How to know when it’s time for a redesignPublished 23.05.19
Working life is busy; with new projects being assigned on a daily basis and clients to keep happy, the 9-5 working day can become a blur. Before you know it, the days run into weeks, and the weeks into months – and whilst you’ve been thinking of innovative ways to improve your business, you’ve likely put the interior design needs of your office on the back-burner. Many employers underestimate how important interior design is in the workplace; it forms the fundamentals for employee motivation and engagement, significantly enhances your company culture and impacts the way in which others perceive your business.
If you’re undecided on whether your office is in need of a redesign, look out for the following tell-tale signs.
Take a look at your workforce
Day-to-day life in the office can be so busy, that it’s easy to forget to stop and consider the levels of morale and focus amongst your workforce. Take some time to think about whether your employees are as productive as you would like them to be, and whether your office environment is allowing their creativity and motivation levels to thrive. It may be worth conducting a short office survey, asking how your employees feel, to give you a more in-depth analysis.
If you’ve come to the conclusion that your employees’ motivation and productivity levels are lower than you would like, then it could be that you need to rethink your interiors. Anything from the comfort of your furniture to the colour of your walls can have a significant impact on employee satisfaction. Generally, you’ll want to ensure that you install ergonomic furniture that supports physical health, in addition to painting your walls a colour which both reflects your brand personality and stimulates creativity. You’ll also want to make sure that you let in as much natural light as possible.
Do you have enough space?
This is particularly important if you’re looking to grow your business. A cramped office is never a productive or happy one; you need to make sure that your employees have enough space to work comfortably and independently, with the ability to move around. If your company goals involve growing your workforce, then you’ll need to consider expanding your space.
Is your design limiting you?
Within the workplace, the interior design should serve to maximise possibilities and opportunities. If you discover that your design is stopping you from growing, or limiting the potential for innovation and creative ideas to be generated, then it’s time for a change. Your space should inspire the whole workforce, and it should be a place in which you look forward to holding meetings and welcoming potential clients. This could be addressed by making use of multifunctional spaces, incorporating collaborative work stations or planning for a games/relaxation room.
Taking the time to spruce up your work environment not only makes for a happier and more productive workforce, but it also reflects positively on your business, and you, as an employer. At Cobus, our designers are experienced in helping renovate offices into multifunctional, highly efficient spaces. To speak to a member of our team, click here.