An organized office is not necessarily a harmonious office, but it is a strong start when it comes to addressing workplace productivity and employee satisfaction. Indeed, office organization has become a leading concern in workplaces across the country, as the opinion remains divided over the efficacy of remote or hybrid working solutions.
Those returning to the office from home working are often dissatisfied with the equipment and amenities on offer, while hybrid workers are finding it difficult to understand the appeal of the office when cohesion is at an all-time low. What can you do to improve your office for the benefit of your staff?
Audit Your Office
In order to effect proper office organization, it is important to reckon with your office environment holistically. A simple tidying or re-arrange of office furniture may seem to make a difference superficially, but this can hide deeper organizational issues and simply see issues re-occur further down the line.
The solution is not to take any half-measures with respect to your department. Schedule some department downtime for a complete office ‘audit’, in which unnecessary items, equipment, and documents are purged. This is a multi-disciplinary process; administrative staff might be responsible for digitizing all paperwork to allow for the shredding and removal of historic data, while IT staff might audit their equipment inventory to remove or sell obsolete equipment.
Re-Establish Work Zones
Your office audit will naturally create new space, with respect to individual desks and the office as a whole. This enables you to draft a new office plan from the ground up. That might better serve the needs of your employees and promote higher motivation and productivity as a result.
Despite popular thought on the subject, open-plan workspaces can actually be detrimental to overall office cohesion. As such, designating individual working spaces. The ‘zones’ for communal work can be a practical way to bring the best of both worlds to your office.
On a practical note, the re-organization of your office from top to bottom with see significant administrative and technological upheaval. Documents may be re-file for efficiency, while storage needs to shift for other items of equipment.
Labeling storage and equipment can minimize disruption brought about by new changes. This allows employees to source the things they need without the hassle. The labeling approach extends well to equipment and peripherals. Cable labels can be used to identify the ends of cable runs, ensuring systems are plugged back in swiftly and without error.
Tidy Equipment and Installations
This becomes particularly useful when it comes to the organization of equipment and technology in your office. This is, again, a multi-disciplinary effort. But one which should be led by any IT staff in your office or department. Cables can be neatly organize behind desks to improve aesthetics. An increase under-desk space; cable runners can also be use to lift data cables off the ground or hide them above ceiling tiles.
Labeling cables makes it easier for staff to relocate cable terminals after this organization, to ensure errors. Instability does not result from the organization’s exercise.
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