Think all your employees need to be efficient and productive at work is a desk, chair and computer? You couldn’t be more wrong.
The office environment can play an enormous part in staff motivation and morale, which of course affects everything from target hitting to productivity. It even affects employee loyalty and staff turnover rates. In short, how happy your employees are impacts on virtually every other part of the business. This is why it’s worth spending money to get office interiors just right. It’s not money wasted, it’s an investment in the morale of your employees.
So, what do your employees need from their office interiors? One way to figure this out is to consult an expert office design consultancy, one with experience in optimising the workplace to get the very best results from your team.
In the meantime, here are some other important things to start thinking about:
- Standard of décor. Is the paint peeling in the corners of the walls? Do you have a cupboard full of broken chairs and desks? The very first thing to do is to get your office décor and furnishings into a reasonable state of repair. To neglect this very basic level of maintenance says to your employees that you don’t care about their working environment, which makes them feel that you don’t care about them.
- The right kind of lighting is crucial to workplace efficiency. A good, well-considered scheme will have the right lighting for different tasks, be adjustable to suit workers’ needs and not feel too artificial. And of course, it all starts with getting as much natural light in as possible.
- Layout. The best layout for your office is one designed with the working patterns and styles of your team in mind. Do staff members need to have informal, spontaneous meetings? Do they need peace and quiet to do their best work, or will they benefit from sharing ideas in a more communal, collaborative space? These are all things to think about when designing the most efficient working layout for your office.
- Comfort. Your office space may look incredible after a refurbishment, but is it actually comfortable and pleasant to work in? Have you chosen comfortable furniture, and how suited to working is the colour scheme?
- If clients and customers will be visiting the office, you’ll need to make certain adjustments to the interior design. You’ll need to include a reception or waiting space, one that is both comfortable and designed to impress – so as to give a positive impression of your business. You may want to hide away the clutter of working spaces, although some organisations prefer clients to see their offices as a hive of activity so leave all spaces open plan.
If you’re planning to meet with a design consultant, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the points above and make some notes ready for discussion. This can give you a head start when it comes to working out what you really want and what is best for your team.