When you are designing a new office or redesigning an older one, there are many things you have to focus on. Different factors in office design can really make a difference to worker productivity, staff morale, and general well-being in the office space. But the task of designing an office can be difficult. Where do you start? Here are some aspects of a well-designed office that you just cannot ignore.
- Natural Light and Natural Plants
Employees may need to spend most of their time at work indoors, but bringing a little of the outdoors in can make a big difference to health and well-being. Natural light is obviously good as it allows people to see better and focus more, but it is also good from a mental health standpoint. Natural light helps your melatonin levels balance, which helps you feel more alert and focused. Plants in the office have been proven to help workers feel better.
- Right Amount of Space
Commercial People says that every well-designed office must contain enough space for workers to properly move around and sit in comfort. No one wants to be cramped up in their office. It obviously depends on the physical space you have as well as the number of employees but there are ways in which you can make better use of space that will allow for greater flexibility and freedom of movement.
- Space for Storage
Effective modern office design should also take into account the need for storage space. Most offices will need to store things – practically no offices are paperless or completely without excess equipment. Of course, going for a paperless office is always a good idea in terms of the environment. You can also add in different types of innovative storage solutions that will help create a streamlined environment with a lot of equipment kept out of view.
- Welcoming Reception
The reception area is the place people see first and the ideal place to make a great impression on clients and customers. It also helps to set the right overall tone for the office and communicate this to all of your employees. You also have an opportunity in the reception area to create signposting for the rest of the building, and help employees and visitors navigate the company.
There are many other factors to consider when you are designing an office, but these should serve as a good starting point for the most important factors to consider in your workspace.
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