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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

We all have heard this statement before. Whether we’re talking about shoes, clothes or cars, one size just doesn’t fit all.

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At Gregory Grier, we believe that this also applies to your office space. Every company and every space is different, and we work to make sure your office space represents exactly what you need.

When designing a space, it’s important to figure out what kind of office will foster the most productive team members. In recent years, the open office plan consisting of collaborative stations where a senior employee shares a table with a junior, has become very popular. According to the International Facility Management Association, about 70 percent of U.S. offices have either low partitions or none at all. However, many professionals are saying that this does not work and actually decreases productivity because employees are constantly distracted or uncomfortable working in such open areas with a lack of personal space.

We know that every office is different. To help you decide what might work best for your unique needs, here are our suggestions on what to keep in mind when redesigning your space:

  1. When designing a space, it’s important to consider How much are your employees talking to each other, collaborating on new ideas, trends, and projects? Some offices need more individualized desks because employees are on the phone all day making sales or bringing in new clients. But for other offices, individualized spaces may not be necessary because of the constant contact between employees.
  2. Another topic to consider is the culture of your company. If you are a creative, collaborative group who thrives on group projects and interaction, then an open space would help foster this team mentality. But if your culture focuses on individual projects, sales, and clients, then private workspaces would be more productive.osdfa2
  3. It’s also important to consider the economic value of your company. Open office spaces often require less money to build and maintain, whereas building walls and creating more private offices tends to cost more.

The bottom line is that when designing your space, it’s imperative to think about what your company needs. Every business is different, and every business should have its individualized and unique space.

Here at Gregory Grier, it’s all about YOU. We discuss what you need and how we can best meet those needs to create a beautiful, comfortable, and productive space.

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This entry was posted on March 16, 2015 by in Office Design and tagged , .
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