We all have our preferences when it comes to where we work best.
Some of us might prefer the buzz of a coffee shop or open plan office, while many of us might need to be in a quiet spot with lots of natural light to be inspired. When it comes to setting up our desks, what should we be looking at? Is a blank wall best for focusing, with a view too distracting?
We look at some of the factors to consider when designing your workspace:
1. Creating More Intentional Spaces
There has been a big move towards more collaborative workspaces, where innovation and ideas are encouraged through the deliberate design of office spaces. With a more holistic insight into health and wellbeing becoming more and more common too, this is also becoming more of a consideration when creating workspaces.
People like Kelly Robinson, who has designed office spaces for companies like Soundcloud and Airbnb, believes that spaces need to intentional, and that many factors contribute to the way that employees work and feel in a given space. As a yoga teacher, Robinson sees that ways that everything fits together, and that there needs to be distinct areas for certain activities to avoid confusion.
2. Current Trends in Office Design
With a move towards more collaborative spaces, everything from the furniture to the arrangement of desks and even staircases in an office becomes important. In a workspace where innovation is key, many offices have now created more flexible and mobile desk options, so that groups of people can spontaneously work together and people can move around without being confined to a cubicle.
Incorporating nature into the workplace has also become a key component of the modern workspace, with research being done into the importance of having plants and other natural elements when it comes to employee satisfaction and productivity. Even having a desktop screensaver has been shown to have a positive effect on productivity, as even being able to look at an image of nature has been shown to improve concentration.
3. What Should You Be Looking at When You Work?
While all of the current trends are focused towards the current start up culture, where teamwork is paramount and collaboration key, what if your work involves needing to concentrate for longer periods of time without distraction? Writers for instance might get distracted when working facing a window, where looking into the current world might distract them from creating another one.
One of the most popular trends in office design allows for this by creating nooks and private areas within the collaborative office space. By allowing for employees to go off on their own to take a call or to work in quiet, companies that create these spaces away from the busyness also encourage spontaneous meetings and the exchange of ideas.
If these breakaway areas aren’t enough though, factoring in some Feng Shui into your desk space might be an effective way to get some work done, especially if you have your own office. According to Feng Shui principles you should always be aware of the balance between all the areas of your life, whether it’s your home, office or desk. Using what is called a Bagua map, you can orientate your desk to maximise the flow of positive energy.
This includes placing certain things on different parts of your desk, for example, putting a plant or object of value in the top left hand corner of your desk, as this is where prosperity is located on the Bagua map. Other recommendations include placing an object of inspiration on the right hand side of your desk to boost your creativity.