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5 Common Mistakes Companies Make When Designing Their Offices

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5 Common Mistakes Companies Make When Designing Their Offices
5 Common Mistakes Companies Make When Designing Their Offices

Planning for the correct amount of storage

Understand what you are storing, why you are storing it and make sure it’s not just a catch all place for all the indecisions your staff make. Storage is too often used to conceal clutter. Effective storage creates efficiencies while creating an environment that is both esthetically appealing and practical.  Different storage solutions can provide time saving functionality that boosts productivity and frees up space for other office uses.

Getting employee input

The right office design will help make your business run better.

Involve employees in deciding how the space will look and feel. Employees often have insights into what an operation needs and may have that wasn’t obvious before but may prove valuable. Their involvement in decision-making gives them a voice in something meaningful which increases engagement and improves performance.

Talk to your employees and ask how the old space has worked. Which features have been good or bad, and why do they feel that way? Don’t assume the old layout is necessarily the best to help drive business. Also consider letting employees name common areas such as conference rooms. That way, they can put their stamp on the space.

If you have the time and resources, consider setting up some common work areas, each decorated in one of the color schemes most popular among employees. They can then try the different settings to see how they feel about them.

Besides giving employees a voice in the new office’s aesthetics, encourage them to discuss practicalities, too. Ask for a wish list of items for the new space, such as a coffee bar or certain type of storage, which could help make work a better place to be.

Plan for growth

It’s hard to know the future. Often, we are planning to grow, but just how much, how many more staff and what’s the time frame.

When you’re designing your office with growth in mind, it’s important to look at ways in which space can be reconfigured to accommodate differing team sizes. 

It’s crucial to incorporate adaptable, flexible spaces into your present office design. These spaces can be used for ad-hoc meetings or general relaxation areas for existing staff but can also be re purposed as more formal workspace when necessary or for events and presentations.

Think carefully about your office furniture too. Once you have invested all your money in your latest technology or spent a fortune on the best talent, it might be tempting to skimp on the furniture budget. 

Not enough open and/or private spaces

One of the most significant decisions in developing a company’s culture relates to the division of office space. Open space, division into offices, team-based division, mixed offices, a small or a big kitchen – each one of these decisions will affect the way the company functions.

In theory, an open space office sounds like a great idea – an open atmosphere, accessibility for everyone and, of course, an optimal utilization of space. Most open spaces are usually quite noisy and are not that conducive to actual discussions. Many people are easily distracted by every phone call, joke or noise around them.


New open concept designs are often filled with hard surfaces like polished concrete, open ceilings and lots of glass, that give a wonderful open feeling to spaces. But there is downside – increased noise levels.

When noise enters the workspace, creativity and productivity go out the window.  That’s why manufactures of office furniture have thrown themselves into designing elements that limit and absorb excessive noise, creating pleasant workspaces that improve performance. The trend for open-plan designs, particularly in new workspaces, has put sound at the forefront of design.

Another way of combating noise in new open-plan workspaces is by incorporating dividing elements which provide privacy and encourage concentration.  There are different wall panels which offer solutions that provide contemporary designs with the possibility of personalization, as well as improving acoustics.  From acoustical wall treatments to innovative furniture options there are many innovative solutions to improving the sound levels in any office environment.

D.J. McGauley & Associates Inc. is your Office Space Planning, Renovations and Relocation Project Management Company of Choice for the Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. If a renovation or relocation of your 2,000 – 25,000 sq.ft. office space is in your plans, contact us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. We guarantee that by the end of that meeting, you will know all that would be required to make your office renovation/relocation project a successful reality.

Call 416-239-1931, email or visit our website for more information and to complete our contact form.

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•    Please note we also offer short term and long term, secured storage solutions. Whether you are short of space or need to remove content temporarily during construction we have secure, temperature controlled storage solutions at competitive rates.
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Construction – A Sign of Economic Growth

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Construction outside Toronto's Union Station
Construction outside Toronto’s Union Station

We see it all around us—new buildings going up here, existing buildings being reconstructed there, new transportation systems being developed —it’s enough to frustrate the average person travelling from one part of the city to another with all the construction zones being erected. But according to a recent report from the Conference Board of Canada, construction is basically a response to a growing city and a growing economy.

According to the report, Toronto’s economy is expected to expand by 2.6 per cent in 2015 and 2.8 per cent in 2016 as a result of robust residential and non-residential activity, a healthy services sector, changes in manufacturing activity and the weaker Canadian Dollar, all of which are key contributing factors to the improving economy and increased construction happening all over Toronto and its surrounding areas.

Non-residential projects, such as the continuing construction on a number of downtown core office buildings like the Bay Adelaide Centre East, One York, and Ernst and Young Tower, plus the major expansion and upgrade of the city’s transit system extending through the GTA and surrounding areas contributes to the boost of construction activity in the Toronto region by 2.8% this year.

Toronto is not alone. Of the 13 major cities in Canada, Vancouver, Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Montreal are the top five on track to achieve a post economic growth of over 2%. All of these cities have a variety of residential, non- residential and transportation improvement construction projects either starting up or underway.

So the next time you get frustrated with traffic congestion due to a construction zone, don’t get mad about it. Instead, be proud that you live and work in a city with a thriving economy.



DJ McGauley and Associates Inc. is your Office Move, Reconstruction and Reconfiguration Project Management Company of choice for the Toronto, GTA and surrounding areas. If an office move or reconstruction of your 2,000 – 25,000 sq.ft. office space is a remote possibility, consider contacting us to arrange a no-obligation site meeting. We guarantee that by the end of that meeting you will know all that would be required to make your office move/reconstruction project a successful reality.

Call 416-239-1931 , email, or visit our website to complete our contact form.



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Canadian Newswire, Toronto Among Top Economic Performers in 2015, OTTAWA, Sept. 23, 2015,