When designing an office fitout, think people first, technology second to get the best out of your workforce.
Boosting productivity in the workplace is no easy task. There are more distractions now than ever before. If it’s not social media preoccupying you, via one of your many devices, the technology in the building may be affecting your ability to concentrate and work well.
From electronic whiteboards to TVs through to the air conditioning, your contact with technology from the time you enter the building until the moment you leave is constant. Even the lifts have visual displays these days.
So how do you design business technology that is an enabler of productivity rather than a distraction?
“In my opinion, the earlier the better for planning,” says Arup regional audio visual (AV) skills leader for Australasia, Ben Moore.
“However, more often than not, technology is seen as an add-on to a fitout and is constrained by the building.
“We have three upcoming fitouts where we have spent three years in the planning. That includes user experience development, prototypes, proof-of-concept exercises and, of course, design.