If you've hired a remodelling contractor who does office fit-outs to update your office, here are two important matters you'll need to consider before you let him or her get started.
The problems you have noticed with your existing office
Rather than just having the contractor duplicate an office layout that you saw on some interior design site, it would be better to analyse what particular problems you have experienced with your current layout and then come up with a new design that solves or mitigates these issues.
For example, if the meeting room is currently positioned next to the canteen and the wall between these two areas does not have any sound-insulating materials, you may have noticed that the noise from the canteen often affects your ability to hear and focus on what is said during your meetings, and you may have concerns about confidential subjects you discuss during your meetings being overheard by those in the adjacent canteen. In this situation, you should find out if your remodelling contractor can either relocate the canteen or the meeting room so that they are farther away from each other or, if this is not possible, you should ask them to fit sound-insulating materials in the wall that separates them.
Similarly, if there are two departments in your office that need to liaise with one another on a daily basis but these departments are at opposite ends of the premises and their members often end up causing 'traffic jams' by walking to and from these departments so frequently, you may need to suggest to your contractor that they reposition these departments so that they are right beside each other.
Consider your future plans for your business
Before the office fit-out begins, you'll also need to think about what plans you have for your business. For example, if you know that you want to relocate your business to a different city in a few years or that, at some point, you'll need a bigger office to accommodate the extra employees you're going to hire, then you should ensure that the remodelling contractor does not fit any built-in office furniture that you won't be able to take with you when this happens. This will mean that you won't have to completely refurnish your new office when you move.
Additionally, if you will probably eliminate one of your current departments in a few years, you may want to ensure that the features you add to this area can be utilised for a different purpose in the future. For example, if you plan to get rid of your marketing department and start outsourcing this work in the next year or so, then you could have reconfigurable furniture made for this area so that you could, for example, join the desks together to create one long table, and then use this as an extra dining area for lunch breaks or as an additional conference space.
Contact a remodelling company to get help with office fitouts.