Published at Thursday, May 03rd 2018. by dembala in Office Design.
Most companies pay a lot of attention to the design of their websites marketing collateral logos and other marketing tools. And rightfully so as professionally designed marketing materials are essential for attracting new clients and growing the business. But what about your office? Todays work environment is undergoing radical change. And unless you design your office accordingly you may not be able to keep up with the evolving needs of clients or your employees. About two decades ago the Internet began transforming our work world by making access to information instantaneous and ubiquitous. Now new mobile technologies are kicking that transformation into high gear. With the emergence of smart phones tablets and powerful data-sharing platforms people can now work virtually anywhere with anyone at any time. As a result the workplace of the future will be less centralized more mobile and far more flexible than todays traditional offices.
Meeting Areas Become A Conducive Place to Be Creative A dull and intimidating meeting room might not bring out the best in every employee. Even a client listening to a presentation in a conference room that is cluttered and undecorated might not get a very good impression. On the other hand a modern and stylish room can bring out creativity and unique ideas from the staff which in turn the company can enjoy in the long run. Even the client will appreciate the whole experience of sitting down in a long presentation or meeting as long as the environment is comfortable and encourages expression.
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.
Instead of isolating people in private offices and rows of cubicles offices will become much more fluid and flexible. Companies will build in lots of open space to encourage creativity and communication. Office furniture will become less rigid more movable and more comfortable. As people shift from desktops to laptops and tablets there will be fewer assigned desks or cubicles. Instead employees will gather and work where they can be most productive. At the same time the work office will no longer occupy a fixed location for increasing numbers of workers. If youve ever answered a business email at home or conducted an important client call from the airport you know that this trend has already begun. As adoption rates for mobile technologies continue to soar working outside the office on a regular basis will soon become the rule rather than the exception for many employees.
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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