Great Work Spaces Meet Basic Human Needs
There are countless factors that contribute to a positive work experience - respectful work relationships, clear processes and accountability, challenging and aligned goals, recognition, team spirit, etc. These interpersonal, emotional, and psychological factors are paramount to employee satisfaction. Not to be overlooked is the quality of the physical work space. The physical work environment can either support or hinder building a positive company culture. Below are three characteristics that contribute to building a great, productive work space.
1. Light and Space
We all crave natural light and open spaces in our work places. Architects and biologists alike tell us this is fundamental human nature. If we are lucky, we find ourselves in work spaces surrounded by windows - both interior and exterior. Those highly sought out exterior windows let in the all important natural light. The interior office and conference room windows create an illusion of having a larger personal work space and also connect us to a larger community (more on that later).
At odds with the desire for light and space is a need for privacy in order to work productively without distraction. Additionally, in many fields, creating privacy is a necessity in order to protect client, customer or patient privacy and confidentiality. In these industries where privacy and confidentiality are a priority work spaces can feel like working in a closet.
Finally, we all like to feel connected. As humans, we are social animals. We don't need to be actively engaged in conversation with others to feel a connection with them. In fact, feeling that shared purpose and mission with those who work around us can have dramatic effects on productivity.
Optimizing Your Work Space with Frosted Window Film
We are continually impressed how Frosted or Etched Vinyl is a simple, yet versatile material that offers a broad range of privacy, natural light and endless design or branding options.
Frosted glass window vinyl can be used on both internal and external windows. You control the amount of privacy based on the amount of coverage or design elements you choose.
Privacy & Space
Privacy is an important ingredient to productivity. Additionally, for many businesses including:
- health care
- medical services
- dental services
- child care centers
- personal care services
- financial services
- tax preparation services
- human resources
- payroll services
- counseling services
protecting client privacy and confidentiality is a fiduciary responsibility. Creating a safe secure private environment is essential is meeting client needs and ensuring repeat and referral for your business.
Creating privacy in conference and meeting rooms also engenders candor of meeting participants and minimizes distractions to keep meetings focused and on schedule. See the example conference room frosted privacy vinyl we installed for UBS Financial Services.
It is important to note that adding privacy does not always require full window coverage. Depending on the amount of privacy needed, you can plan your coverage and design based on the outside viewers point of view. In the H&R Block example below you will see only a wide band of vinyl at eye level.
Frosted vinyl can be used on exterior windows to provide privacy for customers or employees. Here is an example of a straight forward installation we did for H&R Block. It allows their tax return preparers to have plenty of natural light while providing appropriate privacy to protect their clients information.
Below is another example of an exterior window for a tech company Foundry Interactive that incorporated a printed logo design element into their frosted window graphic.
Community and Branding
There is a lot to be said about using visual communications to support branding, company culture and productivity in the work space. Learn more about the benefits of work place branding in this Interview with Fast Water Heater CEO, the book Double Double, or this article from the Bellevue Business Journal.
Frosted window vinyl is uniquely amazing in it's ability to provide the benefits noted above (light, space and privacy) but also deliver a message or design that is a reflection of the brand or company culture. These designs can be created by either cutting a design our message out of or into the frosted vinyl or by digitally printing on the frosted vinyl.
Frosted glass vinyl can have patterns, words, or logos cut into the vinyl can be cut in either "positive" or "negative" representations.
Positive Space Designs
The term positive space means that the primary elements of the design are created from the frosted film material. To the right is an example frosted window film we designed and installed for Unify Square. This design uses the material form positive space objects - shapes and letters. These letters were cut on our computer controlled precision cutter and then applied to the glass service. As you can see, the amount or privacy totally depends on the amount of coverage created by the objects cut from the vinyl.
For the Unify Square window to the right the emphasis was on branding over privacy. Frosted glass film creates very upscale branding on windows and glass surfaces independent of privacy requirements.
We have the ability to cut nearly an infinite number of fonts and shapes into the etched glass vinyl, with a minimum size of 1/16".
Negative Space Designs
Negative space designs describe designed where the object or letters are created by cutting and removing those shapes from the vinyl. The remaining vinyl that is applied to the window is the "negative" space around those letters. Negative space designs are a fantastic way to increase privacy while adding energy and branding to a frosted window graphic.
In the example shown above, etched glass vinyl was used to create privacy for a company's conference room from a public hallway. The company's logo was cut out of the vinyl in alternating glass panes to create a branded wall. In a similar application, frosted vinyl was used to create privacy at the front door of a yoga spa, and by cutting out a variety of themed message words, the vinyl pattern helps to set the tone of the spa.Learn more about this unique phone room window graphic for Howard S Wright.
Digitally Printed Designs
Adding to its versatility, you can opt to include a wide format high resolution digital print to your frosted window vinyl. With digital printing, your privacy vinyl can deliver branding and messaging to achieve your communication goals.
Digital printing onto etched glass vinyl can create a custom, unique appearance for signage of a variety of applications. Read more about Foundry Interactive's frosted window goals and obectives here.
So have it all! Whether you need to add that up-scale look to your retail storefront, to your interior business windows and doors, or if you would like to incorporate etched glass vinyl into a custom logo or reception sign, we can discuss the various ways this attractive and versatile material can be used.
Call us today for a free consultation! 425-903-3140 or toll free 855-806-7446 or email answers@RainMakerSigns.com