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Getting Your Office Going in the Right Direction

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Have you ever made arrangements to meet a friend, business associate or family member in a particular spot and after waiting for some time you discover either you or they are waiting in different locations? The result being someone gets upset, time is wasted, or you laugh about it and reschedule. This happens when there is lack of continuity in thoughts, listening or expectations. Whether actual, or perceived, lack of continuity can be disruptive to scheduling, timing, perception, organization or all of the above.

In your office this lack of continuity can result in loss of time, flow interrupts, or misconstrued perceptions, the result being, as with any of these, loss of money. Therefore, commonality of thought, design, and flow is important to any business. In other words, it is important that the idea behind the work flow and the office furniture design, placement, material and construction all match. If there is dissimilarity in any of these areas, it will result in loss of some kind. Depending upon the degree of disparity between expectation and reality (if you are in New York and your friend is in LA) will determine how much cost the business will incur. On one hand that may not seem like much, however if by example work flow demands rugged daily use of furniture and the construction does not match the demand, you will incur replacement cost a lot sooner than expected, or if there is no commonality between placement and common use you will experience excessive labor cost.

Get you office going in the right directionOn the other side of physical continuity, there is perceived continuity. This idea relates to a design principle known as “common fate”, which states; elements that move in the same direction (whether actual movement or implied) are perceived to be more related than elements that move in a different direction or are stationary. The principle of common fate is one of a number of principles referred to as Gestalt principles of perception. This principle asserts that elements or objects that move together in common direction are perceived as a single group and are interpreted as being more related than elements that move in different directions.

Perceived harmony in your office comes with commonality of purpose. When there is a common thread that is indigenous to the design it creates both a mental and visually appreciated value. Having a defined purpose in your office design such as creating strategies to: group teams, define directional positioning for a common purpose, build in light distribution, organized work flow, create continuity in size, establish walkways, and provide noise control, all work toward creating perceived harmony.

Choosing the right office furniture to match the design intention is of dominate importance to having a well-organized office. By example, selecting the right size executive desk to match the space, work style, and communication needs of the user would be helpful and even necessary to maintain visual, functional and perceived continuity. It doesn’t matter if you are outfitting a conference room, reception area, private office or doing an open floor plan with modular furniture, purpose combined with common fate design principles will help you affect a well-organized workspace. Should you require assistance, we at 90 Degree Office Concepts are ready to help. Contact us now at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call 855-699-0334.

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