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Designing an Office Space for Productivity

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Over the years, the design of office space has undergone drastic changes. From naturally lit perimeter offices and cores crammed with desks to more open office floor plans where everyone has access to natural light. This evolution has encouraged productivity as well as collaboration.

Keeping employees happy and engaged is the key to productivity in any office.  One way is incorporating biophilic design, humankind’s innate need for connection to nature into the office.  Studies have demonstrated the positive impacts of biophilic environments, including reduced stress, improved cognitive performance, and enhanced creativity.  Regardless of

the size of your space or your budget there are biophilic design practices which can be implemented to transform your office space into a den of productivity.

Create collaborative spaces

Open floor plans with an all access view to natural light and the surrounding environment have emerged as the “go to” design in office spaces in recent years. However, it is important to note that there are some jobs which require privacy, in which an open floor plan can be distracting. Collaborative spaces can promote innovation and creativity, so it is important to implement them in a way that will be useful to your particular business.

Create “meeting spaces” 

Meeting spaces can be small areas throughout the office that encourage employees to come together outside of their individual work area, to exchange ideas in a less formal environment.  According to research by Terrapin “Visual Connection with Nature” extensive greenery, both outside and in” or access from internal office space to a deck, terrace or green roof “correlates strongly to lowered blood pressure and heart rate, improved mental attentiveness and engagement, and positively affected attitude and overall happiness.”

Implement a cheerful, well-lit environment

The response to a person’s immediate environment has a direct effect on mood and productivity.  One interior design strategy would be to use natural and highly tactile materials.  One architect thoughtfully stated “Natural materials have an innate healthfulness”.

Be mindful of the acoustics

With open spaces, sound can be an issue, and the primary reason for distraction. Making use of “quiet spaces,” as well as making use of sound dampening technologies can provide a solution where noise is an issue.

Consult with an architect

If you are looking for a way to make your office space more productive as well as more appealing, contact the professionals at FJ Baehr Architects. With a combined sixty-five years of experience, our professional team of architects has helped numerous companies throughout Western Pennsylvania redesign their office space.

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