Published at Tuesday, July 31st 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
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.
Every company wants to fit as many people as possible in the allotted space for the best price possible. Reducing overhead costs of leasehold space and/or decreasing utility expenses for a building your own has an immediate and measurable impact on the bottom line. And of course the synergies of having a more effective work environment can boost productivity. Design obstacles are the structural constraints within a building that can create issues when space planning and office furniture including columns load bearing walls windows and odd-shaped rooms that office must be designed around. A custom furniture manufacturer such as Interior Concepts Inc. can literally build furniture to suit your unique floor plan. Commercial interior design and facilities were originally designed to be office spaces; they have adequate power lighting and ventilation for office work spaces built into their design. This will probably not be the case with your house or other building that you have decided to use as a small or home office.
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).
How does this urban planning model play out in terms of office productivity? Office assistants for example are generally situated in spaces that are more public often close to the main passageways so that they are more accessible to their supervisors and other staff members. In contrast more senior management tend to have offices with doors so that they are able to hold private meetings or work in seclusion if their tasks require a deeper level of concentration. Of course the company culture will ultimately dictate where senior management put their offices. It is a trend among some types of companies for managers and CEOs to sit in open workstations along with their staff so as to appear more accessible.
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.
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