As a veterinarian, you understand the importance of creating a calming environment for both your patients and their owners. The design and ambiance of your clinic play a pivotal role in shaping the overall experience for visitors. This blog aims to guide you through simple yet impactful interior design tips that can transform your clinic into a soothing haven for all.
Are you ready transform your veterinary space to a modern, visually stunning practice that both staff and pet owners will love. Discover bespoke veterinary fitout solutions to guide you and your business toward a successful path.
Choose Soothing Colors and Textures
The color palette and textures within your clinic can significantly influence the emotional state of your clients and their pets. Opt for muted, natural tones like light greens and pale blues to create a Zen-like atmosphere. Additionally, we can incorporate comfortable furnishings with pet-friendly upholstery and use calming scents and sounds to enhance the overall soothing effect.
Incorporate Natural Lighting
Maximizing natural light is key to creating a calming environment. Allow ambient light in by keeping window treatments open and consider installing skylights or solar tubes. Supplement natural light with task lighting, avoiding harsh overhead fluorescent lights. Our experienced designers are ready to help you choose the perfect hues for an inviting and open atmosphere enhancing your space with light-colored paint for walls and ceilings, amplifying natural light reflection.
Design Separate Waiting Areas
Consider the practical and emotional needs of your clients by designing separate waiting areas. This includes discrete waiting areas for dogs and cats, as well as additional spaces for surgery/treatment patients or exotic animals. A well-organized waiting area enhances the overall client experience, reducing stress for both owners and their pets.
Select Durable, Easy-to-Clean Flooring
Prioritize durability and ease of cleaning when choosing flooring for your clinic. Options such as tile, vinyl, and polished concrete are ideal for withstanding heavy foot traffic and maintaining a professional appearance. Ensure the flooring is slip-resistant and easy to maintain for long-term functionality.
By thoughtfully designing your veterinary clinic’s interior, you can create a peaceful sanctuary for animals and their owners. The rewards of your efforts will be healthier, happier patients and clients who feel deeply cared for during each visit. Implementing these interior design tips will not only enhance the well-being of your patients but also elevate the overall reputation and appeal of your clinic. Craft a serene sanctuary that reflects your commitment to providing exceptional care.
Our dedicated project management team oversees every aspect of your veterinary fitout, from initial concept design to on-site construction and post-service support. Our detailed proposal provides transparent costings, inclusions, and timings, ensuring you know what to expect from the start. Contact our experienced team today for an obligation-free discussion or to request a tailored, cost-effective proposal.
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Interviewed by Inska
In today’s interview, we had the pleasure of catching up with General Manager Micah Weeks, Melbourne’s finest interior design and office fit-out experts, Zircon Interiors.
With a reputation for crafting exceptional workspaces, Zircon Interiors has made a significant mark in Melbourne’s design and construction industry.
It’s with great admiration that Inska had the pleasure of conducting this interview, delving deeper into the surface to reveal their interior design roots to discover what makes them one of Melbourne’s most sought-after commercial office fitout builders.
Inska: “To kick things off, provide us with some background about Zircon Interiors and explain how the decision to make interior design an integral part of your service offering was a natural progression?”
Zircon Interiors: “Absolutely, and thank you for having us. Zircon is a bespoke design and construction company based in Melbourne. We specialise in various projects, including commercial office fit-outs, boardrooms, office refurbishments, transforming commercial buildings, and even warehouse conversions. Our journey into interior design was indeed a natural progression for us.
Melbourne is known for its high standards and demand for high-end fit-outs and architecturally inspired offices. The market here sets a high bar for innovative and aesthetically pleasing workspaces. As a design-gifted company, we found that relying solely on external interior designers needed to fully resonate with our standards and conceptual approach. We realised that to deliver the level of excellence our clients expected, we needed to take interior design in-house.”
Inska: “That sounds like a wise move. Could you elaborate on the factors that influenced this decision to bring interior design in-house?”
Zircon Interiors: “Certainly. Several factors played into our decision. Firstly, Melbourne’s clientele is ambitious and keen to try the latest interior design trends, which we love.
By incorporating interior design into our core services, we could closely align our designs with our clients’ expectations and preferences, resulting in a more cohesive and satisfying experience.
Moreover, it was about minimising design discrepancies. When working with external designers, there may be a gap between the design concept and the execution. By having our own in-house team of interior designers, we could bridge that gap seamlessly, ensuring that the final product matched our original vision.
Efficiency was another key factor. We streamlined our design and construct processes by integrating interior design into our services. This not only saved time but also improved the efficiency of our projects. For our clients, it meant a smoother and more hassle-free experience.
Lastly, having interior design as an integral part of our services allowed us to provide a single point of contact for our clients. This is crucial in our industry, especially when working on projects like commercial office fit-outs. It ensures that nothing gets lost in translation during the design and construction phases. We take extra care in tailoring our design solutions to combat identified workplace inefficiencies, enhancing functionality and aesthetics simultaneously.”
Inska: “It’s clear that bringing interior design in-house was a strategic move that benefits both your team and clients. Can you tell us more about how this change has impacted your approach to creating commercial office fit-outs and other projects?”
Zircon Interiors: “Absolutely. Our integrated approach has profoundly impacted our approach to projects, especially in the context of commercial office fit-outs. When we design and build on such commercial projects, we have a holistic view of the entire process. Our designers and construction teams collaborate closely from the outset, ensuring that design and construction are seamlessly aligned.
We can take a more strategic approach to office fit-outs, tailoring designs to combat identified workplace inefficiencies. Whether optimising space use, enhancing employee well-being through ergonomic or biophilic design, or creating inspiring and functional collaborative spaces, our in-house design team works hand in hand with our construction experts to deliver on our client’s objectives.
In essence, our integrated approach allows us to offer end-to-end solutions that not only meet but exceed our client’s expectations, which we believe makes us Melbourne’s preferred choice for those seeking a single-point provider for interior design and office fit-outs.
Inska: What advice would you give someone looking for a commercial office fit-out company in a city like Melbourne, Sydney, or Brisbane?
Zircon Interiors: I recommend picking a few reputable companies with a strong track record in your city and researching them. Check their portfolio, reviews, and testimonials to gauge their quality.
Also, consider companies with in-house design capabilities, as this streamlines the process. Communication and transparency are key, so choose a company that listens to your needs, provides clear budgeting, and offers realistic project timelines.
Lastly, don’t hesitate to ask for references from past clients to get firsthand insights into their performance.
Inska: Are there any building codes or regulations that we should be aware of for my interior design project in Melbourne?
Zircon Interiors: Yes, Melbourne has building codes and regulations that may affect your interior design project, especially if it involves structural changes or alterations. It’s crucial to work with a designer who understands and can navigate these regulations.
