Office Design for Better and Faster Workplace Improvements
What we are finding at the moment is that many of our clients are looking to improve their existing workplace rather than relocating to new office space. Obviously, if it’s new office space you need we can help with this too.
Below are a few of workplace improvements that we think can make a real difference without the dreaded office move.
1. A Lick of Paint
Starting to get bored of the same four slightly scuffed off-white walls? Perhaps its time for a redecoration, either just to brighten up the office, remove any unwanted marks or why not add a splash of colour, a big digital print or go that little bit further and clad your meeting room wall with some stained planks of wood. Our client Fireproof Games did just that and what a difference!
2. Lighten up! #winteriscoming
And I’m not referring to Game Of Thrones (although it is constantly on my mind.)
In addition to GOT, Autumn is setting in and Winter is sure to follow. Which bring me to office lighting, when the darker nights come in, I hate to say it but it will become dark before we leave the office and we will be even more reliant on our office lighting. Florescent lighting can have a number of negative effects on employees, as it has been known to cause eye strain, and it is also cited as a trigger for migraine headaches. So you may want to consider upgrading to new LED lighting, if the pictures below doesn’t say enough, head over to our ‘Six benefits of using LED lighting in your workplace’ post.
3. Change of Furniture
Similar to fashion, sometimes trends can come back around, however if you have Beech corner desks… I very much doubt these will ever come back into fashion! Colour is a personal preference of course, however when it comes to corner workstations these are somewhat redundant now that we have flat screen monitors and small technology in general.
In upgrading your office furniture not only will you create a more modern looking environment, it can also be a great way to incentive a tidy desk policy, clear out some old archiving and reduce storage space. A change of furniture can also enable a re-jig of desks, and the opportunity to create more space for more employees and/or a larger meeting or break out space for future growth, if you are not quite ready to take the leap into a bigger office space.
4. Loud Noises
If you are currently in a very open plan environment with a noisy team on the phone you may want to consider adding some acoustic elements to your office to improve sound levels. This can be achieved in a number of ways depending on your current environment.
- Adding fabric screens between your desks.
- Creating small booth areas for employees to use when having discussions
- Phone booths for calls away from desks
- Acoustic wall art in office and meeting rooms
- Have you got an exposed ceiling? Check out out blog on getting exposed in the office and some top Acoustic buffer solutions – http://www.novexsolutions.co.uk/inspiration/exposed-ceilings-in-the-workplace/