Efficient space management can help to promote interactions between departments, attract top talent, improve productivity and reduce costs. As a facilities manager, it is important to set up your office space plan to address the growing needs of the company as you hire new staff.
Below are four strategies for maximizing workplace productivity through efficient space management.
1. Flexible Office Spaces
When accommodating new employees, consider using flexible facilities. For example, you can rent rooms or desks on a daily, weekly or monthly basis in a co-working space or a shared office structure.
Flexible office spaces are great short-term and temporary solutions for companies experiencing rapid growth. You can move into these spaces relatively quickly and without having to commit to multi-year leases or purchasing a new property.
2. Employee Performance Guided Seating
Use performance reviews to determine where employees will sit. According to research, seating highly productive employees next to the less productive ones helps to improve the overall employee performance in the firm. Studies have shown that highly-motivated employees have a spillover effect on those around them.
Regularly review employee performance to determine the top performers who can motivate those that are less productive.
3. Implement a Modern Office Plan
Check that your office environment satisfies modern workforce requirements. Anonymous rows and cubicles are out while open floor plans are in, and for a good reason. Modern open office plans are more welcoming, brighter, and do not have an institutional feel.
Be creative with your office design. Use appealing materials like sleekly-designed industrial metal and warm wood in the office. Make sure there is adequate lighting and whenever possible, install large windows to take advantage of natural light.
4. Consider Technology and Equipment Requirements
Additional staff can stretch the existing office resources. Therefore, make sure you budget effectively for every new employee. Factor in your budget additional equipment like phones, keyboards, and computers for the new hires.
Assess communal accessories such as copiers and printers to ensure that they will be able to handle the anticipated increase in workload from the new employees.
Make sure your office space meets the needs of your growing business. You might feel that expanding space is the best way of tackling growth. However, there are many ways you can use space strategically to maximize the available resources and improve productivity. Consider all your available options before moving to a larger office.
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Amit Prasad is the founder and managing director of SatNav Technologies and has business interests in a wide range of IT products. SatNav Technologies is an IT products company focusing on cloud based map data products and a pioneer in GPS, FMS & LBS Technologies. The product suite includes SatTracx in-the-field location based solutions and A-mantra in-the-office facilities management solutions. QuickFMS from a-mantra is a cloud based facility management system which enhances organization’s efficiency.