How Office Layout Affects Productivity
There are many different types of workplaces out there, each characterised by their own ethos and approach to productivity. When comparing these businesses, you will likely find that their major differences in ethos and approach are closely tied to the layout and environment of their office spaces. This points to the idea that an office’s design is closely tied to employee work patterns, productivity and happiness. Though there is no one-true layout that increases the amount of work done and the energy under which it is conducted, there are layouts that when paired with certain missions and approaches, that create a far more productive work environment.
The Relationships Between Office Layout and Work Patterns
Since each business has its own approach to the average work day, it can be nearly impossible to pin-point a layout plan that suits each one. However, by knowing how your layout affects employee energy, motivation and productivity can help you design a workspace with optimal productivity. Consider how communication needs to happen, or how work needs to be passed down the line when setting up your offices, to create spaces that encourage seamless workflow, easy communication and private as well as collaborative spaces.
Open Plan Offices and Cellular Ones
Open planned spaces might make for a more relaxed and easy going work environment, and these when combined with the right approach to work, could actually result in higher levels of productivity. They also allow for ideas to be bounced around in a collaborative environment where communication is free and easy. However, office spaces should also provide privacy for workers to conduct their business uninterrupted; and these ideas will need to be secluded, silent and well equipped.
Finding a Balance Between Private and Shared Spaces
The trick to getting the balance of space right, is knowing your own business and its needs. If you are looking for a dynamic and energetic workspace, there will obviously be a lot more attention paid to communal areas (though that is not to say that private ones should be ignored). On the other hand, if your firm believes that silence is golden, these communal areas will be reserved for staff-room, boardrooms and meeting rooms.
Contact Flexible Workspaces for Details
The approach you take will depend on your needs and the office environment you wish to foster. If you would like professional guidance through coming up with the perfect layout to boost productivity in your workspaces, contact a representative from Flexible Workspace today, or visit our website for details.
By Brad Porter