#OfficeJoys – Working Home And Away

Whether you work in an office environment, or work from home, it has to be said, your work life is never perfect.  As someone who has been in both situations, I can totally see the view from both sides of the fence, there are pluses and negatives whichever way you choose. Furniture at Work, where you can find great quality  office furniture online, have produced the very tongue in cheek video featured above, to highlight that some days are a battle whether we travel to a work environment, or create one in our home.

Working in an Office

When I had my own office I was certainly more organised, with a place for everything and everything in its place. I could work in peace and quiet so I could really concentrate on getting tasks done, and everything I needed was immediately on hand. Coffee was only a phone call away, and there was always someone around who I could chat to.

It sounds pretty perfect, except…the stripe lights gave me headaches that developed into migraines. The office door was constantly being knocked by people passing their problems onto me or adding to my workload. The sterile environment was not really conducive to creativity and inspiration, and that office chair could be uncomfortable, And the phone never stopped ringing, I would hear it in my sleep.

Working from Home

Now I work from home, often, like this morning, with a netbook perched on my lap. I can work in pyjamas, in my slippers, I can start at what time I want, and finish at what time I want. I can take whatever breaks I like, and I have no need for childcare, particularly during the school holidays. No office chair is as comfortable as my sofa, and I never miss the postman. This is definitely more like it,

Except, its now the summer holidays and I have Joe swinging a ball around my head and demanding food while I try to work. I can’t find anything – someone has moved my notes once again, and when I do find them I can see something suspiciously like chocolate biscuit stuck to them.

The hubby, who goes out to work, leaves a long list of things to be done during the day, from washing up to going to the supermarket, all during work hours, so it looks like it will be a late one once again, and don’t even get me started about getting distracted by the television, I’m literally shouting at ‘The Wright Stuff’ as I become enthralled in yet another debate about Donald Trump.

Wherever you choose to work, in an office block or a home office, it seems like there will always be something to love, something to hate. But I think now is most definitely the time for a cuppa, so I’m going to put this laptop down and stick the kettle on.

Creative Office Spaces can improve productivity

For anyone who works full time in an office environment, your office space is very important. You can be spending up to eight hours per day in this particular environment, often sitting at the same desks, on the same chair, looking at the same furniture and surroundings. Therefore, it stands to reason that if we have bright and vibrant office furniture in our office space, but also have good levels of comfort to address the fact we may be sitting for long periods of time, this has to be a good thing in terms of our work rate and output.

Office space is very important.–When you’re working, you want to be engaged in doing your tasks, and enjoy yourself as you put all of your skills forward, from the moment you begin your working day to the moment it ends. According to offices.net, this is exactly why you should ensure that your working space is cosy and friendly, giving your employees positive and supportive vibes to help them do their best during the working day. If you have the opportunity to rent working space, you should always choose something that you think will make everyone feel peaceful and ready to work, ensuring that you can make the interior look energetic but not distracting.

Business First backed this up totally, saying:-

“we tend to spend around eight hours a day in the offices we work in; almost as much time as we spend in our homes. And the places we spend our time in contribute hugely to shaping who we are and how we behave. This effect on our behaviour in turn has a massive impact on our mental well-being and performance in terms of creativity and productivity.”

(Read the full article here.)


Calibre are office furniture specialists who can work with your needs whether you are looking to replace key pieces of office furniture, add or update your current office storage, or completely restyle your office. They too understand that a great environment can lead to a boost in workers morale, and design their office furniture with this in mind, with desks and chairs that range from the ultra modern, glossy form of design, to the traditional, classically designed ‘chairman of the board’ style desk that wouldn’t look out of place in any boardroom. They have communal style desks, to individual work stations. These can be teamed with a range of chairs, including ecologically sound designs, and seats specifically designed in an ergonomic way in order to ensure the maximum in comfort and to ensure a better well being for the person who will sit on it for a number of hours each week.


As someone who has worked in an environment where I had my own office, I can honestly say that the environment you work in has an impact on how you work. Whether than impact is positive or negative is often down to the space – is it dire or does it inspire?


You choose.

Have you tried Fast Keys?

The times that we live in make us more security conscious than ever. We choose ever more powerful alarms for our cars and homes and we have stronger security lighting in our gardens, porches and yards. And with many of us also choosing to work from a home office, we also have to consider the security of important documents and files. This often means some sort of filing cabinet or locked desk that we know keeps our work safe from everyone from a burglar to a toddler on a mission to destroy things. All we have to do is keep the key somewhere safe and all our needs are addressed.

But what happens if you lose the key? It’s hardly the biggest job in the world, not one you would call a locksmith out to, but if it is your work locked away this could be a big problem. Another scenario is that this is the cupboard where you keep things like passports, birth certificates and other important documents. If you are heading abroad and your passport is locked away, you will need to get those keys replaced – and quickly.

Most filing cabinets have a key lock

Most filing cabinets have a key lock

Fast Keys have over 25 years of experience in key cutting and selling of replacement locks for office furniture, both for trade and personal home use. They can produce replacement keys in super quick time, with many orders being despatched on the day of order. The website gives simple instructions which can help you to order your replacement keys, with many orders just requiring a serial number or brand name. Keys are cut and numbered using high precision, state of the art, electronic key cutting machines. They are all cut to the manufacturer’s exact specification and are effectively the same as an original key.


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Definitely experts in their field.


Even if you are fortunate enough not to have lost important keys, it is something that can easily happen, and so maybe having a spare set cut by Fast Keys, and then put away in a safe place, is a good idea.