We have talked about how the design of an office can change how an organization operates, but what is the science behind these conclusions?
Some adjustments, like the amount of light or noise in a room, may evoke a subconscious response, such as putting on headphones. Believe it or not, but these reactions have some sort of science to them, Entrepreneur Magazine reported.
“But now, through the lenses of science and simulation, we are able to supplement, support and even challenge our intuition about what makes a great space,” Scott Wyatt, a managing partner at NBBJ, told the source. “Through tests, we can understand the consequences of a particular design on the workers who are operating within it.”
In the past, working in an office just meant throwing some work stations and meeting places together, but in this day in age, employees have become more vocal about their work environment and how office design may impact their productivity.
Depending on your startup’s plans for its headquarters, some changes may be feasible while others aren’t. In fact, some of the items on a person’s wish list may not be necessary for their daily tasks.
For example, finding a commercial space with high ceilings may only be necessary for creative industries, whereas analytics or financial companies may benefit from low ceilings that allow workers to focus on time-sensitive tasks.
Whether your company is a well-established organization that is looking to build headquarters from scratch or looking to rent a portion of a floor within a high rise, remember these things as you design an office space that facilitates your goals and meshes with your culture:
Visibility – This brings up the classic question of open or cubicle office, and it’s an important one to consider because it may impact the number of interactions your staff has with one another. If day-to-day tasks require workers to pay close attention to their projects, as architects would for instance, it’ll be more beneficial to have everyone operate in more private quarters.
Distance – Similar to visibility, how far workers are from one another may impact how much collaboration occurs. NBBJ designer Andrew added that if someone is “more than an 80-foot walk away from someone, you are much less likely to talk to them on a daily basis.”
Once you decide how to space one staff member from one another, everything else will fall into place. Noise level will naturally readjust itself based on how busy staff members appear and the brightness of the office will depend on personal and professional preferences.
Nevertheless, every workspace needs to be filled with relevant business furniture to ensure work will be done in the office. Often times, purchasing these commercial pieces becomes a financial burden because of the price tag, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are Bay Area used furniture retailers that have a slew of furnishings for a fraction of the cost without sacrificing overall quality.
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