Leveraging a Professionally Designed Workspace for Long-Term Gain
When it comes to setting up an office arrangement the strongest opinions usually dictate the final outcome – although they may not necessarily be right. That is why it’s important to consider letting professionals in office design do the work. Achieving productivity while keeping morale high requires the assembling of important details so the layout supports your company’s mission.
Anyone can move office furniture around, and for a while people may like it. But achieving a flow requires more than operating on hunches and Internet searches for the latest trends. Start-ups putting an office together for the first time and those in established environments can get lost in details like where the plugs are and who wants to sit near a window.
As professional designers, we consider the important elements like personal preferences just like an office manager will talk to people and take their desires into account. Pulling the whole picture together, though, requires know-how gained from designing offices across industries, listening to needs and providing solutions.
Operational goals aren’t just for flow charts and board reports. We look at how goals impact the office layout and how the existing space lends itself best to efficiency and productivity.
An area where an office manager might veer off course is by following existing trends and fads. Cubicles are still a popular image when the “corporate” workspace is talked about. However, about 70 percent of employees in the U.S. now work in open offices. The objective was to achieve collaboration and transparency, but do you know what’s happened?
The impact of partitions coming down has met with mixed results. Distractions have increased according to findings by the International Facilities Management Association. Noise levels are proven irritants and researchers have found that employees get sick more often in open settings.
An open design may work in your company’s best interests, or it may work for one team while another segment requires a different setting. We can determine if your workflow needs fit or don’t fit with the latest and greatest trends.
Customized solutions work best. Our 45 years of experience, gained from interacting with executives and office managers with Southern California’s most distinguished companies, gives us an excellent high-level view of how one design can work in one setting, while other offices will benefit from a completely different design.
Read on to find out why.
Consider all that happens in an office. The sales pipeline is developed and client projects are completed. It’s a place where people skills are merged with technical talents to achieve brand recognition and profitability. We approach each office design assignment strategically so that the variety of moving parts will work together as smoothly as possible.
Take this into account as you weigh the work it takes to set up an office. You’re pulled away from your core mission. Our business is all about designing a space that works for you. We’ve learned valuable lessons in workflow needs, knowledge of equipment, and the human element.
We’ll look at the complete picture including the best use of lighting schemes and how sound is contained. The storage needs you have today may change in the next year or two. We tie all of this together using our interior design skills.
Now there’s another benefit to a well-designed office. You’re showing your team how much you care.
Good talent is worth securing and retaining. Having an office designed by professionals is a smart investment in human capital. We’ve seen how an office has to support people working and give them space to catch their breath.
When your employees walk through the door each morning, they want to get to the task at hand—whether that’s an important client project or prepping for a sales call. If they stop and think about the office environment, then they’re being distracted from what they do best. That’s when frustrations pile up.
A write-up from Bloomberg’s Bureau of National Affairs, Employers Should Consider Office Design to be Part of Employee Retention Strategy, noted that “even the smallest aspects of a work space mean a lot to employees.”
Quiet spaces to focus and open spaces to foster relationships will meet different needs at different times in a day or throughout the year.
The old saying, “Measure twice, cut once” applies. If you have to set-up, tear down, and rearrange, you’re losing valuable time that can be used better for serving clients and winning new business.
An office set-up requires an understanding of present needs and future considerations.
Tell us about your project and we’ll be glad to provide input that will give your team the right environment needed for being productive and profitable.