Workplace culture is fast becoming one of the most crucial factors in creating and managing a successful, flourishing business. Whatever the size of the organisation, big or small, it's essential for employers to take time to design and establish a workplace that will not only keep current staff happy - but also entice new potential employees as well. With an imaginative, resourceful approach to office refurbishment you can ensure that your work environment is tailored to keep personnel motivated, productive and most importantly, happy.
Designing the workplace around your employees
The first step to improving the culture of your company, is working with employees to find out exactly what their wants and needs are. They’ll be using the space daily, so it’s important to listen to what they have to say. A functional and attractive workspace makes people want to come to work and provides a great first impression to new clients. The right office design can also make employees up to 33% happier at work and happy employees experience 31% higher productivity. So great office design, tailored to your workforce is essential in ensuring your organisation is performing at its peak.
Space and atmosphere
Whether you’re moving into a completely new office or just thinking of renovating your existing one, it’s important to consider how the space you occupy affects your ability to work and ensuring it maximises potential. It’s vital to realise how your current space is used and plan your relocation or office refurbishment accordingly – taking particular care so that your most-frequented areas get the most attention.
Atmosphere is important too, 69% of businesses that implemented healthy building features reported improvements in employee satisfaction and engagement. Is your office too loud? Are there places that are dark or uncomfortable to work in? Questions like this will need to be addressed, to help every member of your team feel motivated and relaxed at work.
A refurbished workplace is a great way to kick-start other changes
An office refurbishment will often bring a updated and original approach to working, and is a fantastic opportunity to educate your employees on new ways of operating — taking full advantage of your fresh surroundings to solidify your company culture. It’s also a chance to re-brand your company, with the interior office design reflecting your goals, aims and aspirations as a business. Select décor that effectively nurtures the culture that you’re trying to promote, choosing the right colours, layouts and furniture is all part of defining your workplace culture and displaying it proudly.
Breaking down walls and opening up your office to collaborative spaces fosters inclusivity and makes cross-department work far easier. Grouping employees together by roles that support each other is a lot more effective and prevents isolation. It also boosts flexibility and ensures that your personnel have the functionality to achieve their goals. Implementing working methods such as hotdesking and ensuring there are adequate recreational areas to unwind in will also contribute to a work culture that is effective, dynamic and beneficial to everyone.
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