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Elements to Consider For Your High End Office Design

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From the layout of your office to the atmosphere within it, high end office design is no easy task. The way you design your office can play a major role in productivity, creativity, and overall satisfaction among employees. So, what are the most important elements to consider for your high end office design?

There are several elements that are common in many successful high end office designs that can be effectively applied to any building in order to ensure that an office space serves as a comfortable and dynamic environment for employees. Some include:

Practical Layouts

 

When designing any office, it is important to keep in mind the people who will be working in it every day. To maximize productivity, consider possible distractions when designing the layout of an office – avoid placing distracting or noisy items like the coffee maker or photocopier right next to someone’s desk. Also, be sure to consider both natural sunlight exposure and areas with the best office lighting to avoid tucking someone into a dark corner, and make sure that there is enough space between each person’s desk so no one feels cramped. Think about your team and their needs, and be sure to prioritize practicality when designing your office.

Natural Light and Open Air

Studies show that adequate exposure to natural light throughout the work day can lead to increased productivity and act as a natural mood booster for employees, as can stepping outside or sitting near an open window where there is access to fresh air.  Without consistent exposure to natural sunlight and/or fresh air, employees might find themselves feeling tired, sluggish, and more easily overwhelmed, negatively affecting productivity. To maximize the amount and quality of work being done in the office, be sure to prioritize natural lighting and fresh air in your design plan.

Color

Adding a pop of color to the interior of your office space can make any work environment instantly feel more positive and welcoming. Instead of dreary colors like white or grey that are traditionally found in most offices, opt for a soft pop of color like blue or yellow to liven up any room and create a comforting atmosphere for your team.

Areas Divided By Noise Level

One addition that many executives are making to office spaces is designated areas for particularly loud or quiet activities. Creating an area for potentially loud informal meetings or gatherings that is separate from other desks is important to avoid distracting people from their work. Similarly, including a few quiet spaces in your office design can allow those working on specific tasks to focus on their work free from distractions and noise.

Greenery

Make any space look more welcoming by adding a few plants or flowers. Not only do plants make your space look more visually appealing, but studies show that the presence of greenery such as live plants and flowers can lead to a boost in happiness and productivity within an office space. No matter what high end office design style you opt for, tie your space together by adding some plants.

Contact Key Interiors

At Key Interiors, our mission is to deliver the highest quality renovation project for your high end office design. From conception to completion, we will work with you to design an office that will motivate employees and inspire prosperous client relationships. Let us be the key to your interior project – contact us today to get started. 

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Downsizing the Office: How to Efficiently Use Your Space

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As office life has changed throughout and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, many workplaces are shifting to meet new office standards. As some employees remain working remotely or in hybrid positions where long days in the office might be few and far between, many offices are downsizing to reflect a lack of employees present throughout the week. Downsizing the office can be tricky, as it is challenging for some employees to use space efficiently when going from a larger to a smaller office.

If your business is working on downsizing the office, here are some tips for ensuring that you are using your space as efficiently as possible.

1. Declutter

Downsizing the office is a perfect opportunity for employees to clear the clutter out of their workspace. In order to downsize effectively, all employees should re-evaluate how many belongings they have in their workspace and try to get rid of things that aren’t necessities; this could include old or outdated equipment, documents, and other supplies that they’ve been holding onto which are no longer necessary. Decluttering is the first step to reducing the size of any office space.

2. Downsize Technology

If your office is downsizing to a smaller space, there might not be room for bulky computer monitors or other large technology. Making the switch to sleeker, more compact devices such as thinner monitors or even laptops might not seem that important, but clearing out bulky technology will be a major space saver in your new office space.

3. Modify Furniture

Large furniture is responsible for taking up a considerable amount of precious space in a small office. Consider getting rid of the desks and other large furniture items of employees who work entirely or predominantly from home. If employees who work in hybrid positions do not tend to visit the office at the same time, you could opt for one large desk that all remote or hybrid employees can use freely when they are in the office. Also consider whether large conference tables or other big, common space furniture pieces are necessary if fewer employees are present, and opt for a smaller, less space-consuming option.

4. Go Paperless

A paperless office that relies on technology is not only better for the environment and office efficiency, but it can be a useful tool for downsizing an office. Saving space on storage for documents and other important files can make way for space for more important items in your space.

The Key Interiors Advantage

With years of experience and a qualified team of professionals, Key Interiors can make coordinating and performing office renovation and design projects of any size a seamless process. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you downsize your office.

