Our working environment matters massively when it comes to our productivity. This is true for individual workers and a company as a whole. Not unlike battery hens, unhappy workers become tired, frustrated and deeply unproductive, which is the last thing any business needs in the tough economic climate. The good news is that creating the right working space doesn’t have to mean an office move, nor does it mean putting out a load of straw bales and some interesting dangling stuff, to turn unhappy employees into truly happy workers.
Planning in Advance
When setting up an office initially it can be important to make some decisions about the layout early on. Do you need ten small meeting rooms (which will cost in terms of floor space but will rarely get used?) or should you opt for the modern, open plan layout. Open plan offices are generally favoured today, although this can depend on the type of firm you run – if privacy and confidentiality are important, smaller less open plan rooms may be essential. However, small meeting rooms can be a costly waste of space so consider offices that can be flexible with the installation of folding or partition walls.
We spend a large amount of our lives in our offices and yet they are not always homely. Visit any design offices and you’ll find that their environment has nearly always been planned carefully, to be ‘homely’ comfortable and deeply user friendly. The simple fact is that building designers aren’t just showing off; they understand how important the office environment is to getting productivity levels through the roof. Consider changing the colour scheme from mind-destroying magnolia to a more colourful, attractive look. Natural lighting is also a huge plus; people weren’t designed to live by fluorescent light, so don’t make them.
If you’ve chosen open plan over smaller offices, plan how traffic will flow through the office. Some workers may require more privacy or peace and quiet than others, so try to arrange desks where they can find this. This can be done in even a relatively small office and again, using partition walls to create additional rooms as and when required can make your office more flexible for hosting meetings or arranging privacy if it’s needed. Productive workplaces can be created in even the smallest of buildings, which can help to keep costs down. With some imaginative use of space, a little thought to décor and flexible partition wall solutions, you can find the both you and your employees can get a lot more done each day.
Partition walls are one way to maximise the use of space in your office, while taking design issues seriously can turn your workers from despondent wage slaves into enthusiastic colleagues.