Ten easy steps to improve the design of your office space!
A few simple design fixes in your office environment can make you and your employees happier, healthier and much more productive. Research proves this time and time again so it’s worth the effort to review these ten easy steps to improve your office space.
- Regard your office fit out as an investment – Think about the increased productivity that comes from providing an office environment where staff want to come to work and are able to utilise the space in an effective, flexible way. In addition, higher staff morale and better retention will have a measurable effect on your bottom line.
- Embrace ergonomics – Correct posture is important for productivity. A properly adjusted ergonomic chair and correctly mounted computer screen are vital first steps for peak performance and comfort.
- Lose the clutter – A cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind so look for opportunities to reduce paper and keep desk space well organised. Identify areas of storage required for both personal and shared files. The key is not to over cater for this, as there is a human tendency to fill up storage space with clutter (think about ‘that’ kitchen drawer at home!) Encourage staff to leave their desk at the end of the day in a tidy condition so that they are greeted with a positive vibe the next day.
- Light it up – There is definitely a benefit to natural light, as it is known to increase productivity, creativity and energy. Try to make your open plan areas close to the windows to ensure the natural light can be captured and appreciated by all. Review your current artificial light fittings and consider changing to the latest generation in LED lighting for energy efficiency and cost savings.
- Get closer to nature – Indoor plants on desks and around the office improve health, as they filter the air to remove mould and bacteria. Plants also help to create a feeling of being outdoors and relaxed, which is particularly important for staff who spend a long time at their desks and away from window areas.
- Be influenced by colour – While individuals may have personal preferences, some colours have a universal influence. Highly saturated, intense colours (e.g. bright red) will stimulate people, while softer, muted colours (e.g. pale orange) have a soothing effect.
- Aim for mixed use spaces – Open plan offices stimulate creativity and communication, but staff also need peaceful and private areas for meetings or quiet work. Aim to have a mix of both types of space.
- Move about – Even well designed offices can make employees unproductive if they feel chained to their desks. Encourage employees to move around during the day by incorporating a breakout zone or utility area that encourages team interaction and communication. Stand up desks are another option to help staff stay more alert and active, as well as helping their posture.
- Focus on functionality – Think about the processes within your office and how layout and technology could improve efficiency. For example, Wi-Fi will enable staff to work in different areas around the office, and team meeting desks might encourage impromptu get togethers that progress projects faster than waiting for a formal meeting.And last but not least…
- Seek professional guidance – Evoke Projects have assisted many clients with office design and layout, including efficient furniture options. Tried and tested ideas can be incorporated into tailored solutions to make sure the design works for your business.
Please contact Evoke Projects on 1300 720692 for further information.
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