Good office design at home or at work can work as a problem solver and problem prevention process. It’s amazing how many people spend a lot of money renovating offices, and simply don’t realize they’ve got a great chance to do themselves a favour, solve a lot of space management and other issues in the workplace while they’re doing it. The fact is that most office designs do have some flaws. Space tends to get eaten up by new equipment, and it really is important to stay on top of these problems to create an optimized work area.
Office design basics- Working with available space
Good office design really can create a great working environment. A combination of appropriate office workstations, filing and storage can create space and add dimensions to the most demanding workplace.
These are the issues:
•Space- You’ve only got so much floor space and cubic space to work with.
•Access- You need to allow room to move around and to access equipment easily to avoid the obstacle course effect.
•Functionality- The workplace must be able to accommodate equipment, cabling, visual displays and other paraphernalia and eliminate clutter.
•Budget- Good office renovations don’t have to cost a fortune. Be as fussy as you like, and talk to suppliers about package options.
You’ll need to get dimensions for your work area to measure up for your new office furniture and related storage space. This allows you to plan your space layout efficiently and without guesswork. Remember that you’ll have to allow space for movement, usually about 25% of the available area.
Planning your office space
Best practice for workspaces is to use the walls as guidelines. Most office furniture and other equipment is aligned around them. The walls also give you an exact figure for calculating where to put your new furniture and workstations.
A best practice configuration is based on allowing easy placement of workstations, equipment, filing and storage. In many cases, these different categories are separated, putting each in its own easy to access part of the workspace and out of the way of people moving around.
Note:If you’ve got a standalone office desk in the workspace, it should be well clear of any operational areas, so the occupant can move freely.
Obviously, different offices have different needs. If you’re in an office studio, you may have special needs for special equipment. Best practice is to keep these functions separate within the office design context, giving them their own space outside the rest of the working environment.
Very important-Also remember that for both OHS and hygienic reasons, you’ll need to consider office cleaning access to maintain a healthy working environment. If a layout looks too small for someone to get in with commercial cleaning equipment, it is too small for people to work comfortably.
Some office designs can be extremely complex, particularly in multitasking environments. If you’re renovating an area which regularly has business clients, you’ll also need to consider their access, ease of movement and seating. You may need some professional advice to ensure you’ve got everything properly configured.
If so, talk to your office furniture suppliers. You’ll find they can provide you with good packages to solve problems and deal with the issues. You’ll be stunned at what’s possible, even on a budget.