The aim of workplace optimisation is to identify and create the most efficient workplace possible.
This is achieved by using effective design, modern innovative technology and appropriate furniture solutions.
Fundamentally, this cannot be achieved without the support of an executive team who have a strong desire to increase productivity. When this desire and knowledge of the business is combined with high quality design skills the results can be stunning.
This sets out to identify and explain how any business can make huge savings on their property cost by optimising their workplace. We explore the measures that can be employed to increase workplace densities and efficiencies, but also covers how good design can massively increase productivity, and therefore profitability.
Economic downturns have affected the global economy in 1930-1934, 1973-1976, 1979-1983 and 1990-1993.
The National Institute of Economic and Social Research, however, identifies the recent banking collapse of 2008 as the catalyst for the longest prolonged downturn in our economy of all time. The fight back against this downturn is being led by a greater understanding of the close correlation between people and place – your employees and their workplace.
People and property costs have and will continue to dominate the overheads of any organisation. Typically property costs will make up 10-15% of a business’ overhead, compared to 70-80% that is spent on staff costs.
Whilst creating a workplace that allows staff to improve productivity and performance (and consequently profitability), has always been a high on the agenda of any organisation; in the current economic climate it is a pre-requisite. Workplace efficiency is, therefore, at the heart of many organisations short and long-term business plans.
Workplace efficiency is as important to companies retracting as much as it is to companies growing. For example an organisation that is considering moving to new premises as a result of increased headcount, could actually remain in their present location by working in a more efficient manner, ultimately saving money.
It is not only the present economic situation that is driving the requirement for the more efficient workplace; advances in technology are driving it too. Technological advances mean employees have faster access to business applications and data than ever before, applications that no longer tie them to the workplace. The introductions of mobile devices mean employees are no longer reliant upon a static PC terminal and workstation.
As ‘Office Wars 2012’, a recent workplace study by Orangebox identifies, younger generations of worker are becoming more demanding of their workplace as technology allows them the means to work in a more flexible manner. The introductions of personal mobile devices such as tablets and mobile phones into the work environment are changing the way younger generations address the workplace. As a result employers have to re-dress their strategy in attracting staff and retaining them.
Studies have shown that traditional work environments, created to address the needs of the post-war era (Baby Boomers now aged 47-65) vary somewhat from those environments demanded by Generation X (those now aged 34-46). The significant variance, however, is when we compare the work environments of both of these groups with Millennials (those now aged 15-33) and to Generation Z (those now aged up to 14) who will be the future office workers.
This evolution alone has seen organisations using space more efficiently to the tune of 1 person per 8m2 as opposed to the more traditional work styles of older generations that operated statically at a rate of 1 person per 10m2. Not only do these environments perform differently, but the 20% efficiency realised can be applied either to space saving or in catering for increases in headcount.
Undertaking a workplace optimisation process is involved and time consuming.
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace consultancy, workplace optimisation, office design, office refurbishment, office fit-out and office relocation. Maris design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. The Maris team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good office design and fit-out can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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