However, achieving the perfect balance of communication and collaboration in the workplace varies from business to business and their specific working methods. Because of this, it can be sometimes difficult to choose an office space design concept that is best for your business. So, let’s take a further look into the three most popular design concepts for commercial spaces.
Open office designs provide a non-hierarchical design strategy, which focuses on collaboration and communication in the workplace, rather than ranks and positions. By breaking down the typical office walls and barriers, it is important to consider the type of work in the space, and if it is suitable. For example, jobs requiring many hours of focus and deep analysing such as lawyers or researchers may need private offices to concentrate. Whereas management, consulting or customer service jobs will flourish in the open space concept.
Hoteling is the concept of allocating shared working spaces to certain employees at certain times of the week. This concept can be useful to maximise space and flexibility; however, it may not suit everyone’s roles. For example, associates who spend most of their time in the office, they may not be as productive in a flexible environment compared to a personalised environment.
Activity Based Design refers to creating office space to match the types and frequencies of activities. Private areas, shared desk spaces, open tables, conference spaces, cafes and research centres are a few examples of what can be incorporated into an Activity Based Design workplace. As employees move from their daily activities, they are allowed to move to a space in which suits the next activity.
These design concepts are just three of the many available, as each design and construction or fitout of an office is tailored to the business. As you consider the best design options for your space, remember that combining design elements based on your employees’ needs is essential to maintain productivity, adaptability and authenticity.
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by Natassja Wynhorst