India is a land of diverse cultures which is often reflected in its workspaces. Culture is the character and personality of any organization and sums up its values, beliefs, interactions, behaviors, and attitudes. Positive workplace culture attracts talent, drives engagement, impacts happiness and satisfaction, and alleviates performance. It can drastically alter the work ethics of an employee. The office and desk spaces are key parts of the working environment and are key players in infusing team spirit, productivity, and efficiency as well as the general well-being of employees. The layout of a workspace can change the way it is perceived by the employees as it is functionally viable and motivates them to finish the task at hand. With the right frame of mind and a relaxed office environment, anything can be achieved by modifying the office structure.
There are no strict rules to follow while designing an office space. Most popular office space designers keep the guts of the original space and then infuse them with elements that make it both modern and in line with their personalities. The 21st-century offices have an entirely different typology of professionals and most companies are bewildered by the sheer difference in their approach to work and their expectations from the physical parameters of the workplace. Also, the environment of the business itself has changed drastically. Business processes have evolved, outreached and communication has reformed, and business cycles, longevity, and processes have improved.
Leading by example, Urban Zen implemented an innovative yet visionary design scheme for an office project called ‘NUMI’ in Hyderabad to achieve a hospitable working environment for employees. With varied work settings from collaborative spaces to individual work zones, a wholesome office space with an area of 4500 sq. ft has been established as that inculcates sophistication while promoting a fun & learning environment.
The dynamism of this contemporary office set up is achieved by contrasting elements in black, white and gray, be it material or texture, work-space pods, lighting, ceilings or the flooring. The whole space is realized to provide a bright, yet spacious expanse charged with minimal forms. To keep most of the color palette neutral, white is adopted, as the predominant indicator of a calm and serene environment which yields a proactive design. There is an active interest and effort in making spaces feel eclectic and sophisticated.
Different themes and decors in different work and interaction areas, arty pieces of furniture thrown in and spaces that feel comfortable, Numi is an ideal interpretation of an efficient and dynamic workspace. The raw, contemporary and minimalist approach adapted in the furniture and lighting elements enhance the comfort conditions of the main cabin.
With furniture and finishes replicating aspects of a biophilic design trend, a less formal, more soothing working environment is curetted. Groundbreaking and artistic aesthetics encourage both employers and employees to want to come to work. As a result, workspaces are becoming more agile and flexible, catering to all forms of working. While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and wellbeing. Over the last few years, more companies and industries are realizing the importance of an ‘Identifiable’ workspace. Businesses have divulged into greater dimensions, and people are connected, both physically and through the network. The workspace needs to be ergonomic and situated in a well-connected location, designed to ease interaction and associativity. Employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to present their best foot forward. Thus, there is a huge potential for improving and making a positive impact on the employee psyche through human-centric designs.