As the design of workspaces evolves to accommodate changing needs and technological advancements, its’ essential that office spaces are functional, efficient, and visually appealing. What’s more, commercial spaces also needs to flow so that building users are able to work as intuitively, efficiently and productively as possible while in the office.
What should be considered when thinking about the flow of your office?
There are several considerations to keep in mind during the design and build process. It’s important to consider the type of work being done in the space for example. Likewise, a clear idea of the number of employees likely to be in the office at any given time is vital. The type of technology required is also a factor.
Thinking about each of these details allows the design and build team to create a workplace that is set up to accommodate the movement of employees, reduce congestion, and allow for easy access to resources. They can also incorporate elements that promote wellbeing such as maximising natural light and incorporating greenery.
Only by factoring in these considerations can the space be truly optimised for productivity, functionality, and employee well-being.
Overlooking any one element could result in a bottle neck of team members unable to get where they need to be, or congestion around key areas such as technology locations.
Collaboration and shared responsibility
The most successful workplaces are those which are designed collaboratively. The design and build team may solicit input from a range of stakeholders:
Facility managers can provide valuable insights into the practicalities of managing the space day-to-day and ensure that it is safe and compliant with regulations.
Employees also have a role to play in the flow of office space. They are the ones who will be using the space daily. Their feedback can add additional layers of context into how the space can be best optimised to enhance productivity, enable efficient way of working and facilitate inter-team communication.
Employers who engage their staff in the design process may also benefit in other ways, above and beyond how the space is used. This process can help to create a sense of ownership and engagement, which can lead to greater job satisfaction, retention, and productivity.
Continuous evaluation and optimisation
Creating the ideal flow isn’t something that ends at the drawing board. It’s a continuous process that requires ongoing evaluation and adjusting. As the needs of the employees and the business change, the office space must also adapt. This requires regular assessment and feedback from all stakeholders, including building users.
At Space, we understand the importance of collaboration and ongoing evaluation in creating optimal office spaces. We prioritise client partnership, detail, organisation, and implementation in every project we undertake, which is why we’re able to successfully construct workspaces that inspire and delight, as evidenced by the success of our previous projects.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help create an office space that works for you.