As experts of office design, we understand that your workplace interior has a huge impact on your company. Most of us picture the same thing when we talk about the office; a somewhat bland, uninspiring place where we argue over the temperature and who has the best desk. We’re here to show you that it doesn’t have to be this way.
We encourage all businesses to rethink their office design, to consider the impact a good office can have, and to be different. Different is good, and in this blog, we’ll explore why different is so imperative to your workplace.
Different doesn’t have to mean garish colours and über modern furniture, it can be a visual representation of the very heart of your company. It can reflect your culture and mission. It can be minimalist, maximalist, modern or traditional; whatever your preferred definition of ‘different’ is, we can help you achieve it.
Finding out what your ‘different’ is, is exactly what our team of experts are here for. So why do you need ‘different’ office design?
One of the forgotten benefits of good office design is the way it can spark creativity. A well thought out design can help employees find a new sense of purpose and inspiration. After all, the best workplaces are the ones that help staff reach their full potential.
Stimulating design and features can encourage employees to step out of their comfort zones, step away from their desks, and explore new ideas. Incorporating areas to support group collaboration can also be beneficial.
Another benefit of having a ‘different’ office design is the chance to stand out and set yourself apart from competitors. Traditionally, most office buildings were built with functionality in mind rather than individuality. During our office fit-outs we often find ourselves redesigning spaces to best support the needs of our clients. A redesign can be a brilliant opportunity to relaunch yourselves in your industry, keeping you ahead of competition and demonstrating that you’re leaders of change. If everyone’s raving about how fantastic your new office is, you’re on the right track.
We all know first impressions are important. Having a workplace that is memorable can do a lot of legwork for you when it comes to finding new employees and clients.
In fact, a recent survey shows that 76% of those aged between 18 and 34 feel very strongly that the office design and aesthetics of a workplace influences their impression of a company. Another aspect of this survey found that 70% of respondents wished their current workplace would consider an upgrade.
A ‘different’ office design can not only help you attract new talent, but it can also help you retain current employees and increase employee satisfaction.
An intrinsic part of standing out and attracting new employees is innovation and future-proofing. Innovation often goes hand in hand with future-proofing, and at McFeggan Brown, we’re passionate about finding smart solutions to your workplace challenges.
A ‘different’ office is often the one that embraces new developments in technology and ergonomics. Being open to modern improvements and designs, such as private pods and smart appliances, will put you at the forefront of innovation.
One of the key issues raised by employees about their workplace is the feeling of stagnation that often comes with a lack of refurbishments or upgrades. Don’t stay stuck in the office design of the past or you could be left behind. The whole point of future-proofing your workplace is to enhance and improve current working conditions, so what have you got to lose?
Have you ever considered the psychological impact of your office design? Research shows that work environments can have a direct psychological impact on people; harnessing this for good can help you improve the work life for everyone at your workplace.
We’ve discussed the influence of office design on employees' wellbeing and productivity numerous times, largely because it really is as complex as it is important. Not only does this show a level of respect and care for employees, it may also help with encouraging people to return to the office and find joy in office life again, following the COVID-19 restrictions.
So, hopefully now you understand why ‘different’ office design is a good thing. If you’re still not sure what to do about your current office, why not get in touch with our friendly team and see how we can help?