It’s no secret that demand for open-plan office fit outs, collaborative seating design, and shared spaces is on the rise. As time goes by, the requirements of the modern office design shift, and it’s up to us to keep up with progress. We’re in an age of rethinking structures we’ve long taken for granted, and so it’s not surprising that re-examining and re-imagining the classic office fit-out has become steadily more popular. Today we’ll look at how we got here, and why the shared space is taking centre stage.
How has office design progressed?
The traditional office layout does not present as a competitive option for some businesses – after all, every company has unique needs and values – but many teams are finding different avenues for setting up shop. New start-ups, for example, may not have the capital to invest in an existing traditional office, may not want to be locked into a long-term lease, and may not be able to budget for maintenance staff costs. There are a few other reasons companies might move away from a classic layout, like making better use of underutilised floor space.
New office space planning provides an answer. Building a modular office can help new businesses save on costs, as furniture can be repurposed for multiple different set-ups. It’s no wonder that companies tend to view shared spaces as an attractive new path, when they’re proven to attract and retain employees, and drive cooperation.
How does collaborative seating design achieve this?
By restructuring offices into moving parts – including open-plan desks to foster teamwork, and breakout workspaces for switching gears into highly focussed work – employees are empowered to work at their best. This approach also supports the different work styles of smaller units and individuals within your team. Depending on your business’ core goals and products, a variable seating plan can help take the brakes off your design process.
Implementing modern office design considerations can help create new behaviour in your employees via their environment, rather than just being told to alter their workflow. Ideas like putting your furniture on wheels to keep it configurable can be great for design teams, who find that the red tape of reserving boardrooms gets in the way of spontaneous action.
That’s not to say all the benefits are high-concept – there are more concrete advantages too. Modern design sensibilities in your office layout can greatly impact recruitment; you’re much more likely to attract professional candidates to a professional looking space.
Office layout also furthers the possibility of leasing sections of your office as co-working space. Sharing open offices and co-existing with multiple business interests might not be for everyone, but the option of modifying your space to accommodate the possibility is great. It leaves you open to another potential source of income, and it is also commonly cited as a boon for networking – especially if you find co-working partners in your field.
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