Inska: So, what is the typical style of interior design that you are seeing in Melbourne these days?”
Zircon Interiors: The interior design you find in Melbourne is incredibly diverse. The city is a melting pot for architectural and interior design fanatics.
One of the standout features in Melbourne’s interior design landscape is polished concrete. It’s everywhere, and for good reason. Polished concrete floors exude a modern and minimalist vibe.
Natural light is another big player in Melbourne’s design scene. Whether large windows, glass doors, or skylights, natural light and visual openness to the elements are trending.
Biophilic design is also gaining traction in Melbourne. It’s about bringing the natural world inside. Plants, green walls, and natural materials such as wood and stone are popular for obvious reasons.
Also, break-out and chill areas in corporate and commercial offices are growing. Think comfy seating, playful design elements, and a coffee machine nearby. They’re perfect for those informal meetings or just a quick recharge.
In nearly every case the answer is yes.
In Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and all other Australian States and Territories, a building permit is required for commercial office fit-outs, warehouse conversions and office refurbishments to ensure that each project is built to the Australian Building Code, Australian Standards and relevant regulations.
A building permit is required for works that comprise:
- A change in the workplace design or layout
- Demolition of existing walls or partitions
- Building new walls, ceilings or partitions
- Upgrading toilets and amenities
- If your landlord or building management requires a building permit
How does a building permit change my fitout?
- Relocation and addition of existing fire services including smoke detectors, sprinklers and EWIS speakers
- Relocation and addition of Mechanical HVAC to adequately supply fresh air to each space
- Relocation and addition of lighting
- All services such as Electrical, Plumbing, Fire Services & Mechanical are carried out by registered & licensed practitioners that can provide a certificate for their completed works. At Zircon, we only use registered & licensed trades on our projects.
- Additional toilets may be required if the headcount increases in the tenancy.
Who applies for a building permit & what is the process for obtaining a building permit?
Zircon can apply for the building permit on your behalf by gathering the necessary information and submitting it to a surveyor for approval.
This information typically includes a letter of consent from the landlord or building owner/corporate that the fitout works are approved, and a detailed set of ‘for construction’ plans marked and stamped with our registered builder’s license number.
The building surveyor will review the application and will either grant the permit, ask for further information or ask for changes to be made. Once they is happy, the permit will be granted.
Lastly, the surveyor will conduct an onsite inspection at the end of the project to certify that the project was built in accordance with the permit.
Zircon’s project management team will compile all the necessary certificates from each trade to submit with the final inspection to obtain the Certificate of Occupancy.
If a builder asks you to apply for a building permit this is a big red flag that they are not a registered building practitioner, that they don’t understand the process or they don’t want to be responsible for the project.
How much does a building permit cost? (Melbourne, Brisbane & Sydney)
A Building Permit is usually a very insignificant cost in relation to the overall project value as it varies on the size of your project.
The Building Permit application can cost anywhere between $3,000 to $8,000 in Melbourne (Victoria) depending on the size of the project, between $3,000 to $10,000 in Sydney (NSW) and $4,500 to $10,000 + QLeave in Brisbane (Queensland). Queensland projects incur a QLeave cost on each project which is calculated at 0.575% of the total project value.
Other services may be required which is in addition such as an Access Consultant, Services Engineer or Town Planner however the team at Zircon will guide you on what you will need and why they are required.
How long does it take to get a building permit?
A standard Building Permit in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland has a typical turnaround time of 2-3 weeks before work can start on site. Subject to processing times, to be confirmed with the relevant authority.
Consequences for not obtaining a building permit
Engaging in the construction or modifications of a building or structure without a permit is against the law. Failure to obtain a permit beforehand will result in being deemed in violation of the National Construction Code 2022. These regulations strictly forbid individuals from conducting any construction work without a valid building permit.
There are significant consequences for not obtaining a building permit in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane such as penalty fines of more than $75,000, or more depending on various factors of the structure and location itself, and/or legal action.
There are cases where you may have to remove, demolish or rectify the works that you have undertaken at your own expense in addition to a fine.
Furthermore, by increasing the lettable area without a permit, you cannot advertise the extra space when selling the property, or charge rent for this space. In some cases, you may be required to remove the structure or work before putting the building on the market.
What triggers Town Planning in an office fitout?
Town Planning is required for your space if you are increasing the amount of lettable space in your building including building a mezzanine, changing the façade of the building or attaching signage to your building.
Town Planning is a separate process from the Building Permit and is usually conducted through your local council. This process can add delays to a project of up to 6 months and a building permit cannot be issued until this has been approved by the local council.
There are now new programs in some councils that enable a fast-tracked program for Town planning. The Town Planning process can add further additional requirements to your space like the need for additional toilets and car parks.
Can I occupy the space without a certificate of occupation?
No. You must have an occupancy permit before occupying a space. It is an offence under the Building Act 1993 to occupy space before you have received the permit.
Do I need a Building Permit if the building has just been built?
Yes, you will need a Building Permit even if the building has just been built, is brand new and has not been previously occupied. The reason for this is that the building will be built to a set occupancy headcount & design and this will change once you undertake your fitout.
Before your office fitout can be certified the building must have a Certificate of Occupancy issued from when it was built, however, the Project Management team at Zircon can help and guide you through this process.
How Disabled Access affects your office fitout
A Building Permit will ensure that your office fitout in Australia complies with the AS1428.1 2009 Design for Access and Mobility law and the scope of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA). This requires certain aspects of your office fitout design to be in line with this code such as ensuring all your doorways and corridors are wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair, there is adequate access to the building and the amenities are to code. If you don’t already have one, you may also be required to add a disabled toilet.
In some cases, an Access Consultant may be required to assess the current space to identify potential accessibility issues and advise the legal obligations to rectify the issues.
Why Choose Zircon Interiors?
When you engage Zircon, your challenges are our source of inspiration. We make it our quest to seek and create real-world solutions geared to energise your people, ignite ideas, drive greater productivity in your business and cultivate better work environments.
Applying the latest design trends and industry standards, Zircon Interiors sets the benchmark for cutting-edge interior design and creative interior architecture of commercial offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
By partnering with Zircon Interiors, you gain peace of mind that your project will be executed seamlessly. With a proven track record of 200+ commercial office fit-outs for medium and large-sized companies complete across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
From designing tailored commercial office layouts to choosing the right office furniture, and all the details in between, we can make your vision a reality.
If you aren’t sure whether your intended works require a permit or not, it’s always best that you contact our team to guide you on your project.As there is so much uncertainty around the need to obtain permits for office fit-outs, office refurbishments and warehouse conversions, it is highly recommended that you employ the services of a professional design & construction company.
