Your office space design can have a large impact on the overall productivity of the people who work there. It may seem odd at first, but design plays a big role in the overall psychology of a office. It can make a difference n employee engagement and turnover. Here ate a few tips to take into consideration when designing office space.
Rid Yourself Of The Cubicles
One of the more popular trends in office design is to make a more open design. This means getting rid of the cubicles and trying to promote a more open exchange of ideas among employees. Entrepreneur.com mentions what some think of this idea,
Janet Pogue, a principal in Gensler’s Washington, D.C., office, where she co-leads the firm’s workplace practice is (unsurprisingly) not a fan of the cubicle model. “Having seated privacy is not a bad thing, but there are ways that you can do that without being boxed in from every side,” she says. “I think the Dilbert world is gone.”
The land of cubicles may be something that is looked back upon as something that we did in the past, but no longer wish to do.
Power To The Employees
Believe it or not, offering employees choices about where they work can be helpful. In other words, providing employees with the opportunity to have a say in their work environment is now being encouraged. It is possible to even consider allowing the employees to work from home if this is something that is possible within the field that you operate. It may also allow you to reduce the amount of office space you need to rent and save bottom line dollars.
There are some offices that are so quiet that they almost sounds like a cemetery. No one is speaking, there is almost dead silence. Talk about a depressing place to work! Though it is important to keep the noise level down so as to allow employees to work, it is also nice to have at least a little background noise. Having designated quiet rooms that employees can go to if they need to really focus in is a nice design choice.
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By: James Osgood