Space Planning for Offices Singapore
Planning a new office is a daunting task, if done right. It’s not as simple as fitting as many desks as possible.
Faced with a blank slate, bosses and managers have ask fundamental questions about the nature of their business in order to plan an office space that best suits their work processes and company culture.
Should all staffers have their own individual desks, or are they mobile and able to share workstations or hot-seat? Would low partitions encourage cooperation and team-work, or should you can cubicles to give each employee a private patch of precious office real estate?
The guiding principle behind office space planning is efficiency, and how it’s organised will affect the effectiveness of staff, communication and supervision. Needless to say, different companies have very different definitions of effectiveness and communication, and their needs will differ.
The nature of the business will determine the design of the office space, whether employees need more desk space and a cubicle or if they operate primarily online, which means a long desk is suitable with staffers lined up in a row.
Forward-looking firms operating in the cloud also have less need for printers and copiers, freeing up much more office space for other functions.
Besides catering for workflow, well-planned offices not just cater for staff welfare but improve morale and encourage dynamism and creativity, thanks to all that space freed up by forgoing a copier.
Office planning is a serious business, with global architectural firms specialising in office layouts, and governments have statutory requirements related to office layouts.
These official guidelines usually dictate the minimum amount of space per staff member, lighting levels, ventilation, temperature control and fire safety arrangements.
Office layouts are subject to change as the company grows or reorganises to improve workflow. It might be as simple as moving the desks and cubicle dividers around, but the cost of keeping to status quo could allow employees to settle into a rut.
Worse yet, a static office that’s not refreshed every three to five years signals to clients that the occupant is going nowhere.
Don’t let that be your company.