Natural light, acoustics, air-conditioning, ergonomic furniture – getting these fundamentals of a workplace right is essential to successful design.
Smart companies understand that workplaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business’s core values, through the placement of different teams, functions and design elements that reflect brand, culture and ideals. We love this Periodic Table created by K2 Space.
Here’s some questions that may help to discuss with the team when going through the design phase.
- Who are our employees, and who will they be in the next 5 years?
- Who else uses our space (visitors, clients, community members, etc.), and why?
- How do we want clients, prospective hires, or other visitors to perceive us when they enter our space?
- To what extent do we value flexibility and choice over how work gets done?
- What current workplace behaviours would we like to change?
- What are the most satisfying attributes of the existing workplace that sustain productivity?
- If people aren’t regularly coming to the office, do we understand why not?
How we work has evolved alongside technology and so too has office design with the modern workplace offering a more flexible way of working. Putting the right foundations in place and then building on that is critical to designing a space that truly works.
Click through to K2’s website here to read an overview of each of their elements with links to more in-depth content.