Well, talking about office space trends seems to be of a great significance as we’ve got lots to know about trends. Is your office space prepared for the future? The trends seem to be changing very frequently and it’s really important for you to embrace the growing trends. But how does it help your business? Indeed, in lots of ways! Have you ever thought how does environment affect the productivity of your employees? The employees will have an emotional connect with the space they are working in, especially when they have been working for a long time!
They spend majority of their time in your office, and the time they spend at office has to be pleasing, which boosts their productivity and in turn the results. However, going with the trend is not just enough; as a business owner you must also think about the future trends.
What are the future trends and how would it affect your workplace? How can you tweak your current office space design to cope up with the changing trends? Here we’ve discussed a few ways you can leverage physical workspace to address the future trends.
1. Communicate the Culture: This is something that has got a considerable significance; you need to see to it if your office space is communicating its culture to the employees as well as the clients.
If your workplace is providing a pleasing environment to the employees, the authentic experience should be reflected. There are several companies whose office space will not be in sync with the culture; though they are capable of providing exceptional services, they fail to show it up to the clients through their office space. This is what is called the difference in communicating the culture. This shouldn’t happen; when you are capable of doing something, make sure you show it to the customers in an ideal way.
For instance, when you are providing software related services to your customers, displaying a picture of a biker can have a negative impact (your message might get wrongly communicated). May be your idea is to tell the customer about your fast service, but it has to communicated in a proper way using ideal images and quotes.
2. Keep your Employees Inspired: How inspired are your employees? Are they having a good time at your office? These things really matter a lot as they are the factors that influence employees’ productivity. But how to keep them inspired? Creating a pleasing atmosphere at the workplace can help you do that.
Inspiring wall designs and a great internal architecture, the seating comfort can also play a major role in keeping your employees happy. Few companies hire professional interior designers to create murals that convey their company goals, so that they can use it as wallpaper. You can also consider creating beautiful graphics in the workplace. No matter what you do to keep the employees inspired, you just have to make the ideal use of the physical workplace and make them feel great while they are working.
Assume yourself sitting on an uncomfortable chair and working in a place that’s so bland. What would be your level of productivity? Even if you are productive, how long can you hold it up? Not for a long time, right? The same is what happens with your employees if they feel that their place is uninteresting.
3. Consider Employee Collaboration: These days, there are lots of companies that are going flexible with their workplaces. They are allowing their employees to work wherever they are comfortable. This fosters collaboration of employees while helping them share their ideas with each other. Ultimately it creates a healthy and productive atmosphere where they discuss the problem and ideas to overcome them.
Recent researches made on collaborative workplaces show that face-to-face communication is the most valuable type of interaction between the employees. This has been the main reason for most of the companies going agile with their work strategies. Also, the offices are being designed keeping employee collaboration in mind (creating club-like spaces for employees to hang out).
4. Provide Sense of Control: Few like to work in an open environment, while few work their best when they are in a closed cubicle. Few want the space to be illuminated by natural light, while few are more productive when the light is dim. So, they feel that it’s good to have the control in their hand; may it be anything, it gives then the feel of authority to have the control. We need to understand that, everybody will have different tastes.
Likewise, when the employees are provided with the sense of control like simply the AC controls or the access to natural light, lighting controls, personalization and flexibility, they can set it accordingly so that the environment allows them to be more productive.
Now you’ll have an idea of how to make the best use of your office space to address the changing trends. So, do you think your office space is prepared for the future? Do you think you have the room to make changes on your current office space? If not, you certainly have to look for an office space where you think your employees will be happy. Whatever might be the trend, the employees give their best when they are kept inspired, allowed to collaborate and provided with the sense of control.