The Importance of Optimal Lighting in Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Mar 22, 2017 2:00:00 PM

In the past, lighting in office design was not necessarily considered as something that should, or even could be optimized. This is not to suggest that business owners and other decision-makers were indifferent or uninterested when it came to lighting-related choices. Rather, the primary focus was to ensure that there was “enough light to allow people to work.” Indeed, this explains why even today in offices that have notably different design approaches, the lighting is basically the same and rooted in a “if it’s bright enough for people to see and work, then it’s fine and we can focus on other elements” philosophy.  

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Topics: Office Renovation

The Psychological Impact of Paint Color in Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Mar 15, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Blue

Blue is often viewed as calming and soothing. It is also a color that many people associate with trustworthiness and intelligence (which is why many attorneys and public relations consultants advise their clients to weak blue blouses, suits or ties when they want to cast a trustworthy image!). 

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New Office Design: 5 Tips for Choosing the Right Office Furniture

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Mar 6, 2017 2:00:00 PM

As you ponder, plan and prepare for a new office design, naturally you will focus on aspects such as space utilization, lighting and HVAC, traffic flows, and so on. However, there is another critically important piece of the puzzle that is just as important: choosing the right office furniture.

To help point you in the right direction, here are 5 tips to keep in mind:

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3 Conference Room Design Best Practices

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Mar 3, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Whether you are developing the layout for a new location or re-inventing your current environment, one of the most important pieces of your office design puzzle is the conference room. Below, we highlight 3 best practices to help point you in the right direction:

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The Pros and Cons of Hot Desking

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Feb 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

One of the most innovative office design ideas in recent years is known as “hot desking.” No, this doesn’t involve desks mysteriously disappearing from one day to the next and showing up for sale on Craigslist. And for shivering employees who work in cold offices: sorry, this has nothing to do with temperature, either.

Rather, hot desking is when employees do not have assigned workstations or cubicles, and can therefore work anywhere they wish -- provided, of course, that space is available. As you might expect or have experienced, there are some pros and cons to this office design, and we highlight some of these below.

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Topics: Open Offices

5 Space Planning Questions to Ask When Planning Your New Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Feb 20, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Developing an office design plan – either for your current location or a new one – is an ideal opportunity to evaluate priorities, refine strategies, and make smart decisions that will turn the cost from an expense into an investment. To that end, here are 5 questions to ask:

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Topics: Space Planning

3 Tips to Make Your Open Office Design More Productive & Profitable

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Feb 9, 2017 2:00:00 PM

A growing number of organizations of all sizes – from small businesses to large enterprises – have implemented, or are thinking/planning of implementing, an open office design. This is a layout in which employees are co-located in a shared space and environment.

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3 Office Design Tips to Boost Employee Engagement and the Bottom-Line

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Feb 2, 2017 11:30:00 AM

For many years, boosting employee engagement was viewed as an important, yet not essential objective; at least not as far as increasing productivity, profitability and the bottom-line was concerned.

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3 Office Design Questions to Ask Your Employees

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Jan 27, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to developing your office design plan, obviously you need to focus on aspects such as budgets, scheduling, logistics (e.g. maintaining operations during the renovation/construction or temporary re-allocating work to another site), permits and approvals (typically required for any project involving architectural changes), and the list goes on.

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Office Design Factors that Affect Productivity

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Jan 24, 2017 11:30:00 AM

n today’s relentlessly competitive business landscape, finding smarter ways to increase employee productivity is not just a best practice. In the long run it makes the difference between success and survival.

However, one aspect that is often overlooked by managers and decision makers – but certainly NOT neglected by employees who must deal with it on a daily basis – is how office design impacts productivity. Here are the key factors that matter most, either positive or negatively.

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