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Revamping Your Office Space

REVAMPING yOUR OFFICE SPACE

Taking a look at the office spaces showcased in business magazines and commercials, it is quite natural to get that daunting feeling over setting up or recreating your work space. However, with just the right techniques and style, you are bound to transform it into the professional, modern office you always dream of. The ideal business environment should exude an aura of confidence and creativity that sparks productivity and lets employees know that innovation is welcome. Furthermore, it should emanate inspiration to workers and clients alike.
With these interior tips compiled by Furniture Mart, achieving this is no longer a dream. Let’s take a moment to step out of the box and delve into a new beginning.

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COMFORTABLE FURNITURE

Considering an average adult spends roughly one-third of each day at work, it is crucial for a company to keep the physical wellness of employees in check. According to research, comfortable and ergonomic furniture were deemed by employees as the most important aspect of an ideal office. Hence, it is not surprising that 6 percent of millennials would accept a pay cut in exchange for a healthy office environment.
Introducing the right kind of furniture to your office, specifically desks and chairs, goes a long way in escalating productivity rate and employee satisfaction. Use ergonomic chairs with plush upholstery that offers proper back support and adjustable height to reduce risk of injury caused by prolonged work hours. Sit-stand desks with attached monitor arms to position your screen is an excellent way of discouraging your employees from succumbing to unhealthy, sedentary work routines.
A clean and tidy office drastically improves the look of the work place, making a good impression on both clients and employees. To add an air of professionalism, set up ample storage solutions like filing cabinets, sideboards and shelving to minimize clutter and mess.

COLOUR PALETTE

Painting and decorating your office in certain colours has been proven to have a positive psychological effect on an individual’s brain. The colours you use to define your office décor can speak volumes about your brand personality. Despite this fact, just one colour may not do the trick depending on the type of work each person does. The key is to use the right combination of colours to paint and design.

– BLUE

Blue is the universal colour for productivity. It is a stable and calming colour that helps workers focus on the task at hand. Blue is an excellent colour to paint the entire office in. To complement the look, add key accents in other colours in segregated work areas to match the specific job roles.

– GREEN

Green is a good colour for people who work long hours. It prevents eye fatigue, averts drowsiness and helps you remain relaxed and efficient simultaneously.

– YELLOW

Yellow is known to be an optimistic colour and can stimulate creativity. Designers and workers who need to be creative for their jobs could benefit by integrating this colour into their workspace

– RED

Red has been proven to increase the heart rate, blood flow and additionally invoke emotion and passion. If your job requires you to be on your feet most of the time, involves much physical activity or contains tasks that deal with accuracy, such as proofreading, then red is your colour. If there is something in your work place that you want to attract attention, paint it red.

PROPER LIGHTING

The light fittings in an office can have a huge impact on employee mood and work efficiency. Dull or poorly lit rooms shroud enthusiasm in workers and stalls productivity whereas a well-lit interior is permeated by positive vibes. You can create a good working environment by installing LED bulbs which emit soft light and avoiding harsh fluorescent lights that may cause glare in screens or distract employees and clients. Use your creative streak and experiment with different lighting colours instead of the mainstream white.
Having mentioned the benefits of modern light fixtures, nothing beats good old sunshine to uplift the mood of your employees and get them energized. Strategically place workstations in areas close to windows and under skylights, where natural light can stream in, to optimize work performance of your employees.

OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE

It’s not a simple feat to find that one temperature that is suitable for everyone. Create an ideal atmosphere of optimum temperature by knowing a bit more about the structure and layout of the building. High ceilings may create poor air distribution, meaning heaters and air-cons have to work harder. A difference of just a few degrees can have a significant impact on how focused and engaged employees are. Research shows that as temperature rises over 90F, productivity of workers declines. The same is true as temperature decreases; with the thermostat set below 60F, employees are going to spend more energy shivering than focused on their work. Therefore, regulating the temperature at a standard optimal value, preferably around 71.6F, can create an enjoyable and relaxing work experience for your employees.

NOISE CONTROL

What most employees undoubtedly long for is a quiet place to work. Office noise is considered the second biggest productivity killer. Designate separate areas for meetings and brainstorming sessions, and place high-traffic spaces such as break rooms, kitchens and conference rooms away from workstations.
Another solution is to add acoustic furniture to your workplace which are designed in specific dimensions and fabrics to absorb sound. If your work space is large or has high ceilings, mount sound-absorbing fixtures such as clouds and baffles, to control sound reverberation and minimize noise levels. For an office that is more on the smaller side or having a low ceiling, acoustic wall panels are an excellent and stylish alternative.
Cover up the floors of the office with carpet, hardwood, stone or a more popular alternative known as Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT). Choosing appropriate matting to complement the décor is the quickest way to noticeably minimize office noise.
Establish a sound masking system by adding consistent, low-level ambient sounds, like soft music, to mask distracting noises.

OFFICE DÉCOR

An office itself can play a major role in portraying the company brand to the outside world. Furnish your work space with the right décor to add a personal touch and capture the spirit of the company. Add creative pieces, such as an accent wall with the company logo or accent chairs and ottomans to match the interior colour scheme, for a more modern, aesthetic look. Display your creative streak by putting up one or two large, bold artwork that stands out beautifully on the walls. Avoid using boring, sarcastic or rude posters and pieces of art as this may garner negative response.
Bring nature close to work. Add greenery to your office by means of natural or artificial plants to enhance the ambience of the surroundings. Set out mild, sweet-smelling flowers in appropriate areas to increase focus and mindfulness.
Install stylish, modern displays such as stands for magazines, books and brochures for easy access of display materials by visitors and clients. Showcase achievements and awards of the company by strategically displaying them in relevant areas. Nothing conveys the success story behind a company and impresses clients more than accolades won.

COMMUNAL SPACES

A modern, professional office calls for a design which allows workers to engage. This purpose can be fulfilled by creating coworking spaces instead of cubicles which confine employees to a limited area or department, thus restricting fresh ideas.
Coworking spaces are a great way of encouraging workers to collaborate, learn together and gain fresh perspectives. Ensure employees see and talk to each other by varying wall heights. Nestle small groups of 5 – 6 employees in ‘pods’ within larger office communities. Studies reveal that doing so prevents power struggles and helps the employees work for a common cause. For a more laid-back look, opt for high desks with bar-style stools, lounge chairs, beanbags and poufs. Add glass to offices to show management is approachable. Providing staff with a unique selection of furniture instead of the conventional ones helps to stimulate creativity and innovative thinking.

RELAXATION AREAS

More often than none, workers tend to prefer to take a breather to temporarily disengage from the steady stream of work. Not doing so may result in stress and fatigue, both big no-no’s for productivity. This is when relaxation areas such as break rooms, game rooms and lounges come into play.
Have a well-stocked break room with pantries packed with brain foods to boost performance such as avocadoes, almonds, bananas and yoghurt to name a few. Place large tables to seat groups of 8-12 employees to encourage casual conversation which helps keep innovation and ideas flowing smoothly long after lunch ends. It is also a great way of bringing different departments together.
Design visitors’ lounges, lobbies and waiting areas with high aesthetic appeal to nail making a fantastic first impression. Use of modern sofas, lounge seaters and beautiful art paired with a spectacular view of the outside through large glass walls completes the image of a perfect waiting area. Create a comfortable and relaxing environment for your guests to make your clients happy to work and establish business relations with you.

There is no such thing as a ‘perfect’ office. Adding your personal touch and design is what makes it stand out and endearingly special. So unleash your creative streak and design an office that is ‘You’.


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