Growing your business means nimbly addressing a variety of employee and client needs you initially may not have considered: additional restrooms, an enhanced break room, a bigger reception area, and a larger focus on employee wellbeing. Thankfully, creative office furniture solutions for workplace design adaptability have never been simpler to solve.
Modular furniture allows you to take certain components, such as desks and filing systems, and combine them to form a variety of workstation layouts.
Where should you start first? We suggest looking at what matters most—the employee atmosphere. If your team is uncomfortable, work and productivity suffer. Put the time and money into a healthy modern office system that works for you and them and you’ll see how the benefits positively affect the bottom line.
Let’s Talk Modular
It’s time to think about easy to adjust modular office furniture. Modular furniture allows you to take certain components, such as desks and filing systems, and combine them to form a variety of workstation layouts.
Here’s what you need to consider in order to find a modular furniture layout that’s right for your office.
Flexibility in Design
Look for a modular workstation system that can be configured and re-configured into numerous pod layouts. This accommodates activity-based working while maintaining a seamless aesthetic throughout the space.
When outfitting your workstations, don’t forget individual needs. Ergonomic accessories, such as monitor arms and keyboard trays, adapt to various body shapes and sizes for maximum comfort and productivity.
Types of Workstations
Curved workstations break the traditional “square-cube” stereotype and add a brilliantly fresh look and feel to any modern office. Not only do they make sense for a bustling, busy office by reducing sharp corners and providing closer body-to-keyboard comfort, they also offer more enclosed privacy when arranged the right way.
Research shows that sitting at a desk for long periods of time can lead to health problems, yet a surprising number of commercial workplaces still reserve their sit-to-stand desks for executives or offer them on a case by case basis to employees who request them.
This layout offers the mobility employees need to stay sharp and energized. Just make sure their workstation is configured correctly for healthy best practices.
Strengthen communication between managerial staff or ease the transition of new employees with a managerial collaborative workstation. This layout is a good fit for two colleagues who need to collaborate regularly on reports or projects and don’t need to resort to hovering in cubicles or pinging notifications at each other on Slack.
Encourage innovation among employees by providing the space they need to explore and solve creative problems.
This can also be a useful layout when you want to quickly align new employees to the company culture. Assign them a workstation with a “mentor” or senior employee, or a fellow new hire so they can hit the ground running with a partner.
For commuters or employees that spend a reduced amount of time at their desks, a minimalist workstation can be the perfect fit when combined with personal storage cabinets or locked filing systems for interchangeable spaces. It also maximizes the line of sight across the office, which helps smaller commercial workspaces appear larger.
Use minimalist workstations in your design layout to increase communication, but remain aware of noise issues that may hinder productivity. Install buffers such as acoustic ceiling tiles when necessary.
Extended Work Surface
Studies show that a messy desk fosters creativity. Encourage innovation among employees by providing the space they need to explore and solve creative problems. An extended work surface is also helpful for impromptu meetings, reducing the need to book a conference room or seek out first-come, first-serve collaborative spaces.
Though the debate about the open office continues to linger, the advantages of modular workstations are indisputable. With a variety of options and uses, any growing business can thrive and benefit when its employees come together and share space.