Not only does Zircon Interiors help you navigate all the ins and outs, we actually be able to obtain permits on your behalf.
The team at Zircon Interiors is more than happy to help and answer your questions.
Contact Zircon Interiors today to discuss streamlining the building permit process for your commercial office fitout!
Many intangible factors influence company culture, but you can focus on one tangible: office design. From interior design to furniture styles, the physical surroundings of the office can have a profound impact on the mental state of employees. If the office space is designed to meet the needs of both the company and workforce, employees feel more valued and happier and are more likely to be one with the organisation.
Ideally, you want a workspace that helps employees focus and concentrate whenever necessary, and to collaborate when the task at hand requires them to do so. Flexible work options empower today’s workforce. Your workplace furniture should also be comfortable and ergonomically correct for each user.
To guide you further, here are some of the innovative office designs that fit the modern workforce:
Activity-Based Working Office
With activity-based working office plan, employees can work anywhere in the office that suits their activity or task at hand. If a worker needs to work on a project that requires a high level of concentration, they can move to small, enclosed quiet areas. On the other hand, if employees need or prefer to collaborate with co-workers, they can sit at a long workbench or any of the desks clustered based on teams.
Activity-based working combines the best features of traditional office setup and open-office plans. More importantly, it recognises different working behaviours. Some employees produce better when left alone, while others thrive in a more social or collaborative environment — all need suitable, comfortable space.
Consider an activity-based working office plan if you’re having an office refurbishment in Sydney soon.
The flexible workspace design features desks, tables and chairs that are movable, height-adjustable and even resizable. It is a stark contrast to fixed office furniture you often see in a traditional office setup.
A flexible office design maximises the use of modular furniture components. For instance, you can transform a small meeting table into a long bench by attaching modular components, making it functional for both small and huge groups. Modular components boost better collaboration between employees.
Some flexible workspaces also have unassigned seating arrangements. Employees can choose whether they want to work in a clustered workstation, collaborative bench, private pod or lounge area. This concept suits organisations with BYOD policy or that use cloud for storing and processing business data.
Home-Like Office Atmosphere
Another office design that suits today’s workforce is the concept of a workplace that resembles a home. It features bright, cosy sofas, ping-pong tables, nap pods and even gym rooms. It makes the workplace as relaxing as possible, encouraging workers to take short breaks to remain productive throughout the day.
Lounge areas and recreational breakrooms, however, aren’t all about having downtime. They can also be used productively. Group meetings can be held over breakfast in a fully stocked pantry. Two employees can brainstorm for the next client pitch while running on treadmills at the office gym.
A home-like atmosphere doesn’t only provide a relaxed working environment but also helps employees find the ideal setup for their task at hand and even embrace the advantages of work-life integration.
To create a positive culture at work, you can start with office design and furniture. Create an employee survey; ask your team about their work habits, preferred work setups and other office wish lists. Then, refurbish your office and incorporate design changes to make your employees happy and feel valued.
Want more office design inspirations? At Zircon Interiors, we’ve done amazing office transformations. Check them out.
The workplace is the heart of any company. It is where an organization’s employees spend the majority of their time, and it needs to be designed with them in mind. The environment has a significant impact on workplace productivity and can contribute to increased efficiency.
Improving your workplace for productivity means adopting changes that improve facilities. When done properly, interior design can significantly influence human behaviour. Redesigning your office space to improve productivity requires you to consider your employees’ needs.
workplace productivity is essential to the success of any business. A well-designed workplace that takes into account employee comfort and productivity can lead to a more efficient and motivated workforce. In this article, we will discuss some of the ways you can improve workplace productivity through design.
What is workplace productivity and why is it important for businesses
Workplace productivity is the amount of work that employees produce in a certain amount of time. It is important for businesses because it determines how efficient and productive their employees are. A high level of workplace productivity can lead to increased profits and better work results.
There are several factors that can affect workplace productivity, including the design of the workplace, the work schedule, and the employees’ working conditions. In order to increase workplace productivity, it is important to understand what these factors are and how to address them.
The benefits of workplace productivity
There are many benefits to workplace productivity, including increased profits, better work results, and an overall successful modern office. When employees are productive, the company as a whole benefit. In order to increase workplace productivity, it is important to understand what these factors are and how to address them. In addition to the benefits mentioned above, workplace productivity has other advantages for businesses. Some of these include:
– Improved employee morale
When employees are productive and their workplace is designed to support their productivity, they feel good about their work and themselves. This can lead to improved employee morale, which in turn can lead to better work results.
– Enhanced creativity and innovation
When employees feel good about their workplace and themselves, they are more likely to be creative and innovative. This can lead to better work results and even new ideas for the company.
– Increased competitiveness
A workplace that is designed to support productivity can give businesses a competitive edge. When other companies are not as productive, businesses that have implemented workplace productivity measures can outshine them.
What to avoid when increasing productivity in the workplace
There are several things to avoid when attempting to increase workplace productivity. One of the main things to avoid is distractions. Employees need to be focused on their work in order to be productive. There are many ways to minimize distractions in the workplace, including creating a quiet environment and providing an adequate workspace.
Another thing to avoid is stress. When employees are stressed, they are less productive. There are several ways to reduce stress in the workplace, including providing a break room and organizing the workstations.
Lastly, it is important to avoid overworking employees. When employees are overworked, they become less productive. To avoid this, employers should consider a flexible work schedule and adequate break time.
There are several things to keep in mind when attempting to increase workplace productivity. By avoiding distractions, reducing stress, and providing a comfortable workplace, employers can help their employees be more productive. This will overall lead to a more productive office and can help to maximise productivity
How to improve workplace productivity through design
There are several ways to improve workplace productivity through design. Some of the most effective methods include improving workplace design, organizing workstations, and providing break rooms. You should also consider natural lighting and ergonomic workstations to improve employee comfort.
Improve workplace design
One of the most effective ways to improve workplace productivity is to improve workplace design. When designing your workplace, you should consider the needs of your employees and create an environment that is conducive to productivity.
There are several things you can do to improve workplace design, including:
– Creating open spaces that encourage collaboration
– Designing workstations that are ergonomic and comfortable
– Providing natural lighting
– Creating break rooms and relaxation areas
Design Elements that Affect Productivity
Interior design goes beyond the space’s aesthetic value. When done properly, it significantly influences human behaviour. Redesigning your office to improve productivity requires you to consider your employees’ needs. Simply adopting popular office layout trends might backfire and cause discomfort and distractions.
