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5 Common Office Fitout Mistakes

An exceptional office fitout speaks volumes about what your company stands for, providing an opportunity to showcase your business’ culture, vision, and ambitions.

Often businesses have no idea where to start when looking to invest in an office fitout. We see five common oversights when it comes to office fitouts;

1. Rushing Through The Planning Process

One of the most common errors when starting a fitout is hurrying through the planning stage. Planning is an essential step in designing an effective and conscious office. If ignored, it has costly consequences for the business, and this phase requires plenty of detail.

It’s still essential to complete a fitout within the project timeline, but rushing during the planning phase can result in setbacks down the track. Effective planning and decision making can create a smoother and quicker process. At this stage, ensure everyone is clear on the final vision and how to get there.

2. Poor Use of Space

The last thing you want when finishing a fitout is to realise you missed something or an area is not appropriate for its intended purpose. Maybe the meeting room is next to the open staff kitchen and creating too much noise, or you’ve discovered there’s no area for your teams to collaborate. These shortcomings can create flow-on problems in the surrounding areas for years to come. This can result in frustrated employees and decreased morale.

Collaboration and team spaces are the most important notions within any business. Without a dedicated area for collaboration, there’s no space for employees to come together. Every progressive business needs collaborative workspaces to produce higher-quality work from its employees. To put it simply, companies can’t function without collaboration and a dedicated space for it.

Floor plans are another critical factor when designing a space. A poor floor layout that doesn’t account for noise and distractions will create annoyed employees who can’t focus on their work. At A1 Office, we are known for creating exceptional acoustic designs that ensure noisy disruptions are kept to a minimum by using sustainable fabrics and partitions within a clever and complimentary office layout.

Design Tip: A simple action to fix this would be to create a pleasant open floor plan that is conscious of noise and accounts for different working styles to boost your team’s collaborative spirit and productivity.

3. Limited Consideration of Budgeting

You don’t have to blow out your budget to have a high-quality and sustainable fitout, although having and sticking to a detailed budget is critical. When working with fitout experts, your business can achieve a fantastic final product while staying within your budget.

Know your monetary limits before starting any fitout, and share any concerns or limitations with the professionals you’re working with. This is important to the planning stage to ensure the project stays on track. A1 A1 Office, we seek solutions for all budgets and businesses, so the question is; do you know your budget?

4. Poor Lighting and Airflow

Details always matter, and the most significant influence on employee productivity is the environmental factors of their workplace. Poor lighting can negatively impact employees, causing fatigue and discomfort.  

Good quality lighting is a simple way to bring more clients to your space and keep your employees happier and healthier. Maximising your natural light flow from windows and skylights can improve the office atmosphere and decrease energy consumption. In areas where natural light can’t reach, lighting with a warm undertone that doesn’t cause eye strain is a good substitution.

5. Business Strategy and Design Disconnect

Office fitouts are a crucial investment for your business’ culture and functionality and your long-term business strategy. What do you want your business to look like in five or even ten years? While we can’t know everything, the future holds, sharing your business strategy can aid the office design and ensure your space supports your goals now and into the future.

We can use many design methods and processes to support a business strategy within a fitout. Planning for growth and change is an effective way to ensure your office fitout will stand the tests of trends and time. Designing to suit remote and hybrid workers is critical in this new age of business. Fitout experts will always ensure your space has the flexibility to change for your business’s ambitions and goals. Opt-out of permanent fixtures and instead focus on adaptive office zoning to promote movement and flexibility for staff.

When beginning the fitout process for your workspace, you must consider the following; what are the goals and ideal budget for this project? How should we use the space we have to maximise employee engagement? What environmental factors can be altered to provide a better workspace? How does the strategy connect with design to promote core values and ideas for clients and employees?

These are the five most common mistakes businesses make when attempting an office fitout without a professional helping them. You can avoid falling into this trap – a quick consultation with one of our experts can set you and your business up for success. Contact our team today for tailored advice on your fitout, and sign up for our newsletter to stay updated on all workplace trends.

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