An office redesign is an exciting opportunity to start a new chapter of your business’s unique story. However, in order to ensure that this story is positive and continues delivering rewards long into the future, it is important that you make decisions that help – rather than hinder – your work environment. Here are 4 tips to help you achieve this key objective:
- Enable Collaboration
As noted by INC Magazine, collaboration in the workplace is essential for high-performance teams to deliver above-average results. As such, consider an “open office” design approach that co-located employees in a shared workspace, so they can collaborate, interact, brainstorm, and solve problems. Furthermore, it is possible to implement a partial or limited open office design is that is more suitable, or required because of privacy needs or to keep ambient noise levels down.
- Focus on Employee Traffic Patterns
Just as urban planners design freeways and roads to maximize vehicle traffic flows and minimize congestion, focus on designing your layout so that your employees have optimal access to the people and places they need to go. For example, you may want to deploy shared resources such as printers, shredders, scanners, and device charging stations in a centralized are vs. in an area that isn’t conveniently accessible by some or possibly most of the employees.
- Don’t Forget Esthetics
Esthetics are not “nice-to-have” elements when it comes to strategic workforce design. As noted by Entrepreneur.com, well-chosen artwork displaying scenic or soothing scenes can boost productivity. The same goes for strategically choosing colors, materials, wall coverings, flooring, lighting, and adding indoor plants – which do not just improve visual appeal, but make the environment healthier!
- Optimize Your Workspace
Most work environments have areas or “zones” that are under-utilized, while others are over-utilized. Optimizing your workspace means strategically mapping out where employees, equipment, furniture, inventory, and other assets should be in order to get the most value out of the existing area – regardless if it occupies a handful of rooms, or several floors of a building.
To learn more about how you can ensure that your office redesign helps – rather than hinders – your work environment, contact the team at Key Interiors today. We have in-depth experience working with businesses of all sizes and across all sectors, and will provide you with the guidance, insight, education and tools you need to make the right choices for your business now – and well into the future. Your consultation with us is free.