Starting with a blank slate is the norm for many who may be planning a new office layout. And as tempting as it may be to order trendy furniture, quirky chairs and abstract lighting, it may not be the best choice for the long-term budget or overall efficiency.
Knowing exactly what the office space will be used for, how many people will need desks or workstations and what the planned traffic flow patterns will be are just a few parts of successful office space planning. A good plan should also include details about effective use of available floor space, and ease of supervision. Add to this, a few more details about possible future expansion needs and the plan is complete. Following are a few more considerations that top office design specialists recommend reviewing during the planning stage:
Another important part of office layout planning is understanding factors that will help employees to be highly productive. In days past, it was assumed that an employee with complete privacy would be an employee without distractions and would be more productive. Today, almost 70% of offices use a more open floor plan. This type of plan helps to boost the ability to collaborate and converse but might lessen productivity due to distraction levels. It may be best to seek employee input when working on office layout plans, as they typically understand which types of things are distracting and what changes could be implemented to help them focus more fully. In some offices, providing white noise options for each employee has proven beneficial. Other locations have found it beneficial to provide a private storage space where each employee can lock up personal items and supplies. And don’t forget the importance of good lighting. Not only will your employees appreciate not having to squint while working on projects, the right lighting can actually increase overall levels of happiness.
If the mark of a successful company is growth, then make sure your office furniture selection leaves room for that success. For some companies, this growth brings expansion into more adjacent office space. For others, the growth spans several floors of a building. No matter what type of growth your company experiences, a cubicle system that is built with growth in mind is key to successful expansion down the road. The best example of this a system that allows for growth is the Sunline Signature Cubicle. Not only is this system easy to assemble, requiring only a small palmful of screws, and some clip-on brackets, but the standard cubicle panels easily slide in and out of place meaning that it’s possible to raise or lower wall height, remove or add walls and windows or even change cubicle colors. Even better, Sunline has managed to create a system that lowers the build time of a cubicle from 4 hours down to an hour or less. This increased ease and simplicity is certain to make future change and growth much easier to embrace.
Creating the right office layout for your team is truly different for each and every situation. Knowing which items help to boost efficiency and productivity and keeping future growth in mind help to ensure the workflow of your future office space will be considered a success by employees and management alike. Sunline is the future of cubicles and is making waves across the world, helping businesses unlock their workplace potential. Contact us today for a free quote request