In today’s ever-changing business world, more businesses are moving toward flexible work settings that allow them to evolve organically, expand operations, and respond to challenges. While flexible office environments tend to eschew the rules of traditional offices, some guiding principles and insights are fundamental to successfully adopting a more flexible approach to office design. In this post, we’ll examine those insights, so you have the knowledge and foresight to guide your team’s transition to a more flexible office environment.
Give Your Team Personal Space
When thinking of flexible office spaces, it’s easy to overemphasize shared, adaptable spaces while neglecting the importance of quiet and focus. Don’t forget that every member of your team still needs a personal, focus-oriented space to complete individualized tasks and projects. Without being able to get away from more active areas of the office, it’s easy for employees to lose focus and become less productive.
Direct Traffic Away From Workspaces
Flexible office spaces are ideal for encouraging your team to move throughout your organization’s office space and find new ways to use that space more effectively. However, there are some high-traffic areas you need to consider when designing an office layout.
Areas around bathrooms, kitchens, breakrooms, stairs, and elevators generally attract a high volume of foot traffic throughout the day. While these areas are suitable for collaborative and break-away spaces, they’re not so great for personalized workspaces. Be sure you’re accounting for daily office traffic when planning focus areas.
Today’s soundproofing technology has the ability to maximize conversation privacy, minimize ambient distractions, and keep your team focused. With options from sound-absorbing modular wall systems and panels to electronic sound masking solutions, the sonic qualities of a flexible office space are just as important as the physical layout.
An activity-based workspace is all about giving your team the tools they need to optimize a space for specific projects and tasks. That means having an effective flexible office space goes hand in hand with activity-based work. With an activity-based work environment, areas are designed with specific activities in mind:
- Focused, individual work
- Collaboration and sharing
- Project management
- Conference calls
- Casual meeting spaces
- Formal meeting rooms
Paired with modular wall systems, furniture, and fixtures, activity-based work areas don’t force your team to conform workflows to their office space. Instead, they’re able to figure out how to use that space for their ever-changing needs, roles, and goals.
Portland’s Office Design Experts
If you’re interested in understanding how a more flexible office environment can help your organization prepare for tomorrow’s challenges, schedule your free workspace audit with the experts at DESIGN+BUILD today. We’ll work with you to assess your current workspace and start exploring the possibilities for turning your vision of what an office should be into a reality.