Office Design & Layout Factors
Ten Office Design tips to help Plan and Organize your new Office Layout
From the outset you need to have a clear idea of the basic functions that you need your office space to "do" for your company and your staff. Not sure what this means?! Don't worry - because that's what Office Interiors Specialists are there for! Make contact with local Office Design Consultants and get their input into their views as to how they recommend your new office space should be laid out to best serve your operational requirements.
Your Office Design consultant will help you in the following areas:
1. Project Build-Out Timeline:
You need a clear picture of what is it you need to ensure that everything is timetabled and that none of the works required slips behind schedule.
2. Office Interiors Budget:
There has to be a budget that lays out all of the cost items involved in the project and this then needs to get managed properly (and tightly).
3. Corporate Identity:
Whatever layout and design you choose you need to have "brand values" at the top of the agenda. You need to ask yourself "what will this new office space say about my business?" If you like the answer then you're on the right track!
You need to be comfortable with the fact that you are using the available Square Footage to its optimum to minimize wastage & inefficiency.
Examine the way in which you want your new office to work from a people perspective. How do you want your workforce to communicate/interact with each. This is important.
How do you see the make-up of your company in 1,3,5 years? Your new office space needs to accommodate any changes to headcount you envisage over the period so that you don't have to incur costly fees every time you need to make a change.
Determine what kind of work stations are going to be needed. Will everyone work in cubicles or will some people need separate offices?
8. Meeting Areas:
Work out how much space is going to be needed in your reception | conference | board | meeting areas.
9. Social Areas:
What is the plan for any break out rooms, kitchen facilities or chill-out zones.
How many restrooms are going to be enough. Are you going to need showers and changing rooms? Is the move a good time to incorporate recycling points?
Refer to the Office Design Guide for more information on how to design and layout your office space for the best interests of your business.
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