Modular Office Systems Offer Flexibility…and then Some

Many of today’s businesses are finding benefits in modular office systems for a number of reasons.  First, they are a quick way to redesign the office for new space or organizational requirements.  For example, as new employees begin to fill the office, companies might install movable walls that separate existing office spaces to make room for these new faces.  

This second benefit of modular furniture is its contribution to a more private and confidential environment.  Companies that handle a great deal of confidential information (banks, for example), need modular features such as office wall panels and acoustic tiles to decrease the amount of noise that’s floating around in the air.  Many businesses have also found sound masking can be a big plus to increasing the confidentiality in the work environment.

Finally, modular office spaces make it easy to leave room for design changes.  Many companies want a new look without the permanence that comes with redesign.  Of course, in the end, modular furniture can save a company big bucks since complete redesigns will not be needed.  Instead, offices can move things around a bit and more easily create entire new office environments.

 

Modular Office System

Modular Office System

Office Design Must Embrace Change

We hear a lot about change these days.  And I think that’s a good thing.  However, whenever I get into a contractual agreement with anyone, I often feel as if change is never part of the process.  Am I alone?

When it comes to office design, change is inevitable.  Not only will our minds change, but so will our needs.  I recently heard an account of an office manager who changed her mind about the office chairs she had chosen for her board room.  Rather than choosing one model, a newer one entered the market that were more appropriate for her decor.  Guess what?  Her design team said it was too late.  Even though they had not placed the order for her chairs just yet, they informed her that her contract required that she stick with her original chairs.  How frustrating!

My advice to you is to talk about these scenarios early with your office designer.  If they can’t make room for change, maybe you would be better off not making room for them in the first place.

 

Interior Design Knows Change

Interior Design Knows Change

Green Interior Office Design is Easier than you Think

If you think that transforming your office into an environmentally-friendly workspace will take too much time and effort, think again.  Today’s world of interior office design isn’t just focusing on the drive to “go green” just to fit in with the latest tends.  Instead, office design takes a green approach to improve our quality of life at work.  No, this isn’t some fluffy rhetoric designed to support my campaign to save the world.  This is a concept that works.  When we feel better about our work space, we are not only happier at work, but we also are more efficient at work.  And, we take pride in our work, something that is integral to a successful company culture.

In fact, today’s youngest employees view working in a green workplace as a top priority in their job search.  And for good reason.  These youngsters want to be happy at work, and they want to represent a company that fills them with pride.  And, for the company, this is a win-win situation.  When employees are happy and proud, there’s less chance of turnover and more chance of quality work being produced.

See, I told you it wasn’t that hard.

 

Sustainable Office Design

Sustainable Office Design

Interior Decorators without a Hidden Agenda

The process of hiring an interior decorator can often be overwhelming.  You want to choose a reputable company that has both an experienced resume and a passion for the work.  What you don’t want, however, is a design company that waits until halfway through the project to tell you that you need entirely new carpet or a different color scheme.

Be sure your interior decorators are upfront from the beginning in regards to exactly what your office needs and how much it’s going to cost you.  Hidden fees, long waiting periods, and unexpected remodeling ideas should never be mentioned after a project has begun.  Instead, ensure that your interior decorating firm has provided every last detail of the project upfront from the very beginning.

 

Planned Office Design

Planned Office Design

Customer Service a Must for Office Designer

I don’t care how well-established your office designer might be, it’s key that he or she provides your company with quality customer service. And, if your designer isn’t meeting your service expectations, there are plenty of others I know who will exceed them.

Take SPACE, Inc. for example. Here’s a company that is not only service-oriented to its entire client base, but also to its entire community. In addition to running a business the prides itself on professional development, certifications, and learning, it also takes advantage of the latest technology to improve its service to the client. By utilizing web conferencing, interior decorators at SPACE are able to show clients 3D drawings and plans over the web. Now that’s service!

 

Office Design by SPACE

Office Design by SPACE

Interior Design Firm Should Offer Seamless Transition

Undertaking an office redesign is a huge task for an office.  Employees are shuffled into new areas while old ones are redesigned, and loud design and construction crews interrupt the normal flow of each work day.

While that might be what you picture when you think of letting an interior design firm into your office, you should think again.  Professional designers have your best interests at heart, and they know that productivity is the number one goal of most any organization.  Therefore, any good interior design firm is going to make your office’s transformation as seamless as possible, meaning that the disruption is minimal and work can proceed at its normal speedy pace!

Interior Design Firms Make Seamless Transition

Interior Design Firms Make Seamless Transition

Interior Design Inspirations Need a Personal Connection

If you’re in the market for an office interior designer, one thing should be top on your list: your designers MUST make your office’s project their number one priority.  If a designer isn’t showing signs of excitement or enthusiasm in your project, it’s time to look elsewhere.  After all, each of us performs much better when we put our heart and soul into a project.  The same goes for interior designers.

Make sure that your design team treats each project like they would  a remodel of their own home.  From start to finish, the team should focus on filling your office space with interior design inspirations that guide them through each stage of the journey.  Trust me, if they don’t show this level of dedication, you can find someone else who will!

Interior Design Projects Should Inspire Creativity

Interior Design Projects Should Inspire Creativity