Office design isn’t about having a “cool” office. It’s about creating an environment that reflects your company’s brand and inspires productivity and happiness in your team. Only 11 percent of workers are highly satisfied with their work environments, according a Steelcase/IPSOS report. And Gallup reports that disengaged, unhappy employees can cost companies up to $550 billion in lost productivity every year.
Still not convinced that your office design is impactful? Here are 6 reasons why your office design matters:
1. You and your team spend a lot of time in the office.
Most of us spend more time in our workplace Monday through Friday than we do with our families and friends. If you’re going to spend that kind of time somewhere, you need to feel comfortable and truly enjoy the environment around you.
2. Poor office layout and design will decrease productivity.
Every company, team and department is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all office space. This is one of the greatest reasons why your office design matters. If your office layout isn’t conducive to your team’s workflow, it will decrease productivity. For instance, a team of writers that work best in a quiet environment won’t be productive positioned next to a sales team that is constantly collaborating and making phone calls.
3. Looks matter.
Contrary to what we want to believe, looks do matter. When you are inviting a prospective employee or client into your office, they will judge and make a first impression from both you and your office. A well-designed and laid out office space will attract good talent and reassure your clients that you are as professional and legitimate as the work you do.
4. Office décor and design impact happiness.
Studies have proven that office décor and exposure to natural light contributes to an employee’s happiness in the workplace. A University of Massachusetts study found that art in the workplace reduced stress, increased creativity and encouraged sharing of opinions. Another report found that plants make staff happier, as human beings have a desire to engage with nature. And Northwestern University found that workers exposed to natural light were healthier, more active and slept slightly longer than workers not exposed to natural light.
5. Common areas inspire collaboration and team building.
Common areas encourage team members to work together. Brainstorming with a colleague away from your desk will let creativity flow more freely, and multiple common areas allow for simultaneous collaborations. Plus, you won’t need to make a reservation or book a space every time you want to get the staff together for libations or team building activities.
6. Your office represents your company.
Your office is an extension of your brand, and it reaffirms clients and staff of what your company represents. If you’re an innovative tech company, perhaps your office reflects imagination. Or if you’re a firm of successful attorneys, high-end finishings may denote prestige and elegance.
Your office design matters because a well-designed office creates a happy, healthy and collaborative team. It also brings your branding full circle. Your brand is represented from your business cards to your website, so why wouldn’t you reflect the brand in your physical space, too?
WorkReady Suites is commercial real estate firm with partners in Washington D.C., Baltimore, Richmond, VA and Chicago. We can find the perfect office for your company’s needs, get you moved in and help with all the logistics along the way. Contact us today for a free office search consultation!