In an office environment, sometimes all you can hear are phones ringing, conversations amongst other staff, photocopiers beeping and printing as well as the kitchen microwave turning on and off non-stop.
Although open office environments are proven to boost collaboration between employees, it can also be very distracting when you’re trying to focus on something. In addition to this, concentration levels are reduced and work productivity on the whole decreases.
When people refer to ‘office noise control’, it doesn’t mean cubicles become an employees working space or meeting rooms are sound proof. There are some strategies to reduce the level of noise in your workplace without drastic measures.
Introduce plants into the office interior design
Adding plants to your working environment can have sound absorbing capabilities. In addition to this, plants have many health benefits, such as repairing oxygen levels in the office.
Install carpet flooring
Hard surfaces such as hardwood do a poor job at absorbing sound, unlike softer materials such as carpet.
Create a ‘quiet’ room
So you don’t have to completely rearrange your workplace due to noise, transforming a room into a dedicated ‘quiet’ space isn’t a bad idea. That means, when people need full concentration on an activity, they can go in there and not be disturbed.
Setting up some practical office furniture
We’ve mentioned some strategies above that will help with noise control but what about office furniture?
Including some acoustic office dividers are a great way to create some ‘chat’ areas and create a sense of privacy. You will notice, people will be drawn to these dividers to have conversations rather than amongst the open office environment.
Office partitions are another way to reduce noise but aren’t too invasive or permanent – so if you need to have some segregated areas in the office, they can be easily installed and moved around. They are available with soundproofing insulation as well.
Workstation set ups have come a long way from the simple desk. Depending on the style you choose, they can also help reduce noise pollution in the office.
Contact us to find out how we can help you with noise control in the office.
It is believed that a productive employee experience in the workplace requires three aspects – cultural, technological and physical environments.
Here are 5 things to think about when designing your office to maximise employee engagement.
Be authentic - make your space reflect your culture
What makes your company unique? Take the time to get to know this and develop some guiding principles that ensure both your workplace and culture support these. If new ideas are generated by collaboration in your business, then build spaces where staff can take time out to meet and engage with each other in casual settings and make sure this type of behaviour is not only permitted but encouraged.
Build a space where people want to come and work
Thanks to digital technology, fewer and fewer people need to undertake the daily commute into the office. Many of us no longer need to be at our desks to get work done because work can happen anywhere, but a lot of companies are turning their workplaces into destinations where staff can come in to focus, collaborate, learn and celebrate. The most successful workplaces are designed to maximise employee experience by providing 'fit for purpose' environments to carry out these activities more successfully.
There's a constant debate about whether the open office is productive, and the truth is, majority of people don't need to be in a collaborative environment
all day long. Most need time to conduct focused work and certain personality types need more still.
The secret is to build a workplace that provides a variety of places, spaces, and postures that employees can move to throughout their day. When combined with supportive technology and culture, this type of agile workplace has been proven to enhance employee engagement.
Promote healthy behaviour
Sustainability has become a given when it comes to the built environment. The public demand has prompted manufacturers to provide products that have recycled content. Energy conservation measures have been written into the building code and property developers are focusing on locations accessible by transit or providing eco-friendly options such as electric vehicle charging stations and bike storage/changing facilities.
Our workplaces are becoming more diverse and if you want to attract the best talent then you need an office environment that allows them to be their best. Traditional office layout appears to have been designed for extroverts but clearly many of us don't thrive in those kinds of environments and do our best work away from the hustle and bustle of the open plan. It would be beneficial for businesses to create quiet spaces that are conducive to focus and concentration so that everyone can find a space that works for them.
Implementing all of the above would require some fairly significant commitment from an organisational leadership standpoint, however the potential rewards from an employee engagement perspective are huge.
To find out how we can help you with your company fit-out, contact us.
As commercial interior designers, we see a lot of workplaces – and it’s imperative that we are conscious of the future and what they will look like, how
they will function and what are the latest trends.
From one perspective, a workplace is a simple space for work, but increasingly, it is required to be a role in modelling values and vision for employees. It’s becoming an environment where people are inspired, motivated and it is the benchmark for other businesses to strive towards.
The future of workplaces is about providing an environment that coincides with its employees. Where technology takes away friction, the office fit out is about making employees comfortable and motivated and where people choose to be. The idea of work-life balance is becoming more and more important, so creating workplaces that allow for child minding facilities, or play areas for children to be present in the office is growing.
