Five good reasons to rethink your office design in 2017
Post written by Paragon Interiors   February 21, 2017

Redesigning your office space may not be top of mind when you think about setting new business goals for 2017. With the rise of technology and increased global competitiveness, it has now become essential for employers to create an office environment that motivates employees to come to work, and provides the facilities they need to perform their tasks efficiently. Here are five good reasons why you should consider redesigning your offices in 2017:

1. Does your workplace attract and retain top talent?

Your employees are your competitive edge, highly productive employees improve your bottom line by contributing excellent service. Companies need to create functional office environments that make employees want to come to work. Every touch point- from the coffee that employees drink, to the technology they use to complete their work tasks, and the chairs they sit in – all form an important part of attracting and retaining employees.

2. Do you need to save space?

The increase in employee mobility is affecting the design and allocation of space in buildings. More employees are starting to work remotely. Some companies may have desks in the office that are unoccupied at certain times of the day. To use your space and your facilities’ budget more efficiently, consider desk-sharing (when an employee is off-site for an extended period of time, another person can sit at their desk. This works well for employees who work on laptops and are often out of the office). This will save your company space.

3. Do you want to improve your employee productivity and engagement?

When the design of the workplace is used effectively, companies can create environments where people can work better. Employees should have a choice of where and how they work (create spaces that allow for personalisation, instead of tightly enforced workplace standards). Disengaged employees are less likely to make positive contributions to the organisation’s bottom line. To combat this you need to create a happier, healthier workforce, which in turn leads to an increase in productivity.

4. Does your office design reflect your company’s brand and values?

A well-designed workplace should communicate its commitment to the company’s values and the brand. With your office design project you have the opportunity to connect people with your brand. Careful attention should be paid to present yourselves to the viewer. Subtle reminders work just as well, if not better, than hard sell-branding. Designing with your brand in mind goes a long way to communicating your company culture and infusing pride in the organisation.

5. Does your office design cater for new generations entering the workplace?

It is important for companies to start thinking about creating an office environment that accommodates the next generation and supports the needs of all generations. Younger generations are attracted to companies that are socially and ethically conscious. They are likely to choose to work at a company that has exciting, modern and inspiring offices that include lifestyle amenities. Comfortable lounges, unconventional meeting rooms and hip places to eat- are key for this generation.

If you think it may be time to revolutionise how and where you work, please get in touch with us! We would love to assist you in improving your office environment in 2017.

Written by Lauren Paul.