Companies are constantly evolving, either through expansion, downsizing or reorganization. As global markets change, many commercial and office spaces no longer serve the same purpose they did perhaps 18 months ago. Different personnel levels, pressures on production processes and changed working methods often lead to the office space feeling scattered and worn at the edges.
We all want a work environment that looks and feels good, but sometimes the money isn’t available to spruce things up. However, it may be that the problem is deeper, which requires reflection. As companies pull out of the recession, they may find themselves not only with atheistically outdated offices, but without expandable or flexible spaces. It’s no longer enough just to run a business, they have to be able to operate efficiently and without a basic structure, it’s hard for them to keep up with the growing demand.
Look around you. What doesn’t work?
Companies have understandably shied away from investing in their commercial offices over the past few years, preferring to invest their available budgets in core manufacturing equipment or settle for temporary solutions. However, these years have seen huge advances in communication technology and dramatically reduced the cost of data storage. This can allow companies to get rid of bulky filing cabinets and shelves of outdated business directories, thereby streamlining their archiving and information retrieval efforts. Promoting the use of new technology leads to better information storage, which speeds up future searches and presents answers in a consistent, easy-to-digest format.
Companies are using their newfound office space for the growing trend of having “breakout areas” or meeting spaces. They understand face-to-face meetings, the opportunity for department heads to inform employees about a change in the situation or to have team leaders motivate staff. This reduces reliance on lazy internal email practices and encourages a more efficient approach to business that promotes ideas and interactions from the bottom up.
Devices, files and paper goods always have to be stored in an office environment, but instead of large cabinets, many companies are looking for storage walls as a solution. In addition to creating clean lines in an office space, they can also provide more floor-to-ceiling storage space. The sharp finish inspires even the worst paper hoarders to make an effort and keep the office tidy.
The extra space can give companies an ideal opportunity to review the placement of workstations. Cramming personnel into a small space is often harmful, so if new space has been obtained by rearranging the storage facilities, then you can afford to look at the office space plan in a new way.
Research into staff and visitor traffic flows shows a business where high volumes and acoustic issues can be problematic. Companies can design the space using natural light sources, data points and power sources to keep infrastructure work to a minimum. The workstations can then be placed in the best possible place and there is enough space between them to optimize the work environment.
All offices now have plenty of unsightly wires and communication cables. Good office space design includes hollow table legs to hide all visual clutter and route cables behind walls or above false ceilings. Power and data points need to be modernized and increased outsourcing often means that offices now have to have sockets capable of supporting equipment imported from the Far East or the Indian subcontinent.
Meeting rooms and AV equipment
Good presentation skills are important when attracting new businesses and meeting rooms or conference facilities are a key factor in this process. Media walls that cover plasma and LCD screens are a must for any business that takes presentation seriously. It was great to have a plasma screen 18 months ago and it was enough to make them look state of the art compared to companies using projectors, but now it looks dated and clunky if it’s just mounted on an old desk in the corner of a wall. chamber.
Conference rooms also have to work harder and often have dual purposes, such as extra office space for seconded staff or converting the space entirely to hold lectures or seminars. They now need to be linked to the main network to avoid fumbling with flash cards when trying to charge a ‘company laptop’.
Combining places and changing spaces
Many companies have diplomatically entered the era of “consolidation”. One way to reduce overhead costs during this time has been to consolidate locations. This can be achieved by finding new premises for both commercial premises or by moving one part of the commercial building to the existing part of the commercial building. Finding a new building can often be a more expensive option, so many prefer to keep one building and make it work for new staff. A good office space design company finds innovative ways to combine the two business parts by examining the entire space and planning where each element would be best placed. Additional structural extensions may also be needed and they advise on solutions such as partitions, mezzanine floors and extensions.
Commercial restoration process
If you think your business is looking forward to and in need of office space design, most commercial remodeling companies offer a free initial consultation. It’s best to make sure this is the case before proceeding to avoid any misunderstandings.
The planning process of business premises begins with an investigation of existing practices and an investigation of the future needs of the business. Plans and 3D visuals are then produced to finalize the design and are presented with cost and schedule breakdowns. Most commercial space designers also contact the landlord and deal directly with the local design firm. The company’s job is to plan for the expansion and productivity growth that a well-designed office provides.