Babette. Office Design. August 01st , 2017.
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.
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.
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.
Modern office designs focus on clean lines and lots of space. Remove clutter and donate old furniture to thrift shops to help you to modernize your office space. This doesnt cost a penny and can have a huge visual impact that creates the image of a well-organized and highly-functioning company. Reconfigure the floor layout to make it easy for people to walk around. Use the money you saved by making some furniture serve more than one purpose. Make use of reconditioning, remanufacturing, and office furniture refurbishing techniques out there to not only create the illusion of a total design makeover, but also to reimagine the workspace with new working surface areas that can serve more than one function.
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.
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