A TREATMENT PLAN FOR YOUR MEDICAL OR DENTAL LOBBY

When patients think about visiting their doctor or dentist for a checkup, the first visual that typically comes to mind is the reception area. Sure, the lobby is where we get our first impression about any business. But when it comes to medical and dental offices in particular, the waiting area is where we take time to make early judgments about the quality of service that we are about to receive.

Many people don’t like having to sit in a reception area. One of Jerry Seinfeld’s early successful comedy routines was all about the tedium of waiting in the waiting room. When most people think of a medical or dental lobby, they think of outdated magazines, uncomfortable chairs, and a ticking clock. Worse yet, if you’re worried about a possible health issue or in any kind of physical pain, time in this part of the office can feel tortuous

As such, it’s both important and easy for any doctor or dentist to stand out from the crowd. Go the extra mile to make that great first impression on your patients. The results will be shocking.

Here are some ideas to consider when it comes to your medical or dental lobby design:

Make it spacious

Lobby areas that are crowded can make everyone who enters feel uncomfortable. After all, who wants to be crammed in a room full of people who might be contagious? Providing an open area gives a sense of freedom and well-being.
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But what if there’s a lot of foot traffic in the area? The office should opt for a design that will accommodate people who are finding their way through the rooms as well as those who have to sit and wait for a while. Think about the experience of everyone who has to either pass through or wait. What is the best option for everyone?
Of course, some offices are just small. How do you make the waiting room bigger when it’s just tiny? If there’s not much space to begin with, organize your furniture to give the appearance of space. Set the chairs so that they are not facing each other. Get a smaller table. Use bright colors. Make the patient feel like they are in an open area, not a confined space.

Choose sturdy, comfortable, modest furniture

When picking furniture for the reception area, three considerations need to be kept in mind: it can’t be flimsy, it can’t be uncomfortable, and it can’t be tacky.
First off, the furniture needs to be sturdy. Different kinds of people will stay in the lobby and there’s a possibility that furniture will be damaged due to careless use by some of the visitors. As such, it’s best to invest in furniture that is modest but will be used for a long time.
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Secondly, the chairs need to be comfortable. Chances are, at least some of your patients are going to be in serious physical pain. Why make it worse on them? Get chairs with soft cushions and welcoming armrests. Make sure that the fabric does not leave imprints on the skin.
Finally, the furniture needs to be modest. Sure, you want to stand out among the competition. But you don’t want to stand out as the doctor’s office with hideous furniture. Get something simple yet elegant. Your patients will notice and immediately associate the taste with the professionalism of the office.

Have an area for the kids

 If one thing is a timeless reality, it is that children do not like going to the doctor or dentist. All the lollypops in the world aren’t going to change that fact. When children are then forced to sit in the waiting room, they will inevitably end up jumping on furniture, whining, and screaming. Worse yet, other patients will associate the sound of crying children with your office.
Give kids their own area away from the rest of the patients. Have some toys and children’s books available. If possible, design it to seem like its own space.

Keep the whole place bright and clean

Some designs make lobbies look murky and cramped. This doesn’t just display a lack of taste from the staff, it also signals laziness and apathy. As such, go with something that will show that the place is being well-maintained.
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Make your lobby bright and clean. Visitors will get the impression that the services and treatments they’ll be receiving are of a superior quality. Communicate the message of health in the design. When a place is maintained, has good lighting and ventilation, it becomes easy for visitors to feel at ease.
Coming up with lobby design doesn’t have to be complicated. When it comes to redesign plans, the comfort and needs of the clients and employees should be top priority.
For more information, contact New England’s premier medical and dental design solutions provider, Infinity Group, at 860-726-9384.

Conceptualizing a dynamic training room

Training rooms should be a lively part of the office. Gone are the days when these spaces look plain and dull, causing trainers and trainees to feel bored while they should be improving on their skills. Training room design plans should be drawn from the company’s unique culture and the employees’ specific needs. Instead of re-using commonplace and drab concepts, companies can freely explore different factors that will help make the training room a great place where talent and skills are developed.

What are some details that need to be incorporated to make a training room more dynamic? Here are some ideas:

Ample space for a variety of activities

Some training rooms look like another conference room. This shouldn’t always be the case. While there should be seats and tables in these rooms, there should also be enough space for teams to work together without making them feel too stressed-out. The space should also allow those who want to move around to do some stretching especially when they’ve been doing one task for hours on end. In many cases, some sessions also involve physical activity. Coming up with a room that will allow people to have a little bit of fun can make all the difference.

A corner for supplies and storage

Lots of materials will be used during sessions in the training room. To make things easier for the participants, there should be a small corner in the area where they can get the supplies and materials they need. There should also be a place where they can store their things so that these would not be all over the floor. The goal is to make the room spacious without compromising the convenience of the people

Food and refreshments table

Most companies provide meals and drinks during trainings. For this kind of setup, it would be nice to have a table where participants can go and socialize during the break. For those who want their mid-day coffee, having a pot of coffee in this table can keep them away from escaping to the pantry. It’s a little addition but it will give the participants a lot of convenience while keeping them in one place.

Computer and printer areas

Having a computer and printer everyone can use in the room is a great addition to the training room. There might come a time when some documents might need to be accessed and printed during a session. In addition, the renovated training room should facilitate the use of laptops. The place should also have steady connection and allow participants to easily use their gadgets.

Infinity Group gives their clients the best solutions for their office redesign plans. Renovating office spaces should never be left in the back burner. It can be done in one go or in parts according to a company’s budget. Those who are considering renovation can partner with the firm. With Infinity Group, companies don’t have to worry about assembling a team of professionals, as the firm is responsible for mobilizing contractors that will be involved with the project. Instead of worrying about these details, companies can rest assured that they can continue with their business while their partners are working towards fulfilling their plans.

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.