5 Ways that Modern Office Design Impacts the Bottom-Line

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Oct 17, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to residential design, it’s perfectly fine — and in fact, usually preferred — for decisions to generate qualitative benefits and outcomes. For example, adding a bay window can make a living room brighter and more welcoming, while installing decorative wall coverings can make a den (or man cave) cozier. 

However, when the scene shifts to the workplace, executives typically need to justify or authorize office decisions based on their quantitative connection to ROI. To that end, here are 5 ways that modern office design impacts the bottom-line:

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3 Elements that Separate Old School from Future-Focused Office Design

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Oct 12, 2017 11:30:00 AM

There is nothing wrong with having a fondness for the classics. For example, some of the greatest music, literature and art that many people around the world enjoy today was created centuries ago. And in a somewhat more practical and down-to-earth way, a number of organizations are embracing a more conventional or classic approach to things like workplace attire (i.e. “business casual” is tilting more towards business, and less towards casual).

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3 Tips to Make the Most of Your Studio Office Design Strategy

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

On today’s business landscape, long-term success — and in many cases, short-term survival — isn’t just driven by sufficient cash flow and profitable customers. There’s another “C” in the mix that can be more valuable, and also rarer, than both: creatives! 

Now, before you start imagining folks wearing frocks and mixing paint on a palette: today’s creatives are the skilled professionals who work across all fields and industries, and who are tasked with coming up with everything from a standing ovation-worthy speech for the CEO at the next employee retreat, to a killer marketing campaign that drives brand visibility and attracts new customers, to a training program that boosts employee engagement and productivity — and the list goes on.

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The 3 Biggest Problems with Office Design — and How to Solve Them

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Sep 28, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Is your office design a liability instead of an asset? Unfortunately, that is the case if it is triggering any of these three major — and common — problems: 

1. Poor Space Utilization

Office design is not just about making an existing space functional and appealing. In the big picture, it is also about ensuring that space — which of course is a major expense — is utilized effectively and optimally.

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Discover 3 Space Saving Office Design Ideas

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Sep 21, 2017 11:30:00 AM

Workspace is not just one of the costliest business expenses — especially in certain parts of the country like the Chicagoland area — but it is also among her riskiest. This is because unlike other costs such as telecommunications systems or computer networks, workspace is not scalable: businesses that sign a lease (or pay a commercial mortgage) for a fixed number of square feet must pay the agreed upon amount each month. The price is fixed, whether the space is optimized or not.

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What Office Interior Design Will be Like in 100 Years

Posted by Dan Johnstone on Sep 14, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Whether the right word to describe it is lame, cringe-worthy or just plain embarrassing, the fact remains that most prognosticators who imagine what life will be like 100 years from now get things very, very wrong.

For example (and if your doctor has advised you to avoid lame, cringe-worthy and just plan embarrassing things you should probably stop reading!), here are some bold predictions from the 1900 World’s Fair in Paris:

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Tips for Using Psychological Insights to Create Your Office Design Plan

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Sep 8, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Whether it’s McDonald’s choosing yellow and green for its restaurants, Intel adding the signature “ding” tone to the end of its commercials, or countless companies using celebrities to represent their products and brand, the psychological roots of business run very deep. In fact, there are several branches of applied social science that explore (and frankly, exploit!) the fact that what goes on between our ears has a direct impact on the buying decisions we make.

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3 Signs that Your Business Should Invest in Executive Office Design

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Sep 1, 2017 11:30:00 AM

For previous generations, the executive office was hallowed ground characterized by heavy (and expensive) furniture and, to evoke the words of Will Ferrell’s hilarious portrayal of anchorman Ron Burgundy: “a smell of rich mahogany and many leather-bound books.”

However, these days it is not uncommon for executives to work in the same environment as basically everyone else, including the intern that started last week. Often, the only real difference is some extra square footage, but even that is often occupied by files, boxes, exhibit equipment (that massive banner display has to be stored somewhere), and so on.

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3 Costly Misconceptions About Office Space Planning

Posted by Jerry Johnstone on Aug 24, 2017 11:30:00 AM

When it comes to refreshing, renovating or re-inventing your work environment, there are many best practices and smart strategies. And one of the most vital — yet often overlooked — elements is rooted in office space planning. Here are three costly misconceptions that quickly turn what should be a successful project into a stressful scenario:

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The Worst Advice We Have Ever Heard About Office Interior Design

Posted by Tom Johnstone on Aug 21, 2017 11:00:00 AM

At Key Interiors, we have been an established part of the interior solutions industry for more than 30 years. And throughout this journey, we have seen some exciting and innovative office interior design concepts emerge, such as hot desking, benching, open offices, sit-to-stand desks, and the list goes on. Indeed, the best thing about this industry is that there are always great new developments and ideas on the horizon.

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