by Lillian Connors
There are many things to think about when designing an office space. Aesthetics, function and safety have to come together to create a perfect environment for all employees. It can influence motivation, loyalty and productivity of the entire work staff.
Of course, the design cannot be randomly based on latest trends and what’s known to influence mindsets the most, it has to reflect the company’s purpose and goal. Modern tech companies have to embrace design concepts that encourage creativity and freedom of thought, but that are not too distracting. In order to achieve this, here’s what you need to know about designing a productive office space for a tech company.
Choice of color
Colors and various color combinations can have a big influence on the mood and behavior of people. Since you need your employees to be motivated above anything else, you’ll need to apply this theory to your office design.
The base color of your walls and floors should always be something non-intrusive. White is a good choice for tech companies, though it can also backfire since some people consider it to be too sterile and bland. Whatever you decide, the base color should be kept within the range of light pastel tones that give off an airy and spacious feeling. You don’t want your employees to feel suffocated by extremely strong and dark tones.
Striking nuances should be used for details. The base color should be mild, whereas the primary one should leave an impression. Red is an excellent choice for tech companies – an aggressive color for an aggressive industry that requires its employees to be relentless and ready to evolve. It’s an invigorating color that increases motivation and it combines well with blue or green.
On the one hand, green is a color associated with freshness and harmony, which can mean a lot in an environment in which employees have to relax from time to time. However, it might be too organic for a tech company – blue can also have a calming effect and it also gives off a formal, analytical vibe. Using a comprehensive paint colour chart will give you a much clearer picture how each colour will look on a wall when combined with your office furniture.
Lighting and layout
Lights should not be the focal point of your office design. In fact, you should avoid over-designed lighting fixtures altogether. Instead, choose something bright and unobtrusive, something that will liven up the atmosphere in the office – LED lights can be bright and they are also energy efficient. Light needs to upgrade the room naturally and not serve as a centerpiece of its design.
The layout will depend heavily on the type of company you are running. Neighborhood design is a perfect option for tech companies, since it combines two opposing designs – cubicles and open concept offices. Private areas are reserved for more complex tasks whereas the open space serves as a sort of a hub for employees, where they can exchange ideas, be social and execute more informal tasks.
Of course, this all has to be done according to basic safety precautions and rules. You need to design a place that will allow you to move quickly in case of an emergency. Having personally tailored emergency evacuation diagrams can be very helpful. You should also include emergency evacuation lighting systems, fire extinguishers and blankets, fire hydrant systems, doors, hose reels and indicator panels, emergency intercommunication systems, etc.
Adding some plant life to your office is a perfect design choice – the environment will become more lively and less stressful. These plants can also contribute to the overall air quality and boost productivity. The science community has found that the presence of plants promotes positive brain stimuli in people, and workers are no different, even though their attention is focused elsewhere.
A good design in your tech company offices is not a factor to be underestimated. It can have an incredible impact on the productivity of your employees in the long run. The design should also be discreet in many ways, as the attention of everyone needs to be focused on work. This also goes for safety measures and obligatory emergency elements that should blend in with the environment.
About the author
If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she constantly embarks on a different home and office improvements and spreads the word about them. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.