A recent analysis from the World Green Building Council concluded that there is “overwhelming evidence” linking office design with productivity and wellness.
A recent poll showed that over 80% of workers around the world are less than satisfied with their current work environments, primarily due to a lack of privacy. Open plan offices are great for facilitating collaboration and transparency, but can also make privacy and focus a real challenge for today’s workers.
Not so long ago, it was fashionable to have open planned offices as it provided companies with cost savings, increased employee contact, and better accountability. However, there is mounting evidence that the noise generated by these arrangements distracts up to a third of the workforce and has other negative associations like increasing the amount of sick leave employees take.
An office refit could be the answer, but before you start repainting and refurnishing, think carefully about how you want to design your space, and whether it’s conducive to the company culture you want to promote. Seek advice from an office fit-out company to ensure you optimise your future design plans.
Look at the size of your company and the roles of your employees to pick a layout that works for you. For example, if your employees spend the majority of their time on the phone, then an open plan environment might not be the best option for you. But if you’re part of a creative team that constantly works together and bounces ideas off each other, an open plan could work and allow your employees to interact with ease.
If you currently have an open plan office, partitioning could be an immediate solution. There are comprehensives ranges of partitioning systems that can create attractive, practical space for your working environments. Frameless glass partitions offer an open plan feel whilst creating beautifully designed individual work stations/ meeting spaces. These can be installed quickly and simply with minimal disruption to your day to day business.
Also bear in mind your colour schemes, as different colours can have different psychological effects, and can impact the way people think or feel on a subconscious level. Knowing this, it is possible to influence your employees by using the right colours in your office design.
Well-designed offices can increase your productivity by about 20% and significantly increase your workers wellness and mental health.