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Global Connection
Additionally, many businesses require communication equipment
to keep them connected with other offices and/or clients around the
world. With technology progressing at light-rate speed, the workplace
must be equipped appropriately in order to compete. These forces of
change are not only affecting the way people work, but how workplace
environments are being planned and designed. Namely, a company’s
conference room is another area where the corporate image can be
taken to the next level. An integrated audio-visual boardroom with
recessed projectors and screens, built-in wall speakers, automatic blinds
and movable partitions, will represent a cutting-edge image for the
company utilizing such devices.
The Secret Weapon
There are developing trends for a creative work environment that
contribute to the overall productivity, professional growth, commu-
nication and comfort of its users. Employers are recognizing that a
well-designed setting assists in attracting and retaining quality staff, for
the physical environment is a key portrayal of the corporate image and
culture.
To achieve this, many factors are taken into consideration. First,
your space can never be customized to fit individual needs or tastes;
it must incorporate a variety of features to satisfy a diverse range
of needs. For instance, in planning the space, flexible layouts that
facilitate function and communication for the staff is ideal. Bold colors
paired with soothing elements, like water features, plants and scents act
as energizing and calming effects. A combination of excellent lighting,
ergonomic furniture and proper temperature and ventilation is also
vital for your office.
Make It Work
Good design has a direct impact on a company. It can help increase
productivity, add value to the organization and enhance the environ-
ment and personal well-being of its employees. To address and evaluate
the needs of companies, as well as develop strategies to meet them, a
seasoned interior designer should be consulted. These design profes-
sionals are trained to streamline the entire process of preparing office
space for occupation, avoiding costly mistakes. They can help clients
envision the purpose of the space, maximize its function, address im-
portant health and safety issues, and keep the move-in timeline ticking,
in addition to allowing for future growth.
Carina Harney-Rogerson is managing director and senior architect for OBM
International’s Antigua office.
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ABOUT OBM: For more than seven decades, OBM International has been the premier
full-service design-consulting firm in Bermuda and the Caribbean. Today, with nine
multinational offices, projects throughout the world and a diverse team of experts, OBM
is a global leader in luxury hotel/resort design development, architecture, master/town
planning and interior design, with landmark projects in the Caribbean, the Americas,
Europe and the Arabian Peninsula.
OBM currently has design offices located in Antigua, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Madrid, Miami, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks & Caicos Islands, a
strategic alliance in the Bahamas, and a business development office in Bath (UK).
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