Flexible interior office spaces have several benefits that create competitive advantages for companies and office space providers like cost-savings and keeping employee satisfaction high.
Look at each benefit and see how you can plan your office space to maximize its use.
Flexible Interior Spaces Save Money
An open office floor plan can work to a company’s advantage. You don’t have to take out physical walls to define your spaces. Use specific types of cubicles to furnish a space for management or a similar group of employees engaged in related tasks.
Photo: Friant System 2 Workstation
The Friant System 2 Workstation lets a person spread out during daily tasks and also allows for small group meetings. The workstation is made to last, yet it’s easy enough for one person to set up.
If the cubicle isn’t needed due to changes in office staff, or the space needs to be used for another reason, then the Friant System 2 is easy to take down or reconfigure.
If you have several employees working on similar tasks, then seat them together using an open benching system like the ODS Artiv Open Plan Benching. The wire management system makes it easy to stay powered up and connected.
This workstation solution is also easy to store or use for another purpose. Not having to move physical walls can reduce or eliminate your in-office construction costs, and makes it easy for flexible interior spaces. And disruptions are kept to a minimum.
Flexible Interior Spaces Support Personal Interactions
People value the social interactions that an office provides. Flexible interior spaces let you create workstations for personal focus and have separate touchdown spaces where remote workers can come in to settle and do work before a meeting.
Open floor plan office designs were initially meant to encourage communication, but employees discovered that they didn’t like the lack of privacy. Neighboring conversations became distracting and communication shut down.
Using modular furniture in the open office floor plan can help you direct the collaboration your team needs.
Photo: OFS Intermix Conference Table
Look at a floor plan like the Upbeat Contemporary Office on the 2010 Office Inspirations web page. Pleasing and relaxing colors combine with modular lounge furniture and work areas to create positive and productive flexible interior spaces..
Flexible Interior Spaces Help Manage Remote Workers
Since the mid-2000s, the “telework genie” has been out of the bottle. Younger workers know they can work anywhere with an Internet connection. Remote working has “emerged as a top driver for employee satisfaction,” according to a 2017 article in the Society of Human Resource Managers (SHRM).
Yet, remote workers need to connect with the corporate environment on occasion.
Offices with fixed walls might only have a conference room to invite remote workers to. But for those companies using open office floor plans that serve as flexible interior office spaces, there are creative ways to define space for gatherings outside a formal conference room.
Photo: Snowsound Flap Chain Ceiling Acoustic Panels
Get the creative juices and conversations flowing with comfortable meeting tables or small group conversation spaces. Acoustic sound boards can channel conversations to reduce distractions. Use plenty of greenery and furnishing accessories like moveable whiteboards and bookshelves. Fill the shelves with items like books and throw pillows to create more of a defined space where spontaneous meetings can be held.
Think of it as a gathering spot just like a library might have.
Video conferencing options are available too, to help manage communication with remote workers. Use an out-of-the-way media table like the Rouillard Coast Media Table or an all-in-one video conferencing space like the OFS Obeya Architectural Structure.
Photo: OFS Obeya Architectural Structures
Flexible Interior Spaces Help Retain And Engage Employees
Your employees have worked hard to acquire their knowledge and skills. If they’re emotionally invested in the interests of the company or firm then they’ll work hard to deliver on their tasks.
Trusting them with the spaces they need shows your belief in them, and this, in turn, keeps them engaged with the corporate goals.
Give them fixed workstations that they can use to focus and treat it like a point of reference. Also, offer flexible interior spaces where they can get up from their desks and move to a comfortable spot in the breakroom or other location.
What ambiance works best for your brand, and what energizes your employees?
Consider different types of office settings on the 2010 Office Inspiration page and see how you can combine elements to make them work best for your needs.
Photo: Stylex Trim Tables
Resimercial offices balance a corporate look with fabrics that are found in a residential setting.
Photo: OFS LeanTo Lounge Seating
Bring nature into the floor plan with elements of the Green Office, proven to boost moods.
Minimal approaches can work well, so look into the Scandanavian office for a clean, uncluttered look.
Mix and match as needed.
2010 Can Help Create Your Flexible Interior Spaces
The team of 2010 Office Furniture has more than a half-century of space planning and furnishings companies throughout Los Angeles County, Orange County, and the Inland Empire. 2010 Office staff has worked with some of the most distinguished companies in the region and can assist with maximizing your office productivity.
Contact them with questions regarding your project needs.
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Main Photo: Nucraft Tesano Table
Resources & Special Thanks to Respective Product Manufacturers: Friant, Nucraft, OFS, Snowsound & Stylex