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Say yes to an open office!

Benefits open office design-BFG

An open office can help create a more efficient, friendlier and connected workplace.

The way we work has changed, so say goodbye to cubicles and traditional private offices and welcome large open spaces with zones for collaborative work and pods for private conversations.

We can now login, work and check emails from anywhere in the world, so how can we bring everyone together and encourage collaboration through office design? An open office encourages an environment where management is approachable and employees are productive, motivated and feel valued. Great office design can help you get the most out of your staff, make your workplace more desirable and help retention.

Reduce your overheads

An open office plan requires less floor space per person, potentially reducing your real estate or rental costs. Since equipment is more easily shared, your set-up costs may also be lower. Plus, you’ll have more flexibility as your personnel requirements change.

Encourage collaboration

To collaborate is to bring people together and to share ideas. It’s important to understand how your staff work, so make sure to consider:

  • how teams work together
  • what are their individual needs and requirements
  • what do they need in their space to enable them to perform daily tasks
  • what changes are required to support a mobile workforce
  • Doing your research and planning accordingly will ensure a successful transition to an open plan office.

Doing your research and planning accordingly will ensure a successful transition to an open plan office.

Reduce your email inbox

For some of us, our inbox is the bane of our working life. Ditch the traditional way of communicating, get up and connect face to face with your team. In an open plan office, it’s easier for colleagues to communicate, which is faster and more productive than going back and forth via email or messaging.

A sense of community

In a traditional office set up, many staff members come to work, shut their door and keep to themselves or their immediate co-workers. An open plan office changes this dynamic; individuals are aware of what’s happening in other parts of the company and feel more engaged and involved.

Make sure management spends at least some time working in the open space as well. They’ll be more approachable and also have a real sense of what’s going on with their staff.

What about distractions?

The key to a successful open office is to create different spaces or zones:

  • An office zone with desks where staff can collaborate, ask questions and share ideas
  • Quiet zones where people can easily focus or work on time-sensitive tasks
  • An area for small group conversations or brainstorming sessions
  • Private spaces for phone calls or work of a confidential nature
  • Meeting rooms

 

To create an office that provides the right balance of individual and collaborative workspaces, contact us today.

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Future Proofing!

Create flexible working spaces that can adapt to your changing needs 

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to create a working environment that can evolve with your company's needs and keep up with ever-changing technologies and working styles. Here are a few things to consider when setting up or refurbishing your office space:

Future Planning

Design your space for adaptability. Look at desks, tables and seating that all fit together and configure in a variety of formations. Are you able to accommodate new staff members or adjust your desk configuration for presentations or large projects? Creating zones for low noise work areas, along with collaborative spaces will cater to a range of working styles and enable higher productivity levels amongst staff.

Invest in Technology

Flexibility is key in a modern working environment, and utilising Cloud based IT resources is an important way to provide staff members with a ‘work from anywhere’ atmosphere. This gives the ability to accommodate staff members with children, sales reps on the road or even the simplicity of moving freely around the office and away from the traditional, and sedentary, desk and chair setup.

Don't cheap out on the chairs!

Be clever with your furniture! Comfort is key and having a chair that promotes correct ergonomics is essential. There’s nothing worse than sitting in an uncomfortable chair for hours on end. Correct seating is dependent upon your height, leg length and usability of your workplace tools. Make sure you’re looking straight ahead at a computer screen, and that everything you need is in a workable distance.