Any company which is moving to new premises will have to prepare for a lot of upheaval, but it is important not to overlook the details when you are arranging your office space. It may seem an insurmountable task to get everything packed up and transported to the new space without incident, but it is also important to think about how you will maximize your new offices once you have arrived.
Planning for success
At one point, the hierarchy of the office was easily determined by the way people’s desks were organized and even businesses which were largely clerical were arranged in a similar way to the factories which they had superseded. Management sat in individual offices with the lower orders such as the typing pool packed into rows in communal spaces, with those in between running between the two and trying to maintain order. The division between those at the top and those in entry level jobs was clearly evident and the elevated position afforded to those in charge meant that their contact with those on the lower rungs was limited.
Plan for success
Modern office planning tends more towards open plan arrangements, with the flow of information being stimulated by the ease of communication between co-workers. There is also a lot to be said for allowing those in more junior jobs access to those in management in order to promote the sharing of ideas between those who may otherwise be unlikely to come into contact with one another. However, it is not as simple as having a free-for-all when it comes to arranging people’s work spaces as there still needs to be consideration given to the roles various departments undertake when considering how best to organize them.
Learn from the experts
Many different organizations, from The Pentagon to Google, have re-written the rules when it comes to how offices should be arranged. From rows of desks to no desks at all, almost every configuration of workers has been tried out over the years. However, not every idea will work for every business, so it is important to take into account the nature of your company’s structure when planning your office layout. A rented business space in Gloucester, for example, might not be suitable for a fireman’s pole or shelter smelter in the same way that Google’s purpose-built offices in Zurich have been designed.
Getting the balance right
While having an open plan office can help forge better relations between colleagues, offers the opportunity for better communication and often provides a more productive environment, it is important to ensure that the potential pitfalls are managed. Open plan offices can be noisy, so ensuring that there are spaces provided for people who need to work quietly is vital to ensure that people can get away from the hustle and bustle of the shared space. It is also important to ensure that you give consideration to the way that people in different roles interact to ensure that you priorities ease of communication between colleagues who need to interact with one another the most.
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