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Preparing Your Office Space for 2020

maxresdefaultA recent Radio Boston report mused, “What’s The Best Way to Design A Workspace?” According to the report, office design is usually dictated by fads. Guests Ben Waber and Jennifer Magnolfi told Radio Boston, “There is no such thing as a new office design. We just take old ideas, put them into a kaleidoscope, and turn.” Waber is the president and CEO of Sociometric Solutions and visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab. Magnolfi is an R&D consultant focusing on high-tech work environments.

The report goes on to say, “The most innovative work spaces take into account lots of factors, from the very mundane, like where people sit and where the office coffee machine is located, to the more complicated, like whom they talk to during the day and how they use technology.”

Forbes goes a step further with a new list titled “4 Ways To Get Your Office Space Ready for 2020.” The magazine’s list reads as follows:

  • Team rooms These are large rooms where employees are grouped by specific work teams. All these employees who are working on the same aspect of a product can interact directly.
  • Desks designed for pairing For this you’ll need wide desks that allow you to sit shoulder-to-shoulder so you can work effectively and knowledge-share. The pairs can examine their data in common spaces to influence their decisions.
  • Built-in collaboration spaces Team rooms should encourage collaborative work. This can look like a room outfitted with a large whiteboard that will allow workers to diagram their ideas for the rest of the team. Forbes goes on to suggest, “Near each whiteboard is a high-def TV connected to AirPlay. This wireless setup is frictionless, and far faster than fumbling with adapters and cables. Each TV is near a couch, two chairs, and coffee table. There’s even whiteboards in hallways – because sometimes hallway conversations are the most important ones.”
  • Rooms that encourage employees to have fun while working Forbes suggest things like embedded speakers in the ceiling for people to listen to music, satellite TVs in each room, and even gaming rooms.

No matter how you decide to design your office space, look no further than Office Space Planners for your office planning, design, and project management needs. When it comes to commercial space planning, we provide illustrations that document every aspect of your room, including structural walls, interior walls, furniture layout, furniture panel systems, filing systems, equipment and phone locations, voice and data connections, electrical wiring and outlets, demolished walls, carpet seaming, reflected ceilings, and lighting.

As we move into the future and everyone’s looking for the best design to get the most productivity out of their offices. To stay ahead of the curve, you need expert designers and project managers who can solve your specific needs. For all of your office space needs, you can’t go wrong with Office Space Planners!

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Setting up the Modern Home Office

homeoffice-writing-desk-e-by-huelsta-15Each year, an increasing number of employees in the United States are working from home. The appeal of merging one’s home and office is obvious: it eliminates the expenses and time loss of a daily commute, it allows employees a greater deal of freedom in their work and organization habits, and it reduces the need or temptation to frequently eat at pricey or unhealthy restaurants.

One of the little joys of a home office is the process of setting one up. Of course, it is much simpler to design a home office than a corporate one, but many of the same principles are valid for both! Here is a guide on setting up a home office:

-Start by listing the supplies that you need to get the office set up. This should be done before you even allocate a space in your home for the office, as the process of thinking of what your office needs often guides you toward the ideal location to set up the space. Common items for this list of fundamental office needs could be desks, computers, phones, office chairs, a reliable Internet connection, a lamp, and other items specific to the job you will be performing.

-Select an area of your home in which to set up the office. Of course, the location will be dictated by how much space you have available, but you should seek a place in your home that is quiet and offers privacy. A home office set up, say, next to a television set or a child’s crib is unlikely to provide the best working environment!

-Set up proper lighting for your office. Some people are dedicated fans of natural light, and if this is your preference, it would behoove you to have a lamp or overhead light provide it on a regular basis. For those who will take any light they can get, the options are wider and cheaper. Minimizing eye strain should be the goal of any office lighting plan.

-Perhaps the most vital step is to keep your office separated from your home life. This should be done both physically, by keeping the office separate from the rest of your home, and in your daily habits. Once you enter the office area, be sure that you are ready to work—don’t play games or talk with friends while using your designated office space, if you can avoid it!

