Creating an office that your staff will love
Choosing, planning and designing your new office can feel like an overwhelming task, but by keeping your staff at the heart of your decisions, you’re sure to create a place that your staff will love coming into each day.
Here are five tips to help you master the basic principles of a productive and happy office environment:
1. Get them involved
It’s very important to get staff feedback about their environment; how it works for them and what they would change. You can then implement these changes when you move to a new office. Seemingly trivial matters such as who they’re sitting next to, where their nearest printer is located and how their workstation is configured can make all the difference to a happy and productive workforce.
2. Encourage collaboration
Create more open space in the office where employees can share information and communicate easily. Pay particular attention to your seating arrangement in your space plan to ensure everyone is sitting next to the right people in order to collaborate effectively. It’s also important to consider what happens when someone in an open environment need to concentrate and need a quiet environment. Having assigned booths or areas where they can focus and avoid distractions will help keep all your employees happy whatever project they are working on.
3. Create community
Make sure your office has places where your employees can hang out and take a break from their computer screens. Local amenities such as cafes, gyms and shops can allow people to take a step back from their work and interact with co-workers, but if you don’t have local amenities nearby, creating a comfortable break out area is even more important.
4. Keep your workspace organised
Everyone works better when they’re in a tidy and positive workspace. Make sure everything has a designated place and plan for enough storage for files and stationery. Encourage staff to tidy their desks before they leave the office each day and use a good office cleaning company to keep kitchen and communal areas tidy for visitors.
5. Add some perks
Extra touches go a long way when you are trying to create the right environment and can make employees feel valued and appreciated. It’s little things like providing chilled drinks, breakfast cereal, weekly fresh flowers in reception and a coffee machine can make all the difference and improve staff morale.
Use the Tenant's Guide to Office Design for a comprehensive look at creating a great office.
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