Angie Bailey Office Design July 20th, 2018 - 10:21:31
What Can a Better Office Design Accomplish? Maybe you are on the fence about whether to even change your office design. Why mess with perfectly good office space and furniture that could last a few more years? It may be standing on all four legs but is it really doing its job? Outdated office furniture limits office space and productivity. New office furniture is designed with function and space in mind. You can maximize both by updating old pieces. Consider the benefits the company and the employees would receive from by improving the office space:
Employees have difficulty working productively in noisy environments since stress levels increase and concentration is lowered. There are many design tricks architects can employ to deal with poor acoustics. Using the correct materials in the correct location is key to achieving the proper level of sound absorption. For example ceiling tiles should generally be applied at a low ceiling height. If the ceiling is very high then other methods need to be applied such as lining the walls with fabric banners or acoustical wall panels to avoid the sound bouncing off of drywall or other non-absorbent materials. To keep voices from traveling too far it is useful to places highly-absorbent materials at mouth level throughout the office. Another effective technique in limiting a noisy environment is to create a monotone background sound known as white noise. This can be achieved in a variety of ways such as through the strategic placement of fans and air conditioners the use of water fountains or by installing a sound masking audio system.
Depending on an individuals tasks some employees will need a higher level of privacy to allow for deeper concentration while others will need to be in communication at all times. For example a tight corner cubicle with high panels would not be suitable for people in a creative role who need to be in constant communication with their team. Sales people on the other hand may need to be in quieter enclosed spaces so that they can carry on confidential phone conversations or conduct meetings in private. Either way whether the office space is more open-concept or has more private offices it is always a good idea to designate rooms for coffee breaks and office equipment to an area away from the main workstations. In this way the noise level will not bother other staff members.
Once you have the design layout that is the least cluttered and most functional you will want to punctuate that space with drama and the business personality that you want to convey to new customers. A new coat of paint is often the cheapest trick that adds drama instantly. Aside from that the design should match the color scheme youve chosen and it should highlight your brand. The front reception area should be your main staging area where anyone that walks through the front door becomes acquainted with the companys brand. It can include strategically placed logos and artwork that showcases your unique business personality. The office reception area should echo the same design imprint as the rest of your office floor plan with clean modern lines and the same color scheme youve chosen throughout. Make use of natural light as much as possible not just to keep down utility bills but to highlight the sense of spaciousness and airiness that feels both modern and natural for todays cultured tastes. Avoid jarring neon lights garish colors or anything that might bristle a new clients sense of style unless that is part of the edginess of your particular company brand.