Common Office Design Mistakes
Office Design Mistakes and Ways to Avoid them
1. Going Amateur
Office design involves a lot more than a lick of paint and some fancy office furniture – it requires a detailed look at your company processes, values, culture and brand so that all these areas can be enhanced through the right space planning and office design. Amateur office design experiments should be avoided … at all costs!
2. Lack of Planning
Don’t leave the office design element of your relocation to the last minute. Apart from the fact that good office design and fit out takes weeks, if not months to get right, it all needs to be planned strategically so that the right results are achieved within the set budget and timescales.
3. No Workplace Appraisal
At the outset of any office design or refurbishment project, a Workplace Appraisal should be carried out to assess office space requirements and determine whether a relocation is actually necessary, or whether an office refurbishment will be the cheapest solution to reorganise and make better use of your workplace.
4. No Office Design Brief
One of the most important elements of good office design is to create a clear, concise and realistic Office Design Brief of what needs to be considered and incorporated within the new workspace. Space Planning, office furniture, storage solutions, mechanical and electrical requirements should all be included.
5. Poor Project Management
Once the office design project is underway, a Project Manager should oversee the entire project; making sure deadlines are met, that there is no overspend and that the quality and finish of the office design project is delivered to specification. An Office Design Company will provide an on-site Project Manager who will report directly to you throughout every stage of the office design process.
6. Unsuitable Office Space
Unsuitable office space that doesn't enhance your business can make any office design project unworkable. Make sure you involve your Office Design Company in your office selection process. They can offer valuable insight into whether an office space is suitable to meet your space requirements and give an approximate office fit out cost for any particular space.
7. Not liaising with Landlord
Any office space alterations will need to be agreed with your Landlord before you commence the work. This oversight can substantially increase costs and timescales.
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