Techniques in Designing Office Spaces That Work

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Techniques in Designing Office Spaces That Work

With more people spending greater number of hours at work than any other time in history, it is important for companies and business owners to re-think their office spaces from a place where people converge to do their jobs to a place where they can achieve better targets. Design is one of the primary considerations in making this happen, but before you think that being able to do so can only be reached via spending copious amounts of money, here are some ways to make that office be the place of champion employees:
1. Let the sunlight in.

3D Rendering of a Conference Room

3D Rendering of a Conference Room

Ever wondered why people in the corner offices seem to get more done and provide more output? The answer just might those windows streaming in natural light as they work. According to studies highlighted by Psychology Today, sunlight boosts productivity due to the health benefits it provides workers. These employees have improved moods due to better sleeping patterns and temperament. In general, people who work normal hours (i.e. work in the day, sleep at night) are more productive as their well-being is much more balanced and fulfilled.
So why save the windows just for a chosen few if it can make for a more productive work force?

2. Plan ahead with the help of 3D technology.
Instead of suddenly re-arranging the office, well-planned offices are much more successful. But hold your horses with the employment of hard hitting and expensive contractors – do the plan internally first! Work with an interior designer or decorator who does 3D renderings to be able to see literally in all angles the whole design of the office. The best thing about 3D rendering too is that there is absolutely no need to do actual blueprints – everything can be placed on a computer. This means better savings for the company as it helps them invest more of the budget for construction and materials needed for the office makeover.
It also makes the process faster as workflow planning can also be applied to ensure that the space is maximized fully. Strategies in achieving this could be making sure that people who need to work closely are together in one area or that important machines to get the job done such as printers or telephones are near the work areas of those who need these the most.

3. Don’t go for the most trendy office plans
Although Google’s play rooms or Facebook’s scooter friendly hallways are enviable, the best office design decision is still the one that respects the needs of the employees. In fact, there is an even greater number of people who get depressed in the most buzzed about office design: open layouts.
So before jumping in the bandwagon, do a bit of internal research (surveys are great!) and consider the following:
• What do my employees need?
• How much can I afford?
• What are the future plans of the company? Are we preparing to acquire more assets and talents in the future?
• Do we have plans of staying in this office to begin with at least for the next 10 years?

These questions can serve as reliable guideposts in achieving the office space where the best employees do their best work every single day.

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