Design Considerations for your Work Space

Design Considerations for your Work Space

October 4, 2017

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Developing something is a multi-step process; whether it’s a meal or an office environment, being aware of the key ingredients and how they will work together in order to make the best possible final product is important. For the latter, it takes having an understanding of the space you have and what you want to achieve in it.

The following is what a particular organization had to consider when designing their new custom space:

‘Open or Traditional?

Our goal for our office environment was very clear – create a space where folks can concentrate yet also easily collaborate, with lots of opportunity for serendipitous chance connections (yet without constant interruption annoyance). It soon became clear in the planning process, however, that actually achieving this goal would be tricky – and that we’d have to do a lot of thinking to create a productive office space to effectively support our future plans!

Open – Flexspace

The idea behind open flexspace office floorplan layouts is to foster communication and cooperation by maximizing social interaction. When you can see all your co-workers all the time, start conversations just by saying “hey” across a table, and hear what’s going on in all parts of the office, then (the theory goes) serendipitously innovative conversations and other interactions are more likely – and productivity from multitasking should be higher.

Closed – Traditional

The thinking behind traditional offices (like 1930s -style traditional, with real walls and doors and everything) is that privacy and quiet creates focused productivity. Also, studies show that while open office flexspace layouts do generate more frequent conversations between coworkers, those frequent conversations are generally also less detailed, less informative, and much more superficial than conversations that happen in private offices (where folks aren’t constantly self-conscious about being overheard and perhaps misunderstood).’ (source: timeforge.com)

The type of office you have makes a statement about your particular brand. Here at Burovision we can help your organization decide the best type of office environment that is reflective of said brand, is unique and conducive to the type of space and business growth you want to promote.



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