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6 Must-Haves in Your New Office Floor Plan

Maximizing your space is an art, and it’s important your new office floor plan has a place for all your current assets while leaving you with wiggle room to grow.

Some offices come pre-furnished, and others with rooms clearly designated for one thing (a big conference room, a kitchen, etc.). But other times your new office will be more like a blank canvas that you need to design.

Here are six things you need to include when creating your new space’s set up.

1. Central entry point

This makes your office welcoming, promotes security, and clears up confusion when you have visitors. Instead of having multiple entryways to the office, designate the largest and easiest-to-access one as your main entrance.

This is where you can place a desk for a receptionist and give your visitors an immediate idea of your company values. It’s a great place for a first impression.

2. Meeting space

This can be two meeting spaces, one for internal meetings and one for meetings with clients, or it can be one meeting space designated for both. Either way, you need a quiet space where you can close the door and avoid distractions from the rest of the office.

Make sure this space is big enough to hold at least ten people. For external meetings, invest in a quality conference table and technology for presentations and visuals.

3. Break space

Productivity suffers when employees don’t leave their desk all day! In addition to basic kitchen appliances like a microwave and coffee pot, make space for couches or a ping pong table. The idea is to create a space where employees can go for a break and take a few minutes to unwind and recharge.

4. Collaborative working space

This can come in the form of an open-floor office plan or a designated room for team activities. Either way, it’s important to have a quiet space where employees can work together on projects and put their heads together for better results.

5. Individual working space

Even on an open-office plan, don’t forget to include individual working spaces! In a bigger office building, the amenities like break rooms and nearby coffee shops can help with this. Try to leave one small room open to designate as an individual work room for those who need to focus on a big project.

6. Creative space

Even if you’re a no-nonsense legal firm or a doctor’s office, you need to leave space for creative elements. In a doctor’s office, this might look like potted plants or local artwork on the walls. Just a few touches to make the space more welcoming.

In a creative agency, this can take the form of anything you can think of! Space for your pool table, room for your employees to play with their pets, a small hollow in the floor for a sandbox. Your office is your oyster, so use it for something unique!

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