Concepts around contemporary office design have changed markedly overly the last few decades. While the earliest version of the open plan office started in the 1950’s, the idea has evolved far beyond having workers seated in rows under the watchful eye of a supervisor. Contemporary office design trends around office optimisation continue to evolve, incorporating ever more practical innovations to boost employee morale and wellness.
Although there’s something very satisfying about a neat office, a well-equipped office generally tends towards the bland. After all, it must be functional, uncluttered, and professional-looking. So, is there any room for creativity? There certainly is!
There’s no denying that office spaces have changed over the centuries. It’s not just the technologies we use to get the tasks done but the way we work together – and the way in which bosses work with employees – that’s at the heart of the change.
Unless your office desk is broken (or looking like it), you’re probably not thinking about replacing it. But it doesn’t just need to be falling apart or looking old for you to buy a new one. There’s plenty of other motivations, like if you’re shifting focus from a traditional space to open plan.
With technology blurring borders and making it easier to work with clients no matter where they are, co-working spaces have risen in popularity. It’s not just for freelancers and contractors, but also SMEs. Companies are hiring out rooms or ‘pods’ in collaborative working spaces to network with other brands, boost creativity, and often, to save money. A lot of the office fitout is done for you already.
But just because you’re working in this collaborative setting, it’s still important to think about the use of space. It’s great that the kitchen, bathrooms and hang out areas are already taken care of, but you can’t forget the most important part of your ‘office’: the workstations.
Depending on how big your office is, you probably have a conference table – the centre piece to your meeting room. It’s a specific piece of furniture that caters for a range of people. There’s nothing worse than trying to communicate a new idea or listen to a speaker sitting at a small table or even worse – resting a notepad on your legs, your makeshift desk.
It pays to invest in quality furniture in your conference or meeting room. That is, furniture that’s custom made for unique tasks that take place in there. When you need to make important decisions, there’s great value in sitting face to face around a table.
Ever tried to work in an unorganised desk? It’s a minimalist’s nightmare. A clean, tidy workspace starts with thoughtful office fitout design. Your space should be constructed to suit your changing needs. It requires an idea of where (and how) you’re planning to evolve.
If you sit for long periods, like a lot of us do at our desks you are susceptible to a plethora of health issues such as obesity. This isn’t meant to scare you but rather, educate you on the importance of being mindful about your office space and the importance of ergonomic furniture. Read our blog post for more.
Ever tried working in a dark, dreary room? It’s not easy. Then, compare this to sitting near a window, looking out to a beautiful large tree. You’re more motivated and more productive. So how can you brighten your office space without relying on a beautiful view? Read our blog post to find out.
What comes to mind when you think of office design? Placement to the window, the bathroom, the coffee machine? When organising an office, most people think functionally. But there’s one part of office design that shouldn’t be missed: personalities. Want to know why? Read our new blog post to find out.