Anna Marszałek, Senior Workplace Research and Spaceplanning Consultant
Let us be honest: not everyone wants or has to work in an environment that stimulates creativity. Many professions are focused on performing individual, repetitive work with great concentration.
In these cases it is actually advisable to get cut off from stimuli which could act as a distraction. It is safe to assume that only few accountants would be happy to swap offices with Facebook. In the best case, this kind of experiment would end in creative accounting; but most likely most employees would feel uncomfortable in such spaces, as if they were removed from the place they belonged. This kind of office would certainly not support their productivity, but rather distract them instead.
An average office normally consists of small rooms or an open space divided by rows of cabinets. This kind of arrangement is very popular in the public sector and law firms.
These industries like to choose traditional office decor, which means subdued colours and classic look of furniture. There is no room for extravagance, and the layout of workstations is repetitive. Of course, they include elements of branding too, but it is more likely to be a logo above the reception desk than, for example, colourful photographic wallpapers.
However, even in a traditional office it is a good idea to arrange a space for team work, to promote spontaneous or scheduled meetings.
If you agree with the statements concerning your company presented below, this style can fit into your office:
There is a dress code in place.
Work is carried out according to certain rules and procedures.
Relationships between people are regulated by workplace hierarchy.