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Kelley Lowe Office Design April 09th, 2018 - 12:14:40
Break Free from Cubicle Design A recent trend is to have everyone working in an open floor plan model. This means doing away with window offices for managers and cubicle offices for other employees. Upper management is seated in a large room and shares their space with every other employee in the company. This allows for open communication between employees and their managers. It is just one way to improve communication in the workplace. Remove cubicles and take down the barriers that prevent employees from open communication. Base your new office design on functionality ease of use purpose of office space and a mobile work style model. Create small hubs where employees can gather and discuss ideas.
There are a few whiteboard and blackboard paints on the market that office designers are favouring because you can make your writing space as big or as small as you like. It isnt uncommon for entire walls to be painted so that employees have as much room as they like to list ideas or write out memos. The only hitch with this great office design trend is that it can be highly expensive. This has led to the increased popularity in the traditional blackboard (not painted just your standard blackboard mounted onto the wall). Many designers believe that blackboards are more aesthetically pleasing then whiteboards. As blackboards can be hard to find these days they are a little on the expensive side but nowhere near the cost of the paint equivalent.
What lies ahead for occupancy ratios? As mobile technology improves as home working becomes more viable with bandwidth increases and as part-time working becomes more widespread so the need for one desk per person diminishes. Increasingly modern office design is moving towards a ratio of 7 or 8 desks for every 10 staff. The next question is then about saving money by reducing the overall office space rental or to perhaps give some of the space over to social and team purposes? One of the leading adopters of modern office design incorporating flexible working and shared desk allocation CISCO Systems works on a ratio of 160 sq ft per person. Clearly they havent used unallocated desks and mobile working as a cost-cutting measure.
Modern office designs focus on clean lines and lots of space. Remove clutter and donate old furniture to thrift shops to help you to modernize your office space. This doesnt cost a penny and can have a huge visual impact that creates the image of a well-organized and highly-functioning company. Reconfigure the floor layout to make it easy for people to walk around. Use the money you saved by making some furniture serve more than one purpose. Make use of reconditioning remanufacturing and office furniture refurbishing techniques out there to not only create the illusion of a total design makeover but also to reimagine the workspace with new working surface areas that can serve more than one function.