This may seem like a job for a professional interior designer only however, the management are a vital ingredient to this as much as the designers are. Office interiors are generally not easy to set out and can be a time consuming activity. One thing to remember in an office environment is that the majority of us spend most of our time sitting down at our desks working on a computer or laptop.
For this reason, it is important to make sure that the staffs are comfortable when working, otherwise simple things like getting the right kinds of chairs, desk sizes, computer monitors, seating plans can affect or even damage their health. Little things like these contribute to the way people work in an office and can subsequently affect their performance. Bad seating could lead to health problems such as back and neck strain, fatigue, physical tiredness and even visual fatigue.
Some office interiors are deliberately made to appear light, spacious and airy. The reason for this is so staffs feel that they are able to stretch their legs every now and again, and free to leave their workstations for a short break. The working environment is going to be the place they will spend most of their time on, therefore this is the one place that all management will need to get right.
To begin with, the chairs in the offices are one of the first things to consider selecting. Imagine for a moment that you have stepped into an office, whereby the chairs are all hardback, without any armrests and your derriere is seated on a hard wood seat for seven to eight hours each day. You can probably imagine now that this can be an extremely uncomfortable position. After your day has ended you may feel a lot of pain, a lack of blood flow in certain areas and a lack of enthusiasm to come back into work the next day.
For the lucky few who do not need to work, this will not apply to you. However, many normal people spend their time working and in order for them to perform well in their stations, it is important they are comfortable in their working environment. Buying padded swivel armchairs will ensure that the staff will reduce the amount of physical pains afflicted when seated for a prolonged amount of time. You would also need to make sure that these seats would not restrict the blood flow into the legs so they will need to be adjustable seats and people are able to control the height of the chair.
Desks should be sized correctly to allow room for people to walk around the room and large enough for people to fit all of the necessary accessories onto their desks. There should also be enough legroom under the desk to allow the staff member to stretch their legs at every given moment. Most people feel comfortable if they have enough room to put their personal belongings by their feet, without feeling as if they have very little space.
When it comes to setting up the computer, it is important to set them up so there are no loose wires spread about by the person's feet. Monitors should be adjusted to eye level and should not strain the neck and shoulders in any way. Everything on the desk should made to be within easy reach, so it is a good idea to buy desks that are not too big and one that can prevent clutter.
One final thing to remember is the lighting when deciding upon the office interior. It is difficult to work in a dark office, which can ultimately damage ones vision. It is a good idea to make sure that all of the furniture spread out around the room, (near windows i possible) and there is plenty of light entering into the room. This could automatically brighten up ones mood and makes working much more pleasant.
Anna Stenning is an expert on office interiors, having worked in many offices that required a redesign.