Designing to Ease the Flow of People and Ideas

When approaching the task of designing a new office, we need to remember that designing is not synonymous with decorating. Designing should change employee behavior – not just change aesthetics.

The Three Work Modes


If you examine all of the tasks that happen within a workplace – they should all boil down to one of the following: Focus, Team, and Share.


  1. Focus is an individual work mode that occurs within a primary workspace that supports concentration and reduces interruptions.


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2 .Share is a collaborative work mode that can occur in individual or group spaces and centers on the casual exchange of ideas with a mall number of colleagues.


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3.Team is a group work mode related to specific work goals that occurs in formal and informal meeting spaces.

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Height Adjustable Desks -McKinzy Office


7 Tips for Becoming More Integrated


  1. Optimize layout and location of workstations and offices to enhance visual access.

  2. Reduce overall horizon height of the walls and furnishings to increase visual access and accessibility

  3. Create a variety of work activity zones to enhance chance encounters.


  4. Create collaboration spaces of varying sizes

  5. Design the primary workspace to permit quick, informal meetings (nimble visitor seating, collaborative work surfaces, marker boards, etc)

  6. Ensure technology devices and furnishings are arranged to support collaboration

  7. Specify furnishings and technology that can be adjusted or moved by the worker

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