Office Layout Design

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Designing an efficient office starts with analysis. The goals of your company, how the employees should interact, and what the people in the office do are all important factors to consider before purchasing office equipment. Office furniture and layout are major investments that should not be taken lightly. Regardless of your intentions, the layout you choose and the furniture you buy become part of the work culture.

Designing a Fitting Office Layout

One way to start planning an office layout is to determine what makes a particular company unique. At a previous job of mine, the executives always stressed the importance of values. There were a handful of values that separated the business from its competitors, and those values were posted all over the walls. You couldn't walk 10 feet without being reminded of what the employees were supposed to be thinking about. That's an example of incorporating the work culture into an office layout.

Another factor to consider is how much interplay there should be among employees. In a creative environment where people will always be brainstorming together and collaboratively working on projects, there's little reason to place tall barriers in between workstations. This will only hinder productivity and discourage the interaction needed for optimal performance.

There are plenty of companies that specialize in office layout and design. Office designers ask questions, assess their clients' budgets, and come up with practical solutions. These businesses not only plan the office but also provide the furniture.

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