If your office looks the same as it did a decade ago, it may be time for a face-lift. After all, New Year, new office. Organisations are becoming gradually aware that office designs has the ability to impact how employees work and is an integral part of any successful business plan. Without further a do, to welcome the year of 2020, here are 6 reasons why you should refurbish your office.
Have you ever walked into an office, feeling intimidated, gloomy, typically corporate? unfriendly? Well you’re not the only one. According to Gallup’s 2014 State of the Global Workplace report, 51% of workers said they weren’t engaged with 17% saying they were actively disengaged. So what can improve these dismal stats and increase productivity and workplace happiness?
This has been an hot topic in the construction industry, designers have been looking into materials to create an environmental friendly concept that is in line to keep up with the times by complying with USGBC Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building requirements. A rating system designed to assess the environmental credentials of a building, and validate sustainable building strategies and practices used in the design, construction and operations. And yes, that includes flooring. So what is stopping you from reducing your company’s carbon footprint and creating a positive impact.
Google it. Improving your office environment = improved productivity. Company morale can be rejuvenated by something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or new furniture. If everyone’s stuck in a collective rut, consider refurbishing your office to bring a new feel to a familiar environment. Keeping things fresh can lead to increased productivity, as employees don’t feel unmotivated in an stagnant environment.
Imagine a book with 2 different covers. The first one was published 5 years ago and the latter has a new cover and upgraded content. Which would you go for? Venues such as Amazon recommends authors to make changes to the content of the book with a new cover as a later edition to compel people to look inside the cover out of curiosity. Bringing it back, your office is the cover of a book and your business is its content. When your office has pleasing interiors and a good ambiance, your potential client is more likely to consider your business the moment they set foot in your office door.
Maximize Your Space
When your office undergoes refurbishment , it compels you to go through everything you’d want to keep or throw. Thus, making you realize that there is actually a lot more space in the office than you thought. Consider your space from top down and plan how to best make use of every single corner.
Is you business growing? If it is, you may need to reorganize your office space to create room for new staff or equipment. Clutter and cramped space is bad for productivity, so at a minimum, stripping back and creating some extra space is bound to improve team performance in the long run.
Health and Safety
As buildings age, they present a variety of safety hazards that may not be immediately apparent in the day to day functioning of a company. If you’ve identified health and safety issues at work, you might want to refurbish your office to update any problem areas. Things like cluttered work-spaces, slippery floors, leaking roofs are preventable to avoid unwanted accidents. Addressing and taking measures of the safety concerns early on could be what saves a life or medical bills.