Office Design

Office Design

Things To Consider Before Building Your Next Company Workspace

When you want to build your own company workspace, whether this is a factory, office or even headquarters, there are several things you must consider in order to ensure your venture is worthwhile. Failing to follow these steps could result in your creation falling lower than your expectations or leave you without money to fix the situation. Functionality and productivity are the two key factors that combine together to help you make the most of your spend, but getting these spot on can be tough, especially if you don’t have much experience or expertise in this area. Luckily, it’s actually not as hard as you may think to gain the essential knowledge that’s required to ensure your build comes out on top, so read on to uncover some handy information that can push your potential towards workspace perfection. 

Getting A Sound Structure 

The structure of your building should be the first thing that you plan, as it is the most important feature that has influence over all other aspects. Without establishing a sound structure, you will not be able to ensure a safe and secure workspace, nor will you be able to make any steps towards interior design that works productively. Evaluate the space that you have and what your main goals are, and think about approaching a professional at Allcott Associates to help you create a sound structural plan that’s correct in its mathematics and dimensions. If it’s an office you’re building, think about how many different workrooms you’ll need for the amount of staff you have, plus 20% extra. This will accommodate for your business growth and warrant the need for another building. For factories and other production spaces, safety should be your first priority. Ensure you follow the security standards for your specific industry, such as using non-flammable or non-conducting materials throughout.

The Impact Of Great Interior Design

Though it is one of the final steps you must take, moulding the perfect design for the workspaces interior can have a huge impact upon the success of your build. If you go out of your way to create a whole new work space and don’t put the same amount as effort into decking out the inside to the highest standards then you are falling at the last hurdle! In offices, drab walls and bright white lights will do nothing but create an atmosphere of boredom. Opting to add a splash of colour with some more relaxed warm lighting will create a more comfortable environment, and ergonomic desks and chairs can allow your seated employees to focus on the task at hand rather than their aching back. Factories again must consider safety before anything else, as a cluttered design with no clear exit routes will leave you open to many risks that could essentially be avoided with the right planning. 

These important steps should help you to get set in the right direction towards building a serene workspace that can fully support your growing businesses needs.


Designing Your Office for Maximum Productivity

Being a business owner means you have a lot of different things to think about. From staff training to sales, productivity and profit, the scale can really vary. Productivity is something that can impact different areas of the business, so can be a good place to start. But when you think of productivity, are you just thinking of looking for different tools like automation that can save time, or concentration strategies for your team? While those things can be all well and good, a lot has to be said of looking into your office design, to see if it really is set up to have an impact on productivity or not. Lots of people look into office design in terms of productivity, and it can make a big difference. 

But more recently, research has shown that office design has a huge impact on how much gets done. Of course, there are basic things that you will need to have in place, and experts to help you to put things in place, like commercial plumbing and electronics. But there are some really key things that can make such a difference to help productivity levels. So with all of that in mind, here are some of the tips for how you can design your office for maximum productivity. It is going to help your business and your employees is so many ways.

Improve the lighting

If you can’t see well, then you won’t be able to work well, will you? Poor lighting can cause problems to health, from things like eye strain, headaches, stress, fatigue, and even a whole host of other health problems, as well as problems with mental health. Therefore, one of the simplest things that you can do to help to boost productivity is to improve the lighting in the office. Where possible, look for ways to have as much natural light in the office as possible. If you are designing your office from scratch, then this can be a great thing to really implement. If you have to work with that you’ve got, then try to place desk areas as close to windows and other sources as natural light, as much as possible. 

Control the noise level

Noise is something that can be really difficult to control, but when it is dealt with well, then it can help productivity in a really good way. Too much noise is something that is a common office complaint. And if you don’t want to staff that have to deal with more illness, stress, and low morale, then doing something about it can make a big difference. Something like sound masking can be a way to get rid of unwanted sounds, as it is designed to cover up things. If you can’t take steps to install a full-on sound masking system, then using something like noise-cancelling headphones can be a good idea for team members that really need to have silence in order to work well.

Start thinking of Variety

It turns out that having an open office isn’t something that is all it is cracked up to be. In reality, there have been some research into open offices that have shown lower employee satisfaction and low productivity. In fact, it can also lead to higher levels of stress and tiredness. Basically, in other words, this kind of space can be bad all round. So in order to combat this, it can be a good idea to look at making a shift toward variety in the design of your workplace, rather than just keeping a general open office space. For example, having some personal spaces for your employees where they are able to customize them to be just as they want them, can make a big difference. Having a space to be quiet and to think can make a big difference too.

Raise the ceilings

If you are going to design an office from scratch, or if you are ready to renovate, then something to plan into it all, or have it into your plans, would be raising the ceiling height. There have been studies that have found that people do prefer ceilings that are  around ten feet high. High ceilings have been associated with thinking more freely, so it can be a helpful way to inspire creativity. So do you think that something that allows more creative thinking can benefit your business? If that is the case with you, then why not give it a try and raise the roof, so to speak?

‘People First’ approach for design and build firm

A WORKPLACE design and build firm is highlighting the need for a ‘people first’ approach to creating inspirational business environments that can boost culture, wellbeing and profitability.

Interaction, based in Bath, insists the days of focusing solely on efficiency – and maximum headcount – in office spaces is well and truly over, as smart technology blurs the boundaries between work and home.

Modern employees expect a positive workplace experience, while agile working has become the norm in many sectors.
Established in 1992, Interaction’s workplace consultancy team works closely with customers to tap into the DNA of a business and deliver projects that can affect positive change.

Deborah Wilder, Head of Research and Insight at Interaction, said: “Progressive employers recognise a positive work environment that inspires people to fulfil their potential is an astute investment, especially among those in highly competitive sectors for talent.

“But this approach calls for a good understanding of what workers need and what a business needs from its workers.

“This is where my team comes in, helping clients to shape the project brief so we can deliver the best solution possible.

Change management is one key area where Interaction’s team is supporting clients.

It worked with housing association Alliance Homes to plan improvements to its 18,000 sq ft head office in Portishead, Bristol.
The result was Alliance Homes’ former open-plan offices being completely re-worked into a montage of flexible, activity-based workspaces that offer a balance of collaborative areas, quiet cubby holes, and breakout spaces.

Nature was brought into the equation too, with an impressive floor-to-ceiling living wall feature in the lobby.

Other headline projects Interaction has been involved in include Manchester-based online retailer N Brown and nationwide legal firm TLT.

It is also working with the Diocese of Bath & Wells on its relocation from 12th century offices to a new fit-for-purpose modern space.
This includes detailed research into the kind of space, technology and furniture that can best support the organisation in the long term.

The aim is for the Diocese’s work environment to foster a healthy work/life balance as well as a culture of teamwork, drawing on the latest digital communication tools.

Dieter Wood, Managing Director of Interaction, said: “There’s no doubt that the type of space we occupy affects our behaviour and work performance.

“An office move or a workplace redesign presents employers with a huge opportunity.

“These projects can become the catalyst for profound, positive cultural change, which is a win-win situation for employees and the bottom-line alike.”

About Interaction

Interaction are workplace design and build experts based in Bath. Since 1992, Interaction has been creating inspirational workplaces that positively enhance a business’s culture, values, employee wellbeing, and profitability. Firm believers that every business is different, Interaction are extremely successful at understanding the needs and aspirations of their clients to create unique spaces. If you are considering changes to your workplace or want to learn more about how you could best utilise your office space, please have a look at our website or get in touch.

Please have a look at our website or get in touch.