DOTRUBIK PRESENTS 5 THINGS THE HOME CAN TEACH US ABOUT OFFICE DESIGNS
As a young Nigerian entrepreneur after a Long weekend it’s time to resume at the office where we spend the most time.
The home is a place designed by us, for us, to meet our many needs. Second to the home, the office for many is imposed upon them, providing a one-size-fits-all location for all people to accomplish all tasks. It’s no surprise that people are starting to hit back at open-plan office design and choosing to take advantage of mobile technologies that allow them to work remotely and from home.
With this in mind we look at what the home can teach us about office design.
A Space for Everything
The home is made up of a series of spaces designed for specific activities. You wouldn’t cook your dinner in the bedroom or sleep in the bathroom. Similarly, the office should be designed to accommodate quiet spaces for independent working, open spaces for interaction, break out spaces for people to take a break or have an informal meeting that doesn’t interrupt others.
Also, not everyone wants to work at a desk. How many people prefer to curl up on a sofa when working from home rather than sit at a desk or table? This Activity based approach provides people with a variety of workspaces so they can choose the environment that best suits their task or mood, thus helping them various young and creative Nigerians to be more productive.
Let There Be Light
There are is no doubt that access to natural light in the workplace benefits not only work but also employee well being. We need only look to a typical Nigerian home to understand the importance of natural light to people. We would rarely choose to have a living space in the home without access to daylight – so why should the workplace be any different?
Access to natural light in the workplace
The Heart of the Workplace
The kitchen has traditionally been viewed as the ‘heart of the home’ but now it’s increasingly being viewed as the heart of the workplace. They say people come together over food, and having a communal space to prepare and eat food encourages relationships, collaboration and serendipitous interactions. These in turn can all help to fuel ideas and innovations – a valuable commodity in the modern business world. It is also a place to work away from your primary workspace and to refuel your body and mind. It is important to remember that when you rest your mind, concentration is improved and creativity can flourish.
A Softer Touch
Office design is about more than just desk space and floor plans, and we are seeing a growing trend for offices designed with a more homely feel. Break out spaces now have comfy sofas, cool rugs, cushions and soft lighting which encourages business ideas for young entrepreneur
Financial Benefits – The Bottom Line
The two biggest cost Centre’s for any businesses are people and property. Attracting the very best talent is critical to overall success and increasingly we are seeing office spaces being used as a tool to attract and retain this talent. People want to work in a nice environment with the best available tools to complete their work so investing to create a space where people want to work can reap dividends.
This can lead to greater staff retention that will not only lessen recruitment costs but may also lead to increased productivity, decreased absenteeism and the development of a reputation as a great place to work, making it easier to recruit.
There are a lot of things the home can teach us about office design but the main lesson is of choice. When people can choose their homes and surroundings they will be happier, more satisfied, and want to spend time there. And the workplace is the same. If you give people the opportunity to work in a comfortable, flexible space of their choosing, you can create a positive, productive workplace for everyone.
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