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Blog Archive For December

Author Asserts Office Design Comes Down to Primal Instincts

office-design-images-4Witold Rybczynski of Strategy + Business examines the root of recent office design trends in a new article titled “How Primal Instincts Influence Office Design.” He writes, “Humans are biological animals, and biology—not technology—is still at the root of many of our environmental inclinations. It’s no wonder that people like working in rehabbed industrial lofts and other old buildings. It’s not the age of the buildings, but their plentiful windows, natural light, and tall ceilings that appeal. Such places also tend to have rougher finishes—wooden floors and ceilings, brick walls, cast-iron columns. Irregular textures and natural materials are more easeful than acrylic carpet and acoustic ceiling tile.”

At Office Space Planners, we pay serious attention to these important employee needs when going into a project. With so much of a business’s success dependent on employee productivity, it’s not enough to go with the latest trends and hope they work. Specific needs must be addressed to get the best results.

We work with a variety of businesses, including businesses in finance, leasing, high-tech, e-commerce, manufacturing, law, insurance, government agencies and more. The one constant in all of our projects is that we have to be able to take nuance into account.

Alex Bozikovic of The Globe and Mail explores this nuance in a recent article titled “Office space: What does the ideal workplace look like?” He takes on trends like the cubicle and the more recently popular open office plan. Bozikovic concludes, “The new design consensus is a middle ground: Every office, it turns out, needs space for collaboration as well as some places to hide. The technology sector is leading the way. Here, innovation rules and companies are obsessed about managing their internal culture. Denise Cherry, director of design at O+A, a design consulting firm in San Francisco, is among the explorers. The firm has built offices for many tech startups as well as established companies including Facebook. Visually, O+A’s interiors are designed to cleverly express the prevailing Bay Area values of creativity and innovation. The dot-com cliché of the foosball table seems to be fading, in favour of a new formula that includes art, music rooms and custom-made furniture and design elements. Accordingly, O+A’s projects have included vintage modern chairs, neon signs, yurts and fully staffed espresso bars.”

No matter what you choose to do with your own office design project, make sure you get it right the first time with the experts at Office Space Planners. Our team of designers and project managers have decades of combined experience and education in the areas of interior design, space planning, computer aided design, drafting, corporate office relocation management, project management, ergonomics and systems furniture. We provide a variety of services, including analysis, commercial space planning, project management, and move coordination.

Whatever office design needs you may have, look no further than Office Space Planners!

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What Do You Think About an Office with No Chairs At All?

New office design plans are working to decrease the sedentary nature of office work, both to improve employee productivity and health. One Dutch design studio is taking the new trend to the extreme. According to Gizmodo, RAAAF has created “The End of Sitting” office.

Gizmodo’s Sarah Zhang writes, “Instead of tables and chairs, the space is filled with sloping barriers for leaning. But if this all looks rather sparse and harsh, well, comfort is totally not the goal. ‘This could be softer, there’s no place for my coffee cup—there’s a thousand things that could be improved, but that’s not what this is about,’ Ronald Rietveld, a partner at RAAAF, tells Wired, ‘The most important thing for us is that it’s offering more activity and more productivity.’” Zhang goes on to question the effectiveness of this design, noting, “Desks, even cubicles for all their ugliness, allow us to stake a small piece of the corporate office for ourselves. It’s not chairs whose absence is the most startling in these photographs, but personal space.”

What do you think? Would you like to work in an office where you never sit? Do you think it would be a serious problem in terms of maintaining your personal space? Maybe this is the approach for you. Perhaps it’s not.

standing-desks-for-the-office1Whatever office design approach you’re interested in pursuing, you can guarantee getting it right by working with the experts at Office Space Planners. Our designers and project managers have decades of combined experience and education in the areas of interior design, space planning, computer aided design, drafting, corporate office relocation management, project management, ergonomics and systems furniture. We work on all kinds of projects, ranging from planning a single conference room to coordinating the design and relocation of an entire business to a new location.

