Common Office Design Mistakes
When it comes to renovating your office space, there are so many trends to influence your decision, however there are also so many easy mistakes to make.
Not Hiring the Right Design Team
Designing your workspace should be a collaborative decision between you and your chosen design team, at the end of the day it’s your team who will have to be working in this office for the foreseeable future.
Appointing the right design team is vital. They have to understand your vision and be able to make this become possible.
It’s no use giving the design team full control without at least giving them a brief, they don’t know the ins and outs of your business or how your employees work. They could end up designing a jaw droppingly gorgeous space that isn’t practical at all for your business.
Wrong Colour Scheme
It’s a well-known fact that different colours evoke different emotions. This is usually taken into account, whether its consciously or unconsciously, when decorating your house so surely it should be acknowledged when decorating an office space, where employees spend almost as much time as at home.
The colour scheme you choose for your office affects the way people perceive your business, so it’s important to choose a colour that represents your company well.
For example, a bright, colourful workspace might reflect the creativeness of the people working within, whereas a more simplistic colour scheme reflects professionalism and cleanliness. This explains why offices such as Google and Facebook have quite loud colour schemes while Microsoft and Evernote have more minimalistic colour schemes.
Natural lighting is great for individuals’ well-being and health, consequently utilising natural light wherever possible in the workplace will improve productivity. Though it isn’t always possible to use only natural light within an office.
Unless you’re lucky enough to work within an office with floor to ceiling windows and access to natural light from every workspace, then you’ll have to invest in good lighting.
Everyone looks at the famous offices of Facebook and wants to work there themselves, however when trying to replicate these trends within your own office, keep in mind your employees’ comfort.
Sitting at a desk all day can be terrible for your posture, devoting time and money to finding the right furniture for your office will do wonders for employees’ well being.
Sit to stand desks can be great for posture, or invest in a break out area with varied seating options for your employees to go to on their breaks instead of staying at their desks.
Not Making the Most of Available Space
Big open spaces can feel empty, cold and uninviting, making the most of these spaces not only makes them feel more inviting, but also provides your employees with more options as to where to work.
If you have a spare corner of a room why not fill it will bean bags and pool tables to encourage interactions between employees. Or, if you’re not completely sold on the idea of break out areas, you could put a few larger desks where employees can go to have informal meetings/collaboration sessions.
Alternatively, smaller offices can often look cramped and crowded. Simplicity is key for these spaces, lighter coloured furniture will make the space appear bigger while dedicating space for coats/bags etc can keep desks looking cluttered by personal belongings.
Open plan offices are going nowhere soon so devoting certain areas as private workspaces will stop a lot of head butting in the office. Whether these be ‘out there’ ideas, such as phone boxes and futuristic pods, or traditional offices, these will be vital for important meetings and phone calls, or even brainstorming within teams.
Ultimately, office design is a collaborative process which requires good communication with your design team and your employees to make sure you’re meeting everyone’s personal and work needs.