How to Design Office Workspace Layouts that Benefit Your Employees

Is your office layout designed to help your employees be more efficient? Learn about the best workspace designs that maximize productivity and engagement.

No matter what size of space you manage, your office furniture design can determine the happiness and efficiency of your staff. Your goal is to support every job position, keeping in mind that employees generally have different work styles, responsibilities, and workspace needs. 

In a recent study conducted by The Property Group on workspace design and productivity, loyalty, and engagement, 97% of 2,500 employees said their office arrangement was a detriment to their focus. Almost half of respondents said the existing office furniture layout had a major impact on their productivity. 

How Your Office Furniture

Knowing how important productivity is to the success of employees and your business as a whole, you should embrace anything that can improve efficiency. That being said, your office space planning deserves some extra consideration. Below, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the various types of office layouts and how to best implement each one. We hope you'll use this information to determine the most productive office design based on your employee needs.

Considerations for Configuring an Office Layout

In the study mentioned above, employees expressed their desire for an optimal balance of collaboration and distraction-free focus time in their workplace. They mentioned that workspace design influences their feeling of value in the workplace as well as their willingness to stay at a job. 

Your office layout affects everything from employee performance to company culture, so here are a few considerations you need to make in your office furniture arrangement to retain employees, foster productivity and collaboration, and make employees feel valued.

  1. Accommodate the need for future flexibility 
  2. Offer areas for privacy and quiet focus time
  3. Design the area with your brand goals in mind 
  4. Infuse spaces that allow the office to join together as a community
  5. Create a workspace conducive to all types of work being performed each day
  6. Find out your employees' work environment preferences and incorporate them as you see fit

With these workspace design goals in mind, where do you begin? What type of setup is best and what do workers prefer - totally open, mostly enclosed, or some mix of both? Start by finding out what your employees want and get on the same page internally about which office arrangement ideas support your goals. We did this via survey and have shared what we found below.