In previous posts we have touched on utilising vertical warehouse space for converted office space. The problem with this is the stigma surrounding the concept of a warehouse office. For example, it is often more challenging to regulate temperature; the neighbourhoods in which they are located can be remote and far from public transportation; and they can be dirty, uncomfortable, and unattractive. Why then, would office staff want to move from a regular office building to a converted office or office suite in a warehouse? With experienced space planners, you can design and install a comfortable and stylish office or office suite that looks and feels like a regular office. Thereby ensuring you meet the needs of your administrative staff, as well as the business.
Where most of the stigma stems from, is probably the idea that there is not much care taken in designing a warehouse office. That perhaps a couple of thin walls are “slapped together” leaving staff in a noisy situation with dust covering their computers and stationary. Maybe it is the idea that you can’t really do much with a warehouse office, that it will be just plain walls and no view all day. But that could not be further from the truth. The mezzanine warehouse office is made of the same materials as a regular office and can be designed the same way too. This includes office partition systems, standard or tailored doors and frames, as well as integrated or stand-alone window blinds. You can add in a kitchen and other facilities, including a breakout area and an outside patio or garden. The care taken with the design can be as basic or intricate as you see fit.
A warehouse mezzanine office can actually be better than a regular office in an office building. For a start, placing your office in the warehouse can offer an atmosphere of organised chaos that is different from a regular office. This can work to break monotony for administrative staff. A regular office also confines staff to incubated spaces, separating them from each other. But people want to feel connected with the other people working around them. This is where the warehouse office environment outshines a regular office. Shared spaces, relaxed rules, bring your dog to work days—all build a spirit of connection to something more than another day at the office. Compare that to a traditional commercial office building filled with security barriers, rules and restrictions, as well as companies stacked anonymously on top of each other—and you can see there really is no comparison.
The warehouse office is not the type of work environment that most people are used to. And there is no denying that there are noise and safety concerns as well. However, this type of environment can also be very productive, because the warehouse staff and the office staff are integrated. This means that the office staff are able to see how their work affects the overall production, and the warehouse workers are able to see the direct importance of the office to their daily workflow. To find out how you can convert your vertical warehouse space into office or an office suite—call Dynamic Warehouse Solutions today.