Today’s spaces in offices are smaller. However, they are also more functional. As a result, the office is more active. Now, spaces are set aside for a library, resource centre, coffee bar, or café. Pint-sized offices are also well-utilised and frequently feature a sofa, chair, desk, laptop, and phone connections.
The Allocation of Space
Typically, the real estate or office space that has been used traditionally was allocated by an employee’s title. However, the trend has shifted and involves less formality. The amount of office space that a worker occupies is based on how much time he or she spends at work. For example, an engineer that spends most of his or her time in the office will receive a bigger work area than the salespeople or the president, both of whom are in the office less frequently.
Therefore, if you are working on a critical project, you will be allocated more space than, say, the president of the firm. That certainly is a different scenario than how offices were established in the past. Presidents and vice-presidents were privileged employees as they always sat in those big corner offices. However, function follows form today and if you want to make use of an office space such as those created by Next Gen Office Fitouts, you have to make the adjustment.
Change is Good When It Comes to Space
Change is good when you can foster motivation through an office design. Whilst some jobs are tied to their space, other jobs, such as sales jobs, are less tethered to an area. For example, an airlines reservation clerk must stay in his or her area all the live-long day whilst a computer salesperson often leaves his or her space for outside appointments. As a result, today’s office designers must account for the work habits of the employees. Therefore, office fit-outs are regularly scheduled in many of today’s office arrangements.
That is because fewer behind-the-door spaces are available to employees and the traditional floor plan is quickly fading away. In turn, employees are learning to make the shift when using today’s technology. Most of the computers that employees use are mobile in nature, making many traditional office arrangements virtually obsolete.
Flexibility is the Key Component
As a result, designers see a lot of clients that are seeking more flexibility in their design schemes, which translates to reduced tenant-improvement costs and lower construction expenses. That is because less drywall is used to outfit private offices or the spaces that were popularised in the past. Today, the walls can be moved so people can make the optimal use of space. That is why the fit-outs that are included in office arrangements today allow for this type of flexibility.
The whole idea behind the designs of today is to link a space with its infrastructure. The technology that is used complements the furnishings and space and vice-versa. The walls are a company’s personal property and define the private spaces used by a company and the spaces can also be removed, if desired. It’s not a surprise then that flexibility is the key component that is used in today’s technologically-inspired design. If this factor is missing, then you are missing the whole point of changing an office’s design.