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The A B C Of Design | Pt 3

Racing through the summer, we're already on part three of our intrepid adventure to get through the ABC of commercial interiors. As August slips through our hands, we've moved forward to the letters M through to R:

Week Three - M to R

M: M is for Modular: Here at 20six we specialise in supplying a wide range of business sectors with office furniture that fits their exact requirements. Modular pieces have several advantages, including improving the flexibility of your office space, decreasing the overall cost of office furniture pieces, and providing additional space whilst increasing productivity.

N: N is for Noise: Have you ever received a call from someone who is obviously in a large room full of other people also making telephone calls? It's difficult enough as the end user not to be distracted by all of the other noise in the background, but imagine trying to work in that environment? Even in large, open plan offices there are solutions that can be implemented such as insulation and panelling.

O: O is for Open Plan: There has long been talk in the design world that the open plan office has had its day, backed up by scientific studies telling us that it "kills productivity". From what we're hearing, design gurus Apple have gone against the grain and the new Apple Park has a large open floor plan with long tables for programmers, engineers, and other employees to work at. The result? Apple staff are saying that they may well quit rather than have to work in an open plan office. Perhaps this heralds the demise of the open plan space....

P: P is for Productivity. There is such a thing as the "science of the workplace" and it has come about to ensure that all aspects of work place design produce a satisfactory result for all involved within the business. One of the key aspects is that office design plays an integral part in workers productivity. Far from just being an aesthetic nicety, or a budget capped exercise, getting your office environment right for all who use it will help to increase your businesses profits by making your workforce more productive.

Q: Q is for Quiet. Amongst the recent studies carried out in both the US and the UK, employees have unanimously said that they need quite areas in which to retreat to improve their working days. In one such study, more than half of employees cited poor office acoustic design as reducing their satisfaction at work. And another found that the second most important aspect of office design that employees craved were private, quiet areas to work.

R: R is for Relocation: As your business grows and expands it may be time to think about relocating - here at 20six we've recently had to move offices ourselves. Our own company was bursting at the seams in our previous office space, and we needed more from our work space including separate meeting rooms and office furniture storage options. It's now over a year since we looked into the cost of office spaces across the UK, but this has to be one of the factors you take into consideration if you are considering relocating.

Coming next week, our final instalment! Office Design ideas from S to Z…..

Is Office Noise Affecting Productivity?

A recent survey carried out by Oxford Economics on more than 1,200 senior executives and non-executive employees from a range of industries around the world, found that more than half of employees cited poor office acoustic design as reducing their satisfaction at work.

That’s a lot of unhappy people – not that you’d notice as the chances are if they tried to tell you, you wouldn’t be able to hear them.

Is Office Noise Affecting Productivity?

Are our modern offices really that bad? Is noise causing a threat to productivity and workers peace of mind?

The survey discovered that workers really want to be able to, well, work; and their ability to focus without interruptions is a top priority when it comes to office design. Much as we all love to fawn over the images of those offices that have slides, or cycle tracks, or games rooms, the results from this research suggested that access to amenities like these are far less important than being able to concentrate on the job at hand.

Improved office environments and workplace technology can enhance productivity, engagement, and happiness at work, both for executives and their employees. And there are a whole host of cost effective noise solutions out there that will stop workers from turning your conference rooms into de facto offices, defeating the purpose of both open-plan layouts and shared meeting spaces.

Maybe it’s time that you stopped to listen to the workspace that you inhabit – and to find out if you are able to hear what your work force are trying to say.

P.S In researching this blog post we discovered that there are some people who actually crave office noise. If you are one of those you may enjoy this:



Office Noise Solutions

Five Options To Reduce Your Office Noise

Whilst open plan offices allow light and air to flow freely, and are conducive to employee collaboration, they can also be very noisy working environments.

Counterproductive to workers being close enough to collaborate, noise distractions have been cited as being one of the biggest drains on productivity in modern, open offices. So are there are ways of reducing office noise within the given environment that you have, whilst operating within a budget?

Development of acoustic architecture in the modern day office

Office Furniture: Particularly useful in an open plan environment, modular, acoustic sofas with integrated technology create areas that are social and community orientated, whilst also being conducive to the working environment. By using a high backed sofa, workers can find themselves an oasis in the noise, a secluded place, unable to be heard or seen from the outside. The acoustic qualities of these office sofas work to create a peaceful work environment for employees and, by pushing two high-backed sofas together, a ‘room-within-a-room’ effect can be achieved.

Office Walls: Wall panelling, or partitions, can provide comprehensive acoustic systems for reducing the breakout of sound within open plan offices. Sound-absorbing wall panels. are designed specifically to reduce echo and reverberation. Acoustic wall panels can also be used as decorative wall features in offices, can be custom printed to match your company branding and are available in a range of colours and designs.

Office Flooring: Hard surfaces do not absorb sound, they carry and amplify it. Concrete, natural wood, porcelain and ceramic floors will all amplify the noise so utilising some form of floor covering will help to dampen down the noise. Carpet is an ideal flooring solution for noise reduction, but vinyl flooring also offers a versatile alternative thanks to its ease of maintenance and variety of design options.

Office Ceilings: Acoustic partitioning is not always the right solution for your office as it can undermine your modern open-plan office interior and can be expensive. Your solution here could be adding sound absorption to your ceiling. Suspended acoustic ceilings are an effective way to increase absorption and can be strategically placed to hide exposed soffits and other highly reverberant surfaces.

Office Accessories: Far from just being an afterthought to make the place look "loved", plants help to reduce office noise. In addition to improving air quality and adding natural elements to sterile environments, indoor plants can also reduce office noise. Stems, leaves and branches all absorb sound. They are also flexible and can deflect and refract sound.

These are just some of the solutions to reducing the noise within your office environment. Your work space is an individual as your company is so if you would like a more personalised solution to reducing your office noise please get in touch with us here at 20six.