Apr 8th, 2014
Forget the cubicle, fluorescent lights, and separating white walls – the days of the old office are over. Examples of open-office productivity set forth by corporations such as Google, Skype, and Twitter, as well as the incoming workplace demographics shift from baby boomers to Millennials, have made a pass towards the modern – and unconventional – workspace.
Said to be fostering innovation and increase productivity, the modern-day offices are keeping almost nothing from the old setting; they are breaking the mold with no regrets. Here are five office interior design tips you can use to get your employees inspired and engaged, while keeping the space professional and business-oriented:
Sitting for eight hours straight can wreak havoc for your spine, impacting your health, well-being, and safety in numerous ways. That’s why it’s important to furnish your office space with ergonomically-correct furniture designed to support health & happiness. Choose chairs that are kind to the back and spine during work; also consider foot rests and soft pads that make work more comfortable and relaxing.
There’s nothing as important as good lighting. Ideally, you can get natural daylight throughout the day. So if you’re working from a space with windows, make sure the leave the space open for even distribution of light. If natural light is not available, you will need a combination of general and task lighting – yellow-cast illumination should probably be your top choice. Also, add plants and natural elements for an enhanced effect.
Carefully consider your storage requirements to make sure you’ll keep everything in its place. Since you’ll be working all day at your desk, the work surface should be your primary focus: organize your papers, acquire pencil cups, trays, business card holders, and everything else you might need to have at hand. An organized desk is synonymous with enhanced productivity, so make sure to store your items properly.
Don’t be afraid to experiment and mix the traditional with the modern. Go ahead and use futuristic elements in your office design while preserving the existing ones that still have an impact and a story to tell. As far as colors are concerned, go for greens to make a space fresh and restful, yellows to highlight the optimism of the space, reds to spice it up and make everything energetic, or subtle variations of grey, light brown, and ivory to create a neutral space free of distractions.
The less serious your office is, the greater chance employees have to feel less pressured and forced to do their job. It also helps them unwind and relieve stress accumulated throughout the day. Make them feel like home by building opportunities for them to interact and have fun together: ping-pong tables, libraries, casual conversation areas, and video games rooms may require some investment, but they pay off in the long run.
You can use these ideas to get inspired when designing your new workplace. If you need help turning an office space into a collaborative and casual business environment, Alliance Interiors can help make the space both beautiful and functional. Visit http://allianceinteriors.ca/ to choose from a wide variety of ergonomically-correct and versatile office furniture solutions the ones that match your company’s values – and your employees’ needs – best.
About the Author
Lynne Lemieux, Founder and President of Alliance Interiors Inc., has devoted more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing growth opportunities for some of Canada’s leading office furniture dealers. Her ability to provide clients with inspiring and versatile interior solutions for both business and home office environments has garnered her title of Aboriginal Business Woman of the Year in the city of Toronto for 2012. In her spare time, Lynne takes an active interest in politics, public speaking, and philanthropy, but also enjoys gardening, interior decorating, cooking, yoga, and traveling.