Design is not only what it looks like – It is how it works
You might have everything you want in your office for it to look good – But the question you need to ask yourself is does it work the way it should?
One of the many benefits of good office design is the positive affects it can have on your employees across the board, from the interns to the CEO. Essentially, the design of your workplace is a key divider between a happy and healthy office and a clock watching, unproductive office.
At ThirdWay Interiors, we know the difference between a design that works and a design that doesn’t. Below are a few of the common mistakes companies make when designing their office.
This is something we talk about a lot as a company and may sound a bit repetitive, but its importance to the design of any workplace is worth going on about. There is nothing worse than an over crowded office. The way you utilise your space is key to how your office functions and the ways in which your employees use it. Many offices today have plenty of space which is unused or used for the wrong reasons. One of the many reasons for rethinking your space and how it is used is to create a workplace where your employees actually want to be, which in turn will see productivity levels soar.
Today’s challenge for designers is to create an appropriate balance of space – which takes into account a degree of flexibility, enclosure and culture.
This will therefore provide employees with areas for down time, team work, social interaction and privacy.
Below is Runway East’s floor plan as an example of how space can be used efficiently:
The idea of using a variety of bold colours throughout the workplace can be a bit daunting for some companies, however, there are various studies that have identified the different positive influences that colours can have on our behaviour whilst at work. Yellow is associated with improving well-being and productivity levels. Green and Blue are suggested to create feelings of calm and relaxation in people, by lowering their heart rates and stress levels. Red is identified as a colour that can increase a room’s energy levels by stimulating our heart rates and brain activity.
Below are some examples of these colours being used effectively within the workplace:
Many companies today underestimate the importance of good lighting within the workplace and therefore are only using one source of light, which results in the space feeling cold, cramped and unwelcoming.
Using a variety of lighting sources is a great way of resolving this – Whether it be pendant lights to add character and ambiance to an area or task lighting such as desk side lamps for those over time workers. Natural light is also great for opening up a space and making it more appealing to both employees and visitors. It is suggested that lighting not only helps to increase productivity levels but it also enhances employee well-being and happiness whilst at work.
Below are a few examples of the different types of lighting that can really open up a space as well as add a sense of personality: