles as organisations grapple with post-covid ways of working and an understanding of the ‘new normal’ workplace. To get the most out of any strategy piece, it is hugely important to understand what workplace strategy is, and the factors that actually make it an effective business tool.
By now, we’ve all heard of the term “modern office” when talking about companies opening their doors and welcoming back employees. Business owners and commercial interior designers have been working hand-in-hand to identify modern office fit out ideas that would best benefit professional office spaces and the people it accommodates.
COVID-19 has turned the work life of most professionals on its head, reshaping our mindset on how we do our jobs, and more importantly, where. Employers have tested different ways to effectively implement flexible work, considering the need of employees to work remotely. In line with this, they’ve also started rethinking and preparing the office for when the workforce starts reporting on-site, especially since there’s a necessity for companies to accommodate ever-changing workplace best practices in the new normal.
COVID-19 fundamentally modified how businesses operate and professionals work, compelling millions of people to work from home. Technology’s vital part in the workplace is well-recognised, but the pandemic presented unexpected challenges that brought upon new possibilities in this space.
COVID-19 has provided numerous challenges to the public, businesses, and governments. Companies all across the world acted as quickly as they could to keep employees safe while ensuring business continuity despite all restrictions on movement and stay at home orders. In this article we examine the Workplaces of the Future.
Like almost every industry, the legal profession has encountered numerous difficulties during the global pandemic brought about by COVID-19. Some of these challenges include transitioning to remote work, converting to remote litigation, and facing higher competition for talent.
The concept of flexible working is here to stay. As a result of COVID-19, every
Recent workplace surveys have indicated that around 70% of employees are looking to continue working
With a couple of decades experience in office relocation and office fitout projects, we’ve seen the things people tend to forget about.
Whilst moving offices or undertaking a full refurbishment is a great step forward for your business, you only get the opportunity once every few years.
Contour Interiors recently undertook a complete office fitout project for RXP Services, an ASX Listed IT Services company, in 31 Queen Street, Melbourne. The 950 sq. metre project took inside 3 months from concept to completion.