Whether you’re renovating, moving offices, or building a new one from scratch, sooner or later you’ll have to give some thought to buying office furniture and planning your Edmonton office space for your workers. When designing a new layout, you will need to strike a delicate balance between efficiency and aesthetics. You need to make the most out of your space, but you don’t want your employees to be uncomfortable. Uncomfortable employees are unproductive employees. Here are just a few tips to keep in mind when planning your office:
- Light matters — One of the most commonly repeated points from surveys of office workers is the importance of natural light in as many rooms as possible. Few people would choose to spend several hours a day under harsh fluorescent lights.
- Have spaces for multiple uses — Exactly what this means will depend on the kind of work you and your employees do. Most businesses, however, need some kind of meeting room. When there isn’t a meeting, does that room just go unused? This is a waste of space that could be put to use. If you have creative workers, let them use formal meeting rooms for less formal brainstorming sessions.
- Remote technologies will set you free — For a long time, the office was imagined as people sitting at desks. It made sense to have people in the same place every day when you needed to physically carry someone a file. With remote technologies, however, there’s no need for this anymore. Using online filing systems can liberate your workers from being at the same desk every day, freeing up space for other uses and allowing you to invest in multipurpose office furniture. While most studies indicate that workers in Edmonton do feel more at home in an office if they have some personal space that they can customize, this no longer needs to be the traditional desk.
- Include your employees in the process — No one knows what is needed in the office more than the employees that work there. While their suggestions might not always be the most practical or cost-effective, their input will be invaluable when making your decisions. A simple survey or questionnaire for your employees might let you know about a problem you never thought of.
At GD Liquidators, we’ve been providing cost-effective warehouse and office solutions, including used office furniture, to the Edmonton area for 28 years. If you’re a growing business that needs to expand or are looking to make your current office more flexible, come check out our supply of office furniture at our Edmonton location. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help your office maximize its potential.