4 THINGS EVERY TRAINING ROOM NEEDS

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Office design isn’t a simple matter of finding unique furniture and putting together brand-consistent color-schemes. There are offices in every city that look amazing, yet are still inherently dysfunctional. When executed correctly, design provides solutions to a wide variety of basic workplace challenges. Paramount among these is providing an avenue for building and strengthening the company’s team.
Employees should be the number one investment made by any firm. If your staff is unmotivated, apathetic, uncommitted and miserable, your output will suffer accordingly. If, on the other hand, your staff feels inspired and competent, they will overcome any challenge.
Towards that end, it is crucial for your business to have a training room that will inspire and cultivate your team from the ground up.
For a moment, put yourself in the shoes of your employees. Imagine that you are being asked to participate in training. Whether the training is set to last minutes or months, how will you see this use of your time? Will you see it as an important part of your own professional development, as well as an investment that your employer is making in your future? Or will you think that training is just boring waste of time?
In order to create buy-in and maintain the employee’s resolve, it is crucial that the training room itself is comfortable and inspirational. As such, the following are elements that should always be prioritized when it comes to designing professional training rooms:

1. Balance between comfort and professionalism

Training can oftentimes be stressful for both trainees and trainers alike. Keeping comfort in mind with an ergonomic design can help everyone focus on the actual topic of discussion rather than a growing pain in one’s lumbar region. Make sure the space is fun and engaging, not boring and headache-inducing.
At the same time, don’t focus exclusively on comfort. The setup should not be too laid-back. After all, this is still an office, not a movie theater or coffee house. To give your employees the best training area possible, there must balance to keep the staff comfortable while also remaining professional.
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2. Good acoustics

Consider once again that you are in your employee’s shoes. You are sitting in training, doing your best to focus on the subject at hand, yet there is just one problem: you can’t really hear what the trainer is saying.
Now, for a moment, let’s instead imagine that you are an employee sitting just outside the training area. Even though you aren’t assigned to this training, you hear absolutely everything going on inside the room. Worse yet, you are frequently startled by occasional laughter or other loud noises. Trying to focus on a complex work challenge becomes futile.
These issues are very common. Noise can be an issue both inside and outside the training area. For this reason, training room designers need to do their best to both optimize and isolate the volume inside the room.

3. Connectivity and accessibility

While focusing on comfort and controlling sound within a training area, also remember that training rooms don’t have to be cut off from the rest of the world. In fact, incorporating devices and gadgets in the space can be helpful—it can contribute to the team’s productivity, especially when it comes to group activities and discussions.
Trainers need an area where they can keep their material and connect their own devices. They will also need a screen where they can project valuable information to help your staff conceptualize the concepts more effectively.

4. Efficient ventilation and lighting

A training room should have adequate ventilation and lighting. Unfortunately, lots of training rooms are either too warm or too cold, causing discomfort and complaints. Can your employees really learn when they are bundled up in their coats or fanning themselves with their notebook?
Add onto this inadequate or depressing lighting and learning can become impossible. If possible, try to utilize natural lighting, which has many health benefits and can also help you save on electricity.
With all of these concerns in mind, it is easy for many managers to become overwhelmed. Perhaps you think it isn’t worth your time or money to build or redo your training area. After all, couldn’t you just figure out some other solution to the problem? Well, maybe. But it’s also important to keep in mind that a poor solution isn’t really a solution at all.
What’s more, achieving a perfect office design can be a process. It is possible to attain it step-by-step, as long as the progress doesn’t get sidetracked. Being on a budget doesn’t mean that a firm has to settle for less especially when it comes to coming up with the most suitable office design plan.
In the end, your employees need a flexible and well-equipped space that will help them improve their skills.  Proving that will not only help build them as professionals; it will help your company become everything that it is meant to be.
For more information on how to improve your workspace, contact Infinity Group today!

