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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.
1. 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. 2. Your furnishings, lighting and technology are outdated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. 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.
Check the lighting in each office. Is there enough natural light? Ask your employees if they need more task light or if there is glare on their screens. 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 computer systems up to date? Even a switch to flat screen monitors has a huge impact on the space and feel of an office and having two flat screens can improve productivity. 3. Your walls, floors, ceiling are showing signs of wear and tear
Sooner or later, every office cries out for new flooring and a fresh coat of paint. With shoe and boot clad clients and employees, carpeting is the first surface in your office to look well worn. Check out those high traffic patterns and consider installing super durable surfaces in those areas. There is high end vinyl flooring that looks just like wood and even feels like it, but is much easier to clean.
Painting the walls a new color is a quick way and one of the least expensive ways to update a space. Depending on the shade you choose, the wall color can help improve productivity and speak to your brand message. Don’t forget a fresh coat of paint on the forgotten fifth surface – the ceiling. When you update the walls, leaving the ceiling the same could make it look dingy in comparison. These are just a few of the most important items to consider as you move forward with your office renovation. Early in your plans, be sure to involve a qualified office designer. He or she can help save you money and time and ease the process so you can get back to focusing on what matters – running your business. Why is an updated office important to you? Your office design needs to reflect the shifting trends in the marketplace and needs of your employees not to mention exceed your competition. When you incorporate great design into your workplace, you will:
- retain and attract the best talent
- experience an increase in overall productivity
- increase your bottom line.
I am passionate about bringing my client’s brand to bear through the design of their space. Not only do we improve employees’ productivity and the functionality of your space but we ensure that your clients experience your company’s brand through your office environment. To set up your complimentary consultation call for your office renovation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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