It’s often tough to tell if your current office layout is working. Unless you have a clear set of data showing how productivity has changed since your last redesign, it’s pretty much guesswork. But there are clear signs that will tell you that there might be something wrong with the way your office is set up. If you are already considering remodelling your office, there are some things that you’ll need to watch out for if you don’t want to end up making things worse. Here are some of the major mistakes people make when remodelling their offices.
Going with Trends
The main goal of an office remodel should not be to make the office prettier; you need to make it more conducive to work. So, don’t make the mistake of making choices based on aesthetics first. Another thing you need to avoid is assuming that certain types of office layouts are automatically better. We’re thinking specifically about open offices here. Traditional offices have been vilified by many people for no reason and many businesses assume that they have to switch to an open floor design to get with the times.
If you don’t know the difference between an open office and a traditional office, an open office uses an open floor space with shared desks and desk clusters, while a traditional office will have your classic desks and cubicles. Some people complain about the feeling of isolation that comes with traditional offices, but sometimes isolation and privacy are what your employees need.
If you’re in a sales heavy business where employees have to engage in sometimes very intimate conversations with clients, then an open layout makes no sense. But, if you focus mainly on collaboration, an open office might work. So, look at the nature of your workforce and consider all layout options while looking at the pros and cons of each.
Not Consulting their Employees
You should survey your employees and higher-ups before you even think of going for a remodel. You might find out things that they liked about the old layout or things they want to be changed. You shouldn’t let their advice dictate where you’re going to go, but it could help you with inspiration and make sure that you won’t make changes that will be universally hated.
Not Segmenting the Work
Another mistake people make during office remodels is not thinking about business during the remodel. These projects can take a lot of time, and if major structural changes are involved, then the activity could disrupt operations. So, you will need to see if you can have the work done in portions so you can somewhat close off the working area, prevent fumes and debris from affecting your employees, and set up work arrangements so that work can go on.
There are many things you’ll need to think about before starting an office remodelling project. Avoid these mistakes we’ve mentioned and have a solid plan so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.