The Benefits of using an Office Design Company
Great office design can transform your business and the relationships within it. We help employers to create a different kind of space; somewhere that inspires and changes the way everyone works. We give your office a sense of community that inspires teams to work together; where ideas flourish, and collaboration is second nature.
Engage Workplace and our Total Engagement methodology brings together expertise in office design, refurbishment and fit out, as well as a wealth of experience in leadership, change management and employee engagement. Through strong relationships with our key partners and suppliers, we are able to deliver commercially focused health and well-being solutions, leading to a more engaged and motivated workplace.
Taking a Total Engagement approach to people development and the working environment, leads to more productive and successful outcomes. These areas are inextricably linked; development in one area has a direct impact on the other. An increase in turnover will often lead to a greater demand for resource and training and consequently, a change in workplace capacity. Strategic development may not always result in dramatic changes across both areas however, it is important to consider the potential impact and subsequent needs arising, to ensure that any changes are embraced to maintain levels of engagement and to achieve sustainable success.
Our five Workplace21 predictions
1. Floorspace will be of critical concern
Whilst social distancing is at the forefront, every square metre will count in order to keep people safe and maximise productivity. But as time moves on, the more flexible approach will inevitably result in offices needing less desk space but more space given over to cultural dynamics; breakout rooms, communal working areas.
2. Property location will be a top priority
Lease renewals will be re-considered with the business strategy in mind, such as workforce pressure to reduce commuting time. HQs may be decentralised into regional hubs and business parks that lie beyond the city walls may find that they offer some prime alternatives for big businesses.
3. Office Design will be even more people centred
Our future first impression will want to be a home-from-home feel. A cafe co-working space with a strong emphasis on making people feel included. Traditional workstations will become less popular and replaced with standing desks, ‘common-rooms’ and break-out space to stimulate group dynamics, encouraging agility and creativity. Traditional desktop tech will become obsolete with laptops and smartphones delivering all the agility needed. Video conferencing booths will assist those working remotely to connect into the workplace as well as allow a cost-effective way to conduct distanced meetings. A surge in environmental care will encourage employees to choose alternative commuting methods and so showers and changing rooms will be expected.
4. Wellbeing is more important than ever
Societal anxieties around Covid-19 combined with the economic challenges of the pandemic and the threat to employment, has created worry and concern for many employers and their employees as they equally endeavour to secure their long-term future. Creating a safe workplace where staff are engaged and productive has once again brought the need to focus on wellbeing of employees very much into the spotlight. The businesses that will do well are the ones that will be asking; “what more can we do for our people?” Techniques used to shape a ‘happy space’ will be paramount such as using natural materials, carefully considered colour choices and installing living plants that enhance senses and reduce stress levels.
5. Tangible cohesion will inspire the highest levels of productivity
Trust has been at the heart of the pandemic working culture; from employees trusting in employers to protect their jobs, to employers trusting that employees are working well from home. Likewise, in order to ensure a confident return to the office, staff must be able to trust their leadership to create and maintain their working environment embracing the learning from the past year. They must work together to explore and create working practices and solutions that are beneficial to all.
The ‘office of the future’ will be shaped from lessons learned today and with a healthy environment in mind. We call this #Workplace21; the future of our working environment.
Our lives will be forever changed due to COVID-19 and now is the time to embrace remote working, collaborative well-designed office spaces and hybrid teams.
We now know the deep connection video and other forms of technology can provide. We know that employee expectations have shifted. We know that remote work can be just as productive as being in-office. And we know that employers need to pay attention to the lessons learned in order to maintain employee productivity, and to continue to retain and recruit top talent.
Businesses will forever more have a workforce with different needs, and companies that will ultimately succeed will embrace and benefit from it. It’s time to rethink the way we work, where we work and the products, tools and strategies currently in place, or need to employ to better support remote work and hybrid teams.
The successful business leaders will be those that attribute value to their company’s social culture and re-model their offices into real destinations; space to thrive, learn, grow, to converge, inspire, innovate and collaborate.