How to design a productive office space

When choosing an office space, it is important to consider the layout, design and furniture that will fit the best. Creating an environment that boosts productivity and focus, but also encourages collaboration will produce the most successful results for your business. Here are some tips to build this efficient space:

The first step to producing a workspace is to understand the requirements of your business. You will need to clarify the nature of the work that you want to achieve, whether that’s static office work or a creative and group space.

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If you are wanting a collaborative space, then you should design a space with elements such as team ‘pods.’ These can be used for any group projects, meetings or discussions and mostly consist of a rounded design in which employees can see everyone clearly and less formally. For larger office designs you could also consider designing the layout with partly portioned walls. This will give employees the ease of collaboration if they stand up whilst allowing for focus when needed.

However, for offices that want to encourage individual productivity, the efficiency of the layout is key. For example, you might want to design a division between the kitchenettes and the office cubicles to avoid noise distractions.

Noise control is a large issue to consider when looking to design a productive workspace. Therefore, it is wise to not rush into the design of the space and take your time to choose soundproofing materials. You could also create separate quiet rooms with doors to allow for a focused workspace, especially if the nature of your business can be louder or more active.

The design of a space is also essential. Like colour psychology in branding, the colours used in an office will prompt different moods. And so, although you may want to create an eye-catching design, neutral colours such as cream or light blue can be best to encourage flow and productivity. Harsh colours can also affect a client’s perspective of your business when visiting.                                                                                     

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If your team spends a lot of time behind a desk, then choosing ergonomic furniture should be at the forefront of your design. Companies such as Gloucester Office Furniture provide a range of designs that promote comfort and good posture. Choosing cheap chairs can significantly reduce employee productivity.

If a chair is uncomfortable and irritating then employees’ flow will be disrupted, and they will most likely be in a bad mood! It is also a good idea to buy more expensive furniture in terms of cost efficiency.

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