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01/03/2012

10 Office Landscape Tips for 2012

 
Your office landscape in 2012 may include significant but easy to implement changes.

Welcome to 2012 – Is your office landscape prepared to take on another year of sustainability upgrades and productivity initiatives?  Simple changes can impact your bottom line and create an aesthetically pleasing environment for employees, clients, and visitors.

Staples Advantage provides 10 key tips to approach an office landscape redesign:

1.            Look good on a budget – Office design can project luxury without going over budget. For example, selecting a laminate instead of veneer flooring, and vinyl rather than leather seating, can create a high-impact look that’s still budget-friendly. Also, by choosing connected seating versus freestanding chairs in waiting areas, businesses can save up to 15% per chair.

 

2.            It is easy being green – Sustainability remains an increasingly hot topic. Companies can help fulfill “green” goals and prioritize office health by using environmentally preferable furniture and fabrics. When making purchases, it’s important to look at the percentage of recycled and renewable content, and also look for relevant environmental certifications, such as GREENGUARD, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and more. In addition, including plants throughout the office literally adds a green touch.

 

3.            Light it up – Lighting has the ability to impact mood and productivity. Rather than relying on harsh, fluorescent lighting, the incorporation of natural light can help bring the outside in. By also using adjustable LED lighting, companies can help improve worker visibility and save on energy expenses. The costs of LED lighting have also dramatically dropped in recent years.

 

4.            Incorporate hybrids – For companies seeking to do more with less and/or maximize smaller spaces, hybrid furniture products, which serve multiple purposes, can help. For example, look at products like “mobile pedestals,” which are filing cabinets with plush tops that also transform into visitor seating.

 

5.            Keep it mobile – Typically lightweight and easy to rearrange, mobile furniture is gaining popularity. In addition to mobile pedestals, other furniture on wheels – including whiteboards, partitions and more – can help facilitate spontaneous brainstorming sessions and be easily rearranged afterward.

 

6.            Foster collaboration – As teamwork continues to play a big role in the workplace and some offices contend with smaller square footage, companies are looking at ways to maximize space to promote collaboration. Businesses can make team interactions easy and natural by designing rooms for a variety of purposes. Additional strategies include incorporating open, intuitive layouts; lower cubicle walls; and mobile and hybrid furniture products.

 

7.            Tie in tech – As the office landscape continues to incorporate new technologies, businesses can improve operations with furniture that complements the devices they’re using. Furniture and accessories that support “powering up” and also help tame cable clutter can create a more aesthetically pleasing and productive environment.

 

8.            Facilitate flex working – Office dynamics are shifting, as technology also enables companies to support a growing number of mobile and flex workers, who use corporate office space only on a periodic basis. By making design tweaks to support multipurpose room functions, designing offices for two, and allowing for private and collaborative spaces, companies can help support their flex worker populations.

 

9.            Give a warm welcome – Businesses can instantly improve their office appearance by creating a warm and inviting reception area. By including freestanding furniture that’s approachable and not confined by high panels, using lamps for softer lighting and placing interesting artwork on the walls, companies can draw visitors in and keep them there.

 

10.          Get organized – A new year is the perfect time for companies to resolve to be more organized. Simple additions such as filing cabinets, along with desk and drawer organizers, can streamline business and help remove unwanted clutter.

 


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Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.


Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.

Bluebeam® Revu® simplifies digital facilities document management from design review to leveraging as-builts, maintenance manuals and O&Ms submittals.


 
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