What if your office suddenly went from private to out in the open? What would be the biggest change you could imagine from the open office experience? How would you prepare and adapt your tasks? A hundred questions and scenarios could begin coursing through your brain about coping in such an exposed situation where productivity is still paramount. In its effort for progress, it is becoming quite clear that the collaborative culture may have derailed itself with distraction.
The goal of today’s office ergonomics is focused on fitting the workspace and technology to the individual, thus reducing the risk of injuries and helping people work effectively. However, the very nature of work is changing. Technology has freed people to work anywhere, and a growing proportion of that work is collaborative and social. In response, organizations are supplementing the private office and cubicle with a wide variety of interactive group and social spaces. READ MORE
.Transparency in the workplace takes on a whole new meaning in an open office design. Creating beautiful glass-walled spaces for meetings, training or other separations within your space plan adds some sparkle and variety to the wide open space. Glass around the office can be artful and purposeful within the collaborative environment and provide a powerful vehicle for creativity.
The best office layouts support the interaction of your team. Providing the right tools for them to function seamlessly with each other and still perform their individual tasks is an office design challenge that is in a constant state of evolution. In a 2016 workplace innovation survey conducted by Gensler, a statistical link was discovered between the functional design of the workspace and the quality of work and innovation ascribed to it by the employees. Creating a high-performance workplace creates an ecosystem of innovation that is a direct predictor of your staff performance.
Sit-Stand desks are a simple, flexible and affordable solution to improve your health while you work. Having the ability to change work state during the day is broadly empowering. Adding height adjustability to new or existing workstations has proven to be a very effective motivator.
The absolute certainty in life and worklife is change. Finding inventive ways to adapt to the demands of the evolving workspace starts with a flexible design. Setting a foundation for the adaptable workspace will give your office an edge and allow you to continue evolving along with your team. Designing ahead of the change will give you longterm flexibility.
Even the best employers, providing the best workplace solutions—ergonomic seating, height-adjustable tables, views to the outdoors, multiple break rooms—may be missing something huge. What about the color of the walls? The smells in the office? The texture of furniture materials? Engaging the senses—sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch—that humans perceive the world. Read More
Your office design should get a refresh every once in a while. A new year is the perfect time to take a look at the current trends and see what might fit your needs. Branded environments, color, natural elements, flexible design options and even pet friendly offices are making an appearance this year. Here are some trends to watch:
Office design is a multi-faceted endeavor. Not only is it beholden to the current trends in hospitality/home design, consumer behaviour, well-being and technology, it is bound to the work culture present at any given time within the office. This information drives the product design process that ultimately redefines how you work.
It sounds complicated, but you can make a difference as a consumer and a company with your buying power. Office Furniture NOW! has been reducing the amount of solid waste – including hazardous waste – that has been going to the landfill for years by selling refurbished office furniture. READ MORE