Effective office design engenders a sense of well-being among employees and helps to improve their productivity.  This article notes, however, that design alone won’t change workplace culture.  Open-plan layouts with glass walls to ensure visibility may benefit communication and collaboration but may also contribute to anxiety and the feeling of a lack of privacy.

The author insists that it is the designer’s task to manage the process and get the balance right.  More often than not it is the softer elements of design – color, humor, relaxation – that helps to achieve this.  Readers are provided examples where color, texture and workspace ambience are used to effectively achieve design objectives that improve employee sense of belonging, promote strategic thinking, and engender impressive productivity gains.

Source: Design Week; Oct 4, 2007

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