Bulacan State University

College of Architecture and Fine Arts

(AR 251/251 D)


Office administration includes planning work assignments for staff,
supervising staff, and requesting new office equipment and repairs on existing
equipment. Office administrators also handle duties such as customer
service, payroll, and implementing department policies and changes. They also
discuss performance problems with employees and work with higher
management to hire new employees or fire current employees.
Units in the central administration of a college or university, such as the offices
of the president, vice presidents, provost, vice provosts, general counsel etc.
Office administration is a set of day-to-day activities related to financial
planning, billing and recordkeeping,personnel, and physical distribution
and logistics, within an organisation. An employee that undertakes these
activities is commonly called an office administrator or office manager. The
exact duties of an office administrator vary depending on the employer and
level of education.
An office is generally a room or other area where administrative work is done,
but may also denote a position within an organization with specific duties
attached to it (see officer, office-holder, official); the latter is in fact an earlier
usage, office as place originally referring to the location of one's duty. When
used as an adjective, the term "office" may refer tobusiness-related tasks.
In legal writing, a company or organization has offices in any place that it has
an official presence, even if that presence consists of, for example, a storage
silo rather than an office.
An office is an architectural and design phenomenon; whether it is a small
office such as a bench in the corner of a small business of extremely small size
(see small office/home office), through entire floors of buildings, up to and
including massive buildings dedicated entirely to one company. In modern
terms an office usually refers to the location where white-collar workers are

Typical plan of a school administrative/administration office:


Work space
Work spaces in an office are typically used for conventional office activities
such as reading, writing and computer work. There are nine generic types of
work space, each supporting different activities.

Open office: An open work space for more than ten people, suitable for
activities which demand frequent communication or routine activities which
need relatively little concentration
Team space: A semi-enclosed work space for two to eight people; suitable for
teamwork which demands frequent internal communication and a medium level
of concentration
Cubicle: A semi-enclosed work space for one person, suitable for activities
which demand medium concentration and medium interaction
Private office: An enclosed work space for one person, suitable for activities
which are confidential, demand a lot of concentration or include many small
Shared office: An enclosed work space for two or three people, suitable for
semi-concentrated work and collaborative work in small groups
Team room: An enclosed work space for four to ten people; suitable for
teamwork which may be confidential and demands frequent internal