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The best office fit outs are able to make use of the space they have at their disposal. Regardless of the size of the workforce or the facilities they need, they always seem to able to use every inch available to them.

If you take a look around your own office space, can you be sure that you're getting the most from the space available? If you aren't maximising the space available to you, you simply won't be getting value for money. It could be the case that you may be renting a larger space than you need; whilst this may be advantageous (the office may be in a great location, for example), it still means you're paying for empty space that you're not using.

So you don't particularly want to move but you don't like the thought of paying out for space you're not using either; so how can you make better use of your office space to make it all worthwhile?

How can my business make better use of its office space?

In recent years, the classic image of the office being a room full of cubicles that sees people enter and only emerge to go home when the day is done, is now firmly a thing of the past. We've realised that in order to get the best work out of someone, they need the facilities from which to do so. We're not talking about the latest computers or other tools with which someone needs to do their work, but also the spaces themselves.

This is why much thought is placed into the design of office fit outs these days; if a business is able to create a workplace that is bespoke to them, they will be able to get the best out of their employees. Feeling catered for, the employee will feel comfortable at work, like they're actively contributing to the ongoing standing of the business. Once created, this link will strive them on to create more great work, which can only be a positive for the business.

So how can you make better use of the space available to you to create this link? Here's some tips:

  • The breakout room (or area) is fast-becoming an office design standard. It gives employees the ability to take a break away from the stressful arena of work and sit in a comfortable environment in which they can take their mind off work for a while, or even to refocus, collecting their thoughts about their work and rearranging them, without feeling the pressure provided by the work area.
  • Touch down spaces offer an informal environment for teams to hold meetings and just to generally catch up on work news. It works in a similar way to a breakout room, in that it offers that different, comfortable place outside the pressure cooker of the working arena to allow staff to feel relaxed and able to collect their thoughts. As such, touch down meetings are great opportunities for people to share their thoughts, without any pressure.
  • Quiet rooms offer the ideal environment for those who need to get on with their work without suffering from distraction. Whilst the collaboration aspect of open office fit outs is fantastic to share ideas and information, sometimes the balance can tip. We've all been there; at times, the office is just too loud and when we're needing to get something done urgently, the noise hinders our thinking. A quiet room provides an opportunity for us to do our work in peace and with the flexible technology we have at our disposal these days, it is easy and inexpensive to create.
  • Speaking of which, technology allows us to think about taking a new approach to how we design our office fit outs. Previously, the tech we used firmly planted us in that cubicle, keeping us in that pressurised environment for the entire working day. Thanks to wireless internet, we can now work from anywhere we choose, which opens up a multitude of options in regards to the design of the office. As an example, you can set up an hot desking strategy that loses the traditional fixed desk for each employee and instead, allows them to choose a different area from which to work each day. If they feel uncomfortable, they can move to an area designed for comfort, if they need to get on with their work in peace, they can go to the quiet room or if they need some help on a task, they can move to an open office area to collaborate with fellow workers.

Realise your ideal office interiors, with Oaktree

If you're looking to take a new approach with the design of your office, better shaping it to suit the working practices of those who use it, then why not get in touch with the experts here at Oaktree Interiors? Throughout the last three decades we have helped all manner of businesses to improve the functionality of their workplaces; from small, localised businesses, to links in a chain of a multi-national company, all of them seeking to better define their working environments to suit them.

No matter what your requirements may be, our 30 years creating office fit outs have taught us that there is no better time than the present to get your office working for you; the sooner you do, the sooner you can glean the benefits it provides.

To learn more (including how to take advantage of our FREE consultation service, where you can see what your ideal office design would look like, thanks to our 2/3-D images) please do not hesitate to give us a call today on 0345 21 86955. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to us at hello@oaktreeoffice.com.

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