Monthly Archives: April 2017

The Perfect Boardroom?

It would be nice, wouldn’t it? If there was such a thing as the perfect boardroom blueprint – a universal plan that ticked the boxes of all companies; a common design that if followed would create the perfect meeting space. Is there such a thing? Of course not – nor could there ever be.

Boardroom Design | Why There Is No One-Size Fits All

There has been a trend for personal work spaces becoming smaller areas, leaving more room for communal work areas. With evidence being procured on a regular basis that the more collaborative members of a workforce are, the more productive they become, the traditional stuffy style of boardroom has declined. Meetings are less about being talked at more about listening to, and dynamic interaction is actively encouraged amongst some of the more progressive modern companies.

This doesn’t apply exclusively to boardrooms of course – all aspects of office design, fit-out and furniture are progressing, with the employees’ health, wellbeing and input placed at the forefront of design ideas and planning. You may no longer refer to the room where you all come together as the boardroom – but whatever you call your meeting space it has to be designed to encourage positive participation.

If you would like help in any aspect of getting the most out of your workspace, please get in touch with us here at 20six.

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Communication in the Workplace |

If you want to improve worker productivity within your business premises, one of the best ways in which to do so is to consider the design and layout of your workspace.

We touched on this on our previous blog post, Human Before Design, how taking into account organisational behavioural patterns of your workforce can determine the best layout for your offices. Empirical evidence has shown that effective lateral and work group communication leads to an improvement in overall company performance. So how do you incorporate this into your office and workplace designs?

Utilising Office Design For More Effective Workplace Communication

Communal Seating: Whilst it is imperative to ensure that workers have areas where they can work quietly and alone, it is also important to create seating spaces where people will come together to chat. For many of you the offices that you have will have limitations on interior layouts – nonetheless, there are ways to ensure that your workforce isn’t cut off completely from one another and there are opportunities to come together and chat in an informal environment. This doesn’t limit you to formal meetings in the boardroom – for example, there are office furniture solutions such as seating pods that can create a more private communal area within a larger open plan area.

On The Move: One striking fact that we mentioned in our Human Before Design blog was that people who were on different floors in the same building rarely communicated with each other. On the other hand, it has been demonstrated that people are more innovative and open to ideas when in motion. Rather than seeing spaces within your buildings as “just a corridor”, try to envisage hallways and staircases as extensions of the workspace. For example, create hallways that are wider and furnish with sofas, whiteboards and other items to encourage conversation.

The Green Workspace: Almost a year ago, we published our blog on Urban Office Garden Design which garnered a lot of interest. Rooftop gardens are becoming more prevalent and businesses are seeing the advantage of having an outside area for employees to come together. An exterior space comes across as more informal than the stuffy boardroom and can be an inclusive shared area for employees from every level within the company. Rather than have your workforce dissipate to the park down the road, an outside space for them would facilitate more natural communication and meetings onsite.

"If you would like help in creating a more collaborative environment in your office then please give us a call on either 020 3034 0476 or 01273 303001 or you can email us at info@20sixltd.com "

We Have Moved!

Business is booming here at 20sixltd - so much so that we have outgrown our Brighton offices and have had to move to much larger premises.

We're continuing to bring companies the best in our expertise and knowledge for office design and office fit out and are further expanding our office furniture services, providing the best solutions for all of your furniture needs.

With hands-on knowledge of sourcing and fitting the best lighting, acoustic and ergonomic solutions, 20six can help you to make the most of your workspace.

Please do get in touch with us to see how we can help you. Our new address is:

Units 19 & 20, Henfield Business Park
Shoreham Road, Henfield, BN5 9SL
T: Sussex Office 01273 303001 T: London Office 02030340476

info@20sixltd.com

 We look forward to hearing from you.