The modern office is a setting that is a product of creative design ideas that do away with the conventional order of things often characterised by open-plan spaces, private office, meeting rooms and cubical. Below are some brilliant ideas from HL Decorating Contractors that can transform a workspace giving it a new look and feel that encourages and motivates the staff.
1. Maximise Natural Light
Of the many modern options for décor and design used for the workplace, biophilic office design has gained significant popularity in recent years. Part of its success is its advocacy for the use and maximisation of natural light where possible. Achieve this is possible through different techniques that include effective space planning such as setting up an open plan office where there is plenty of natural light and making use of glazed partitions to ensure there is plenty of natural light in the work area.
Studies show that the availability of natural light in building and have a positive impact on everything. It can help foster better moods thus enhancing concentration and creativity thereby increase productivity in the workplace.
2. Utilise Dead Office Space
It is not uncommon to find “dead spaces” unutilized or underutilised areas in most offices. Places such the corridors and under the stairs are often unused. Currently, there has been a shift in the office space design concepts where such unused unconventional areas are transformed into creative, functional work areas such as private one-person pods, huddle booths or even “chill” spots.
3. Provide Choice
Most employees confess to being more productive if they are in a motivating work environment with a high degree of choice regarding where they can work, socialise, and wind down when on break. As such, allow the works to have some sense of freedom of choice concerning how and where they wish to work is vital to their productivity levels. They can take part in deciding their quiet spaces, creative areas for collaborations and sharing of work ideas, and even recreational areas where they can relax and unwind.
For instance, you can design an office space that includes a variety of options for spaces where the staff can choose to work from. Such areas can be designated as spaces for collaboration, concentration and relaxation.
4. Inject Colour, Artwork and Brand Messages
The vibrancy of colour never fails to elicit some reaction hence the need to make wise choices even if you are keen on using your brand palette. It is wise to go for tones that subtly denote the purpose or use of certain areas around the office. For instance, soft tones colours can help with employee concentration while the vibrant hues can aid in enhancing creativity and collaboration in the workplace.
The introduction of colour to the workspace is also possible through the use of art pieces. For instance, the use of artistic graphics can be in line with the company’s brand message or logo. The use of wall arts can help communicate something motivational or encouraging to the workers.
5. Workplace Wellbeing
The implementation of the above idea is geared towards the workers’ wellbeing, and while that may be the case, it is possible to achieve the same result through other means. For instance, the use of sit-stand desks as opposed to the traditional desk and chair, hosting standing meetings by having tall tables in the meeting room, or even installing showers and dressing rooms for your employees who walk, jog, run, or cycle to work.
For instance, that space under the stairs can be turned into a storage area for bikes or a snacks cabinet where you keep tea, fruits, and other snacks along with a few utensils. The corridor can be turned into a chill spot by installing lounge couches or be utilized as a space for doing yoga.
More and more companies are keen on having employee-centric workspaces that have the wellbeing of the staff at the core of everything. Such investment is in a bid to attract and retain the best of qualified workers given the growing demand and stiff competition for such a workforce.