If you’re thinking of re-designing your office space, the importance of planning for the future should never be underestimated. There’s nothing more time consuming or expensive than having to re-jig a newly refurbished office just a couple of months later simply because you’ve taken on an extra member of staff.
With this in mind, it’s essential to allow for flexibility within the design of an office. This can be achieved in a variety of ways and one of the most successful is the inclusion of alternative workplace environments. This can mean many things but the most common alternatives to the traditional office and desk are breakout areas, touchdown areas, collaborative spaces and hot desks. By adding one of more of these areas to the design of an office, you’re giving your office the potential for additional fixed desking areas in the future.
When designing office interiors, it’s important to calculate the maximum number of people that the space can safely accommodate. Whilst this maximum density rarely needs to be implemented, it’s a useful way of knowing what the absolute maximum capacity of the space is which can prove helpful when planning for the future. If, for example, you know that your office can accommodate 50 members of staff but you currently have 30, you’ll know that you could, if necessary, fit in no more than 20 additional staff. Therefore if you’re hoping to recruit another 30 staff over the next couple of years, you’ll know that space is going to become an issue.
If you’d like further information on space planning and office design, why not get in touch with the team here at Ultimate Office Solutions?
Posted August 18, 2014