Over the years, workplaces have changed dramatically. This has been especially evident over the past two years, as the COVID-19 pandemic brought about unprecedented changes in how people work in offices and other settings. When trying to decide how much space you need for each employee at your office, there are no firm rules or guidelines. Instead, it often comes down to the type of workforce you have, as well as the tasks and responsibilities associated with various jobs. To decide how much office space your employees need, here are some things to keep in mind.
When determining how much space your employees need at your office, keep in mind that current trends have shown the amount of space needed has declined over the past decade, due largely to the implementation of flexible workspaces that feature open areas which foster employee collaboration. If your office is one that is moving away from compartmentalized cubicles and private offices, less space per employee will be fine.
While you may not need as many cubicles and private offices for employees at your office, you will still need some private offices to accommodate company executives. As you examine various commercial leases to determine which property you want for your business, typical guidelines for executive offices call for 100-150 square feet.
Before the pandemic, most offices allowed employees about 100 square feet of office space in which to work. However, as the pandemic continued on and even as it has started to subside, many offices have now expanded employee workspaces to 150 or close to 200 square feet in certain circumstances. Depending on the needs of your employees, don’t forget to allow room not only for your employees themselves, but also for their desks and chair, other furniture, and equipment needed to perform their jobs.
Since your office space will include areas to be used as conference rooms, it is best to follow the usual guidelines of allowing 25-30 square feet per person when setting up these rooms. This is important since many of your company’s most critical decisions will be made within these rooms. By allowing people to feel comfortable during meetings, it is likely better decisions and greater innovation will be the result.
Since the needs of your company will vary from others, don’t necessarily try to be like other offices with which you are familiar. Instead, think about the needs of your employees, what arrangement will most benefit your company, and plan accordingly.
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