What Defines The Google Effect?
The Google Effect is all about open plan layouts and recreational areas for employees, while still feeling like an office. The balance can be easily solved when taking these points into consideration:
Noise Control: Noise can often be resolved through acoustic solutions that prevent the likelihood of interruptions. If the right solutions are used correctly it will not only greatly benefit employees but also look amazing in the office design. For a balance between silence and a loud office, however, pink noise systems are worth looking into as they help find an optimal sound solution for all employees.
Lighting: Due to the cost of lighting it is incredibly important that the lighting is just right for employees. Too bright and it becomes blinding and can cause damage to the eyes. Too dark and it becomes a dark and depressing workspace; find the balance.
Space: Contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as too much space. If there is too much distance between employees and departments it can create some isolation and will therefore cause employees to be less productive. This can also be the case if the workspace is too cramped, as employees need some space to avoid frustration in the clashing of departments.
Temperature: Getting the right temperature is difficult due to every person being different. However workplace regulations recommend that during working hours, some form of local heating and cooling system should be used, as long as it does not emit dangerous fumes.
Privacy: In order for the workplace to cooperate efficiently, there must be at least some occlusion that can assist in avoiding confrontation between department collaboration. However this doesn’t mean that employees should completely occlude themselves from their co-workers, but rather a blend that gels well with all.
As you can see, the Google Effect isn’t all focused on recreational activities in the workplace, it’s not about creating a funhouse without substance and calling it a working area. It’s all about creating a dynamic workplace that perfectly fits the style of the company and doing it in a unique way.
Could this be the future of all offices? Perhaps not right away but it has definitely played a huge part in influencing office design and fit out trends of the future. We’ve had the pleasure in visiting Google’s amazing London office ourselves and have to say what an amazing workspace, no wonder businesses aspire to be them.