Designing Your Office for Better Inter-Office Communication
Communicating well in an inter-office setting is more than just having a conversation or written memos exchanged between two or more people. Well-designed and planned spaces promote collaboration and sharing ideas. This leads to an in-depth understanding of goals and objectives and how to reach them boosts productivity and morale. The end result leads to satisfying outcomes for customers and for employees. Read on below and keep key furnishings in mind that impact inter-office communication.
Re-Imagine Office Walls
Walls are barriers. They define space and through much of the 20thcentury, walls stood between executives and the rest of the company. The open-office concept has brought the walls down, but sometimes they’re necessary. For large open-office spaces, the right kinds of architectural walls can provide quiet zones where teams can pore over documents and plans without disturbing other workers. Manufacturer Trendway has three distinct types of easy-install walls: the Clear Wall with options related to clear glass or glazing; the Trendwall, a solution that’s more sustainable than drywall; and the Volo Wall which features attractive movable panels. Remember to use walls to guide inter-office communication, not prevent it.
Replace the Traditional Cubicle
Cubicles now offer personalization and customization that are more appealing than the old-school, traditional gray ones. Today’s office cubicle options define space, allow for privacy, but invite collaboration. In addition, many have removable panels as the need for privacy changes. A plus is choosing cubicles that maximize the flow of natural light, which is known to be a morale booster. The Friant System 2 has attractive colors and styles that are easy to configure and reconfigure. Initiate Workstation by Hon offers durability and long-term value. It provides an appealing space for individuals and yet offers room for quick huddles and conversations, contributing to improved inter-office communication.
Create Conversation Spaces
Open, informal spaces can encourage conversation and flow of ideas. Or they can be areas to delve into topics that are mission-critical. A wide variety of creative seating arrangements are available to meet the personality of any office. Coact from First Office fits in offices that have flexible seating arrangements or structured private offices. It balances structure and freedom. Supportive and cushioned chairs are available with the Domo Lounge by Arcadia. Tablet and power port accessories are also available to power your electronic devices. You can also customize tables to accommodate spreading out charts and supporting documents. Remember to match furnishings with your company’s communication style to encourage collaboration and positiveinteractions.
Checking off these items above will surely contribute to better inter-office communication, and can help integrate it into your company culture — all in all promoting an office that his more productive, successful and happy.