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Pros and Cons Of An Open-space versus closed-space offices

Pros and Cons Of An Open-space versus closed-space offices Open-plan offices have firmly established themselves as an enduring design and layout, but many businesses are converting to closed-space offices or combining the best of both worlds. Each particular layout has its own benefits and drawbacks, and some layouts and combinations work better for certain businesses than others. Creative spaces When you think of open-plan offices, you might think of rows of desks, with people sat facing the same way or facing each other, separated by a computer monitor, as seen in the classrooms of our childhood. This is a suitable design scheme for some offices, such as when staff typically need to work by themselves but may need to discuss issues with colleagues occasionally, but in more creative industries, this layout can be limiting. If you want to promote discussion with staff in your office, then why not consider creating specialized spaces for each working-group, with des

The Importance of Appropriate Reach Zones and Storage Placement in Office

The Importance of Appropriate Reach Zones and Storage Placement in Office Maintain a Healthy Posture The way you arrange your computer accessories and desk equipment can have a great impact on your posture and well being. Imagine you own the perfect workstation: a highly ergonomic office chair, height-adjustable desk and a flexible monitor arm; however, you still get some pins and needles in your arms or have a stiff shoulder, or both. This may be caused by excessive leaning and twisting due to the incorrect position of the accessories on your desk. This is why we want to talk about the appropriate reach zone. Primary zone [A]. Elbows should be fairly closed to the body and shoulders relaxed with little to no touch required. [B]. Include frequently used items - such as keyboard and mouse. Secondary zone [C]. Posture allows for more reaching with the arm stretched out from the body [D]. Include items that the worker will use less frequently throu

The importance of lighting in office design

The importance of lighting in office design Everybody knows the importance of good and bad lighting, whether it’s for your selfies on Instagram or for the office space at work, and it’s crucial that the correct lighting is used in each environment effectively. Lighting can maximize your mood, improve work ethos, as well as creating the perfect office space. According to The National Center for Biotechnology Information, great lighting can produce “potent biological and therapeutic effects” among workers, whilst bad lighting can cause any number of issues, from eye strain to severe headaches, so it’s really in any employer’s best interest to really utilize lighting features in the office effectively. So, today we’re focusing our attention on the importance of lighting in office design, highlighting (pardon the pun) some top tips about how to keep your employees happy! First up: Natural lighting: Two of any architects’ favorite buzz words, and quite rightly so too! Natu

How small changes to your workplace can make a big difference

How small changes to your workplace can make a big difference The design and layout of a workplace can play a huge role in maximizing both comfort for your employees as well as productivity. Ensuring that your employees are equipped with optimum conditions will also have considerable impact on generating overall employee satisfaction and well-being. In this blog, we will recommend a number of small changes that you can apply within your work space, which may make a big difference without breaking the bank.  Design If you’re looking for simple ways to arouse your employees and stimulate productivity, research shows that adding touches of specific colors within office design will have effect.   See our blog on the How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity for further information, but while you are decorating the office or considering adding pieces of art, keep the following color associations in mind: Cool colors, such as blue and green: restful, tranquility, rel

How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity

   How the Color of Your Office Impacts Productivity Color can influence mood, productivity, culture, and connectivity – it can make or break your design.                           The right office color schemes can also make a statement about a brand’s image – the mood it seeks to inspire its customers, the energy it seeks to ignite in its staff, and the zones that support a variety of functions and flow within its space. Green :  Green is linked to broad, creative thought, “There seems to be a positive association between nature and regrowth, so if you want your employees to be more productive, consider painting work areas green.” Different shades of green can elicit both positive and negative emotions. Painting the office in a light soothing shade of green can help ease anxiety and make people feel more relaxed and welcomed. However, in general, the color green is usually associated with nature and rebirth. Purple :  “So it can be a good selection for pl