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The psychology behind office design

Sector: Interiors and refurbishments
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For many businesses, offices are where the majority of the work, as well as critical decisions, happen. They are buildings in which your employees learn and grow on the job. A hub for all the productivity of your company. Yet so often, the design of offices don’t get given a lot of thought. If the space is cramped, bland or simply not fit for the needs of your employees – this will ultimately affect the work produced in them.

It pays to consider your office space beyond just a place of work, but a place that should encourage positive mental wellbeing.

Layout

Your office space might be spread over several floors, or be contained in a small room. Either way, the layout needs to make the best use of the space you do have. Starting with considering all the different departments and tasks that are carried out in your office. For most businesses, there is a need for collaboration as well as privacy. If your employees aren’t able to work effectively because of poor office design, then this will likely affect their output too.

Natural Light

Did you know that the average person spends 90% of their time indoors? Depending on the nature of your business, it’s likely your employees spend 100% of their time at work in the confines of the office building. Humans by nature need access to natural light, and a lack of this in your office could be causing your employees to feel uninspired and show a lack of motivation in their surroundings. As a result, productivity and job satisfaction could begin to suffer.

That’s why natural light is key and should be implemented wherever possible. For example, through skylights or the installation of large windows near desk areas. Compared with harsh yellow lighting, it is much more effective at brightening up a space. Plus, natural light gives your employees a much-needed break from artificial light sources that screens bombard them with.

Nailing Your Office Design

Every business is different and therefore will have unique requirements when it comes to its office space. That being said, the common denominator in any office design is that it must fit the needs of all those who use it. By taking the time to consider your new office design it can greatly enhance the company culture. From a psychology perspective, employees are more likely to be receptive to spaces that inspire and uplift compared with dull or worse still oppressive design.

In any case, being able to refurbish and redesign your office can have a dramatic effect on overall health and wellness which directly impact productivity. So it’s worth looking into!

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