As you are thinking about everything you need to do before buying new cubicle systems, break the process down in your mind. What will people be doing in those cubicles? These tasks impact what you are going to eventually buy. Next, familiarize yourself with the different types of cubicles you may need. Think about the office environment and how these affect your employees in cubicles. Finally, narrow down where you’ll be buying your cubicles.
Break Down Task Categories
State and federal government offices are required to break down their employees’ tasks into a few different task categories. These include clerical, data entry, administrative, support, teams, professional, technical, supervisory, mid-level manager and finally, the executive or director.
Each category dictates what kind of cubicle you’ll be ordering for those staffers. Clerical workers will be in a smaller cubicle than would a supervisor or the director. Technical staffers need more power supply than data entry workers. By breaking all of these down, you’ll be able to select the correct cubicle systems for your employees.
Know Where You’ll be Buying Your Cubicles
This may be one of the most daunting tasks you face. Where to buy your new cubicle systems? The choices may be endless, from online office furniture vendors to brick-and-mortar stores, where you can see, touch and experience the cubicles before you buy.
Before you decide where you’re going to search, let alone buy, you need to have a good idea of what you need. While some cubicle systems look like they might have similar features, you need to remember whether they are of equal quality.
Familiarize Yourself with Different Cubicle Types
When you are buying cubicle systems, you need to focus on two types: freestanding and panel-mounted. With freestanding cubicles, individual panels will be placed around each staffer’s office furniture.
Panel-mounted cubicle systems are more desirable because you’ll be able to take advantage of a higher level of design flexibility. These can also be installed, then reconfigured when you need to rearrange cubicles. If, for instance, you realize you need to create a new group of cubicles, an installer can come in and move individual cubicles into the new arrangement you need.
Factors to Consider
Finally, think about several different factors:
Interior design allows you to create a visually attractive arrangement of your cubicles so that when visitors and customers come in, they will be favorably impressed.
Data and electrical connections need to be sufficient to power each cubicle. Each employee needs access to power and a data feed so they can get their work done.
Storage is vital. You don’t want your staff stacking paperwork on the floor of their cubicle. They need filing cabinets. Books should be stored in wall shelving, free-standing bookshelves or cabinets.
Noise control is probably the biggest factor you’ll deal with. Some employees need quiet so they can get their work done. Other workers are loud. Phones and phone conversations drift into adjoining work areas.
Aesthetics, such as the colors of your cubicles. These colors should complement and coordinate with your office environment and branding. Color can also negatively or positively impact employees.
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