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6 Top Office Design Trends
Experts are telling us that a mix of ergonomics, design and function are key components in a successful business. The right office layout impacts on productivity levels so whether you are planning an office refit at your business or considering creating a bespoke home office, these are the tips that top designers are telling us make the office a better place…
1. Hide the Wires
The plethora of gadgets we have on the desk means wires galore! Even though some items, e.g. wireless and mouse, can be wireless, there are still many large cables that seem to lie around. These wires can make the desk or office look messy and cluttered and so if you do nothing else when you create your office space, incorporate means of hiding away unsightly wires and cabling.
2. A Touch of Nature
Mother Nature is a powerful force and her ability to impact on our well-being is not to be underestimated. Designers who have created workspaces for larger, global companies have done so and there is one key commonality: nature. Whether that is the sound of gently running water or plants strategically placed on or near desks, including pieces of nature and greenery in the office works!
3. Multiple Workspaces in One
Tradition dictated that the only place and the only way to get things done was for employees to be chained in one spot, or that they completed their work in set hours sat at a desk etc. No longer is this the case and as a result, we have seen a definite shift in how the modern workplace looks.
As well as workstations, consider standing work areas as well as comfortable, informal seating for meetings where the boardroom isn’t necessary. The key is to use all the available space, creating multiple workspaces in one.
4. Designated Lounge Areas
At one time, ‘lounging’ on a sofa discussing this week’s sales figures would have been unheard of and, if it had taken place, frowned upon. But now, there is an expectation from the modern employee that there is more trust in them but also, that some work activities don’t have to be carried out in the same way as they ‘always have been’.
And thus, creating an informal seating – or work lounge – is now a positive plus and one that many other businesses are already reaping the rewards of.
The psychology of colour is a deeply researched and studied area. For example, too much green can cause stagnation in creativity but just the right amount can make an enormous difference to people’s productivity. And thus, designers have been using colours increasingly in workspace design. This is not just a consideration for commercial office but for the home office too. Maybe the solution isn’t a wood desk, but a coloured one?
6. Community Tables
Another one for the busy office is the introduction of a ‘community table’. This is either a large table or a group of smaller tables, with suitable seating, that invites people to break out from their normal working space or for ad hoc collaboration. These tables are plain and unadorned, a place where so much can happen.
What changes will you introduce to make your workspace more productive?
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