As your company expands, or you find yourself moving to a new office space, office renovation can become an unforeseen necessity. Older spaces require modernizing for the current work environment, and these renovations can potentially improve employee morale and even strengthen your company’s brand.
Though it can be a tedious and overwhelming process, renovating your office can transform the way your company operates not only from the viewpoint of your employees, but for your clients and customers as well. Consider these tips to help get you started:
If your company is still using dividers and cubicles, now is the time for you to ditch them! As companies continue to promote more collaborative-style working, your office should reflect this feeling. Creating open space is essential for today’s workplace and can even boost your employee productivity as everyone will feel welcomed as interaction increases. This open space concept can even be brought into your conference room as many companies have switched to glass wall partitions as opposed to the traditional drywall to elevate ambiance and create (literal) transparency while still retaining privacy.
Removing cubicles and dividers may result in a drastic change in employee involvement and interaction—improving the relationship between coworkers and boosting employee morale and productivity.
Many studies have concluded that introducing nature and greenery into offices can also help boost morale and productivity. Here are some of the many ways your office can truly “go green” in your renovation!
Having natural light is the first step to boosting productivity. While it saves energy by reducing the number of lights needed, it also helps employees as the natural cycle of light throughout the day can help with the body’s timing regulation as artificial light can be draining and strain the eyes. Installing motion sensors and pre-lighting nodes in your office can also help your office become energy-efficient on the days where there may not be a large amount of natural light.
Choosing eco-friendly furniture can boost morale and office aesthetics. Studies have shown that incorporating greenery into the office help circulate naturally cleaner air, and improves the feelings of the office, as plants act as a mood booster.
The thought process is different for everyone. Whether it be taking a walk, listening to music, or bouncing ideas off of others, everyone’s thought process looks a little different—rarely does working behind a desk produce the highest quality work. This is where the Brainstorm Room comes in.
Creating a space specifically for the creative processes for all gives your employees the opportunity to be productive and encourages them to think in the way that works best for them.
Colors can set the tone for the day—even subliminally. The colors of an office or a lobby can set the first impression for how the office is perceived not only by clients, but by employees as well. When an office is neutral and does not have much color, it can come off as bland and instantly diminish morale, whereas having a pop of color can brighten the day for an employee before it has even started. This is where your branding comes in.
As branding is important from a marketing perspective, it is just as important to employ consistent branding throughout your office with the incorporation of your official colors. Having the pop of color from your brand’s palette can subliminally boost production as the office will appear to have a more lively atmosphere. This can be achieved by painting an accent wall and incorporating furniture featuring your brand colors.
Break away from the typical break room with a breakout space! A breakout space can be seen as an informal space for employees to take time away from their desk in a more comfortable space.
Similar to the brainstorm room, the breakout space can be used for a brainstorming session, or casual chats and recreational activities. By including the space for a more relaxed area, it will give employees the real break they need away from their desks.
With these being just a few of the many decisions necessary when it comes to renovating an office, there are many other things to consider including flooring, acoustics, and the overall architectural design of your office. Of course, CIC has your back with our in-house design team and full range of technology including 3D Renderings, which help to make your renovation project seamless.
Have questions about office renovation or how we can transform your office space? Contact us today to see how our team can help you with your next project!
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