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Retrofitting existing offices

It’s not often that an office will see a total refurbishment. These spaces are usually built to a tight set of requirements (including budget), and the business will likely be reluctant to introduce any substantial change.

It’s time to change this way of thinking, as retrofitting an office can be a boon for staff productivity, happiness and the image of the company. In fact, Managing Director of The Business Channel Gary Berlyn explained that an office retrofit is one of the best ways to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions, thanks to new technologies.

So where do businesses start when planning to change the interior design of an office? It’s obviously quite a large undertaking. In this piece, we’ll take a look at several considerations for an office retrofit.

Any overhaul of an office will require a significant amount of planning, as each business will have different requirements. Most companies, for example, will want to ensure that staff have the right space to perform their work to the highest possible standard. In other cases, the business may want to reduce energy costs in order to drive savings.

Having a clear objective before setting out is the best way to ensure that the refit ticks the right boxes. What’s more, it’s important to reduce costs. After all, a business may not need to change out all of the furniture in an office, but merely introduce new technologies.

Considering new furniture

For offices stuck with cubicles, it’s likely high time to change these out for a modern, connected furniture arrangement. The benefits are for more than just aesthetics.

A study from the University of Sydney found that workers in cubicles ranked as the most miserable of all survey participants. Those in enclosed offices were far happier. This means desks without large walls, but instead small dividers that allow some measure of privacy and personalisation within the office space.

Connected furniture settings can also facilitate multiple working arrangements, for example collaboration areas without dividers and more secluded spaces where staff can simply focus.

Is colour important?

If an office is currently white, gray or some other drab colour, it’s a good idea to plan a new coat of paint. A University of Texas study noted that for women, these colour schemes often induce sadness and depression. Men were more likely to find the same with orange and purple.

This means colours like green and blue are the best options, as they’re often tied to efficiency and focus. Paint company Resene said that green is useful for reducing eye strain, while blue helps people focus on numbers. Red, on the other hand, is a good bolster when attention to detail is important.

With new technologies, an office can be overhauled for the better.

Introduce technology

Painting walls and changing out furniture are some of the bigger office retrofit tasks, but is there anything businesses can do to improve productivity without significant change? With new technologies, an office can be overhauled for the better in a short space of time.

Video conferencing systems, for example, can help to keep remote workers in touch over long distances. When staff need to work together on projects within the office, tablets make it easy to quickly share information.

Overhauling an office isn’t problematic, especially when working with the experts. Reach out to A1 Office today to learn more about overhauling office spaces, and bringing workplaces into the 21st century. It’s not an altogether difficult undertaking, but it’s important to think about the end goal.






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