The modern office environment is changing and 'activity based working' has become a focal point. Don't underestimate the value of updating your office layout and introducing modern furniture. If you are planning to remodel your workspace here are some key considerations to help ensure a successful office furniture fit out.
Think about how you want your new office to work. Research shows for example that face to face interactions are the most important activity in the office when it comes to measurably improving performance so this sort of information might determine how your office will look.
Activity Based Workspace
As we understand more about how we work and who we work with, companies are able to use this knowledge to design their workspaces to improve both well-being and performance.
For example, in an activity based workspace, flexibility is the key with diverse activity areas suited for different tasks. Workers have the freedom to alter their environment with manipulable furnishings.
Encouraging physical movement such as the use of stand up desks is another hallmark of the activity based workspace. The traditional workplace where we sit for hours on end is seen as impractical and unhealthily sedentary.
Zones for Focus and Relaxation
While flexibility is important, you will still need areas dedicated to specific tasks, particularly quiet spaces for focused work. Workers also need to take regular breaks to be productive. You should provide a coffee area, preferably with seating so that impromptu meetings can also take place.
Frequently overlooked, details like lighting, colours and quality furniture and fixtures will play a big role in setting the culture of your workspace.
Make a Plan
When you're clear about what you want the new space to achieve, develop a rough plan for the layout and furniture installation and when you need it to happen.
Matt Stevenson / CEO / HSM Group
"HSM are delighted with the service received from Modern Office in undertaking the office furniture project for its new premises. The furniture suggested looks amazing and provides the right levels of space and storage as well as looking great. Their delivery and setup, as well as the communication with them and the prompt response has been fantastic and we would highly recommend them."
Kevin Marsh / Interior fit-out Project Manager / Property and Project Consulting Ltd
“Modern Office provided a range of height-adjustable desking, storage, and meeting room furniture for our WRC project. We found the team to be cooperative and flexible, and the risk management they applied during the Covid-19 lockdown meant we were kept informed of progress. A feature of the service provided was the support they provided during the installation phase, their on-site crew was outstanding and delivery and installation of furniture was achieved on time, every time.”
Kate / Chow Hill Architects Ltd
"The service I received as an interior designer is of a very high standard with extremely competitive pricing and a large and impressive range of furniture. I use Modern Office for the majority of my projects."
Annmarie Lee / General Manager Growers / Seeka
"Working with Modern Office was a really good experience. We required a complete fit out of new furniture for our new premises and I would go as far as to say they were the best contractor we used in the whole build. The service was outstanding – very professional and approachable. We are very happy with the products and the advice provided, and the staff feedback has been positive. I have already recommended Modern Office to others."
Melissa McBride / Office Manager / Hawkins
"We were extremely happy with everything. Very efficient and hassle free. Thanks heaps to you and your team for all your help."
Kieron Wain / National Projects Manager / SSA New Zealand
"Please pass on my thanks to your team…they did a great job! They removed every bit of wrapping…I couldn’t tell they had been there it was that tidy. They asked for guidance where the desks needed to be placed and went about their business until the job was completed…very professional. Thanks for your support."