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WORKPLACE 101 – What You Need to Know

Has your team outgrown your current office set-up?

Or perhaps you’re looking to take your business to the next level with a slick refurbishment?

Unita has been delivering workplaces for over 20 years, and there’s nothing we love more than creating functional and exciting spaces that excite your employees and delight your visitors and clients. So we’re sharing our hit-list of considerations you’ll need to think about when you’re planning your new workplace.

Or if you don’t have time, scroll to the bottom, and we’ll let you in on a secret.

1. Understanding Your Needs.

Before kicking off an office fit-out project, it’s crucial to delve into the unique needs of your workspace. Consider the size of your team, the nature of your work, your company culture, and any future expansion plans. This initial assessment lays the foundation for a tailored fit-out that aligns seamlessly with your business objectives.

2. Layout.

No one wants to work in a rigid cubicle. Modern office design leans towards open plan spaces that promote collaboration. Layout is going to be key. Consider how many desks you’ll need and whether you’ll require hot desks, how to best position your kitchen and breakout space to be attractive but not distracting, how many bathrooms and whether the existing plumbing will work with or against you. Will you need closed-in offices and meeting rooms? The best workplaces consider all these factors and thoughtfully balance them for maximum functionality and flow.

3. Lighting + Airflow.

The benefits of natural light in the workplace extend beyond mere aesthetics. Exposure to daylight has been linked to improved mood, better sleep, and increased productivity. When planning your fit-out, prioritize layouts that maximize natural light intake. Additionally, consider ventilation strategies to enhance airflow and create a comfortable atmosphere.

4. Technology.

In today’s tech-driven world, a successful office fit-out seamlessly incorporates modern technology. Ensure that your workspace is equipped with the necessary infrastructure to support efficient communication and collaboration. This integration should enhance, not hinder, the daily workflow of your team.

5. Permissions + Approvals.

If you’re moving into a new space, or you’re making significant physical or structural changes to your existing workplace, it’s important to make sure that all statutory requirements are met and relevant permits and approvals are obtained. This could include potential Council DA applications through to private certification, engaging necessary consultants, and acquiring a construction certificate, as well as any relevant permits required for your building approval. There’s a lot to consider here, and missing a step could cause massive headaches, costing you significant time and money.

6. Design.

Your office space is an extension of your business’ brand identity. You should use interior design elements to reflect your company’s values and culture. From colour schemes, finishes, and custom joinery, every detail contributes to creating a space that resonates with both employees and clients, fostering a sense of belonging and loyalty.

7. Sustainability.

As sustainability is and will continue to be a key component of workplace fit-outs, it’s important to consider incorporating eco-friendly practices into your fit-out. Choose materials with a low environmental impact, implement energy-efficient lighting solutions, and explore ways to reduce waste. A green office not only aligns with current trends but also reflects a commitment to your corporate social responsibility.

8. Budget.

We understand the importance of fiscal responsibility. When considering an office fit-out, explore budget-friendly options without compromising on quality. A well-thought-out design can deliver long-term value, contributing to employee satisfaction and, ultimately, your company’s success.

In conclusion, there are countless important elements in working environments that work. Effective office fit-outs go beyond aesthetics – it’s about considering many important factors to create an environment that supports your team’s well-being and enhances their ability to thrive.

TLDR – If you don’t have the time or this all seems like too much work, don’t worry – we’ve got you. We’ll handle your project from start to finish. Get in touch.

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