Designing an office space isn’t like designing a home. Keep comfort in mind, but not at the expense of productivity. For example, leather back office chairs are comfortable, but your employees will have trouble moving around in them if they don’t swivel.
On that note, here’s what to consider while designing your office:
The first step in creating any office is to make the most of the space you have. Everything from foot traffic to office equipment needs accounting. Also, take safety into consideration. For example, in case of a fire, you want enough space for all employees to safely exit the office in unison.
You get what you pay for. if you buy cheaper varieties of office furniture and upgrade as your business takes off, it may come back to bite you. Substandard furniture hinders productivity. Consider that poorly made office chairs cause back pain. Studies show that back pain costs employers an estimated $7.6 billion a year in lost productivity.
Some tasks require privacy. Keep this in mind while designing your office space. For example, let’s say that your company hires software developers. When planning the program, they will need space to work together as a team. When it comes time to code, each individual needs quiet and privacy to focus on their portion of the program. Map out where you can place common areas and cubicles or offices. If cubicles take up more space than you like, you can always use blinds or screens.
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