Being creative at work can be difficult if everyone is
forced to work in an environment that does not inspire creative thought. There
have been major changes in the way that companies design their offices to encourage
creativity, breaking away from the boring, cubicle-filled office. If you want
your employees to think outside of the box, then you might need to design an
office that is less conformed and more open to possibilities.
Mobility in the Office
One way to spur creativity is to allow movement and energy
into the office. With mobile technology, there is no reason employees need to
stay chained to their desks, or that they even need a desk at all. Give your
employees options on where they want to work, and they will be more apt to be
creative. Here are a few office design ideas to promote mobility:
- Standing desk options. Some people work
better and are more energized when standing versus sitting. Use standing desks
or tall bistro tables to give employees areas to work while upright. Standing
has also been thought to improve engagement amongst employees, which is always
good for creativity.
- Lounge areas. Create nooks with
comfortable lounge furniture where employees can feel at home. Many companies
have done away with assigned desks and have small areas throughout the office
where people can let their creative juices flow. Add in a couch, comfortable
chair or a small bistro set to give employees options.
- Patios. If an outdoor area is an option,
make use of it for a work area. Add outdoor furniture to your office decorating
budget to give your employees the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air
while brainstorming new ideas.
- Public and privacy zones. Some people
thrive on energy and chaos to be creative while others need a quiet, still area
to connect with their thoughts. Make sure you offer a little of both to give
everyone a place that meets their needs. Open space work areas are great for
team collaboration, while small, private areas offer reprieve for those that
need a few hours of quiet. Think in terms of creating different zones for
- Add color, brightness and texture. Some
offices are dull, without color or anything to inspire big ideas. Get away from
boring beige, gray and white colors and invest in some color and texture in
your office designs. Add color to the walls, the furniture and encourage
employees to personalize their areas.
If you are looking to break out of the norm and design a new
office with flare that breeds creativity, our office designers are here to
help. At CBI Group, we understand that every company is unique and has
different goals. Let us work with you to customize your office to promote and
encourage your employees to be creative and productive.