As an employer, you’re tasked with an array of responsibilities. However, one of the most crucial is looking after your staff.
It’s not only a good thing to look after the people who work for you, it’s also important to your bottom line.
High employee satisfaction means better retention rates and less money spent on recruitment. A happier workforce is naturally more productive, meaning more work done and to a higher quality. A healthy workforce reduces absenteeism due to sickness.
However, what you might not know is that all of this can be affected by something as seemingly simple as the office layout. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider re-arranging the working environment.
How does the layout of the office affect your staff?
Noise and distraction
Whatever layout you opt for in the office, it’s worth considering noise levels. Noisy offices result in dramatically reduced productivity as staff struggle to concentrate and are easily distracted.
While open-plan offices offer many advantages, it’s worth considering some carefully placed acoustic screens to reduce noise levels.
Privacy – should you go open-plan?
Tied to the previous point is privacy. While many of us are accustomed to working in open-plan office spaces, workers need privacy for optimum productivity.
While open-plan spaces increase collaborative working, a “hybrid” space offers individual bookable rooms that staff can opt for when they want a break to concentrate on a complex task or are feeling drained by noise levels.
Flexibility and input
Modern, productive office spaces are flexible and offer variety for staff.
Giving workers the option to sit or stand at their desk, to work individually or in a team, offering breakout areas for more relaxed team meetings and the option of remote working or hot-desking are all ways in which you can give your employees more control of their working environment.
Above all else, it’s important that employees feel they have contributed to the design of the office – before making any changes, ask for suggestions, chair meetings and have ad-hoc chats with employees. You might be surprised at the creative suggestions they offer.
Lighting and temperature
Poor lighting and temperature control are sure-fire ways to reduce productivity. Flickering, dull overhead lighting leads to tension headaches, lack of natural light affects the body’s natural circadian rhythms and outdated air conditioning leads to discomfort and annoyance.
Consider more natural light and allow staff to have individual lamps at their desk, and make sure you shell out on a modern air conditioning system that can be easily regulated.
Get the flexibility you need with Interface Bench Desks
Of course, the most important feature of any office is the desk you work at. Interface Bench Desks represent the very latest in bench desk design and are completely flexible, working individually or in a variety of configurations.
Interface Bench Desks come in a range of designs and styles, including rectangle, wave and ergonomic designs. They are available in 15 beautiful wood colour finishes which mean you can easily tie them into the overall look of the office.
They also represent a great investment – they come with a 5-year guarantee and are professionally installed as standard. Take a look at our full range here, including add-on storage.