Our services include analysis, commercial space planning, project management, and move coordination. For example, when planning your move, we supervise any and all phases including:

  • Computer Rooms and Extra Systems Space
  • Office Equipment
  • Phone Systems
  • Office Contents
  • Filing Systems
  • Office and Systems Furniture
  • High and Low Voltage Cabling Installation
  • Scheduling
  • Construction
  • Coordinating Site Preparation with Contractors
  • By handling all aspects of an office move, Office Space Planners enables your staff to continue with its regular duties with minimal interruption or delay

Whatever office design project needs you might have, you can’t go wrong consulting with the experts at Office Space Planners!

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Office Design Has Come a Long Way and It’s Got Much Further to Go

World Best Office DesignEvery week, we see new ideas and innovations in the realm of office design. However, Life Hacker’s Libby Sander believes these innovations are showing us that we have more room for improvement than many might think. Her article, “Why Office Design Still Has A Long Way To Go,” explores this reality and why office design projects that pay close attention to detail are essential. At Office Space Planners, we understand this need for experienced consultation, which is why we have a team of expert designers and project managers to make sure you get the most out of your project.

Sander points to research to bolster her argument that office design still has a long way to go. She writes, “In spite of increasing images of attractive workplaces from many large Australian companies, many of today’s workplaces are not well-designed. Poor workplace design leads to increased conflict and stress, which reduces performance and leads to employees resigning. Workspace is the second largest overhead for most organisations and can influence productivity by up to 20%. This is why organisations are increasingly exploring ways of using the environment to support performance and innovation.”

One of the biggest effects of inadequate office design, writes Sander, is that employees have a much more difficult time trying to concentrate. Brie Dyas of the Huffington Post explores one aspect that could be affecting concentration in her article “Can’t Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame.” Dyas asserts that bold isn’t always better, especially when it comes to office paint color. She advocates for using soft, neutral colors. These softer colors can help people focus, as well as provide other benefits. According to Dyas, “There’s another benefit to being surrounded by soft neutrals: Less eyestrain. ‘For work spaces, neutrals and softer, more grayed hues are better for concentration and preventing eye fatigue,’ says Jackie Jordan, Director of Color Marketing for Sherwin-Williams, via email.”

For someone going into his first office design or redesign, this might be a lot to grasp. Luckily, the experts at Office Space Planners have you covered. Our team has decades of combined experience and education in the areas of interior design, space planning, computer aided design, drafting, corporate office relocation management, project management, ergonomics and systems furniture. We provide a variety of services, including analysis, commercial space planning, project management, and move coordination. We even offer a free space planning checklist.

Whatever office design needs you may have, you can’t go wrong with Office Space Planners!

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Office Design and the Human-Centered Approach

A recent article from ITBusiness.ca’s Sep Barkhodae asks the question, “Can humanizing your workspace boost your employees’ productivity?” Barkhodae points out, “Office design has traditionally been left in the hands of finance, operations or office management. It’s been regarded as a kind of box-ticking exercise.” We at Office Space Planners understand it’s bigger than that. Read the full article…


Many are Reaping the Rewards for Their Flexible Office Designs

One size fits all just isn’t doing it anymore. Employee productivity is dependent on the work environment. More and more studies are showing that employees desire a work environment that takes their needs into account. Companies and organizations that are paying attention are reaping the benefits. Recently, The Guardian reported that Rochdale’s council building was Read the full article…


Studies Show Workers Aren’t Thrilled with Open-Plan Office Designs

The open-plan office would seem like the antithesis to the cubicle environment. However, for some it’s little more than the lesser of two evils. According to a Dezeen Magazine article titled “Open-plan office designs unpopular with workers and can damage productivity,” many workers desire more privacy. As reported in the article, “More than half of Read the full article…


Reddit, Distractions, and Draining Office Space

These days, when you hear about Reddit in the news, it usually has to do with something being leaked that shouldn’t have been. The latest controversy from the social media power, however, comes from the company’s offices. Recently, former CEO Yishan Wong left the company and now it’s coming to light that reason may have Read the full article…


Lyft Headquarters Display the Relationship Between Design and Employee Morale

Some companies take having an office that reflects their values and workers more seriously than others. Consider Lyft one of them. According to Julie Balise of SF Gate, “Portraits of the workers’ childhood heroes — Peter Pan, Mary Poppins and Willy Wonka — line the wall near the engineering team. Lean on Wonka, and a Read the full article…