With everything that is going on in relation to the global pandemic we have seen a wealth of businesses moving teams from commercial space to a more flexible working environment to allow for working from home as well as working from the offices.
Businesses all around the world are reassessing there current working space and adjusting suit the new “normal”. With now is the perfect time to reinvent what we see as the ideal “workspace” and whether you are planning on moving your office entirely or stripping out and refitting your current workspace to better suit your needs we can guide you through the process.
We have a vast experience in the art of office refitting so we thought it would be a great excuse to take you through our process to assist you with yours.
- “Prior preparation prevents poor performance”, ever heard that term? Well I am positive you have.
Before any project we like to explore with the client in question what their why? Is. For us to plan the perfect fit out we need to dig deep and find the real reason behind the project.
There are lots of different reasons why a client would be considering an office fit out and each one of them comes with a different route to solution. It is imperative for a successful project and client relationship that we get to the bottom of these.
- Money, money, money, money
Budget is a key consideration if not the main consideration when planning a project. Whether you budget is big or small we really need to know what we are working with.
List down the absolute essential’s elements for your plan and we can work
- Your team
This is particularly important if we will be working in areas that your team will be using through. We need to know when and where we can work on the project and carefully plan it to have minimal upheaval to your team.
- Your team (no I am not going crazy repeating myself)
This is a great time to get your teams input into the project to foster an environment of a productive workforce.
What is it about the current environment that they find distracting, uncomfortable or just plain ugly?
Would a bright clean workspace allow for them to focus acutely on the projects they are working on or would it be best to have eye-catching artwork up to encourage a creative mindset.
- Fast forward 3 years
What are your plans for the future of your business and team?
Do you plan to grow?
We aim to not only to fit you out with a beautifully designed office but also an office of high quality fixtures and fittings that will last for years to come, so you see a consideration for the future is really rather important.
- The world of wellbeing in the workplace is becoming more and more at the forefront of all employers minds and what a great time to really consider how you can improve the wellbeing of your team but when planning a refit.
We are very much believers that a happy workforce is a productive workforce and happiness in itself iv very personal to each and everyone of your team members.
So “how are we supposed to keep everyone happy if it is so different for each person” I hear you ask, well it is quite simply the small things. A communal space for sitting and grabbing a drink from the coffee machine, it could just be some seating in an outdoor space to encourage your team to get some fresh air.
If you have a traditional boardroom, why not consider making it multifunctional. Boardrooms in our experience are rarely areas that get used daily so why not take advantage of when it is not in use.
- Function over fashion
We totally get that you would all love that super stylish space to call home (well within work hours that is) but we do have to keep in mind through this whole process that we are designing a place of work.
Consider the comfort of your team when choosing things like desk chairs, why not contemplate a desk that can go from sitting to standing.
Creating different (environment) areas of the room is a great way to get your team to benefit from the odd change of scenery and it has been proven time and time again that it is actual beneficial in terms of productivity.
We really do hope you find this blog post useful when planning your new workspace.