One of the most important decisions you can make with your office is how to lay it out and design it. This will be your employees' home away from home, so it is important that it feels good. Here are 3 things that you can do to make your office feel better for your employees while you are designing its layout.
Have large open areas
People love wide open spaces that help them feel relaxed, so keep this in mind as you are designing your workplace. Look at raising your drop ceiling up to increase their headroom. Also, look at taking out walls to turn an area that is several offices into a large conference or cubicle area. When you put cubicles in, instead of going for the densest possible configuration, create wide aisles and get cubicles that are wider than normal to help your employees feel as comfortable as possible.
Combine low partitions with glass
Instead of getting large tables without partitions or cubicles with high partitions, choose an option that is in the middle. For productivity and privacy, it is important to have some kind of partition in place, otherwise you run the risk of workspaces turning into proverbial water coolers. At the same time, low partitions can bring in additional light by making the windows visible to more people in the room. If you add glass to the top of the partitions, it can help to increase the height of the wall while at the same time allowing light the space to filter throughout your office.
Use glass walls
Glass walls are a great way to increase the openness of an office. If you have people who are working in offices that are in the interior of the building, chances are that they don't get any natural light during the day. If you tear out the existing dry wall and steel walls and put in glass, it will allow the light to penetrate the building and give everybody an opportunity for sunlight. When you do this, make sure that you position your employees so that their desks are in between their chairs and the glass walls. This will help them feel comfortable and like they have some privacy, even though they are working in a glass room.
As you design your workspace around these three principles, you'll find that your employees are happier and more productive at work.