Efficiency, wellbeing and productivity of employees are all objectives that are high on the agenda for the majority of businesses and a critical factor for achieving these objectives is the layout and planning of your workplace environment.
What is office layout planning?
Office layout planning is the process of aligning working functions and furniture to efficiently utilise space and maximise efficiency. When designing an office layout all these things should be considered at the start of planning an office to create a comfortable working environment for your employees.
Here are our top five important aspects to consider when planning an office design:
Consider different working functions
One of the most important elements of the planning process is to consider how your business functions and how your employees work. This includes looking at the spaces they need to make them productive and happy when performing different job functions. This might mean having the enough meeting rooms, individual offices, communal space and collaborative environments.
What type of business are you?
Your office space should also reflect the nature of your business. For example, if you are in the creative industry, then offices are usually hubs of quirky originality with plenty of break out areas and collaborative spaces designed to inspire creative ideas and enable the team orientated approach these environments are focused around. If you are in the legal sector however, dealing with confidential issues then then you may require more private environments where clients feel confident to disclose sensitive information.
Include employees in the process
To maximise the success of an office layout project it is always important to include employees in the process. This helps to ensure that their needs are covered and makes them feel valued by taking their ideas into consideration. If you work in a business with a large number of employees, then select ambassadors to speak on behalf of the majority.
Natural light and greenery
This is an important part of a productive office as being exposed to daylight increases performance and improves sleep quality for employees which enhances mood and boosts productivity. Glass partitioning is a useful way to compartmentalize office environments whilst allowing the continuous flow of natural light.
Many studies including one by Exeter University revealed that adding indoor plants improves your health, happiness and productivity in the workplace. Read our blog Boosting productivity with Biophilia to find out more.
Invest in furniture
One of the most under-utilised elements of an office environment is furniture, from ergonomics to creating unique spaces, investing in furniture can elevate an office space from adequate to exceptional. Substituting lower quality furniture can lead to lack of inspiration in the office, lowered productivity and most importantly health issues amongst your employees. Having well designed furniture is also an area that can leave a striking and lasting impression on both employees and existing and prospective customers to ensure that you are conveying the right image of your brand.
If you are considering changing the layout of your office, then discuss your requirements with Officeworks to create a fully optimised and functional office environment.