Over the past year, more people than ever have been working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. As restrictions in the UK start to ease and employees look towards returning to the office, now is an excellent time to discuss office space and maximise the space you have available to you.

A recent study showed that only 13% of the global workforce is highly engaged and highly satisfied with their workplace. (Steelcase Global Report: Engagement and the Global Workplace), whilst another showed that 1/3 of employees had considered leaving their jobs because of a negative work environment. (5 Dynamics Organizational Survey: Most Businesses Have a Teamwork Problem)

Bearing these statistics in mind, we’ve put together 3 top tips you can use to ensure that your office is configured to get the best out of your team, making sure it’s a comfortable and practical environment that’s conducive to productivity and employee wellbeing. 

1 – Decide what to do with your walls

Open plan office spaces were a big trend back in the early noughties, and although there is still a lot to be said for them, it’s also nice to have a few closed-off areas too. If you only have a small office space, removing a few walls to create an airier, more open space is an excellent way of opening up the area, letting in more light and encouraging a more collaborative work environment. 

That said, creating a few partially-walled off areas for meeting spaces or break out areas can really help to distinguish between the different parts of the office that are meant for different uses. Take a look at our installations page to find out how RFS can help with wall removal or installation. 

2 – Think about your office layout 

Offices come in all different sizes and layouts. Large open plan spaces or small and cosy – whatever your office layout is, it needs to reflect and complement your company’s style. Does your team often have to work together? Then perhaps an open plan style is for you. Is your team small, often working independently with the need for privacy? Then a smaller space with private work areas could be better. 

Once you’ve worked out your preferred layout, you can get to work making it a reality. When it comes to reconfiguration, hiring a team with vast experience in this area can pay dividends, whichever style you decide on. Take a look at some of our past projects, and you can get a feel for how reconfiguration can work in a variety of spaces for an array of different businesses.

3 – Consider furniture selection

Pick furniture that works with the space you have, not against it. Large pieces will look out of place in a small office, making space feel even smaller and giving less room for other things – staff included! Whereas if you have a big open area, you can go crazy with big and bold statement pieces that draw attention away from less exciting aspects of the office. 

Plus, small pieces in a large office can make the space look too big, uninviting and cold. If you have lots of office furniture you don’t want to use right now but don’t want to get rid of, storing it for a re-design or even a re-location in the future could be the answer. Check out our warehousing services here. 

Some ideas to help get you on your way to a successful and smooth office reconfiguration! If you need assistance from an experienced, dedicated and professional team, please get in touch for an initial chat about your requirements.