You might not consider consulting your senses before creating or redesigning your workplace – but perhaps you should! An environment that engages the senses provides a more natural and intuitive experience for your associates and visitors. Need some inspiration to get started? Here are some ideas around how you can create workspaces that utilize all five senses.
The most obvious sense to engage in a workplace environment is sight. Your office is a reflection of your brand and your culture. If your walls could speak, what would they say? It’s your story to tell and you have the chance to make an impact. Incorporating experiential design into your space gives you the opportunity to stand out. Make sure your associates and visitors get a sense of who you are and what you do when they see your space.
It’s important to set the tone for the listening experience by matching each area to the work that’s being done there. How does each space in your office sound? If it’s a heads-down space, it should be quieter or free from sound altogether. But your gathering spaces can and should be buzzing with sounds. You might even be able to incorporate music or television sounds into your space, depending on your organization's culture.
It’s safe to bet that your associates and visitors like to eat. What better way to incorporate hospitality into your workplace experience than by offering food and beverage? Try to keep the options healthy the majority of the time. Champion wellness but don’t hesitate to get creative.
Experiencing is believing. What experiential design elements can you incorporate into your space? Our downtown Columbus studio has a VR room where clients can experience their space in the virtual realm before it becomes physical reality.
Perhaps the last sense you think of when planning and designing spaces is that of smell. But think about it. Are there any places you avoid because of the scent? Our sense of smell can affect us positively or negatively. It’s best practice to keep your place smelling as neutral as possible, because there’s no one smell that fits all.