Finalizing the new year’s budget and creating an operational strategy may look great, on paper, but mechanics alone won’t necessarily inspire the momentum needed to get everyone aligned with your company's goals this year. Leading organizations are banking on emerging research that points to the clear key of success: improving the well-being, productivity and creativity of the workforce. Fortunately, making impactful changes to your office design can help you accomplish that. Following are the design trends making waves for a brighter 2017.
It’s no secret that “sitting” is considered the new “smoking” in terms of detrimental effects on health, so gone are the days that an employee is satisfied with an economy office chair and a cumbersome, stationary desk. In the 2012 “45 and Up” study by the Sax Institute in Australia, researchers determined that adults who sat for 11 hours or more a day had a 40% increased risk of dying in the next three years than those who sat for less than four hours a day. Embracing the necessity of mobility for your staff will not only support their health, it can also foster greater creativity and collaboration, and is a design trend gaining steam in 2017.
Color with Care
Making positive changes around the office can be as simple as changing your color scheme, but effective office design doesn’t mean picking your favorite from a chip at the hardware store. Color choices can have an impressive impact on staff and clientele. Seeking to spark innovation? Research has linked the color green with broader thinking and more creative thought. “There seems to be a positive association between nature and regrowth,” notes Sally Augustin, Ph.D., environmental psychologist and an expert on person-centered design. Eager to encourage purchase power? Shades of orange make shoppers think they’re getting a deal. Reconsidering your color palette may help align your group with the coming year’s goals.
Emerging research shows a huge correlation between employee well-being and productivity and natural elements like sunlight, plant life, and even running water in office design. A study led by organizational psychologist, Professor Sir Cary Cooper, found a clear connection between the impact of working environments and productivity. “It’s no coincidence that the most modern employers now take a new view, designing environments to help people thrive, collaborate and be creative,” he said. Adding some life to the office could ultimately foster more growth in your employees and your bottom line.
Anticipate Growth with Flexibility
Every successful business owner will tell you that a great part of achievement can be attributed to mindfully envisioning goals before they are accomplished. What will your company look like a year from now? In three years? Taking advantage of the modern design trend of utilizing mobile, modular furnishings can prime your company for growth and future-proof your office space by being easily reconfigurable as needs change.
At Beaux Arts Group, we balance our services to fit your needs. Whether you’re a small business needing a step-by-step approach, or a designer or architect with a planned furniture purchase and office design vision, we provide scalable options for each project. We invite you to contact us today to find the transformation you need in 2017.