Growing business, increasing staff, refreshing space — whatever the reason for an office redesign, the notion of starting such a task can be overwhelming. You may wonder, “What is the first step? And how do I make it to the last? Who has time for this?” Tackling an office redesign is as complicated or simple as you make it. Here are five steps that may help simplify the process.
Design a Layout
Think about your office needs. What is your focus? Is it sales, engineering, design, creativity? What is the overall work style in your office? The office space should be redesigned to compliment your work style, and if you have more than one employee, you probably have a mixture of styles. Catering the office redesign layout to your employees by offering a variety of workspaces will increase productivity. Do you need rows of cubicles? Will one large conference table be suitable for collaborative work? If your employees need hours of individual, focused time, then you will need more workspace dedicated to private or semi private tasks. If most of the time at the office is spent in collaboration, then incorporate into the layout more open workspace or flexible spaces for meetings. Chances are that redesigning the office layout will significantly benefit your employees, production, and overall business.
Encourage more creative thinking and collaboration by making space for it. Where can you include space to spark an impromptu meeting or a place to chat about a great idea beyond the water cooler? Add a couple occasional chairs and a small table in a nook. Such spaces in a modern office are important for employee comfort and productivity. Also, consider a less bulky alternative to enclosed cubicles like open benching cubicles with glass dividers that allow collaboration, provide some privacy, and lend to an open design.
Now, write down your ideas. Create a simple sketch or even a description of the changes you want to make. Take advantage of our Free Space Planning service!
Once you’ve explored the your office space and layout needs consider your budget. Office furniture is one of the best investments you can make in an office redesign. This is where the bulk of the budget will probably be designated. If the budget is tight, there are ways to recreate a cost-effective space. One tip is to opt for an open plan layout. Fewer individual rooms will allow for more natural light to travel throughout the office. This design offers opportunity for shared workstations, and when you are ready to increase staff size, it can easily accommodate the growth.
Maximize your budget by choosing a clean, simple design. Minimalism has been a positive trend in many areas of design in recent years. How can incorporating minimalistic style benefit your office redesign and your budget? Clean, clear space has been proven to increase productivity and well-being, and if less is truly more, then do not worry about spending money on expensive office art. Instead, promote employee well-being and productivity while decorating minimally. Bring nature inside with plants, add color with wall paint or perhaps create DIY canvas art or vinyl lettering that communicates your business’s vision, mission, or goals.
Beauty and functionality can surely be achieved with any budget.
Ask your staff about their wants and needs in the office space. Today, the trend is to make sure the space is designed to cater to your employees. No longer is productivity defined by sitting at a desk, alone, head-down. Creative ideas are sparked and carried out in collaboration. Also, involving your staff in the office redesign is a great way to promote workplace morale. The first way you can get your staff involved is just by asking them about their ideas for the space. Consider a meeting or begin asking individuals in casual conversation.
Be sure to also involve all departments. The staff or organizations that offer IT support, for example, are often the last to know about changes like an office redesign. It can greatly streamline the project by including the proper departments in the planning process. They can even offer suggestions to optimize technology, like supplying power to newly configured spaces, hiding unsightly cords and hardware, and deploying advanced office technology.
Get everyone involved by hosting a paint or decorating day. This will give employees a dedicated time to add personal touches to the space. It can also serve as a team-building opportunity when everyone pitches in and works toward the common goal of making the office work-ready.
Seek Professional Help
You may be tempted to tackle an office redesign on your own; however, employing help from a professional will save you time and money, both of which are probably your reasons for a DIY in the first place. Jason E. Williams of E Cover Me, testifies that our design for his office saved him time and money and gave him an end product that he loves. Can you imagine coming to the office each day with the attitude, “I love this place!” ? An experienced, professional office designer will deliver such results.
Maybe you think, “I can save so much money finding used furniture. I don’t need to buy new from a retail company.” You are right! New cubicles and desks are a large expense. We can provide you with many preowned options. In fact, we will work with you to find exactly the furniture you need and want, used or new, for your office redesign.
Donate Old Furniture
We also offer office furniture liquidations and decommissions. The EPA reports that 9.8 million tons of furniture ends up in landfills each year. What will you do with any furniture you choose to eliminate? Discarding your old office furniture goes beyond sitting it out at the curb. First, that is a lot of physical work, especially if your office is not at ground level. Secondly, the old desks or cabinets can bring new life to another office.
If you do not want your used furniture thrown in a landfill, give us a call. We resell, repurpose, donate and recycle quality furniture. Our goal is to keep good furniture in the hands of people who can use it. Give us call to learn more, and to see if we can help @ 314-266-9083!
We Can Help
Follow these five steps and make your office redesign exceptional by purchasing the right furniture for your business. Better Office Furniture can help make your redesign successful. Our 20 years of experience will not let you down!
Make an appointment to visit our showroom and see some great office redesign options for yourself. Contact us today and find out why Better Office Furniture truly is better.