Designing an office layout can be an exciting time for any business, but can also be a daunting task. Most business owners understand that an office layout influences their employees’ well-being and productivity.
Some of many constraints to consider when planning an office layout are budget, space, timeline, company culture and optimising your layout for employee productivity. If you are still sitting at your desk and wondering how to start the process, we have the perfect advice for you:
Identify your team: Before you start shopping for desks and chairs, it is important to establish the following about your company and employees – which departments need isolation, who spend most of their time on a phone and which employees need to work together as a team. These factors will influence the office layout and the products you decide to buy.
Choose furniture you can customise: Upon deciding on a layout, it is time to look for the perfect office furniture. Find out if your supplier can customise certain elements of the furniture – for example, your colour palette and the size of the furniture. Customising your furniture helps with any space or size constraints.
Decide on flexible furniture: Configuring the Feng Shui of an office means that you will need to rearrange the furniture. Ensure that the furniture you purchase can be rearranged with ease.
Find a turnkey solution supplier: Working with a supplier that offers a turnkey solution can save you precious time and money. It is also helpful to have professionals set up the furniture and lay out the office. This prevents incorrect assemblage that can lead to injury at a later stage. Officescene offers free assembly and installation within a 50km radius of the factory.
Get design assistance: Don’t try to do everything yourself, rather make use of the value-added services we offer at Officescene. We offer site surveys, space planning and visual renderings (upon request). The aforementioned will help with optimising the space you have. We also have a wide selection of finishes which you can discuss with your sales consultant.
Choose impactful colours: After you have decided on the furniture and floor plan, it is time to establish a colour theme. Remember, colour has a great impact on the moods of your employees, so choose wisely. If you are in a creative industry; opt for warm, exciting tones. For a more corporate company, rather use hues like grey-blue or navy to instil trust and an air of professionalism.
Importance of a reception desk: For many corporate companies, a reception desk is the point of origin when it comes to communication. For other companies, a reception desk may not be as important. If clients visit your office frequently, then a reception desk is of vital importance. If you do not receive as many traffic, the space could be utilised for something else.
Why do I need an optimised office layout?
If you are not considering changing the layout of your current or new office, here are some pertinent reasons why you should:
- A well laid out office impresses clients
- Productivity is maximised if space is optimally used
- You can create a company culture to boost morale
- Growth can easily be planned for
- Improve the efficiency of your team and reduce waste
An optimally designed office can work wonders, not only for the morale of your team, but also for increasing customer experience and relationship building. Start planning your perfect office today and see how bright your future can be!