All entrepreneur want their offices to be the best, whether in work or looks. Yes, looks do matter because it aids in visual bliss and a nice ambiance. For the customers visiting your office, it should be inviting and approachable. The design of your office often decides the productivity of your staff as well. To give your office a successful model and to aid your team to achieve their best, there are some problems in the designing arrangements that you must avoid at all costs. Here are 9 office design pitfalls to avoid:
1. Ignoring the reception area and entrance:
The entrance of your office is the doorway to people’s perception of your company. The reception of your office should be clean and free of clutter; otherwise, it will be less approachable. Piles of files at the reception and poor organization of furniture and lighting are a strict no-no. Upholstered chairs are best for seating arrangement at the reception for visitors. If you are thinking about long sofas to be placed at the reception, then think again, because most visitors may not prefer to sit side by side with a stranger.
2. Poor choice and built of flooring:
The flooring in any office decides how accident-prone the place can be, because in any office everyone is always busy, more or less. Slippery and old fashioned tiles must not be used. Use tiles with a rough surface for your office. Choose colors that are formal yet attractive. Make sure the floor is kept clean. Ditch the old carpet prints. You could get large artificial grass rolls fixed as carpets. These are just as easy to clean, and gives an earthy and relaxing feel.
3. No advance planning of department/ cubicle divisions:
Unplanned division of office departments and cubicles is a mess. The departments should be so placed that the inter-related ones are adjacent. This is done to minimize the time spent on work and maximize the productivity of the workers. If co-working departments are placed farther, working becomes time-consuming and difficult.
4. No proper storage leading to a cluttered mess:
Proper utilization of storage spaces is crucial for every office. If there is no adequate storage planning, the office will be very cluttered, files, and folders were strewn everywhere. Investment in proper storage options like desks, drawers, cabinets, etc. are worth it, customize them as per your needs. You can also use hanging racks and hooks for some purposes. You can decorate them with silk flowers and foliage in vines that are real to touch to make them look good.
5. Wrong lighting and electric arrangements and their utilization:
Your office cannot be gloomy, nor can it be overly bright. So you have to get your lights right. Utilize as much sunlight as you possibly can. Use overhead ceiling LED lights for maximum illumination. Do not show the wires of electric equipment; tangled wires look like a mess and also induce trip hazards. Hide them under the tables and clip them together.
6. Use of too much green foliage, whether artificial or real:
Many people use various real and artificial plants and trees for decorating offices. Off course, there should be a limit. You don’t want your office to look like a jungle! You certainly don’t want to spoil the perfect floor. So you can invest in some quality silk plants and trees with flowers and potted topiary in different shapes and place them strategically so that it’s not overdone.
7. Boring break rooms or cafeterias:
There must be a common break room or cafeteria where your staff can go hang out, have their food, or relax for a few moments in between all the work. If it only has a bland stall for food and drinks and a few seats were strewn around, it’s not at all an excellent place for your staff. The cafeteria should be bright and energetic. It should energize your team and render some positive vibes. Choose a bright color palette for this place with appropriate lighting. Place the food and drink kiosks at a line by the wall on one side, and put simple cast iron/fiber chairs and tables ( the better if the chairs have soft seats).
8. No sync between sizes of area and furniture:
Big areas with small furniture and small areas with big furniture are results of bad planning. They just don’t fit together. Arrange your furniture as per your room’s size. Make sure to use storage spaces wisely.
9. Excluding your staff and their choices:
Your team is the people that spend half of their day or more in your office, working for your profit. So their choices must matter in the arrangements of your organization. Ask them for pointers on how they would want their office to be like. You can get many good ideas from them. Now it’s up to you which ones you would want to implement. You should have their comfort and work nature in mind when you get into arranging your office.
Sometimes, to make bland corners attractive, you can install paintings on your walls, or maybe a wall of trimmed foliage of boxwood would do. You can use hanging lights in the reception. Use reusable fiber cutlery and crockery for your cafeteria to reduce waste. Plan your furniture as per the purpose. Color scheme your office but you must not go overboard with it, keep it formal and subtle. Your break rooms must be a place your staff would want to be. For efficiency, introduce clocks, calendars, and whiteboards.
Last but not least, if you are a complete novice at designing, get professional help. Sometimes little things make or break the deal, keep those in mind. While designing your office, you should try to make it more efficient. C’mon, it’s the place you generate revenue from. Don’t clutter and do not litter should be the motto. Now that you are aware of the common mishaps of designing and how to fix them get down to work on it!