Home office planning is a fun project to undertake, but trust the pros to design company office spaces. For all your office planning needs, consult Office Space Planners!

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Office Space Markets Around the World

amazing-creative-workspaces-office-spaces-12-5It is no secret that the price of office space responds to demand for it, and that certain world cities have sky-high demand for offices. Thus some of the world’s business capitals have seen major shifts in their office space landscape as the economy has crashed and recovered in recent years.

While no overriding trends have dictated office space demand and availability worldwide, certain cities have seen dramatic changes. Here is a survey of office space demand and activity in world cities from recent years:

-Beijing, China’s densely populated, smog-ridden capital city, has seen office space prices skyrocket. The city’s average office price now exceeds that of two of the world’s longtime business strongholds, Tokyo and New York! Each square meter of office space in Beijing’s Central Business District costs an average of $1412 per year. Better start saving up!

-Surprisingly, the city with the most quickly decreasing office space prices in the U.S. is Chattanooga, Tennessee. As demand has dropped in the city and vacant offices have drifted out of usable condition, rents have fallen a shade under one percent per year despite a worldwide trend of booming office space demand. Perhaps a place for entrepreneurs on a budget to consider!

-As mentioned above, New York City and London are two of the most competitive cities to seek and build office space in. While London has often threatened to outstrip New York as the Western world’s business and finance capital, New York is currently building new office spaces at a quicker pace than Britain’s capital is.

-Perhaps the glitziest office project in Manhattan, New York’s business borough, is Related’s 30 Hudson Yards, which will be Time Warner’s hew environs. The building boasts a whopping 2.6 million square feet of space. Other major Manhattan undertakings include 3 World Trade Center, One Sono Square, and 7 Bryant Park. All in all, the Midtown district, Midtown West, and downtown areas of Manhattan figure to see an expansion to the tune of 17 million combined square feet of office space between 2015 and 2018 thus far.

-London, on the other hand, projects to gain 14 million square feet of office space from 2015 to 2018. This figure is middling compared to some of the world’s other designated “finance capitals,” but London is not lacking for arrivals of new businesses and jobs, so its demand figures to rise!

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Open Offices: Distracting or Liberating? Part Two

In a previous post, this blog discussed the ongoing debate over the effectiveness of open office layouts. The open office space has both staunch supporters and detractors, and both sides have made valid points. The last post on this topic discussed the case for open office layouts. Now it is time to have a look Read the full article…


Open Offices: Distracting or Liberating? Part One

In office-based work, open office layouts have both staunch defenders and critics. Some hail office spaces based around open spaces and free from stuffy cubicles as a fresh new take on office design. Others, however, protest that open offices lead to frequent distractions, diminished privacy on the job, and decreased focus. This blog will look Read the full article…


Making the Most of Office Space: Maximalist Approaches

In an ideal world, every company would be free to roam in an office large enough to suit all of its needs and accommodate a significant number of new hires in the future. However, this is not reality—every office planners has constraints of some form or other to operate around. Applying some principles of office Read the full article…


Trendy Office Designs Pushing the Limits: Goofy Office Objects

In recent posts, this blog has discussed the trend of office design away from monochromatic cubicle layouts and toward more individualized and modern designs. However, while these trendier office space designs can inspire creativity in employees and envy in those who work for other companies, they can also look tacky at times! Here is a Read the full article…


Zany Office Design Ideas from Tech Giants

Technology’s leading companies have many things in common. They were started by and are run by creative-minded hard workers, they constantly push the boundaries to stay on top, and they all add personal touches to their interactions. To find proof of this last point, one need look no further than the manner in which leading Read the full article…


Creative Office Space Ideas

More frequently of late, office designers and employers have sought a more holistic approach to designing offices. As cubicles wane in fashion as a simple of office conformity, the pendulum is swinging the other way, and offices that scream out “creativity” are all the rage. Ideally, every company would get to design elaborate offices such Read the full article…