Office space is still necessary for many businesses. Even with the surge of remote work over the past few years and especially this year in 2020, office spaces will continue to exist. As a business, you work as a team to collaborate and build community while you’re at it. Communication is never better than when you’re face-to-face. If you are searching for the best office space or wondering whether to expand or detract your square footage, check out these tips.
The ultimate answer to, “How much office space do I need?” is “As much as your company uses and might use in the future.” Discovering this answer will require thinking about how your company operates now and long-term. For instance, given the number of employees you have, how many will be there every weekday? How many will be remote? Will you need space for remote workers who come in on occasion? Gather information on the maximum number of people who might be working in the office at once.
Another factor to consider is the style of your office layout. Some companies have expansive room filled with many rows of long tables, where each person has a monitor. Some are less open, and every employee has a cubicle. Others have a mixed version, where some workers have private offices while others work in common rooms. Your level of privacy per person will depend on how your company functions.
When you’ve figured out the number of people and the type of layout you’ll have, consider how much space to give each person. Your office suite or building may provide high density, average density, or low density space. To help you calculate what they will look like in feet for you:
- High density=80-150 square feet per person
- Mid density=150-250 square feet per person
- Low density=250-500 square feet per person
More spacious areas are often designated for those with higher positions, such as the CEO. However, spaciousness can be beneficial for everyone, especially during cold and flu season.
Every smart plan takes the future into account. Where do you see your company in terms of number of employees in the next 5-10 years? Do you want to grow, or stay the same? Make sure you have room to accommodate your dreams for the business.
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