How to make the most of your office design

Thursday, 2nd June 2016

How to make the most of your office design

There’s no doubt that an intelligent office design and layout will help your business thrive. But in reality, there may be restrictions on your budget or timing which limits your options. The good news is that there are plenty of simple and cost-effective changes you can make that will provide your staff with a clean, fresh and inspiring place to work.


What do you hope to achieve?

Understanding your key objectives is the first step to focusing your efforts and making sure you get maximum value for money in your office interior design. These may include:


·        providing staff with the technology to work in new and different ways

·        reducing office expenses and becoming more efficient

·        creating a more environmentally sustainable workplace environment

·        building a positive reputation and becoming an employer of choice

·        creating an inspiring workplace environment that staff enjoy spending time in and supports their needs.

Once you have listed your key objectives, place them in order of priority. This will narrow down the scope of the project and make sure it provides you with a valuable return on investment.


Small changes that make a big difference

Once you understand your key objectives, it’s time to assess your office design and layout, to see what changes you can make that will help you achieve your goals. Often, small changes can make a big difference to your business and will allow you to refresh your office interior design, whilst keeping within the restraints of your budget.


New furniture

Buying new office furniture is one of the fastest ways to dramatically change the look of an office space. Something as simple as swapping traditional partitions with streamlined workspaces can open up the space and create a more collaborative team environment. Modern chairs and desks can also allow you to improve ergonomics and create a healthier workplace for your staff.

Before you start shopping, make sure you conduct an ergonomic assessment of your existing furniture and consider what style will best reflect your brand. You should also consider how the furniture is used each day, so you choose items that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing.


Fresh paint

A fresh coat of paint or a new colour scheme can make a world of difference to your workplace. Not only can it rejuvenate a tired-looking office, but a change in colour may also boost the mood of your employees, enhance their productivity and support their emotional wellbeing.

Choosing a colour scheme for your office is an important decision, so it’s best to leave it to the experts. Our interior design experts will consider the size, shape and layout of your workplace, as well as how colour will enhance the natural and artificial light in your office. We’ll also make sure it reflects your brand personality and create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for staff and visitors.


New layout

A new office layout can help your teams work more efficiently and give them the space they need to collaborate on projects. Your office layout should be carefully designed to maximise natural light, eliminate wires and other clutter, support the workflow of your staff and provide them with casual spaces to relax and recharge. You’ll also need to consider elements like storage and administration areas in your office space planning.

There is a growing trend towards flexible workspace that can be easily moved around the office and used for a range of purposes. This offers more value for money than a permanent layout, which may quickly become outdated as your business grows and changes. 


New kitchen or breakout area

Research shows that taking regular breaks at work can make you happier, more focused and more productive. Creating a modern kitchen or casual dining area is one of the best ways to encourage staff to step away from their desk and take breaks during the day. It also gives teams an opportunity to socialise and provides an informal space to chat and collaborate on projects. These are all important elements of creating a positive workplace culture that will help you attract and retain staff over the long term.

WorkCover NSW recommends one square metre of clear space for each employee in kitchen or dining areas, excluding furniture and décor. This will ensure the area is safe and gives staff enough room to relax and enjoy their coffee or meal.


Technology upgrade

The right technology is critical for business productivity, efficiency and growth. Your IT system should support staff and help them stay agile, while preparing your business for the future. If your staff are frustrated and your IT system isn’t keeping up with the latest technology trends, it might be time for a formal review.

Our team will look at best practice technology solutions that suit your budget, so you can improve your day-to-day operations. This may mean moving your business into the cloud, or installing a system that better aligns with your workflow. Each solution will be designed with your business in mind and allow you to make the most of your IT budget.


Workplace strategy

If you’re not sure where to start, consider talking to Axiom Projects about a workplace strategy. We’ll get to know your business, office space and staff, to determine what changes will deliver the best results. These will align to your budget and business needs, so you get maximum value for money at every stage of the project.


If you’re looking to get maximum value for money from your office interior design, contact us to find out how Axiom Projects can help.