Alita. Office Design. October 17th , 2017.
There are a few whiteboard and blackboard paints on the market that office designers are favouring because you can make your writing space as big or as small as you like. It isnt uncommon for entire walls to be painted so that employees have as much room as they like to list ideas or write out memos. The only hitch with this great office design trend is that it can be highly expensive. This has led to the increased popularity in the traditional blackboard (not painted, just your standard blackboard mounted onto the wall). Many designers believe that blackboards are more aesthetically pleasing then whiteboards. As blackboards can be hard to find these days, they are a little on the expensive side, but nowhere near the cost of the paint equivalent.
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. Either way, whether the office space is more open-concept or has more private offices, it is always a good idea to designate rooms for coffee breaks and office equipment to an area away from the main workstations. In this way the noise level will not bother other staff members.
There are numerous factors that come into play when considering good office design: lighting, temperature, color, noise levels, furniture, space layout, among others. Here are a few key considerations. 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.
What lies ahead for occupancy ratios? As mobile technology improves, as home working becomes more viable with bandwidth increases, and as part-time working becomes more widespread, so the need for one desk per person diminishes. Increasingly modern office design is moving towards a ratio of 7 or 8 desks for every 10 staff. The next question is then about saving money by reducing the overall office space rental, or to perhaps give some of the space over to social and team purposes? One of the leading adopters of modern office design, incorporating flexible working and shared desk allocation, CISCO Systems, works on a ratio of 160 sq ft per person. Clearly, they havent used unallocated desks and mobile working as a cost-cutting measure.
3. Amenities Rooms The inclusion of yoga or prayer rooms within an office design also seems to be a rising trend. As employees are spending more time at the office, companies are realising that there is a need for areas where they can unwind and just take a few minutes to themselves. These spaces are not always big, quite often designers just allow for a chair or two. This is not a common design choice for small companies. Rather, you will find these kinds of designs in the offices of large corporations or ones that have a high number of staff.
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