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Office Space Planning: What Your Space Says About Your Company

Your office space planning & design reveals a lot about your company–to both employees and customers. While connecting floors with a giant slide like Google may not be affordable or functional for your group, chances are you could use an upgrade. Excite your team with a new and improved design in your office space planning! Express your vision; start with these ideas when searching for your new digs.

  • Room to grow: It’s better to have a bit more space than not enough. A crowded office complex with a cramped connecting hallway not only feels claustrophobic, it stifles creativity. By giving your company extra room, you’re saying, “We are on the grow!”
  • Easy to access: You’ve got posh new headquarters but unfortunately, HQ is located a few hours away from home. Your key players have to spend a significant amount of time on the road–just to come to work. When selecting a new office space, consider the commute. Show your team some “love” by choosing an office space that isn’t at the opposite end of a gauntlet or at least implement a teleworking policy that would permit flexible commuting. Also, think about the parking situation. Your office setup needs to have an easy to locate entrance and exit that doesn’t require a hike to get there.
  • A clear flow of traffic: If you were a stranger visiting your office, would you be able to navigate the workflow areas without a map. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to determine that visitors should be met by a reception area, not walk into the fulfillment warehouse. Still, there are more subtle traffic concerns to consider. For example, if your company has started the new year with a significant investment in public relations, shouldn’t this department be located closely to management? Also, think about walking a document through an average purchasing process. Bottom line–your flow of traffic decisions should be practical and make sense.
  • Achieve the right balance:When clients arrive at the business, they want to see success and a professional environment, not question where their money is going. Your office space design should encourage confidence, but not create a cause for concern.

Office space planning and design takes some care and time. Let us help you begin the search for an office you’ll be proud of! Contact Us to us today. We’d love to help!

Current Trends in Office Space Planning

So, you are out looking for new office space rental or maybe you are renegotiating your office lease and want to make sure your space is as productive as possible. Here are a few of the current trends in office space planning:

  • High panel cubicles are out. Benches or open work areas are in.
  • Headphones have become the new office walls.
  • Areas for collaboration and huddle areas are encouraging team work.
  • Break rooms are open and central to the work space and located along windows, becoming gathering places.
  • Office hoteling is creating Agile Workplaces that allows multiple employees to share workspaces on an as needed basis.
  • The use of 3rd party outsourced office space is on the rise.
  • Home officing, in conjunction with the Agile Workplace,  is creating happier and more productive employees.
  • Management is moving out of their offices and into the open area.
  • Internal offices and conference rooms are moving off the window line to the interior walls to allow the natural light from exterior windows to permeate the work space.
  • Stand up workstations are becoming more popular for some areas to increase productivity.

The result is that office space requirements per person are dropping from over 200 square feet per person down to as low as 100 square feet per person. A major shift is occurring in the workplace The concept of work is shifting from the workplace as pieces of real estate to the office workplace as a facilitating bundle of services. Work is no longer a place, but a productive activity. Productivity is becoming the measure over the number of hours worked. Many of these office space planning trends are a result of this shift.