Is your office environment or office furniture making you sick? The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and, increasingly, manufacturers of office products and equipment, are taking steps to reduce the likelihood that’s the case.
Sometimes apples to apples really isn’t a fair comparison. Case in point: office space.
The most productive use of 20,000 square feet of office space for one company may be counterproductive for another company. Specifying performance metrics that identify the best parameters to inform workplace design and acquisition decisions is an emerging trend this year – because everyone can agree that designing a space in a way shown to most positively impact the workforce makes sense. The challenge is identifying the parameters that work best to inform workplace design and acquisition decisions for your business.
Remember the time machine in the movie “Back to the Future”? That’s one example of artificial intelligence, that’s probably not coming to fruition any time soon. Do you ask Siri for directions or summon Alexa or Cortana each morning to find out what the weather forecast is for the day to come? Those are examples of artificial intelligence (AI) that aren’t only here but have reached mainstream appeal.
Regardless of what type of business you’re in, designing a new office space is not a job to take lightly. Once your office buildout is complete, you’ll likely be living with it for many years. You can set your organization up for long-term success by being diligent about your office space planning approach. You may be anxious to fast track the office design planning process so you can move forward with construction and ultimately move into your new space sooner. Resist the urge to rush this important step. Instead, be mindful and consider the following guidelines when drafting your new office design.
Design trends come and go, but they usually transition from “not” on the radar to “hot” and in high demand early in the New Year. After all, a New Year calls for a fresh, new start! Here’s a sneak peek of the five biggest office trends to expect in 2019.
Top 5 Office Design Trends for 2019
No matter how talented or dedicated you are, you can’t be two places at the same time. If you’ll be overseeing an office relocation or installation from afar, you’re probably wondering how you’ll make sure the project is proceeding on time, on budget, and in the professional manner you and you’re clients are expecting.
This is the time of year when kids all across the country are getting used to their new teachers, classmates, and schedules; many of them are also getting used to new and very different classroom setups. Just as more offices now incorporate comfortable ergonomic seating and flexible workspaces that encourage interaction and productivity, more schools and teachers are also thinking outside of the box when furnishing their classrooms.
If there’s one area of your office that takes more of a beating day in, day out than any other area, it’s your floors. They’re walked on, spilled on, and rolled on. Carpet floors become stained, frayed, and worn over time. Tile, concrete, or laminate become scratched and scuffed over time.
Regardless of what type of flooring you have, it may eventually become outdated and tired. In other words, at some point you’ll need to change your office floors. Before you do, there are some things you need to think about, some steps you’ll need to take, and some prep work you’ll need to do.
Change is good. Change is exciting. Change signals a new beginning! When you officially make the decision to move your office, you probably experience a slight rush of anticipation. Then reality quickly sets in when you think, “Now what?” You may panic and wonder how you (and your employees, office furniture, equipment, etc.) will get from Point A (where you are currently) to Point B. Your anxiety may be exacerbated if you (as you probably are) are on a tight timeframe (i.e.: needing to completely vacate your current space by X date so you don’t incur late fees from your landlord.)