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Every office with time needs some changes in its design and layout. With reconfiguration you can actually improve the look and efficiency of a workplace.
Companies do reconfiguration due to the following main reasons.
1. Company size: Up –sizing or down sizing, what ever the case is the existing furniture needs to be reconfigured to work with the new environment of the company.
2. Relocation/Existing Furniture: There are times when companies move to a new location and the new place comes with existing furniture. You are stuck with a design and layout which perhaps was good for the company before but not that great for your companies’ workflow and efficiency. Reconfiguration can help turn this “new workspace” into “your workspace”.
3. Budgetary Constraints: Sometimes companies buy a new place or have an existing space but due to budgetary constraints they cannot purchase new furniture. This is when they benefit from reconfiguration.
4. Surplus existing furniture: Reconfiguration is a good choice when the company wishes to utilize their existing furniture so that it works with their current needs.
It’s best to hire a Space Planner and Designer who can create drawings /plans for the reconfiguration after analyzing the space and needs based on time. A good space planner will come up with a plan which involves the least amount of down time for the office yet makes sure that everything goes smoothly resulting is a more relaxed and productive workspace to meet the needs of all the employees.
Another important aspect of reconfiguration is to inventory your existing furniture to determine what can be used or if there is a requirement of additional new items to complete the reconfiguration.
Always look for a furniture installer who is knowledgeable about the product which is to be assembled and offers dismantling and moving any existing furniture to make space for the reconfiguration. They should also offer full inspection after completion to make sure everything is perfect. Correct installation is imperative to maximize productivity and reduce inefficiency and to stay on budget. A well established furniture dealer/company and its installers would always work closely with the facilities manager to over come any logistical complexities and to make sure that every job is finished satisfactorily.
It’s always best to do some research before buying furniture like cubicles and add on. Today’s modular furniture products have made reconfiguration a simple job. By adding a few new products to the existing cubicles you can change the look and meet the needs of the employees at the same time. Cubicle walls or separators are a crucial part of any reconfiguration. They come in different materials like wood, aluminum, or steel and covered with fabric or steel or cork board to achieve the final look; which makes it very easy to move and reconfigure. There are different wall styles available based on thickness and design. Thicker walls give more room for electrical wiring and look more permanent but heavier and harder to move. They are most suitable for Executive spaces and Conference areas. Standard office cubicles are made of thinner material so they are easy to move around and redesign. By adding height adjustable walls to an office or cubicle you can control the privacy preference of a space. If the need changes it’s easy to add another panel to increase or decrease the height.