The Importance Of Office Flooring
It may not seem important but office flooring can have a huge effect on the productivity of staff and the overall happiness of the environment. Many firms continue to neglect aesthetics, but to do so can be more damaging than you realise.
Gradually, office managers are recognising the benefits of interior design to their overall business strategy. The reason is simple: they want to get the most out of their most precious resource – their staff.
That in itself is a revolutionary idea. During the recession some companies have chosen to see staff as a liability rather than a resource. When times get difficult the first option is to slash employee numbers. In terms of environment the emphasis is on driving them to extra work. Costs such as design are constantly overlooked.
However natural selection is seeing to it that these business owners are dying out replaced by forward thinking MDs who realise how seating plan and lighting can affect productivity. However, even so, many still don’t realise the benefits that can come from good office flooring. It is, after all, not the kind of thing that immediately draws the eye. However this one, much overlooked area can make or break the look of the office.
There are many different types of office flooring: carpets, vynl, laminates and wood to name just a few. They can be used in a variety of different ways to achieve all sorts of different effect, but before you start you need to take into account a few basic principals.
For example – what is the traffic in the office like? How heavy is the walk through of people from one area to another? Which sectors are most heavily used? Some, such as the printer or water cooler, for example, may play host to a lot of people all at once.
Designers can take this into account by planning in lots of space to avoid the build up of a traffic jam. Flooring designs can incorporate little paths which we subconsciously follow. There are a number of gurus who can offer expert advice in this area.
Varying the style of office flooring can also pay dividends. Switching between wood and carpet for example, can create mini rooms within a room and provide the illusion of more space. They can service as small meeting areas, for example.
Whichever option you take for office flooring consider these principals in advance. There are many more techniques to consider further down the line, but they will be of best use in another article.