Ideally, all businesses want a staff full of happy and efficient workers, but achieving this is something else entirely. There are many factors that can go into the productivity and morale of an office environment. Many people tend to think money, benefits and incentives can drive morale, but sometimes something as simple as the workspace itself can have an affect on workers.
Nowadays we are starting to see a move to office spaces that are a little less old school and a little more new school. Places like Google and Facebook really helped to spearhead these current and unconventional office design trends. Even though your office space may not call for the installation of a mini golf course, there are certain design trends that could be the perfect fit for your office.
A hybrid office space of both traditional trends and newer unconventional trends is a feasible way to update and revamp your office while still catering to your different staff work environment needs. One of the main goals of giving your office a makeover or facelift is to boost employee engagement in the office, so why not start now?
Revamping your office shouldn’t cause you to break the bank and leave you filing for bankruptcy. And having a large budget or being a well-known company like Google or Facebook does not equate to having cool and unique offices. For where there’s a will, there’s a way.
You should first start out by asking yourself or asking your team a few questions. Get a sense of what your team wants to see and what would be beneficial for them in this new space. What are your office needs? What do the typical day-to-day tasks consist of? Consider these questions when looking around for new ideas to freshen up your office, so that your office can be both funky and functional. It’s better to have a framework and focus than to just go in “creation” happy.
You can hire a professional to help you achieve your desired look, especially if you are constructing a new office space, but you can also save some money and make some affordable and doable changes.
Once you have a focus and purpose, it’s easier to start envisioning a new and improved office. And it is doable to incorporate some interesting and unconventional design trends on a budget. Budgeting is more than just knowing how much your company is willing to spend on renewing your office space.
If you were to break your budget down and micro-manage it you will begin to see certain places where you can spend more money on than others. Depending on your office wants and needs you can prioritize certain things over others, meaning if you want to splurge more on revamping the break room and save a few extra pennies on chairs and desks, you can. Figuring out what you really need and how this can be adjusted into your budget will help you get what you want.
Also, knowing what to look for and picking the right pieces will further help you in prioritizing your budget.
So what are some budget-friendly ways that you can use to revamp your office into a unique and inviting place? Well you’re in luck; we’re about to dive right in.
If your office is in the business of a total makeover or you’re thinking about building a new place, then consider developing some interesting architectural designs. More and more unique offices are starting to get recognition for their one-of-a-kind fascinating structural choices.
Although the structure of a building and architectural designs do not directly correlate to worker productivity, it can in fact invoke creativity. Showing your staff that you invite new and fresh ideas around the office will help to spur creativity. There are many creative professions where creativity is at the cornerstone of everyday work and it is important for employees to constantly feel like their creative and productive juices are flowing. Something as simple as an eye-catching piece could continue to motivate creative innovation throughout the day.
Today’s workforce works a bit different than those of the past and each year we see more and more companies transition over to inclusive work environments. Since one of the main internal goals of a business is to have productive and efficient employees, it’s great to see companies cater to the various needs and work environments of their staff.
Besides your classic cubicles, companies are also starting to include alternative workspaces.
Standing desks and adjustable tables are starting to make their rounds into the office as well and can be a great alternative to sitting all day. These options are a good choice because they keep the circulation moving throughout the body and they allow employees to stand up and adjust their posture from time to time.
Some employees thrive in these newly popular communal workspaces and this type of work environment definitely allows for easy access to fellow employees and is a good source for open collaboration. These open work environments are great, but they can also be a double-edged sword, for certain individuals. Some employees who work a bit differently can feel as if there is a sense of encroachment in these environments and they lack the focused environment they need.
Some staff members may prefer to work alone and may work better in private work environments. Cubicles are great for this. Not only will employees get a sense of privacy, but they can also personalize and take ownership of their individual space. If you are looking for a more updated approach to cubicles, consider ones where the panels do not rise up that high. Cubicles with low panels can provide the needed privacy, but are still low enough to visually see around the office.
A trendy option to these personal alternatives is private workspaces. Companies like Google and Airbnb have designated areas, rooms, cubbies or pods where an employee can escape to, close the door and focus…alone, sans distractions. These are great for employees who need to concentrate and have important deadlines to meet.
If your staff needs both open and private work environments, it might be beneficial to incorporate each space within your office.
There are some valuable marketing perks that come with unique and interesting offices. Not only will your office be useful and inspiring to your staff, but your clients and visitors will find it memorable as well. People generally like environments that feel homey and personable and if your office invites personality and creativity, then it’s sure to leave an impression on not only your employees but visitors as well.
More and more offices nowadays are starting to bring in themes to their office spaces. San Francisco based, GitHub, is a development platform company with a very unconventional office space. GitHub’s office has been featured in many articles and sites all over the internet, from Business Insider to Pinterest. At GitHub you’ll find a meeting room inspired by the White House Oval Office, a White House inspired Situation Room and more! These ideas offer creative and interesting takes on your average conference rooms.
