Space management describes the process of planning, budgeting for, designing and appointing a workplace premises.

A well-planned workplace will mean that space is efficiently used and can be adapted to accommodate organisational changes and developments, such as expansion for growth or the adoption of new working practices or technologies. Effective workplace planning will also keep down costs and ensure that space is not wasted.

A poorly planned workplace, on the other hand, can have a negative effect on the motivation and performance of staff, as well as increasing running costs and inhibiting modernisation. Poorly organised premises also create the potential for accidents and poor staff health.

This topic covers the basic principles of effective workplace planning, including the allocation of space and the project management of workplace changes. There is a special focus on office settings and office furnishing options.

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