How to Design a Great Office Space
Smart companies understand that workspaces are a business tool. An office environment reflects and reinforces a business’s core values, through the placement of different teams and functions and design elements that reflect culture, brand, and values. Your office design influences your biggest assets – your property and your people.
A space with autonomy and flexibility is a space that can transform a business. Employers are starting to realise that space can be a tremendous leverage point. People and property are your best assets. You presumably do your best to hire the best people you can and office space is now being seen as a significant factor in recruiting, maintaining and maximising talent. If you have big brains working in your building, you want them bumping into each other – not just sitting at a lump of wood. When you create a bit of flexibility, you’re creating a whole new dynamic in the workplace. People feel trusted more when they are given responsibility for their own output, given freedom.
Great Office Design – Furniture Layout
Compared to the traditional, formal setting, today’s office furniture is extremely efficient, and provides more using less space. Sliding glass doors and L-shaped workstations create a more open feel, while still providing the user with all the storage and meeting space they need. A word of warning against placing offices around the perimeter: Natural light should be shared throughout the space, and placing offices on the perimeter limits the amount of daylight that can filter through to the general staff area.
Social hubs and meeting spaces ultimately determine an open-concept office plan’s success. A lunchroom doesn’t need to be a traditional cafeteria style room. It can be a combined eating area, collaboration space and social hub, and a means to increase employee interaction and spark creativity. Just as important are the spaces where employees can work away from others. Finding the right ratio of benching stations to meeting areas is key, but it’s important to keep in mind that not all meeting areas are equal. You’ll still need the typical four- and six-person meeting rooms, but more enclaves and telephone rooms are a must to ensure an employee has an alternate option when needing to make a private call or have a conversation with a peer.
Modular desking solutions are providing flexible, modern and space saving alternatives to static workstations nowadays. Modular desking solutions can be moulded and tailored to fit almost any room, any amount of people and can serve a multitude of purposes. Coupling a modular workstation with an ergonomic setup – i.e.- the right chairs – can be beneficial on a number of levels, including boosted productivity, eagerness to work alone or in a team, and of course – the comfort of your staff.