Modern corporate office design focuses on collaboration and maximising the usage of floor space, without the conventional cubicle system. With such, boundaries become blurred and more flexible systems are used to divide spaces. Instead of the usual permanent wall structures, room dividers, plants and other means are used to separate workspaces.
Storage at the staff member work stations is reduced, as this helps to minimise clutter. Instead, central storage spaces are used, which also promote better usage of work areas. With personal lockers, it is possible to effectively enforce the policy of clear desks and thus office neatness.
Project hubs are created where teams can collaborate, ensuring clutter free work areas. Understanding the need for some enclosed spaces, modern corporate office design focuses on the creation of communal areas, such as kitchens, utility areas, relaxation rooms, meeting rooms and collaboration hubs, while enclosed offices are connected with other worker areas.
Increased reliance on technology has necessitated the strategic placement of technologies, such as multi-functional printers and copiers, to ensure optimal access for all staff members with minimal need to walk long distances. Work points are distributed effectively to ensure easier access. Such designs also make provision for mobile technology applications.
Communal areas are equipped sufficiently with tools necessary to perform well, including overhead projectors, internet connectivity, WiFi hotspots, white boards and related equipment. Given the need to limit access to certain resources or areas for security reasons, the contemporary corporate office design also makes provision for access control to meeting rooms, stores and vaults. Public areas are separated from the main office areas and include reception areas, restrooms and luncheon facilities, as well as auditoriums.
Moving away from closed offices and cubicles helps firms to reduce the email load on their employees. With workers in close proximity to each other, communication is promoted and the need for formal meetings or emails reduced.
Although many people are introverts and may prefer working in closed offices or cubicles, teamwork is emphasised today. Such is only possible when people interact on a regular basis and with closed offices, introverts hardly ever get the chance to interact with others. This leads to knowledge silos which don’t contribute to the reaching of company goals.
The above being said, diverse office spaces are essential for open plan corporate office designs to work effectively. Noise and constant interruptions most certainly don’t help to improve productivity and certain workers, because of their specific job responsibilities, need quiet work environments. For such, workers enclosed office areas must be created or at least spaced far from the communication hubs. It is thus important to speak to the various employees to assess their preferences and privacy requirements before selecting a particular corporate office design. Variety is essential for optimal functionality.
Make use of our expertise to help you design office spaces that will facilitate optimal collaboration, without compromising on security, privacy and productivity requirements. We work with you to make your vision a reality within your firm’s budget limits and the set timeframes.