Published at Monday, July 23rd 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
Theres no question about it - an attractive office space increases employee creativity productivity and overall morale. Designer offices tend to attract and keep their employees longer than more unattractive ones and good workplace design is one of the top key factors that affect job satisfaction. In fact it has been suggested that a well-designed office can increase productivity by about 20%. Although many companies do not see investing in good workplace design as a priority (almost half) almost 9 out of 10 employees claim that the quality of their work environment directly affects their attitude toward work. It seems then that it would be foolish for employers not to try and find good design solutions to boost productivity - in the end it will be a worthwhile and satisfactory investment for everyone.
Architects and interior designers take many factors into consideration when designing interior spaces. They are well aware that the physical work environment has a direct psychological impact on people affecting their behavior emotions and thoughts. Creating a well-designed environment is just as important as building a functional one since good design boosts creativity and productivity. There are numerous factors that come into play when considering good office design: lighting temperature color noise levels furniture space layout among others. Here are a few key considerations.
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.
Since a functional office is your main goal start with searching for a desk. Check out desk designs online or in the flyers of local stores that carry office furniture. Know the measurements of your office and keep them in mind when shopping for a desk. Purchase a desk that will fit easily in your space and still give you room for a desk chair and for walking around. Choose a desk that has enough storage space to be functional and to make working easier. Having to repeatedly get up to retrieve items while working can be frustrating and distracting. Having a desk with enough storage space to keep all of your necessary items will help you complete your task quicker. If an additional filing cabinet is needed keep it close to your work area. Filing cabinets today come in black and wood finish instead of just the flat metal finish. These finishes help the filing cabinet to blend into the room more.
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. Lighting 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.
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