Are your team members bumping into each other to get to their workstations? Are your hallways lined with desks? Is your boardroom now an office? There comes a time in the life of every successful business when their existing office can no longer carry the load. When that day finally arrives, it’s time to consider an office expansion. Expanding your office, however, is often easier said than done.
Fortunately, with the help of a qualified interior specialist, you can expand your office without moving to a larger space or adding to your overall square meterage. Continue reading to learn how.
Reorganise before adding on
Spatial planning is a cornerstone of interior design for good reason. The productivity of your business is directly impacted by the efficiency of your space. This includes the number of people you can comfortably seat and the availability of the spaces necessary for your teams to flourish. Too often, businesses undertake expensive renovations or even relocations when their office interior becomes cramped, when a simple fit out and realignment of their spatial planning could have done the job.
Revisit your layout and ask yourself if there may be a more effective way to arrange your desks and workstations to seat more people without stacking them on top of each other. Another strategic step you can take is to revisit the functionality of your other spaces. Look at your boardrooms, break-away areas, and other collaborative spaces. Could you restructure or fit out these areas to give them more than one function? Simply changing or adding furniture, mobile worksurfaces, and digital screens can allow a basic boardroom to double as a collaborative brainstorming area, a break room, a presentation space, and even a quiet space for a handful of people! All these spaces may already exist in your office, but by creating agile rooms with multiple functions, you can free up more space for your growing team.
Determine what you need
Expanding your office is about more than just floor space, however. After all, your business is more than just seats in chairs. It’s a dynamic and evolving set of tasks and endeavours. For this reason, your office expansion should be developed around your growing list of tasks, not just your growing staff. When planning your office expansion design, it’s often wise to log the individual tasks undertaken in your office to paint an accurate portrait of the functions you most need to facilitate.
Does your team require multiple daily brainstorming sessions between team members? Do you regularly require handover meetings between your sales team and account managers? Do you frequently host clients for consultations? Business reviews? Shareholder meetings? Your office expansion efforts will be wasted if you devote your new spaces to unimportant tasks.
Spend a few weeks tracking the time your team members spend at their own workstations versus elsewhere and the different functions your spaces are used for. Additionally, keep track of the technology necessary for those tasks to be performed. This will help you place the right number of connectivity ports and plugs in the right places for your expanded office.
Plan for future expansion
Your office expansion is a symptom of success, and you should plan to carry that momentum forward into future expansions. As you design your office expansion, ask yourself how much future growth your new design will be able to handle. Great spatial design is flexible enough to make your next expansion easier.
Expansion is an opportunity to improve!
Every design decision you make during your office expansion should accomplish more than just an extra square meter of floor space. They should improve the overall look, feel, and functionality of your workspace. That’s why teaming with DB Interiors pays off. We look at every office redesign with an eye for opportunities to make it better work for your business needs. Contact DB Interiors today to learn more!