Through no real fault of the business owner, an office interior can actually make you become uninspired and uninterested. Mental dislocation can be the result of bland interiors, repetitive rows of desk partitions, or bad acoustics. Planning an office that creates the right balance is not as easy as it may seem, and considering how much time staff spend at work it’s important to get it right. Fortunately, Sydney companies such as EBN Office Fitouts come to the rescue. Here are just a few considerations to keep in mind.
What do you represent?
When a client or customer visits your establishment for the first time they like to feel they have arrived at a real destination. If the only distinguishing factor revealing your business identity is an insignificant door sign, you may need to re-think your strategy. Your office or building entry is an opportunity to make a bold statement about your company. You may feel your company doesn’t warrant an ostentatious front, but in today’s competitive marketplace it’s not a sign of pride to be a little showy. Make your entrance visible, state who you are, and don’t be afraid to make your statement big!
The interior of your business can also be branded, and continuity throughout the office will provide a real sense of place. There can be ingenious use of company colours or logo that reaffirms the brand identity you wish to convey.
Provide a warm welcome
Unless you are a tiny operation, a reception area where visitors can relax while waiting is advisable. Your reception space can say a lot about your company even before a word of greeting has been spoken. The tone of your reception area is up to you – it could be formal, professional, friendly, approachable, or even wacky depending on the mood you want to convey. Even if your office is small, you can still provide an area for visitors to sit and relax while perusing company brochures and promotional material.
One facet of office design that is becoming de rigueur is the breakout area. After decades of spilling lunch crumbs on the desk and computer keyboard, employees are embracing the idea of heading to the breakout area to eat, meet and chat. It can also serve as a less formal meeting area option. Taking a break and using your vision for anything other than looking at a computer screen will also result in rested eyes.
Plan your space
Every corner of the office space is considered in a consultation with EBN Office Fitouts and Office Design, as they realise you are paying for the entire premises. An inexperienced decorator will place furniture anywhere without considering its value or use, which can badly affect productivity and communication. It’s important to understand the purpose of your resources at hand and utilise them wisely. For example, if you are wanting space designed for a sales team dealing in expensive products there could be no worse publicity than wrong design acoustics making your business sound like a call centre.
Restore your sick building to good health
Symptoms of an unhealthy work environment include poor lighting, impractical desk configurations, bad ventilation and poor heating or cooling. Any and all of these problems will result in diminished work capacity and falling returns. When it comes to getting the most out of your operation, it’s important to consult with the experts, and the staff at EBN Office Fitouts will ensure that your building design reflects all the positive attributes of your company.