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The Productive Office

What matters most in office design? The look? The acoustics? The lighting?

All of the above play an integral part, but surely what matters most in a business context is the productivity of the employees?

Whilst there is a plethora of factors that will affect your staff’s productivity, there is no doubt that the environment in which they work is a major contributing factor.

A recent study by a UK based firm who sent questionnaires out to over 500 office workers revealed that most employees weren’t after huge design changes; the key finding was that the users of the officespace have a choice, or user-customisation, of their workspace.

A whopping 48 per cent of the survey reported that having access to a variety of different spaces to work and relax in would have the biggest impact on improving their productivity. In addition to which, the following changes were all cited as improving productivity:

What aspect of office design would improve staff productivity levels at work the most?

A variety of different spaces to work and relax

Private, quiet areas to work

Access to a games room

Effective technology

A tidy office

Better kitchen and washroom areas

If this is what the workers want, can’t all new office designs incorporate this check list into their work? We’ve mentioned in previous blog posts how important it is to listen to the wants and needs of the people who will using the workspaces – and this further emphasizes the point that happy staff make productive staff.

Google Office Design

Office Design Trends |

Google are the Kings of Search – we all know that. They have gone beyond being a name, to a global brand and on to being an activity: “I just Googled it”. So far, stating the obvious….

What they’re less renowned for is being market leaders in office design trends. It is to Google we owe the advent of the office playground with spiralling slides, table tennis, and liberal splashes of primary colours. But that was all so nineteen nineties.

We’ve had a sneaky peak into the new Google offices in London – and it’s interesting to see how they have changed their ideology away from quirky perks and back toward a more restrained design that is both flexible and sustainable.

So, what can we learn from Google’s new London office designs?

Google Office Design

The Reception Area: This is a vast atrium of open space, a beautiful blend of colour, geometry, and movement. The key here is flexibility – all of reception’s furnishings can easily be moved around or removed in the event that Google requires the space for other purposes.

The Pods: The flexibility theme continues with the modular meeting and videoconferencing rooms. As with the reception area, these pods are simple to put together, move, or take apart and are constructed using plywood panels that are tactile and fragrant.

The Acoustics and Ergonomics: All insulation panels have been perforated to stop unnecessary reverberation, and extra fan-coil units have been installed in the building’s ceilings. No stuffy, crammed office spaces here, there is a natural feeling to the flow of air within the entire building.

Biophilic design is big in commercial interiors now, and rightly so. Google understand this and have embraced it. We look forward to seeing more innovative ideas coming from this design trend as office spaces become places we look forward to going to on a Monday morning.

Five Ways Your Office Design Is Letting You Down

Is Your Office Design Letting You Down?

Do you have an office that you feel proud of? Would you feel happy bringing new clients into your work space? Would you rather meet your current clients in a neutral environment?

Your office design can highlight your disorganisation, show a sense of apathy, or display strength and power. If you’re not happy letting clients see your office, your office design is letting you down.

5 Ways Your Office Design Lets You Down:

Out-dated Décor: When did your office last see a lick of paint? In fact, what colour are your office walls? A shady Magnolia? A grubby beige? What about any pictures or paintings you may have? A certificate congratulating your company on being runner up in the 1998 Business Of The Year Award? It may seem a daunting task to redecorate your work place surroundings, but believe us, it could make a real difference.

Dust and Dirt: When did you last have a thorough clean of your office space? We understand that the most important side of your work is running your business, and spending time cleaning your offices is not top of your priorities. But an unclean office speaks of disorganisation, apathy and leaves a bad impression on the general state of your company.

Dark & Dingy: When did you have to switch the office lights on this morning? Natural light heightens productivity, conveys a sense of health and makes people feel more productive, and conversely dimly lit offices bring with them a feeling of depression. Getting your office lighting levels correct is essential not only to your overall design, but also to the well-being of your employees.

Stuffed Full: When did you last have a clear out of your office furniture and checked whether you really needed everything on your overflowing shelves? An over-crowded, bursting at the seams office conveys the same messages as an unclean office. If you can’t bear to part with your office furniture then consider storing it until you do need it again – a clutter free office will speak volumes to your client base about your professionalism.

Office Furniture: When did you last upgrade your office chairs? Or your office desks? An unnecessary expense if they are functional? Maybe, but if your office furniture is as out-dated and grubby as your interior décor who would want to sit on it and chat over the desk? Investing in a few quality pieces of office furniture and ditching the threadbare, scratched and stained items will demonstrate that your company is a business going places.

Your office shouldn’t just be the place you go to work – it should be an environment that you are happy to be in and that you are proud to show off to your business contacts. If you would like any help in getting your work space looking more professional then please do get in touch with us.

Office Upgrade?

Time for an office upgrade?

If the excitement of moving into your new office has waned; if when you look around you the place looks tired, worn, even a little shabby; if you are bursting at the seams and struggling to find space; if you're embarrassed to bring clients to your work place, then maybe the time has come for an office upgrade.

Having an office that you are proud of and that you enjoy being in can have a huge impact on your company's overall productivity and output. So if you feel it could be time you put a little love back into your working environment, what options do you have?

Make Do And Mend: If budgets are tight, there is the option to repair and replace the essentials around you. A lick of paint, a big spring clean, some updated pictures on the walls and some new office furniture will get the ball rolling to refreshing your workspace.

Total Re-Design: Spreading your budget further will help you to create a better designed office. Professional office design companies can help you with this, from suggesting the best equipment, furniture, colour schemes, acoustics and lighting factors, through to complete project management, maintenance and professional fit-out of the final design.

Pack-up And Move: If you have been successful in your ventures the time may have come when no amount of colour changes or jiggling of office layouts will accommodate your ever-growing company. If this is the case, it's probably time to relocate. Moving offices is a complicated and time-involved process so once again it may be worth your while calling in professional help to ensure that you chose the right location and to help in all aspects of the physical move.

Whatever your situation or budget, improving your working environment has been proven to improve employees productivity - investing in your office space can help bring about a very healthy R.O.I.

If you would like any assistance in improving your own offices or commercial premises then please get in touch with here at 20sixltd. Call our Sussex Office on 01273 303001, our London Office on 02030340476, or E-mail: info@20sixltd.com