Work with a professional office fitout team to help you accomplish this task. They have the tools and expertise to design an office that is fully functional for increased productivity. Leave this interior fitout to an experienced project manager for the best results.
Here are some of the interior design elements to consider when improving your office space.
Your lighting is a major element in productivity. But it is often overlooked in favour of other design elements. This results in bad lighting choices that cause fatigue, eye strain and irritability. Over time, employees are prone to lose focus and inspiration because of this design flaw.
How to Fix It: Natural lighting is effective in improving productivity and inspiring creativity. However, it is a luxury most offices can’t afford. If your workplace has a limited number of windows, consider using natural light bulbs. These emulate natural lighting, which is better for your employees’ well-being and productivity.
A well-designed workstation goes a long way in increasing productivity. When employees spend hours in an uncomfortable chair or at a cramped desk, they are prone to distractions.
How to Fix It: Choose ergonomically designed workstations for your employees’ comfort. Make sure the desk provides ample space between your employee and their computer screen. This prevents fatigue and eyestrain. Choose adjustable chairs that have sufficient padding. This will reduce muscle strain and prevent employees from getting up too much throughout the day.
Breaks are important to refresh your employees’ minds. When they work non-stop, they will burn out and sick days soon follow. Providing them with a place where they can rest and catch their breath helps them recharge throughout the day.
How to Fix It: Allocate a room for your employees to rest. Fill it with comfortable chairs and small tables. Make it a rule that the room is reserved for breaks and nothing else. By giving them a space that is separate from work, they can take their breaks in peace.
Productive Office Designs from Zircon Interior
Improve your office’s interior design to improve productivity and increase efficiency. Zircon Interior is your partner in accomplishing this task. We have the industry insights and experience to help you transform your office for the better. We assign a dedicated team to each project so you can direct all your focus on your core business.
Office space trends are veering towards more openness and collaboration rather than the sectioned office partition. Open offices promote teamwork, creative stimulation and pooled resources and are more common with the modern office
So is the office partition still necessary? The short answer is yes, it is. The slightly longer one is companies should consider strategically placing office partitions. Do this wherever needed to maximise benefits of open and private space. As the workplace becomes more open, certain problems amplify – distractions, lack of privacy, noise, to name a few.
While open offices are becoming more popular, there are still certain activities that are better suited to a private space. Office partitions can help to create both open and private spaces within the workplace; This also helping to improve worker productivity.
How are office partitions beneficial to the workplace?
There are a number of reasons why office partitions can be beneficial in the workplace. First, they can help to create a more open and collaborative environment. Open offices are becoming increasingly popular, as they promote creativity and collaboration. However, there are still certain tasks that are better suited to a private space. Office partitions can provide employees with the best of both worlds. By allowing them to work in an open environment when necessary, and then retreating to a private office when needed.
Second, office partitions can help to improve worker productivity. By providing employees with a private space to work, office partitions can help to improve focus and concentration. In addition, they can also help to reduce noise levels, which can be disruptive in an open office setting.
Overall, office partitions can play an important role in the modern workplace. They can help to create a more open and collaborative environment, while also helping to improve worker productivity. If you’re looking for a way to improve your office layout, then consider installing some office partitions!
How can office partitions help to improve worker productivity?
- Office partitions can help to create both open and private spaces within the workplace
- While open offices are becoming more popular; there are still certain activities and tasks that are better suited to a private space
- Office partitions can help to improve worker productivity by providing them with a place for focused work
- Office partitions can also help to create a more comfortable working environment; providing employees with some control over their own space and privacy.
- Finally, office partitions can help to promote a sense of team spirit and collaboration; By allowing employees to see and communicate with each other while still maintaining a level of privacy.
How do you know if office partitions are the right solution for your business?
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding if office partitions are the right solution for your business. First, you need to consider the type of work that is done in your office. If most of your work is done in private, then office partitions may be the best solution. However, communication with your co-workers is important, then an open office layout may be better
Second, you need to consider the size of your office. If your office is small, then installing office partitions may not be the best solution. Third, you need to consider the budget for your office renovation. Office partitions can be expensive, but they may be worth the investment if they improve worker productivity.
Finally, you need to consult with an office design specialist to see what type of office partitions would be the best fit for your business. They can help you to choose the right style and size of partition, and they can also help to recommend other office renovation solutions that may be a better fit for your business.
Know your industry and how your team interacts with each other
Zircon Interior has worked with many companies in Melbourne and Sydney to successfully integrate the positive aspects of both office partitions and open space. To achieve this, clients need to firstly know and understand how their teams work. Then you need to Incorporate design elements that optimise work efficiency and reduce downtime
Some industries might be more suited to an open floor plan. For graphic design and digital marketing companies, people may need more opportunities to collaborate and glance through various campaigns easily. Media companies are often known for their iconic newsrooms which showcase open floor plans – with writers and editors working side by side, figuring out the best angle for a news story.
However, not everybody in a company needs a high degree of collaboration and interaction. A Harvard Business Review article found that open office layouts have produced less meaningful interaction among co-workers. Results from a study mentioned in the article noted a 70 per cent drop in face-to-face contact. Workers were selective about social and professional interaction when working in an open-plan office. They developed ways of avoiding colleagues through becoming engrossed in online tasks, wearing headphones, going to the bathroom or generally avoiding eye contact.
Some activities are not suited to open plan work areas. For instance, with graphic design, some people may need a quiet space to come up with creative content or to consolidate and refine ideas developed at a brainstorming session. For a news company, editors may need a dedicated space to review stories without input from the writers; an office manager may need somewhere to talk to individual members of a team without everyone else either overhearing or seeing the discussion taking place.
What should you do about it?
In searching for the best office layout or design, there is no silver bullet. You have to carefully consider what design elements can help you and your team become effective at work. While it may be true that the modern office has shifted its focus from cubicles to shared desks, improved worker productivity is still not a given.
There’s a lot to take into account in designing your office space, and it is easy to cave into the latest craze. That’s why it’s important to tap the expertise of office design experts.
At Zircon Interiors, we combine intelligent design with practicality to ensure that you effectively strike a balance between focus and collaboration in the office.
If you want to tell us more about your ideal or preferred working space, you can call us at 1300 947 266 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office design goes beyond aesthetics. No matter what industry you’re in, a well-designed and modern workplace improves employee productivity and satisfaction. This is why more and more businesses in Australia are investing in commercial fitout companies to renovate or redesign their offices.
However, choosing the right partner for your fitout can be a challenging task. You want to work with a reliable and experienced fitout partner who will help you realise your ambitions and meet your expectations.
Whether you’re relocating or refurbishing, the first step is to build a shortlist of three to five potential partners. Once you’ve done that, it pays to check their credentials. Here’s a guide to choosing the right office fitout company.
