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Top 4 Office Design Tips

Four Office Design Ideas:

How many of you look forward to getting to the office on a Monday morning? Monday Morning Blues is a well-known phenomena, and whilst we can't offer a total solution we can offer advice on getting your office design spot on. There is concrete evidence that the better the physical work environment is the happier your employees are - so with this in mind we've come up with four office design tips to help minimize Monday Morning Blues.

Think In Colour: People are influenced by and experience psychological changes when exposed to different colours, so the choices you make for your office colours, be that walls, furniture or accessories, will have an impact upon your work force. For example, using orange in your office brings with it a sense of warmth and happiness; yellow is creative, the colour of new ideas, assisting us to find new ways of doing things; the blue office indicates confidence, reliability and responsibility. And could you work in a pink office?

Bring People Together: Within the working environment the more that the “team” work together, the stronger the results. Collaboration between colleagues and across departments becomes more difficult if you don't provide the physical space in which to come together. Employees who use co-working spaces on a regular basis feel like they’re part of a community and see their work as meaningful, so ensure that you have areas within the office where people can come together to mingle.

Provide Suitable Furniture: Last month we wrote about the hidden costs of buying cheap office chairs - but it's not just about the costs. You need to provide office furniture that is comfortable, can be moved easily and has multiple uses, enabling collaboration without sacrificing focus and worker well-being. And of course, referencing our first point above, your choice of office furniture needs to complement your choice of office colours.

Get Green Fingers: Studies have concluded that when plants were brought into offices – one plant per square metre, or, to be more precise, where everybody can see a plant from their desk – employee performance on memory retention and other basic tests improved substantially. Adding in real plants also demonstrates to your clients that you have the ability and the desire to care for things.

Ensuring that your work spaces are well designed will enhance your workforce's overall productivity and happiness. Office design is never just about how your office looks - it is about designing the most suitable environment for your business's needs.




The Next New Thing?

What is the next new thing in office design?

Whatever market sector you're in, you're probably asked fairly frequently what you think will be the next innovation in your line of work.

Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp - what's next?

Desktop, laptop, tablet - what's next?

Open plan, treadmill office desk, ergonomic office chair - what's next?

Well, if you believe what you read, the new must-have accessory at the smarter office is - or rather are - pet dogs.

Perhaps this isn't really surprising. There has been a shift in office design towards creating a more homely working environment; an acknowledgement that the better the workspace the better the employee. And what better way to ensure that your office feels as comfortable as your home than by bringing along your pooch?

"Pawternity Leave?"

The craft beer company BrewDog recently introduced Puppy Parental Leave, or "pawternity leave". Once the leave period has finished, staff are then welcome to bring their pets to work. Mars Petcare was one of the first companies to offer pawternity leave and BitSol Solutions, a tech company based in Manchester, offers its employees a full week of paid leave if they get a new pet.

Of course Google is part of this trend, with their code of conduct stating that “affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture”, and at Amazon, around 2,000 employees have registered their pets at its headquarters in Seattle so they can take them to work.

These are, at present, the exceptions to the rule. It is estimated that only 8% of UK and US employers allow dogs at work. Making it the norm for dogs in offices will entail company rules and guidelines such as dogs being vaccinated, designated exercise areas and general good behaviour. It does also throw up the issue of allergies and where this stands amongst the rest of the workforce.

Overall however, with stats found in a 2016 survey by Banfield pet hospital finding that 82% of employees feel a greater sense of loyalty to pet-friendly companies, 88% thinking that pets at work improve morale and 86% saying that they reduce stress, bringing Fido into work could well be the next new thing.

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.

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