5 Tips For Redesigning Your Office06-11-2015
The office environment plays a large part in the well-being of employees and business performance. Your office should be a place that employees enjoy working in, but in case you feel your offices don’t meet the standard, here are five ways you can change your workplace for the better.
This is the first thing to consider. Do your employees have enough light? Dark environments are not conducive to productivity but too much light can also have a negative effect on employees. Aside from natural sources of light, the office should be well-lit but not harsh on the eyes. Too much or too little light can cause eye strain and headaches, so getting the balance right is crucial. Read our recent blog post to help you choose energy efficient lighting for your workplace.
Windows play an important part in office design. According to a study by the Lighting Research Center, people who work in windowed offices are 15% more focused than their counterparts in a windowless office.
If your office does not have enough windows, or any at all, you can help lighten your offices by painting them in a pale colour. A pale colour will reflect the light and make the office appear brighter. Different colours have diverse effects on employees – take a look at our recent blog post titled “How Different Colours Can Affect Employee Productivity” to see how you can transform staff attitudes just by changing the colours around your office.
3. Good Furniture
Investing money into your office makeover will actually help you save some money in the long term. There are four main benefits of purchasing good quality furniture, as outlined below.
Employees will be more productive if they are using quality furniture. For example, a comfortable chair brings numerous health benefits for your employees. Studies have shown that productivity goes up by more than 17% when employees have an ergonomic and adjustable chair, so just providing your staff with new chairs could bring a massive boost to your business.
Good computer desks with enough space and storage will keep the office tidy as everything can be easily stored. No more flying papers, piles of documents or lost contracts! Not only will the office become more tidy and organised, employees will also become more efficient as it becomes easier to find the documentation that they need.
When clients come to see you at the office, they’ll have a better image of your company if they notice that everything is clean and new. Wobbly tables or damaged seats will only make them doubt of your capacity to provide them what they want. If you can give them a good impression as soon as they walk in the door, they will feel more confident that you are a worthwhile and capable supplier.
Buying quality furniture is a long term investment. At first it costs the company more money but more expensive, good quality furniture will last a few years and eventually will pay for itself in terms of increased productivity and employee health. Investing in beautiful, well-crafted furniture will also be monetarily beneficial to the business in the long run as it won’t need to be replaced each year like cheaper furniture.
4. Brand your Office
Make your office interior look like nowhere else! Brainstorm some ideas with your employees and an office renovation company and come up with a general theme. If your workplace is easily recognisable, clients will remember it and this gives you an advantage over your competitors. Using your company image to brand your office reinforces the corporate culture to your staff and clients and this encourages loyalty to the business. Read our blog post on the benefits of incorporating branding into your office design to get inspiration.
5. Office Space Planning
This is a really important thing to plan since employees’ work and productivity will heavily depend on the organisation of your office. Before purchasing anything you should always set clear goals and be sure of what you want. Do you want an open-space office, cubicles or individual offices? Do you prefer individual tables for each employee, or will you adopt a hot desking method?
Once you’ve decided how you want to use your space you can start buying furniture and making changes. But never start an office refurbishment without having a clear and precise idea of what you want to achieve. It would be a good idea to consult with an interior designer or space planner to get the best ideas of how to optimise the space you have.
There are many different ways to renovate and advance your office design in order to improve employee health and productivity, and in doing this you can also greatly enhance the appearance of your business. Renovating your office shows staff that you really care about their wellbeing and the company and this will make them more loyal to you and more likely to put their heart into their work. Redesigning your office can have positive effects that you may not have expected, so go ahead and give it a try.
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