Creating The Optimum Working Conditions

The link between creating the ideal working conditions and maximising the productivity of your workforce is hugely important for any business.

Poor working conditions can negatively impact areas ranging from the ability of an employee to work to their maximum potential and worker motivation to the overall wellbeing of the employee in question. It is therefore vital that all reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the working conditions for your team are at the highest realistic level.

Tackling Year Round Problems

Glare can be a real problem throughout all times of the year that can cause major disruption in any workplace. With many businesses using computers, tablets, smartboards etc on a daily basis, productivity can be severely impacted by the sun’s glare if these devices are almost impossible to view.

How Can We Help?

Our window films can reduce solar glare and reflection by up to 92% creating more comfortable, productive working environments for you and your staff.

A great example of this is as follows:

Due to poor working conditions, 3M Neutral35 solar film was installed to the high level glazing at this Ford showroom in Lutterworth to reduce glare by 60%.

Creating The Optimum Working Conditions

The Importance of ‘Thermal Comfort’

The six basic factors

The most commonly used indicator of thermal comfort is temperature – it is easy to use and most people can relate to it. However, air temperature alone is not a valid or accurate indicator of thermal comfort or thermal stress. It should always be considered in relation to other environmental and personal factors.

The six factors affecting thermal comfort are both environmental and personal. These factors may be independent of each other, but together contribute to an employee’s thermal comfort.

Environmental factors:

Personal factors:

For more information about how the temperature can effect the workplace, please click here.

Regulating Workplace Temperature

If your workplace quickly becomes either too hot or too cold, the effective regulation of the workplace temperature can play a very significant role in helping to optimise workplace conditions.

A recent BBC report highlighted the following:

“Failing to keep workers comfortable isn’t simply mean – it has serious financial implications too. In all, around 2% of office hours in the UK are wasted by battles for climate control, costing the economy more than £13 billion each year.”

“Getting the temperature right can boost job satisfaction, productivity and collaboration. Getting it wrong can make workers slowfat, or even sick.”

Whereas previously blinds may have been used to combat this problem by reflecting heat once it has entered the room, it is then too late to stop the temperature rising because modern day glazing is incredibly effective at retaining heat. However, the good news is that the installation of specialist solar control window film can make a substantial difference

A Recent Example

This flagship Head Office building in Nottingham was suffering from excessive solar gain on the south façade.

3M Prestige40 External solar control window film was chosen by the client due to the non-metallic natural appearance.

The installation was carried out on 500sqm of tinted double glazed units providing 55% heat gain reduction and a far more comfortable working environment.

Our window films can reduce solar heat gain by up to 82% creating a far more comfortable and productive working environment for your employees.

Whatever your needs are, we have the window film solution for you here at WF Glazing Protection Ltd. Contact us today on telephone at 0345 337 4751 or the quick contact form to the right of your screen for a call back to talk to a member of our team about the best options for you.

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By | January 17th, 2018|Categories: Window Film|0 Comments

Wellbeing in the Workplace

The individual wellbeing of your employees is now widely acknowledged to play a crucial role is helping to improve workplace performance.

A recent and comprehensive study* has suggested that working to achieve an improvement in wellbeing will result in improved workplace performance in a number of areas.

These include:

  • Profitability (financial performance of your business)
  • Labour Productivity
  • Output/Service Improvements.

Job satisfaction – including key aspects such as satisfaction with training, skills development opportunities, how much autonomy employees have in their role are also acknowledged to be positively impacted by improving levels of wellbeing in the working environment.

What Actually is Wellbeing?

Before discussing how the wellbeing of individuals can be improved, we must first provide a little background information.

The general term “wellbeing” covers a number of aspects of the way people feel about their lives, including their jobs, and their relationships with the people around them. Whilst it is true that the wellbeing of anyone concerns areas of their life including their own character along with their home/social life, research has concluded that employers can have a significant influence on the sense of wellbeing of their employees by helping to improve the overall working conditions of the workplace.

What Steps Can Be Taken To Improve Wellbeing At Work?

With so many different types of working environment, there really is no ‘one size fits all’ but this does not mean that key improvements are difficult to achieve and the installation of window film can play a critical role in a number of areas.

From effectively dealing with issues such as overheating and glare, to privacy, safety and even anti-vandalism, the installation of window film to almost any property offers a cost effective, low maintenance and long-term solution.

Glare control in particular is essential for all working environments as the visual discomfort caused by an inability to see screens, notice boards and workstations can negatively impact the ability of any workforce.

The Perfect Example

The reception atrium at BioCity in Nottingham had a problem with the sun’s glare making it uncomfortable for staff behind the desk.

