The time has come to design your new office space and there are a lot of things to consider when it comes to creating a productive work environment. Businesses have different cultures and requirements, which means there isn’t one single concept that will work perfectly for every operation. But lease terms are long and furniture is an investment, so every decision made during this process matters.
Here are a few things to consider when designing an office layout:
Proximity: If the creative team is situated in one corner of the office and requires the active use of a printer, it can impact productivity if the machine isn’t located in a place where it is accessible to the team. Think about the placement of equipment so that it makes your employees more effective in the workplace - not the other way around.
Privacy: Even in the most collaborative work environments, people need to have a place to make personal phone calls, work quietly or to brainstorm in small groups. If your business gravitates more towards an open layout, make sure to incorporate breakout areas where workers can have a little privacy.
Differentiate Departments: Different roles attract varying personalities. An art director may have different priorities than a corporate attorney. But since everyone has to share an office space, consider accommodating multiple personalities with a flexible design that has both private offices and an open layout.
Comfort and Creativity: Since most of your employees are going to spend 8+ hours per day in the office space, it’s a good idea to consider both comfort and creativity in the design. Decorating with artwork or photos with bright colors will create a more upbeat vibe. And even though ergonomically sound chairs might be more expensive, they end up paying for themselves in employee productivity and workplace happiness.
Cost: Be sure to work with a vendor who is going to prepare the right scope to fit your budget. There are creative ways to mix and match new, used and refurbished furniture to meet a price point that doesn’t break the bank. Using Rightsize’s Blended Solutions is a great way to maximize quality while staying on budget.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us. A Rightsize representative would love to speak with you.