Wayfinding a design concept and new necessity

July, 2020

Wayfinding as a way to social distance

 

As businesses are beginning to open up again in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, they are coming up with new, innovative ways of maintaining social distancing practices without interrupting their day-to-day business operations. One of the most effective design methods to minimise contact between employees while keeping your business running smoothly is by introducing wayfinding.

What is wayfinding?

Wayfinding is a strategy used in office buildings, healthcare and educational facilities and other complex spaces to help people navigate their way around them via symbols, maps and directions.

The benefits of wayfinding

Social distancing

An effective wayfinding system is a great way of increasing the likelihood that your employees will stay between/over 1 to 2 metres away from each other, therefore minimising the risk of infection within your office space. Having a one-way foot traffic system with appropriate signage will prevent your employees from bumping into each other in the office so that they can remain at a safe distance at all times.

Improve productivity

Creating efficient workplaces is a priority in commercial interior design, especially given how office spaces have kept up with the evolution of flexible working patterns and information technology. Emerging office trends are impacting how we utilise our spaces in order to ensure productivity, and wayfinding is one way that employees can focus on their task in hand and potentially navigate spaces more effectively.

Reduced stress

Offices, especially now, can be a high-stress environment for employees, which is why it’s important to take the appropriate steps to make the space you are designing as stress-free as possible. With an effective wayfinding system, you can put employees at ease by contributing to their sense of security, safety and wellbeing. By establishing an organised office layout with an efficient method of controlling foot traffic, staff will feel more relaxed in the knowledge that their environment is properly organised.

Here to help

We can offer carpet tiles, luxury vinyl tiles and safety flooring which can all be used to create the perfect wayfinding solution. Added to this our Social Distancing Collection – SD Create includes directional carpet tiles and vinyl floor graphics.

 

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