At some point in every business, there comes the dreaded question of do we move or renovate? While renovations cost money and time, an updated office can result in increased worker productivity and morale, as well as brand awareness which drive through to your bottom line. In an American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) survey, 90% of top management indicated that updated design had positive effects on worker productivity.
From the moment, your clients or potential clients walk through your door; they are making assessments about you and your business. Likewise your employees and potential employees are determining what it would be like to work for you. How you care for your office space will be a direct reflection of how you care for your clients and employees.
Too many people not enough desks
Your business has grown. What could be better than having more new people working for you? But now where will you put all of them? You are struck by the lack of space and need to rethink the layout. Before you push one more desk into the corner or search for a new office space, consider consulting with a design professional. Designers who specialize in office space planning often have creative solutions to your space management problems. They are well aware of the psychological effects of space on clients and employees and can help you make decisions about the balance of comfort, privacy and flexibility.
For example, do all of your employees have to work at the same time or even from the office? If no, the designer can convert the areas of assigned cubicles into hoteling spaces or touchdown spaces where employees come to work on an as needed basis.
Your furnishings, lighting and technology are outdated
If you haven’t purchased new desks and chairs in the last decade, you are missing out on some of the latest and greatest developments in ergonomics, not to mention your clients will wonder if you are cutting edge enough for them. Workplace injury costs can include lost wages, medical bills, insurance administrative costs, and the cost to other employees who have to pick up the slack. Investing in new furnishings is well worth the time and money spent. Today’s office furnishings accommodate the many different work styles of your employees. Desks can be raised for standing work and lowered for sitting at a computer. Many designers and other creatives prefer to draw standing. At the very least, adjustable and ergonomic office chairs are the norm. Follow the 90-90-90 rule: hips, elbows and knees are each positioned at a 90 degree angle. Feet should be flat on the floor. If they don’t reach, foot rests are effective.
Check the lighting in each office. Is there enough natural light? Lighting has a huge impact on productivity. According to a study in the Scientific Journal, “the prime factor which affects the productivity of employees is lighting in the office”. If necessary, add task lighting, preferably full spectrum light. Finally, are your … Read More