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How to design a productive office space

There are numerous factors that contribute to the development of a successful business. Great products and services, effective marketing campaigns and a talented team are among these factors.

Creating an inspiring and comfortable work space is another - and it shouldn't be underestimated. With this in mind, let's explore how to design a productive office space.

Getting the layout right

The layout of the office space is your first consideration. Open-plan spaces have become very popular over recent years, and whilst this type of layout can be great for collaborative work, team spirit and the flow of space, it is important that there are some quieter, more private areas.

A balance between open plan and closed-off spaces offers the best of both worlds, and so is perhaps preferable.

It may help to get advice from a specialist property consultant such as GVA who can help you find an appropriate space for your particular business needs.

Furnishings matter

Once you have a work space, you need to make it your own by choosing the furnishings. Again, this is all about balance, but there are some factors here that are paramount to productivity - chairs, for example. Good office chairs are essential to the comfort and wellbeing of those using them.

In addition, look for a conference table that enhances your company's image and that reflects its style and values. Some of the most important business deals and decisions are made around the conference table, and so it is worth investing in.

Lighting the space

The more exposure to natural light those working in the office get, the more productive they are likely to be - bear this in mind, and try to avoid blocking out natural light.

When it comes to artificial light, the key is controllability. Having the ability to control the extent and intensity of the lighting is good for the ambiance in the office - and for the environment.

A splash of colour

Generally speaking, an office that has a fairly neutral colour scheme works best, but a splash of colour here and there is also important. Different colours stimulate different parts of the brain and so seeing a little colour helps energise and inspire you.

Thinking about aspects such as company culture, storage and organisation are also important, as is business tech. But getting these basics right will leave you in a position to develop the space over time - optimising your firm’s productivity.

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