Nobody wants to work in a place where they don’t feel productive. Nobody is going to exhibit loyalty or pride in a workplace that doesn’t get the best from them. So why doesn’t your workplace and office design play a greater role? It can certainly help to attract and retain the best staff by providing them with a comfortable and fun work environment.
Leesman is the world’s largest measure of workplace effectiveness. Its latest research is based on responses from more than 150,000 employees worldwide and shows that only 55% of respondents feel that the design of their workplace enables them to work productively. This can have a potentially significant impact on the health and wellbeing of your workforce.
Good office design is extremely important in relation to staff retention, says K2 Space designer, Chris Alldred.
“Research on office design has told us this again and again but what we also start to see, especially with tech and creative companies, is that staff now expect to work in an environment which inspires them and supports their wellbeing and productivity. Good office design is a tool of the job. It is the same as giving your employees a computer or laptop.”
So, what does a good office design look like?
It might be tempting to think that if you get in some slides and a table-tennis table you’ll make your office a nice place to be in and that’s job done. But to create a happy workforce you need to understand your people, understand how they work and then build the workplace offering around their needs.
Workplaces are all about the people in them and, as such, must be built around the people doing the work, rather than based on perceived notions of what an office should or shouldn’t look like or what’s currently trendy.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to office design
Each organisation and everyone is different and the ideal workspace will vary from company to company and from team to team. Attention should be paid to optimum working conditions and reducing things such as noise and distractions as the Leesman research highlighted the fact that many employees are not particularly content with the noise levels in their workspace.
Of those who say they’re happy with noise levels, 82% report that their environment allows them to work productively. This should be food for thought for anyone considering that collaborative open-plan office.