Power Up Your Office

What is the right power set up for a small office?

Different offices have different power requirements, depending on size, industry type and the way in which employees go about their daily tasks.

To ensure that you have the most effective power solutions for your office it is important to consider exactly how power will be used. This will help ensure that you are selecting the best methods of distribution to suit both the size of your office and your budget.

This guide will help you determine the best power set up to suit the specific needs of your office.

 

Considerations when choosing power for a small office

Number of people

Office layout

Budget

Future plans

Number of people in the company

Less than 10

Less than 50

Less than 250

Micro Business

Small Business

Medium Business

Factors

Budget

First/ temporary location

Minimal set up

Remote working

Budget

Growing workforce

Flexible layout

Introducing departments

Outgrowing location

Offices over multiple floors/ buildings

Increased need for specialist rooms

1.  Determine the size of your company  
2.  Consider how numbers are likely to change in the future  
3.  Decide on the best offices layout to suit your business and budget…  

 

What is the best office layout for your needs?

Open plan

Individual offices

Remote/ Hotdesk

Pros

  • Cheaper running costs
  • More flexibility for growth
  • Increased communications between employees
  • More collaborative working
    • Quieter/ more productive working environment
    • Over 50% of workers prefer a private work space
    • Employees feel more valued
    • Reduced set up costs
    • Employees can be flexible in the way they work
    • Works with progressions in technology
    • Ultimate flexibility for growth
    • Cheaper running costs

    Cons

    • Employees easily distracted
    • Lack of privacy
    • Higher noise levels
    • More expensive set up/ running costs
    • Not as much flexibility for growth
    • Reduced communication between employees
    • Employees can feel unsettled and disconnected
    • Harder to keep track of projects
    • Reduced team spirit

    Power requirements

    • Invisible cabling
    • Non-rigid furniture layout
    • Communal areas
    • Sharing options
    • Stand-alone modules
    • Higher demands for heating & lighting
    • Multiple power modules per employee
    • Central hub/ Charging stations
    • Reduced amount of fixed desk modules
    • Quick & easy set up

    Power solutions

    • Individual power modules on desks
    • Under-floor power
    • Communal charging stations
    • Bespoke power modules per office
    • Space maximising cabling
    • Communal charging stations
    • Integrated power sources in sofas etc