Humans are visual individuals who form quick judgements based on appearances. So how do you design your office space? Starting from when you’ve gotten your property through sale or on rent, 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 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 colorful? Have you seen a graphic design company with walls painted a somber, dull grey? Your colors should reflect your business. Finding the perfect color to compliment your workspace and business is the first step towards designing the perfect office.
Closed v 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 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. For more creative and useful equipment which may be costing over and above your set budget, one can always resort to buying second hand furniture for sale by the owner of any other business or franchise looking to sell their gear, machinery, furniture, etc.
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 in the work environment. Aesthetically placed artworks, thriving potted plants not only beautify space but also lead to a healthy work environment.
Breaks and rest needs to be given significant importance in any sort of work place. 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!