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Workspaces that Inspire Human Performance

Workspaces that Inspire Human Performance

Posted on: February 14, 2020

Every element that makes up the atmosphere that is your work space sends a signal. Whether utilitarian, something to avoid, or something to be precious of, the surroundings of your work area create. Its called “the vibe” right? Well yes, colloquially, its just a saying, but it stems from the idea that there is a vibration, a buzz, and energy about the room that leaves an impression on the rules and standards. When piecing together the aesthetics of a functioning, designers want workspaces that inspire human performance

How the space feels is based off the look and ability- this gives workers and customers informed affordances. According to psychologist James Gibson, affordances are “objects or an environment communicates its purpose and offers possibilities for action”. When developing the concept of affordances, he believed when we look at an object or an environment, we perceive its affordances for action even before we notice qualities such as shape and color.

Alot of this is about the presence and its design. For example, a candy dish left in a common area says “I’m here to work, but I’m also allowed (maybe expected?) to have sweets” i.e. “my wants outside of my duties are being recognized.” These are signals that are not taught to us in a formal educational setting, but observed in social semantics- candy left on a table is up for grabs. A couch with an ottoman in front of it says “put your feet up, this is where you relax”.  A propped open door says “you’re free to come and go”.

Working with Haworth, we integrate affordances into our consultation with you on trying to map your space to give off the right vibe and energy your space needs to come alive and speak to your employees and patrons. We hope to continue to design workspaces that inspire human performance; that give you and your coworkers all the right affordances that signal:

  • Cognitive Affordances to help people do their mind’s best work.
  • Emotional Affordances to nurture a person’s psychological state.
  • Physical Affordances to support the body’s needs.
Workspaces That Inspire Innovation

Workspaces That Inspire Innovation

Posted on: January 14, 2020

In today’s ultra-competitive environment, organizations have become more focused on the creative process and the value of workspaces that inspire innovation. It’s no longer enough to supply desks and cubicles along with a break room and a microwave. For a team to be able to conceive better ideas and collaborate effectively, there needs to be an all-around focus on these activities in their office environment.

This excellent whitepaper from Haworth® goes into details about the needs of team members on several levels…their need for privacy and ability to engage in undistracted focus at whatever level is needed, meeting and gathering spaces to share ideas, and an accessible space with window views to help effectively restore their energy. In today’s office design, spaces for both intense focus and cognitive restoration should be strategically placed for ideal productivity and innovation.

Your workspace should provide space for both privacy and collaboration, as well as space that allows team members to reduce project times and improve your services. Different organizations have different needs, and what works for one company may not work for another. But in any workplace where innovation is key, it’s important for a work environment to enable both peak creative performance and allows for restoration, along with a seamless transition between the two.

Bellia Office Design is not just a recognized vendor of Haworth® modernized office products. We are also dedicated to workspaces that inspire innovation, and creating an office space that is comfortable and inviting and ultimately improves your bottom line. We offer a free work and space evaluation where we can show you how your space can be best arranged to maximize productivity and creativity.

Let Bellia help you to redesign your workspace to maximize the creative talents of your team. Contact us today or request your free work and space evaluation here. We can help you and your team love the space you’re in!

Coworking Spaces for the Gig Economy

Coworking Spaces for the Gig Economy

Posted on: December 23, 2019

In this modernized and increasingly remotely connected age, many companies are saving on costs by retooling from full-time, 40-hour a week employees to part-timers and freelancers to get tasks done. While this can result is obsolescence of your traditional office, it also offers a great opportunity. One way that companies can get ahead of this new technology curve is through creating coworking spaces for the gig economy.

The “gig economy” refers to the revolution of more and more people working as freelance writers, artists, designers and more, as they seek a greater work-life balance and more effective use of their time. If a company’s employees or contractors can work outside of the office, it becomes more important to create an office environment that is welcoming and offers collaborative opportunities in addition to social interaction.

