Common problems with a poorly designed office space
Designing your office space is a big task, and there's a lot more to it than just making sure your office furniture fits within the space. A well designed office space will result in an effective, motivated and happy workforce - but many companies overlook the importance that office design and layout has on their staff.
Here are some common problems that you need to avoid that occur as a result of a poorly designed office space:
Not enough office space
If you do not calculate your office space requirements properly, you could end up outgrowing the space too quickly, or worse still - feeling like sardines from day one! Use this free Office Space Calculator to work out how much space you are going to need, and assume an additional 10% for extra growth.
Inadequate power or network
It is important to think through your IT requirements when designing office space, and ensure that adequate cabling has been installed. Phone lines also need to be in the right place so that wires and cables are not too visible. Think about what power capabilities you might need for things such as video conferencing and projectors.
No break out zone
Your office space needs a chill-out zone so that staff can take a break from their computers, or go to a quiet area for private conversations and creative brainstorming. Larger collaboration rooms may be needed for conference calls, client and planning meetings.
Barriers to flow
A poorly designed office space can hamper communication flow. Teams and individuals need to be able to interact with each other without any structural or configuration barriers.
Be sure to position your office furniture and any storage units in a way that allows for a smooth flow to all areas within your office, particularly those that visitors flow through to get to and from the meeting rooms and rest rooms.
Lack of flexibility
Your workspace needs to be flexible and re-configurable so it can adapted to your changing needs. We recommend modular office furniture is because of its flexibility and adaptability to the actual office space and, of course, mobility if that office space changes.Workstations should be adaptable so that individuals can adjust their working area to suit their needs and preferences.
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