Terri Brown Office Design April 25th, 2018 - 12:57:16
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.
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.
While you can replace all of the office furniture for a very fast remodel it can also be the most expensive option. Buying new office furniture may not even be required to create the illusion of new office design plans either. Unless your furniture is in such disrepair that it needs to be trashed you can opt to recondition it. If you dont just want the same old furniture back opt to refurbish it. Office furniture refurbishing is one technique that not only brings in a new look but also conserves precious planet resources. If youre looking to keep some of the structure of the office furniture while getting a whole new look or a workspace that serves more than one function consider remanufacturing it.
What Can a Better Office Design Accomplish? Maybe you are on the fence about whether to even change your office design. Why mess with perfectly good office space and furniture that could last a few more years? It may be standing on all four legs but is it really doing its job? Outdated office furniture limits office space and productivity. New office furniture is designed with function and space in mind. You can maximize both by updating old pieces. Consider the benefits the company and the employees would receive from by improving the office space: