Today the concept of Open Office is prevailing in the design of new office spaces. Its supporters point out that these spaces foster cooperation among employees, eliminate the barriers imposed by the walls and private offices and increase the productivity and creativity of employees.
If you are looking to redesign your office space or want to get the most out of your open office design, here are 5 tricks that will help you reach and exceed those goals:
- Furniture that is reconfigured
Use desktops and cabinets that can be reconfigured so employees can work individually or in collaboration. Mobile furniture is a must in an open office design.
- Different heights
It offers alternatives to work standing or sitting with desks of adjustable heights, this will help increase the levels of energy and proactivity. A study at the University of Sydney found that people who spend 8 to 11 hours sitting daily can increase their chances of dying by 15 percent in four years. Healthy employees are not only more productive, they also show long-term loyalty to the business.
- Spaces to think
Include in your design small spaces that allow employees to get away from the hustle so they can concentrate on some problem or need a quiet space to think. You can use configurable furniture such as sofas, movable walls or desks that can be arranged in such a way that they can be isolated momentarily from all distraction.
- Spaces to interact
In my college days, I used to study for exams in the cafeteria or sitting on the benches near the classrooms entry with other students. This exercise is used in so-called social areas in open office designs. Use benches and long tables instead of individual chairs and tables, place them in the rest areas or the snack bar, allow your employees to interact each other and generate great ideas.
- Freedom of workspace
Designing work spaces where the employee has the freedom to discover what works best for them is another trick that increases productivity. Giving them the freedom to occupy a space that feels best to them instead of assigning one will positively impact their long-term results. Whether in the center of the hustle, near the boss's office or in the cafeteria, letting them choose is needed.
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