Lack of space was one of the major issues that office owners had to face in 2013. This gave life to a wide array of issues including lack of efficiency, lack of productivity and lack of employee motivation.
This motivated the business owners to look for different solutions which can increase the productive usage of available office space. From this article, we will let you know about some of the hottest trends in office space usage that you can expect to see in 2014.
–Put Your Best Foot Forward
Usually, customers and clients judge companies by their first impression, often as soon as they walk in. Small business owners have figured out this fact and have necessary steps to create a good impression for all their visitors.
They have paid special attention towards the reception area, where customers first come into contact with the brand. You can already see many offices today with relaxing, professional, clean and tranquil reception areas.
The main objective of all these design changes is to create a professional, but a friendly environment. They have also taken necessary steps in order to maintain the silence of the reception area. Some go as far as to have up to 50% of their initial build-out budget slated to this part of the office.
–Privacy Is King
Other business owners are working hard in order to design their workspace layout which can enhance the privacy of their employees. Since there is a huge competition between similar businesses, owners need to take necessary measures to hide their business secrets and protect privacy.
Employees who cluster together in tight spaces create an ideal platform for precious business secrets to leak out. In addition, it will demotivate some of the employees while reducing the efficiency at work. However, it should be designed in a proper way to create a normal amount of interaction in between the employees.
All these changes can clean traffic flow interruptions, which can reduce productivity. The companies are also trying to enhance the comfort inside auditoriums and conference rooms by the end of 2014. They are also trying to designate work areas away from congregating areas.
–Needs Trump Flare
Sure we all want to look good but SBOs today need to pay close attention to their company’s needs rather than focusing more on company status. Basically they will be working on clustering similar workgroups together. For example, all the supervisors will be placed within their respective workgroup, where they can easily take decisions for the development of company.
It facilitate effective communication as well as collaboration. It will even give life to new cultures within an organization. This will make it easy for the company to cater the requirements of similar workgroups in a convenient manner.
What it all boils down to is getting the office layout and furniture that best fit your needs, no matter what those needs may be. If first impressions are important to your niche, then focus on that.
If team collaboration is where it’s at, then put your money there. At the end of the day, all these arrangements will enhance the productivity of companies and develop them by the end of year 2014.