Workplace Design Solutions for Prva Insurance Group
In the fast-paced world driven by technology more and more companies face the problem of having less than optimal workplace design solutions for their teams. An insurance company Prva Osebna Zavarovalnica approached us in need to create a new, efficient work environment which would increase satisfaction and productivity of their teams.
At the project launch we made a thorough research of the existing situation and the issues the company was facing. The primary challenge was to design a workplace that would connect all departments efficiently and enable the company to expand as it continues to grow.
The goal was to create a positive environment which promotes quality focused work and enhances interactions between teams at the same time. The client’s special wish was to leave the space partially open and separate spaces acoustically, but not visually.
The whole planning part was executed in close consultation with the representatives of each department and was tailored to their needs and expectations. To create a space that increases productivity and builds more and deeper connections between people we needed to listen very carefully and take proper action.
After extensive research and several consultations we decided to make the new layout more fluid and to increase the level of transparency by designing more rooms divided by glass walls.
Even though windows encircle the entire building there was not enough daylight at its core for productive work. By demolishing inner walls we brought natural light deeper into the floor. This solution freed up space to create reception, several conference rooms, and a cafeteria. It provided new functionality for the central part which is now the main entrance and serves as one of the primary socializing spots.
The reception is connected with a staircase to the entrance lobby on the ground floor, where we placed two desks for direct contact with customers and a meeting room for training sales agents.
The new arrangement makes optimal use of the existing space and it allows for future growth and expansion of Prva. With proposed workplace design solutions it offers a wide variety of work settings for their people, ranging from activity-based rooms to enclosed meeting spaces for quiet, focused work. We placed departments around the floor space according to Prvas updated process map and the frequency of interactions between their business functions.
Departments are separated with small meeting rooms, individual offices and phone booths which serve as acoustic barriers and intimate working spaces at the same time. A busy street on one side of the building posed a challenge which we solved by positioning busier common rooms on the noisy side and surrounded them with elements that block out unwanted noise.
Unlike Prvas previous workplace their brand new one offers a lot of ways for employees to socialize and exchange ideas. Besides cafeteria and kitchen we also designed a living room with a wooden podium that can serve as a morning meeting point or a place to relax.
A lot of attention was paid to the functionality and ambiance of the common areas and meeting rooms which are now bright, spacious and made of natural materials. We put particular emphasis on wooden elements which serve both as a decoration and an acoustic lining inside individual booths.
The spaces are filled with greenery which reduces stress levels, improves air quality and have a significant impact on overall mood.
Colors, being an integral part of modern workplace design solutions, plays a key role in all our designs. We picked out a warm and natural color palette with pops of yellow, blue, green and red color. The boldly colored interior elements serve as an orientation marks within the workplace and are positioned to help people find their way around the office.