The important elements of Office Space Planning
Creating an effective new office layout goes far beyond deciding who sits where and the best location for the kettle. It must take into account IT network & cabling considerations, health and safety guidelines, telecom requirements and how best to configure the space plan to accommodate specific requirements and promote efficient workflow.
Consider these 6 elements when planning your office space with your Office Fit Out Company to help you make the most of what office space you have available:
The vast majority of office workers spend most of their working day at a workstation. So make sure it's comfortable as well as practical. Workstations and chairs should be easily adjustable and tailored to meet the task of the individual using them; whether sitting, standing, making calls, typing or reading.
Allowing for flexibility within your office space plan will help you save money in the future because everything in your office space should be adaptable. By incorporating breakout areas, hotdesking and touchdown areas into your office space plan will give you plenty of flexibility for the future should you need it.
Design your office layout to encourage effective communication - both with co-workers and clients. Spend some time deciding which departments need to interact closely with each other and who needs most interaction with clients when they visit - and plan your office space accordingly.
Meeting rooms, storage space, rest rooms, break out areas, printers and kitchen facilities should be planned according to the number of employees in your office. If there are inadequate facilities for the employees, they may not be able to effectively perform their duties.
Establish clear goals and objectives for your work environment; communicate them with your staff and it will help everyone fully embrace the benefits of your new office environment.
There is lots of legislation surrounding office space planning; The Workplace Regulations, Building Regulations, Fire Safety and Disability Discrimination Act - to name but a few. With a good Office Fit out Partner you shouldn't have to worry about any of them because they should automatically comply with all them when space planning your new office.
Find an Office Fit Out Company in your area to start planning your new office layout and ask for an initial Workplace Appraisal to kick start the process.
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