Office design has evolved greatly over the past 2 decades. Office employees spend approximately half of their weekday waking hours at work. Therefore, creating a pleasant and appealing place to work has become of paramount importance to employers. Lighting, space and functionality are key elements that all employers know to address when designing an appealing workspace. Here are 5 lesser design considerations that can help your team become more innovative, effective and productive.
A study led by Nancy Kwallek from the University of Texas found that grey, beige and white elicited feelings of sadness and depression. They also found gender differences, with men feeling less motivated in purple and orange workspaces. Understanding colour theory, or consulting with a commercial designer that does, is a strong place to start when redesigning your workspace.
Employees are choosing to become increasingly mobile, and their footloose approach to work should be facilitated. Therefore, a number of employers have introduced hot desking for their staff. These are unassigned functional work spaces and free hot desks can be utilised by any employee that chooses to use them.
3. Standing desks
The British Psychological Society (BPS) found that employees spend an average of 5 hours and 41 minutes per day sitting down at work. The study also found a that individuals that spent more time at work had a higher BMI. The study also discovered a significant negative association with mental well-being. Educating staff and installing standing desks gives individuals the option to spend more time on their feet, thus creating a healthier and happier workforce.
4. Natural elements and vegetation
The token potted plant has been an office staple since offices came into existence. Access to more substantial natural elements has been shown to improve wellbeing and productivity, according to a study by Human Spaces, a biophilic design firm. Natural elements are visually appealing and plants also improve air quality.
5 Flexible and modular design
Modern businesses often evolve and grow at a rapid rate. Furniture and fixtures that can be easily assembled and disassembled facilitate versatility and mobility. As different departments grow, resources can be reallocated to accommodate new staff. If an organisation outgrows its premises then assets can be relocated to new premises with relative ease.
Designing a functional, productive and future-proof office could be the next essential step in your business development. Be certain to research your design options and seek out an established and trustworthy design team to project manage your redesign.