Companies are becoming increasingly more aware that the health and happiness of their employees is a significant factor in business productivity. You may be aware of Google’s quirky London headquarters, which were designed by the interior design and architecture company PENSON. The focus of their design was to create a fun environment for employees with an emphasis on comfort, relaxation and efficiency throughout the 160,000 sq ft internal space. Their design features plush sofas, rocking chairs, secret rooftop gardens, ping pong tables and even allotment space for employees to grow their own herbs and vegetables. Whilst we’re not suggesting you go to this extreme, many companies are now starting to invest in their working environments in order to improve their employees’ temperament. This article looks at some of the ways that you can go about this.
Why change your office space?
Many studies have confirmed that happier employees are more likely to have an increased level of engagement, be more productive and produce more innovating ideas. Also, a better environment can lead to a healthier workforce which should lead to reduced levels of absenteeism.
It is possible to make small changes to your business environment on a tight budget. A simple wall colour change to brighten up a dull room would make that space more inviting and pleasant to work in. Studies show that dehydration, amongst other dietary issues, can have a serious effect on fatigue. Providing easy access to water, tea and coffee can make a big difference to your workforce’s levels of focus and productivity. Adding items like plants and other natural components can relax employees and reduce their stress levels. As a species, humans crave natural environments and introducing some greenery into the office space can also aid the wellbeing of your employees.
Improving the quality of your air through ventilation and air conditioning systems may make the working environment more comfortable, and air purification functions can reduce the level of bacteria, dust, house mites, pet fur and pollen that can circulate throughout your premises.
Making improvements to your lighting can also have a big impact on work satisfaction and productivity. Well-designed illumination can change the perception of a space, improve moods of those working within and increase the desirability of the space. Making improvements to your lighting does not mean you will be spending more on your electrical bills because you can implement energy saving solutions at the same time.
Installing office partitioning can provide privacy for employees as well as creating an opportunity to transform your space into a clean, attractive and functional environment. Partitions reduce cross-office noise which in turn improves concentration levels and improves workers’ sense of personal space. If renting a premise, partitions can be viewed as a temporary solution that is cost effective, easy to install and create very little mess.
If you are looking to develop office space without having a dramatic impact on your ground level workspace, office space built on a mezzanine floor may be the answer. Depending on the ceiling height of your premises, a mezzanine floor can be a great way of increasing your working environment whilst creating stylish, functional office space that benefits your employee’s needs.
Here at Hi-Level Mezzanine Floors we offer a full service including design, fit out and refurbishment of office spaces and other work spaces like warehouses and factories. We use high specification materials and incorporate unique design features as standard. To find out more please click here or to discuss the particular needs of your business please call us on +44 (0)1730 237 190.