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These days, the what, where, how, and why of the American office are all up for debate. The only thing that hasn’t seen a revolutionary change is the “who” of our workforces.
When it’s time for an office upgrade, it can be difficult to imagine a redesigned space. You are so accustomed to the layout, flow, and furniture of the existing space that your vision may be limited and biased. Fortunately, the interior designers at Office Environments employ a few tools that allow customers to visualize the space before committing to a new-and-improved design plan.
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has forced employers and workers to adapt to new ways of getting work done. Working from home has become the new normal, commutes have been diminished to just a walk to the kitchen table, and in-person meetings have been replaced by Zoom calls.
Is there enough natural light flowing into your workspace? Natural light has the power to not only boost the morale of your employees but also increase their productivity, concentration, and creativity. Lighting is an important factor in ergonomics, but it’s often overlooked by employers.
Biophilic design can be beneficial to companies like Apple to offices, schools, and hospitals. Here's how to implement it in your workspace.
Culture-forward is the demand of the modern workforce. The days of heavy wood paneling and traditional hunter green in the office place are as yesterday as the multiple-martini lunch, and it’s time to welcome in a new era to reflect where we are and what’s next on the agenda.
To design exclusively on aesthetics does not a happy worker make. As workers ebb and flow throughout their workplace, they need furniture and spaces that encourage productivity and comfort. Furniture and design must address it all.
In a 2015 article from Metropolis Magazine, Stephen R. Kellert, Professor Emeritus, Yale University in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, penned the rubric for biophilic design, an outdoors-in approach of thoughtful reconnection through nature-focused design. The article pulled from Kellert’s prior research on the desire for kinship to nature in the modern environment.
Renovating an office space is a significant investment for many organizations. In the wake of start-up culture, many offices operate with lean efficiency, shirking high-budget office spending for stronger employee incentive and retention or market penetration.
In a word, flexibility is the defining feature of tomorrow’s workspace. Efficiency: a close second. In order to capitalize on the modern, shifting workforce, designers are forgoing tradition and creating blended workspaces that make use of cutting-edge technology.
Arguably, no other workplace topic is as hotly debated as open office floor plans: one camp believes it promotes interoffice communication and collaboration while the opposing camp believes it stifles creativity and focus. The truth, however, may lie somewhere in the middle.
Healthcare furniture fulfills a special niche: on one hand, it must be durable and comfortable. It must also be modern, fresh and inviting. Like any other industry, healthcare is constantly growing and transforming through technology and patient needs, and thus, so has healthcare furniture and design.
Combined with good chairs, height-adjustable work surfaces provide the variety people need to sit well, stand well, and be well.
In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we've gathered a few insights on nature-based design to share how it can help achieve the ultimate sustainable workplace.