February 2018 - Off The Shelf
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In this issue:
- Is the era of ‘dress for success’ over?
- Inspiring kitchen area for Omega Resource Group
- Happy workers come together in the kitchen
- Fiona Rose joins Premiere
- 300 year old design stays as the hottest new trend
- Create your own personal style with some important finishing touches.
Is the era of ‘dress for success’ over?
Reports show that only one in ten British workers now wear a suit to work. Our modern work space seems to have disbanded the ‘dress for success’ culture that has previously existed for a more comfortable time at the office.
British workers report that Richard Branson, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg have been the key influencers in this change, through their very public casual dress-code for work.
The suit has been used as the traditional dress code for men since the 19th Century, but today we seem to have moved away from this ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’ mind set. Now over three quarters of British workers dress down for work every day, not just on Friday.
Travelodge surveyed 2,000 British workers on their dress code to investigate the modern office, after hotel managers reported a steep decline in the number of employees wearing ties, cuff-links, tie pins and even suits. It appears that now, only 50% of workplaces in England have any dress code policy in place. Moreover, 76% of these organisations’ dress code is ‘casual’.
For modern British workers, comfort in the workplace is now more important than impressing through power dressing, with 69% reporting that their casual dress code makes them feel more comfortable in the office. What’s more, 22% report that they are able to express their personality though causal dressing. There are many other benefits to casual office wear; it is much more affordable for employees, as they do not need to buy work-specific clothes, and it takes less upkeep as the pressure of having to look completely professional all the time is alleviated.
A relaxed dress code can create a relaxed office environment, which means that office workers are usually more relaxed and friendly towards one another. Further studies by Hertfordshire University suggests that the authoritative figure of the boss has changed to a coach-figure, with the decline of the workplace hierarchy. ‘Dressing down’ enables workers to be independent and display their personality through their dress rather than authoritative position, leading to stronger bonds between co-workers. It seems that now, an employee wearing a suit would be extremely unusual, and suits are only seen during job interviews, sales meetings or for people who really want to wear them.
Women may well have benefited from this change the most; the era of padded shoulders on clothing are long over, but no longer are knee length skirts and heels needed to be ‘taken seriously’ in the business world. Now in most places jeans, a t-shirt and a smart jacket is all that’s needed in the workplace – and most importantly perhaps, flat shoes. Saying goodbye to distorted posture and long-term damage, flat shoes or even trainers are socially acceptable to be worn in the office.
For men, it seems that the tie has fallen out of favour, and high-waisted trousers would look out of place in the office today.
Inspiring, practical and relaxing
When a recruitment company was in need of ideas and inspiration for a new staff break-out area, Premiere provided a selection of kitchen solutions.
Omega Resource Group approached Premiere seeking a choice of kitchen layout solutions, and following a few changes during the planning stages, the kitchen was delivered and installed, resulting in a hard-wearing, practical and attractive area to withstand the daily demands of a busy office team.
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Happy workers come together in the kitchen
Some businesses believe that they benefit from improved morale among workers as a result of opting for fully fitted kitchen areas instead of the often provided kitchenette featuring a kettle, toaster, fridge and microwave.
It is believed that giving workers the opportunity to prepare their meals in this way supports a greater community spirit – encouraging the preparation of meals together, improved socialising outside of work based topics, and healthier eating habits.
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Strengthening the sales link with operations
Fiona Rose has recently joined the Premiere team in the role of Commercial Executive, providing valuable support to the Commercial Team. Fiona will ensure that all information regarding levels of business and individual customers is captured, managed and analysed as effectively as possible.
This attention to processes will in turn lead to a smoother and enhanced customer experience, and enable improved analysis and planning of demand levels.
Using her knowledge gained from over 20 years working in recruitment for a variety of sectors, managing teams, and creating business systems and processes along the way, Fiona is looking forward to utilising these skills within Premiere.
In her spare time, Fiona likes morning runs with Archie, her Springer Spaniel, and spending time with her family – she also enjoys the odd glass of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc after a long day!
300 year old design stays as the hottest new trend
Shaker design originated over 300 years ago, but still finds a place in today’s home. This traditional and simple furniture maintains its status as the go-to cabinet design for 57% of homeowners.
Shaker cabinets are of a transitional style, seamlessly mixing traditional and contemporary designs. This design has become more and more popular over the past year, with homeowners rediscovering the clean and minimalist construction of the Shakers.
The Shaker movement began in response to the Baroque movement in Europe in Colonial times. Baroque art was extravagant, and extremely ornamental, and thus Shakers responded to this by creating simple and efficient designs. The easiest and most effective way to put Shaker style into your home is through the cabinets, usually featuring rail and stile construction that can be easily customised with paint and different handles.
Starting with a simple shaker cabinet and painting it white, grey or grey-green is still a popular way of infusing this stylish design into homes. However, the possibilities of customising this design are endless, so the simple, utilitarian Shaker style remains extremely prominent in modern homes.
This style is not confined to cabinetry, however, and can be worked into flat-front dressers, or furniture with straight legs and feet, or spindle-and-slat chairs. Wooden doorknobs are also doubtlessly Shaker in their style and because of their versatility, these designs can be used in any household and retain their relevance throughout the ages, allowing homemakers the opportunity to make each design their own. This timeless and clean look is not even a new trend, but an everlasting trend that will never stop being used.