At McCoy-Rockford, our commitment to enhancing the overall wellbeing and productivity of our customers’ employees starts at the very beginning of the design process. We understand that planning and designing for spaces that promote employee wellbeing through interaction, movement and productivity across different types of tasks, can help employees function at a higher level, building engagement. Employee engagement leads to innovation, creativity, and ultimately better business results for organizations with lower turnover and less absenteeism.
The workplace is undergoing some major generational changes, which are manifesting themselves both in office design and culture. These changes we’re seeing are happening as the Baby Boomer generation nears retirement and the number of Millennials in the workforce grows.
Previously, we took a look at closed office designs. We listed their pros and cons, and how you can incorporate some of those ideas into your office. We discussed how this provides your employees with spaces that provide privacy and allows them to concentrate and focus on tasks requiring quiet concentration. In this article, we’ll look at open office designs and the advantages they provide for businesses that want to use their space more efficiently, boost collaboration, and create healthier environments for their employees.
When you break it down to the most basic concepts, there are two approaches to office design: Closed Office Design, and Open Office Design.
Both design strategies have unique pros and cons, but they’re not necessarily mutually exclusive. These concepts can be used together in the same office, each complementing the other’s strengths. In other cases, one strategy can take precedence over the other.
The modern office is shrinking. According to a report by Property Portfolio Research, over the last decade, the size of the average office has decreased by 21 percent. When it’s time to sign a lease for your business—whether you’re considering making better use of existing space, expanding, or just starting up—consider the many advantages that come from maximizing your use of space in an office. Optimizing your workspace, instead of just increasing the amount of space you lease, can produce savings in your business’ operating costs, improve workplace productivity, and increase employee satisfaction if you do it right.
Buying office furniture can be a substantial investment, but eventually furniture needs to be replaced. Items become dated, wear out, or don’t allow your office to function as efficiently. There are lots of advantages to updating your business’s furniture, but it’s important to have criteria for deciding when it’s time to make the investment. Here are five key indications it’s time to update your office.
Topics: office update
It turns out NeoCon 2016 in Chicago had nothing to do with the Matrix films. Sorry Keanu fans, it's not that kind of "Neo." For the rest of us though, the event this past June was the next best thing—a window into the future of interior design. The window itself was rather large, 350,000 square feet to be exact. Our team (Heather, Monica and Rebecca) put on their Fitbits and walked every step for you. They noticed some trends you should know about when making any office design or furniture decisions, or when evaluating the furniture you currently have.
The modern concept of what an office should look like is always growing and changing according to the needs of the company, and the needs of the people who work there. Millennials are a growing force in the workplace, and businesses and managers are increasingly interested in learning how to get the best work out of this new generation of employees. Millennials have grown up in an age of booming technology and communication, and, appropriately, they have shown a greater interest in workplaces that allow them to collaborate and socialize with their coworkers. As a result, open office spaces have started to make a comeback over the last 10 years or so. (2)
Why a Creative Workplace?
Creative thinking can be a company's biggest asset in the business world. Start-ups are a great example of this principle. Look at a given marketplace with established encumbents who have the money, manpower, and infrastructure to corner that market. It can seem impossible for a little business to get off the ground, but every day successful businesses launch and grow. They do it by carving out a unique niche, or by providing customers with new and better services. As a result, bigger companies who lose that outside-the-box thinking lose market share and risk being pushed out of a marketplace they once dominated.
Topics: creative workspace
Office workers spend the majority of their time sitting. Over the past few years, there have been more and more studies coming out that show sitting can cause or exacerbate any number of health issues, especially back problems. Sitting for long periods of time puts a large amount of pressure on our spine and hip bones, pressure that our body just wasn’t designed to handle. How you sit and how your work station is positioned can also put strain on other joints and inhibit good blood circulation in the limbs and back. One of the best fixes for these problems is simply making sure you or your employees have the opportunity to get up and walk around throughout the day. Unfortunately, some jobs make it hard to avoid sitting for long stretches. That’s why choosing the right office chair is so important. A well designed ergonomic chair can do a lot to help minimize the strain placed on our bodies and have a big impact on an office worker’s health and productivity. (1)