If your company is lucky enough to be the proud owner of a large office space, with multiple rooms and areas, or a large open-plan space, it’s important to ensure it’s used efficiently with a minimal amount of the space wasted. And with rent prices in big cities like London as high as they are, making the most of every inch is handy for cost-effectiveness, and the benefit of those using the space.

Firstly, look at your head-count in comparison to the space you have. There’s no importance for specific maths involved, but for London, the general rule of thumb is that each employee should have around 100 square-feet as a minimum; however some places go lower to around 70-80 for efficiency.  A lot of it is common sense – if employees may be cramped without any breathing room or personal space, it’s not going to be an efficient work space.

If the office is larger, and allows more than 100 square-feet per employee, use this to your advantage. Provide variation and different working environments for employees, to suit people’s work ethic, preferences or mind-set on that day; one day a worker may fancy relaxing on a beanbag or armchair while using a laptop, and another, they may want to work more formally in a focused, upright desk area. Sectioning off dedicated work areas will provide options and choice for employees.

A large space will also allow for a decent sized break area, which is beneficial for workers to refresh and rest, get refreshments and take time out. What you put into the area is completely down to the company and consensus of wants and needs, but designing a great break area is an effective way of making use of the large space available.

Striking a balance between privacy and collaboration is tricky in a large open space. For offices which go for the open-plan approach, allow independent working with partitions in the form of plants, translucent or glass screens, or storage cabinets as a few examples. But then, include communal desks or similar to encourage collaboration and ideas-sharing between the substantial amount of employees in the area.

Making use of the large space doesn’t necessarily mean cramming the space full of furniture and filing cabinets. Having wide walkways and expanses are great, creating openness and pathways for employees to enjoy and make the most of, around the needed number of furniture pieces and facilities. A larger office is likely to have large windows too, letting in more natural light which can have a world of benefits for employees.

For space planning tips on the other end of the spectrum - a small office space – read our post here.

Laura Sewell

An aspiring journalist, Laura is our content writer intern.  Pop-punk gig-goer and drag queen enthusiast, Laura is working her way into the industry with an English A -Level and love of writing about anything and everything in tow.
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