There is a genuine consensus that the design of the workplace can increase employee productivity.Reducing occupancy costs is, of course, a major contributor to saving costs, but improving staff retention and increasing productivity should be the real goal to optimising the workplace.
There is also an established correlation between workplace stress and productivity. If you can use good office design to reduce workplace stress then you will undoubtedly become more productive as a business and save costs.
Imagine the savings in recruitment and training costs if you could reduce your staff attrition rate by 10% purely as a result of improving the design of your office.
When designing the office it’s important that the environment induces productivity and reduces stress. For example, natural light is extremely important and everyone in your office should have exposure to it. It’s an established fact that workers who are close to windows are more productive. In fact research has shown that absenteeism can be reduced by as much as 15% just as a result of good lighting alone and maximising access to natural daylight.
Imagine a scenario where your workforce arrives at work fully charged like a battery which loses power over the course of the day.
Your objective should be to slow down the pace of their power loss. In the context of the workplace, there are a number of measures you can take to achieve this goal by reducing sensory distractions and fatigue.
Maximise natural light
Increase air quality
Select ergonomic furniture that supports the task performed
Provide adjustable seating that encourages good posture
Introduce sight and sound barriers
Use colour to stimulate productivity
Provide relaxation areas
Enable localised thermal control
Specify environmentally friendly materials (non–toxic)
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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