Space planning can transform your workspace, optimising the area you have and making it work more efficiently for you, your business and your staff.
Why is this important? Planning your space means better communication, more effective and efficient working, supervision and management of staff. A comfortable workforce is a productive workforce. If your business is looking to grow, then there is a balance to be had; you need to be able to continue at your current level of production, whilst having the ability to expand at a later date.
Whilst the main focus is on comfort, it’s important to take into account the legal requirements like health and safety as well as infrastructure and technology restraints.
Just sitting at a desk can lead to injury. You need to consider the ergonomics when designing a new office space: the angle of the neck when looking at a computer screen, arm height when typing and back support when seated. Providing a course to your employees on the most suitable positions when working at a desk should also be considered. This may help avoid avoid problems like cramp and strain for example.
Space planning isn’t just about making the most of the space you’re in right now, but also building in space for growth.
How can Hein Consulting help?
We begin with an analysis and feasibility study. What space are you using now? How much space do you have for storage, people and technology? What are your plans for growth and what space will you need to facilitate this?
Design what you want your optimal space to look like. Develop a concept by using a drawing board, a 3D computer aided design (CAD) or a digital walkthrough to enable you to test the space and eliminate any problems. Use experts. Space planning is about making the most of the space you’ve got. Consider smart solutions by talking to furniture and design specialists to fill your space effectively.
Consider any legal requirements. Seek specialist advice and expertise. The law can cover anything from ventilation, temperature control, welfare, fire safety and lighting.
Different types or businesses have different requirements. What setup suits individuals and teams within your business? Think about storage, as well as the layout and office facilities. Technology infrastructure must be incorporated into your design, especially if you’re planning to expand. Technology has to be easy to use and access. Effective space planning saves you both money and time. Remember to optimise your space for now but also to for the future.
If you’re looking for practical support or further information of our full range of services on facilities, please contact us and we’ll be happy to discuss the various options available for you.