In an ever more competitive environment, companies are asking how they can maximise productivity, as well as provide employees and clients with an office environment that promotes the values and brand of a company. As companies. evolve, so do their offices and the spaces that are important to their staff and customers, so it’s important businesses large and small are revisiting their office design, reflecting on how their team works whilst identifying ways to maximise output and efficiency, keeping their teams happy and hungry for success. As businesses grow, it’s all too easy to say “we need to move to a larger office” or ‘this space just doesn’t cut it for us anymore” however, this is not always the best solution,and you can drastically change any space to optimise workflow and increase productivity.
Strong office design can make employees up to 33% happier at work according to a report by CMI Workplace, and these are just a few essential elements of an office to review for a happier design and a more fruitful working environment:
- Social and Collaborative zones
- Meeting rooms
For many businesses, productivity is the core reason behind an office redesign; however, many organisations are now putting more time and energy into improving employee morale. It’s fair to sat that most employees today are under increasing pressure to perform, in part this is due to an ever more competitive job market but there is also the fact that increased use of technology means higher levels of performance are expected.
Without proper care and attention, these increased pressures can cause an alarming drop in employee morale, whilst the knock-on-effect is a dip in the overall competitiveness of an organisation. Lower morale will inevitably mean sub-standard performance and lower profits. It is therefore important business owners and leaders realise that employees are the brand ambassadors of a business and an office redesign can provide the perfect framework for a more collaborative working environment with a team that’s happy, motivated and excited to carry out their duties. Of course, professional office designers are required to ensure employees are provided with a space that encourages flexibility – and that’s the hallmark of a successful business in the 21st century.