Determining the appropriate amount of office space per person depends on several variables, including your office layout and design, the nature of the work performed, and the need for collaboration spaces.
First we need to know what we mean by office space, as there are many different measures that can be used for office space. If you're just looking at the amount of space required for a basic workstation, then a good rule of thumb budget is 1.6 meters x 1.8 meters (a total of 2.88 square meters). However, this doesn't take into account any access pathways, services, or structures.
Assuming that we are referring to the Net Internal Area (click here for definitions) of a building then industry standards typically suggest an average of 100 to 150 square feet per person for traditional office environments. This translates to approximately 9.5 to 14 square meters per person.
Please note these are averages and actual space needs may vary. Here are some factors to consider:
Moreover, it's important to remember that local building codes may establish minimum standards for the amount of space per person in an office. Consulting with a commercial real estate professional or checking local regulations can ensure your plans are compliant.
Creating an environment where your employees can be productive, comfortable, and safe should be your primary concern. Be open to feedback and be prepared to make necessary adjustments.