The modern office space continues to transform based on workplace culture and current trends.
For example, we’ve seen office space change from cubicles to open-air communal spaces to standing desks and more.
But there’s still a common thread. What remains the same is the desire to increase and encourage productivity by creating the optimal office space.
Organisations today, including small to medium-sized businesses, are offered a variety of solutions to make daily tasks flow more efficiently and effectively.
Here are six tips to help create a more inviting, productive office:
1. Create an efficient layout.
A workplace reflects not only how you work but also the energy of the space. In the same way, an office layout is more than just separating departments and tasks into areas. You don’t want to have your new clients walking through the kitchen to get to the conference room. Creating the space that best suits your organisation means serving the needs of your team members so that they're set up for success and efficiency when they arrive at work. Business owners can encourage their teams to rearrange their offices or desks to make their space more efficient.
2. Use connected technology.
The ability to do and connect completes the office space. Technology enables organisations to connect and collaborate more easily. Ideas can be viewed and shared in an instant. However, businesses must use technology in a way that serves as a tool rather than as a distraction.
Technology in the office should always have a purpose. For example, screens outside of shared meeting spaces can indicate when the room is available or booked in a co-working setting or typical office.
3. Make a space for collaboration.
With a greater emphasis on technology that enables remote office access, it's important to have a collaborative space for the team to work together. This goes beyond simply providing a conference room.
While having an open space with a few tables and chairs that allows for anyone to come in and work is good, the space must be enticing. Having an interesting layout will entice workers to come to that space so they can collaborate with each other.
4. Control light and sound.
Nothing hampers productivity like a distracting noise outside or a poorly lit room. Having a quiet space is essential to helping employees be creative and productive.
Also very important is filling a space with light, both natural and artificial. Plenty of natural light and minimal noise can make your team feel healthier and be more productive.
5. Ask the right questions.
As a business owner or a startup founder, when you’re looking for your next office space or perhaps your first office space make sure you ask the right questions.
You can ask questions beyond what’s on the lease and contract. Ask what types of businesses lease there to get a sense of the office neighbours you'll have.
You can also ask whether any construction might be happening nearby in the near future, especially if a quiet office is paramount for you.
An office space is more than just a place where people show up to work. Let’s face it, you’ll be spending around 40 hours a week in the space and potentially a lot more. Make it work for you and your team members, and ideally, it will help your business grow.
If you are looking to improve your office environment why not contact us today and let's see how we can assist with improving your office space.