When looking for office space, many business owners think of acquiring the right space – location, square footage, number of offices and conference rooms available, parking, etc. Many times office layout is determine, but not much thought goes into the actual design of the office space. Types of desks, colors, materials, key features for employees like lunch areas, or cool work/play areas where employees can get a change of pace are all proving to be important to employees today.
We've found a few posts that highlight the benefits of truly thinking through your office design.
Interior design and style recently shared a post titled, “Top 5 Coolest Office Design Trends.” Key trends they highlight include:
1) Use eco-friendly recycled wood for shelving and floors
2) Try using blue as the dominant color to establish a tranquil environment
3) Take the minimalist approach, pictured above, to improve concentration
4) Give your space the scandanavian look – light, bright, warm and comforting
5) Don't be afraid to be quirky – great for creative environments
I also recently featured a post that highlights the new Advisory Board Company's office space in Austin, Tx. Their office surely sets the trend for other companies! Taking a few ideas from their space will help you establish a space to get your employees excited to come to work and make hiring new talent easy.
The space includes open meeting space with a view and a lot of light, casual meeting rooms with an open feel and modern furniture, an amazing office break room and game area, modern kitchen with a coffee and drink bar, treadmill desk areas and coworking spaces for pop-ins.
Office spaces truly affect employee morale and productivity. See how SpareFoot, an Austin startup established a collaborative work environment for their employees gaining them a spot on the Austin Business Journal's Best Places to work list.
Take a look, give it a try and get your office on the path to collaboration, creativity and productivity.
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