Planning an office layout is probably among one of the most equally stressful and rewarding times in my life! I have been responsible for the layout of two offices now, both with a workspace I used to work in, and when I started my own company and we needed a physical office. I say stressful because you’re working within a costly process and you want to get it right – dare I say it, perfect? And I say rewarding because once you finish the office layout process, once the last bit of protective plastic has been pulled off the stainless steel and you’ve done a great job, there’s nothing quite like seeing people thrive in something you have orchestrated. Setting up a new office space can be pretty intimidating if you haven’t done it before. You need to consider a whole host of things and factors – both internal and external – to ensure your success, the suitability of your design for the space and the best possible use of the space and equipment. I wanted to discuss five key factors to consider when you’re planning your new office layout – before you start shopping for your office partitions in Sydney for your harbour side office – in the hopes that it helps you to get the best results possible.
Split the space up using plans
Before you even begin to look at furniture or layouts, you need to ensure that you have correctly assessed the space that you’re moving into for existing furniture. You need to get an idea of what will work, what sort of space you’ll have, what will be vacant space and what any sort of anticipated growth is in the future. You need to future-proof your space as much as possible. Once you have an understanding of the requirements for the occupancy period you’ll be in the office, you can begin to create plans that will suit you, both now and in the future.
If you’re going to be doing an open plan office layout – something that is very popular nowadays – then you might want to consider getting glass partitions for your space. This will help to keep natural light flowing through the building and will make the office look very accommodating for your staff and any potential visitors. You need to pre-plan this one pretty well, as the partitions can’t be moved usually – but with help from a company who specialises in this sort of thing, it’ll be a breeze!
Think of your staff
Don’t scrimp on space when it comes to kitchens and employee break out areas. This is a valuable space for workers, and if you don’t accommodate for them accordingly, they’ll feel undervalued and morale will dip. Make sure that the kitchen is well stocked, too!
Consider the light
Natural lighting is vital to happiness for your staff – and you need people to be productive and motivated for your work to be consistently great. Ensure that the office layout you’re considering takes this into account and that furniture doesn’t block natural light.
When you’re revamping or planning an office layout, you need to think about the colours that will work for your office. If you integrate your office or professional colours into the layout, that’s a nice nod to your brand, but make sure that it works and that the colours are soothing or exciting. Too much colour is fatiguing, just as too much white is bad as well. Strike the right balance here.
Good luck with planning your office layout – and remember to stay positive as this will show in the work that people do and how they feel.