An efficiently designed office space includes a variety of meeting and collaborative spaces based on a company’s typical meeting and work styles. CoreNet Global found that the average amount of office space per employee shrank from 225 square feet in 2010 to approximately 150 square feet in 2013. Some office cultures are more likely to adapt easily to a reduced office footprint. There are many factors to consider when optimizing an office space. The most effective office environments recognize the importance of company culture and encourage social interactions, even within an efficient office footprint. How employees interact and what tools they find useful are important considerations in how the office space is designed. To relieve employee anxiety over unfamiliar concepts such as open floor plans and unassigned seating, consultants often lead tours of similar office spaces to help visualize options and advise companies on how to comfortably transition to a new workplace design.
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