The design of its office is an important thing for a business. It goes beyond just aesthetics and encompasses functionality, cost efficiency, and employee morale, retention and output. But this also means it’s a complex and multifaceted undertaking that can be challenging to execute effectively.
When beginning an office design project, it’s important to understand what that entails. Office design is a broad term. It encompasses everything from design to construction to furnishing. This means more moving parts and more aspects to get right. That’s why the most efficient, effective and stress-free way to remodel a workspace is by taking a holistic approach to the entire process.
Here are 4 ways a holistic approach to office design will help maximize results and provide a better outcome.
1. There’s No One-Size-Fits All Approach to Office Design
Office design is much more than picking the right paint colours for a workspace. It can improve company culture to foster happier and more productive employees and even attract top-tier talent by presenting your company as a desirable place to work, it can help you woo clients and win new business, and it can even help you cut operational costs through maximized efficiencies.
In order to create a space that both looks and functions optimally, it’s integral to begin a project with a clear vision of both what you want to achieve from both an aesthetic and a utility perspective and then integrating that vision into every component of the project.
But an office design project is multifaceted which means in order to create the right outcome, it’s important that all parties involved are operating under a shared vision. There’s no one-size-fits-all formula for office design and getting everyone on the same page can be challenging.
Working with a team that oversees your project holistically – being deeply ingrained in every facet of its execution – means less parties to align, and more focus on the shared vision.
2. The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts
You may have heard the expression, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” And when it comes to office design, this is especially true – but only when the whole is cohesive.
That is to say, when design, construction and furnishing come together holistically to execute on the project vision, the result will be drastically better than a project where each facet operates independently.
When executing a workspace revamp, it’s key to ensure design, construction and furnishing are aligned under the same vision and optimized to cater to each other.
Working with multiple contractors often means things are lost in translation. By working with a builder who can handle the whole job in-house, you eliminate multiple points of contact to ensure that the end result is true to the vision.
3. Cost Efficiency Means Your Money Goes Farther
One of the biggest benefits of taking a holistic approach to your office redesign comes in the form of costs savings. And the reason for this is simple: economies of scale. If you’re able to consolidate consultation time with multiple contractors and reduce the need to coordinate and converse with multiple contractors, your billable hours drop substantially.
Time is the biggest budget killer in any office revamp project. A holistic vision of what your office space is meant to look like and how it’s supposed to function means enhanced coordination and increased cooperation between designers, builders, and furnishers, directly equating to less money spent on liaison and more money available for results.
But that’s not the only cost benefit. A holistic approach to an office redesign can also provide savings on account of pooled resources and streamlined or discounted access to materials and resources.
4. Less Stress from Project Management
It’s tough to put a price on peace of mind, but eliminating stress means you’re able to focus more on what matters during your office revamp project: keeping your business running efficiently and effectively.
Taking a holistic approach to your new office means you have only one point of contact to coordinate with and, more importantly, one point of responsibility for the successful outcome of your project. Rather than managing multiple contractors and hoping each of them lives up to their end of the bargain – a task that can often mean you don’t have anybody who’s truly accountable for the overall success of your project – you have a singular contact who manages the moving parts on your behalf.
When it comes time to create or recreate your office space, it’s important to make sure it’s functional, efficient and aesthetically pleasing. It should be not only a reflection of your brand, but also a benefit to your business. It should also be an enjoyable process, not a stressful one.
At Streamline, we cover the whole spectrum of services – from design to construction to furnishing – to ensure your project is delivered in full, on time and to your exact specifications so there are no surprises, only successes.