Hands up if you ever struggled to choose the layout of your office.
We understand. Your budget’s too tight for huge and spacious office. You are bored with the cubicles but not sure what good would the start-up style office do for you. You’re worried that it’ll be too risky to try a completely new office layout or it may undermine the productivity of your team.
The good news is, many other SMEs have been suffering from the same concerns and archiparti compares 3 most common office layouts for you. Office design is very important as it directly influences the working environment, culture and employees’ morale. After reading this piece you’ll finally know which layout best suits you. Ready? let’s get started!
Here are some popular office designs:
Example: One of our most frequently requested reference styles: Blueprint office (location: Quarrybay, Hong Kong)
Use movable desks and seats to increase the flexibility of the office, this allows easy changes in layouts. Hence changes in the number of your team is no longer a problem.
Without dividers and cubicles, open plan space nurtures a transparent and intimate culture. it also encourages discussions and teamwork which have been proven to increase productivity and sense of belonging for employees.
The office can still fit everyone in during the busiest time with some compromise in individual space, or by adding more chairs around the big table.
Open plan places can be noisy and distracting.
Boss and everyone else may be able to see your screen and works, which could be an invasion of privacy. Similarly, it may also be inconvenient when dealing with confidential documents or having confidential discussions.
If there is no one designated to clean the office or there is no clear policy, then the working space can become cluttered and messy quite quickly.
The barrier blocks sound and disturbance which may help you focus on tasks, hence improving productivity.
Within the cubicle, everything is under your total control. Your laptop, stationeries, heaps of paper will remain unattained even you’re away from it for days.
More areas for display as you can pin on the dividers. You can decorate it any way you’d like.
Easy to keep the overall office clean as everyone is responsible for their own area, and messiness is hidden behind the dividers.
Workers are viewed merely as labors instead of part of a team. There is little sense of belonging to the business.
Employees may find it hard to move around in small cubicles. Sometimes the stuffy space causes discomfort and inconvenience, resulting in low efficiency.
For functions/roles that require a lot of privacy/storage space
Employees will be able to concentrate on their tasks more when they are not worrying or stressing about confidential information and documents. Independent rooms will mean everything business related will stay in that room.
Due to the fact that the room is entirely for that business, none of the costs of running the office e.g. air-con is shared.
There may be less incentive to clear and clean the office because space is not shared with anyone else, this could lead to a lot of rubbish/unnecessary items to pile up over the years.
Paint walls into blackboard/whiteboard/glass for brainstorming and inspirations
Our last tip of the day: map out the positioning of your company first, then decide on your office. Your decision depends on what your company does and what company culture you want to nurture.
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