Small, medium or large?
We write a lot of content on workplace strategy and office trends (read our latest blog on the subject here), but we know that it can be tricky to work out how to incorporate these into your space, especially if your office is teeny tiny. So, we thought we'd put together a basic guide for small, medium and large offices on the best ways to keep up with the office design universe.
Small: Stick with little succulents - they don't need much watering, and can survive in the harshest conditions, plus they take up hardly any space. If desk space is tight, why not try hanging terrariums?
Medium: Planters are a great solution for medium offices; they introduce plants into the environment, and provide much-needed storage. Alternatively, a potted plant here or there can offer just the right amount of calming influence - pick a species that doesn't need much watering or maintenance, and that can survive without lots of direct sunlight (a rare feature in offices).
Large: Why not splash the cash and install a whole wall of plants? They'll provide all the extra oxygen you'll ever need, plus it's an eye-catching design feature to boast about.
Small: All you need is a table, the people you work with and your collective ideas (and probably some strong coffee). When you've got limited space, keep it simple and let your brains do the talking.
Medium: A space that's separate from your main workspace, with a bit of tech for internet surfing, and a couple of comfy chairs is the perfect little collaborative area for a medium-sized office.
Large: If you're blessed with space, a whole section of your office can be dedicated to collaborative working, with a presentation space, a bench desk system and everything your team might need to come up with the perfect solution.
Small: The right computer can make all the difference to your staff, and in a small space, sometimes that's all you can offer tech-wise. Think about each person's specific needs from a computer - do they use design programmes? Would they benefit from a Mac over a PC? Or are their needs more admin-based, with a need for access to files, emails and the Internet? Either way, ask your employees what they think they'd benefit from, and get on it.
Medium: Portable tech is a good idea if your company is growing. Good quality laptops, iPads and other tablets are really useful when you need to chat to colleagues or share ideas in a growing team, or in somewhere other than the office.
Large: In a large office, both of the above are necessary, but there are some additional charges that can be made if you've got the space and resources. Charging points for mobiles and other devices are more important to the millennial generation. Presentation equipment like touch screens and interactive whiteboards are essential for making employees feel as though their ideas are valued, instead of just presenting them on a flipchart.
Small: Strong internal branding can be incorporated into a small space with ease, if you know how. A simple sign on the door, or a feature wall painted in company colours can make all the difference to a small space.
Medium: It's easier to get your company's message across through branding when you have a slightly bigger space, because extra signage can be installed, as well as the possibility of more external signage. There's more wall space for colourful paint jobs and graphics too.
Large: In large offices, the space can be split into sections arranged by colour, using your branding, so that visitors are reminded constantly as they walk through your office. There's much more scope for extra signage, wall graphics and other artistic touches that reinforce your company's branding.
Small, medium or large, there's always a way to make your space work perfectly for you and your employees. For more details, call 01273 728703 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.