FIA EXPANDING OFFICES IN WINDSOR, CT

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Over recent weeks, Infinity Group has been working with Fiduciary Investment Advisors (FIA) to expand their offices at 100 Northfield Drive in Windsor, CT. The new workspace, located on the building’s second floor, will provide a new home to 17 employees, while also serving as a catalyst for increased adaptability and collaboration.

The new space, purposed for FIA’s creative staff, will feature a variety of tailor-made solutions to help increase communication and flexibility among employees, including sit-stand desks and other modern elements. A sleek, polished kitchen / cafeteria will also double as a meeting area, while colorful furniture on the patio will allow FIA’s employees to take a breath a fresh air and gain inspiration from the scenic view.

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“Infinity worked with us on two previous expansion projects and we were pleased with their professionalism and customer service,” said Maureen Cooper, Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at FIA. “When it came time once again to review expansion options, Infinity worked closely with us to come up with the best solution. The process took several months, discussions and drawings. They listened, they added perspective and helped us reach a conclusion.”

Typically, under the traditional construction model, companies like FIA need to sign different contracts with both a design firm and a construction firm. This means managers must constantly deal with both parties and relay information between the two.

Infinity Group’s system of design-led construction, however, means that Infinity is a single point of accountability, as well as a partner, through all phases of the project’s completion. By simplifying the process, Infinity Group was able to work with FIA to understand, define and deliver on vision, timeline and budget.

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FIA is an independent, employee-owned, investment consulting firm that works with fiduciary clients, including retirement plan sponsors, institutions, non-profit organizations and private clients. They provide customized investment advisory services to assist their clients in achieving investment objectives while fulfilling their fiduciary obligations.

Infinity Group is Connecticut’s premier design solutions provider. Over the past decade, Infinity Group has worked with businesses in various industries to solve a diverse array of office problems. Infinity has transformed workspaces from Storrs to Stamford, providing tailor-made solutions to every client’s unique needs.

For more information, please contact Infinity Group Marketing Director Steven Durel via 860-726-9384 or marketing@infinitygroupus.com

 

Definition Saves Time and Money During Lease Negotiations

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It’s not unusual for the negotiation and build-out of a workspace to be a slow, expensive process. Brokers and property managers know all too well the challenge of doing multiple test-fits and budgeting, only to come to the eventual realization that the entire transaction has become too expensive and starting over from scratch.

Identifying the location that is best-suited for your client isn’t supposed to be this difficult. Sure, getting to the short-list of spaces can be complicated, but the commonplace battle of relaying information between architects and general contractors is not supposed to be the main concern of real estate professionals.

Under the traditional approach, architects provide multiple test-fits, which can incur time and cost. Information must then be relayed to the general contractor, who relays information back, causing a new test-fit, and so on repeatedly. Typically, this cascades into the lease negotiation running out of time, causing unnecessary pressure on all stakeholders.

Thankfully, there is a better way. As brokers and property managers throughout New England are learning, Infinity Group’s design-led method solves all of these problems from the beginning by serving as the catalyst for definition and clarity throughout the entire negotiation.

For one, Infinity Group doesn’t charge for test-fits. Period. Even if multiple test-fits are needed, there is no extra cost for you.

Parallel with that are accurate build-out numbers for each test-fit that is provided.

Infinity Group is a single-point of accountability. While typical architects don’t do construction and typical contractors don’t do design, Infinity streamlines the entire process by being a partner for every stage of the project. We are design experts, business partners and solutions providers.

More importantly, however, is that our process makes sense. Shouldn’t the team designing your workspace also be the ones building it? With all of Infinity’s in-house expertise, there’s no miscommunication, no needless delay, and no risk of running over budget.

Simply put, Infinity Group’s streamlined process offers insight on any interior investment. With a defined plan, defined cost, and defined timeframe, the entire transaction is known from start to finish.

 

TIME TO LIGHTEN UP: HOW YOUR LIGHTING IS AFFECTING YOUR BUSINESS

When drafting an office design, it could be easy to forget the importance of lighting. After all, in going through the process of changing out furniture, paint, carpeting and other elements of an office, sometimes lighting might be the very last thing on the list – or not even on the list at all. The sad irony of this, however, is that lighting actually does impact almost everything in an office. When we ignore lighting, we do so at our own peril.