Start with their reputation
You’re about to entrust someone to renovate the home of your company. You can’t simply choose someone with a bad reputation in the industry, even if their rates seem reasonable.
When selecting a fitout partner, take time to talk to their previous clients and look at their past projects. The fitout company should be proud to showcase their previous work and willing to refer you to their past clients. It’s even better if they agree to arrange site visits for you to see their finished projects or works in progress.
It’s also worthwhile considering if they have managed projects of a similar size to yours and if they have a solid track record in your sector. This will provide you with the assurance that you can trust them to carry out your vision.
Assess their financial stability
The financial capacity and experience of your office fitout partner has a direct impact on your project’s risk level. Go for a company that’s too small and inexperienced and they may not have the resources to deliver on your required fitout. It’s best to choose a contractor that has sufficient resources and the right backing to complete your project with as few delays as possible.
Consider the services they include
Make a list of everything the company will provide as part of their service and those they can’t accommodate. Common services that your fitout partner should offer include consultancy, office design, project management and environmental compliance.
Comparing companies based on their offerings will help you determine which one’s worth your time and money. It’s often easier to have a partner that manage most, if not all aspects of the project. This enables you to keep your focus on your business during the refurbishment or rebuild. That’s why many businesses opt for one-stop-shops for their office fitouts.
Evaluate their credentials
Is the contractor you’re eyeing serious about quality, the environment and health and safety? If they are, they would have picked up relevant credentials along the way. You can ask them whether they’re certified by organisations such as ISO or GECA. You can then make informed decisions based off of their benchmarks.
After you’ve finished all of the steps above, you’ll be in a good position to choose the fitout partner who will enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your office. You can look forward to the final results and reap the rewards of a brand new look for your workplace.
To learn more about office fitouts in Australia, contact Zircon Interiors today.
Business owners know that looking for the right office space is just the tip of the iceberg. After finding the perfect location, there’s a tougher task waiting – buying office furniture.
The furnishings in your office say a lot about your business. Clients and potential employees will judge your entire company based on their first impressions of your office setup. Office design affects customer attraction and client retention, but just as importantly, it affects the mood of productivity of your staff.
Here are the various factors to consider when choosing furniture for your office.
Good office design increases productivity, lightens up the mood and reduces stress. To achieve good office design, purchase the kind of furniture that will contribute to the aesthetics of your office.
You may want to do a bit of research on colour psychology. For instance, you can use the colour orange and yellow if you want your office to exude creativity and excitement. For a cool and modern setup, opt for shades of blue. Be mindful about choosing a multitude of clashing colours. The clash of colours can distract your employees and cause headaches.
Additionally, don’t choose furniture for the sole reason that you like their colour or design. Purchase pieces that fit in with your office’s or brand’s personality. Your office’s furniture must transcend the aesthetic value it provides and reflect your company’s culture and identity.
Your employees spend the majority of their day sitting at their desks typing away. This can lead to employees constantly feeling back pain.
Office workstation providers in Sydney carry ergonomic chairs and standing desks designed for optimal comfort and ease of use. Ergonomic chairs work to realign employees’ spine, fix their posture, prevent arthritis and reduce work-related injuries.
Naturally enough, when employees are comfortable, they’ll likely be more productive. They’ll perform at their best and submit high-quality work. With quality furniture, you’re also sending the message that you care about their health and well-being. Employees who feel cared for have the mental focus, physical energy and emotional drive to stay on top of their game.
With many people working together in one place, an office can quickly become cluttered and chaotic. Before buying furniture, know the dimensions of your office to figure out ways to maximise the space. Buying bulky furniture will take up a huge chunk of your office space, restricting you and your employees from moving around freely.
Invest in good storage solutions and multi-functional furniture to solve space-related issues and ensure you leave enough room for your team to move around comfortably. Once you buy the furniture, arrange them in a way that makes your office look more spacious.
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Buying office furniture isn’t hard when you know where to look. You can even purchase all the furniture you need from a single supplier to create a seamless look for your office.
At Zircon Interiors, we have a comprehensive range of commercial office furniture to suit every layout and style. From ergonomic chairs and soft seating to boardroom and reception furniture, we have the solutions for all your needs. With our extensive selection, you’ll find stylish and functional furniture you’ll love.
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A great office design can make all the difference for employees. It can make them more comfortable, more productive and even happier in their work. But what goes into making a great office design? And how do you know if your office is lacking in this area?
In this article, we will explore the key factors that make up a successful modern office. We will also discuss some of the signs that your office may be in need of an overhaul. Finally, we will provide tips for creating a functional and stylish office space that meets the needs of your employees.
The Importance of Office Design
Office design is often overlooked as a key element of a company’s success. However, the truth is that the layout of offices can have a profound impact on employee productivity, comfort and even happiness.
A well-designed office takes into account the specific needs of the employees who will be working in it. It is functional and comfortable, while also being stylish and reflective of the company’s brand.
Creating a great office design is not an easy task. But the rewards are clear. Employees who work in a well-designed office are more productive, more engaged and more likely to stick around for the long term.
Signs That Your Office Needs an Overhaul
If your office is starting to feel a bit cramped, outdated or just plain uninspiring, it may be time for an overhaul. But how do you know if your office really needs a makeover?
Here are some signs that it might be time for a change:
1. Employees are constantly working on top of each other
This is a sign that your office layout is not efficient and could use some improvement. If employees are constantly running into each other or tripping over obstacles, it’s time to revaluate the layout of your space.
2. The décor is dated or doesn’t reflect the company’s brand
If your office décor is stuck in the past or doesn’t reflect the company’s brand, it’s time for a change. Employees should feel proud to work in an office that reflects the company’s values and mission.
3. Employees are constantly complaining about the noise level
If employees are struggling to concentrate due to noise levels, it’s time to address the issue. Office design can play a big role in reducing noise levels. For example, sound-absorbing partitions can be used to help reduce echo in the office.
4. Employee morale is low
If employees seem unhappy or unengaged, it could be a sign that the office design is not conducive to productivity and happiness. If your office is in need of a boost, try making some changes to the design.
5. Productivity is suffering
If you’ve noticed a dip in productivity and employees are constantly being interrupted or distracted, it’s time to make some changes to the space.
Even by making some minor tweaks to the layout and décor, you can create an office that is more productive, efficient and enjoyable for employees.
What Goes Into a Great Office Design
If you’re looking to create a great office design, here are some key factors to keep in mind:
- Functionality: The office should be designed to meet the specific needs of the employees who will be working in it. This includes having enough workspace, storage space and natural light.
