Whether you’re planning a refresh or redesigning from scratch, office design can be a bit of a minefield – especially if you’ve never been through the process before.

If it’s a new office, you want to make sure the space reflects your company culture and if you’re adapting your existing space, you’ll be looking to make things more efficient. But how do you make sure the new look spells long-term success, in terms of the productivity of your staff and the image you portray to clients.

We came across a recent Huffington Post article that highlights the top office design mistakes. Make sure you’re not guilty of any of these during your redesign process…

1. Neglecting the reception area

The article suggests that many businesses neglect the reception area but, whether it’s potential new recruits or clients, the reception is the first glimpse of your office they’ll get. And it’s true what they say – first impressions count. Make sure you design and maintain a reception area that is welcoming and professional and immediately communicates your brand.

2. Not thinking about visitor needs

Where do visitors go while they wait to be met? Do you even have a space for this? If you don’t currently have one, bear it in mind when you go through your redesign process. It’s also important to think about the seating you provide. A sofa might look nice, but strangers rarely sit next to each other and older visitors or people with back problems might find it difficult to get up.

3. Not providing somewhere to eat

Sitting at your desk all day can take its toll on your mind and your body. Give your employees a break from their desks and a place to recharge by providing a kitchen with proper seating. And if you still need convincing, we’ve spoken here before about how employee happiness has a direct impact on the company’s success and profit.

4. Poor seating plan

One of the biggest time wasters comes from people having to walk over to someone else’s desk to discuss a project. Think about which teams have to interact with each other on a daily basis. Would it make more sense to sit these groups nearer to each other? Alternatively you could incorporate break-out areas to help foster more collaborative relationships.

5. Attempting to DIY

Many businesses think an office redesign just involves buying some new furniture and having a quick reshuffle of the desks. But it can be so much more than that – if you want it to be.

Intelligent office design can maximise productivity, motivate staff, and nurture the culture of your company.

Don’t go it alone – call the experts at Kerr today to see how we can help.

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