A good office design will support a variety of work modes. You need spaces that support collaboration as well as individual workspaces where employees can focus and be free from distractions.
When considering office design, companies need to ask questions and listen to their employees. Leaders should consider who their employees are, as well as, who they may be in the next five years. Given the countless ways to design and plan an employee’s workspace, leaders should take a strategic approach when re-designing an office.
Studies on workplace and productivity have shown the most important element in determining an employee’s ability to focus is the physical environment in which they work. Employees must be able to filter out distractions in order to focus on the task at hand. Preferred physical characteristics of an employees’ environment will vary from one employee to the next. The individual preference is typically dependent on the task being tackled and the individual employee.
Let’s take a look at five popular office designs that are meant to increase efficiency and productivity;
Utilizing a single space for everything from multimedia presentations to casual breakout areas is a growing trend. Employers are seeking to provide employees with a more comfortable and enjoyable work environment to encourage collaboration.
Many offices are mandating dedicated lounge areas as employees now look for more interaction with coworkers. Cubicles are disappearing and being replaced by “the bench.” Many organizations are moving towards a non-assigned seating mindset and are integrating oval-shaped office desks, providing space for 4-6 people to meet.
Tips to make your place of business give off the right impression
The first impressions you give a customer or client will set the tone for your future business, and once a first impression is made it becomes very hard to change. For new customers, the most common first impression comes from either your web presence or your place of business. For this article, we’ll look at the more traditional side of first impressions in your office, storefront or place of business.
Appearance is king
They say to ‘never judge a book by its cover’ but much like showing up to a meeting properly groomed shows respect for your peers and your business; having a clean, organized and inviting environment shows your customers and your employees you respect them and organize your business in a professional manner. Follow these tips to make sure your business is as inviting to potential customers as possible.
Make Cleanliness a priority
Dirty windows, stained carpets or dusty surfaces all speak to a level of care that’s simply not there. If your business is sending a message to your customers that you don’t care enough about your environment, why would you care about their needs? Many businesses make sure they have a regular window cleaning, floor maintenance, and janitorial services to ensure the all the little details are being taken care of.
Feeling sleepy and sedentary at your office? It's time to take a few easy steps to make your life healthier at the office.
1. Limit your sitting time
2. Breaks from starting at the monitor too long
This one needs a discipline to do, taking a break from your monitor is not only healthy for your eyes, but also for your mental and for your brain. We recommend adding greens all around your working area so you can switch your eyes to look at those plants and avoid restraining your eyes.
Look outside the windows and stretch your body to avoid tensions in your shoulder, back and neck. Another great idea is walking around while answering phone call meetings that don't require you a computer.
3. Take enough liquid and plan your meals
Taking enough liquid throughout the day can easily be achieved by putting a large water bottle filled with water next to you. Avoid eating junk food and plan your meal. Planning your meal or preparing your meal ahead of time can help avoiding an unhealthy food choices. Keep healthy snacks in your desk and/or encourage your office to sign-up for healthier snack options at the vending machine.
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