Published at Thursday, April 26th 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
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.
When it comes to adding your personal style to your office your choices will depend on your tastes. Pictures are the easiest way to personalize your office. Family photos add a personal touch to your office. Hang them on the walls or place a few on your desk. Frame your diplomas and degrees in rich looking frames and hang them where they can be seen. They will remind you of all the hard work and dedication it took to get where you are and will show clients the same. If you have neutral coloured walls choose bright and colourful pictures such as landscapes or abstracts. If your wall colour is rich and deep opt for black and white pictures as a contrast.
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.
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.
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.
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