For many companies, the work environment is evolving, which often results in the need for a fresh office design. In some cases, individual cubicles are being dismantled and replaced with a more open workspace. In other cases, the office layout is being changed for a more efficient, productive, and collaborative organization.
Whatever the specific design, and the reasons for it, the emphasis in today’s office design is usually placed on flexibility, efficiency, and simplicity. It is important that the layout of the office meets the requirements of today’s fast-paced working environment so common among upcoming entrepreneurs.
Design considerations for a fast-growing business
One of the more popular trends in office design is the open layout, which consists of an open space in which both top executives and managers sitting within the same area as everyone else. The open design often involves the removal of cubicles and walls, which is intended to encourage team spirit, collaboration, and encourage participation, learning, and conversation. However, this sort of layout might also hinder productivity due to the lack of privacy. If one decides on an open layout, it might be helpful to include a few nooks where employees can work quietly or hold meetings.
Another aspect of office design is the amount of space once needs. A good rule of thumb is to plan for about 150-200 square feet per employee. The main focus should be enough space to let employees feel comfortable when they are in the office, but not to have a huge open space when and if they work from home.
Part of being a start-up often means having limited funds and resources. This usually translates into a new company skimping on office furniture and going for the cheap varieties. However, excellent craftsmanship is extremely important and worth the investment. Employees will be spending the majority of their time sitting at their desks, so ergonomic chairs and desks of a high quality are important for their health and well-being – and everyone knows that healthy, happy employees are more productive!
The home office
While lots of time and thought go into designing a professional space, it is not always the same when it comes to home offices. When it comes to creating an office space for oneself, there are often fewer resources, less space, and less experience in office design. However, it is possible to create a workspace within the home that is both aesthetically pleasing and conducive to productivity.
Ideally, the home office should be a separate room that is away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Invest in a comfortable chair and find a table or desk that compliments it, while providing enough space to get the job done. There should be ample real estate for a phone, computer, extra monitor, and writing implements. Additionally, there should be ample natural lighting, with a lamp on the desk to help reduce eyestrain and fatigue.
When it comes to productivity and relaxation, the design principles of a home office is similar to that of a corporate space. Neutral colors always work well, but painting the walls green may spark creativity and energize the space. Natural wood grain on the floors and furniture help to alleviate stress and calm the mind. And as always, keep the room as organized and clutter-free as possible.
Whether an entrepreneur is starting off in an office with employees, or in a home office, there are several aspects of the working environment that need to be taken into consideration. As long as a business’s office is designed with space, quality furniture and productivity in mind, it is on the right track to being a success.