Office fitouts are an opportunity to establish your business and lay down foundations for your future. Although it’s one thing to say “we’re building an office”, it’s another matter actually doing it. Before you sit down with your contractor, think about these points to save time in discussion.
Too much of it means higher rent. Too little of it means employees will feel shut in. Open-plan office spaces are on the rise as opposed to cubicles and is shown to boost efficiency and a positive atmosphere. Don’t be afraid to be specific about how many square meters you want.
Your office is the physical form of how you want to present your brand to clients. Impressions last long after they leave. Having brand colours through the office is a good place to start, but using dark colours isn’t recommended. If they’re in your brand’s logo and want to integrate that, use the colours sparingly.
Designers recommend colours that reflect light and promote focus, like warm yellows or offer a sense of calm, like pale blues. “Focusing” colours are meant to be used sparingly in offices. Painting a whole wall red will make employees more agitated than focused. Schemes like this are important to decide on early in the fitout.
Use of natural light is a great way to put workers at ease. People naturally are attracted to the outdoors and shutting them away inside does nobody any favours. Companies organising an office fitout are more conscious of where the best “real estate” is in their space. Rooms with windows are great for meetings because the view will give ambience. Offices with views are still a status symbol and are much coveted.
There’s also the issue of what types of lights to put where. One type of light doesn’t cut it in an office. Brighter types are used in work areas for better focus whereas lower fluorescent lights are fitted in hallways.
There might not be much in the budget to splurge on new furniture. A more cost effective and waste-saving option is restoring what you already have. This is a significant saving you can spend elsewhere.
If you do have to buy new fittings, consider multi-purpose items. This includes desks with drawers. Employees can have files in their own work area and in return the general office gets more floor space.