Step 9: Your Workstation

Each workstation should provide sufficient space for performing tasks; one area for work at the terminal and another for writing or compiling. The surface should be large enough to hold work accessories such as a telephone, a modem, a document holder, a pencil holder, etc. The workstation may also include space for a printer, for storage, for filing cabinets or for the specific requirements of a particular task; i.e. a drawing board. Space for pinning up documents may also be useful for some employees.

Office floor plans fall into four broad categories:

  • Classroom: includes private offices or partitioned areas in rows with limited open space.
  • Cluster: emphasizes a functional arrangement of space based on communication patterns and work flow. Privacy is achieved with furniture, plants, and moveable acoustical panels and materials.
  • Double-faced: workstations are together typically in clusters of four units with panels separating them.
  • Perimeter: workstations following the perimeter of the room with panels separating each employee.

The cluster plan floor plans optimize individual workspace because of the open office design and promote interaction and collaboration amongst co-workers. The cluster and double-faced facilitates provide telephone and computer wiring to the workstations eliminating the clutter and electrical hazards or wires and cables associated with this requipment.

The minimum space requirement is 25 to 30 square feet per individual. This may vary up to 80 to 100 square feet for the account manager workstation depending on the task performed by each member of the organization.