An office is a place where you spend at least 8 hours of your day, which means 40 hours a week and 2000 hours a year – isn’t is a considerable amount of time of your life?
Now, when you are spending almost the entire day in a workplace, it deserves to be designed in a way so that you can utilise these hours to the fullest. Moreover, a comfortable and proper layout of an office will help you come up with new ideas as well as increase your productivity.
When it comes designing the layout of your workplace, there are various factors that you need to take in consideration, from comfortable furniture to lighting to desk arrangements to… you see, the list is nearly endless!
Of course, the entire process of designing is quite tasking, but it could be exciting as well. To take some of the pressure off your shoulder, below we’ve put together 4 factors that you must think of when optimising your layout. This will surely make you and your employees feel at ease, and help you get down to business right away.
1. Come up with a plan
Before you book those furniture or install slides, it’s important for you to take a look at the interiors of your office and accordingly calculate the budget. This way you’ll also be able to figure out what possible changes you could make with the available money.
Next, you need to find out who will take all the final decisions. Now, if you have enough budget you can hire an interior designer to get your office designed in a professional style. But if you want to go easy on your pockets, you can do it by yourself, but remember it would be time-consuming.
Lastly, make a list of all the changes you want to make in the layout. In order to finalise the design, talk it out with your employees and ask which layout is best suitable for them.
2. Remove those uncomfortable furniture
Before you start re-arranging those furniture, wait for a minute and think if you really want to keep them. Also, it goes without saying that poorly made office furniture are be the root cause of several health problems including back pain, eye strain, migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome.
So, always look for comfortable and flexible chairs with proper height, length and width adjustment features, armrest variation, lumbar support, swivel mechanism and padded material.
Of course, buying expensive and featured furniture might hurt your wallet, but it is definitely worth the money, because at the end of the day, it will only improve the productivity and reduce the headache of your employees.
3. Take lighting into consideration
It might sound surprising to you, but lighting does have an impact on the health, productivity, and well-being of the employees. Workplaces that do not have sufficient lighting will only make it difficult for employees work in and make them feel unhappy.
No doubt that natural sunlight is perfect, but it’s obvious that you can’t have it in all your cabins. So, make sure that cubicles that have small windows or do not get proper natural light are provided with additional LED lights.
4. Have some open space
You might be tempted to jam as much furniture as possible in one room. But, the fact is it will not only make the room look cramped, but also make it difficult to navigate from one place to another.
In order to understand it properly, take a cheap printed pen and scribble as much information on a paper as you can. How does it look – cramped and congested, doesn’t it? Well, the same is the case in an office cabin.
So, it’s always better to leave some space and let the room breathe. Apart from having a spacious room, also consider having a restroom as taking breaks in between work is essential for health as well as for quality work.
You can design a work-free space where the employees can go and chill for a few minutes when they feel overstressed. Mind you, a short break always encourages them to work faster.