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Tips for designing a positive working environment



Post Date

07 Mar 2022

When you’re designing a new office building space, there are a lot of considerations you’ll come across that maybe you hadn’t initially thought about. While you might know the basics: amenities, general floor plan and some specific aspects that your team have voiced interest in having, there can be functionality design nuances that make a big difference in how your space will work. Here are some of the key components to consider when designing an office space.

Does your intended office space work for its specific purpose?

The layout of an office for one business (open plan) might not work for another (where more isolated work spaces are required). A good example of this being a lost consideration for a lot of businesses was the trend toward open plan offices. There’s plenty of research that concludes it can be a very functional and positive environment, sure. But, following the trend without considering the needs of your team to adequately fulfil their job (needing quieter spaces for conference calls, phone calls or simply preferring less distraction) can give the opposite outcome. Think first about what your team needs to perform the specific service of your business, and work backwards from there to help begin the design of your office.

Does your chosen building company align with your business?

This can be along a lot of areas: their work ethos, the timeline you need things to happen in, the aesthetic (as the first impression of your front facing business, a very important part) and their communication style. If you aren’t on the same page with your building company, no amount of pre-planning, good intentions or money will create as seamless a process as possible. When it comes to commercial spaces, time is an extremely important factor and you will only lose out if any of your time is spent on back and forth disparities that could have been avoided with the right building company for you. 

Who do you need to enlist the help of to design your office space?

With all the planning required for a successful, functional office space, it’s worth enlisting the help of experts in office design; which can be through your building company, or niche consultants. They will help you explore and expand on broader ideas, understand how to best use a space and help you design your office with usability, a look that aligns with your business’s brand and productivity as a priority. 

Do you have a clear vision of your space before construction starts?

One of the most significant parts of creating a new office building space is in the planning. While the implementation is an exciting milestone, if you don’t have the groundwork solid before it begins you are risking facing a lot of unnecessary avoidable issues. Be sure that the outcome of the planning is clear in your own mind, and everyone else involved in the fit out, and keep track of the process to ensure it aligns with that planned vision. 

Are you looking to transform your current or new office space into a fit out that speaks to your business’s brand and personality? Talk to Buildingwise Construction today.