More companies are realizing the
productivity potential behind a well-designed office.
Apart from a significant boost in
creativity, amazing physical offices have the capacity to recruit
and retain top talent in a company. Therefore, more corporations
including the global marketing agency, McCann, invested heavily in
its headquarters. For the agency, its offices now feature amiable
lighting and several collaborative spaces made possible by the open
Data shows that the physical
structure and overall design of an office space affect employees'
productivity and creativity. The workforce tends to respond
according to their office layout, fixtures, and environmental
factors. A well-designed space connects individuals to the
company's brand and helps them innovate to deliver better
Experts say that poorly-designed
office spaces often result in a disengaged and sometimes, an even
hostile group of individuals. Time and again, organizations are
defined and unified by a shared purpose and identity that should be
well-represented in its physical spaces.
More offices are now keen on going
green after the Harvard
Business Review proved that the presence of plants alone
can increase productivity by 15%. Letting natural light where
people work also produces the same result.
Given office design's crucial role
in business operations, studies and workplace surveys were
conducted to produce insight on the matter. It was discovered that
most employees respond to certain office wall colors better than
others. Green increasingly became a popular color in the corporate
setting since it is frequently associated with growth and
How offices are structured also
affect the acoustics of the space. A study claims that a certain
amount of noise - maximum of 70 decibels- is necessary to induce
creativity. Going beyond the maximum decibel can prove to be
distracting and is not conducive to the workplace.
Corporations need ample preparation
and evaluation when it comes to changing the theme and layout of
their offices. Experts say that vision matters in making a
successful office design. It should cover company culture,
collaboration and whether space is sensitive or
Corporate Culture determines the
effectiveness of workplace design. Successful redesign needs to
respond to the office culture the employees are accustomed to. The
degree of collaboration conducted in the office should also be
gauged accordingly. It should be well within the needed exchange of
information to increase the productivity of employees.
The sensitivity of work by some
employees must also be factored in. Businesses can achieve the
perfect compromise by mixing both closed spaces or open spaces in
the workplace redesign.
Ultimately, when it comes to
Knoll report says employee satisfaction should always be of
prime priority. Organizational outcomes should always include
employee's well-being since its imminent increase will help
establish the connection between the company and employees in
achieving their primary goals and vision.
T One Project Management
Inc, President David O' Neill highlights the importance of
having a "vibrant office" since it is proven that the efficient use
of space can increase team creativity and promote staff retention
and productivity. "Design and Project Management Consultants
who understand this and have a focus on economical
delivery of office space whilst maintaining
these values are well worth the investment," O' Neill