A Home From Home

17-07-2019

Studies show that the design of commercial offices are changing. Long gone are cramped cubicle desks and dim lighting. The new generation want a space that is flexible, creative and productive to reflect a home environment. An interesting article from the ‘Office for National Statistics’ identified that self-employment has risen from 3.3million in 2001 to 4.8 million in 2017 [1] . The rise of technology and entrepreneurial culture means that businesses face a challenge- do they stick to a traditional office or do they adapt? Luckily, Office Profile know how to create a space which feels like a home from home, where residential and commercial interiors can work together to create a more flexible and comforting office for an effective work and social space.

Collaboration

Spaces should be adaptable to suit every individual. Whilst one person may like to sit at a table in silence, another may prefer to stretch out in a booth with their headphones on. Research has shown that café culture has proven to be a favourable working environment. To create this, Feast Metal tables with benches provide a relaxed environment to suit different working needs and is perfect for a snack or two! An open plan office space also creates a community feel and allows the work environment to be flexible and calming. The new generation has seen an increase in collaborative projects and teamwork, so it is important to cater for multifunctional spaces for group work and for areas that do not disturb others.

 

Comfort

Understanding the needs of employees is essential to a successful business. Encouraging the security of homelife within the office is important to consider because employees spend most of their day at work. Breakout spaces are a perfect way of introducing this as they encourage interaction and creativity as you can include enclosed booths that provide a private yet informal space for meetings and individual work. Equally, replacing hard furniture surfaces for padded upholstered seats and sofas are an easy way to contrast wooden flooring and are comfortable to sit on for long periods of time.

 

Colour

Vibrant colours are important to create productive working environments because they encourage happiness and boost productivity. Looking back at the colour spectrum, complementary colours like yellow and purple, red and green and blue and orange have psychological associations. For example; yellow encourages joy, blue promotes serenity and red signals importance. You wouldn’t want to be surrounded by grey walls and furniture in the home so why should the office be the same? Colour communicates more than an aesthetic and can create an exciting and productive working environment. Accents of bold colours and graphics within the interior walls and furnishings creates an enthusing space, which can be emphasised with a statement piece of furniture to make a memorable impact for any potential clients or business partners. Equally, contrasting corporate brand colours with unconventional furniture or layouts balances the relationship between work and home by subtly adding familiarity to the space, whilst maintaining brand values.

 

Overall, an office should be more than just a place where the desks and computers are kept. It is a culture that your employees should flourish in. Your business is more than a brand, so it is important to create a successful office environment for your employees and clients. Interested in redesigning your office space? Contact us here today and talk to our trusted team who will work to create the best environment for your company.

Sources:

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Trends in self-employment in the UK by Office for National Statistics

The rise of ‘Resimercial’ — where two worlds collide