This article from Haworth illustrates the various forms or office environments that offer greater employee interaction, more effective collaboration, and increased overall productivity with less overhead. Some examples of creating new spaces and their benefits include:

  • Assigned workspaces for specific functions, for increased interaction
  • Individual activity workspaces for tasks that require increased amounts of focus
  • Social spaces to empower employees to gather, including outdoor spaces
  • Multi-use spaces that include modular lounges, lightweight tables and freestanding screens
  • Well-being spaces such as improved cafeterias and fitness centers
  • Workspace virtual communities for remote connections and online meetings

At Bellia, our office design experts can help you create a new office space that takes advantage of the coming age of freelancing and part-time employees, and create coworking spaces for the gig economy in your office. We can view your current office design, discuss your goals and your office needs, and create a new design that maximizes your space and provides return on your investment.

Reach out to us today or click here for your free workspace evaluation, and create an office that you, your employees, and your contractors will love!

Does Your Furniture Support Employee Health

Does Your Furniture Support Employee Health?

Posted on: November 19, 2019

When you as a business owner make the considerable investment in an employee, you want that employee to be as healthy as needed to be productive…including emotionally and cognitively as well as physically. Does your furniture support employee health? It’s a question you may want to take some time to answer.

For employees to be effective, your workplace should be designed not just for comfort or aesthetics. As this page from Haworth® shows, employee effectiveness is best maximized through the concept of “Affordances”. Simply put, affordances encourage particular behaviors…both productive and non-productive…and generate opportunities for action. Affordances embrace a workplace as being more than just a container for people.

You have the ability to design your workspace to actually be a participant in completing your business tasks, and to help optimize human performance. As this page states, the team at Haworth® has identified ten core Affordances that are vital to human performance. Those Affordances include tailoring spaces to the specific needs of individuals, investing in furniture and spaces that suit a person’s physical characteristics, and offering meaningful, engaging and familiar surroundings.

The effect of your workspace and your furniture on your employees’ health is not trivial. Enhancing the comfort and atmosphere of your work spaces, while providing spaces that encourage interaction and collaboration, has a profound effect on employees’ physical and emotional well-being. That, in turn, affects their productivity and innovation, and ultimately, your business’s bottom line.

At Bellia Office Design, our strength is designing office spaces that maximize employee productivity and provide a return on a business’s investment. Does your furniture support employee health? We can help you find the answer to this question. Reach out to us today for a free workspace evaluation, and let us show you how your workspace, your employee health, and your bottom line can be changed for the better.

Does Your Furniture Match Your Culture

Does Your Furniture Match Your Culture?

Posted on: October 29, 2019

In today’s market where businesses need to compete to hire and retain top talent, it’s never been more important for companies to align their culture and business goals. The workspace environment matters more than ever, and it’s all a part of motivating and keeping your best employees. Does your furniture match your culture?

When a workspace is designed not just for function and comfort, but also for collaboration and creativity, it improves employee engagement and impacts your bottom line. As recently as 2014, as reported in this white paper from Haworth®, companies that were described as having low employee engagement suffered a decrease in operating income of as much as 32%!

It goes beyond impacting revenue. As University of Michigan Professor and Author Jeff Degraff notes, companies should recognize their own type of company culture, and whether the focus is on to compete, collaborate, control, or create. Your workspace and furniture design works best when it reflects your dominant culture, and encourages innovation to happen.

You can take just 30 seconds of your time taking this short quiz to assess your own company culture. Or take a moment to read the whitepaper from Haworth®, which goes into deeper detail about the many components of company culture and how an office can be designed to support it.

At Bellia, we are long established experts in designing your furniture and workspace to reflect both your company’s brand and culture. We are a licensed Haworth® dealer, and can help you choose from the ideal ergonomic furniture pieces that are designed to encourage collaboration and innovation among your team members.

Does your furniture match your culture? It’s a question you need to ask. Reach out to Bellia today or click here to request a free workspace evaluation. We’ll help you design your office to encourage productivity and improve your bottom line.

