Plenty of topics out there today talk about open offices and shared spaces for group work. We seem to be overlooking a longstanding element of office space design: the private office. Depending on your company structure and your office building, more than just executives occupy a private office these days. A well-thought-out private office space design can facilitate excellent work while catering to the changing office needs. What should modern private offices reflect in today’s working climate?
Who Is Visiting?
Private offices belong to individuals who need a dedicated, separate area to work. This may be a matter of using specialized equipment or the nature of the job, requiring them to manage huge loads of papers and clients. In any case, the worker in the individual office may expect few to many visitors or coworkers dropping by throughout the day. The office space design should account for the extra bodies in the room and how they can conduct their business. For example, a designer may not receive as many visits from others throughout the day as compared to someone who works in HR. The HR worker’s office should accommodate extra room and seating from people, but the designer’s office may be able to go without it.
What’s The Impression?
For someone who works in a management position or a sales position and is expected to meet regularly with clients, a private office is an essential meeting space. The office space design needs to give the right impression to the visitor and act as a reflection of the company as a whole. Those in management or leadership positions need a private space to formally or informally meet with other team members and leaders to coordinate projects. A client is likely to get distracted from the salesperson’s presentation if they are in an open area with noise and visual disturbances all around.
While private offices are an apt setting for distraction-free, focused work, more often than not, collaborative projects and meetings are going to happen in that same space. When these team get-togethers happen, the area should be readily adaptable when group work needs to get done. If the private office has the room, furnish accordingly with extra seating, work surfaces, and large monitors to boost collaboration and productivity.
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