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Space is Shrinking! Why Office Space Planning is More Important Than Ever.

Office Space is Shrinking

Office Space is Shrinking

According to the New York Times, the average amount of space per employee nationwide has dropped from 400 square feet in 1985 to 250 square feet in 2011 … now, more than ever, it’s important that the office space you do have works well for your employees and is put to good use! We’ve put together a list of some questions you can ask yourself to gauge whether your space is being used to its full potential.

  1. Does your space look like a home office straight out of the 1970’s? As we discussed in our previous blog post, styles change throughout the years, and it’s important to keep up! An outdated furniture set can give customers the wrong impression that your company is antiquated as well. Waiting room furniture no longer needs to be drab and uncomfortable… there are hundreds of understated, professional looks to choose from.

  2. Are you using all space possible? Even if you have the perfect furniture, space will be wasted if it’s not organized properly. Find a furniture consultant that has dealt with plenty of irregular spaces and can find a solution for that odd-shaped nook or small entrance area.

  3. Can your employees work comfortably? There are many ways that ergonomics can go wrong because of improper office furniture… desks at the wrong height, rigid chairs, a lack of back support and many other offenses can make your employees uncomfortable and less productive. This doesn’t need to be the case! Extensive studies have been performed to design furniture that isn’t a “pain in the back”.

  4. What’s taking up more room… paper or people? Advanced storage solutions like rotating storage shelves or document scanning means that rooms full of files no longer necessary, allowing you to dedicate space to employee work stations instead of stacks of files.
Whether you need a few new pieces of furniture or you’re looking to revamp your office space, there are plenty of options to fit your needs. We can help you find the right balance of fashion and functionality.