Most importantly, lighting really is first and foremost a safety issue: Not only can poor lighting be both depressing and irritating for employees, but it can actually trigger eyesight problems and pose other real physical dangers.

Beyond that, we all know that dark offices are both unwelcoming and unprofessional. Neither clients nor employees want to feel like they are stepping into a cave when they cross the threshold into an office. For this reason, every area should be well-lit, with lights designed to inspire everyone.

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What many business owners and office managers may not know, however, is that lighting has a wide variety of other functions. For one, proper lighting can actually boost a team’s mood — and thus also their responsiveness and communication. Offices that are well-lit are conducive to productivity. Using more natural light contributes to workers’ health and boosts their motivation as well.

Combining natural and artificial lighting is the best option for crafting a dynamic workplace.  By utilizing direct and indirect lighting, strategically placing bulbs and lamps will provide a soothing, liberated atmosphere. In addition to sunlight, environment-friendly LED lights are the best choice for cost-effective lighting that doesn’t sacrifice the quality.

As such, in coming up with an office design plan, it’s important that we always aim for an efficient and inspiring lighting plan. Though typically overlooked, lighting is perhaps the single most important factor that makes for a healthy and lively workplace.

Don’t be left in the dark! For more information on how Infinity Group can help you with your office lighting, contact us for a no-charge consultation today.

Planning and prioritizing plans for a medical office renovation

Coming up with a medical office design can be challenging. However, working with space, new technologies, and keeping the comfort of clients in mind can be done all at the same time. There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to renovating an office space and doing it in one go might be too costly. However, renovating a medical office should not be put off to ensure that patients would be given the best treatment.

Before rushing in to make renovation plans, medical office owners and medical practitioners should know that they can choose to do it in installments. Whatever the budget may be for projects like this, starting at a particular area can be a cost-efficient solution. One can choose to start with lobby design before moving on to the waiting rooms, consultation rooms, exam rooms, and other parts of the medical office. What’s important is that they are able to take the first step to making their place of practice the best place for their patients.

These days, spaces for medical practice should no longer look drab and confined. With the arrival of new technologies, doctors and medical professionals can make their clinics look more vibrant without compromising the charts and the machines that they normally use. Keeping the office design in mind is also important to make patients feel more comfortable while they are waiting for their check-up or treatment.

In this case, medical practitioners can infuse their own design preferences in their offices. Instead of the usual white and beige, they can try out vibrant colors that can contribute to the atmosphere of the place. Making the facilities, interior design, and lighting more lively can make patients less anxious about visiting the doctor. As colors have psychological effects in the mind of people, those designing their medical spaces can use this to not just boost the mood of their patient-clients but also themselves and other staff.

Above all these design suggestions, it’s still important to have a medical office that looks clean and organized. There should also be enough space for each room and patients should never be made to feel quarantined and unhealthy. To implement this, the office layout must maximize the space without compromising the purpose, which is to help people maintain their health.

Infinity Group can help medical professionals turn their office space to become more efficient and up-to-date. They can bring their plans to the company and collaborate with the team to bring their vision to fulfillment. Employing a team of designers, contractors, engineers, and architects, medical office owners can breathe easy because the firm is responsible for mobilizing a professional team to carry out the plans. Renovating an office space doesn’t need to be a dreadful experience. By choosing the right team to work with, medical professionals can take the look of their offices to a whole new level.

Spacing out: How having the right design can make an office look less cramped

The office design plan can have a profound effect on a person’s productivity. It might not be obvious but tight spaces can make people feel more distracted especially when the room is full of different things that can keep them away from the task at hand. What most firms don’t know is that there are lots of things that can be done to turn cramped spaces into places that are favorable for productivity.

