1. Employees first
Typically property costs are a much smaller percentage of the total overheads of a company compared with employee expenses, however, workplace design can make a major impact on the productivity, morale, and engagement of employees. Even a modest investment in something like an office fit-out can potentially make a big impact on your staff. To ensure it is a positive impact, first speak with your employees. Get opinions from your team members to better understand what their work needs are – how they want to be organised in their workspace to do the best job -in addition to their personal preferences for such things as sound, colour, ventilation, space, and light.
2. Break barriers down
One of the biggest trends now is collaborative working, so break away from the outdated tradition of having partitioned offices and rows of desks. Have activity-based zones created for one-on-one meetings, socialising, and brainstorming, in addition to individual workstations. When PwC moved to its flagship new More London office it eliminated permanent desks and introduced new technologies to promote more collaborative working opportunities. Each morning employees log into a central system to have free space allocated to them within zoned business areas. Greater collaboration is encouraged since staff members sit next to a different person every day, and valuable square footage is freed up to fit in more client and social spaces.
3. Call the professionals
Whenever companies are faced with having a tight or small budget, they often make the decision to do have their fit-out designed in-house and directly employ individual trades in an attempt to save money. It is a false economy almost every time. No matter what a company’s budget happens to be, the workplaces that are the most effective are those that are built by a …Read more