The Benefits Of Using A Commercial Office Design Company
If you are going to build or re-fit an office building there are many benefits in hiring a commercial office design company. Such a business will come up with ideas and suggestions that you may never have considered, but which will contribute to the overall success of the venture.
Of course, you will have many ideas of your own and what it is that you wish to achieve, but one of the many things that should be considered is the comfort and welfare of office staff. A light, open, airy design will lead to staff feeling comfortable which in turn will lead to greater productivity which has to be the goal of any employer. Employees who feel comfortable will be able to concentrate on their work, rather than how cold or hot they are, or whether there is too much glare from the lighting.
Height Adjustable Desks
Surveys have been done which include asking workers by email or phone how they are feeling at that exact moment. Another has been carried out which has proved that workers who have adjustable height desks at their work station show improved blood cholesterol and greater achievement of weight loss. Others have shown that in better spaces levels of heart rate and cortisol (sometimes called the stress hormone) were both lower.
It has also been shown that lighting has an effect. Director of human factors and ergonomics at Cornell University, Alan Hedge, has said that indirect lighting without glare can be combined with task lights at the desk. Older people generally require more concentrated light and can control this themselves. A commercial office design company will have access to recent informative studies and will be able to advise on this, among many other factors.
Another point to take into consideration is that designers and suppliers should all be in on discussions. In a recent case architects and designers had created a design which allowed for maximum natural light in a building only to find later that it was blocked by the furniture because the supplier had not been in on the consultations.
Temperature Can Affect Staff Performance
Temperature is another factor that can affect staff performance. Many offices are now actually colder in summer than in winter. By increasing the set point for air conditioning upwards a couple of degrees in summer workers feel more comfortable and money is saved on the cost of running the air con.
Other things that can improve productivity can be designed into the building. Google, for instance, along with others, has many offices where slides are incorporated into the design for employees to slide from one floor to a lower one rather than walk down stairs. It’s fun for employees and leads to the “feel good” factor.
Functionality obviously comes into play. For example, in some businesses there will need to be conference rooms or huddle rooms for discussions to take place in private. The current trend for lots of glass partitions is well and good, but doors into these will need to have gaskets if complete privacy is needed: failing this, conversations will be overheard by others. This is a simple thing, and one that many people will not know about, but is another of the benefits of employing a commercial office design company.