Many large corporate companies such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and others have built some truly amazing office spaces over the past few years and used them as ways to advertise both the values of their companies and as a way to retain their employees. Who doesn’t like working in a beautiful, cool office space? Google even has a slide that its employees can use instead of the stairs if they want to.
While you more than likely won’t include a slide in your office’s design, there are all sorts of design ideas that you can incorporate into your office space to make it more appealing to both employees and customers who visit. Today we’re breaking down 10 commercial office design ideas. Let’s dive in!
Lounge Areas to Decompress
After a long day or a stressful meeting, it’s important that your employees have a place or a way to decompress. Every company is different, and not everyone is comfortable with having an arcade game or a foosball table in the office. But even simply providing a few couches next to a big window will give your employees a place where they can sit and relax for a few minutes at the end of the day or during their lunch break.
Promoting better mental health for your employees is always going to be a positive experience for everyone involved. Your employees will be able to do better work, and they’ll be happier about their job.
Multipurpose spaces are becoming more and more valuable as real estate becomes more expensive. There’s always the classic flex space but try to be more creative than that. You can offer a lounge area that doubles as a meeting space or a conference room that can be used as workstations when there aren’t any big meetings. The goal is to make things usable and to always be utilizing your space.
Plants and “Nature” Incorporated
Incorporating plants, nature, and all things outdoors will always be an advantage for your employees. There are several ways that you can go about doing this, but some of the best ways include live plants throughout the office and, if you’re able to, a tree or two. You’d be surprised by how much elements like this bring life into an office design.
Flexible layouts or flex space is like multipurpose workspaces but slightly different. When you think of flex space, think of how a large room can be used as a meeting or gathering area and used for desk space at the same time. There are all sorts of ways to use large open rooms, and while they aren’t always as popular anymore, they still offer a lot of efficiency for employee workspaces.
Transparent and Interconnected Design
The best way to describe transparent and interconnected design is through glass walls. Glass conference rooms offer a very transparent feeling to a room and make the entire office feel very connected. These glass walls can actually be used to create offices as well, and you can connect and separate an entire office through the glass. It all just depends on what you like your office space to look like.
Some companies really don’t like offices and choose to forgo having any offices in their “office” space. This isn’t always negative, and in some cases, when you have the right team in place, this will promote team building in big ways. If you want a sense of collaboration and communication throughout the entire office space, then you should consider what your office could look like if you choose not to include any small offices within your overall larger space.
Outdoor Work Areas
A few picnic tables and umbrellas are all you really need to have to offer a true outdoor work area. But why settle for the cheap and easy option when you could make something totally perfect and beautiful by customizing an outdoor work area for your staff. Outlets and wifi are a must for any outdoor office, but comfortable and inviting desks or tables will also encourage your employees to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while the weather is nice.
Most office spaces are built with concrete walls and, in turn, can make for very noisy buildings to work in. Recent studies have shown that noisy co-workers and just noise, in general, can drastically impact the productivity of your employees. When you’re a concrete office or any office for that matter, you should install acoustic panels or other sound treatment to help reduce the noise created by employees talking, walking, or working in the space. This is a fairly inexpensive fix but will be huge for your office.
If your office is noisy and full, call booths are a great thing to offer employees that will need to make the occasional call or talk with customers about projects, sales, or any other related matter. When you’re installing these booths, a fun way to make them look nice is to make them feel just like a phone booth from back in the day. Everyone loves using a phone booth, and it’s a great way to offer isolation from the noise and busyness of the office without taking up a lot of space.
Wall Graphics or Accent Walls
Graphics on the wall can motivate your employees, dress up your space, and make everything look a little bit more appealing. We love the idea of putting your core values or other meaningful slogans on the walls within your building. Plus, there are tons of creative ways that you can do it so that it looks great!
If you’re looking to redesign your office space flow or build a new office altogether, APX Construction Group would love to help. We offer commercial office design and building services. We can take your idea and bring it to life from design all the way to the finishing touches. Reach out to us today to learn more!