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DECCAN CHRONICLE. | Edited by : AANCHAL KATARIA
Published Apr 5, 2019, 8:38 pm IST
Updated Apr 8, 2019, 3:46 pm IST
With increasing emphasis on optimising workspaces, human psychology is the paramount consideration when it comes to office interiors.
Employee efficiency and comfort are majorly influenced by office layout, design and space usage. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)
 Employee efficiency and comfort are majorly influenced by office layout, design and space usage. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)

Mumbai: Did you know that round tables can make people look less isolated, even when they are sitting alone? Have you ever wondered how an open office floor plan can improve collaboration and communication amongst co-workers? Has it ever occurred to you that wall decals and murals can offer employees a chance to internally reflect over their busy lives?

All this and more is possible through an integrated approach to designing workspaces. While norm and functionality usually dominate office layouts, overall wellness and experience too can also be achieved, within the same plan.

 

In any case, office design is vital to both the employees and vision of a company. A visually appealing, comfortable, functional design is crucial to promote productivity and imperative for people working long hours. For a company, it resonates its corresponding goals, belief system, and culture it wishes to harbour.

And it all starts with a decision – to embrace the power of aesthetics. So, here are a few key points to keep in mind when it comes to the interior design of your workspace:

Laying the correct foundation

Employee efficiency and comfort are majorly influenced by office layout, design and space usage is a known fact. But what’s lesser known is that these traits also hold the key to aligning the employees with company’s short and long-term goals and the eventual path of progression.

Be it profit, growth, leadership, employee-centricity or even customer focus, an organisation can deeply instil these and many more characteristics in its workforce through meticulous office design and planning.

Making the strategic move

But how does one begin? Is it just as simple as handing over the layout reins to planning connoisseurs? Or perhaps giving industrial psychologists a call? Well, it’s a bit of both.

The good news, however, is that one doesn’t have to go looking for them separately. Cognitive design solutions based on human behaviour are fast changing the looks of modern working spaces and more importantly, the outlook towards it.

There exist copyrighted interior design processes that aim to align human behaviour with specific business objectives. This underlying idea in turn offers design solutions that comprise both emotion and science.

Choosing the right pro-psychology solution

It’s a practice that many aspire but only a few achieve. Success stories of spaces when transformed speak volumes of the potential latent in both the space as well as the people who work there. The lateral design strategies being implemented need to be studied with utmost attention to detail. For this, one needs to ensure that they are fully confident about the solution vendor they have finally decided to go ahead with.

What’s even more exciting is that these pro-psychology solutions offer a gamut of services. From consultancy to turn-key solutions and all the way to large scale planning of commercial spaces, they offer design strategies integrated with a specific business orientation.

It’s a compelling task to ensure that the interiors of your workspace are conducive to productivity and provide a healthy work environment indeed. The process can seem daunting as it involves all the stakeholders right from the time the planning commences. That said, the results are more than just fascinating. Companies that embraced such scientifically-led designs have reportedly confirmed increase in employee creativity, interaction, productivity along with high accessibility of those spaces.

So just as relevant spatial perception is to a company’s growth, it’s as achievable with contemporary design technologies based on human behaviour and the science behind it. After all, there’s more to work than simply work.

 *Disclaimer: This article has been contributed by SM Saad, Proprietor, Green & Cobalta. The opinions expressed within this article are the personal opinions of the author. The facts and opinions appearing in the article do not reflect the views of Deccan Chronicle and Deccan Chronicle does not assume any responsibility or liability for the same.

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