Published at Wednesday, May 02nd 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
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.
Moving your business to a new office space can be an opportunity to create a work environment that reflects current ideas trends and innovations. You dont have to spend a lot of money or fall prey to short-lived fads but incorporating the latest design concepts can revitalize your space impress visitors and attract new talent to your company. Check out these 5 design tips now trending: The very open workspace. Relocating businesses can take inspiration from collaborative floor plans that allow creativity to flow. On the extreme side is the contemporary space with no closed perimeter offices where workstations are clustered out in the open. If privacy is your thing you can still opt for plenty of communal spaces that allow workers to gather. One thing office space experts are emphasizing: the fewer walls the better. The eco-friendly workspace. Theres more to the green workspace than a recycling bin in the break room. Office design is an area where environmentally-conscious practices and products shine. Green paints reduce harmful emissions while skylights and other sources of natural light brighten your office and reduce energy use. In fact some of todays hottest office products and trends are good for the earth. (See Natural Materials).
Natural Elements - Employ all accessible natural elements efficiently - pay specific consideration to direct light sources as it is one of the most valuable assets within a great office design. It really has been scientifically proven that the amount of natural light in an office has a direct impact on productivity and staff comfort. The proper way to guarantee effective natural light utilization is linked to properly designed open space planning alongside workstation design and configuration; Office Necessities - when youve agreed the positions and layouts of your offices and workstation desks it is vital to establish the locations of your office necessities. Some examples include cabinetry computer equipment phone lines & outlets power outlets data outlets shelving and storage. It is a good idea to ensure your planning is based on convenience access and flexibility; Aesthetics - After youve finalized the planning for all office necessities start thinking about occasional furniture or finishing that works well with the office design. This could include cadenzas artwork interior color palettes as well as the final skirting branding advertising spaces and finishing preferences.
Citrus colors. Tangerine lime and similar shades energize and invigorate workers. If these hues are too bold for your walls try to incorporate brightly-colored upholstery art and signage. Office color trends may be fleeting but citrus accents should stay fresh for years to come. Natural materials. Think hardwood or bamboo floors earthy wall coverings corkboard and more. Bringing the outside in is the goal of many forward-thinking interior designers today. (Glass walls are great for this.) Plus naturally-sourced sustainable materials can be a green option for environmentally-conscious companies.
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.
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