5 Reasons Why Your Office Layout Matters

19-July-2022 14:59
in General
by Admin
When moving to a new office or refurbishing an existing space, one of the key considerations that often gets overlooked is the layout. Whilst the decor, workstations, and electrical fittings need to be high on your list of priorities, getting the layout right is crucial as it can significantly impact workplace productivity and employee satisfaction.
Nowadays, the office is more than just a place to work. The office of today has become a hub for people to connect, create and recuperate. So, if you’re planning a refurbishment and want to know how you can reap the benefits of your office layout, read on to find out more.

A well-designed office layout…

1. Keeps Employees Happy

There are 24 hours in a day, and for most people, a large majority of this time is spent in their place of work. If your office is poorly designed and not fit for purpose, your employees will feel overwhelmed and undervalued. To boost employee morale and keep your staff happy, you need to create a space that is both inviting and functions effectively.

Incorporate spaces away from the workstation that encourage collaboration and inspire innovation such as large, open-plan meeting areas and break-out zones. If noise reduction and privacy are priorities, position your meeting spaces in a quieter part of the office or consider acoustic panels. This will allow employees to focus and maintain a sense of calm.  

2. Prioritises Employee Safety

When it comes to office layout, health and safety is a big priority. According to the UK government agency HSE, “Every room where persons work shall have sufficient floor area, height and unoccupied space for purposes of health, safety and welfare”. Furthermore, HSE states that fire escape routes must be easily accessible and unobstructed.

Whilst this might seem obvious, some business owners might be tempted to put too much focus on the design aesthetic or try to accommodate company expansion with additional seating where it may compromise health and safety. With a well-designed office layout, your space can be both stylish and safe. Take a look at the HSE website when planning your office layout so that you can mitigate risks early on.

3. Saves You Money

With health and safety in mind, you need to ensure that your staff are not crammed into a corner, and that there is plenty of room to move quickly in the case of an emergency. That being said, this does not stop you from being creative when it comes to the functionality of your office. With a little imagination, you can create a multifunctional work environment that will save you money by optimising what you already have.

Consider exploring modular furniture options so that you can seamlessly adapt to change without having to relocate or compromise on space. Partition walls and fixed workstations will cost you in the long run if you ever need to reconfigure your office layout. Instead, opt for moveable furniture such as desks on wheels and temporary partitions which are a great alternative and will allow you to be more flexible.

4. Increases Productivity

There is such thing as being TOO multifunctional. If you’ve ever had renovations carried out on your home and have had to move all your furniture and appliances into another room whilst the work is being done, you’ll know the frustration it causes when you’re trying to look for something amidst the chaos. When many people are forced to live within a cramped, confined space containing everything but the kitchen sink, it can be a nightmare to navigate, and you can quickly end up feeling overwhelmed and unproductive. 

The same applies to an office space. If an office doesn’t have clearly defined zones, employees will find it exceedingly difficult to get their job done. Plan your storage space wisely and make sure that each area has a purpose. If your coffee station doubles as a filing cabinet, it’s time to re-evaluate your layout and introduce some order back into the office. In doing so, productivity levels will skyrocket, and your employees will be eternally grateful for it. 

 5. Facilitates Supervision

When a new employee joins a company, it’s necessary to have a supervisor or fellow staff member on hand to provide support and respond to any queries that they might have. Whilst we’re not expecting you to be breathing down the neck of your new recruit, it is beneficial to be at a close distance so that you can monitor progress and help to assist them when needed.

A good office layout will facilitate supervision by making you more accessible to staff members. On top of that, if there are ever any morale issues within the team, you should be able to spot them quickly and navigate throughout the space easily so that you can step in and get your team back on track. 

What Next? 

By now, you should be able to recognise why your office layout really matters. From productivity to employee wellbeing, the right office layout can help to revitalise your office environment and help your team to thrive. If you still need convincing, why not give us a call?

At McFeggan Brown, we take great pride in our ability to inspire clients with innovative layout solutions and are eager to help you make the most out of your office space. Whether you already have a layout in mind or would like us to create something bespoke, our friendly team are on hand to help. 

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