WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT – IT MUST BE ON POINT TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY!
In general, our workplace is where we spend most of our time and if it is pleasant, functional, and some personality even better! I had the opportunity to do different work environments, from clothing shop to restaurants, from a Yoga studio to a doctor’s office and each one of them has its peculiarity, while at the same time, each of them fall under some very similar design basis. Knowing the location and the intentions of the owner for each workplace we can start drawing the Scope of Work (SOW) of all work to be done and professionals to be involved to present a quote. Here is the main question we ask our clients:
What is your work routine?
By understanding the workplace routine, we can begging to think about the flow and circulation for the functional execution of the design plan. For example, the routine for a clothing store may be that the owner/manager’s first behaviour after arriving is to go to the computer, check the payments and the stock, then go to the kitchen to make some coffee/tea and starts the daily cleaning of the store, put away the cleaning stuff, rearrange the clothing racks and check if merchandise is in place, turn on the lights and open the store.
Using the clothing shop as a workplace example, what we can observe:
- Do you need a private office?
- Can you make payments and purchases at the store counter?
- Is the kitchen also the place where you store your cleaning supplies?
- Is the bathroom used by customers?
- What kind of merchandise do you sell?
- Need clothing racks and shelves?
- Do you need a stock room, or do you want to put everything on display?
- Does the store require dressing rooms?
Questions answered, we begin to trace the floor plan brainstorming the best layout for all the workplace needs (where the kitchen, bathroom, dressers, storage, office, etc will be). After deciding the layout, we begin to think about the flow and circulation. Example: we cannot put a counter or a clotting rack in front of the entrance of the dressing room, one must pass freely to go to the dressing room without the need to deviate from other people or obstacles in the store. With the orientation of the flow we check the minimal space for a good circulation, and we begin to think about the distribution of the furniture. In this step we resorted to the schedule to start the work and set up the schedule. If you have been on our website before you may have already seeing our 12 Steps process. The benefits of our 12 Steps process include:
- Addressing the needs of clients, occupants and the workplace
- A better designed product (design teams explore a wider range of solutions)
- More efficient design and construction (identifying design opportunities and constraints early on)
- Increased building performance and occupant satisfaction (promotes better understanding of building use and performance by all stakeholders)
- Holistic and appropriate environmental solutions and
- Consistent design solutions across all projects.
We always research the function of space and observe building regulations so that there are no surprises later!