Casa Forma Welcomes You To The Ultimate Luxury Interior Design Blog
Frequent studies have linked where you work to how productive you are whilst working. In fact, recent studies have shown that a well-designed office can increase worker productivity by as much as 20%. At the same time studies reported in the Guardian have shown that nearly a fifth of Britons are suffering from stress and anxiety disorders. A happy workforce is a more productive work force and, with that firmly in mind, we decided to look at designing your office to increase productivity.
Starting with The Basics
The essential first points we consider when designing offices are light, space and desks. Poor light levels create poor moods. Lack of space creates a stifled work environment and decreases productivity as it does not allow for free movement of personnel. Optimised, ergonomic desk spaces increase productivity.
One of the first things we look to when designing office spaces is increasing natural and artificial lighting. Poor lighting has been linked to depression, weariness and eyestrain amongst other issues. We like to add overhead lighting as well as side lighting to create a warm open environment.
Space is always at a premium in a busy office and cramming enough desks in can seem like a challenge in itself. However, increasing the feeling of space in an office can drastically improve productivity and workplace communication. This can be simple changes like re-arranging the desk structure or it can involve creating new spaces to make transition between work areas more comfortable. We can also help create the illusion of space through adding mirrors, increasing door heights and using neutral colours. By connecting the indoor space with the outdoors we bring in elements of nature which creates a relaxing and positive working ambiance.
If your workers sit at desks that they like they will be more productive. Comfy, stylish chairs, ergonomic keyboards and computer monitors are a great place to start but don’t forget the desks themselves. Office supplier desks tend to be cheap and mundane. Replacing with sleek modern or classic elegance styles makes your employs feel more valued – and their work will be more valuable.
Beyond the Basics
These are the basic changes every office should look to incorporate into a redesign. We at Casa Forma like to take this a lot further. One of the best ways to increase productivity in an office is to make it more like a bar or home than an office. Companies like Google have already embraced this new ethos. Adding pool tables, lounge areas, a coffee bar or dining tables changes your work environment incredibly. You could take it even further and look at ways to create the ultimate luxurious office.
Imagine this – your employee needs to have a 1 on 1 project review with you. Instead of stepping into your office you have the discussion in a comfy chair in the coffee room. Your meeting is more relaxed and your employee is able to convey their thoughts on the project in a casual, open setting. This improves communication immensely. After work your employees might stay in the office for a few drinks and a game of pool – they actively want to spend time in the office!
Design and office content play a pivotal role in this modern workplace. We want to create light comfortable spaces for your employees to relax in. We choose light open colours, sleek modern furniture and supplement it with facilities targeted at your employees. We create a modern workspace that throws traditional office atmospheres away whilst improving your employees performance.
Author: Faiza Seth