Posts Tagged ‘open workspaces’

3 Office Design Tips to Cater to Introverts and Extroverts

Friday, June 28th, 2019
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Here are three office design tips to cater to both introverted and extroverted employees.

There are many different systems for analyzing and quantifying work habits, personality types, and communication styles. One common classification is whether someone gets energy from being alone or with others; whether someone is an introvert or an extrovert. While introverts and extroverts often have vastly different ways of working, communicating, and collaborating, there are a few ways that employers can facilitate cooperation through office design. Here are three office design tips to cater to both introverted and extroverted employees.

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Are Open Workspaces the best design for commercial businesses?

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Collaborative  Workspaces

Have you noticed a trend in open workspaces for small and large businesses? Are you considering a redesign of your office? If yes, then it’s time to ask yourself whether open or collaborative workspaces are the best choice you can make for your office. Will the office layout make your employees more productive or will the collaborative space cause a slow down?

It all depends on your work culture whether open workspaces will work in your favor or not.

Some employees prefer a little privacy as they work. Employees will search for just about any place in the office they can find some privacy, even if that means hiding in the conference room.

How can you design work environments that promote collaboration and creativity, while guaranteeing better work productivity?

To start, you have to look at the pros and cons of an open workspace design. Yes, the primary benefit of an open workspace is its promotion of collaboration but sometimes that openness can really impede the work productivity at the office. It depends on the type of workers you have within the open space design.

Some employees will work great in office environments with high volumes of noise, while other employees will need quiet areas/ spaces to get work done.

If employees feel they are unable to hear themselves think within an open workspace design, they are more likely to find standard cognitive tasks at work more challenging. These cognitive tasks can include reading, writing or calculating figures.

Edwards & Hill Office Furniture can help you overcome these collaborative workspace barriers by carefully crafting an office design plan that saves space and money, while creating collaborative workspaces that offer a fair balance between privacy and collaboration.

For example, you can purchase dining tables that seat workers across from one another but have panels to the sides of them for a semi-private workspace. Or you can purchase smaller cubicles for the office to help workers feel more comfortable asking each other for feedback.

Bottom line: Offer diverse work settings within the office to give employees the choice of privacy and collaboration throughout the day. Ideally, we can design casual collaboration workspaces for your office as well as private spaces for workers. You can have more or less open workspaces by surveying what type of office design your workers prefer.

Here at Edwards & Hill Office Furniture we are dedicated to creating great workspaces for all industries. By evaluating your work culture and employees’ opinions, we can tailor an office layout design that truly fits your company needs.

According to HR Magazine, the best places to work are office building well designed to meet workplace needs. These needs range from social to physical comfort. We are here to help your employees work more efficient and productive no matter the time of day. A healthy work environment is a happy and productive work environment.

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Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/barbaraarmstrong/2012/05/24/balancing-the-needs-for-collaboration-and-privacy-a-tall-order-in-workplace-design/

http://www.kahlerslater.com/content/pdf/What-Makes-a-Great-Workplace-white-paper.pdf