Getting office design RIGHT !

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Office design is massively important to the success of your company, its well worth consulting professionals to get it right.

Well-designed office space should not cost you more, even though many people feel it will. Specifications cost money, not sensible planning. However a poorly designed office will cost you a LOT of money in the long run !!!

Good office design solves problems, but great office design goes one step further. It should open up new lines of communication, giving staff different environments for different tasks, and making them excited about being in the office, great office design can invigorate a workforce.

People spend approximately 90% of their waking hours indoors, many of them at computer workstations far away from the closest window. Natural light is a much overlooked benefit in office design, but it should be one of your major considerations in office design and layout, it can make a big difference to productivity.

There are numerous studies showing productivity improvements with natural light, particularly in manufacturing environments. In addition, our eyes are designed to work with the changing light levels of sunlight, in contrast with the harsh continuous artificial lighting in offices. Natural light will reduce eye fatigue and complaints about headaches

To improve the amount of natural sunlight within an office, create an open environment by tearing down interior walls, using glass walls for private offices and benching desks instead of claustrophobic workstations.

These techniques will not only enhance the aesthetic of your design, but will also allow natural sunlight to permeate the core of the office, which will have a huge impact on mood and productivity throughout your workspace.

Hand-in-hand with light comes space — another consideration, and not just in an employee’s immediate work area.

Give employees enough space. It’s not only important to give staff big enough desks, but you must also consider ‘circulation space. This is the space in corridors and between desks that enable people to move around freely.

Try and get a balance between space and promoting a buzz throughout the office and managing to cultivate a “buzz” in your office.

Of course you want to give people a quiet place to work, but you also want to create a dynamic and fun atmosphere where people can interact and bounce ideas off each other. Open plan workplaces literally and figuratively take down walls between people, and increase the speed of problem solving.

Dont forget to leave your questions below !!

Thanks

Kel

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