The work environment is evolving at many companies these days, resulting in the need for new office design. At some businesses, for example, individual cubicles and offices are being dismantled in favour of a more open environment in which an employee’s workstation is wherever he happens to plug in his laptop.
A workplace’s atmosphere and surroundings can inspire employees to be more efficient and passionate about their work. If your office is barebones, offering only desks and computers, you may not be getting the most out of your employees.
When you spend every day working in an office, it’s easy to forget how others might see the same space. So put yourself in the shoes of a first-time visitor: What does your office say about your company? Does it present an organized, efficient image? Does it reflect a healthy, active business? Is it both a practical workspace and a welcoming environment for visitors and colleagues?
Be sure to look also at the outside entrance to your office. Is it clean and inviting? Does the reception area make the right first impression?
One in 5 office workers agrees that having a space to relax at work increases productivity.
Today people really want space to relax at work. These spaces can come in all shapes and sizes but allow employees to feel more comfortable, express themselves and collaborate better with their peers at work.
Ensure enough space
Be sure that there’s enough space for your business, whether you have workstations or cubicles — or if you’re planning an open space environment so that employees can move freely about.
Good quality furniture
If you choose to purchase cheaper furniture, remember that saying “you get what you pay for”. Substituting lower-quality furniture of any sort, can lead to lack of inspiration in the office, lowered productivity and most importantly health issues amongst your employees.
According to MKDA creative director Edin Rudic, “proven to simulate worker productivity and to reduce the number of sick days, ergonomic office chairs are where wise business owners invest when designing office space.” Of course, the choice of workstations has an impact as well – so it’s important to do your research on the type of furniture that fits your company’s culture and space and values.
The conference room or boardroom is THE ROOM OF POWER.
Everything important for the company takes place here in the conference room, from the hiring of people to the acquisition of new contracts to the appointment of new managers to the signing of new partnerships. Anything can happen in a boardroom and it’s probably one of the most intimidating rooms in any office. If you, the employee, are invited to a meeting that takes place in a boardroom or conference room, it means you are that important to the company.
The conference room being the ROOM OF POWER is probably the reason why interior designers tend to focus so much on providing emphasis on how well the room looks. The room needs to be aesthetically pleasing enough that it is a professional reflection of the company, but at the same time, it’s also functional to allow people to work with.
Bin that clutter
Over time, most businesses acquire huge piles of paper: file boxes, stacks of documents, and other office debris. We all tell ourselves that we’ll get around to organizing it someday, but we rarely do. Spend some time decluttering and you will find that your office is far more productive!
For more information on the fit-outs that we have carried out or if you would like some advice on designing your office space, please contact us. We have extensive experience in this area and would be happy to help.