As more college graduates begin to enter the workforce, businesses are starting to take notice in the change of times. For the past several years, offices have been designed to give employees individual space to work. A cubicle was typically assigned to an employee and their area would include a desk, chair, computer, maybe a filing cabinet or bookshelf, along with various office supplies. If employees were allowed to decorate the space, a picture or two would inhabit their desk along with a plant of some sort. Colors were never typically used when decorating the office and the overall theme was a mature and professional feeling throughout. However, with the changing times and the new graduates entering the workforce, businesses are reconsidering the design of their office space. Instead of individual space, offices are now taking a more open approach with the layout of the office. Google has been at the forefront of the collaboration themed office space with including open conference areas, slides instead of stairs, and plenty of bright colors throughout the office.
If your office wants to develop a more open office space that encourages collaboration and communication amongst employees, here are a few steps you can take:
- Color- Include bright colors when decorating your office space. If you prefer white walls, add color with artwork and other décor to help boost creativity. Reference our previous blog, What Color is your Office? to see a list of popular colors used in office spaces.
- Minimal Walls- Instead of sectioning employees off in their own work space, allow a more open space to take place. Eliminate walls that create cubicles so employees can collaborate more effectively.
- Large Desks- Allowing employees to gather around a large surface to work can boost creativity and productivity on big projects. Shared space allows employees to communicate effectively and work with each other to create ideas for your business.
- Ergonomic Furniture- Comfortable furniture is necessary for a productive office. Collaboration will increase if employees are comfortable and healthy while performing their job.
At Mark Downs Office Furniture, we specialize in new and used furniture to help turn your office into a collaborative space for your employees. From desks, to ergonomic chairs, to conference room tables, Mark Downs has everything you need to create a comfortable and welcoming work environment for your employees.
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