- Comfort: The office should be comfortable for employees to work in. This means taking into account things like ergonomics, acoustics and temperature.
- Style: The office should be reflective of the company’s brand and culture. This can be achieved through the use of colour, furnishings and art.
- Collaboration: The office should promote collaboration among employees. This can be done by creating open spaces, encouraging communication and providing ample opportunities for collaboration.
- Creativity: The office should encourage creativity among employees. This can be done through the use of open spaces, flexible furnishings and a variety of workstation types.
The bottom line is that a great office design is essential for any company that wants to create a productive, engaged and happy workforce. If your office is in need of an overhaul, these tips will help you get started on creating a space that meets the needs of your employees.
How to Create a Functional and Stylish Office Space
Creating a modern office space can be a challenge. However, if you follow some simple tips, you can create an office that is both functional and stylish.
1. Start by creating a floor plan. This will help you to determine how much space you need and where to put each piece of furniture.
2. Think about the type of work that will be done in the office. This will help you to determine the type of furniture and equipment that is needed.
3. Furniture should be comfortable and functional. Chairs should be adjustable and desks should be large enough to accommodate all of your equipment.
4. Use bright colours to create a cheerful atmosphere. However, make sure that the colours are complementary to the company’s brand and culture.
5. Use feature walls and murals to add personality to the office. Be sure to choose pieces that are in line with the company’s brand and culture.
6. Lastly, remember to keep the office clean and organized. This will help to create a professional environment.
Conclusion: The Keys to a Great Office Design
A great office design is one that is functional, comfortable and stylish. It should provide employees with the necessary tools to do their job efficiently and effectively, while promoting collaboration and creativity. Finally, the office should be a reflection of the company’s brand and culture. If you’re looking to revamp your office design, keep these things in mind.
Design-wise, the modern office has undergone a seismic shift over the past couple of decades. Instead of coveted cubicles and personal workstations, the modern work environment could easily be an expanse of foosball tables, flexible multipurpose desks and bean bags across wide and open spaces. These radical changes have encouraged online furniture stores across Melbourne to design innovative solutions that cater to changes in the workforce and in work philosophies.
Today’s employees demand a workplace that stimulates creativity, encourages collaboration and reduces the stress in high pressure environments. According to the Property Council of Australia, companies need to adapt their offices to meet the needs of job-hopping millennials. This can be done by designing an attractive modern workplace where they feel engaged, connected and appreciated.
Now, you might ask: What are modern offices like? Take a look at the concepts that are changing the modern workplace.
Since modern employees spend over 40 hours a week at work, the thinking behind modern office design is to offer them a workplace that looks and feels like home. Resimercial is a combination of residential and commercial, bringing the warm and inviting aspects of home into the contemporary office. It incorporates textures, materials and furnishings that evoke a sense of comfort and familiarity while also helping reduce stress and promote productivity.
If you’re interested in incorporating resimercial design to your office, keep these key design features in mind:
- Flexible spaces
- Comfortable seating
- Soft ambient lighting
- Residential-inspired furnishings such as lamps and rugs
- Durable upholstery
Activity Based Working
In an activity based working setup, employees can work anywhere in the office that’s most suitable to their current activity. For instance, if an employee needs to collaborate with their colleague, they can sit together in a lounge area and exchange ideas. If an employee requires a space where they can concentrate and focus, they can easily move to a quiet area that’s free from distractions.
Here is an extensive list of the different types of areas in an activity based working environment:
- Open office areas – instead of each employee having their own individual desks, they share entire long workbenches. Open office areas are suitable for highly collaborative work activities where people need to frequently ask questions of each other.
- Private areas – these include isolated areas or sound-proof booths where employees can hold meetings and make private phone calls.
- Lounge areas – these are areas with cosy and relaxed seating such as couches, armchairs, coffee tables, bean bags and pod seats.
- Cafe areas – these include the areas where people can sit down to eat lunch or snacks. They’re also ideal places for people to casually discuss the latest project, brainstorm new ideas or catch up on non-work-related matters.
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There was a time when an office was mainly composed of personal stations and private offices. Today, the work environment looks much different as companies reinvent the corporate atmosphere to support the needs of the modern multi-faceted workforce.
To learn more about modern office design and the impacts of the workplace on employee well-being, head over to our blog. We have several articles that tackle top design trends and how to decorate your office for success.
Office buildings are changing and will continue to change to support new ideas, innovative solutions and technology. As we hurtle toward the future at intensifying speed, interior design firms in Sydney and other major cities across the country have a few design predictions for the workplaces of the future.
If today’s office environment consists of assigned desks, often designated based on hierarchy, the work norm of the future is different. Companies are now adopting the office design plan conducive to activity-based working.
In an activity-based work setup, employees can work anywhere in the office that suits their current task. For instance, if an employee requires a high level of concentration to finish a presentation, they can move to a pod or any isolated area that’s free from distractions. If they require close collaboration with a colleague, they can sit together in a lounge area where they can freely exchange ideas.
According to a study from the University of New South Wales, many corporations have adopted the activity-based working design plan, including the Commonwealth Bank. With its emergence in major companies across the country, it’s inevitable that many others will follow.
Homely office interiors
Office design trends will witness an increase of elements traditionally associated with the home. These elements include breakout areas, coffee bars and kitchen-style seating areas. Companies will strike a balance between professional interiors and the familiar warmth of home.
This balance aims to make the office feel less like an institutional factory where employees work 8-9 hours a day. It will make the workplace feel like a home away from home where employees can be their most productive selves.
Co-working to co-living
The co-working environment will continue to thrive, especially among start-ups and small businesses. The trend will tap into a new market, specifically a market of Gen Z employees who seek a social and convenient space where they can live and work under one roof. This will blur the lines between working and personal lives, offering an appealing balance for those who enjoy communal living and working.
Community and nature
Experts predict that there will be a shift towards multi-purpose buildings that cater for the company’s employees and their respective families. This means office buildings might have a preschool on the roof with a playground and apartments below. The office building will become a microcosm of the city instead of just a commercial space.
Biophilic elements are also set to reshape Australia’s workplaces, helping people to reconnect with nature. It will go beyond potted plants and green walls, introducing soundscapes and fabrics with textures inspired by nature.
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A functional workspace design shouldn’t only focus on efficient workflow and productivity. Employee comfort is a crucial factor, as well. After all, workers spend most of their day in the office. An office design that satisfies and even adapts to their needs helps employees remain comfortable, productive and healthy.
As such, flexible design has taken over from more traditional office layouts. It allows employees to take control of how and where they work, making work more collaborative, creative and fluid. It also puts the fun in functionality, transforming boring spaces into vibrant stations and exciting areas.
