New Design Trends In Commercial Workspaces
New Design Trends In Commercial Workspaces – By Sapna Khakharia Gohil, Director, Design, Canvas.
We all need creative inspiration at work, in some way or the other. A lot of that inspiration comes from the workspace design itself. In our experience, the millennials and the post millennial (Generation Z) workforce are not the kind of people who would enjoy working in functional workspaces. If employees have access to spaces supporting different working styles, they will be at their productive best. A mix of private, semi-private and open-plan layouts in office can enable workers to work, socialise, unwind and relax.
Designing inspiring workspaces
Offices should have collaborative workspaces to boost team bonding and brainstorming. There can be strategically located communal spaces where people can bond over snacks and beverages when they run into one another. Also, small huddle spaces for team members can encourage brainstorming sessions. Workspaces should also ensure that employees take regular breaks from work. Small but effective measures like providing a bean bag area, a dedicated space to read the newspaper or even a library can go a long way in accentuating the company culture. Bringing the outdoors indoors, or in technical words – Biophilic design also helps boost employee well-being by being soothing to the eyes and reducing stress levels. Organizations can facilitate the same by having wall hangings, green walls, wooden fixtures etc.
Effect of Color on Workspace Design
There is a reason why hospitals are white. White as a color relates to light and cleanliness, evokes feelings of positivity and makes it look clean and organised to patients and doctors alike. Colour embodies a visual experience which affects our mood and the way we work.
Similarly, making a decision on what color to use for your office space should be given equal importance as which employee to hire. It has a lot of psychological bearings attached to it. Let’s understand more about how some colors affect our mood and hence they are used in workplace design
- Black as a color invokes feelings of authority, luxury and professionalism.
- Blue evokes a feeling of positivity and hence has a good impact on productivity. It’s quite often used in open plan workspaces
- Yellow is filled with optimism and inspires heightened levels of creativity. Its hence found in advertising agencies and collaborative office spaces;
- Red ensures increased efficiency as long as it’s used in smaller break out spaces and meeting rooms.
- Green usually has a calming effect and increases feelings of wellbeing.
Your workplace’s colour is the very first thing a visitor would notice on arrival and the last thing he would take away with him. Hence, giving time to select the right colors for your organisation could have a significant impact on your company’s image
How is remote working changing office design?
Remote work is on the rise as companies are increasingly giving employees the freedom to work from wherever they feel comfortable. This has resulted in a better work-life balance for employees, saving in unnecessary commute and relocation time as well as cost savings for employers. So, how do workspaces align themselves for such a remote workforce?
A remote workforce looks at office space as more of a “destination” work environment, as they don’t intend to come to office daily at an assigned hour. To that extent, they don’t expect to be given dedicated workbenches and paraphernalia. However, they want an open collaborative and plug and play set up whenever they feel the need to come to office. They want a workspace which will enable virtual collaboration and flexible meetings spaces.
With the introduction of tracking technology, facility managers are also getting insights on how the workplace is currently utilized by such a mobile workforce. This enables them to ensure minimal wastage of space as less utilized areas are converted to more usable ones. For e.g., a less utilized meeting room can be converted into a mini cafe or an open collaborative workspace for the growing mobile workforce.
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