There is no one-size-fits-all approach to decor. Offices designed for productivity are always laid out with different teams and departments in mind. The customer service team’s needs will vary greatly from the more collaborative marketing department. Your interior design should reflect the different facets of your business.

At BureauOne, we’ve helped many companies set up productive workspaces. We begin by discussing each department’s needs in detail and use this knowledge to build spaces that improve results, through your furniture choices and office layout. Here is what experience has taught us.


Furniture for Marketing Teams

Core needs: Creative collaboration is important for any marketing team. Meetings are always on the agenda and interaction between smaller groups is necessary.

Optimal layout: The open office design, which features a large space scattered with tables, is meant to encourage cooperation and team cohesiveness. There’s space for everyone, yet no one needs to be confined to one place which works well for a marketing team.

Benefits: The wall-less design reduces communication barriers and promotes transparency. These layouts work best for creative teams that require constant day-to-day interaction between members.

Consider:

  • Shared tables
  • Open spaces
  • Flexible seating
  • Adequate table space
  • Whiteboards


Furniture for HR & Finance Teams

Core needs: An open office doesn’t work for everyone. The Finance and HR departments, for example, must have the ability to focus, with some room for meetings and discussions.  

Optimal layout: Individual contributors need designated spaces to focus on their tasks and pay attention to all those finer details. However, the addition of a meeting area, with comfortable sofas or chairs and tables, gives employees the chance to interact freely with each other or just take a break from their work.

Benefits: A study of more than 90,000 employees by Gensler found that, when offices prioritize collaboration over focus through an open design, there is a decline in both work modes. Personal workstations are conducive to concentration and can boost productivity when it comes to focus-driven tasks.    

Consider:

  • Dedicated desks for employees
  • Sectioned-off meeting areas
  • Adjustable furniture to prevent any physical strain
  • The option of standing desks


Furniture for Technology & R&D Teams

Core needs: Tech teams form the core of many businesses, especially startups. Here tasks are focus-driven but there is a constant need for teamwork and discussions.

Optimal layout: Such teams require a balanced mix of dedicated space for important tasks such as coding or research, as well as pockets for impromptu meetings. Place a few extra chairs or stools around the office for discussions and design quieter rooms for private meetings.

Benefits: Striking a fine balance between concentration and collaboration can help with the dynamic nature of tech and R&D teams.

Consider:

  • Dedicated desks for employees
  • Additional movable seating
  • Adjustable furniture to prevent any physical strain
  • The option of standing desks
  • Meeting rooms and lounge areas



Furniture for Customer Service Departments

Core needs: Members of customer service teams usually need to work individually on their assigned queries and complaints. These employees are sure to benefit from a good amount of personal space to take calls from customers or answer emails without any disturbance.

Optimal layout: Consider dedicated workstations that are spaced out appropriately to give each person enough room to work without interruption from a neighboring employee.

Benefits: Dealing with dissatisfied clients can be a stressful, hands-on task that requires your whole attention and a well-placed standalone desk can give you the room you need for clear communication.

Consider:

  • Individual desks that are well spaced out
  • Adjustable furniture to prevent any physical strain
  • Lounge areas for breaks


A layout is extremely important when setting up an office. It can have a huge impact on productivity and focus. It is worth investing in the expertise of professionals to choose the right furnishings and design your space to optimize each team’s output. In a worldwide survey of 10,500 workers, conducted by the research firm IPSOS, conclusions showed a strong correlation between employee satisfaction with their work environment and their level of engagement.

The majority of employees said that their work environment did not allow them to concentrate easily (85%), express ideas freely (84%), work in teams without being interrupted (87%), feel relaxed and calm (85%) or choose where to work in the office based on the task at hand (86%). How you set up your departments to aid your teams is crucial to getting the best from them and keeping them satisfied.

Visit bureauone.com for expert help with furnishing your office for maximum productivity.