Those of you who do not have an interior designer’s eye for creating a visually appealing room or space may think that purchasing an office chair and writing desk is all you need for your office space. That may be the case for your home office, however, the purpose of your company office space is more than just workspace. Think of your office as a tool to invite clients into your company to help them see what you can do for them. An office space designed to increase employee productivity not only helps your bottom line but also helps your employees. Then clients will see your employees enjoying their work and being productive, which will appeal to them to work with you.
Differentiate Your Office Space from Others
No two offices should ever be the same. By differentiating your office space from others, you are creating a workspace that functions for your needs, your employee needs, and your client’s needs. It will help improve work productivity, which makes everyone happy.
For example, lawyers and accountants require more privacy compared to an interior designer or architect due to the sensitivity of the information they are managing. Therefore, enclosed offices will work better for these professionals, whereas wide open spaces and high ceilings may be better options for interior designers and architects.
Create a Space that Suits Your Company’s Culture and Needs
The open concept works well for different projects, eating areas and allows office chairs and writing desks to be moved around to suit your project needs, your company culture, and even the preference of your employees.
If you must move furniture around to allow room to work on large projects, then stackable furniture or furniture with wheels may make moving items easier.
Consider the location of furniture in relation to the set up of technology devices. The style of office chairs and writing desks are another consideration when planning for what devices each employee will be required at their disposal.
Is it important for your company logo to be on display? How? Signage? Entryway mats? Graphics on the wall? These will have to be factored into the design. Company colors may match or complement furniture, wall or accent colors. Think and plan carefully before making any final decisions.
Employee Preferences are Important
Do not underestimate the power of employee preferences. Their work, eating, and social habits should all be taken into consideration as you design your office space. Your knowledge of their likes and dislikes will only help you increase overall productivity for your company. Your employee preferences are important things for you to learn as design questions are answered and implemented in your office.
These are all tips pros have stated at one time or another to help you design your office space to work for you, your employees, and vision for your company.
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