We will group these three areas together, as they often come under the ‘miscellaneous’ part of designing a modern office. The problem in assuming they’re miscellaneous items is that they’re far more important than you might realise.
The right type of flooring can absorb noise, which could otherwise distract employees who are trying to concentrate. For instance, if you opt for carpets, people walking around the space isn’t going to bother someone who is trying to focus on a task involving numbers. Conversely, opting for vinyl could make the space cooler, which also helps employees to concentrate, without feeling too hot, especially during the summer months.
Flooring is far more important than you might think, and when designing your space you need to think carefully about the various pros and cons of the different types of flooring available to you.
Moving on from flooring, we need to think about lighting. We’ve already briefly touched upon the idea of glare from a window, but it’s important to have as much natural light entering an office space as possible. You won’t be able to rely completely upon natural light, and you will need some kind of artificial light, but Mother Nature has many tricks up her sleeve! Did you know that natural light can actually boost mood and therefore productivity? Combining the two and ensuring that artificial lights aren’t too bright is a great idea.
That leaves us with air circulation. Have you ever sat in an office and been freezing cold or too hot? Did it make you work better or harder? Of course not, it was a distraction and all you could think about was how cold your hands were, or how much you were sweating.
This is the same for every single office and meeting space the world over. You need to get the temperature right, which can be difficult when different employees feel hot and cold slightly differently!
In this case, supplying employees with individual small office fans is a good idea, but also maintaining a moderate temperature at all times, via a heating or cooling system. You should also ensure that you open the windows as much as possible to get plenty of fresh air inside, helping to cool the office naturally during the summer months. Placing your office furniture strategically close to windows is also something to think about.
It’s impossible to focus on being productive when you’re too hot, too cold, there’s too much noise from people walking around, you’re battling glare, or your lighting is too harsh. Checking these items before creating your space is vital if you want your office to be super-productive.
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