Originally published by Ian R on mindspace.me
From the width of the corridors to the color of the lampshades, the interior design of an office is very influential when it comes to a company’s performance and its impression on visitors
It’s understood that humans are sensitive to their environments. When you consider how much time we spend in the workplace, it only makes sense that our surroundings suit our needs and provide us with a pleasant experience all round. What about interior design makes us more productive? And, how can we create spaces that suit a variety of people, across a variety of activities? What about today’s evolving technology needs to be taken into account when designing work spaces? All of these questions, and numerous others, are part of creating an environment that not only boosts productivity, but also overall wellbeing.
The research is bountiful and it all leads to a common conclusion: happy, comfortable employees, are productive and creative employees. While this might seem like common sense today, a lot of offices are still stuck with clumsy layouts, dull interiors, and dysfunctional lighting.
Interior design can make employees happy to come into work in the morning and keep them motivated throughout the day. This is done with intelligent lighting, good use of color, ergonomic furniture, and a good amount of style.
Your employees might be comfy and productive, but are they efficient? Business efficiency often centers around one thing – teamwork. A well-designed office will be laid out to encourage collaboration with dedicated spaces that suit the full scope of a company’s activities.
Brainstorming sessions and video conferences are the basics. What about relaxation? Or maybe an alternative space for some creative soul searching? These activities, along with shared zones for socializing and more casual work, are very important to maintaining a high level of efficiency.
Company Culture & Brand Identity
The interior design of an office tells us something about the company that inhabits it, whether we intend for it to do so, or not. A good interior designer understands this and will aim to create a space that exudes a certain ambience that suits the overall culture of the company. The space should also be flexible to a certain degree to allow for structural changes, and special events.
The design of an office space will not only communicate a company’s culture to clients, but will also act to retain employees over time. Research done by the British Council for Offices in 2016 found that employees were prepared to travel a full 30 minutes extra to work in an office that they considered “perfect”.
From the width of the corridors to the color of the lampshades, the interior design of an office is very influential when it comes to a company’s performance and its impression on visitors. Stay tuned for future articles on the topic as we dig deeper into specific elements of interior office design.