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Office Interior Design: What Goes Into Developing an Employee-Friendly Design

14 APR 2022 | POSTED BY DIGITAL NEXT

Office interior design is a topic that few of us in the business world can escape in recent years. The way that we work is changing, and in turn, the environments and tools we require to do that work are changing too. Style trends tend to come and go, but the goal of office interior design is to create something that will remain effective and comfortable for your team both in the short and long term. While this will likely be different depending on the needs and preferences of your specific business, we hope we can provide you with some tools and direction when considering a revamping of your office’s interior design layout.

What Does Office Interior Design Mean?

Although it seems like a relatively ubiquitous concept, office interior design encapsulates a number of different ideas and considerations that are easy to forget when planning out a redesign of your workplace. Beyond just the choices of functional and decorative additions to a space, office design also considers factors, such as the environmental impact of a space, health and wellness, technological requirements, and even the company culture.

It’s common for those new to interior design, especially in workplaces, to think it’s simply a process of moving around furniture and that the same office design is going to work no matter what it’s being used for. However, dig a little deeper, and you begin to see the many factors that end up falling under this quite lofty umbrella term.

What Should I Focus On When Developing an Office Design Plan?

Though it can appear a little overwhelming at first, office design can be broken down into smaller components to then be reformed into a cohesive whole:

Practical Design

An office is a place of collaboration and cohesion, but it’s also a place where people need the time and space to get their work done comfortably. So, when planning out a space, it’s important to have a mix of the singular and the collaborative, offering spaces where ideas can flow easily whilst still providing areas for individuals to work without distraction. This is one of the big draws of hot-desking or providing non-assigned desk spaces for people to move and shift through as needed.

In this regard, when working with an office interior design specialist, they will be able to go through your options with you and provide insights on what they believe the best avenues will be for a tailored solution.

Human Design

As much as we have an idea of the standard office building as it exists in our collective memory and imaginations, with low fluorescent lighting and off-coloured walls, nothing will demotivate employees faster. Think of your office space as the place where many of your employees are coming five days a week, eight hours a day; that is an enormous amount of their time that is spent in this space, and if you can make it feel comfortable and open, it’s sure to show in their ability to stay productive and motivated.

This is where elements like the colour of your walls, your choice of furnishings, and the overall structure of your workspaces really come into play. Just remember that office interior design is a balance and a quite sensitive one at that. You may initially want to turn your workplace into a place of fun and excitement, but if this is going to distract people when it comes time to do the core work of their job, then it’s unlikely you’re going to get the desired effect.

Tech Design

With an enormous portion of the workforce now directly interacting with technology as a core part of their daily tasks, this is a vital factor in productivity. Employees need to have easy access to the technology required for their tasks to be completed optimally, and even if you’ve developed a hot-desking or flexible working environment in other areas, it won’t be effective unless your technological shifts also reflect that.

Whilst the purchasing of tablets and laptops for flexible work use is an excellent starting point in this regard, there are more core issues that need to be addressed first:

  • Do you have adequate cable management capabilities?
  • Does each desk have access to enough power sources?
  • How much time will end up being lost going between various forms of technology, such as printers and scanners?

In some cases, your building may require structural changes and new power point installations to ensure that your electrical systems reflect the developing needs of your business. While this can cause disruptions initially, it will allow you to go into the future of your business, knowing that fixable issues aren’t compromising your productivity.

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The way we use our workplaces is always going to change over time, and the longer you leave a space that isn’t working, the more difficult it is going to be to grow and thrive in the future. However, you always have options, and at AOFS, we are here to help. Offering bespoke office fitout packages for businesses, educational facilities and medical practices alike, AOFS is dedicated to providing the best environment for your needs.

 

For more information on how you can get more out of your office environment, stay up-to-date with the AOFS office fitout blog.

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