Published at Saturday, April 28th 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
When a city is planned well the communication channels are well-designed and accessible so that people feel a sense of community and togetherness. In the same way an office layout will dictate the sense of community that the employees feel. The office layout influences the manner in which the staff communicate with each other the length and quality of their interactions how they socialize and ultimately how they learn from each other in both formal and informal ways. When planning the office design a balance needs to be struck between the ability to interact in open spaces and the ability to work in privacy. This means it is critical to take into consideration the specific job requirements of all of the staff members when planning an office layout. 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.
Space Layout By selecting ergonomic chairs and workstations to maximize physical comfort or by installing shelving and cabinets to keep the work area tidy you can help increase employee productivity. However there is something that has a much more pronounced effect on employee function and psychology: the overall space plan. Planning an office space layout is not unlike urban planning in that people need both public and private spaces to function adequately and productively. By applying the urban planning model to office space design the ideal office layout should have both private and public meeting spaces private office and more public ones (cubicles) and various passageways to allow for easy traffic flow such as hallways and corridors.
While carpet is nice underfoot it is not always practical in an office setting. Many desk chairs have wheels for ease of movement. They do not work well on carpet. If your office is a high traffic area carpet mat also be difficult to keep looking clean and fresh. Hardwood is often a better choice of flooring for an office. Add an area rug for style colour or warmth. Wall colour choices are limitless. If your office is small or if there is not a lot of lighting in your office opt for a lighter or neutral wall colour. Larger well lit offices can look rich and warm with deeply coloured walls. If your office space does not have a lot of natural light be sure to install adequate lighting to avoid eye strain.
Meeting Areas Become A Conducive Place to Be Creative A dull and intimidating meeting room might not bring out the best in every employee. Even a client listening to a presentation in a conference room that is cluttered and undecorated might not get a very good impression. On the other hand a modern and stylish room can bring out creativity and unique ideas from the staff which in turn the company can enjoy in the long run. Even the client will appreciate the whole experience of sitting down in a long presentation or meeting as long as the environment is comfortable and encourages expression.
Making Visitors and Clients Feel Welcome and Comfortable Every business must understand that the company brand extends even to the offices. It shows how committed the organization is to get excellent work done and to make their staff happy and comfortable. The reception area could possibly be the only chance of the company to make a good impression to a potential client visiting the office. The design should make the reception table or desk stand out and easily be recognised. Here visitors can be welcomed and orientated. If at first sight a potential client immediately feels comfortable the company begins to build the notion that they can be trusted. It is now very popular to contract the services of experts in this field to help the business achieve this very goal.
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