November 19, 2015

Dos and Don’ts for Your Office Layout

by TrueNorth Desks

How many times have we taken the time to stop the busywork of doing business? Probably not as often as we should. That’s how offices end up with office furniture all over the place. Especially for small to medium sized businesses who have grown quickly, we’re often too busy being successful to stop and think about what our space should actually look like. It’s easy to get used to one layout and just add furniture wherever it can fit. This is a great way to end up with inefficient layouts.

But good news! We can help, with these tips about how to make huge improvements in your layout without spending a huge amount of time:

Watch and Learn
Figuring out how different arrangements can benefit productivity is as simple as watching—what your employees are doing, who’s interacting with different departments, and what traffic areas are highest. These traffic and interaction patterns might illuminate some much-needed changes. Saving a few minutes here or there in travel time might not seem like a lot, but over weeks, minutes add up to hours, and over months, hours add up to days. And that can add a lot to your bottom line and your employee’s happiness level.

Don’t Get Stuck in the Single-Use Rut
If you spend $5,000 on office furniture that has a single use, you’re getting $5,000 worth of furniture. But if you spend that five grand on highly functional furniture, like sit to stand desks, you’re not just getting a new look—you’re breaking your employees out of routines, potentially adding a bunch of health benefits and creating an environment that’s outside of the boring old office look.

Let There Be Light
What would you think if you walked into a high end restaurant that had only glaring fluorescent lighting? Would you pay a premium price? You’d probably want to turn around and find a place that has an ambiance that matches the value of the establishment. If you have subpar lighting in your office, it’s not just your employees that will suffer—you’ll also risk giving your potential customers that come to visit a less than satisfactory first impression. Add some warmer light and make the most out of natural light sources.

Build Space That Can Only be Yours
Break out of the monotony of lookalike office spaces with rows and rows of cubicles. Having unique furniture, like motorized standing desks, or standing office desks can do this but it can also be done by peppering your space with branded elements.

Have Perspective
Successful redesign isn’t about spending a million dollars on the trendiest furniture you can find. Sometimes it’s just about seeing things in a different way than you’re used to. If you’re not doing a full redesign project, consider bringing in someone who specializes in redesign. They’ll know exactly how to make the most of what you have, without pressuring you into spending more than you want on furniture you don’t need.

Try us out today
TrueNorth can be a great part of your layout changes whether your adjustments are big or small. We’ve built one of the finest lines of sit to stand ergonomic desk lines on the market today. Take a look at our desks today.

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