Humans are primarily visual creatures who form quick opinions based on appearances. So how do you design your office space? What message do you expect your office space to convey, not only to customers but also to employees? How would you go about the process of redesigning your work space such that it not only inspires existing employees to reach new, enthusiastic heights as well as recruit fresh blood eager to work in your office space? How would you go about bridging the gap between broad-minded employees with their ideas and professionalism that your clients expect?
The industry your business identifies with may also have a large impact on the design of your office, if you are in the medical industry you may need healthcare equipment just as a sporting business may need exercise equipment. Look into specific trends of your work industry and see how competitors are designing their offices.
The following steps should help you get an idea as to how to go about designing your office.
Colour and Business
Have you ever seen a doctor’s office with walls painted explosively colourful? Have you seen a graphic design company with walls painted a somber, dull grey? Your colours should reflect your business, finding the perfect colour and decor for your office is a priority. Finding the perfect colour to compliment your work-space and business is the first step towards designing the perfect office.
Closed vs Open
While traditional office layout has a closed-work area concept where the employees are separated by cabins and enclosed cubicles, there has been increasing acceptance of open-work areas where no matter what position the employee is in, he/ she will be working side-by-side with others and no walls in between them. The younger working crowd find open spaces better to their liking, while the older working crowd find open-spaced work areas distracting and invasive to their personal space. Choose your preferred type of space keeping in mind availability of area and the type of employees you wish to hire. Nowadays, inclusive working space is pursued. However, if you choose open-spaced work areas, arrangements will have to be made for conference rooms and cabins to discuss issues that require
confidentiality and privacy.
Gone are the days of uncomfortably squeezed and hard chairs. With most employees working at least ten hours a day, uncomfortable chairs lead to physical and mental exhaustion including back aches, shoulder aches and head-aches. The tables should be of appropriate height and width. There should be electric sockets and charging dockets at all places and tables. Cooling pads for laptops, landline phones and drawers to keep documents are necessary. You should also avoid clutter with large sized furniture obstructing walk ways, injury prevention is something you should keep in mind before designing an office.
A creative piece of art installation on the wall, a geometrical piece of imaginative art installation or walls painted with caricatures sending inspiring and evocative quotes may inspire and beckon creativity from inside the employees. Potted plants promoting green space may help to bring peace and calmness into the work environment. Aesthetically placed artworks, thriving potted plants not only beautify space but also lead to a healthy work environment.
You’ve got to allow for some comfort for yourself as well. It can’t be all work and feel like an office entirely, you need some of you in there as well. With peaking stress levels and longer working hours, there is a necessity for segregating space separate from the work area where the employees can simply rest their eyes, get together with their friends to relax or maybe even play Ping-Pong! Taking breaks will boost employee morale and give them the jolt of energy to continue working. Walls can be painted with funny caricatures from movies or plays and comedic one-liners to help employees relax and smile.
While designing office space can become an expensive affair, there is no denying its results. Not only in
terms of impressions from clients, but even employees who enjoy working in an aptly designed office
are more likely to continue working long-term. Happy employees make for happy customers!