The redesigning of office space in order to work better and to pump in some energy and creativity needs careful planning and an element of design thinking. In this blog, we present Durian’s findings and helpful ideas to redesign workspaces.
In our journey of working with brands and businesses across industries, we have come across ideas that are redefining work habits and workspaces too.
Let us begin talking about how you can make your new office come true.
Before we begin talking about how to redesign your office, let’s spend a moment on WHY to redesign it at all.
The old set up of offices did not take into consideration the design thinking perspective – it used to be more or less about putting together several tables and chairs and maybe leaving a separate room for meetings or leaving space for a cabin for the leaders.
That is how many teams wound up sitting AGAINST each other rather than WITH each other.
You need to redesign your office because you need to make it more appealing and accommodative to everyone while also assuring your team that they are in a safe, sanitized environment.
You need to redesign your workspace because of the following reasons:
1. Respect for social distancing
2. Protection of team members’ privacy
3. Enabling collaborative work
4. Ergonomic care for users’ health
5. Sophisticated look & feel
6. Integrating technology usage
7. Flexibility & adaptability
Finally, there’s the biggest WHY of all – you need better work practices, better work culture and better productivity. You need to build that “better” ethos into the physical space of your office.
What You Need to Redesign?
Redesigning a workspace can materialize if you take stock of what you’ll need to address the new scenario.
While a lot of factors go into the redesigning, there is one thing that is easier to start with: the way you furnish your office.
If your office is in a building where there are other offices, you may not be able to ask for better parking or make other such demands that need a revamping of infrastructure.
But you can definitely start with furniture to make your team super comfortable and wanting to get back to the office.
In our experience with helping businesses redesign, we’ve helped them with:
1. Customizable options in upholstery (for switching to something that can be sanitized easily or for décor reasons switching to colours that are more appealing)
2. Customizable options in other surface material: Veneer, Laminate, metal, paint – each of these comes with their own advantages
3. Customizable workstations for different needs: Linear, L-shape, 12 degree, cabin, accessories to accommodate teams of different sizes
4. Furniture for different spaces: Cabins, workspace, meeting & conference rooms, lounge areas, cafeteria, auditoriums
5. All furniture with protective screens & ample storage
6. Ergonomic Chairs to accommodate users of all body types, number of members in your team, and the seating arrangement in your office
7. Tables and desks that have the best technology integration and wire management systems out there to accommodate the “phygital” work practices in the post pandemic world
Being mindful of the why and how of redesign has helped several organizations get back to work in the office space – whether through allotting separate days to different people or by creating safety mechanisms in the office.
What are your thoughts on redesigning office spaces?