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Office Furniture: Three Layouts to Try

From the Printware Blog on Friday 11th September 2015 in Consumer Advice, Environment

Achieving the right layout for you and your workers is important in any office. There are so many different layouts to try though; you may be struggling to decide what would be best for your business. Then there is the issue of where to place all of the office tech, including your prized colour laser printer; view more here.

So, if you’re struggling to find the right layout for you, consider the options below.

Meeting Office Set Up

Rows

One of the most popular layouts for an office is to set up desks, so they are in rows. This can be beneficial as you can place department members within proximity to each other, so there are no communication barriers. In addition, it provides a uniform appearance for your office.

One of the disadvantages of this arrangement though is that team members may feel isolated if they are placed at the end of a row, which can have a negative impact on productivity. So, by all means bring it to the table but be prepared to listen to your employees.

Face-to-Face

Alternatively, you can consider placing workers’ desks so that they face each other. Not only will this help to foster communication, but it can also help employees to feel less isolated from conversation and work in general.

This layout will also help everyone to stay in the loop with what’s going on with different projects, which is great as it opens communication channels even further, thus helping efficiency.

The only drawback with this layout is that in some ways, it can be quite distracting, which may hinder productivity.

So, if you choose to go with a face-to-face seating arrangement, it is down to your workers to avoid getting distracted. This requires a level of trust and responsibility, so ensure you are prepared to hand it over to your employees before you start re-shuffling.

Departmental Segregation

If you find there are a lot of communication barriers in your current desk arrangement, consider departmental segregation. Not only is this made possible with things like email and Skype, but it is also ideal for employees who prefer to work in smaller groups, or even alone.

If, however, you need all of your employees together, there is always the option of an open plan office with departments split on either side of desk dividers.

These are just a few of the options to consider when thinking about office layouts. Here at Printware, we think technology plays a big part in office efficiency and communication. That is why we supply you with everything from office furniture to state-of-the-art 3D printers. Feel free to get in touch today or browse our site to see what we can offer. 

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