Office design revolves around simple principles that everyone can understand. While you might need an interior design expert to get the most out of your space, there are plenty of simple, tried and true ways to increase office morale, help your employees become more productive and efficient, and encourage creativity and collaboration in the office.
Here are five basic design tips you need to know when you’re designing an office space.
1. Allow light and space
There is no such thing as too much light or space! Employees will find creative ways to use more space, and you can tell when enough light is getting into the office and when it isn’t by the yawns you see at three or four o’clock. Many people don’t think about how much of a negative effect artificial light can have on productivity and morale, but employees respond to natural light very positively. When you have enough natural light, you will also have a spacious-feeling office that isn’t limited by walls and cubicles. Consider both light and space when you’re designing your office.
2. Create breakout spaces
You might have meeting rooms available, but they must be booked and negotiated and one department might have claimed all the meeting rooms in a week. A breakout space is much more than a place to eat lunch – it’s a place for spontaneous meetings, brainstorming, and collaboration. Your breakout spaces should not be bookable, and you should have a few different areas available. These casual meeting areas will inspire great thoughts – perhaps the best ones you see – and will make sure your office feels like a community, not a hostile environment.
3. Keep the office tidy
If you have a place for everything, you won’t have a messy, distracting space where nobody can ever seem to get things done. Small offices often do this best, because large offices have “client spaces” that are neat and tidy and “work spaces” that are messy, but small offices can’t afford this separation. Look at the way small interior designs work, the creative use of cabinets and storage spaces so everything has a place, and consider whether trash piles up at individual stations when each desk has a bin.
4. Spend enough on furniture
Many offices try to scrimp and save on the furniture budget, but this is a bad place to cut back. Spending more on ergonomic, healthy chairs and desks will ensure your workers don’t suffer long-term health consequences. When you think about how much time employees spend sitting, it makes sense to ensure this time is not contributing to chronic pain and discomfort.
5. Brand your office properly
If your office doesn’t reflect the image of your company you would want any investor to see, you haven’t designed it properly. Branding should be infused into workspaces – logos, framed images on the walls, or simple paint patterns based on relevant design principles to the business identity are simple. Some companies have a color, shape, or idea behind their operations, so make sure the physical space reflects this.
These basic design tips will help even inexperienced designers ensure that their office spaces are designed in a way that reflects their business. Hiring an interior design company is crucial if you want to make sure everything pulls together into a unified image of your company, but if your budget is low for now, investing your time and energy into these ideas will pay off.
About The Author
Victoria Crawcour is a personnel director in a busy urban office. In her spare time, she loves to blog about all thing business. Find out how the Desk Centre designs offices and has been providing both office refits and full refurbishments for more than 25 years for their commercial and corporate clients on this page.