Office Layout Tips
When it comes to planning your next office overhaul, one of the most important things to consider is the office layout. A well thought out layout can really make or break your productivity, increase creativity, and encourage collaboration. Here are some tips to keep in mind when tackling this project.
We can’t emphasize this enough – if you’re planning to purchase any new furniture, you need to plan ahead. Turnaround times for most manufacturers are at least 2 weeks, but typically longer. Take this time to take inventory of what you have that’s working, what your goals are for the new layout, and set your budget. Discuss what furniture you’ll want to keep and make a plan to remove the rest (hint: we can help with this!) Don’t forget to consider company growth as part of your plan/goals.
Maybe the reason for starting this project is some employee feedback you’ve gotten already – they voiced some concerns or had suggestions on what would help them perform better at work. If not, it’s a good time to find out what would benefit them going forward. After all, if you’re investing time and money in an overhaul you don’t want to have to change thing again in 6 months if something isn’t working. Accepting feedback also shows your staff that their opinions matter and that you value their input to improve the company as a whole. Work together to generate ideas on how the office layout could be serving you better.
When you think about space planning, lighting may not come to mind initially. However, study after study shows that it has a huge impact on many aspects of your business. Everything from employee health to productivity will improve if you prioritize natural light. In fact, a recent study found that 68% of people are dissatisfied by the lighting in their office. It’s clearly making a big enough negative impact to warrant an evaluation in any office space.
There’s no question about it – the offices of today and tomorrow will have one thing in common: variety. The cubicle versus open office battleground has ended in a compromise. To do our best work we need BOTH the option to collaborate easily and a quiet place to focus. When thinking about desking, offer flexible solutions like sit-to-stand desks, larger tables for gathering, and private nooks. Even adding a lounge/breakroom goes a long way towards encouraging employees to connect.
Work With A Designer
There are a lot of details when it comes to planning and executing a change in office layout, so in most cases working with a professional is going to save you time and money. ROSI specializes in helping you find the perfect office layout for your company. We offer free planning and revision services to ensure that you are maximizing your space. We take all of the guesswork out and provide over 25 years of experience in this process. Call us today to get started on your new office layout.