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
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.