An open-office plan is one of the biggest trends in office interior design today. Popularized by tech giants like Google and Facebook, this trend is believed to promote collaboration, efficiency, and creativity. It is considered to foster communication between employees, and reduce the space required for individual workstations. Today, nearly 75% of modern offices in America have embraced open-office workspaces, with the concept considerably proliferating in recent times. An open office provides enough flexibility to make tweaks that will improve the comfort levels of the employees and boost productivity.
Office interior design should be based on perspectives toward team output, and should recognize the availability of proper elements to enhance creativity, with the overall benefit being the higher quality work planned and generated.
You can ensure that employees are productive in an office where everyone can hear and see each other through creating inviting and energizing workspaces that reflect the work ethos of a business.
Here are tweaks and modifications that could help keep the employees happier, healthier, more creative, and hence more productive.
Sitting for too long is detrimental to your health. You can allow the employees to have the freedom to stand or sit while working. Encourage individual standing, treadmill desks, as well as adjustable standing desks. Kneeling chairs, saddle seats, and yoga balls are better alternatives to traditional chairs. Offering seating alternatives will boost energy, increase productivity and contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Open office spaces are known to promote collaboration, but there are instances where employees would need privacy to concentrate. In such cases, moveable furniture is very helpful. Office furniture can be reconfigured to provide alternatives for people to work collaboratively or individually. Furniture in a modern workplace needs to be able to switch to different work modes.
Private Spaces for Concentration
An open-office plan could hinder the progress of individual employees who might need to put their heads down and concentrate. You can use furniture and designs to easily create private spaces. Allow a hybrid workspace with some private spaces for people who need to focus. For instance, employees can position moveable walls and desks in a way that creates a private space moving away from distractions.
Create Areas that encourage Interactions
You can create areas in an open-office to promote collaboration. From brainstorming to collaboration and socializing, such areas will encourage interactions. Employees can create a social space in the open office setting, with comfortable seating areas to invite mingling among them.
Flexible seating arrangements
Employees without assigned seating arrangements are known to be more productive and collaborative. Flexible seating arrangements encourage people to identify where they work best. Some people may prefer sitting in the middle of the room, while others prefer sitting next to a wall. Others prefer sitting near a talkative colleague to bounce back ideas back and forth, with while others prefer quiet colleagues.
Workspaces in open offices are often clustered into "neighborhoods" and are suitable for workgroup unity, sharing, and solution finding. An open, transparent, and natural environment is encouraged in such a workplace. Investing in these plan tweaks, will allow you create the best working environment to get those creative juices flowing, enhance performance, up user satisfaction, and generally increase office productivity. Information is guaranteed to flow down better, and communication will be easier with an apparent improvement in productivity.
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