Over the last year and a half, many businesses embraced remote work due to the pandemic. While initially this shift was thought to be a temporary measure, employees’ preferences for flexible work options has made it clear that remote working is here to stay. As such, some organizations are opting for a hybrid work arrangement that allows employees to spend part of their time in the office and part of it at home.
With fewer employees spending their 9 to 5 in the office, you might be wondering if your business could benefit from downsizing your workspace. After all, it’s a great way to cut costs while maintaining a physical office where employees can congregate.
If you’re a business owner or facility manager tasked with downsizing your organization’s office space, you’re in luck: We’ve put together a list of four essential furniture items for smaller offices so you’ll know what you need and what you can do without.
While some employees may choose to work in the office for collaboration purposes, others may be looking for a quiet place away from roommates, children, or other distractions at home. Cubicle desks provide the perfect amount of privacy and seclusion, allowing employees to focus on their work without interruption. Modern Office has a variety of office cubicles available on our site, with options that accommodate one to four workers. You can also design your own cubicle workstation with our customizable cubicle options.
If you’re choosing to forego individually assigned desks at your office, benching workstations may be perfect for your workspace. These are ideal coworking spaces that lend themselves to collaboration and communication because of their shared surfaces and lack of cubicle walls. As a bonus, benching workstations are typically more affordable than cubicle desks.
Our wide selection of benching workstations includes options that can seat two to four employees at a time. You can also customize your office workstation by adding sneeze guards or choosing one of our custom collaborative workstations.
Similar to work cubicles, carrels are desks designed with partitions that provide privacy and seclusion for individual work. Carrells typically only seat one or two workers, but they often are available as add-on furniture equipped with pieces that allow you to connect multiple carrel workstations together. One benefit of carrells is that they have walls, so no additional sneeze guards are needed.
Lastly, your office needs to supplement cubicles with furniture that’s designed with group work in mind. Some team members may only visit the office for discussion and collaboration, which means you’ll need meeting areas where a handful of people can sit together comfortably. Conference tables are the solution, and fortunately, they’re available in a wide variety of styles to suit your office’s needs. Our conference table selection includes options that seat up to 10 employees, as well as folding styles and tables with power and charging functionalities. We hope that these options come in handy when redesigning your office’s floor plan after downsizing.