As an organization, you will want to cut costs wherever possible, while also providing the best possible working environment to your workforce. If there is an option that will give you both the above perks, while also doing something for our environment, wouldn’t you welcome it? Here’s how you can do all the three, by implementing some simple changes in your workspace.
Changing the Lighting System
Change the way you approach the lighting system for your entire organization; incorporate glass walls and in inner rooms, use LED lights for more efficient lighting. When you are trying to bring a professional look to your office, particularly the areas where you might receive clients like your conference rooms or meeting rooms, reception and dining areas, while also trying to go with green choices, it can be tough. Install huge bays of glass windows wherever possible in order to maximize on the available natural light. Use spot lights to shed more lights in work stations and elsewhere, when necessary. Install dimmers so that the lighting can be adjusted as per needs and so that excess lighting doesn’t happen, thereby reducing wastage. These simple measures can reduce your energy bill for lighting by a whopping 70%.
There are professionals available who can do the design, development and even installation of the entire lighting system to minimize costs while enhancing the natural lighting and also protecting the environment. Using organic materials and fabrics is also another way of going green. Fussy and heavy window treatments and drapes are a thing of the past. The current emphasis is on simple and eco-friendly living, and this has inspired our working areas too. So treated glass windows and custom shades made with no-fuss natural materials like bamboo shutters are the norm these days. In a large organization with multiple floors covering huge areas, these shades are equipped with motorized controls that can also be pre-set or automated. This way, maximizing on the available light happens regularly without someone having to bring down or lift up the shades every time.
When you are a large corporation, you can install state-of-the-art technology in your conference rooms, which will help you give impressive and effective presentations to your clients. How do you manage when you are a smaller concern, trying to survive among the bigger fish in the sea? You can go with the tried and tested methods for designing and outfitting your conference room that will help you to immediately impress potential clients when they walk in the door. First, the room dimensions should be big enough to help you host your meetings without the attendees feeling claustrophobic. The next is the seating arrangement. Some of the popular choices are a U shaped table or rows of tables facing the front, with a raised dais, like in many hotels.
The next step is the electrical and electronic components. The lighting should be all artificial diffused lighting, which will help eliminate shadows. This is particularly important in case of video conferences. Every participant and speaker should be clearly visible and audible. To this end, avoid eye-catching bold works of art on the walls of your conference room. Install sound-absorbing materials on the ceilings and the floor. These are some basic precautions to create a convivial atmosphere in your conference room, where business deals have to be struck with tough negotiations, while tempers remain cool.
Our designers at The Specialty Group know how to strike the right balance between comfort and professionalism. This business was started by some key members from the Specialty Drapes and the Lutron Electronics Engineers with the aim of helping organizations realize that they can save on their lighting bills significantly, just by incorporating our ideas and customized designs. Our main mission is to help businesses large and small, to save on their energy bills, and thus try and eliminate the need for more power plants by energy conservation. This is because power plants are more harmful to the environment than most other factories, and we want to stop any more power plants being constructed. Call us today for a free-consultation and quote.