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5 Benefits of Creating a Mother’s Room at Your Office

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For the past 20 years, the share of female laborers in the U.S. has hovered around 47%. It’s a significant statistic for many reasons, particularly when you learn that the majority of working women (60% or higher) also have a child under the age of three years at home (per the most recent published data from the U.S. Department of Labor). In 2010, in response to the growing number of female employees within the workforce, the federal government amended the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to include accommodations for nonexempt, lactating mothers. Currently, all businesses with more than 50 nonexempt employees must provide a private space for mothers to pump breast milk. It cannot be a bathroom and must include a variety of features designed to support breastfeeding women. Many states extend this type of protection to exempt employees, as well, making mothers’ rooms a very common and often necessary feature in today’s office buildings. Check out the potential benefits of creating a workplace mother’s room:

Improved Employee Morale

Let’s face it: employees appreciate support. Under FLSA protection, lactating employees are able to return to work and still express breast milk for their babies. They don’t have to choose one over the other. For up to one year following the birth of a child, new mothers can expect time in a quiet, private space to pump while at the office. Not only do new moms feel valued, but coworkers become aware of the scope of their employer’s provisions, making it much more likely that the morale of all employees will be improved.

Less Absenteeism

A dedicated mother’s room also helps to keep mother and baby healthy. Research shows that breastfed babies have stronger immune systems and, thus, are better protected against illness and disease. And if they do get sick, breastfed babies recover more quickly. Studies go on to indicate that breastfeeding mothers are less susceptible to certain physical and mental health issues, as well, reducing the need for new moms (as well as any parenting partners) to miss work due to their own illnesses or those of their babies.

Reduction of Healthcare Costs

The health benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby also helps reduce company healthcare costs. Breastfeeding mothers have a lower risk of certain cancers and a reduced incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease, all of which can drive up the price that companies pay for insurance over the lifetime of all mothers. A mother’s room enables a mother to protect her own health and her child’s, thereby decreasing the need for each one’s healthcare services and the burden of their associated costs.

Better Employee Retention

In many instances, a mother’s room actually draws women back to work following maternity leave since they know they will be able to continue providing breast milk for their children in a private, comfortable space when away from their homes.

Improved Productivity

Finally, with improved morale, less absenteeism and more available workers, companies are more equipped to get the things that need to be done, done! Their workers are more engaged, energetic and focused and, therefore, more productive.

The Key Interiors Advantage

Providing a lactation or mother’s room is mandatory for many businesses. Even if it’s not, the benefits it offers to both lactating women and the companies that employ them make a mother’s room an important aspect of a commercial office’s design. Our team at Key Interiors can help your office create a mother’s room that is functional, stylish and affordable. Please contact us to learn more.

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3 Reasons You Shouldn’t Put Off Your Office Remodel

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On the surface, an office remodel might seem like a daunting and high-cost endeavor, especially to those undertaking one for the first time.  However, with the right features and design, an office remodel can improve your business productivity, increase your profitability, and infuse your people and workspace with much-needed energy, making it well worth the effort and expense. Take a look at some of the benefits of an office remodel:

Improved Productivity

An office remodel is the best way to rearrange the layout of your office for enhanced productivity. For instance, office noise is often cited as the number one distraction in a workplace. It can be a significant drain on overall productivity, since the inability to focus not only leads to a decrease in cognitive performance, it contributes to workplace absences due to the effects of long-term stress exposure. Reconfiguring your space as part of an office remodel could result in reduced noise level. Other functional layout details of your office can be similarly altered to maximize the quality and amount of work being done on-site. You could add private offices, access to natural light and communal areas, or create a layout that requires movement throughout the day (creating a single, dedicated space for copying and printing, for example, would make it necessary for people to get up from their desks periodically). All of these office features have been shown to positively influence employee productivity.

Attract Talent and Customers

A fresh, clean, functional space attracts people. Nobody wants to come to an office with dirty flooring, out-dated, 80s-era cubicles, or a bunch of fluorescent lighting! Prospective employees and clients want to enter a commercial space that is comfortable and inviting. They want to spend time in a space that appropriately accommodates the work being done within its walls. An office remodel allows you to modernize your business, update its layout, keep its decor stylish and highlight features that make it comfortable to both work in and visit. All these upgrades make the office environment attractive to current and prospective employees and customers.

Maximize Safety and Security

Of course, an office remodel is sometimes needed to ensure the safety and security of all your office’s occupants. With a complete office remodel, you can make upgrades to security, fire, and life safety systems. You can also remove old, faulty or unsafe wiring, address air quality and ventilation issues and improve your building’s accessibility. Lastly, you can resolve problems that have kept your office from being up to code, remove hazardous materials (like asbestos), install adequate lighting and bring in ergonomic furniture. There is a wide range of features you can choose to add or eliminate during an office remodel that significantly improves occupant safety and the security of the building itself.

The Key Interiors Difference

To learn more about these and other benefits of an office remodel, please contact our design team at Key Interiors. Our decades of experience with office design and construction means we can help navigate our clients through multifaceted projects with efficiency and help them integrate solutions and features that will improve the functionality of their offices and lead to a positive ROI!

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