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4 Questions to Ask Before Starting an Office Fitout

A fitout can seem daunting and overwhelming, especially when your business has never done one before. The process isn’t as straightforward as many would think. For this reason, it’s important to consider the environment you want to create for your space and its inhabitants.

There are a few essential questions you need answers to before starting a fitout. These will help guide the design team and create an all-encompassing workplace that becomes an asset to your employees and clients. Let’s go through the checklist.

1. What are the goals and ideal budget for this project?

The first thing you need to check off is your goals for a fitout. What do you need in the new space? We can help you figure out how to get it. Workplaces aren’t built in a day; it takes a planning process. 

A set budget is another way to avoid any nasty surprises when you get the final bill – make sure you know your limits. If you have any concerns or questions about your budget, ensure you communicate with your professional team to soothe any worries. 

2. How can we use the space we have to maximise employee engagement?

Enhancing employee engagement with your fitout can create a healthier workplace and happier employees. If you aren’t looking to build an entirely new space, figure out how you can use the space you already have to improve your staff’s experience at work. 

Work out every essential area you need in your office, what areas aren’t being used efficiently, where people spend most of the day – and work around these factors to create an engaged and flowing space. 

3. What environmental factors can be altered to provide a better workplace?

Is there too much noise pollution in your office? Is it coming from the busy street outside, or the noisy building beside you? These are important to think about when designing the space if soundproofing is necessary or other forms of noise-cancelling for your office to provide a cleaner and quieter atmosphere.

Aside from external factors, think about what kind of natural light and airflow you have in your space and if there is any way to increase these. Natural light especially is important for a workplace because it brightens up the floor and brings warmth for your employees to enjoy as they go about their day. 

4. How should our strategy connect with the design to promote our core values to clients?

The last consideration before you begin your fitout is how you want to connect your business strategy with the design. You want a space that will reflect your business’s core values and ethos to anyone who walks in. 

When you invest in a fitout for your business, you want it to last years and years. The best way to ensure this is by sprinkling in your values throughout the planning and design processes. Consider the best way to do this for your space before kicking off the construction phase. 

There are many things to think about before making any changes to your workplace, but these are our top four recommendations. These questions allow you to start the thought process around strategy and design so you can feel comfortable in your finalised space.

At A1 Office, we want our clients to think about their goals for a fitout and figure out exactly how this change can help their business continue to grow. Contact our team today if you’re ready to start your fitout journey.

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