Designing an Office Layout
Designing Your New Office
The design and layout of your new office will play a vital role in maximising productivity, and promoting healthy levels of communication and motivation amongst employees.
A good office design and layout starts with a detailed workplace appraisal of your existing offices to assess working practices and company culture. This will analyse issues such as workflow, communication between teams and employees, as well as individual workstation requirements and assessment.
Open Plan versus Cellular Offices
How many employees are working in enclosed offices and how many employees can work together in an open plan office space must be taken into account when planning the layout. Many companies nowadays are opting for fewer cellular offices and would rather have open plan offices because they are less costly and encourage teamwork.
Companies need to have an office layout that is flexible to take into account any adjustments to employee headcount in the future. You might also want to consider reconfigurable office furniture solutions such as fold back partitioning or storage units that act as space dividers so they can be moved as your business needs grow in the future.
The IT network should be considered at an early stage of the office design and layout planning, rather than as a "bolt on" afterwards. You will need to determine which personnel require regular access to which piece of IT equipment, and which members of staff can share printers etc.
Break Out Areas
Sitting in front of the computer for long hours could make employees feel isolated, and worse, unappreciated. Break out areas within an open plan space provide a comfortable and relaxing area for staff to take a break from their computer screens.
Arranging desks per team is ideal in an open plan office. It allows a smooth and proficient flow of inter-communication and supervision.
To achieve maximum efficiency of your new office space, you should always seek advice from an Office Fit-Out Company. For more practical office design and layout tips download the FREE Tenant's Guide to Office Design.
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