Over the years, the “ideal office” has gone through several changes. The early 2000s tried a transition from cubicles to open floor plans, with the inclusion of ping-pong and foosball tables following soon after. But what truly makes a productive workspace? Here are a few things to consider as you design your floor plan.


An efficient layout design involves much more than separating departments into different areas. The floor plan will reflect on how you conduct yourself as a business. You need to keep two things in mind: how clients will perceive the space and how your employees navigate through it. It’s not ideal if clients are walking through a messy breakroom or copy area to reach the conference room. Nor do you want employees constantly lost trying to retrieve files or equipment.

Light and Sound

Nothing is more prohibitive to workplace success than external noise or poorly lit workspaces. Maintaining a quiet work environment, and filling your workspace with as much natural light as possible, are essential to productivity. These simple tricks will help your staff feel healthier and more productive. A recent report from Carnell University indicated that employees within 10 feet of natural light have an 84% decrease in eyestrain, headaches, and symptoms of blurred vision.

A Workplace Isn’t a Storage Unit

More often than not, employees will utilize their open space for miscellaneous papers and office supplies. When this happens, an employees productivity is inhibited, which causes their performance and well being to decline. However, that doesn’t mean desks should be completely barren. Encourage employees to balance work-related materials and personal items. This will make them feel at home while not being encumbered with a significant amount of clutter.

When finding the space arrangement that works best for your employees, cost is another factor to consider. Office Depot and Office Max are great places to search for office furniture deals. If you’re an AFEUSA member, you could save 30% off all your office needs!

Article by
Wayne Goshkarian,
Director of Communications

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