5 things to consider before designing a new office
If you’ve decided to go ahead with a new office fitout for your business, then there are a few important things to take into consideration. After all, how the office looks, feels and what facilities are available can have a significant impact on the productivity of your staff and the brand image of your company.
Here are five things to consider before you start choosing the furniture for an office fitout.
Can staff work from home?
The mobile era is now here, and it’s going to be a fact of life for most businesses over the next few years. Essentially, this means staff wanting to work from home or even while they’re travelling, instead of coming into the office. While it may sound like the business is losing control, there are a number of benefits.
For example, the business can use a smaller office space to facilitate the staff that come into the office and introduce new collaborative technologies.
Is new technology on the way?
Cloud Cruiser recently found that businesses are starting to use new cloud technologies for a number of purposes, but what does this mean for the office?
As companies start to move older IT hardware offsite to new cloud systems, the space within the office can instead be put to use for other purposes. Now could be the best time to implement new meeting rooms, or even an expanded reception area.
Is greenery important?
A study from Washington State University found that when plants were placed in an office environment, workers were less stressed, more productive and reacted more quickly.
Given these benefits, it could be time to consider putting plants in the office environment. Greenery can also strengthen the environmentally friendly image of a company.
Have you thought about colour?
Everyone has their favourite colours, but your office obviously can’t be a kaleidoscope of colours in every room. Thankfully, there are certain colours that can improve the office.
Environmental psychologist Sally Augustin spoke to Forbes about the importance of colour, and said blue is the most accepted choice. Red reduces analytical thinking, while green can be used to spark creativity.
What kind of environment do you want?
Above all else, it’s important to think about the kind of environment that will work for the business. By introducing new technologies, colour schemes and even plants, the culture of the office will undoubtedly change.
With the design of an office so important, don’t leave anything to chance. Speak to the experts at A1 Office before you get started. We can help you make interior design choices that make all the difference.
If you think it’s time to redesign your office, contact us here and we can start the process today!