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The A B C Of Design | Pt 2

We're on week two of our personal challenge to cover 20six different aspects of commercial interior design and the office is buzzing with ideas. Moving on now to letters G through to L:

Week Two - G to L

G: G is for Growth, something all businesses hope to achieve. The only problem with being successful and growing your business is that you can outgrow your work space. This leaves you with the dilemma or whether to make better use of the space that you currently inhabit or face the upheaval of relocating. If you are thinking of moving offices it is well worth your while talking to a company who specialises in office relocations from the outset to make your transition as pain free as possible.

H: H is for Hive. We introduced you to this innovative and award-winning modular furniture system way back in March 2016 - and we still love it. This is a truly flexible piece of office furniture that adapts to your bespoke needs. Check out our previous blog post on Hive to see how it could solve a whole host of space issues in your office.

J: J is for Jaded a state a great many offices are in. Let's face it, for most business owners getting on with the work that generates the sales has to be your top priority and checking to see how your office looks is way down the check list. If you've neglected your working environment and it has become somewhat jaded it has repecussions beyond just the look. If you’re not happy letting clients see your office, your office design is letting you down.

K: K is for Kitchens. The office kitchen area is often a rather grim space full of semi-clean mugs, strange unidentified organisms thriving in the little fridge, and a sponge that could quite possible get up and walk off on its own. Larger organisations have recognised the importance of getting the office kitchen up to spec and making it a place we would want to spend time in, to mingle with fellow employees we may not come across in our usual working day, and to provide healthy, nutritional sustenance to increase employees health and wellbeing.

L: L is for Lighting. Getting the balance of light right in your offices has a considerable impact on your staff's health and productivity. In addition to the affect upon the well-being of your employees, your office lighting levels will have an impact upon the impression that your work space has to any visiting clients, and plays a contributory factor on your electricity bills. We dedicated a blog post to getting your office lighting levels spot on which will give you more information.

Coming next week: Office Design ideas from M to R…..

Office Kitchens

“An army marches on its stomach”

And your army is your workforce…

The importance of nutrition isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when designing or fitting out your offices – but food and drink play an integral role in achieving positive interactions between your employees.

The office kitchen has traditionally been placed towards the bottom of the wish list with lighting, furniture, sound, colour and all other essential aspects of office design reigning supreme above it. Strange really, as one of the things that will make or break a house sale is the kitchen. And considering how many hours we now all spend at the office, surely the lowly kitchen deserves to be revisited and placed on a higher rung of importance?

Getting your staff chatting and exchanging ideas and experiences with each other in a relaxed atmosphere, not just through scheduled meetings, provides a more natural environment for all. And where better to have a relaxed chat that over a cup of coffee, or in the queue for the canteen?

Google have nailed if – of course they have, they’re Google. But we’re not talking slides here, we’re talking an implicit understanding of the importance of food and drink within the office culture.

To get their staff networking and talking to each other, Google added design features to their offices with the intention of causing ‘casual collisions’. No part of Google’s New York campus is more than 150 meters away from a cafe, kitchen or snack bar ensuring that their employees will be more likely to cross paths on their way to collect coffee or a bite to eat.

More needs to be done to discourage workers from eating lunch at their desks and to use communal dining areas instead. Slumped over a soggy sandwich and checking in on Facebook is not going to get work colleagues enthused. Most of us look forward to going out to a great restaurant, so why not bring this concept into the workplace?

It's time to bring our love of food into the workplace, and reignite our passion for the office kitchen.