What to Consider When Designing an Office
Developing a new design concept for your office might seem a little daunting at first, especially if this is the first refit your office has seen in a long time. However, redeveloping your office should ultimately be an exciting process, particularly given the fact that, these days, office design goes far beyond functionality. It can foster new relationships within your business, increase productivity and even be a useful marketing tool in its own right.
So, in light of this, in this article the CPS Interiors team will offer some important points to consider when designing your office, so you can make the most out of the opportunity!
What was the reason behind the redesign?
Perhaps the first thing that you need to consider before diving head first into your redesign: what sparked it in the first place? Ultimately, this reason will play a key role in the planning of your refurbishment, and should be factored into every decision that you make.
Assuming that you were paying attention to the key warning signs that your office needs revitalising, perhaps you feel as though your office isn’t quite on brand anymore. If this is the case, branding should be at the core of each and every choice, from furniture to signage.
Another important consideration to make is communication throughout your new office, as this will ultimately affect your decision to choose an open plan office, or a combination of open and closed workspaces. There are pros and cons to each, with the former leaning more on the side of communication but sacrificing productivity, and the latter perhaps being the most desirable, offering easy communication and opportunities for private collaboration.
Allow room for growth
An absolutely essential long term consideration, allowing room for growth within your refurbishment will save a great deal of time and money on further work down the line. The idea here is that, your redesign should always be future facing; if you try to keep in mind where you would like your business to be as much as where it is now, you will be much more likely to hit those growth targets. And be able to accommodate for them when they are achieved.
Although it’s easy to simply focus on workspaces when organising your refurbishment since, after all, these are the places in your office that are generating revenue, recreational spaces are important too. A study by the University of Warwick suggests that productivity increases by 12% when employees are happy, so don’t forget to factor in useful amenities such as breakout spaces when planning your redesign, they will benefit your business greatly in the long run.
CPS Interiors work with your business to find the best interior design solutions for your needs. Our design experts specialise in commercial settings and can provide entire office fitouts, or just help you to update and optimise your current space. Our comprehensive, professional interior services can be utilised by clients across the areas of Leicester, Nottingham and Derby and can help you get the most from your employees and business. For more information about our products or services, get in touch with our friendly team today.