When designing a new office it might be tempting to opt for cheaper equipment, avoid certain best practices, or otherwise cut corners in order to save costs, get the job done quicker, or any other number of reasons.

However, cutting corners in an office fitout can lead to disaster in many different ways. By knowing what to look out for and what to avoid, you might still be able to save money or time, and still get a quality office design.

So in this article we will go over some of the most important issues and things that you need to consider when designing a new office, renovating an existing one, or possibly even browsing for a new location altogether.

Potential issues with a bad office design

Discomfort and health problems for employees

For example, if ergonomic principles are not followed, employees may develop musculoskeletal disorders, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain, as a result of poor posture or improper positioning of equipment. This can lead to reduced productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher healthcare costs for the company.

Negative work environment that is uninviting and unproductive

For example, if the office is poorly lit, too noisy, or lacks sufficient space for employees to work comfortably, it can lead to frustration and dissatisfaction among employees. This can impact morale and motivation, leading to a decline in productivity and an increase in turnover.

Safety hazards for employees

For example, if the office is overcrowded, it can create a fire hazard and make it difficult for employees to evacuate in the event of an emergency. Similarly, if the office is not properly lit or ventilated, it can create a hazard to employee health and well-being.

Communication and collaboration issues

If the office is poorly laid out, it can make it difficult for employees to interact and work together effectively. This can lead to a lack of teamwork and collaboration, as well as missed opportunities and reduced productivity. Be sure to get a few whiteboards for collaboration.

Poor image and reputation of a company

If the office is uninviting, cluttered, or poorly maintained, it can create a negative impression on clients and visitors. This can impact the company’s reputation and hinder its ability to attract and retain customers.

Financial consequences

If an office is not designed to be efficient and functional, it may not be able to accommodate the needs of the business as it grows and evolves. This can lead to costly renovations and redesigns down the line, as well as lost opportunities and revenue.

Final thoughts

As seen above, cutting corners in office design can lead to a range of negative consequences, including health problems, reduced productivity, and financial losses. Therefore it is important to invest in a well-designed office that is functional, comfortable, and conducive to productivity.

To avoid poorly designing an office, consider the following tips:

A general tip is to engage the employees in the design process, by asking for their input and feedback of their issues with the current office. This can help to ensure that the design meets their needs and addresses any potential issues or concerns, and also promotes a sense of being heard which is good for morale.

Below we have listed some of our best tips as well:

Follow the ergonomic principles

Make sure to follow ergonomic principles when designing the office. This will help to prevent musculoskeletal disorders and promote comfort and productivity. An ergonomic office will typically include making good use of adjustable furniture and equipment.


We recommend desks and chairs that can be customized to fit the user’s body and help maintain a comfortable and ergonomic position. This can also include adjustable seats, armrests, and backrests, as well as adjustable monitor and keyboard heights.

Consider the layout and flow of the space

Carefully consider the layout and flow of the space to ensure that it is functional and efficient.

A well-designed layout can help maximize the use of space, improve communication and collaboration among team members, prevent congestion in certain areas, and create an environment that is conducive to productivity.

Invest in high-quality furniture and equipment

Not only should the furniture and equipment be following ergonomic principles, it should also be of a sufficient quality. This means investing in high-quality furniture and equipment that is durable and comfortable for the workforce. This will help to prevent premature wear and tear, as well as promote employee well-being, that can increase productivity and employee retention rates.

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Make use of proper lighting

Adequate lighting is important for preventing eye strain and fatigue. This means avoiding glare and harsh reflections on screens and other surfaces, and providing a sufficient level of light to see and work comfortably.

Final thoughts

By following these tips you can avoid poorly designing an office, and instead be able to create a space that is functional, comfortable, and conducive to productivity. All without breaking the bank.

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