Whether you are expanding your current office space, moving to a new office, or just giving your current space a bit of a spruce, there are several important factors to think about when planning your office layout.
What are you going to use the office space for?
Renting an office is a great blank canvas for your business. You can choose exactly how you want to use the space – whether it’s housing your whole team or separate departments? Maybe you need a space for creative thinking and collaboration? Deciding what you are going to use the office for will have a huge bearing on how your office space will be arranged and designed. For instance, will you need a big table for conferences or meetings? Will you need access to separate meeting rooms? Will you be having an open plan office or private cubicles?
Who’s going to be in your office?
If there will be multiple departments in your new office, will they need to collaborate on a regular basis? For instance, if your sales and marketing teams work closely together sitting them on opposite sides of the office may not be the best for productivity…it may also distract other teams if they are constantly talking across the office. We always advise managers get their team involved in the planning process. Research has found that a well-designed workspace and a happy working environment boosts productivity and increases the satisfaction of the workforce.
How will it look?
It’s very important to consider how your office will look both to your team who will be working there day-to-day but also for any visitors who may come to your office. What sort of impression do you want your office to give? Is there a way to reflect the values and culture of your business in the design of the office? Giving your team the ability to personalise their workspace will show a friendly, approachable culture but also one that your workforce will want to work in. The look and feel of an office can have a great impact on your productivity levels as well. Did you know the colour blue is known to be calming and increases productivity while other colours can encourage creativity?
What will go in your office?
Deciding what your office will be used for will help you to understand what needs to go in it. Will you need an area for storage or filing? Are there spaces for meetings and collaborating? Is there a relaxed break out space? It’s also important to think about your technology needs – both now and in the future. When planning an office move, it’s also a good idea to think about future growth and expansion opportunities. At Pure Offices we regularly have occupiers who expand within their centre due to business growth and, where possible, we are always happy to facilitate this.
At Pure Offices, we do all we can to make your office move as seamless as possible. Our serviced offices are unfurnished with Internet and telephone connection set up so you are ready to go as soon as you move in, minimising the amount of downtime during your move. Our on-site Centre Managers are on hand to help you in the run up to the move but also whilst you are at the centre.