These words were said by Abraham Lincoln when he became the 16th president, which was a long time ago, but these words are still very relevant today. At this current time, whilst the end is hopefully in sight, we don’t know when we will be back to normal and what this new normal will be. 
Talking with customers and colleagues, it seems some are working from home for the first time or back to working from home after Christmas and some are going into the office on a rota, part time or skeleton staff basis. According to The Telegraph, one in four people are to work from home permanently with companies planning for ongoing change to employment patterns even after the pandemic is over as flexible working becomes commonplace. And according to TechRadar and their research, 75% of UK office workers would accept, or have accepted, a pay cut in exchange for a fully remote role. What are your thoughts? What are you doing in your business or workplace? 
 
So, how can we help you? And help get you and your teams through this period? 
In today’s ever changing working world, being ready could mean almost anything. In our world and the world of office interiors and furniture, it means getting ready for the year ahead in terms of our space, our safety, and our surroundings. 
Some of you may be already back in the office. Some may be part office and part home based. Some may be permanently home based now. But there will be a lot of businesses like yours get ready to make some kind of a significant return in the new year, after the festive break. 
Top tips for having the ideal home office 
With more and more people now working from home, here are our 5 top tips to make the most of working from home in terms of your space and surroundings. 
Depending on your home and its layout, available space and who else lives and works with you, an important decision to make, is where you will work? 
As we adapt to our working space and working environment, wherever and whatever that may look like, meetings with customers and colleagues and bosses and suppliers will continue to be happening. They may look and sound different, but they will be happening as we continue to work and be productive as best we can. 
Biophilic design is an increasingly popular concept used within the building industry to increase occupant connectivity to the natural environment. 
According to a report, only 42% of office workers report having live plants in their workplace – while an astonishing 47% lack any natural light. Indoors plants, quiet working spaces and bright colours were also highly desired by employees. As a result, introducing relatively minor biophilic design elements to an office or workspace can have an enormous impact on employees. 
Welcome to our Q&A style blog with Camira Fabrics, a supplier to Sygnus. We asked about cleaning and treating office/workplace based seating, especially at this time, as well as asking about anti-microbial fabrics, fabrics per workplace setting, shades of fabric, when to replace or upholster, fire regulations and their HiP award.  
We hope this finds you safe and well. As lockdown is slowly easing, we are all wondering what the new normal is when it comes to how and where we work. Is it continuing to work from home with its perks and downsides, or is it getting back into the office whilst using screens for protection and creating new layouts and using all the space available to accommodate a safe return? There is no right and wrong here and it's acceptable to work in the kitchen or the canteen and in the boardroom or the spare bedroom, as long as you are of course within the Government guidelines. 
We would like to recap for you what we can offer and how we can help you, your workspace and your teams find a new normal that works best for YOU all! 
Mention collaboration in the workplace and many people think that means open plan spaces filled with ‘funky’, expensive furniture and pool tables! The reality is that companies can achieve a truly versatile working environment which seeks to nurture employees as well as supporting different working practices without spending a fortune. 
 
Drew Barker, Marketing Officer at Lee & Plumpton, examines how to create a modern, interactive workplace without blowing the budget! 
Our ergonomic office accessories are designed to help all end-users work efficiently and safely in the workplace, we offer a range of products designed to help improve posture, reduce neck and back pain and promote an organised office desk that avoids trip hazards. Our range of under desk cable management solutions not only help avoid trip hazards but also help maintain a neat and organised office. ABL’s range of cable management products help increase space and reduce cable chaos. 
Did you know that damaged cables can result in incorrect or intermittent power delivery to equipment such as laptops? These spikes of power can cause heat damage to the internal components, causing faults and a risk of combustion. Electrical fires can spread quickly via carpets and threaten the entire building. Faulty cables also carry the risk of electrocution while connected. 
You and your business have 7 seconds to make a first impression, according to Forbes! Tie this in with the phrase of "You never get a second chance to make a first impression!" and it highlights the need for an on point Reception area. 
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