By the end of this lesson you should be able to:
identify office designs
discuss advantages and disadvantages of office
designs to employer and employee
apply your knowledge to exam questions.
new working practices
new types of jobs.
Design affects work output.
Good design can lead to increased productivity.
Motivation improved by pleasant surroundings.
Aesthetics –colour, decor, fabrics and surfaces.
Acoustic screens and barriers (noise minimisation).
Lighting and heating.
Sick building syndrome
Term given to office buildings where staff
generally complain of feeling unwell.
Causes – drafts, leaks, poor ergonomics
Results – staff absence, stress, poor productivity
One or two people work in a room.
Hierarchical – easy to see who is most important.
All levels of employee work in the same office.
Hierarchy not obvious – one for all and all for one.
Can close door (privacy) More space required
Visible status Uneconomic
Can have quiet Difficult to promote
Can change light/heat to teamwork
suit Staff feel isolated
Workflow difficult to
Supervision easy Noisy
Save space Air conditioning
Save money Lack of privacy
Share resources Encourages idle chat
Communication easier Workers easily