Published at Wednesday, 11 July 2018. Office Design. By dembala.
As you ponder what your office needs to look like in a mobile technology world keep in mind that office design includes more than just the layout furniture and type of equipment used in the office. It also includes the policies that dictate how when and where your employees perform their work. While its important for everyone to be in the office on some days we believe this flexibility enables our staff to work more efficiently and contributes to their work/life balance. Our phone system is also set up to support a mobile workforce. We have an office line for clients to call in to but no landline office phones. Instead the phone line is a virtual one that automatically forwards calls directly to company mobile phones. This way we dont need to worry about setting up call forwarding when we arent in the office.
Immediate Improvement on the Lighting Inside the Office A brilliantly designed office interior will certainly have good lighting. This is important especially because most of the work in an office is done using a computer and the wrong lighting can affect comfort and even health of the staff. An interior designer for the office will carefully study and factor in shadows and light that fall in a particular area in order to reduce glare from both natural light from the windows or the lights installed in the workplace. Different types of lighting can also make a room feel smaller or bigger so planning ahead which one to use will answer to the whatever the organization wants to achieve. Even the colour of the lights can affect people as some may easily cause head aches.
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.
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