From high performance spaces to high performance staff: Changing the way we think about office design

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Could your office design take your employees from good to great?

The correlation between employee satisfaction and business productivity was established several years ago. Hugh profile leaders of the tech industry, such as Apple, Google and Facebook, blazed the trail in employee-centred workplaces and work cultures. Gone were the highly rigid and sterile office environments. The structured, desk-bound working day was ditched in favour of socialization and teamwork. Collaboration and cross-fertilization became the buzzwords of the new working era and where the big guys led, the rest of the business world followed.

Are Pure Office Desks the answer to your productivity woes?

Thankfully, most of us have moved on from the threadbare chairs, chipped desks, stained carpets and fluorescent lights reminiscent of the 1970s office environment. Workers today enjoy offices that are more pleasant and safer to spend time in than ever before. The modern office environment is airy, well-lit, and supplied with furniture products designed specifically for offices such as Pure Office Desks and ergonomic chairs. The environment is both efficient and aesthetically pleasing. Many are flexible and accommodate new flexible working practices.

So, what is the problem? Why are employees still maintaining that office environments do not facilitate their workload adequately? Employers are paying the price for their dissatisfaction in the form of decreased productivity, high rates of employee absenteeism and low employee morale and retention. Perhaps it is time to switch the focus from a task-based approach and think about behaviour.

Studies of business leaders are revealing that they are more interested in flexible options for working remotely and collaborating virtually from anywhere in the world than in what colour the office walls are painted! The values and culture of an organisation rank very high when it comes to determining employee satisfaction. In contrast, the type of physical work environment is viewed as less important. As long as the basic physical needs of comfort and health are met, the rest is just filling. If organisations want to attract and retain the best staff, and get the most out of them, they need to look at how they recognise each employee’s needs. This takes time and commitment but bears great dividends in the long run.

Don’t just run with the latest trend

Employers shouldn’t fall into the trap of assuming that they know best. For example, they could jump on the fashionable band-wagon for collaborative working by introducing open plan areas. The problem here is that many employees find them to be packed with environmental stressors (noise and distractions) and find that their productivity, as well as their health and wellbeing, deteriorates.

Embrace the new ways of working by combining a change in office culture with your total refurbishment. Talk to your employees and find out what they want. Discuss how they want to work and from where. Have a look at the full range of Pure Office Desks and funky new designs on offer at Office Furniture Online. It’s not just the leading names in the tech world who need to re-think office design for growth and productivity.

John

Head of cool things at Office Furniture
Bit of this, bit of that but love cats.

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