Good Factors of Quality Office Design
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The workspace that your company or organization occupies is no longer considered just a workspace. Companies these days understand that their workspace is not only a space for their employees to work, but it a serious weapon in attracting employees to join an organization. An organization’s workspace is not only a reflection of their company values and branding, it also has to be practical in its placement of departments and functions.
The Harvard Business Review believe that there are seven factors when it comes to good office design. Specifically within this are 7 specific attributes of workspaces, which are: Perspective, Enclosure, Exposure, Location, Technology, Temporarily and Size. Following these seven attributes when it comes to designing a workspace, will allow for a space to be built that focuses on the needs and behavior of the employees. Poorly designed offices can often lead to workers that are unmotivated and not engaged with their performance.
The collaboration between the aesthetics and practicality of workspace design, will always provide an output of an engaging workspace, where employees feel motivated to perform. The motivation does not just come from the look of the workspace, the colors chosen or the fabrics selected. Nor does it comes purely from the layout and design of the workspace, which teams are seated next to which teams, and the amount of open light that is let into the space.
Getting the balance between the aesthetics and the practicality of the design, can more often than not be easier said than done. As part of the design phase, a review of the current workspace should provide the insights required to generate a practical design. Reviewing the numbers of meeting rooms being used concurrently, and the numbers of people attending meetings, should give you a fair idea of the size and quantity of meeting rooms required in the space.
Designing a workspace in the modern day, should not be a trial by error process, like it may have been 10 or 20 years ago. With research such as that of the Harvard Business Review, and the input that can be obtained by researching current workspaces, and from speaking with its employees, lessons can be learned and failures can be avoided. All in all resulting in a workspace that is practical, aesthetically pleasing, and promotes the values and culture of the organization.