How important is spatial design to the running of your office? While it’s a question that has been in the industry for decades now, it’s one that isn’t discussed often enough in the wider scope of office design. Many people still believe that office layout is a question of simply minimising space-usage, and don’t know that spatial design can directly impact productivity.
When laying out an office, it’s important your office fit out company takes a number of factors into account – desk placement, walking patterns, accessibility to equipment, lighting and more. Once there was a time where it was most important to business to have good chairs and desks, but now there’s much more emphasis on laying out a space that’s beneficial for productivity – the only question is, how does one achieve this in a new office interior refurbishment?
How does office space strategy impact your team?
Creating a Team Environment Through Strategic Organisation
In examining a traditional, cubicle-based office layout, we find that business owners are typically cut off from their staff. This reflects the hierarchal, top-down business structure that has been popular until recent decades. Ever since the arrival of the start-up as a successful business model, the way designers plan and implement office space strategy has changed. Three cities that stand out for adapting new office design methods are Auckland, Wellington, and Sydney.
Now, it’s more common to see companies that have stripped away the conventions surrounding management placement – many offices place their founders and CEOs in and amongst their team, usually with the same, or at least a similar, desk set up. This reflects the flat structure that a lot of start-ups have adopted since the early 2000s. In practice, this means employees have much more accessibility to their team leaders and upper management, and communication channels can be established much faster and more efficiently than in the past. That is, if the layout is implemented correctly.
Losing time to communication issues is a big culprit in lost productivity and eliminating this issue has been a core component of the success of many lucrative businesses.
Does furniture impact productivity?
While we stated that spatial planning is about more than finding the right furniture, it’s important to note that finding the right furniture is indeed still a factor that can alter your productivity levels. Furniture can account for a large per cent of fit-out costs, depending on the office in question, but we’ve found over the past several decades that companies who put the effort into evaluating what they need from their furniture tend to achieve greater results.
This could mean a number of things. Obviously, good ergonomics is important to the health and wellbeing of your staff, but being matching furniture to tasks is potentially the new benchmark for creating the best possible work environment.
“Furniture needs to support the task being carried out,” says Neil Thomas, team leader for Tétris UK.
The emerging pattern we see in the industry is that there is almost always huge potential to improve workflow in this area, but the specifics of what needs to be done varies from company to company. “Even the use of no furniture can help in certain office scenarios,” as Neil Thomas points out.
How else can the workplace be tailored?
As time goes on, we expect to see even more ways to optimise the layout of the modern office. While experts today are already able to enact subtle but powerful changes – moving furniture in order to make better use of natural light, for example – there are sure to be new and exciting developments to be made.
A newer idea that has been circulating recently is that of department-specific workstations. Think about it; your sales department probably need phones, but does everyone else? In what ways can you make each branch of your company feel like their environment is a reflection of themselves, their needs, and their work?
Talk to the office design experts
If you’re interested in finding out more about modern spatial planning, and are in the market to move offices, make changes to an existing office, or set up a new office, you need a good office fit out company. With over 50 years’ experience, DB Interiors has what it takes to help you create an office that works for you. Book a free discovery call today!