The below are things you need to think about when it comes to furnishing your office space. For this we would offer space planning, you need to also consider where to put communications and office equipment at the same time as these items will likely need to be plugged into sockets, which may affect where you put your furniture items.
Opening the first office requires a lot of input and support. So to make everything as simple and streamlined as possible, focus on creating a layout and workflow that supports your company’s primary tasks and increase productivity from day one.
Your layout will be dependent on how many employees you have. The key thing is to think about your most frequently used equipment, files, and stationery, as well as which employees work together most day-to-day. If you have a departmental structure, for example, then you’ll want to place the people in each department close to each other.
Depending on your business you’ll probably be looking at one of three layouts. Each one has benefits for different businesses, and choose the best one that reflects your employees work habits and your business needs.
You will likely need at three types of basic furniture for your office, but you may require more depending on break areas and meeting room space.
Other areas to consider in your office space will require other types of furniture, such as tables and chairs or large meeting room tables.
Workplace culture is the environment that you create for your employees. It is the mix of your organisation’s leadership, values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviours, and attitudes – and workplace design plays a huge role in shaping and maintaining a positive workplace culture.
“Improve teamwork, raise morale, increase productivity & enhance workforce retention”
Creating a positive workplace culture improves teamwork, raises the morale, increases productivity and efficiency, and enhances retention of the workforce. Also, job satisfaction, collaboration, and work performance are all enhanced – and, most importantly, a positive workplace environment reduces stress in employees.
If you have an accountant, they should be your first stop for business advice. If you don’t have an accountant or they can’t help, BuBul has a wide range of experts available. For advice on planning your office, contact our expert* Jenna on LinkedIn.
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