Published at Tuesday, 31 July 2018. Office Design. By dembala.
Instead of isolating people in private offices and rows of cubicles offices will become much more fluid and flexible. Companies will build in lots of open space to encourage creativity and communication. Office furniture will become less rigid more movable and more comfortable. As people shift from desktops to laptops and tablets there will be fewer assigned desks or cubicles. Instead employees will gather and work where they can be most productive. At the same time the work office will no longer occupy a fixed location for increasing numbers of workers. If youve ever answered a business email at home or conducted an important client call from the airport you know that this trend has already begun. As adoption rates for mobile technologies continue to soar working outside the office on a regular basis will soon become the rule rather than the exception for many employees.
Noise 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.
Most companies pay a lot of attention to the design of their websites marketing collateral logos and other marketing tools. And rightfully so as professionally designed marketing materials are essential for attracting new clients and growing the business. But what about your office? Todays work environment is undergoing radical change. And unless you design your office accordingly you may not be able to keep up with the evolving needs of clients or your employees. About two decades ago the Internet began transforming our work world by making access to information instantaneous and ubiquitous. Now new mobile technologies are kicking that transformation into high gear. With the emergence of smart phones tablets and powerful data-sharing platforms people can now work virtually anywhere with anyone at any time. As a result the workplace of the future will be less centralized more mobile and far more flexible than todays traditional offices.
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