The right design can make all the difference
The complexity of today’s business environment and the evolving needs and wants of workers can present a challenge for employers who are looking to attract and retain the best talent. One question that perplexes some companies: “What do workers want in an office layout?”
Employers have taken a run at the issue and experimented with their offices, with many opting to go the open-plan route. They’ve torn down cubicles in an effort to create one big space that’s ideally good for creativity and collaboration.
Others have held on to the more traditional office in the belief that workers benefit more from having their own spaces that allow them peace, privacy, and the ability to concentrate. Still others have tried sort of a hybrid of the two. So, what’s the right answer?
All of the above. What employees really want are options, and here’s how you can provide them.
Spaces for everyone
Most likely, your office is made up of all sorts of different people, and this is why your layout shouldn’t be a one-size-fits-all proposition. Some folks thrive in an open plan, others don’t. Some employees love the solitude of a cubicle; others are constantly peeking their heads over the walls to talk to their neighbors. This is why you need to figure out a way to accommodate everyone. Institute more of a communal space where people can talk and work together, but also keep or create areas that are more secluded.
A layout that has something for everyone is a great start, but you can’t simply fill it with the same old furniture. Everyone can use a typical desk and chair, but that doesn’t mean they’ll want to. These days, employers are beginning to recognize that office furniture can play a big role in the health, wellbeing, and productivity of employees. Bringing in ergonomic chairs and other accessories will create a much more comfortable workspace.
To give your employees even more options, you can add desks that can be used while standing, as well as comfortable seating that brings a touch of home décor to the office. Allow them to personalize their spaces. And now that people can work where they like, this could mean optimizing square footage with shared workstations; adjustable desks will allow anyone to work there, regardless of their size.
A better break room
In addition to options, employees also want a place where they can go to relax. You can create this for them by revamping your break room. Add new furniture, replace harsh lighting, and find other ways to make it a pleasing atmosphere. And don’t limit its usage to just breaks and lunch; if folks want to work in there, let them. You may end up discovering that your break room is the most productive spot in the entire office.
You don’t need to be a mind reader to figure out which type of office layout your employees want. All you need to do is ask them.
And when you get the answers and want to institute a flexible, personalized design that will boost productivity, contact Compass Office Solutions. We’ve innovated the office furnishings industry by placing all stages of the workspace creation process online: from technical design to order entry, everything can be done electronically. Call us at 954.430.4590 or get in touch though our online form.