Summer & the Workplace - How to get it right!

Summer is everyone's favourite time of year. The sun shines (sometimes), and there's no better place to be than a pub garden in our home town of Brighton on a hot afternoon, nursing a G&T. However, that tends to result in people not wanting to be at work, so we've compiled a list of quirky products to make the office a more summery place to be!Even when your staff aren't sunning themselves on a Caribbean island, make them feel like they are with these on-trend tropical printed pieces; a stunning sofa from Habitat's Henry Holland collection, and a fun notebook from Paperchase's Squawk range. Jungle-print is everywhere this summer season, so you could introduce it into pretty much any area of your workplace.

Keep everyone cool with their own individual retro desk fan - that way, people can adjust their own environment.

Stick a simple ice cream maker in the kitchen, like this one by Andrew James. It comes with a recipe book and only takes 30 minutes to produce ice cream or sorbet, so is the perfect way to treat the office on a hot afternoon.

Summer is the perfect time to introduce some plant life into your office. I know we keep going on about this, but it really does help to keep people happy, and looks great too. Read more about the benefits of plants in our Workplace Strategy blog.

Last but not least - an acoustically rated, ventilated pod could be the perfect solution for those sticky summer days. Meetings can be stressful enough without blazing heat to contend with, so get yourself a Screen Solutions Quadro Pod. If you've got air conditioning in your workplace, now would be a good time to get it serviced to make sure it's in tiptop condition for the summer months, even if rows over the temperature do cause problems for HR!

Summer is the best time of year, so make sure your staff can enjoy all that it's got to offer.