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How Your Workplace Should Work For You

18.09.2019|By Neeta Bhikha

According to Office Solutions Manufacturer Bi-silque, the working environment is one of the biggest attributing factors to a business’s success.

The personality of your business is influenced by the very space you work in, you’re challenged with fine-tuning the working environment to create a space that works for your company.  Even the smallest improvements can make a big difference to your organisation.

 

If you’re looking to engage your workforce and promote a healthy working environment, this guide is for you. Below we go into detail on how your workplace should work for you and its accompanying benefits.

 

Design For Your Workplace Culture
Creating Collaborative Spaces
Build On Personalisation
Opportunities To Move
Attract & Retain Talent

 

 

Design for Your Workplace Culture

 

Many companies are faced with the task of reinforcing the culture in their workplace, and while it’s critically important to have a healthy office culture, many fall short in achieving the desired results.  That’s because, according to Gonzaga, the reality is that an office is usually viewed as a cost rather than a driver of performance.

 

If you want to reflect your company culture in the workplace, you need to design a working environment that works best for your business.  A Deloitte study found that 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a strong workplace culture is important to business success. After all, the benefits include higher levels of productivity, efficiency, and increased employee satisfaction.

 

Creating Collaborative Spaces

 

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Creativity comes in many forms for most companies. However, Bi-silque found that most corporate buildings don’t do a good job supporting collaborative and innovative work methods. They tend to be dominated by cubicles or offices which are suited for individual work.

 

If you want your workplace to encourage strong communication, teamwork and create an environment of trust then it is essential to introduce collaborative spaces to your workplace.  According to Knoll, the key drivers of collaboration in organisations are the need for innovation and speed/quality of decision-making and business process.  Collaborative spaces are about bringing people together to solve problems and let employees accomplish things while creating more internal connections.

 

Build On Employee Personalisation

 

Although the modern office is moving away from the traditional desk and chair, that doesn't mean the workplace isn't personal anymore.  Manchester's family-owned Property Company Bruntwood explains that the demand for bespoke, inspirational and flexible office space is growing.

More businesses are opting for agile working spaces and ‘savvy employees’ are creating one-of-a-kind office environments.

 

Making your space work for you requires a show of personalisation. Sage People identify how allowing your staff to contribute to the look and feel of the workplace can boost employee engagement.  Allowing your employees to personalise your working environment creates a comfortable workplace which leads to increased productivity.

 

Personalised workstations can help reduce a sense of fatigue.  An efficient, personal workspace improves happiness and well-being. A study by Human Spaces found that those who worked in an office with natural greenery saw a 15% rise in productivity over a three month period.

 

Opportunities To Move

 

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According to GoodHire, there is an increased emphasis on creating a culture of wellness in the workplace. One that supports the physical and mental well-being of your workforce. In today’s modern working environment, there’s a need for spaces that allow people to fight off fatigue and get the blood pumping.

 

Interact highlight how a lack of movement and exercise can cause your employees to lose motivation and alertness. Regular movement and exercise directly lowers the amount of stress we feel.

 

Breakout spaces such as open communal areas allow employees to get up and walk around to improve blood flow. Food stations and external spaces such as roof terraces and gardens offer an opportunity for employees to take some much needed time away from their workstations. A workplace with opportunities to move promotes an active and inspired team of employees.

 

 

Attracting And Retain Talent

 

Competition for talent remains a top concern for businesses across all industries. Many of our clients know how important it is investing in the workplace, to attract and retain people has become incredibly important to the success of your business. So how do you make the workplace work for your business to keep hold of the best talent and entice new candidates in?

 

The most attractive workplaces have a mixture of spaces that cater to different working styles; adding value to the employee.  A well-thought through workplace should be viewed as a performance tool to inspire creative mindsets and optimal working conditions. When the workplace is designed with the employee in mind, your workplace helps professional development and boosts employee performance.

 

For more insight into how great offices can help retain great staff, read our blog, Great Talent Deserves A Great Office.

 

Are you ready to improve your workplace?

If you follow this guide and the points discussed above, you’ll create a space that not only works for your business but promotes high-levels of success in your workforce.

 

Before you embark on your workplace project, why not get professional help from Opus 4. Contact us today and find out how we can help you achieve your desired workplace that helps improve your business.

 

If you would like to discuss any services that Opus 4 can help you with, please get in touch or take a look at the services we offer below:

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Office Fit Out

Office Culture 

If you want to learn more about how to turn your office into the kind of space where your business can truly flourish, give us a call on 0161 402 3340 or email us at hello@opus-4.com.

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