Is your Office Design Productive?
There’s been much talk regarding ‘office productivity’ and even glimpses into some of the more renowned environments that are leading us into the 21st Century but how about your own office, is the design and layout conducive to employee productivity?
If you talk about offices with that ‘wow factor’ or with fireman slides or similar then the likelihood is that you’ll be referring to one of the Tech Giants such as Twitter, Facebook or Google. The weird and wonderful playthings you might find in these offices have even been parodied by Hollywood, Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s latest comedy caper The Internship features Google’s Offices as a fairground where employees are given carte blanche to doodle ideas on windows, play ping-pong any time of day and gawk at driverless cars cruising around the internet giant’s impeccably landscaped grounds.
The MD of a Manchester based IT Company explained their attitudes to Office Design and fit out:
“The idea is to make it impossible for someone to want to leave,” he says. “If you look at the costs of bringing on a new person, recruitment, months before they’re fully productive … I would say the additional cost of the office is easily outweighed.”
“We have a competitor – a much bigger company, who are the antithesis of us, very suit and tie. If we advertise a position we tend to get four or five of their staff applying for it. That says it all to me.”
Research by the British Council of Offices found that the majority of workers preferred bespoke, funky fit-outs, with 60% saying it improved their productivity. The ‘What Workers Want’ report claimed demand was greatest from employees aged 18 to 24, with 43% preferring a non-traditional office opposed to 28% whose preference was for a standard corporate design.
Have you made changes to the style or layout of your office that has made a difference to the environment or morale of the staff? If so, then let us know in the comments section below.