Aubrette. Office Design. July 05th , 2017.
Depending on an individuals tasks, some employees will need a higher level of privacy to allow for deeper concentration while others will need to be in communication at all times. For example, a tight corner cubicle with high panels would not be suitable for people in a creative role who need to be in constant communication with their team. Sales people, on the other hand, may need to be in quieter, enclosed spaces so that they can carry on confidential phone conversations or conduct meetings in private. Either way, whether the office space is more open-concept or has more private offices, it is always a good idea to designate rooms for coffee breaks and office equipment to an area away from the main workstations. In this way the noise level will not bother other staff members.
How does this urban planning model play out in terms of office productivity? Office assistants, for example, are generally situated in spaces that are more public, often close to the main passageways so that they are more accessible to their supervisors and other staff members. In contrast, more senior management tend to have offices with doors so that they are able to hold private meetings or work in seclusion if their tasks require a deeper level of concentration. Of course, the company culture will ultimately dictate where senior management put their offices. It is a trend among some types of companies for managers and CEOs to sit in open workstations along with their staff, so as to appear more accessible.
What lies ahead for occupancy ratios? As mobile technology improves, as home working becomes more viable with bandwidth increases, and as part-time working becomes more widespread, so the need for one desk per person diminishes. Increasingly modern office design is moving towards a ratio of 7 or 8 desks for every 10 staff. The next question is then about saving money by reducing the overall office space rental, or to perhaps give some of the space over to social and team purposes? One of the leading adopters of modern office design, incorporating flexible working and shared desk allocation, CISCO Systems, works on a ratio of 160 sq ft per person. Clearly, they havent used unallocated desks and mobile working as a cost-cutting measure.
Consider the needs of your employees as well when mulling over the best design for your office. Pick a design scheme that will really boost their creativity and provide inspiration for them. It should also be comfortable and practical for working in. Now that you are moving office and having the space redesigned and refurbished, it is time to consider whether you are going to sell your old office equipment and buy new equipment. Some of your old office furniture and decoration may no longer work with your new space. They can actually be sold to small starting companies through second hand furniture shops.
Office Fit Out Costs Suggested price ranges: for a CAT B office fit out of £40 - £60 per square foot for a basic specification, £60 - £80 psf for a mid-range scheme, £80 - £100 psf for a high quality project and £120 + for projects incorporating outstanding office design ideas and quality. Typically, these figures include separate professional fees for architects, external project management and cost control that together account for the difference between Design & Build fit-out costs and the traditional examples quoted.
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