Time to Design a Workplace Refresh

Spring has sprung. Now is the perfect time of year to do a full office evaluation, de-clutter and refresh. Sound a bit daunting? It’s not. If you’re looking to liven up your workspace with the change of season, there are simple things you can do to create a warm, inviting space that inspires your employees and impresses your visitors without blowing through your design budget.

Here are three simple tips to keep in mind as you spring into workplace design planning:

A Little Change can go a Long Way

Ahead-of-the-curve workspaces go beyond being ‘functional’ and ‘clean’, they also capture the spirit of the company and its brand. By keeping the bare bones of the design space neutral in colour, you make room for swapping in seasonal quirky touches without looking excessive. The good news is, your seasonal changes don’t need to be significant, or expensive. A feature wall with your company logo is one place to start, or mix in some vintage touches, kitschy knick knack’s, something handmade or easily swapped accessories like throw pillows or planting pots (you do have plant life in your workspace right? Because that is the ultimate way to ‘spring your workplace’ to life!).

 Art – Trade in ‘Meh’ for ‘Wow’

Search online and download unique photos or images that create conversation and speak to your brand (or course by acquiring the appropriate licensing). Make the images your own by cropping, zooming, or adding custom effects. Once the images are matted and framed, they become fresh, unexpected and unique art installations that don’t break the bank. Blowing up two to three pieces will create an ambiance that livens up your workspace. By holding onto the frames, you can swap images and photos in and out according to seasonality – keeping your workplace crisp and on trend.

Remember the Fine Line of Being Too Trendy

Remember when fluro and neon were all the rage in design? If so, you probably also remember cringing at the thought a decade later. Instead of putting a heavy investment in design solutions that are incredibly fashionable in the moment, but might come with a short lifecycle, consider integrating materials that will carry you through not only multiple seasons – but multiple years. Materials like timber and laminate for instance create comfortable environments without threatening to come back and haunt your organization’s photo records years down the road.

When it comes to giving your workspace a spring refresh, it’s all about putting the right pieces, in the right places to create an environment that employees, executives and clients enjoy spending time in. A lively space awakens innovation and productivity, allowing your business to grow right along with the season.

 

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Integrated Agile Workspaces

Among the many stereotypes thrust upon millennials is their overwhelming desire to be collaborative. It turns out however, millennials have a lot more in common with the baby boomer generation, and would actually like a little peace and quiet to get their work done. In fact, a recent survey from Oxford Economics found that “the ability to focus and work without interruptions” was ranked #1 most important by 29% of respondents from a pool of 1,200 employees across a wide range of industries. Half of them were bothered by lack

It’s no surprise really. As baby boomers reach retirement and millennials begin stepping into executive positions, they’re taking on the kinds of responsibilities that require in-depth, strategic thinking. Having a quiet workspace allows them to tune out chatter, which in turn increases productivity and overall morale throughout the workplace.

Architects, designers and project managers trying to develop meaningful workspaces to cater a wide range of work styles might want to focus less on ping pong tables and brag worthy breakrooms, and more on creating personal offices or quiet spaces which allow team members to work their best.

For this reason, the future office must really embrace the dynamic, fluid nature of work in today’s business landscape. By creating an agile workplace where employees are flexible in choosing the best type of space for the work at hand, you are making room for them to move seamlessly through individual and group work – fully supporting work flow from a 360 degree perspective.

 

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Introducing the Talki Table

Talki is a table leg system designed to foster integration and collaboration.

The clean and simple design of the Talki system is available in three different variations: Talki is the interactive table for conversation, Walki is a high table to stand around and Wheeli is on castors. Talki comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes.

Legs are available in metal with powder coat finish or solid timber. Exclusive to Zenith.

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About the designers

Lux Studio is the design arm of esteemed Australian manufacturer Luxmy Furniture. The Lux Studio products are smart, flexible and collaborative. They are able to respond to the changes in technology, new ways of working, and new environments.

Lux Studio designs and manufacturing processes are agile, lean and adaptable. All products are fully customisable and can be made in a short lead time.

Happy employees are great for business

Everyone would love to improve focus at work. We all want our employees to be more creative. Who wouldn’t want team work and better collaboration on projects? One way to improve these areas may be surprising though. More and more studies are suggesting that the way to gain more focus from employees and to boost morale in the office is to add games. Competitive games between team members can not only bring them closer together, but also increase heart rate which increases focus.

So what things can we do to improve morale in the workplace? Simple games like foosball or table tennis are great ways to bring a team together and let off a little steam throughout the day. Setting up tournaments for employees will build up anticipation for work and create more of a bond among the team. A video game console can have the same effect.

So how do we promote games in the workplace and get everyone’s spirits up without losing control? What are some things to consider when designing such a space? There are a few ways that you can organize it.

First, you need to designate an area. A small area of the breakroom or its own dedicated room. It’s important to separate a recreation area from the employees that are hard at work. Expanding a break room and adding a pool table or foosball table is all you need. Or even just a game console in the corner. Be sure to provide comfortable seating so that others can watch and participate.

Another general rule is to designate a specific time during the day. The thirty minutes following lunch is usually the least productive time during the day. This is a great opportunity to get the blood flowing and boost focus before going back to work.

Providing even a small recreation area can do wonders for team morale and work culture. If you are working with a client to design a space, it may be helpful to survey the team members to find out what types of games they like to play socially. Your clients will thank you when they notice the boost in teamwork and creativity.

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