Your working environment plays a huge part in overall job satisfaction, but for many employers, this key factor is often overlooked.
The most modern employers are keeping their office space up-to-date as they realise that a practical environment can be beautiful as well. It can go a further than just being a “nice” place to work; it can also enhance creativity, improve engagement, and even promote well-being.
1. Reflect The Culture
A positive culture is one of the greatest assets for any business, and the design of the work space should reflect that. Make sure your employees have their own space, plenty of room, and a flexible work area. Allow them the room to be creative, but also give them space to work together.
2. Positive Energy
Giving an office a lick of paint is not enough to transform it. Think about how the energy flows. That might mean that what people say they want on paper is slightly different from what should actually be delivered. There is a science behind it; look at potential pinch-points and think about what your culture actually portrays rather than just what the boss wants.
3. Go Further Than Décor
Full-time employees will probably spend more time at their desk than they will spend awake at home in a week, so it’s no surprise that the environment impacts the way we feel. Look at mental stimulation as that’s where the culture can be reflected – and not just by putting a comfy chair in the corner. Happy employees will also be more positive out of work, which then reflects better on home life, communities and beyond.
4. Your Office, Your Brand
Think about what your business and your brand does but don’t be defined by your sector. Set yourself apart. Incorporate your brand colours and imagery, but don’t have a room of beanbags if your brand isn’t quirky enough for them!
For a ready-made smart work space, check out places like Matrix House http://www.matrix-house.co.uk/ with offices to let Basingstoke.
Once you have the physical space sorted, read up on tips from Entrepreneur for being the sort of boss that people want to work for.
It is worth consulting employees before any major investment, and be sure to consider engaging the services of commercial designers.