Top Office-Design Tips to Spark Creativity and Prevent Boring Office Meetings
In this day and age, designing a top-notch office space often carries a hefty price, but experts say the benefits of a well-designed occupational locale yields far outweigh the initial costs. Before planning your office layout, you should do your homework but also enlist the help of professionals as varied as office removalists, architects and interior designers. If designed well, your work space will trigger creativity and avert boring office meetings—I mean, the kind that goes on and on without producing tangible results and clear take-aways.
When expert designers talk about horizontality, they mean the way an office gives the impression that every employee is on the same page, irrespective of his or her hierarchical level. For example, not just the boss gets a special chair; everyone else does. The trend now among companies based in Sydney—and throughout Australia, for that matter—is to boost staff output by creating better ergonomic conditions, so don’t be surprised if more and more managers opt for a horizontal office design.
When it comes to designing your office space, leave the creativity to experts like architects, designers and removalists. You need removalists in the process because the last thing you want is to establish an office plan that would be cumbersome to displace should you want to move into another setting at a later date. Creativity goes beyond the simple realm of imaginary leeway; it also pertains to the materials used, the way you approach design, and the stylishness and overall “look and feel” of your company’s workspace.
When removalists and interior designers talk about ergonomics, they mean procedures, techniques and tactics a company uses to improve occupational conditions for its personnel, specifically things like accessibility, comfort and environmental sustainability. When it comes to ergonomics, pay attention to the two main types of professional space—desks and meeting rooms—and make sure they all are in sync with your company’s operational model. For example, if you run a Sydney-based IT start-up and want to instil a “casual” feeling to the work space, you can set meeting rooms next to cubicles, so as to promote camaraderie and collaboration.
Collaboration invariably increases if you design your office space in such a way that employees sit next to each other and can seek assistance from one another without walking a few yards around the office. The best way to achieve that is to opt for an open-plan office. So heed things like the way people work at their desks and the capacity to pivot and engage in one-off conversations with colleagues.
Sparking creativity and improving employee output are no easy exercises, but you gradually can plant the seeds of higher productivity by sketching your office space smartly. When doing that, things to consider include ergonomics, collaborative approach, creative bent and horizontality—the kind of architectural design that attempts to eliminate, at least partially, if not totally, hierarchical levels in the way desks and cubicles are displayed.
By George B (follow me on Google)