Here are our thoughts about what will contribute to the future of workplaces.
Choosing the ‘right’ place for working and life-making
Employers are choosing an office building that is more of a precinct – where there’s options for its staff. Whether they want green space, be close to public transport or in an area that promotes a more stress-free environment.
More than just a workplace, these office areas need to be full of great experiences and conveniences. This empowers employees to leave the office and disconnect from work while still being close to amenities such as cafes, restaurants, gyms and nearby childcare centres.
Design healthy workplaces
We are constantly hearing about healthy work and life practices so why not design them into your workplace? Persuading people towards healthier choices such as standing desk settings, healthy snacks in the vending machines and welcoming the use of stairs as opposed to elevators will all help in empowering people to live a more healthier work-life.
Getting close to nature
We’ve talked about healthier work-life practices, but let’s reflect on the materials you are surrounding your people with.
According to Britannica, exposure to natural products and interiors create similar health benefits to those formed by spending time in nature. This includes improved emotional state and self-expression, lower blood pressure, heart rate and stress levels. The term for this is called ‘biophillic effect.’
We work with companies on their office fit outs and incorporating nature into these environments is becoming more and more important.
Bringing people together
In an era where technology allows us to work from anywhere, at any time, it’s important that we still have a focus of bringing people together in the workplace.
Allowing people to easily connect with one another has many positive benefits. An office fit out that allows for collaboration, communication and cooperation will help get the most out of people and create a comfortable and positive environment.
You also want people to feel a sense of belonging in their working environment, so encouraging connection between people will definitely help to do this.
The future of workplaces is moving into a positive direction where the focus is more on people, culture and getting close to nature.
If you need help with an office fit out, please get in contact.
Workplace strategy is about studying how people work and creating a workspace that supports this. While management level perception and understanding is a key part of the findings, observations extend far deeper into things like staff personality and what environments are best suited to what tasks. It’s also important to consider workplace design and what structures, furniture and layout will best suit your working environment, and ultimately, improve productivity for your staff.
There are many benefits to developing a workplace strategy. Some of these include:
- Having the appropriate space allocations. Do you need smaller meeting rooms or more of them?
- Collaboration and interaction are in the right areas. How are your staff working? Do you have teams that need to interact constantly? How would your staff like to work – in an open area or something that’s more private?
- Productivity, effectiveness and morale are improved. After all – your design is based on collective feedback taken from every individual in your organisation.
- It acts as a catalyst for change in staff behaviours and enables the desired culture.
It’s important to consider in your workplace strategy, what is going to bring the best out of your employees. When staff feel comfortable, trusted and appreciated they work more effectively. A simple design change like adding screens to workstations, creating storage solutions so there is less clutter and disorganisation can have a positive input to your work environment.
Bevisco Commercial Interiors provide companies with workplace structures, furniture and fit-outs to suit what will work best for your business. We’ve been helping businesses for over 20 years and pride ourselves on quality.
To see how our products can help your business, visit http://www.bevisco.com.au/products-pages/products
Bevisco has a new home!
We have successfully relocated to our brand new premises at
Unit 1, 3 Slater Road lngleburn, 2565, NSW as of 1 June, 2016.
Our new location is central to many of our suppliers with whom we work very closely to ensure we can offer short lead times and a dependable supply of our extensive product range.
Drop in for a coffee and view our product range if you are ever in the area.
Bevisco adds to its height adjustable product range with Motion . This system is height adjustable. Clever engineering eliminates any impact on the screens. The straightforward design also looks great.
Please refer to the workstation category for Motion specifications and more images.
Bevisco is very pleased to announce they have been endorsed as a NSW Government supplier for workstations, office furniture, seating and storage, under the NSW Government's new Office Furniture Prequalification Scheme SCM-0771.
This is Bevisco's eighth consecutive supply contract with the NSW State Government which dates back to 1992.
Our scope of workplace furniture and storage solutions have been recognized for their quality, durability, flexibility and functionality throughout a range of Government Departments.
Bevisco is delighted to announce that Elliot Wright is now the new owner and Managing Director of the company.
With over 25 years of experience at Bevisco, there is very little Elliot doesn’t know about the company. Elliot’s career with Bevisco has seen the transformation of the company from a start up business to the highly respected and professional organization it is today – and Elliot has played no small part in that transformation.
Notwithstanding, it is Elliot’s personal values, integrity and insight that will see Bevisco prosper and grow well into the future.