Looking After Your Employees

Looking After Your Employees

Looking After Your Employees

We all come in different shapes and sizes – and just like clothing, there is no magic “one-size fits all” office equipment that is suitable for long-term use. While people might make jokes about health and safety regulations, there can be little doubt that some of the basic policies regarding posture, computer screens and physical health have changed offices for the better.

Employers should embrace this new, happier, healthier, workplace – but ultimately, however they feel about it, they should remember that they have an obligation to their employees to provide appropriate measures.

Amongst the simplest tools in your arsenal as an employer when it comes to health and safety is the Display Screen Equipment (DSE) workstation checklist.

This self-assessment form lets workers assess the risks posed by their current workstation and surrounding area. It is a useful way to guard against the most basic mistakes people make when it comes to considering safety in an everyday office environment.

At Streamline, we are more than happy to offer our services in regards to the health and safety process. Our many years of experience, and in-depth training, in this area means that we’ll be able to quickly and efficiently ensure you are sitting correctly, and that your environment is conducive to good postural health.

We can also supply a wide range of products that are perfect for helping people who require different types of seating, desking, accessories, and more.

At the end of the day, helping workers to maintain a healthy mind and body at work is more than just an obligation – it’s good business sense.

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders account for 39% of all health-related absences from work. These could be bad backs, or some other type of joint, muscle, or tendon pain that is caused by unhealthy posture at work.

When you realise that 80% of the population will experience back pain at some point, you realise how likely you are to sacrifice productivity through poor health and safety.

Luckily, with Streamline, you can avoid becoming another statistic – we’ve got your back.

Is Your Office Designed to Catch Millennials?

The Millennial generation includes people born between 1980 and 1994, give or take a few years, and now they’re all grown up.

That means that they’re out there looking for jobs, bringing: fresh eyes, youthful optimism, up-to-date computer and social media skills, and the “new blood” that will drive companies further into the 21st century.

All well and good – but is your office set up to attract them?

Baby Boomers and, to a degree, the cohorts that came after them, grew up with a very different view of what constitutes a good company to work for. While smoke-filled offices with mandatory brown suit-and-tie were standard 40 years ago, they would be massively out of place today.

Of course, everyone knows this – but knowing what’s out of place is not the same as knowing what is in place.

Millennials know about Facebook, Google, and Apple. They think great offices are “cool” offices.

They think discipline and hierarchy take a backseat to relaxation, when it comes to building a productive working environment. They want open floor plans, “chill out” zones with beanbags and maybe an iPad or two. They probably want facilities like Ping Pong or Pool.

They also want their surroundings to look, well, the way that companies they admire look. They like cool, interesting, office-furniture. They like bright colours and white-board walls to scrawl ideas on.

Of course, there’s no need to go pandering to Millennials’ every whim. Ping Pong tables aren’t going to be sensible for most small businesses.

But it is worth taking their opinions into account: one more difference between Millennials and earlier generations is that Millennials don’t want, or expect, to work for the same company for their entire working life. You need to reel them in, and keep them!


Streamline – Offers more than you think

Streamline Office Services has evolved dramatically over the last few decades. We started out supplying office stationery and furniture for offices – and that’s still a big part of our business – but the services we provide to our customers today goes far beyond selling them the right chairs and desks

We offer full consultations and assessments to determine exactly what it is that your workplace needs. That includes looking at the whole layout of your employees’ working lives.

We can also redesign your office for you, enabling an optimised workflow. We use 2D and 3D CAD drawings to create these models of office efficiency, and have a trusted network of contractors to help us make it a reality. That includes builders, electricians, plumbers, decorators… everything you could need if you’re looking to renovate your office – or open a new one!

We’ve always been a supplier of high quality and speciality office supplies and furniture, and that hasn’t changed. Whatever your office needs, Streamline can find it – from stationery and canteen chairs to bespoke boardroom tables and ergonomic “back-care” chairs.

Our in-house team of experts installs everything we sell, guaranteeing that our customers’ furniture gets the full Streamline experience. That way, you know a genuine expert has taken responsibility for it.

And last, but by no means least, we provide a project management service to make sure everything gets done how it should, when it should, and to the right standards. That’s indispensible, and it’s the kind of service only a real industry veteran can provide.

So don’t delay – whatever you need to get your office operating to its maximum potential, pick up the phone.