When planning out your new office, there are so many things to think about, but the best place to start is to consider what you want to achieve. Are you aiming for a more modern, branded space that visitors and employees alike will find attractive? Are you merging departments or hoping to increase creativity and co-operation?
Whatever the reason, keep your aims in mind throughout the process of planning, and, as with setting any other goal, you’ll have a far higher chance of reaching it.
1. Look at the space available
Unfortunately, buildings don’t tend to come with movable walls, so the space you have is what you’ve got to work with. Think about employee wellbeing as a prime consideration, and look at the staff members you have.
Younger people tend to favour open plan office space and the chance to be with other people, while many older people find the open plan style too noisy and distracting, and would prefer their own closed space. While you might think the two could never meet, you do have the option to have a mixed layout with open plan areas and quiet, closed off areas to suit all personalities and types of work.
2. Get some inspiration
Create a vision board with your brand colours, types of furniture, carpet and flooring and so on to give you plenty of ideas. Look online at other offices and great designs to see what’s possible, and finally, if you need help with your interior planning, get some help from an experienced designer who understands how to create amazing office interiors.
3. Consider the environment
When starting from scratch, you have the opportunity to create environmentally-friendly offices with high-efficiency lighting, low-cost heating and air conditioning, as near to a paperless office as you can get, and the opportunity to easily recycle any paper you do use.
4. Be creative
Offices don’t have to be grey, bland and regimented. Think about your brand colours. Could you use splashes of those colours and shades of them to perk up your office walls and change them from blah to wow? What about natural daylight, gorgeous pictures and indoor plants to add to the atmosphere and perk people up?
Think about your office layout here, too. There’s no need for straight rows of office desks with no creativity. You could have quiet areas, break spaces, meeting areas, and anything else you feel like having as long as it fits your space and it’s practical.
5. Employee wellbeing
There’s been a lot written about how too much sitting down is bad for your health, and with a brand-new start, you could invest in some new office furniture, too. Try standing desks that allow your employees to spend some of the day standing while still being able to use the computer. Or how about offering your employees a choice of what they find most comfortable, from standard office chairs to exercise balls?
Lighting is also very important in an office, and harsh fluorescent light will do your employees no good. Natural light is your best bet, but apart from that, adjustable blue light is great for boosting productivity and creativity, as it helps workers avoid screen glare and headaches.
As long as you plan for what you want to achieve, while keeping your employees’ comfort and needs in mind, with an eye for growth needs in the future, you should be able to design your perfect office and we are here to help you!
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