Our environment has a huge impact on our feelings of wellbeing and happiness. In fact, new research has found that a well-designed office can drastically boost the moods of employees and even customers and clients.
When it comes to determining how to design your office space, it is becoming increasingly important to put an emphasis on employee wellbeing. This is because everyone knows that happy and healthy employees lead to higher productivity rates and higher profits.
In one study, it was found that happiness in the office space boosted productivity by 12 percent and this number continued to increase as the years went on.
Of course, thinking about the wellbeing of all of your employees when it comes to your office fit out can be tricky. Where do you even begin?
Here are some steps to help you get started-
1) Create a Flexible Work Place
Creating a flexible workplace is about offering functional spaces that can be easily changed or adapted depending on the tasks that need to be completed. Having a flexible workplace allows you to accommodate to the many needs and desires of your staff, even if your office space is small.
For example, you may choose to use furniture that you can easily move around and reconfigure. Or you may design one area of your office to be a quiet, relaxing space and another area to be focused on communal tasks or socialising.
By keeping your layout flexible, it also allows you to accommodate for new employees and for changing trends.
2) Reflect Company Culture in Your Design
Before you select the layout of your office space, the most important factor to consider is your company culture. What does your company culture stand for?
If you have a company culture that is focused on mindfulness for example, then it is going to make sense to include soft muted colours, Zen furniture and maybe even exercise equipment.
On the other hand, if you have a fast paced office environment and a highly motivated company culture, you may want to favour bold colours and bright furniture.
By taking into account your company culture in your office design, it will also help you to attract the right kind of employees.
3) Keep Noise Distractions to a Minimum
Loud noises or distracting noises is one of the most common complaints for employees.
When planning your office fit out, consider the nosiest areas of your work environment and then try to keep those areas in one section of your office space.
You may also what to consider installing sound absorbent materials such as carpeting and sound proofing. Having closed cubicles that workers can have access to when they are looking for complete peace and quiet is also a good idea.
Every company is unique, which is why no two office fit outs are ever the same.
Before planning your office fit out, take a moment to consider the needs of your employees and what is going to work best for the majority.
You may not be able to cater to everyone, but with some strategic thinking and planning you can get pretty close.