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Virginia Schmidt Office Design April 22nd, 2018 - 13:12:10
Break Free from Cubicle Design A recent trend is to have everyone working in an open floor plan model. This means doing away with window offices for managers and cubicle offices for other employees. Upper management is seated in a large room and shares their space with every other employee in the company. This allows for open communication between employees and their managers. It is just one way to improve communication in the workplace. Remove cubicles and take down the barriers that prevent employees from open communication. Base your new office design on functionality ease of use purpose of office space and a mobile work style model. Create small hubs where employees can gather and discuss ideas.
Having access to good artificial lighting or daylight is known to increase productivity. When people work under bad lighting conditions they can develop eyestrain headaches and general irritability. Particularly dark spaces can have a pronounced psychological effect and depress the brain. Employees should have access to their own lighting so that they can make the necessary lighting adjustments depending on the task they are carrying out. Well-designed artificial lighting will increase functionality however there is no comparison to natural daylight and this should be maximized wherever possible. Windows provide a connection to the outside world and should be used whenever the building design allows for it. Open plan layouts that employ low cubicle panels or glass panels can maximize the entry of natural light into the office. Skylights are also a good alternative when windows are not an option.
Next is to determine what sort of design is ideal for your companys needs. Do not just concentrate on picking designs that are current. A lot of people make the mistake of choosing interior office design that is modern but does nothing to represent what their company really is. Consider the office design as a way of showcasing your companys transactions principles and values. One look at your office and people walking in will already know what you are offering. This is more than an effective way of advertising. Office fitting out should also be timeless. Keep in mind that your office will sport this look for many more years to come. Choose a design that is very easy to work with. In case you decide to change a few things in a room you will not have to tear down walls or completely change the wall colour to get the new look you want. It should be easily customisable so you can save money in the future. The design should also be attractive to look at and should not easily look dated.
Legal minimum office space per person. There is no prescribed minimum occupancy level for a modern office design. Within the UK Building Regulations the section dealing with Fire Hazards (Part B of the Building Regs.) advises a minimum area of 6 square metres (64 sq feet) for each person in an office premises. This figure can be achieved by equating the total headcount against the overall net internal area (NIA) and so doesnt necessarily limit the space for a single person with a desk. In practice offices will have a number of factors - mostly relating to Fire Escape but also the provisions of WCs amount of fresh air available through a ducted system etc. - that have an impact on the legal maximum number of people accommodated within an office building. The Means of Escape is the key criteria for density of occupation. Once a workstation office design layout is defined the Building Control advisor can determine if there are sufficient escape routes for the staff numbers.