San Francisco, well California in general, seems to be the hot spot for creative and interesting spaces. Software and services company Quid, incorporated a small library/meeting room that catches the eye. What’s so unique about this spot is that instead of having regular walls, they used bookshelf wallpaper for a Hogwarts, college library feel.
It may seem a bit daunting to try and incorporate cool and unique themed rooms, but it’s not something that a little creativity, paint and wallpaper can’t handle. If you’re interested in doing a themed room, figure out what it is that you want and see where you can splurge and where you can save.
Incorporating these memorable designs can be a very smart marketing move that you may not even be thinking of. If your company does a lot of in-person business, think of how your guests will perceive your space when they come in. In today’s world it’s not only important to provide quality work, but you must tie the entire package up with a bow.
Clients and visitors who enjoy your space are likely to come back and are likely to tell others about your unique and memorable office space.
A Pop of Color
Boring, drab and lackluster colors of yesteryear are what you should stay away from when designing your space. If you prefer not to have a lot of color, the proper use of monochromatic colors could also be inspiring and pleasing to the eye. Overall, the use of wall space is a simple and affordable way to liven up and bring personality to the office.
Many companies are starting to incorporate a lot of colors in untraditional ways. Companies like Beats Electronics offer bold takes on color. At Beats Electronics they have carved out distinctive locations with their use of bold colors like vibrant reds and blues. If you’re feeling less adventurous, you can easily add color with the use of colorful chairs. Execute these chairs in a conference room for a hint of color and inspiration.
Captivating murals also add an inspirational touch to ordinary white wall space. Beats Electronics has plenty of floor-to-ceiling photographic murals, but there are a plethora of ways to incorporate any mural you want. You can get great scenic murals of your city or you can choose a more artistic approach and hire an artist (maybe even a street artist) for a one-of-a-kind treat.
Another cheap alternative that can help foster innovation and creative ideas is the use of wall space. Instead of painting every wall in the office, putting up artwork or leaving the walls white, consider white board or chalkboard walls. Chalkboard walls are pretty self-explanatory and can be a hit among employees, but another version of this is whiteboard walls. White board walls will keep your walls bright, while still inviting your employees to write their ideas and creations on them.
Out With the Old, In With the Used
A rather unique way to redesign and update, in a sense, an office is by recycling things from the past and finding new uses for these vintage items in an unconventional setting. Environmentally green alternatives are a popular and trendy way to make your office new and unusual.
Going down this route can also save you a few bucks as you reduce your environmental footprint. Reclaimed wood is being incorporated more and more in office settings and this fresh trend offers a unique look to office furniture.
If your business is interested in crafting a unique and attention-grabbing look, then you may want to check out your local junkyard or thrift shop. If you have a creative eye and imaginative mind, you can find interesting pieces and fresh ideas for use of these items in your office space. These recycled pieces can be functional or just a statement piece.
Businesses have turned old car parts into lobby seating and even changed the grill of a car into an office desk. Github has strung a vintage motorcycle from the roof for a unique statement piece. Venturing to a salvage yard you’ll come across some pretty interesting pieces and you may even find some striking light fixtures as well. Thrift shops, salvage stores and junkyards are where you can let your imagination can run wild.
Looking for interesting ways to repurpose nontraditional items for new use in the office will not only be a great conversational piece for visitors, but also a favorite among employees. Adding these fun and funky pieces will add dimension and texture to your office space as well.
If vintage Harleys are not your forte, consider other ways to reuse common items. Wooden crates frequently find themselves being reused as cubbies and shelves in the office. You can either keep these crates their traditional wooden brown or you can bring in additional personality by painting them. Interesting takes on bookshelf alternatives are wooden ladders and sawing off old coffee tables and stacking them on the walls. Old trunks, chests and shutters can also find new life as file cabinets or file systems.
Break Room Design Ideas
One major way to refocus your staff is to think about a space where employees can retreat to and unwind, distress or have a bite to eat. You should consider adding ways and areas where your employees will want to spend their downtime and lunch breaks. Providing interesting takes on communal spaces other than just putting in a Keurig machine can help boost employee morale.
If your space allows it, try thinking outside of the box. You can bring in pool tables, ping pong tables, air-hockey tables, bean bags, etc. Little changes like this can help to refocus your team and provide them with an enjoyable workspace and they will want to spend their time in the office, rather than outside of it.
Feeling inspired yet? Revamping an office space should not be an overwhelming and excruciating process, but if you know how to manage your budget and look for ways to save a few bucks, it can be done. Redesigning an office should be fun, so go ahead and buy that vintage Harley