Designing a new office space
When you are moving offices, a lot of your time will be dedicated to the steps required to complete the actual move, but it is also essential to have a detailed plan in place for how to utilise your new office space effectively. Once you’ve chosen the right office space to lease, it’s important to find a balance between what can be deemed a good use of space and keeping your clients and employees happy. After all, creating an effective working environment which will impact in a positive way on your staff is the best way to achieve positive results.
Designing the office
Working closely with an office designer is of great benefit when it comes to utilising your office space effectively. Talking through subjects such as what kind of interior office design best suits your working processes and the culture of your organisation is a good start. This way, the designer can get a feel for your company and perhaps point you in the right direction when it comes to making some important choices involving work space.
Enclosed office or open plan?
One of the biggest decisions you will have to consider when planning your new office space is which environment would suit your employees better? If you wish to encourage more interaction between you staff, choosing an open plan office will definitely help to break down some barriers, however, you may find that for some employees, working in an open plan environment can be too noisy and possibly even disruptive to their progress.
How many meeting rooms?
Another key decision you will need to make refers to meeting rooms and how many you think you might need to accommodate your employees successfully. Are you happy for your staff to conduct informal chat around their office workstations? Or would you prefer matters to be raised in a more formal way within a meeting room? If you have a lot of clients coming to visit you on site, you may also need more meeting room space to accommodate client meetings. We have touched upon a few of the key areas above you will need to consider when moving offices.
For more information you can download the Tenant's Guide to Office Design.
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