1. Identify the Kind of Space You Need
Collaborative spaces are often noisy and suited to those in creative industries, whether it’s writing, advertising or marketing. This type of workspace allows the breakthrough of ideas, in a space that doesn’t disturb others around the office. Collaborative spaces work best as hubs, where your employees aren’t afraid to express ideas openly and without criticism.
Open-plan offices are a great way to allow your employees to easily mingle and discuss work with one another, without much effort. The drawcard to an open-plan office is the relaxed culture and laidback atmosphere. The downsides can include noise, distraction and lack of privacy.
The semi-private space typically includes desks with partitions — this gives employees a sense of privacy and quiet, as well as still allowing them the freedom of a chat with their neighbour. The partitions act as barriers against sound to help nullify the buzz of their surroundings, resulting in employees who are more likely to focus on a task for longer periods of time.
Dedicated office spaces are ideal for employees who handle sensitive information on a daily basis, such as payroll and accounts. Private offices are also important for handling HR (Human Resource) situations, such as confidential discussions regarding other employees, salaries, etc.
[Related: Setting Up An Ergonomic Workspace]
2. Keep Your Employees in Mind
Your employees are the legs your company stands on. Ever heard the expression, “Happy wife, happy life”? The same idea applies to your workers—keep them happy and motivated, and they will pay you back with higher quality customer service and a more driven work ethic. Is there ample light? What about easy access to toilet facilities, water and other essentials? Designing your space around these questions will help make your office an enjoyable place to work, in turn generating employees who work harder.
3. Invest in the Right Equipment
It’s essential for any business to have comfortable furniture, functional computer systems and thoroughly connected networks. Whatever your industry, having the right furnishings and equipment is essential in running a functional office with a high morale.