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  • How Much Office Space Do I Need?

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  • There are so many types business, let alone industries and working styles, that require different sized offices depending on the work they perform.

    To give you an idea of what kind of sized space would be likely to suit your business best, we have provided some of the key points to consider.

    Firstly, take a thorough look at what’s working and what isn’t working in your current office environment. Once you have identified the strengths and weaknesses, you’ll be in an ideal position to start questioning where there is room for improvement.

    If you decide to hire a fit out partner they can do all the hard work for you. This includes interviewing staff, liaising with upper management and uncovering the finer details about how your business currently operates in your existing workspace.

    What kind of business are you?

    Think of what kind of day-to-day activity your business demands and how your space needs to support this. Are you more client-facing or employee centred? Are you a mix of both?

    How many people make up your team?

    It is vital that your office is big enough to cater for the size of your team.
    If you are looking to expand your office to fit your current number of employees, you may want to consider how much you could grow as a company over the next few years and plan ahead.

    What industry is your business in?

    Different industries often adhere to trends and design features that can benefit their way of working.

    What kind of industry your business is in can largely affect the way your team works. For instance, creative teams that need to fire ideas between one another often flourish with a more ‘walls down’ approach. Consider what kind of work environment would be most productive and useful to help your team to perform.

    What is your budget?

    This is undoubtedly the most fundamental point to consider and it is imperative to be realistic.

    First decide what the most important areas are to include in your new office, i.e. do you need meeting rooms and booths to thrive as a business? Would including an agile area be essential for productivity?

    Once you have an idea of the core space you can begin to budget for additional features like teapoints and breakout spaces, although these can also be very important for employee wellbeing.

    What kind of area are you looking at?

    Does the space reflect the brand? Does the location complement your business?

    You may want to think about how the cost of the area affects the amount of space you can afford, i.e. would an office in Stratford be a better move than a space in Mayfair? Could you get a bigger space in a cheaper location?

    Once you have considered each of these points you should have a more informed idea of what size space would benefit your business.

    What kind of working style would best suit your company?

    Everyone works best in different ways and recent developments in office designs encourage the workplace to be as versatile as possible. Employers are seeing improvements in productivity from areas like agile work spaces and hot desking around the office; team members are able to change their work environment depending on their needs at the time.

    Perhaps you want to factor in an extra meeting room or maybe a quiet room for employees who need time out to concentrate (without the distraction of phones, emails and general office chatter).

    Decide if you want to split your staff up into teams, each with their own pods – or whether an open plan layout would be more amenable. The way you utilise the available space can make or break the way you operate your business.

    Open plan designs are all the rage these days – with good reason. While an open plan solution may not suit everyone, it’s worth considering opening up any areas of your office that lend themselves to a less restrictive layout.

     

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