If you are planning for an office fit-out project in Sydney, here are some ideas that not only freshens up the office space but puts a bit more zip into your workforce.
Cubicles have their merits when it comes to helping employees focus on work. However, sitting in a cubicle for hours can be detrimental to today’s employees who want to be more active, mobile and collaborative. One way to promote mobility in the office is through hot-desking.
Hot-desking eliminates the need for regular fixed work stations. It allows workers to change their day-to-day environment; they can sit beside their peers one day and secure a private desk the next day. It is suitable for a workplace environment that uses the cloud for data storage and hands out laptops to employees or allows them to bring their own device. It is also ideal for those who have employees working remotely, but who need to pop into the office occasionally. On top of this, it helps businesses cut down on equipment costs and wasted space. It’s smarter, slicker and more efficient.
Bear in mind, though, that hot-desking usually follows a first-come, first-serve rule. This can be an issue for workers who get held up by transport delays or meetings outside the office. Make sure that your office fit-out plan incorporates a hot-desking system that adapts to the needs of each employee every day.
Choose flexible furnishing
The right set of office furniture is key to keeping your workspace as flexible as possible. Consider shopping for pieces that can have multiple uses. Sit-stand desks and tables are a great example. Employees don’t have to sit all day long; they can stand to stretch their legs while continuing their work.
Also, conference rooms can have retractable or sliding wall panels to create multiple huddle spaces if needed. Huddle spaces have been a trend and are less rigid than traditional meeting rooms.
Fill each space mindfully
Another way to foster a fun, exciting and creative work environment is to keep clutter at bay. You don’t want, however, to make the space seem sterile, leaving an impression of rules and limitations. The best way to approach this is to fill each clear space with flexible furniture, splashes of colour and a piece or two of tasteful artwork.
Hot-desking and multipurpose spaces can help reduce clutter as they compel employees to be mindful of their belongings, knowing their space may be used by a colleague the next hour or day.
You can boost collaboration and productivity by simply thinking of your employees’ comfort and satisfaction. Furthermore, they happy they are with their office and their working environment, the more likely they are to stay.
If you want to learn more about creating fun, efficient workspaces, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Your company’s culture makes a huge impact on your bottom line. According to an article posted in MIT Sloan Management Review, a healthy corporate culture is important to survive and thrive in today’s market. This is because the average employee spends about forty per cent of their waking hours at the office. A vibrant company culture can help employees thrive professionally, enjoy their jobs and find meaning in their work. A toxic culture, on the other hand, can be soul-destroying and lead to unethical behaviour among employees.
Various factors influence company cultures, such as competitive pay and excellent benefits, but one important aspect is office design — everything from the layout to the furniture and the colours of the walls. Company culture and office design are inextricably linked as physical space showcases your company’s values and branding. A disconnect between the two can frustrate employees and confuse clients who visit your premises.
When utilising office design to enhance company culture, here are major factors that commercial interior designers in Sydney, Melbourne or anywhere in Australia keep in mind.
Visibility and boundaries
Visibility within your company’s teams creates shared experiences that are vital for a strong corporate culture. Put in glass walls and doors and provide common work areas such as meeting pods, cafes, lounges and atriums. Set up project boards in places where everyone can see them and learn from one another’s ideas.
While visibility is important, so are boundaries. Boundaries help employees identify themselves as members of a team and foster a sense of belonging. You can set boundaries by grouping desks by the department and having different-coloured furniture for each team. You can also use low screens or open shelving to delineate teams without isolating them.
Make your office come to life
Your employees shouldn’t be the only living things in your office.
Even if your company culture isn’t eco-focused, decorate your workplace with fresh flowers, potted plants and greenery. This will not only spruce up your office space but it will also contribute to greater employee productivity. Additionally, plants are known to boost moods by releasing cytokines, the proteins that lead the brain to produce more serotonin. When you add a lot of greenery to your office, you send a message to your employees that you care about their happiness and well-being as much as their output.
Brand your space
This is perhaps the most important factor. When people walk through your door, be it employees or valued clients, they shouldn’t feel like they’re in any other office. They should know instantly what your company and values are all about.
Start by painting your walls in a colour scheme that encapsulates your company’s brand. Select wall art and furnishings that foster the culture you want to cultivate and make design choices that are consistent with your company’s identity. For instance, if you’re a tech company, integrate technology into your office such as placing tablets in the reception area instead of the usual industry magazines. You can also go for metallic colours and sleek, modern wall linings.
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Culture isn’t something you dictate — it emerges from what your employees do and how they feel while doing it. Look around your office. Does it capture your company’s culture or the culture you want to develop?
Steer your company’s culture in the right direction with Zircon Interiors. Our in-house team of interior designers provides smart design choices and styles that foster positive attitudes and encourage productive behaviours. From mood boards to 3D modelling, we use a variety of advanced tools to create high-quality solutions for your office space.
For more information and enquiries about our services, call us on 1300 947 266.
Workplace wellness has been an ongoing subject of conversation among human resource specialists, business leaders and staff. Management is seeing the adverse effects in their bottom line when workers are sick and unproductive. This has led them to invest in fitness programmes, collaborate with health organisations and enlist the help of interior design services to create an environment more conducive to work and wellness.
Although corporate wellness is a hot topic, it is not a new concept. In fact, it has a long history and has since changed how organisations take care of their employees.
Early Identifications of Workplace Illness
Workplace wellness started with Italian physician Bernardino Ramazzini, who was considered the Father of Occupational Medicine. When he was appointed the chair of the theory of medicine at the University of Modena, he concentrated on preventative measures to decrease diseases among workers.
Half a century after Ramazzini’s death in 1714, the Industrial Revolution brought with it new health problems and injuries with people working in factories and the sharing of communal spaces.
A Shift to Promote Employee Health
During the war, measures were taken to make sure soldiers were fit. Japan broadcasted morning exercises on the radio so soldiers could do 15-minute stretches to energise them for the day. This practice continues to the present day and implemented by schools and companies in the country.
In Western countries, successful companies built gymnasium facilities and fitness instructors to encourage employees to stay in physical shape. These facilities, however, were often limited to the higher levels of the workforce.
Wellness programmes for rank-and-file staff started only in the mid-1970s, prompted by a general culture shift to promote fitness, emerging findings that showed the cost of unhealthy workplace habits and the formation of health promotion groups. In 1979, Johnson & Johnson launched its Live for Life program, which continues to be referenced as a prototype for corporate wellness programmes. Here, organisations conduct a physical assessment on an employee and provide support to control weight, improve nutrition and manage stress.