Designing an office space has to be carefully planned. Rushing into renovations may not be advantageous as it might lead to more repairs in the future. To make sure that the process will be fruitful and helpful to those who are working in the office space, there are crucial details that need to be considered.

First, one must consider the office layout that best suits their company culture. For an interactive office, perhaps an open workspace might be beneficial. Instead of using traditional cubicles for each person’s workspace, perhaps creating spaces that will allow people to focus on their own tasks without being too secluded can be a better option. Using wide desks that people can share can be a space saver while also encouraging co-workers to have a sense of community in the office. However, for stricter workspaces such as medical offices, it is important to keep the place clean and organized. Instead of having a spread-out layout, they can choose to utilize one part of the office where the bulk of the tasks can be done to accommodate the machineries and even their clients.

Next, attention must be paid to the interior pieces. When it comes to furniture, companies must have them in the highest quality especially for the areas shared with clients. Lobby design and waiting room design must always prioritize the comfort of the visitors. Making these places reflect the company culture will create a good impression among the guests. When it comes to the work areas, these places can have a mix of fun and functionality. For many employees, being in one place for hours on end might not help them accomplish their tasks better. By adding comfy furniture and even corners where they can relax, employees will be able to recharge for a bit.

Lastly, lighting should also be taken into consideration when it comes to office design. Using natural and artificial light will help employees focus. It can also make the office look more bright, energetic, and spacious. Darker rooms create an isolating impression and might cause more stress. Though it’s not always noticed, the right lighting can make people feel productive and settled in the office. It also brings out the nicest features of the place.

For businesses that are thinking about renovating their office, Infinity Groupis the name they can trust. With their sole point of contact system, clients don’t have to be burdened with the task of mobilizing a team of professionals to bring their vision for their office to life. Office redesign doesn’t need to be a stressful endeavor. With the right team and a well-thought-out plan, the whole project will be success.

VIRTUSA’S REDESIGNED WINDSOR, CT OFFICE FACILITATES COMMUNICATION, COLLABORATION

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Infinity Group is pleased to unveil Virtusa’s newly-designed office at 100 Northfield Drive in Windsor, CT.

Over recent months, the 6,900 square-foot office space was re-envisioned by Infinity Group’s experienced team of design experts and project consultants. The end result is an inspirational, branded space with new finishes and furniture.

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Virtusa’s new design offers state-of-the-art collaboration zones, including a beautiful café / kitchen space that can double as a town hall meeting area.

New colorful furniture on the patio allows employees to take a breath a fresh air and take inspiration from the scenic view.

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The work area is now able to fit more employees while also allowing the team greater comfort and better opportunities to communicate. Frosted glass dry-erase boards give employees the option to visualize and share ideas in an instant. At the same time, the use of bright colors and integration of sit-stand desks provide inspiration and adaptability.

Each of these solutions was achieved via collaboration and communication between Infinity Group and Virtusa.

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Typically, under the traditional construction model, companies like Virtusa need to sign different contracts with both a design firm and a construction firm.  This means managers must constantly deal with both parties and relay information between the two.

Infinity Group’s system of design-led construction, however, means that Infinity is a single point of contact, and a partner, through all phases of the project’s completion. By simplifying the process, Infinity Group was able to work with Virtusa to understand, define and deliver on vision, timeline and budget.

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“This was an exciting project from start to finish,” said Steven Durel, Marketing Director at Infinity Group. “Infinity had previously worked with Virtusa to re-envision the lobby at this location. Having the opportunity to redesign the entire office was truly an honor. We look forward to working with Virtusa again in the future.”

Virtusa Corporation (NASDAQ: VRTU) is a global information technology (IT) services company providing IT consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Founded in 1996 and headquartered in Massachusetts, Virtusa has offices and technology centers throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Infinity Group is Connecticut’s premier design solutions provider, and is currently providing free design consultations to businesses in the greater Connecticut area.

For more information, please contact Infinity Group Marketing Director Steven Durel via 860–726–9384 or marketing@infinitygroupus.com