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Workspace Design 101: 10 Key Things to Consider When Designing Your Office Settings

Posted by: George, on 25/07/2013

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Workspace design is an essential element in corporate branding, not only in the way outsiders view your company, but also the opinions that insiders—your staff and investors, for example—form about the business. Spare no effort to design a work setting in sync with your company’s vision and operational model. If you run a Sydney-based business, don’t hesitate to seek assistance from removalists, designers and architects before decorating your office locales. Other professionals based in New South Wales can also help, depending on your design project and the size of your facility.

1. Budgeting
Budgeting is the first element you should focus on when designing your office space, says Derrick L., a Sydney-based expert removalist who for years has helped companies design their occupational settings. Know what limits you are working within, adds Derrick. On the other hand, safety must remain the number one priority of your office design, and don’t forget to check the work and healthy laws of New South Wales, or your state’s.

2. Camaraderie and Transparency
Determine whether you want to foster transparency and/or friendship among your personnel, and design your office space accordingly. For example, if you answer “yes” to the transparency question, you should opt for an open-plan office setting.

3. Privacy
If privacy is a main concern—for example, your business deals with confidential information—you should choose closed-door offices or soundproof cubicles, says Derrick, the expert in office removals.

4. Space Requirements
Figure out how much space you are going to need before drawing your company’s occupational settings. Things like cubicles, desks and meeting rooms should be atop your “to do” list.

5. Telecommuting
If some staff members will be working remotely, then you may not need much office space. Adjust your plans accordingly.

6. Occupational Flexibility
Another thing to heed when jumping on the office space design bandwagon is occupational flexibility. In other words, determine how often you may want to modify the workspace. For example, if you run a start-up and don’t want to fork over too much cash for reconstruction, adopt an occupational setting that is as flexible as possible.

7. Reception Area
The reception area is integral to your office space. Remember, the first impression always counts. So give your employees and visitors a chance to enjoy a nice and cosy reception area.

8. Workspace and Corporate Branding
How you outline your office space says a lot about your company and how you want to portray your business. Our Sydney-based expert removalist says workspace and corporate branding should mesh with project public-relations consistency in the minds of your stakeholders.

Open Design Space at EPFL - space as an instrument for business model innovation and visual thinking

9. Employee Behaviour
Staff behaviour is a key element to heed when planning an occupational space. For example, you should install recycling bins in clearly visible and highly trafficked areas if you want to foster an environmentally clean perspective among your personnel.

10. Socialisation
Staff socialisation improves operational output, fosters a culture of learning and increases camaraderie and lifelong partnerships. So heed popular spots like pantries, cafés and company-sponsored fitness centres when designing your office space.

Bottom Line
Arranging an office space should not be a convoluted, error-laden exercise, provided you take care of a few things. These run the gamut from ergonomics and socialisation to space needs, employee behaviour, branding and budgeting.

By George B (follow me on Google)