Creating an Organic Workspace

Creating an Organic Workspace

Posted on: September 23, 2019

In the modern competitive office environment today, creating an organic workspace is how businesses can both attract top talent and stay ahead of the curve when adjustments are needed. The focus of the organic workspace is on adaptability…a needed change from the “design once” philosophy of the past. A well-designed organic workspace can help “future-proof” your office environment and enable your company to respond to change with minimal cost and effort.

At Bellia, we are a licensed dealer for Haworth®, a furniture company that is on the cutting edge of future office design. Haworth® has recently researched the need for creative workspaces, and they’ve developed the concept of the Organic Workspace®…an office environment designed for functional flexibility and changing spaces with business needs.

Creating an Organic Workspace® involves several facets regarding office design:

Adaptability – An Organic Workspace® supports adaptability through both broader elements such as real estate and workplace strategies to architectural design and furnishings.

The Need For Change – Ensuring that resources are available to change office interiors, establishing programs to store furniture for re-use, and creating a culture that encourages new ideas in the change process.

Sustained Improvement – Collecting regular feedback from organizational members on space usage and workforce measures, including employee engagement, wellness and efficiency.

The goal of creating an organic workspace is to help companies optimize workplace performance, through continually adapting to change and reassigning configurations. With an Organic Workspace® design, an organization can respond to changing needs, keep re-alignment costs down, and enable enhanced employee performance and feedback.

To find out more about Haworth’s® research regarding the Organic Workspace, you can visit this page on their website. Or contact the team at Bellia Office Design today, and ask for your free work and space evaluation. We can help you create an organic office design that keeps you and your organization functioning in a changing world.

Creating A Better Work Environment

Creating A Better Work Environment

Posted on: September 23, 2019

To stay ahead of your competition in today’s world, creating a better work environment is essential to attracting and retaining top talent. Your bottom line benefits when your employees are happier, healthier, and encouraged by a well-designed business environment. Workspace design is a huge element of employee well-being, and can make all the difference in employee morale.

At Bellia, we are a licensed distributor of Haworth®, a cutting edge furniture design and manufacturing firm. We proudly partner with Haworth® for their innovation and research supported designs, including their continuing dedication to creating a better work environment in offices worldwide.

Haworth’s® funding of recently compiled research includes information compiled by over 100 corporate leaders and experts, and has resulted in the book, The Healthy Workplace Nudge, How Healthy People, Culture and Buildings Lead to High Performance, by Dr. Michael O’Neill and Beck Johnson. In it, Dr. O’Neill states that wellness programs offered by companies today aren’t working, and that employee well-being is far more of a function of workplace design than originally thought.

The findings show that both employees and employers benefit from a holistic point of view…one that supports psychological as well as physical comfort, physical wellness and cognitive function. The Healthy Workspace Nudge includes focus on how employees can be “nudged” towards healthier and stress-reducing behaviors. A better work environment goes beyond happier and more productive employees…it also places emphasis on reducing health problems, and subsequent absenteeism and healthcare costs for businesses.

To find out more about Haworth’s® research findings and the impact of a healthy work environment, visit this page on Haworth’s® website. If you’d like to find out how Bellia Office Design can create a better work environment for your organization, reach out to us today or click here for a free work and space evaluation. We can help you and your employees love the space you’re in.

Does Your Workspace Reflect Your Culture

Does Your Workspace Reflect Your Culture?

Posted on: August 5, 2019

Does your workspace reflect your culture? In the modern day world, it’s a question you as a business owner need to be asking. Your workplace design makes a world of difference, not just in function and comfort, but more importantly in employee morale and productivity. A healthy workplace culture that encourages collaboration and innovation improves employee engagement, and ultimately impacts your bottom line.

According to this white paper from Haworth®, research conducted as recently as 2014 found that companies with low employee engagement suffered from a significant decrease…as much as 32 percent…in operating income. Employee motivation is directly affected by company culture, including its values, assumptions and artifacts.

