1. The Office Air
When designing your workplace, don't forget about the air quality in the office.
Air quality is very important, it might not sound as cool as an item of trendy office furniture but poor air quality could affect cognitive performance. Indeed Work.QZ discussed a double-blind study which found that,
“employees scored 61% higher in cognitivefunction tasks at the end of the day in air as clean as “green certified"buildings, compared to conventional air (i.e. air matching that of a typicaloffice building)."
Additionally, the quality of the air itself isn't the only reason you should consider the air within the office environment. You should also think about the scent in your office. Don't limit your office design thinking to what you can see. Indeed smell is a very powerful sense; the closest sense linked to memory,being responsible for up to 75% of the emotions we generate on a daily basis.
As such, when you're considering the design of your business' office environment, don't forget to focus on air, both the quality and the scent. If you would like to read more information about multi sensory office design, you can learn more by reading out blog titled, “Office Design: Designing for all the senses".
2. How Sound Travels Through The Office
The sense of smell isn't the only important sense to consider in addition to sight with regards to designing an office environment. You should also consider the noise within the workspace. This includes both internal and external sounds.
Being located close to a large road or busy city could be fantastic for commuting employees; however the noise levels could make it difficult to concentrate. Additionally, many people believe that open plan office spaces are fantastic for collaboration, however if five employees are talking loudly about a project that they are working on together, it could distract all the other people in the room from their tasks.
As discussed in one of our previous blogs, “Once distracted it can take up to 20 minutes for a person to regain full concentration on a complex task", as such reducing and minimising noise distractions is a very important part of office design. This blog also discusses numerous potential solutions that could help to minimise or mitigate sound issues in open plan offices. Some of the potential solutions discussed include: acoustic furniture, designated concentration areas, phone booths, and more. So, if you would like to learn more about this topic, please read our blog titled, “Considering Acoustics In The Open Plan Office".
3. The Office Environment
When designing a new office space, you should think carefully about the things that make up the office environment. Think about the items you choose to furnish your office with, make sure that you choose high quality pieces of modern office furniture. Additionally, you should also consider things such as plants and other decorative items within your office.
Indeed many businesses are deciding to add a touch of nature to the workplace and are bringing natural elements into the office. Many believe that including natural elements (such as plants) in the workspace can increase employee wellbeing. Also, research has found that these natural elements could act as a buffer against the negative impacts of workplace stress.
In addition to natural elements, you should also consider your use of colour. Some believe that the choice of colour can have a significant impact on the mood of your employees. Some people believe that high wavelength colours such as red can quicken heart rate, whereas slow wavelength colours such as blue can provide a calming effect.
You can learn more about improving employee wellbeing using natural elements,the use of colour, and other areas of office design that might affect the wellbeing of your employees by reading our blog titled, “Wellbeing in The Workplace & Office Design; 5 Things to Consider".
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