Factors to Consider in Planning for Work Spacesby Park Yin Blogger
Space planning is great for business. A
well-designed workspace has been proven to boost productivity and increase the
happiness and satisfaction of a workforce. If a company has an office, than
they should certainly consider utilizing a space planner to maximize the
potential of their space. With some careful planning and creativity, every
office can be an inviting place to work. Here are six key factors to creating
an efficient and productive space:
1. What do you need versus what do want
There are different requirements in each office
space that are uniquely designed for each and every occupants. However, it is often a question of whether
these requirements are actually needed or if these are only what the designer
wants to have. In dealing with this kind of question, we have to take note that
a well-designed space will always feel natural to the occupants. The space will
have to adapt to the needs of the workers, not the workers adjusting to its
workspace. If a company is highly
collaborative, more open spaces are needed to be provided so that the employees
can work and meet together.
It is not just the individual that needs to
have a personality. A space can also create their own by having a unique visual
appeal wherein the occupants can actually have the freedom to personalize it.
By using standard equipment that compliments the nature of the work done in the
space, you create a general look, a persona, that is uniquely owned by that
given space. This creates a sense of ownership, a sort of branding, which
promotes productivity and loyalty to the individuals occupying the space. Using
sliding doors in the pantry, for example instead of the usual drawers, and
adding cabinet hinges latch onto it, will make your workers
remember their bedrooms instead of their working spaces.
Each department also requires a different type
of work spaces. Sales may want cubicles or offices due to being on the phone
most of the day and requiring less sound, while other departments would rather
work in an open plan. A solid space plan will work the different space types
required into a cohesive and logical design.
3. Promote Positivity
Maintaining a positive attitude in the
workplace can help your workers become motivated unconsciously and encourage
them to give, as well as receive, positive feedback from everyone while at
While it is easy to envision an award winning
space design, the number one priority is still to ensure that the organization
can be functional in the most cost effective way possible in performing their
day-to-day operations. Considering the location of each department, taking into
account their daily interaction with each other must be properly planned. These
choices will ensure a layout that helps increase productivity and efficiency in
the work environment.
5. Adaptable to Technological changes
It is also important to consider required
technology and the equipment needed for each space that may change in the near
future – for example, before, office desks were arranged to accommodate the
installation of phone jacks, but now many workers use mobile phones for
day-to-day communication. Whereas cabinet hinges are often used in sliding
doors in our wardrobe, this is not true in the drawers and pedestals that
we can find in our office spaces.
6. Adequate Storage
Storage and filing often plays important role
in each company to accommodate the amount of papers and documents that are
being kept in the office. Ensuring space allocation for such things plays a
vital role in creating a worker’s friendly office space. Proper storage of
needed documents also increases productivity at work.
Created on Jan 27th 2018 09:51. Viewed 838 times.