You and your team will spend a lot of time in the office. Planning the office layout effectively is not just important aesthetically but also to ensure the office runs seamlessly and effectively.
Due to the amount of time you and your employees spend in the office, the space you work in can have a significant impact on physical health, mental health, productivity and the overall success of the business. Research has shown, poorly designed offices can lead to friction among employees, poor concentration, poor productivity among other key issues.
Preparing your space well for your business will need more than just a few desks being changed around. Furniture will need to be specially selected based on your needs, the appropriate lighting will need to be considered among other things. Read below for our top six tips on how to enhance your office layout.
1. Plan for efficiency and functionality
Before you start to do anything to your office, you should always make a plan. Writing down your requirements, budget, facilities you need and faults with your current office layout will all help you to make an effective plan and ensure you come out with the best result. It is also important to consider at this stage both the functionality and efficiency of the office layout as while design can be nice, it is most important the your office runs successfully in the new space.
2. Facilitate collaboration and innovation
Designing your office layout to facilitate collaboration and innovation will significantly improve how your team work as well as their output. Spaces that influence collaboration and innovation can vary from large tables that teams can gather around, informal comfortable soft seating areas, presentation spaces and more. They make for much more inspirational spaces than a standard desk area and make for much better results.
3. Consider technology
Planning your new office layout with your IT support team is something to not forget about. Each area will more than likely need IT considerations so involving the IT team will ensure that all elements necessary such as power sockets, printers, Wi-Fi routers, presentation screens, will be in the best place possible.
4. Include variety
Having a variety of areas to use such as collaboration spaces, break out areas, kitchen facilities, flexi-desk spaces, sound proof booths, presentation areas and comfortable soft seating spaces will mean that your employees will be able to use the new office layout to suit their needs. Not only does it add flexibility for your team, it will also help them to perform at their best by picking an area that suits their task.
5. Ask your employees
Including your employees in the process by asking their thoughts on the current workspace and understanding their needs for the new office layout will not only make for a better result but will also improve employee job satisfaction as they will feel more involved with key decision making that effects them.
6. Plan for growth
Where do you see your company in 6-12 month? Do you have plans to recruit new members? Considering who will be using the new space along with how your company will grow over the next few years will help so that you don’t have to reorganise and redesign the space again to facilitate expansion that could have been planned for.