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Office Layout Considerations

Office layout is how you choose to arrange office furniture and equipment within the floor space, and is one of the most important aspects in creating a practical, motivating and impressive workplace.

There are a number of things you ought to consider when deciding on the layout of your office:

Team Layout
In order to utilize the space effectively, you will need to designate an area within the floor space for individual teams or departments. The most important factor to consider here is making sure there is a smooth workflow and collaboration between team members, and allowing a minimum of 600 mm in between desks. The floor space should be free from partitions and columns in order to ensure free movement and communication between the teams, and walkways should be void of desks. It is important to involve your staff when planning your office layout so that you can take into account special requirements such as those wanting a quieter office location for more concentrated work.

IT Equipment
The placement of computers, phones and printers etc. all need to be considered when planning an office layout. This needs to be established early in the office design process, to allow enough time for your IT & Telecoms Company to install IT infrastructure such as phone lines and network cabling, and so that any cables can be run under the floor before flooring is laid. It’s important to involve your staff in the IT planning too. As some staff may need easier access to printers and scanners, whilst others may not need to print at all. This will help you utilize the floor space better too and even reduce the amount of printers you need.

Office Furniture
Work with your office fit-out company to ensure that you properly measure all your office furniture to see how it’s going to best fit into the space. Storage units are likely to be the largest furniture items. If space is limited, you may want to consider vertical filing cabinets as these take up considerably less space than your typical lateral file cabinet. If you’re looking to dispose of some of your office furniture, or archive files that you need to keep, but not use on a regular basis – ask your office removals company for advice.

For more information about planning your office layout, download the free Tenant’s Guide to Office Design which contains invaluable tips on how to arrange your office to best utilize space.

 

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