Needless to say, workplace design is an essential element of company culture; it make sense to design work spaces that encourage employees to work and collaborate effectively.

In addition, there is no one size fits all design for the workplace. Recently the faculty at the University of Michigan created a “values framework” that distinguishes four types of cultures in an organization: compete, collaborate, control and create. Each type of culture requires a distinctive workspace design; for example, a “compete” culture might require structured, symmetrical layouts, while a “create” culture is better suited with an organic layout and a flexible environment.

So, does your workspace reflect your culture? Try taking this 30-second quiz developed by Haworth® to get an idea of how your workplace encourages your productivity.

If you find that your workplace needs a change in design to either support or change your organizational culture, reach out to the experts at Bellia Office Design to see how we can help…or click here to request a free work and space evaluation. We can help you redesign your office to reflect your company culture, improve productivity and morale, and positively impact your bottom line.

Design Your Own Office Furniture

Now You Can Design Your Own Office Furniture

Posted on: August 5, 2019

At Bellia Office Design, we pride ourselves on our wide selection of furniture colors and styles and that we source from over 200 quality furniture manufacturers. Recently, thanks to our partners at Haworth®, we’ve added a new element to office improvement: now you can design your own office furniture!

People come in all shapes and sizes, and companies and individuals have differing tastes and desires when it comes to colors and styles of furniture. With customizable furniture design, it’s all in your hands…create your own desk chair or counter stools that work perfectly for your comfort and your ergonomic needs, and with the color and style that reflects the environment of your home or office.

Using this tool from Haworth®, you can customize your office chairs and see exactly what the finished product will look like online, without having to decide among dozens of choices. Design your chair with wooden or steel construction, desk chair or stool-based height, plastic or upholstered seat material, a variety of glides and casters, and the colors of your seat, frame and legs. With each change you make, you can view the results of your design from several angles, and even see the list of specs for your design.

Best of all, your furniture design will result in a completed product manufactured by Haworth®…a global leader in office furniture design and manufacturing. Since their beginnings in 1948, Haworth® has been focused on delivering office spaces that produce maximum productivity for employees and employers.

Of course, the professionals at Bellia Office Design are experts in helping you with your office and furniture designs. But now you can design your own office furniture with this online tool from our friends at Haworth®…and create the ideal furniture that is both comfortable and reflects your tastes and values. Give it a try today, and be sure to let us know what you think!

Are Your Employees Connected to Their Workspace

Are Your Employees Connected to Their Workspace?

Posted on: July 24, 2019

Not very long ago, it might have been a curious question to ask: are your employees connected to their workspace? Until recently, not a great deal of thought was given to the true impact of office and workplace design. Today things are very different…businesses looking for an edge pay attention to every detail regarding comfort, ergonomics and atmosphere of an office, in their quest to attract top talent.

Recently, Haworth®, one of Bellia Office Design’s top quality furniture vendors, published their study regarding what they refer to as “Affordances”, defined as “the characteristics of an object or space that encourage a particular behavior, or—put more simply—the opportunity for action.” You can read more about their ten Core Affordances here, but ultimately, it comes down to the impact of various workplace arrangements on employee satisfaction and productivity.

In their study, Haworth® identifies three types of Affordance categories: Cognitive, or Affordances that allow the mind’s best work, Emotional, or Affordances that affect one’s psychological state, and Physical, as in Affordances that support one’s physical needs. The goal of office design in this realm is to maximize human performance on every level, through supporting your staff’s cognitive, emotional, and physical needs.

A first class office design takes into account all of these things. It enables a company’s employees as needed: creating an environment where they can express thoughts and gather information; enabling them freedom to change posture or position when necessary; and providing a sense of safety and well-being.

If you’re thinking of a new office design or redesign, we can help you answer the question: are your employees connected to their workspace? At Bellia, we design offices that bring out the individual characteristics of your brand, while maximizing productivity and return on investment. Contact us today for a free workspace evaluation and find out more about how we can maximize your space and productivity.

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