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If you’ve reached this article, you probably understand the importance of office organisation and design and how it directly impacts productivity. But would you like to learn more and delve into the world of modern office design?
We know what we are talking about, and that is that at Lexington we focus on providing efficient and contemporary offices, creating workspaces that increase productivity and always prioritizing the well-being of workers.
Here are some tips that we put into practice in our flexible spaces – don’t go away just yet!
Principles of efficient office design
Efficient office design is based on several key principles. Firstly, it is important to consider the flexibility of the space to adapt to the changing needs of the company. In addition, ergonomics and employee comfort should be a priority to increase productivity.
Some aspects to be taken into account are:
Open or enclosed spaces
The choice between open and enclosed spaces depends on the culture of the company and the tasks employees perform. Open spaces encourage interaction and creativity, but can also be noisy and distracting. Enclosed spaces offer privacy, but can sometimes feel isolating. An effective solution is to combine the two in a balanced design that gives employees options.
Lighting: access to natural light and artificial lighting
Light is essential in efficient office design. Maximising access to natural light reduces fatigue and improves employee wellbeing. Complementing this with well-designed artificial lighting is essential to maintain an optimal working environment in all conditions. Dimmable lights and intelligent lighting systems can be adapted to the specific needs of each office area.
Layout and organisation in small offices
While our traditional conception of office design focuses on large spaces with a large footprint, efficiency is increasingly being sought in small spaces, which requires careful planning.
- Verticality. Use shelving and wall-mounted storage units to free up floor space.
- Modular furniture. Opt for versatile and compact furniture.
- Visual zoning. Delimit areas with carpets or partitions.
- Good lighting. Maximise natural light and use lamps strategically.
- Minimise clutter. Keep the office organised and get rid of the unnecessary.
- Light colours. Light-coloured walls and furniture make the space appear larger.
- Wireless technology. Reduce cables and use wireless technology where possible.
- Flexibility. Allow for future changes and use movable furniture.
- Concealed storage spaces. Use furniture with built-in storage.
Types of large office layouts
Large offices offer a variety of layout options to suit the needs of the business and promote efficiency. These are the most common types of layouts:
- Rows. In this arrangement, desks are lined up in parallel rows, creating a linear workflow and providing employees with their own individual space. It is efficient in terms of space, but can limit interaction between colleagues.
- U-shape. The U-shape configuration places desks in a U-shaped design, with employees facing each other towards the centre. It encourages collaboration and communication, as workers can easily interact with each other.
- Imperial by department. In this arrangement, teams or departments have their own separate space, with desks grouped by function or project. It provides privacy and allows teams to work more independently.
- Hot Desking. This trend promotes flexibility by allowing employees to choose where they work each day in a shared space.
- Common spaces. Rather than allocating fixed desks, some large offices choose to create communal spaces with flexible work areas and meeting areas.
- Cell layout. Divide the space into smaller groups with low walls or dividers, creating semi-private work areas for teams or departments.
- Islets or islands. Tables are grouped in islands, which allows for more interaction between employees and creates a more collaborative environment.
Technology and Connectivity in Office Design
Cabling infrastructure and connectivity systems are fundamental to modern office design. Ensuring that there is sufficient high-speed internet access and electrical connections throughout the space is essential to ensure that employees can work efficiently. In addition, considering the implementation of communication and collaboration technologies, such as video conferencing and project management systems, improves productivity and communication in the company.
Decoration and ambience in office design
Colours, art and design can influence the mood of employees and the culture of the company. Incorporating attractive and harmonious visual elements can improve employee motivation and satisfaction.
Another key issue is how to make the office more sustainable. Plants and other natural elements not only improve the aesthetics of the office, but can also purify the air and create a healthier environment. Indoor vegetation can reduce the concentration of toxins and increase air quality, which benefits the health and well-being of workers. Not to mention other aspects related to energy efficiency and waste reduction.
And, of course, the importance of branding in office design, essential to generate a feeling of team and belonging among employees. In Lexington, thanks to our specialisation in tailor-made corporate offices, we put special focus on transferring the company’s brand image to every corner of the workspace.
Ultimately, good office design not only improves efficiency and collaboration, but also influences satisfaction and talent retention. It can also reflect the company’s culture and values, strengthening corporate identity. Check this article to inspire you.
At Lexington you will find flexible spaces with efficiently designed offices so that you can turn them into a strategic tool for attracting and retaining talent, promoting a working environment that inspires and motivates employees to reach their full potential.