Achieving Business Results from Office Redesign

The style and design of an office can have a huge impact on its overall atmosphere and vibe. When creating a new office, it’s absolutely vital that you consider the work culture you are hoping to create. There are a variety of office designs available to choose from, so it’s important to choose the right style for your business.

Senior executives of both public and private sector organizations have been trying for years to achieve business improvements while reducing their costs. They have automated, downsized, outsourced and re-engineered business processes. These improvements have been focused on key service delivery functions,support functions and organizational overhead.

One area often overlooked is how to re-engineer office space – how to reduce the facilities costs while at the same time improving employee productivity and service delivery. Today many senior executives are starting to take a careful look at their corporate real estate portfolio.

The re-engineering of office space is not a new idea. We have evolved the use of office space from 1950’s sea of aligned desks, to the closed offices of the 1970’s, to the systems furniture solutions (cubes) of the 1980’s which are common in many organizations today. All of these solutions have tended to focus more on furniture and structure rather than on how employees function or how technology is redefining how and where we work.

The good news is that a few organizations are now taking a leadership role and redefining their office space. These organizations are implementing alternative office space strategies (also known as alternative work environments) which question some of our fundamental definitions of office space. They are questioning … why is there a dedicated work space for each employee – particularly for those who are not in the office every day?Why can’t employees work from home a few days a week? Why can’t employees share space? Why do we assign space based on rank and not on need? Why do we need enclosed offices? Why do we design offices such that people are isolated in their individual “cubes” instead of being in a space where they can easily interact with their colleagues?

Unfortunately many organizations do not take the time to ask these questions. Instead they take the easy road and decide to design the office in the traditional way by starting with the number of people by classification and match this to the corporate standards. The net result is virtually the same “cookie cutter” design that has been produced for years.

Home Expo Gallery takes the time to evaluate all the possible questions before taking action. We make sure that every small detail is important. Give us a call and we’ll help you answer all your questions.

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