This was solved by carefully specifying a solar control window film with enough performance to improve the situation whilst blending in with the existing glazing.

3M CS35 colour-stable non-metallic window film was chosen for its natural appearance but with 57% glare reduction it has been a great success.

The blue and yellow translucent feature vinyl was also installed by ourselves during the original building construction.

Wellbeing in the Workplace

Whatever your needs are, we have the window film solution for you here at WF Glazing Protection Ltd. Contact us today on telephone at 0345 337 4751 or the quick contact form to the right of your screen for a call back to talk to a member of our team about the best options for you.

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*Recent Study – GOV.UK – Review of evidence on employee wellbeing and its potential impact on workplace performance

By | January 10th, 2018|Categories: Window Film|0 Comments

Digital Print Window Graphics – The Perfect Form of Advertising

Many businesses can benefit from the installation of attractive digital print window graphics. From highlighting your business details to promoting what’s available in store, we can help you to achieve your goal with our range of window graphics.

Whether your goal is to target potential customers who are passing by, highlight the glass doors at your office entrance or just enhance your identity, the installation of window graphics offer the ideal solution for the many different areas including:

  • Reception entrances
  • Awnings and canopies
  • Windows
  • Doors

Working Closely With Customers

WF Glazing Protection Ltd’s specialist digital print graphics team will work closely with you to help bring your ideas to life.

Not only will we be able to create finished designs from your idea, we will also be able to provide a fast and lasting installation upon completion of the design.

The Benefits of Digital Print Window Graphics

Printed window graphics come in many different shapes, sizes and colours and offer a variety of benefits including:

  • Enhance any glazed area with a design and print process that delivers the most outstanding, high impact graphics onto optically clear polyester film.
  • Create the impression of direct to glass printing without the inherent cost and longer term problems.
  • When branding changes, the film can be easily removed and replaced with a new design.

The Form of Advertising That Keeps on Giving

One of the key benefits to businesses offered by digital print window graphics relates to advertising.

Whilst many forms of print advertising offer a ‘one shot’ type deal, leaflets for example, window films can be fitted with well-placed messages and business-relevant information to help your business truly stand out amongst the competition.

Digital print window graphics are specifically designed to stand the test of time and will keep promoting your message until you choose to update or remove them from your window.

Please Note – You can find out more about window graphics via the following link – http://wfprotection.co.uk/retail-window-graphics.php

Whatever your needs are, we have the digital print window film solution for you here at WF Glazing Protection Ltd. Contact us today on telephone at 0345 337 4751 or the quick contact form to the right of your screen for a call back to talk to a member of our team about the best options for you.

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By | November 28th, 2017|Categories: Digital Print|0 Comments

The Top 5 Benefits of Decorative Window Film

Depending on your chosen film, the application of window film to an office, shop or domestic residence can offer a variety of different benefits. Our available range of patterned and decorative window films provides the ideal way to add a new dimension to your windows and glass.

Along with making your windows look great, they can also provide an extra layer of privacy whilst still ensuring that your property remains bright and open.

A Great Example

A great example of this can be seen at a recently completed installation at the YMCA building in Derby where the architects were looking for ways to create a unique appearance to the windows and create a strong identity for the premises.

The Benefits of Decorative Window Films

The range of decorative window films available from WF Glazing Protection Ltd include the exceptional quality 3M Fasara™ and 3M Crystal Glass finishes and offer a variety of proven benefits. These include:

  1. Aesthetics: Our decorative glass and window films transform plain glass, capturing the look of cut or texturised glass to an astonishing degree at a fraction of the usual price.
  2. Flexible: 3M Fasara™ Glass Finishes allow you to tailor the amount of privacy a space possesses. Use 3M Fasara™ glass finishes monolithically to create serene rice paper wall effects or die-cut or layer the films to create exciting, dynamic effects. 3M Crystal Glass Finishes give you the ability to create complex designs or lettering using electronic cutting technology.
  3. Easy application: 3M expertise in adhesives ensures fast, accurate, beautiful and durable application to a variety of glass substrates.
  4. Materials: 3M Fasara™ Glass Finishes are constructed from durable and flexible polyester materials. 3M Crystal Glass Finishes are made from translucent vinyl.
  5. Budget Friendly: Get the beauty, translucency and privacy of etched, cut, sandblasted or texturised decorative glass at a fraction of the usual price. Applying 3M Fasara™ and Crystal glass finishes directly to glass saves time and money. Effective results done efficiently.

The Modern Alternative

From bright colours, to frosted sheets, to patterns and graphics, the application of decorative window film offers the modern alternative to blinds and curtains along with the ability to transform almost any window without sacrificing natural light.

