This statement is true to some extent as in businesses and employers don’t want their teams coming in, chatting and scrolling on their phones then going home without doing any work of course, but more and more companies are now seeing new ways in which teams can work and where/how they work. 
Who are we? 
What do we do? 
How can we help you? 
 
Over the last few months and years, we have acquired lots of lovely new clients and worked on some great projects, and we also work with clients on a repeat basis whom we have supported and vice versa, for a long time now. So with this in mind, lets re introduce ourselves to you … 
Thank you for your custom and support over this year and wishing you, your staff and families a 
Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year. 
 
From all of us at Sygnus! 
Moving offices? Downsizing or upsizing your workspace? Or simply having a refurb/change around of your current office layout, design, space and furniture? In any or all scenarios, Sygnus can help. 
 
Furniture dealer 
Sygnus is a furniture dealer offering over 30 years of experience in the office design and office interiors industry. Our client base ranges from large multi nationals, professional service companies and small businesses in the fields of tech, pharmaceutical, education and property, to name but a few markets. https://www.sygnus-uk.com/case-studies/ 
 
What is a furniture dealer? 
As furniture dealers, we have the pick of the furniture ranges from the leading workplace and office furniture companies. We are not tied to any ranges or manufacturers, and this ensures we recommend the right products and services for you and you only. There is no bias or agenda, we just have you and the solution at heart. 
 
How can we help? 
Alongside our network of architects, signage writers, electricians, flooring experts, contractors and more, we can support you and your project from start to end. We like to see ourselves as a vital team member working with and for you to bring together an idea with a plan and with solutions for the best and final outcome. 
 
Why us and how so? 5 things to consider … 
There are many factors presently for business owners, Facilities Managers and office managers to consider when looking at the office of workplace interiors, with a view to trying to keep all staff and departments happy, healthy and comfortable. 
Such topical factors, issues or talking points include wellbeing in the workplace and supporting and managing team members on long term sick/long covid to high absenteeism levels presently and granting menopause leave as well. Therefore, what can you do to enhance the space you have to find a happy medium? 
 
On average, we spend a third of our day at work, so it makes sense that our environment at work should be just as welcoming and inviting as our homes. Not only that, according to a survey done by Office Genie, a well-designed office can make you feel up to 33% happier ... 
Online or in person meetings 
“I don't think anything replaces the face-to-face meetings and the personal connections that you get when you're in the same room or same place with people.” - Annamie Paul 
 
Would you agree with this statement? Do you attend, organise or participate in a lot of meetings? And if you do, are these in person, on Zoom or Teams or a mixture of both. 
There is no denying the fact that the way we communicate and the way we meet/have meetings has changed since the pandemic. Some would say for the better and some not. The pandemic did however open some company’s eyes to where/how meetings could be held. 
 
According to Pumble, approximately 46% of respondents to a survey spend under 4 hours attending meetings, around 37% spend between 4-12 hours in meetings, roughly 12% spend between 12-20 hours in meetings and about 5% devote half of their workweek to participating in meetings. 
 
All of this said, face to face meetings is still very popular, very useful, and can be a great productive way to learn, train, update, educate and make key business decisions. 
Read on ... 
We all know about wellbeing and ergonomically sound furniture, but what else as a business owner, boss or facilities manager can you be doing? 
 
You will have no doubt seen stories and images of offices and workspaces with running tracks in or dartboards and ball pits as well as full on restaurant areas, bars and roof top alfresco spaces. Even treadmill desks too. Whereas these are fun and great to work in and work on, what else is there that is perhaps more down to earth and every day? ... 
Office desks 
A “desk” used to be a top with 4 legs, and everyone had the same, but in today’s offices and workplaces, the choices of desks are way more than this simplistic view. How so? 
There is the choice of top material, wood, finish and colour. Depending on budget, preference, décor and purpose. 
There is the choice of size/dimensions and also shape. From wave to radial to rectangular. Again, depending on budget, purpose, need and functionality. 
 
Desks can be for one person or more if part of a meeting room or boardroom. Or for multiple users in a bench style which is ideal for hot desking. Flexible working, productivity levels and hybrid working all need to be taken into account here. 
Desks can even be found as parts of booths and pods if you are factoring in acoustics, productivity and privacy. 
And finally, desks can be flexible if you want to sit or stand, or both, whilst working with electric/heigh adjustable and sit to stand desks.  
 
We spend a lot of time at our desks and therefore these need to be fit for purpose in terms of meeting our working needs, big enough for more than one screen, well laid out to prevent clutter, good storage and drawers for productivity and tidiness. These are all factors to consider ... 
You only get one chance to make the right first impression. True? We think so … 
 
The reception area of a business, office, schools, vets, hotels, universities, medical or garage showroom is the focal point of many a business wouldn’t you agree. It is the first place seen and visited by employees, job candidates, suppliers and clients. So it is only natural a lot of focus and attention to detail should be spent on this space. A look of professionalism is key. 
 
Post Covid, reception areas are still valid, still used and still needed. A human to greet you and a friendly face eg a manned reception, instead of an automated machine, can create a great first impression for a business welcoming people in and it can go a long way customer service wise too. 
 
Receptions are not external and internal visitors; it is worth remembering! And did you know there is a national receptionist’s day annually? 
For every 1 to 2 hours you sit in your office, 1 hour should be spent standing! (source
 
What’s new with standing desks? 
According to Flexispot.com we should alternate standing and sitting by about 50% each way in a full day. Within that, you should alternate sitting and standing about every quarter to half hour. Your body acclimatizes to sitting within 30 minutes and your lower body muscles switch off. 

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