Common Office Design Mistakes to Avoid

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Most business owners don’t invest enough time or money into the design of their office space. What they don’t realize is that the way your office is laid out and created can play an important role in employee productivity and creativity. A badly designed office can foster a negative work atmosphere. Here are 3 common mistakes to avoid when designing your office space.

Poor Lighting

The best lighting possible for working is in natural light. This can be achieved best in offices with a lot of windows and sunlight throughout the day. This is something you want to keep in mind when searching for new office spaces for your business.

If you are unable to move office locations and don’t have much natural light come into your office, try implementing soft lighting. Stay away from bright LED lights because they are known to cause headaches and anxiety.

When choosing the right light bulbs to increase productivity, you have to take into account computer glare, environmental impact/cost, as well as what type creates the best mood to work in. Experts say light bulbs in the 6500K range works best for productivity.

Bad Acoustics

If the acoustics in your office space are not designed properly, it will create a noisy workplace where voices and small noises travel into every inch and corner of the room. This is especially important considering the new wave of open concept office designs which have eliminated the traditional cubicle desk spaces.

It is important to use acoustic materials in walls to absorb and reduce noise levels. Acoustical ceilings, wall panels and carpets are a few options to incorporate into your office design. They will actively work to reduce noise level and increase worker productivity. Another thing to consider is soundproofing meeting rooms, especially if they are located near employees’ working areas.

Poorly Designed Reception Area

The reception area is what will give employees, visitors, new hires, and potential clients their first impression of your business. The reception should be welcoming, professional, spacious, and easy to find at the front of your office. Never use this area to store files, extra boxes, and other junk. Plan in advance how you will utilize storage and minimize visible clutter. For example, low shelving under the front desk or a coat closet in the reception area can eliminate clutter and optimize your storage space.

When designing your reception area, consider the overall look and feel you want to display. The color scheme of your walls and furniture can set the tone of your office depending on whether you stick with light neutrals and and earth tones or modern textures like glass and chrome.

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