Taking a Holistic Approach
Corporate wellness programmes focused mainly on making sure employees are healthy enough to be more productive. It was not until the late 1980s when organisations started taking approaches to promote overall employee health. Comprehensive corporate wellness plans consist of five elements:
- Health education
- A supportive social and physical work environment
- Integration of the program into the work structure
- Related services (e.g. insurance, therapy, pharmacy services)
- Screening programmes
Since then, workplace wellness programmes have been providing counselling, health seminars and monetary rewards to incentivise employees to maintain their health.
Throughout history, the concept of employee health has broadened. What started as a focus on physical injuries and illnesses has grown to include other aspects of health. Today, many organisations are implementing a holistic approach to care for their people’s physical, mental and social health.
Boost Employee Wellness Through Interior Design
A well-designed office supports a company’s initiative to promote workplace wellness. Let Zircon Interiors help you create a space that promotes health and motivation to your employees. For over 28 years, we have been offering commercial interior design services to organisations in Melbourne and Sydney.
We have a comprehensive process when designing your office space. We involve you in the planning process, and we conduct a SWOT analysis to make sure the design highlights business strengths and improves on weaknesses. With the use of 3D modelling, 3D rendering, mood boards and rendered finished plans, we test fit plans before we move to the design phase.
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A well-designed office space does wonders for a business. A professional look impresse clients while taking ergonomics into consideration enhances productivity and facilitates employee wellness.
There will come a time when you have to upgrade your current design, whether it’s in a new location or a renovation of your current space.The motivations for office redesign differ in each company. There can be one reason, or multiple reasons, for upgrading to a more modern look. Common signs for redesign include:
Change of Company Image
Whatever your reasons are, a change of company image requires a refreshed office layout. This allows employees, customers and investors to see your business in a new light.
Office design plays a key role in workplace productivity. If your employees are constantly distracted by noise or are discouraged by the lack of private spaces, they will find it difficult to focus on the tasks at hand and collaborate with colleagues. Health concerns such as back and wrist pain could also hurt your bottom line in the long run.
New Work Arrangements
Your company could be growing, so you need a bigger space to accommodate more employees. Alternatively, you might be downsizing your space to give way to new work arrangements, such as flexible shifts or telecommuting.
First impressions matter in any workplace. If your office still sticks to traditional beige walls and outdated furniture, it might give an impression to clients and employees that the company doesn’t want to adapt to change.
An outdated design could hurt your finances as well. With obsolete furniture or appliances that require regular repairs, it might be cost-effective to switch to modern equipment.
Considerations for Redesigning the Office
Thorough planning to achieve the desired look for your new office. It helps to consult with an expert company that provides fitout project management services to make sure all stages of the redesign process – from planning to finishing – are delivered efficiently.
When planning the design, have your employees’ needs in mind. Although the open office plan is a trend implemented by modern offices everywhere, the open space and lack of partitions might not make some workers productive. With that in mind, involve your people throughout the planning process. Have them vote on the final design, office furniture and other changes you are about to make.
Consider your branding and the nature of your business during the planning process. Your brand guidelines are usually the starting point for the colour palette, furniture selection and other design considerations, but it should not be the sole basis for the overall design. If, for example, your brand uses loud colours to entice customers, they might not have the same effect on your employees.
Whether you’re designing for a new company image or for an updated look, upgrading your workplace design is a worthwhile investment. Remember to dedicate thorough planning into making sure the new design matches your business needs. That way, you’ll have a better impression on clients and investors, and your employees will be more productive and engaged.
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Trust Zircon Interiors to make sure that your new office is modern, professional and well-designed. Whether your business is moving to Sydney’s central business district or in need of a new look, our fitout project management services ensure an efficient process and delivery.
Our team of experts is involved throughout every stage of the fitout project. From securing the necessary permits to post-construction follow-up, we make sure that you do not have to hire separate contractors, designers and engineers to achieve your desired office design. We finish our projects professionally and promptly, and we conduct regular inspections to correct issues before handover.
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Office designs traditionally favoured cubicles and segregated workspaces. Rows upon rows of desks partitioned and separated, discouraging collaboration and some would say, creating a high-stress environment.
The changing workplace culture and needs prompted organisations to design collaborative spaces. Here, employees meet, share and, ideally, collaborate. These necessarily don’t have to be open spaces, but they are neutral territories where people from different departments can generate ideas without worrying about hierarchies.
The Benefits of Collaborative Spaces
If there is better collaboration between employees, work at all levels moves more smoothly and efficiency improves. Environments that help workers team up encourages new perspectives for solving business problems.
Collaborative workspaces also cultivates employee relationships. Humans are naturally social beings, and they need healthy relationships to succeed in the workplace. Having someone to share ideas with bolsters a sense of belonging with others.
Balancing the Me vs We
When it comes to encouraging collaboration, one of the challenges comes with balancing private and communal spaces in the workplace. If common space dominates the office, employees can ironically feel disinterested and less connected, wondering if they contributed anything valuable to the team.
According to Tom Price, whose firm created innovative spaces for Google’s Pittsburgh office, companies should create spaces that support a wide range of working styles. Although there is no one-size-fits-all approach, he suggested three types of workspaces that improve collaboration and innovation while balancing “me” and “we” time:
- Collision: These communal spaces are where people can get food, relax and socialise when convenient to their schedule.
- Huddle: Small huddle rooms that include facilities such as projector screens and whiteboards support small-group brainstorming sessions. They can also adapt to solo, private work.
- Mixed-use: Mixed-use rooms with multipurpose furniture allow users to tackle their work creatively and modify the space to suit their immediate needs.
The International Facility Management Association suggests a 60:40 ratio between community areas and personal spaces to balance “me” and “we” time in the office.
Designing According to Business Needs
An office designed for collaboration isn’t effective if the teams working together aren’t accessible to each other. If workers have to walk up a floor to talk to someone from a different team, they’re less likely to collaborate.
Ensure that employees on the same team, and teams that often work together, are closely seated to each other. Tracy Grant of The Washington Post recommends that teammates should be within “chair-rolling” distance of each other.
Today’s organisations face the challenge of staying competitive with their products and services. This requires maximising the potential of their workspaces to encourage collaboration. When employees work together seamlessly, they are happier and generate ideas that bring value to the company.
Collaborative Office Designs by Zircon Interiors
Zircon Interiors believes that a well-designed office encourages your employees to work together for business success. We provide comprehensive interior design services in Melbourne, combining design and practicality to create workspaces that improve collaboration and efficiency. Whether you want a minimalist or a complex layout, we use innovative processes to determine which design is the best for your organisation.
To learn more about our services, call us on 1300 947 266 or fill in our contact form here: https://zirconinterior.com.au/contact/.