Office Design: Five Frequent Faux Pas

"A...faux pas is what happens when you're not confident with yourself."

~Loulou de la Falaise

Whether upgrading your office, refurbishing or going for a full fit out change, you need to get things right from the onset. Lets face it, whilst it's great to get the finished product there is a huge upheaval in changing your office - not something you want to be doing too often.

In an attempt to help you get it right first time, here are 20sixltd's five most frequent office design faux pas.

Office Design | Five Frequent Faux Pas

No Meeting Space: There is a quiet (no pun intended...) backlash in some quarters against the big, gregarious, open plan office space due in part to the need for areas to work quietly in (see below). That being said, you don't want to end up in a situation where everybody has to try and crowd around a single desk in a tiny office cubicle if you need to have a group meeting. If open plan isn't for you don't forget that you will still need a working area for meetings with both staff and clients.

No Realism: You may fancy a roaring Harley-Davidson but you need to see if that's what your finances can stretch too. You can expect a lot from a great office design firm but you cannot expect miracles. If your budget is going to limit you to a 50cc two stroke scooter then you need to be honest with yourself about what you can expect from the design, the fit out and the furniture.

No Quiet Space: Offices can be noisy environments, but some of us need a quiet space to work in (see more in our Office Noise Solutions post). Collaboration and group meetings can bring out the best in productivity, but not for everyone. There are times when we get out best ideas when we are alone and in a peaceful place. If you only have a huge boardroom unoccupied for that quiet space it becomes a wasted space. And a little cupboard off the beaten track with a flickering light and camping table doesn't count as a decent quiet working space....

No Function: Have you seen Google's office slides? Or LinkedIn's lovely long inter-office desk in Sydney? How about including a cycle track? Or an office chair made from a Vintage Vespa Scooter? As great as all of the above would be, we still to create a space in which people can carry out their work obligations. Knowing what you need your office space to be goes a long way to making your office space do.

No Collaboration: Who is going to be using your office? Will it be the design company? Is it just for yourself? Will you have both regular staff and those who will be on the road a lot or working from home? Will you be entertaining clients? Meeting potential partners? Your office revamp has to take into account the needs of those who will be using it most and/or those who will be bringing in the most revenue. By asking everybody involved what they need from their working environment you are more likely to achieve a happy, and productive, workforce.

Of course this does not cover all of the elements that you need to take into consideration when looking at a new office design, a refresh fit out or just updating your office furniture - but it's a good starting platform to get things right from the onset.

If you would like help with your office fit out, furniture or design please get in touch with us here at 20six


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