Published at Tuesday, May 15th 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.
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.
Glass walls. Forget thick drywall which keeps natural light from flowing through a workspace. Frosted glass can add a little privacy while still letting in the sunlight. The best part: natural light keeps workers happy and healthy. Whether youre searching for a new office space or renovating your current location an office makeover can give your company a fresh face and a new start. The key is to share your goals with your office design team early on so youll have time to implement the projects you had in mind. With some creativity and enough planning in advance companies can customize their new office space to reflect changing brand identity employee needs and the latest innovations in the marketplace.
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.
Noise Can Be Managed in a Better Way Office space planning involves the right placement of equipment furniture and dividers in order to minimise noise where needed. In a call center for example interior designers will carry out a design that can give enough privacy in every workstation and ensure that the noise in one area does not affect other much. Although the noise levels in most offices are rarely damaging some tasks and work activities still need enough concentration that too much noise might interrupt. An effective design that places office equipment such as printers and faxes away from the staff can help prevent noise from affecting the productivity of employees.
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