What Makes a Great Office?
Business owners all have a vision for their company, and part of this vision should include creating the right workplace. After all, your staff spend over half their time in an office, so you want to support them as best you can by providing a comfortable, inspirational and productive place from which to work.
So how do you create a great office? Here are 5 essential steps to do so:
Determine what type of workplace you want to create
Depending on the culture of your company and the job functions that your staff carry out, every office has a different style and feel about it. Do you want a collaborative atmosphere? A formal or relaxed environment? Whatever the case, discuss your vision with your Office Fit-Out partner who will incorporate the right space plan and design accordingly.
Light & Air
Make sure you get the very basics right. Light, airy and spacious environments tend to reduce fatigue and increase productivity. Make the most use of natural light and position desks close to windows to give a more positive outlook to the day ahead.
Reduce Files, Paper & Storage
A well organised workplace helps to increase productivity. Everything should have a place, but try to avoid hauding lots of files that are no longer in active use. Reducing your storage is not only a great space-saving solution, it also helps to increase levels of business efficiency by relying on management systems, and centralised data storage. And we are in the electronic age after all!
Choice of Office Furniture
The importance of your choice of office furniture cannot be overstated. With staff increasingly spending longer periods of time in front of their computers, it's so important that they're comfortable. When considering your office space plan, incorporate flexible desks that can be reconfigured according to the needs of each individual employee. Consult with staff about the positioning of their workstation so they are comfortable and productive.
Reception Areas - Make a Statement
Reception areas give the first impressions to visitors and clients, so give off the right statement, using colour, design and attention to detail. Give careful thought to the seating area for visitors, and use your reception area to maximise brand awareness and enhance visitor experience.
For more tips on how to make your office a great place to work download the FREE Tenant's Guide to Office Design.
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