How to Measure Design Success
Interior Design is a very subjective industry. What makes a good design to one person, might not be ideal for others. In recent years, a workspace that maximizes headcount seemed to be the popular measure of success. Current studies, however, are now suggesting that the true measure of an office space is how it makes the employees feel. In a world of constant information, employees need time to regroup, recharge, and meditate. They should have access to spaces to allow for breaks from the never-ending stimulation that comes with working in an office. Even just a few moments away from a computer and/or phone can dramatically improve mental health and productivity.
- Designate spaces for a break from “screens and devices”
- Provide small pods that divide visual and audible awareness
Every design element in the office speaks to certain values, and a way to make employees feel less stressed is by incorporating nature into the workplace. There is a marked reduction in anxiety and stress on people who have access to even replicated nature in the workplace.
- Use colors of nature throughout designs including blue, green, and brown
- Bring in plants, moss, or imagery of nature
Humans thrive when they are making choices throughout the day. Design planning should be more humancentric to accommodate different work styles instead of a ‘one size fits all’ approach. This allows employees to connect with the office space. Employees tend to stay at companies they are emotionally invested in.
- Empower employees by giving them a small amount of options for their space
- Incorporate “huddle” areas to allow for team bonding and brainstorming