Making the most of your New Office Space
An office move is all about making fresh starts, adopting better working practices and getting the most value of all your new office space has to offer. Poor use of office space can make an enormous difference to your company's costs and efficiency. In fact research has shown that poorly planned office space wastes up to 30% of the available area in an office.
So how can company's plan their new office space around what is only necessarily and avoid over-estimating how much office space is really required.
Despite many business' aspirations to go paperless, storage space is still a necessity for many companies. Yet too many companies pay little attention to storage requirements when they move office. A detailed Storage Audit carried out by an Office Space Planner is key to any successful Office Design Project. It will take into account what files can be archived off site and plan for any areas to increase for expansion. There are many ways to make the most of your new office space by adopting floor to ceiling storage units which make best use of the available height without taking up too much valuable floor space.
Rethinking Workstation Layouts
Take a closer look at your average occupancy levels. When is everyone in the office at the same time? - the answer is almost never! Making most use of "hot desking" particularly for field workers can reduce the overall amount of office space. Also consider how-best to configure workstations to make it easy for desk-sharing where workers can simply "touch down" with a laptop and still be able to perform their duties sufficiently.
Re-working Meeting Room / Recreational Spaces
Creating flexible meeting areas that can used for both informal meetings, as well as staff break-out areas is a wise way to make best use of your new office space. Using Fold-back partitioning will give you the ability to double-up on meeting room space as and when required and also expand the space for larger meetings.
Understanding your individual office space requirements is best achieved by a Workplace Appraisal carried out by an Office Space Planner. Making best use of your new office space helps to create an environment where people are happy to share the space, whilst still being able to perform their day-to-day duties efficiently.
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