You can also benefit from the following:

No. 1 – Transformation of The Appearance of Your Building

With a huge variety of designs and colours to choose from, new developments in decorative window film technology ensure that they can provide an attractive and affordable addition to almost any building.

No. 2 – Manifestation Can Help Ensure Compliance With Health & Safety Legislation

One of our most common requests for decorative window film relates to the installation of manifestation window film.

As well as improving the aesthetics of a room, manifestation window film can also play a role in helping to ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations.

For more on manifestation window film, please click here.

No. 3 – Cost Effective

A great alternative to etched or sandblasted glass, decorative window film is a cost effective solution for anyone looking to increase window privacy and decoration.

A Recent Installation

Please check out below for a recent project offering a great example of decorative window film and the difference it can make.

“The work that we had done 4 years ago still looks as good now as it did then.

The fitters were extremely friendly and the work was done in great time.

An excellent job and everyone still comments on how nice it is.”

Brenda Keirnan, St Martins School, Alvaston, Derby

Whatever your needs are, we have the perfect decorative window film solution for you here at WF Glazing Protection Ltd. Contact us today on telephone at 0345 337 4751 or the quick contact form to the right of your screen for a call back to talk to a member of our team about the best options for you.

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By | November 27th, 2017|Categories: Decorative Window Film|0 Comments

The Top 4 Ways Privacy Window Film Can Enhance Your Property This Winter

Did you know that “research shows that when the clocks go back burglaries spike by a huge 38%!”?*

Did you know that “the Halloween and Bonfire Night period is statistically the worst time of year for burglaries with domestic damage skyrocketing by 160%!”?*

Supporting National Home Security Month

With the pressures of a hectic day-to-day life, home security is often overlooked, so National Home Security Month (NHSM) has been designed to create awareness around the importance of home security.

Although National Home Security Month officially takes place in October, it’s important to make home security a key priority at all times. As a result, they have taken steps to offer seasonal tips and advice throughout the year, helping to protect the nation’s homes, families and possessions.

WF Glazing Protection are proud to support this excellent campaign and fully believe that our range of privacy window film options can play a key role in helping to enhance the security and safety of your property.

Protecting Your Property

Protect your flat screen TVs, laptops and expensive possessions with our invisible security films. Increasing the impact resistance of the window and then by holding broken glass together, the film can help to delay and deter smash & grab crime.

Our films are certified to BS EN12600 and EN356 European Impact Standard. Combined with the use of privacy films, protect against opportunistic criminals!!!

Worried That ‘Would-Be-Criminals’ Can See Your Family, Pets and Possessions?

With our wide range of Privacy and Decorative Films, we can supply you with a bespoke privacy solution for peace of mind or for your personal modesty.

Understandably, many people may be worried about privacy where glass doors and windows are concerned. As modern and beautiful as they look, some may perceive having expansive glass doors and windows in their property as a little intrusive, with those on the outside being able to look in.

With the addition of a privacy window film, however, not having enough privacy becomes a non-issue. Business and residential property owners alike can add a privacy window film to their glass windows and doors, and begin enjoying the following benefits of having glass doors and windows:

No. 1 – A Modern Alternative To Curtains & Blinds

Privacy window film is the effective modern alternative to curtains and blinds. If you are looking to increase the privacy around your home without sacrificing natural light, privacy window film may offer the perfect option.

When it comes to your home, you have every reason to expect it to be safe and private. A place where you can get away from the stresses of life, relax and be comfortable. You deserve to feel secure in your home, free from the wandering eyes of passers by and neighbours or maybe even just from people who are potentially up to no good.

No. 2 – Significantly Enhanced Privacy Levels

The application of just a thin low cost layer of window privacy film significantly increases the levels of privacy without sacrificing light. This is a substantial difference when compared to blinds and curtains.

No. 3  – Improved Appearance

Privacy window film also offers the ability to add a decorative element to your home whilst still limiting the ability of people to see in.

No. 4 – Productivity Boosts

The benefits of the installation of privacy window film are not just limited to residential properties. Some businesses find that their location can be an issue from time to time. If you own an office that sits on a busy street, the application of privacy film could offer the perfect antidote if your staff feel unsettled on display.

Whatever your needs are, we have the perfect privacy window film solution for you here at WF Glazing Protection Ltd. Contact us today on telephone at 0345 337 4751 or the quick contact form to the right of your screen for a call back) to talk to a member of our team about the best options for you.

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*Source – http://www.homesecuritymonth.com/

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Window Film|0 Comments